Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Detroit Red Wings DetroitRedWings.com presented by AT&T
Stay Connected to the Detroit Red Wings
Email Updates App Text/SMS Updates Twitter Facebook Red Wings TV RSS Feeds
 

Three Questions: Wings-Penguins

DRW.com analyzes Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals

Friday, 06.12.2009 / 11:29 PM / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
X
Share with your Friends


Three Questions: Wings-Penguins
What went wrong?

In a winner-take-all Game 7, all it takes is for one strange bounce to completely change the series.  And that’s what happened early in the second period, when an attempted break-out pass from the Wings hit Evgeni Malkin’s stick and ricocheted into Maxime Talbot’s stick right in front of goaltender Chris Osgood.  Talbot made no mistake with his seemingly unlimited time in front of the goal, beating Osgood to give the Penguins the all-important first goal.

All of a sudden, the Wings were playing catch-up, and were forced to start pressing.  That’s what led to the second goal, when Brad Stuart pinched and someone missed a coverage assignment.  Talbot once again was in the right spot at the right time, and he rushed down the ice.  On a two-on-one, Talbot saw that Niklas Kronwall took the passing lane away, so he fired the puck top-shelf to beat Osgood and give the Penguins a 2-0 lead. 

The Wings made a surge in the third period, outshooting the Penguins 7-1.  Jonathan Ericsson scored with seven minutes remaining, but it was too little, too late for the Wings.  Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made the saves down the stretch and frustrated the Wings’ offense.

Who was the Wings’ unsung hero of the postseason?


Goaltender Chris Osgood turned in a phenomenal postseason, and will get the recognition he deserves.  But Darren Helm was one of the reasons the Wings got as far as they did.  Helm didn’t score many goals for the Wings (four goals and one assist), but his energy lifted the team.  Helm led the entire NHL in hits in the postseason, with 118.  He flew around the ice, causing problems night after night on the forecheck.  He would go after any opponent, even gigantic 6’7” Hal Gill.  And the goals that he did have were huge momentum-swinging plays for the Wings.

What’s next?

The Wings will go home and rest up for the 2009-10 season, but it will be a busy summer for general manager Ken Holland.  He locked up Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen to long-term deals before the playoffs began, but now he has to figure out a way to keep as many of the Red Wings as he can.  Marian Hossa will be the most talked about of the potential free agents - will he stay for another shot at a Stanley Cup?  But Holland will also be on the phone with agents for Jiri Hudler, Mikael Samuelsson, Chris Chelios and Ty Conklin.  It might be a slightly different team when the Wings head out to training camp, but Holland and his staff have done a great job of building a team that will be competitive year after year.   

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

DetroitRedWings.com is the official Web site of the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit Red Wings and DetroitRedWings.com are trademarks of the Detroit Red Wings. NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and Original Six is a trademark of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 Detroit Red Wings and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.
© NHL 2013. All Rights Reserved.

 
Advertise/SponsorshipsOlympia Entertainment | Code of Conduct | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Employment | Contact Us | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map