Wings lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 1-2 in Game 7 of the Finals
Goals: Talbot (2), Ericsson (1)
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
Spirit of Detroit statue is dressed in a Detroit Red Wings jersey
during the playoffs.
It was a long road
for the veteran Red Wings who ended up stunned at the end of game
seven. The Wings stood speechless when the Penguins won the Stanley
Cup at the Joe. Marian Hossa, a former Penguin, got to watch his
old team finish with a victory.
The Wings swept the
Columbus Blue Jackets in the first four games of round one. The
Wings played a tough second round with Anaheim. That series ended
up going all the way to game seven when the Wings won, 4-3. Round
three was a little easier for the Wings when they beat the Chicago
Blackhawks in four games to one.
The Stanley Cup Finals
against the Pittsburgh Penguins was very difficult for the Wings
as it went all the way to game seven. This series was all about
home ice. The Wings won its first three games at home and the
Penguins won all of its games at Mellon Arena.
The first period of
game seven ended with no score. However, Pittsburgh made 10 shots
while the Red Wings made six shots.
The second period featured
two goals by the Penguins. Both goals were scored by Maxime Talbot.
The first was a wrist shot at 1:13 with an assist by Evgeni Malkin.
The second was a snap shot at 10:07 with an assist by Chris Kunitz
and Rob Scuderi. The Penguins made seven shots in the second period
while the wings made 11 shots.
In the third period,
the Red Wings came back to life. Jonathan Ericsson scored for
the Wings at 13:53. It was a slap shot that was assisted by Nicklas
Lidstrom and Jiri Hurdler. The Red Wings also made another shot
towards the end of the third period that hit the goal post. There
was also many last-minute attempts by the Wings as the clock ticked
down to zero.
It appeared that the
Red Wings were very tired. After all, many of the Red Wings players
are much older than the young Penguins team. Many of the Penguins
are between the ages of 20 and 38. Meanwhile, much of the Wings
are aged between 22 and 47. The Wings also kept its star players
on the ice much longer than normal. The Penguins gave their star
players more time to rest and shorter shifts on the ice.
Sidney Crosby of the
Penguins was the youngest captain in NHL history to win the Stanley
Cup. This is the third Stanley Cup for the Penguins. The Conn
Smythe Trophy was presented to Evgeni Malkin (center) of the Penguins.
Many Red Wings players
are nominated for other NHL awards. Pavel Datsyuk is a finalist
for the Selke Trophy, which is awarded to the player with the
most skill in the defensive component of the game, the Hart Trophy,
to the player judged most valuable to his team and the Lady Byng
Trophy, awarded to the player with the best sportsmanship. Datsyuk
is also up for the Pearson Award, which is given to the most outstanding
player as judged by members of the NHL Players Association. Chris
Chelios is up for the Masterton Trophy, which is awarded to the
player with the best perserverance, sportsmanship and dedication
to hockey. The winners will be announced on June 18 at the NHL
The Red Wings will
try again next year. Hopefully against a different team... On
a positive note, the Wings are still the Western Conference Champs!