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  1. One more. One more GDT for my MTS crew. One more night filled with gasps, and holding your breath. One more time stressing out over the littlest things and yelling at the TV. One more... ALL or NOTHING game. One. More. Win. Presents the following thread: @ 3 @ 3 Your defending Stanley Cup Champion Vs. The Pittsburgh Penguins This game is a presentation of: GAME 7 Location: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Mich. Date: Fri., June 12th, 2009 Time: 8:00pm EST Television Broadcast Provided by: The NBC network DirecTV channel 82/83 Radio Broadcast Provided by: XM Radio: Channels 204/205 Goaltending Matchup: Det. - Chris Osgood (15-7) 2.00 GAA .927 sv%, 2 SO Pit. - Marc-Andre Fleury (15-8) 2.68 GAA .906 sv% Recap of the Wings Game 6 loss to the Penguins: Highlights of the Wings 2-1 loss:NHL Network Online Red Wings 1, Penguins 2 Penguins force Game 7 as Fleury stands tall in Game 6 PITTSBURGH -- Before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, Detroit's Dan Cleary spoke about how difficult it is to close out a team with the Cup on the line, mainly because the team on the brink of elimination doesn't want to go quietly into a season of regrets. Later Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins proved Cleary to be prescient, playing their most workmanlike, most disciplined and most gritty game of this best of-7 series. The result was a 2-1 victory for Pittsburgh, a result that put the Stanley Cup back in its traveling case and forced a winner-take-all Game 7 Friday night in Detroit (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS). The Red Wings had clinched the Cup here last season with a 3-2 victory in Game 6. "I thought they were better than us, though, at the start of the game; probably, for the first almost 32 minutes," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "They won more races and more battles, had more play, were on top of us more, and they kept us to the outside. "I thought we started to build some momentum at the end of the second period, and then obviously we had a good third period." But by then, Detroit was fighting an uphill battle. Jordan Staal had given Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead in the first minute of the second period. Then Tyler Kennedy scored a solo-effort goal in the sixth minute of the third period. Kris Draper, with his first point of the playoffs, cut the lead to 2-1; but thanks to the brilliance of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Detroit could not get the equalizer. "Everybody did a good job sacrificing," is how defenseman Brooks Orpik described the season-extending victory. "We won the battles, getting the stick on the puck, all the little things," fellow defenseman Hal Gill told NHL.com. "That makes the game a little easier. You don't think about the big things. You take the little things and go step by step." The list of heroes for the Penguins on Tuesday night was exhaustive and aided by a sliver of luck. Fleury turned in perhaps his best game of the Final just 72 hours after allowing five goals on 21 shots in Game 5's desultory 5-0 loss. "He's a guy who has come up big in a lot of big games," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "There were a handful of times he came up big for us tonight." Fleury made only three saves in the first period, but two were on point-blank shots by Detroit sniper Henrik Zetterberg. In the game's final two minutes Fleury denied Dan Cleary on a breakaway. And when Fleury couldn't get in front of a shot, one of his teammates did. Pittsburgh finished the game with 20 blocked shots. None, though, was as memorable as the kick save by Rob Scuderi with 14 seconds left in the game as Johan Franzen tried to score from the low slot. Scuderi got the initial attempt with his leg pad and then appeared to make a second save with the boot portion of his skate before Fleury smothered the puck. "I'm more of a stand-up goalie, not a butterfly," Scuderi said, a trickle of blood curling down his face from a small gash on his right eyebrow. "They are outnumbering us in front of the net and at that point it is kind of tough to just take the man. I just tried to go down and hope that it hit and I'm pretty fortunate it did." It was the gritty one-on-one battles -- like blocking shots -- which defined Pittsburgh's victory. On Staal's goal, the big forward made a safe play to get the puck out of the zone before beating Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to the puck to key the 2-on-1. Then, Staal didn't quit on the play, reaching back to slam home his own rebound after Chris Osgood made the initial save. On the game-winning goal, Kennedy made a play out of nothing to jam home a shot from in tight. But for that to happen, Matt Cooke had to beat Nicklas Lidstrom to a loose puck on the half board, then Max Talbot had to rim a pass behind the net as two defenders converged on him before Kennedy could curl around and stuff home his shot. "It helped us out a little bit, getting that two-goal lead," Kennedy said. "You have to build as big a lead as you can on those guys because they have a lot of offensive players and are a good team." Not only did Staal and Kennedy score the Pittsburgh goals, but they also did the majority of the defensive work necessary to keep the Zetterberg-Cleary-Pavel Datsyuk unit off the scoresheet. The Pittsburgh checking line, which also includes Cooke, took