Around the Rink – June 8th Edition

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The Detroit Red Wings won in dominating fashion on Saturday 5-0 over the Pittsburgh Penguins, needing just one more victory to repeat as Stanley Cup champs. Pavel Datsyuk’s return to the lineup gave the Wings just the spark they needed after a rough loss in Game 4 last Thursday. The Wings will head to Pittsburgh today as they look to become the first back-to-back champs since the franchise did it in 1997-98 Tuesday night in Game 6 at Mellon Arena.

Datsyuk dazzles

As I mentioned above, Datsyuk had quite the positive impact in Game 5. The Hart finalist finished the night with two assists, was on the ice for three of Detroit’s five goals, and certainly helped the Wings’ puck posession at both ends of the ice throughout the game. The Detroit Free Press’ Mitch Albom writes about the addition of Datsyuk to the lineup evens things up for the Wings in this series. On Sunday, Datsyuk said that he felt fine and was feeling confident. While it took him a few shifts to get back into the swing of things, his teammates were impressed with Datsyuk’s play on Saturday. The next big question for head coach Mike Babcock is deciding whether to keep Datsyuk as a wing on Zetterberg’s top line, or to have Datsyuk center his own line for Game 6. It was great to see the Eurotwins together again and Datsyuk was quick to credit Henrik Zetterberg for his success. Larry Wigge of NHL.com writes about how the Wings found Datsyuk and how he is surprisingly talented with the soccer ball or puck.

Osgood shuts out Penguins

With each game, netminder Chris Osgood shows why he should be one of Detroit’s top candidates for the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the playoff MVP. In Game 5, Ozzie recorded his 15th career playoff shutout (and third in the Stanley Cup Finals) and registered an assist for good measure. For his performance on Saturday, Osgood was named the third star of the contest. By now, Osgood has proven himself this postseason after he struggled during the regular season as he rises up to meet each challenge.

In Other News

NHL.com reports that three of every four winners of Game 5 when the series was tied 2-2 go on to win the Stanley Cup.

With a win in Game 6 in front of the Mellon Arena crowd, Marian Hossa can validate his signing with the Wings after spurning the Penguins who had made a long-term offer.

Kris Draper is one win away from earning his fifth Stanley Cup writes Brian Compton of NHL.com.

The Penguins have certainly had the advantage over Detroit on special teams prior to Game 5 at JLA as they went 4-for-9 on the power play in the first four games of the series. But the Wings turned that around on Saturday, scoring three times on five power-play opportunities.

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4 Responses to Around the Rink – June 8th Edition

  1. mark hannawa says:

    a special video for my boys in D-town. the video says it all. find it under: penguin flight traing take 1 or find it under: sharkair vs the penguin (this title can also be googled) i hope all you fans love it and spread it around to your friends. when we take the cup back home, i’ll do a follow-up video to cellibrate the victory!!! “Go Wings” from your #1 fan out in Nc.

  2. mark hannawa says:

    i go back with this group since i was 12 years old, thats 29 years ago. i consider my self to be the #1 detroit fan in all the sport, but especially the “Detroit Red Wings”. they are the classiest organization in sport today. slash all you want pens, this is as close as you’re going to get to the cup this year. you guys have a lot of maturing to do before you can skate next to a real class act like the detroit red wings. better luck next year “Go Wings”!!!!!!

  3. Stan says:

    Game 6 over already time to update your blog … fail

  4. Margaret says:

    Clearly Game 6 was blatantly rigged. Shame on the Red Wing franchise for allowing money over integrity and to happen in the Finals of the season is obscene. Red Wing goaltender, Chris Osgood was the only loyal and true performance in this game and he made his displeasure quite obious. True fans, like myself know what happened and feel this should be addressed accordingly.
    My faith in the NHL is shaky because of this. And the NHL is not in the position to lose fans,
    afterall it’s the fans that pay the bill and from our perspective we were ripped off in Game 6.
    Shame on you……
    Ava Margaritta

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