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2008 Stanley Cup Finals

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2008 Stanley Cup Final
Teams 1 2 3 4 5*** 6 Games
Pittsburgh Penguins 0 0 3 1 4 2 2
Detroit Red Wings 4 3 2 2 3 3 4
* - Denotes overtime period(s)
Location: Detroit: Joe Louis Arena (1,2,5)
Pittsburgh: Mellon Arena (3,4,6)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Detroit: Mike Babcock
Pittsburgh: Michel Therrien
Captains: Detroit: Nicklas Lidström
Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby
Referees: Paul Devorski, Marc Joannette, Dan O'Halloran, Brad Watson[1]
Dates: May 24June 4
MVP: Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg (7:36, 3rd, G6)
Networks: NBC, CBC, Versus, RDS, NASN
 < 2007 Stanley Cup Finals  

The 2008 Stanley Cup Final determined the winner of the Stanley Cup and the champion of the National Hockey League (NHL) for the 2007–08 season. As a culmination of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings defeated the Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins, four games to two. Henrik Zetterberg was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.[2]

This was Pittsburgh's third appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, and its first since winning consecutive championships in 1991 and 1992. Detroit made its 23rd appearance in the championship series, and its first since winning the Cup in 2002. This was Detroit's 11th Stanley Cup title. This was also the first Cup Final between two American-based NHL teams since 2003. The 1993 Montreal Canadiens remain the last Canadian team to have won the Cup.

The Cup Final was broadcast in Canada and some parts of the United States as part of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada in English and on RDS in French. In the United States, Versus televised games one and two, and NBC broadcast the rest of the series. In the United Kingdom, all games were aired live on Five.


[edit] Paths to the Final

For more details on this topic, see 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Detroit Red Wings entered the Final after winning the Presidents' Trophy as the team that had the best record during the regular season. Led by forwards Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Johan Franzén, Detroit scored 55 goals in the first three rounds of the playoffs. With struggling goaltender Dominik Hasek being replaced mid-series by Chris Osgood, the Red Wings defeated their division rival Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, in six games. The team swept the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Semifinal round, and defeated the Dallas Stars in six games to win their fifth Clarence S. Campbell Bowl in franchise history.

The Pittsburgh Penguins entered the championship series after winning the Atlantic Division and earning the second-best regular season record in the Eastern Conference. The team was led by Sidney Crosby; missing 29 games throughout the regular season because of an ankle injury, the captain returned to lead the first three rounds of the playoffs in assists, and to tie for the lead in points heading into the Stanley Cup Final. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury recorded three shutouts throughout the playoffs, to lead the league in that category. Evgeni Malkin and Marian Hossa, who was acquired at the trade deadline, each recorded nine goals and ten assists throughout the playoffs. The Penguins swept the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, a reversal of the series of the previous season when Ottawa beat Pittsburgh 4–1. In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Penguins defeated division rival the New York Rangers, in five games. The team won the Prince of Wales Trophy by defeating another division rival, the Philadelphia Flyers, also in five games.

[edit] Rosters

Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.

