Red Wings Hold Off Pittsburgh Comeback to Claim Cup

After scoring with just 34 seconds remaining to force overtime on Monday night, the Penguins looked for late goals to pull even again on Wednesday. This time, Detroit's defense held strong and prevented Pittsburgh from tying things up, giving the Red Wings their fourth Stanley Cup in the past eleven seasons.

Marian Hossa's power play goal with 1:27 left in the third pulled the Penguins to within a goal but Chris Osgood stopped Hossa as the clock ran out to finish off Detroit's championship run.

The Red Wings took the lead early with Brian Rafalski scoring at 5:03 of the first period on a power play. Rafalski snapped a shot from the left faceoff circle off the shin pad of Hal Gill and past Marc-Andre Fleury for his fourth goal of the playoffs.

Valtteri Filppula put Detroit up by two at 8:07 of the second, banging the rebound of a Mikael Samuelsson shot between Fleury's legs.

A power play goal by Evgeni Malkin with 4:34 left in the period put the Penguins on the board, scoring on a blast from the top of the left circle that went between Chris Osgood's pads.

Henrik Zetterberg, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as MVP of the playoffs, scored the eventual Cup-winning goal at 7:36 of the third.

He snapped a shot on Fleury from the left wing and the puck trickled through before stopping in the crease. No one but the referee could see where it was and when Fleury fell to try to cover it, he knocked it back into the net.

Pittsburgh went two-for-four on the power play and Detroit went one-for-three.

Fleury finished the night with 27 saves on 20 Detroit shots, finishing the playoffs with a .933 save percentage and a 1.97 GAA. Osgood stopped 20 of 22 attempts to finish the postseason with a .930 save percentage and a GAA of 1.55.

The Red Wings will celebrate their championship with a parade through Detroit on Friday.

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Oh no. Don't let this happen!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/4/2008 at 10:39 PM

 

Win the draw and get the clear.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/4/2008 at 10:40 PM

 

wow what a finish!!!!

Posted by klaitinen on 6/4/2008 at 10:43 PM

 

And Ozzie comes up huge at the last second! WOOOOOOO!!!!!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/4/2008 at 10:43 PM

 

YYYYEEEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! COME ON! COME ON! STANLEY! STANLEY! STANLEY! YEEEAAAHHHH!!!!!!!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/4/2008 at 10:46 PM

 

Good Lord.

i'm speechless.. that was

wow.

Posted by drwmike33 on 6/4/2008 at 10:48 PM

 

The poor sports in Pittsburgh is staggering.

Posted by drwmike33 on 6/4/2008 at 10:49 PM

 

Zata gets the Conn Smythe! Woohoooo!!!!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/4/2008 at 10:49 PM

 

<img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

I sit in a hotel in the middle of Illinois <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY <|3

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 6/4/2008 at 10:50 PM

 

Dally gets the Cup from Nick! Clears next.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/4/2008 at 10:52 PM

 

YEAH!!!! And Dallas Drake gets the Cup handed to him.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/4/2008 at 10:53 PM

 

Ozzie! Ozzie! Ozzie!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/4/2008 at 10:55 PM

 

HE!! Yeah!!!!!!

Posted by fitch.1918 on 6/4/2008 at 10:55 PM

 

When's the parade? Woooohoooo!

You coming, fitch?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/4/2008 at 10:57 PM

 

Parade is 11:00 AM on Friday. I'll be there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/5/2008 at 12:00 AM

 

YEHAW

Great Series!

WINGS AGAIN!!!

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Posted by RideTheRedWave on 6/5/2008 at 2:27 AM

 

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