Hossa has mixed emotions

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

DETROIT -- This is why Marian Hossa came here to Hockeytown.

To win a Stanley Cup. To be on top of the hockey world. And to be part of a banner-raising ceremony like the one the Detroit Red Wings put on last night.

He did not, however, expect to lose to the Maple Leafs on such a special evening here.

"We have no excuse for that," Hossa said after the 3-2 defeat. "We allowed points to get away."

Hossa made no secret of the fact that watching the festivities at the Joe Louis Arena would bring mixed feelings for him. After all, the Wings beat Hossa's Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup final four months ago to win the Cup.

"It'll be weird," Hossa predicted prior to the ceremony. "If things work out, maybe I'll have the opportunity to help bring another here."

Hossa turned down a handful of more lucrative offers during the off-season, including one from the Penguins, in order to sign a one-year, $7.45 million US pact with the Wings, the team he felt has the best opportunity to win the Cup in 2008-09.

He had to be impressed with what he saw in the pre-game ceremony last night.

With spotlights shining down from the rafters, seven of hockey's most prestigious trophies glistened on pedestals at centre ice as the Wings and Leafs looked on. There was so much hardware at The Joe, you would have thought you were at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The trophies, all won by the Red Wings in 2007-08, included the Jennings Trophy (Chris Osgood, Dominik Hasek), Lady Byng Trophy (Pavel Datsyuk), Norris Trophy (Nicklas Lidstrom), Selke Trophy (Datsyuk), Conn Smythe Trophy (Henrik Zetterberg), the Presidents' Trophy and the Clarence Campbell Bowl.

Then, with the crowd standing in anticipation, Lidstrom walked down the red carpet carrying the coup de grace -- the Stanley Cup.

Wings greats Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio then helped carry the banner onto the ice, where it was subsequently raised. It is the 11th Stanley Cup banner to dangle from the girders of The Joe.

"It never gets old," said Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who won his fourth Cup in the past 11 years. The Wings had talked about not having a letdown after the ceremonies. Oops.

"I don't buy (it was a distraction)," coach Mike Babcock said. "The team that outworks the other usually wins, and that was the case tonight."


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