the majority of the shifts against Detroit's top line, freeing the Sidney Crosby unit for other duties. "Offense starts in the defensive zone," Kennedy said, "and I thought we played well in the defensive zone tonight. We're trying to keep the puck out of our end and keep it in their end." By doing that, and all the other little things right, Kennedy and Staal were named as the game's second and third stars, respectively, behind Fleury. "I think that's the story line of the playoffs, when your team can play well enough that different people can put on the cape on any given night," Bylsma said. "When your team plays well enough long enough and you put yourself in those positions, different guys are going to be the heroes. Tonight it was TK, and Jordan was also a huge part of that." Notes: Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal would not be denied on his first shift of the second period. First, he alleviated some Detroit pressure by chipping the puck off the wall and across the blue line. Instead of exhaling, Staal danced past a pinching Jonathon Ericsson to reclaim the puck and key a 2-on-1, joined by Tyler Kennedy. Staal kept the puck, shooting on Chris Osgood, who made the save with his mask. Refusing to be denied, Staal then grabbed the rebound and tucked it past Osgood. Detroit goalie Chris Osgood kept his team in the game, despite a huge territorial advantage by the desperate Penguins, making some brilliant saves in the first 40 minutes, including a lightning-fast glove save against Bill Guerin in the first and a one-timer off the stick of Ruslan Fedotenko in the second. Marc-Andre Fleury may have made only three saves in the first period, but none of them was easy. In fact, the two against Henrik Zetterberg in that period -- 14 minutes and 58 seconds apart -- were likely his two best of the night. Each time, Zetterberg was all alone in a prime scoring area, only to be denied by Fleury. Kris Draper's goal at 8:01 of the third period was Draper's goal and first point of these playoffs. The goal, a rebound lofted past the sprawling Marc-Andre Fleury, cut Pittsburgh's lead to 2-1. Game 6 was just Draper's seventh game of the playoffs and just third of the Final. Pittsburgh decided to shake up its lineup with its season on the line. Petr Sykora was inserted to provide some offense. But his biggest contribution might have come on the defensive side of the puck when, in the second period, he blocked a point shot from Kris Draper by diving to the ice and then having the wherewithal to push the puck out of the zone while prone on the ice. Sykora took the place of Miroslav Satan. Series Schedule: Saturday, May 30, @Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 1 Sunday, May 31, @Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 1 Tuesday, June 2 @Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 2 Thursday, June 4 @Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 2 Saturday, June 6 @Detroit 5, Pittsburgh 0 Tuesday, June 9 @Pittsburgh 2, Detroit 1 Series 3 Results: Sunday, May 17, @Detroit 5, Chicago 2 Tuesday, May 19, @Detroit 3, Chicago 2, OT Friday, May 22 @Chicago 4, Detroit 3, OT Sunday, May 24 Detroit 6, @Chicago 1 Wednesday, May 27 @Detroit 4, Chicago 3, OT Series 2 Results: Friday, May 1 @Detroit 3, Ducks 2 Sunday, May 3 Anaheim 4, @Detroit 3, 3OT Tuesday, May 5 @Anaheim 2, Detroit 1 Thursday, May 7 Detroit 6, @Anaheim 3 Sunday, May 10 @Detroit 4, Anaheim 1 Tuesday, May 12 @Anaheim 2, Detroit 1 Thursday, May 14 @Detroit 4, Anaheim 3 Round 1 Results: Thursday, April 16 @Detroit 4, Columbus 1 Saturday, April 18 @Detroit 4, Columbus 0 Tuesday, April 21 Detroit 4, @Columbus 1 Thursday, April 23 Detroit 6, @Columbus 5
  2. Did you know? The last five cup winners all LOST game 3. Presents the following thread: @ 2 @ 1 Your defending Stanley Cup Champion AT The Pittsburgh Penguins This game is a presentation of: GAME 4 Location: Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa. Date: Thu., June 4th, 2009 Time: 8:00pm EST Television Broadcast Provided by: The VERSUS network DirecTV channel 603 Radio Broadcast Provided by: XM Radio: Channels 204/205 Goaltending Matchup: Det. - Chris Osgood (14-5) 2.00 GAA .927 sv%, 1 SO Pit. - Marc-Andre Fleury (13-7) 2.63 GAA .906 sv% Recap of the Wings Game 3 loss to the Penguins: Highlights of the Wings 4-2 loss:NHL Network Online Red Wings 2, Penguins 4 Inconsistent officals catalyst for Pens' Game 3 win PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin may be the faces of these Pittsburgh Penguins, but Sergei Gonchar is their heart and soul. The veteran Russian defenseman proved that Tuesday night at Mellon Arena in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final in a 4-2 win over the Red Wings that took Pittsburgh's championship dreams off life support -- at least temporarily. Gonchar scored a power-play goal midway through the third period -- a slapper through traffic that found the five-hole between the legs of Chris Osgood -- to give the Penguins the lead for the second time in the game. Max Talbot scored two goals for Pittsburgh and Evgeni Malkin had assists on the first three goals, while goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves, stopping the final 17 shots he faced after Johan Franzen gave Detroit a 2-1 lead midway through the first period. But it was Gonchar who contributed most to the win, a victory that puts his Penguins back in this best-of-7 series. Pittsburgh now has a chance to