[edit] Detroit Red Wings

# Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth Finals appearance
30 Chris Osgood L 2005 Flag of Canada Peace River, Alberta 4th (1995, 1997, 1998)
35 Jimmy Howard L 2003 Flag of the United States Ogdensburg, New York 1st (did not play)
39 Dominik Hasek L 2006 Flag of the Czech Republic Pardubice, Czechoslovakia 4th (1992, 1999, 2002)
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth Finals appearance
3 Andreas Lilja L 2005 Flag of Sweden Helsingborg, Sweden 1st
4 Kyle Quincey L 2003 Flag of Canada Kitchener, Ontario 1st (did not play)
5 Nicklas LidstromC L 1989 Flag of Sweden Vasteras, Sweden 5th (1995, 1997, 1998, 2002)
14 Derek Meech L 2002 Flag of Canada Winnipeg, Manitoba 1st (did not play)
22 Brett Lebda L 2004 Flag of the United States Buffalo Grove, Illinois 1st
23 Brad Stuart L 2008 Flag of Canada Rocky Mountain House, Alberta 1st
24 Chris Chelios R 1999 Flag of the United States Chicago, Illinois 5th (1986, 1989, 1992, 2002; did not play)
28 Brian Rafalski R 2007 Flag of the United States Dearborn, Michigan 4th (2000, 2001, 2003)
36 Garrett Stafford R 2007 Flag of the United States Los Angeles, California 1st (did not play)
46 Jakub Kindl L 2005 Flag of the Czech Republic Sumperk, Czechoslovakia 1st (did not play)
52 Jonathan Ericsson L 2002 Flag of Sweden Karlskrona, Sweden 1st (did not play)
55 Niklas Kronwall L 2000 Flag of Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 1st
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of Birth Finals appearance
8 Justin Abdelkader C L 2005 Flag of the United States Muskegon, Michigan 1st (did not play)
11 Daniel Cleary LW L 2005 Flag of Canada Carbonear, Newfoundland 1st
13 Pavel DatsyukA C L 1998 Flag of Russia Sverdlovsk, U.S.S.R. 2nd (2002)
17 Dallas Drake RW L 2007 Flag of Canada Trail, British Columbia 1st
18 Kirk Maltby RW R 1996 Flag of Canada Guelph, Ontario 4th (1997, 1998, 2002)
20 Aaron Downey RW R 2007 Flag of Canada Shelburne, Ontario 1st (did not play)
25 Darren McCarty RW R 2008 Flag of Canada Burnaby, British Columbia 4th (1997, 1998, 2002)
26 Jiri Hudler C L 2002 Flag of the Czech Republic Olomouc, Czechoslovakia 1st
33 Kris DraperA C L 1993 Flag of Canada Toronto, Ontario 4th (1997, 1998, 2002)
37 Mikael Samuelsson RW R 2005 Flag of Sweden Mariefred, Sweden 1st
40 Henrik ZetterbergA C L 1999 Flag of Sweden Njurunda, Sweden 1st
42 Mattias Ritola C L 2005 Flag of Sweden Borlange, Sweden 1st (did not play)
43 Darren Helm LW L 2005 Flag of Canada St. Andrews, Manitoba 1st
44 Mark Hartigan C L 2007 Flag of Canada Fort St. John, British Columbia 1st (did not play)
48 Cory Emmerton LW L 2006 Flag of Canada St. Thomas, Ontario 1st (did not play)
51 Valtteri Filppula C L 2002 Flag of Finland Vantaa, Finland 1st
82 Tomas Kopecky LW L 2000 Flag of Slovakia Dubnica nad Vahom, Czechoslovakia 1st (did not play)
93 Johan Franzen LW L 2004 Flag of Sweden Vetlanda, Sweden 1st
96 Tomas Holmstrom RW L 1994 Flag of Sweden Pitea, Sweden 4th (1997, 1998, 2002)

