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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.
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.
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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.