Detroit is home to the Stanley Cup

King Ing June 5, 2008 0

Red Wings 3 Penguins 2 – Detroit showed that experience and hard work were enough to hold off the young upstart Penguins. Goals by Brian Rafalski and Valtteri Filppula put the Red Wings up 2-0 and things looked bleak for Pittsburgh. Marc Andre Fleury, who was on top of his game Monday night let in a couple of shots that he would like second chances at. The goal by Filppula was a rebound that he left sitting right to the side of the net. But the one that might haunt him for a while will be the eventual game winner by Conn Smythe winner, Henrik Zetterberg. After Evgeni Malkin’s first goal of the series pulled Pittsburgh within one, Zetterberg came back in the third period on an odd man rush and put a wrister on goal. It was knocked down by Fleury, but he was unaware of where the puck was, went to ground and accidentally knocked it into his own net.

The Penguins struggled throughout the third period. Passes were deflected and shots were blocked before they could even reach Chris Osgood. They only had one shot on goal 16 minutes into the third period. Just as in game 5, things got a little more interesting with under two to go. A hooking penalty on Jiri Hudler gave the Pens a power play that turned into a 6-on-4 with a pulled Fleury. Marian Hossa scored to make it 3-2 and then it was a game. With time running out and Pittsburgh struggling to get a shot off, Sidney Crosby put a great backhander on net that Osgood saved with his arm. The puck trickled the the side of the net where Hossa missed with a tip as time expired. A great ending to a great series. Detroit takes home their fourth Stanley Cup in eleven years. Congratulations hockeytown!

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