[edit] Pittsburgh Penguins

# Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth Finals appearance
29 Marc-Andre Fleury L 2003 Flag of Canada Sorel, Quebec 1st
35 Ty Conklin L 2007 Flag of the United States Anchorage, Alaska 2nd (2006)
30 Dany Sabourin L 2007 Flag of Canada Val-d'Or, Quebec 1st (did not play)
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth Finals appearance
2 Hal Gill L 2008 Flag of the United States Concord, Massachusetts 1st
3 Mark Eaton (IR) L 2006 Flag of the United States Wilmington, Delaware 1st (did not play)
4 Rob Scuderi L 1998 Flag of the United States Syosset, New York 1st
5 Darryl Sydor L 2007 Flag of Canada Edmonton, Alberta 5th (1993, 1999, 2000, 2004)
19 Ryan Whitney L 2002 Flag of the United States Boston, Massachusetts 1st
44 Brooks Orpik L 2001 Flag of the United States San Francisco, California 1st
55 Sergei GoncharA L 2005 Flag of Russia Chelyabinsk, U.S.S.R. 2nd (1998)
58 Kris Letang R 2005 Flag of Canada Montreal, Quebec 1st
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of Birth Finals appearance
9 Pascal Dupuis LW/RW L 2008 Flag of Canada Laval, Quebec 1st
10 Gary RobertsA LW L 2007 Flag of Canada North York, Ontario 2nd (1989)
11 Jordan Staal C L 2006 Flag of Canada Thunder Bay, Ontario 1st
12 Ryan Malone LW L 1999 Flag of the United States Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1st
17 Petr Sykora RW L 2007 Flag of the Czech Republic Pilsen, Czechoslovakia 4th (2000, 2001, 2003)
18 Marian Hossa RW L 2008 Flag of Slovakia Stara Lubovna, Czechoslovakia 1st
24 Kris Beech C L 2008 Flag of Canada Salmon Arm, British Columbia 1st (did not play)
25 Maxime Talbot C/LW L 2002 Flag of Canada LeMoyne, Quebec 1st
27 Georges Laraque RW R 2007 Flag of Canada Montreal, Quebec 2nd (2006)
28 Adam Hall RW/C R 2007 Flag of the United States Kalamazoo, Michigan 1st
37 Jarkko Ruutu LW L 2006 Flag of Finland Helsinki, Finland 1st
38 Jeff Taffe C/LW L 2007 Flag of the United States Hastings, Minnesota 1st (did not play)
48 Tyler Kennedy C/RW R 2004 Flag of Canada Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 1st
71 Evgeni Malkin C L 2004 Flag of Russia Magnitogorsk, U.S.S.R. 1st
87 Sidney CrosbyC C L 2005 Flag of Canada Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia 1st

[edit] Game one

Pittsburgh's Gary Roberts and Detroit's Chris Chelios were both benched for game one. Prior to the game, a ceremonial faceoff featuring former Pittsburgh captain and current team chairman Mario Lemieux and former Detroit captain and current team vice president Steve Yzerman. Each dropped a puck to their current captains Sidney Crosby and Nicklas Lidstrom, respectively.

At 15:20 into the first period, a goal scored by Nicklas Lidstrom was waved off after Tomas Holmstrom was called for goaltender interference. The remainder of the first period went scoreless, as Pittsburgh failed to capitalize on four consecutive power plays. At 13:01 into the second period, Mikael Samuelsson gave the Red Wings the unassisted game-winning goal, on a wrap-around. Just over two minutes into the third period, Samuelsson added his second unassisted goal of the game. At 17:18 into the third period, Dan Cleary scored after receiving an assist from Brad Stuart, to give the Red Wings a 3–0 lead. Henrik Zetterberg scored with 13 seconds remaining, giving the Wings their second goal on the power-play. Chris Osgood recorded his second shutout of the playoffs, to give the Red Wings a 4–0 victory in game one. The Red Wings outshot the Penguins 36–19.

[edit] Game one summary

  • Goalie Statistics:
  • Shots by Period:
Team 1 2 3 T
Pittsburgh 12 4 3 19
Detroit 11 16 9 36

[edit] Game two

In preparation for game two, head coach Michel Therrien revised Pittsburgh's lines; the revision included Gary Roberts who did not play in game one.[3] Johan Franzen, the leading goal-scorer in the playoffs, returned to the line-up for Detroit.[4]

Detroit's Brad Stuart scored the first goal of the game 6:55 into the first period, on a slap shot, with an assist from Valtteri Filppula. Tomas Holmstrom added a goal at 11:18 into the first period, to put Detroit up 2–0. Pittsburgh struggled throughout the period, failing to get a shot on goal for the game's first twelve minutes. Detroit outshot the Penguins 11–6 in the second period, but both teams failed to score. At 8:48 into the third period, Valtteri Filppula acquired his first goal of the series, beating goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury with a wrist-shot. Chris Osgood recorded his second consecutive shutout, stopping all 22 shots faced.

