Red Wings Give Hard-Luck Detroit Reason to Cheer
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2009 4:08 PM CDT
Detroit Red Wings fans wave towels as the Red Wings play the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey series in Detroit, Saturday, May 30, 2009.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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(Newser) – As Detroit reels from the automotive crisis, a much-needed emotional uplift is coming from a dependable source: the Red Wings, currently in the Stanley Cup finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. We “are one of the good stories that are coming out of Detroit right now,” a Red Wings VP tells the New York Times. “It’s definitely something people can rally around.”

The recession and auto industry woes have made Red Wings tickets too pricey for many downtrodden fans, even with discounts and promotions. But a healthy Penguins contingent helped fill seats at last night's game, a 3-1 Detroit victory that stirred up $3 million in business. With GM filing for bankruptcy tomorrow, and the city expecting to lose millions in tax dollars, every game counts.