"I'm focused on this," Hossa said, motioning to his teammates Saturday after practice. "This is why I picked Detroit, to go all the way to the final. We're more than halfway there, but we've still got work to do."
Could he at least imagine what it would be like if the Red Wings and Penguins met again?
"That would definitely be really interesting," he said, allowing a small smile. "It's still in the future, but it could happen."
"I'm trying to put into people's minds that I can be one of the best that ever played the game," 23-year-old Mario Lemieux modestly asserts. It's January 1989 and the young star is on his way to earning a lofty moniker: Mario the Magnificent. Lemieux is in the midst of the best season ever seen by anyone not named Gretzky. By season's end, he would tally 199 points with 85 goals and 114 assists.