[edit] Game two summary

  • Goalie Statistics:
  • Shots by Period:
Team 1 2 3 T
Pittsburgh 6 6 10 22
Detroit 12 11 11 34

[edit] Game three

Game three was held in Pittsburgh, where going into the matchup the Penguins had won sixteen consecutive home games.[5] Pittsburgh continued to shuffle their lineup by replacing defenseman Kris Letang with veteran Darryl Sydor,[6] but going back to the top line combinations from game one. The Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored the team's first goal of the series late in the first period, with an assist from Marian Hossa. The Penguins went up 2-0 after Crosby scored a second time, his second coming on the power-play, just 2:34 into the second period. Johan Franzen pulled the Red Wings within one, when he scored on the power-play at 14:48 of the second period. Adam Hall scored his second goal of the post season, when the Penguins winger scored at 7:18 of the third period, putting his team up 3-1. Mikael Samuelsson scored a second goal for the Red Wings, with assists from Brad Stuart and Valtteri Filppula. However, Pittsburgh's 3-2 lead held, giving the team their first victory of the series. Despite winning the game, Pittsburgh was outshot by the Red Wings for the third consecutive game by at least 10 shots.

[edit] Game three summary

  • Shots by Period:
Team 1 2 3 T
Pittsburgh 6 13 5 24
Detroit 9 9 16 34

[edit] Game four

Entering Game Four, Petr Sykora said the game was a must-win for the Penguins, "For us, basically, [game four] is a do-or-die game".[7] Jiri Hudler's game-winning goal at 2:26 of the third period broke a 1–1 tie, and the Red Wings killed off a Penguins 1:26 5-on-3 advantage midway through the final period to help preserve the victory. Pittsburgh scored first on Marian Hossa's power play goal 2:51 into the game before Nicklas Lidstrom tied the game at 7:06 of the first period.

[edit] Game four summary

  • Shots by Period:
Team 1 2 3 T
Pittsburgh 9 8 6 23
Detroit 14 7 9 30

[edit] Game five

Pittsburgh's Marian Hossa scored the first goal of the game at 8:37 into the first period. Teammate Adam Hall added his second goal of the series at 14:41 of the first period, giving the Penguins a 2–0 lead. Detroit then scored three consecutive goals—by Darren Helm, Pavel Datsyuk, and Brian Rafalski—to gain the lead. After Pittsburgh pulled its goalie with less than one minute remaining in regulation, Maxime Talbot scored with 34.3 seconds remaining to tie the game and force overtime. The goal marked only the second time in NHL history that a team avoided elimination in the Final by scoring in the last minute of the third period.[8] The first two overtime periods were scoreless, and the game went into the third overtime with Detroit killing two consecutive penalties, and Pittsburgh killing one. At the 9:21 mark, Pittsburgh's Petr Sykora scored the game-winning goal on another power-play, forcing the series back to Pittsburgh for game six. The goal was assisted by defensemen Sergei Gonchar, who was playing his first shift in forty minutes as a result of an injury, and Evgeni Malkin, who got his first point of the Final. Pittsburgh became the first team in modern NHL history to have three overtime power-plays in the Final. Goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury and Chris Osgood stopped 55 and 28 shots, respectively. The triple overtime game was the fifth-longest in Stanley Cup Final history.[9]

[edit] Game five summary

  • First Overtime
  • Second Overtime
  • Shots by Period:
Team 1 2 3 OT1 OT2 OT3 T
Pittsburgh 7 7 4 2 8 4 32
Detroit 8 12 14 13 7 4 58

[edit] Game six

Pittsburgh's Ryan Malone was scheduled to have X-rays on June 3, after being hit in the face with the puck in game five, but was expected to play.[10]

