Comeback Puts Red Wings One Win from Cup

For the first time in these Stanley Cup Finals the team that scored first didn't win the game, for the first time in these playoffs the Pittsburgh Penguins lost at home, and the Detroit Red Wings now sit one win away from their fourth Stanley Cup Championship since 1997.

Jiri Hudler's first goal of the Finals gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead at 2:26 of the third period.

After Brad Stuart held the puck in at the blue line, Darren Helm set up a pick to let it come to Hudler for a backhander from low in the right circle. The puck bounced off the post and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury before falling across the goal line.

The Penguins had a chance to even things up midway through the third with a long five-on-three. Henrik Zetterberg led the penalty kill, tying up Sidney Crosby's stick on what would have been a simple tap-in at one point and stealing the puck for a break into the Pittsburgh zone at another.

Pittsburgh had opened the game's scoring just 2:51 into the game, with Marian Hossa jamming the rebound of a Sergei Gonchar blast past Chris Osgood from the side of the net on a power play.

Nicklas Lidstrom tied things up for Detroit 4:17 later, rifling a shot from the top of the left circle past Fleury just after the expiration of a power play.

The Red Wings were scoreless on three power play chances while the Penguins scored their lone goal on one of their six tries with the extra attacker.

Osgood made 22 saves on 23 shots in earning the win. Fleury stopped 28 of 30 shots for his first loss at Mellon Arena since November 21.

Detroit can close out the series at Joe Louis Arena on Monday.

Notes: The Red Wings were without Tomas Holmstrom, who missed the game with an apparent hamstring injury. Darren McCarty took his place in the lineup and Dan Cleary skated in Holmstrom's spot alongside Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

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With a little under eleven hours until the start of the game (probably exactly that long until the drop of the puck), my nerves are reminding me that I never should have been feeling comfortable in the first place.

The series won't be decided tonight but it's another must-win for the Penguins. Detroit doesn't need the win but a loss puts them in a virtual must-win on Monday.

Tomas Holmstrom missed yesterday's practice but said he felt fine on a bike. He'll go today if he can. If not, Cleary moves up to the top line, Maltby to the third line, and McCarty rejoins the lineup on the fourth line.

No other changes are expected.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/31/2008 at 9:20 AM


I've been busting my ass all afternoon working on a freelance gig, trying to keep my nerves from driving me nuts. Took a second to relax and found this linked from Abel to Yzerman...

After pulling out that thrilling victory in Game 3 -- and really, could there have been a more compelling contest to sell the sport on prime time TV than that 3-2 nailbiter? -- the Penguins have to be feeling pretty good about their chances heading into Game 4.But as they step onto the ice, braced by the roars of 17,000 die-hard supporters at Mellon Arena on Saturday night, they should take a moment to soak up the adoration of the home crowd. Odds are they won't get another chance this season.Yep. This thing ends in five. Make book on it.

That would be Allan Muir over at SI.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/31/2008 at 4:55 PM


Homer's out. Damn.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/31/2008 at 8:15 PM



Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/31/2008 at 8:27 PM


That was as much interference as the one called back in Game One.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/31/2008 at 8:30 PM


Tied back up, bitches!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/31/2008 at 8:31 PM


Come on!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/31/2008 at 8:33 PM


I don't think either team can complain too much about the outcome of the first.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/31/2008 at 9:00 PM


This has been a really engrossing game. It's too close to call.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/31/2008 at 9:31 PM


YEEEEAAAHHHHH!!!!! Hudler breaks the deadlock!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/31/2008 at 10:14 PM


Oh my. I think my nerves just got worse with the Wings in the lead. Get another one.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/31/2008 at 10:17 PM


Crosby on his knees. What a surprise.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/31/2008 at 10:27 PM


That was fantastic. Oh my god. I can't speak.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/31/2008 at 10:32 PM


Zetterberg was immense in that 5 on 3 PK.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/31/2008 at 10:33 PM


Oh my god. Oh my god. One more


Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/31/2008 at 10:48 PM



Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/31/2008 at 10:49 PM


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