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Notebook: Osgood gives team chance to win

Netminder makes 29 saves in Game 6 loss for Wings.

Wednesday, 06.10.2009 / 1:48 AM ET / News
By Christy Hammond  - Community Relations Manager
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Notebook: Osgood gives team chance to win
PITTSBURGH – Netminder Chris Osgood kept Detroit in the game after the Penguins outshot the Red Wings 24-12 through 40 minutes of play in Game 6 Tuesday night. Despite the large disparity in shots, Pittsburgh held a one-goal lead after two periods giving the Wings a fighting chance in the third frame.

“They took it to us pretty good for two periods,” Osgood said. “For me, I was just trying to give us a chance at the end to win the game. I was hoping to keep it as close as I could for as ling as I could and hopefully the tide would turn. It did a bit at the end, but not enough.”

If Osgood maintains his strong play through Game 7 to earn his fourth Stanley Cup, the goaltender could lay claim to his first Conn Smythe.

“I thought he played well throughout the whole game,” captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “We need Ozzie to play the way he did, and we know he’s going to respond good for that Game 7."

Henrik Zetterberg agreed with Lidstrom’s assessment of their goalie’s play.

“Ozzie was real good again,” he said. “He was solid back there and there were a few chances there that I thought was going in but he made the key saves and he kept us in the game."

Game 7 Destiny: Statistics are on Detroit’s side heading into Game 7 on Friday at Joe Louis Arena as twelve of the fourteen teams hosting Game 7 have gone on to win the Stanley Cup.

“It’ll be fun,” Lidstrom said of Game 7. “I’m looking forward to it. It’s what we worked hard for all season, to get that home ice. Now we have that chance and you want to take advantage of it.”

The Wings know Game 7 will be ultracompetitive as the two teams duke it out with the winner taking home the Stanley Cup.

"We're feeling pretty good,” Darren Helm said. “But we know they won a big game against Washington (Game 7 of the second round), so we know they're capable of winning a Game 7 on the road."

Jordan Staals Detroit:
Pittsburgh center Jordan Staal scored 51 seconds into the second period, handing momentum over to the Penguins and getting the home crowd back into the game.

"We knew they were going to come out hard and I thought we fended them off real well,” Wings captain Nick Lidstrom said. “But they got that goal early in the second period and gained momentum from it."

The forward logged 19:31 minutes in the game, seeing more time than Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby who posted 17:54 minutes. Staal impressed coach Dan Bylsma with how he played defensively as well as on the penalty kill.

“But I think Jordan Staal can, with his skating ability and his size, he can be a force in the defensive zone, he can be a force with his speed through the neutral zone,” Bylsma said. “And he’s a young kid. He’s just learning what he can do out there, and tonight was a game he did it on both ends of the rink.”

Heroic Effort from Kennedy:
In 13:29 of ice time Tyler Kennedy registered the game-winning goal and an assist, finishing with a plus-two rating.

“When your team plays well enough long enough and you put yourself in those positions, different guys are going to be the heroes,” Bylsma said. “Tonight it was TK.”

His defense also played a role in containing the likes of Pavel Datsyuk to push the series to a Game 7.

“I think offense starts in the defensive zone, and we played well defensively,” Kennedy said. “I think I had a meeting when we played Washington, when I played against Ovechkin it really showed me what I need to do out there. That’s what I’m trying to do, trying to keep their guys out of our end and keep the pucks in their end.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89