The Red Wings took a 2–0 lead in the second period in game six en route to a 3–2 victory to clinch the Stanley Cup. Brian Rafalski scored a power play goal at 5:03 in the first period before Valtteri Filppula extended the lead with a goal at 8:07 in the second. The Penguins had an opportunity to get their first goal later in the first period, with a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:33, but could not convert. Pittsburgh finally cut the lead at 15:26 of the second period with Evgeni Malkin's power play goal. However, a third period shot by Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg squeezed through the legs of Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who, after noticing he was not covering the puck, fell backwards and accidentally knocked the puck across the goal line for the Red Wings' third goal. Marian Hossa scored a power play goal at 18:33 of the third period to cut the lead to 3–2, but the Penguins, despite a shot by Sidney Crosby and shot off rebound by Hossa in the final seconds, could not tie the game before time ran out.

[edit] Game six summary

  • Shots by Period:
Team 1 2 3 T
Detroit 9 9 12 30
Pittsburgh 8 8 6 22

[edit] Television ratings

Game one of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals had a 1.8 rating in the United States, drawing 2.3 million viewers. The rating was a 157% increase over the previous Playoff Finals opener, and a 100% rise from two years previous.[11] Game two had a 1.9 rating, drawing 2.5 million viewers. It was the highest-rated and most-watched cable telecast of the finals in six years in the United States. The rating was the highest for an NHL game on Versus and the second highest rating for a Versus broadcast ever only to Lance Armstrong's seventh straight Tour de France victory in 2005 (2.1).[12] Game three drew a 2.8 rating, representing an 87% increase over the previous year's game three. In Detroit, game three drew higher ratings (18.2) than game five of the 2008 NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics (15.9).[13] Game four earned a 2.3 rating, up 21% over the previous year's game four. Game five drew a 4.3 rating, representing a 79% increase from the previous year's game five. It drew the highest ratings for a game five since 2002.[14] Game six had a 4.4 rating.

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ Stanley Cup Officials. HHLOA (05-21-2008). Retrieved on 2008-05-22.
  2. ^ "Detroit Red Wings win Stanley Cup", CBC, 2008-06-04. Retrieved on 2008-06-04. 
  3. ^ Molinari, Dave. "Moving forward: Therrien shuffles lines hoping to make a difference in game two", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2008-05-26. Retrieved on 2008-05-26. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Shelly. "Red Wings' Franzen will play tonight", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2008-05-26. Retrieved on 2008-05-26. 
  5. ^ Kreiser, John. "Penguins hope home is where the wins are", NHL.com, 2008-05-27. Retrieved on 2008-05-28. 
  6. ^ Rosen, Dan. "Cup winner Sydor jumps back into Pens lineup", PittsburghPenguins.com, 2008-05-28. Retrieved on 2008-05-28. 
  7. ^ Molinari, Dave. "Sykora: Penguins face a must-win situation tonight", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2008-05-31. Retrieved on 2008-05-31. 
  8. ^ Sykora delivers on his called shot. CBC (2008-06-03). Retrieved on 2008-06-03.
  9. ^ Phil Coffey (2008-06-02). Penguins stay alive in triple OT. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2008-06-03.
  10. ^ Molinari, Dave. "Penguins again stare at elimination tonight at Mellon Arena", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2008-06-04. Retrieved on 2008-06-04. 
  11. ^ American television ratings rise for Stanley Cup final opener. Yahoo! (2008-05-28). Retrieved on 2008-06-05.
  12. ^ Vergara, Norman (2008-05-29). Stanley Cup game two's Ratings Outdo game one Figures. All Headline News. Retrieved on 2008-06-05.
  13. ^ Stanley Cup's game three beat NBA conference finals in Detroit ratings. SI.com (2008-05-29). Retrieved on 2008-06-05.
  14. ^ Stanley Cup finals ratings improve again. USA Today (2008-06-03). Retrieved on 2008-06-05.