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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80