BY: Pierre LeBrun

DETROIT -- As the Detroit Red Wings sit one win from their fifth Stanley Cup in 11 seasons, a look behind the bench reveals one of the common denominators in that dynastylike stretch.

Scotty Bowman, the NHL's all-time winningest coach, won the first three championships with Detroit. Mike Babcock is one win from his second, padding a résumé that doesn't need any padding.

"I think he's the best coach in the league," Wings GM Ken Holland said Monday on the eve of Game 6. "He's been a coach for 20 years. It's not like he took up coaching 3 or 4 years ago. He coached Red Deer College [Canadian college]; he coached in Moose Jaw [WHL]; he coached in Spokane [WHL]; he coached Canada's world junior team [to gold]; he coached in Cincinnati [AHL]; he coached in the world championships [winning gold]; he coached the Anaheim Ducks and the Detroit Red Wings.