even things up Thursday night in Game 4 here (8 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio). The mere fact that Pittsburgh isn't talking about that Game 4 with a sense of dread is because of the brilliance -- and composure -- of Gonchar. Despite a balky right knee that has hampered him since suffering a knee-on-knee hit in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Washington, Gonchar played a team-high 22:29. In addition to scoring the game-winner, he also assisted on Kris Letang's power-play goal that tied the game at 2-2 late in the first period. But the game-winner was the signature moment of his inspiring performance Tuesday night. "The timing was good," Gonchar said of his goal. "We finally we get a win; that's more important." It is that humble, team-first attitude that makes Gonchar the emotional compass of this team. "He's a real warrior," Pittsburgh forward Bill Guerin told NHL.com. "Honestly, he's a quiet guy; he doesn't say much. He lets his play speak for itself. Not just in this dressing room, but around the League, I think, there is a tremendous amount of respect for him." Gonchar has had to battle all season just to be on the ice. He missed the first five months of the season, rehabbing from surgery to repair a shoulder injury suffered in the preseason, and didn't return until Feb. 14. Fellow defenseman Brooks Orpik said the whole team was inspired by the effort it took Gonchar to get back into the lineup. "We would show up here at 9 in the morning for a 10:30 practice and he would already be here for two hours," Orpik told NHL.com. "He was getting here before the trainers because he was so committed to getting back here. He's just a real team guy. He does it in a real quiet way." It wasn't long before another challenge loomed for Gonchar, though. In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, he crashed knee-on-knee into Alex Ovechkin, crumbling to the ice in excruciating pain. "After the game, we thought he was done for the year, based on what the doctors were telling us," Orpik admitted. Instead, the Russian defenseman missed just two games. He returned to play in a do-or-die Game 7 against Washington. He didn't play much, but his mere presence settled down the Penguins, who romped to a 6-2 victory. He settled the Penguins again Tuesday -- this time with their season once again on the line. A loss in Game 3 of the Final and the Penguins were done. Climbing out a three-games-to-none hole isn't happening against the defending champs. But if any of the Penguins were nervous about that prospect, the fear dissipated just by looking at Gonchar in his dressing room stall during the pregame preparations. "What a leader," said Talbot, who sits almost directly across from Gonchar. "It's funny because me and Sid were actually talking about him right before the game. You look at him and he's just so clam, he's just so relaxed and poised. You look in his eyes and you know he is ready. "What a shot he did tonight. He definitely got a huge goal for us." Of course Gonchar got the huge goal. After all, isn't that what heart-and-soul guys are supposed to do? Notes: Johan Franzen scored Detroit's second goal and he deserved it. The Wings were on the power play, enjoying an attack-zone faceoff. But Henrik Zetterberg was thrown out of the circle by the linesman for jumping the draw. Franzen stepped in and beat Jordan Staal clean to draw the puck back to the point. A few seconds later, he was in the right-side circle to accept a pass by Zetterberg and fire it home. It was Franzen's first draw of the game and just the 39th of the playoffs. Pittsburgh forward Chris Kunitz knew that the Penguins would have to set a physical tone at home to help the crowd get into the game. So he went out and threw five hits in each of the first two periods before finishing with 11 hits for the game. After two periods, Detroit was credited with only 12 hits, just two more than Kunitz alone in that same span. Detroit's first goal came in the middle of a line change. Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma tried to get his top line, centered by Sidney Crosby, out against Detroit's fourth line after a whistle; but, Detroit gained possession and began a line change in an attempt to get Henrik Zetterberg's line on the ice in a checking role. That change was only half completed when Ville Leino, a fourth-liner, centered the puck to Zetterberg, a first-liner, for a successful one-timer. The second period of Game 3 was the first time in this series that neither team scored a goal. Each of the previous seven periods featured at least one goal. Also, the four goals in the first period were the most scored in any one period of the series. In fact, the first two games ended with just four goals being scored in each game. Pittsburgh owner Mario Lemieux, who won two Stanley Cups as a player, dropped the puck in the ceremonial faceoff before Game 3. He was greeted with a thunderous ovation. Detroit's Marian Hossa, who played for Pittsburgh last season, was not so lucky. He was viciously booed every time he touched the puck during the game. Series Schedule: Saturday, May 30, @Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 1 Sunday, May 31, @Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 1 Tuesday, June 2 @Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 2 Thursday, June 4 at Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm VERSUS, CBC, RDS Saturday, June 6 at Detroit, 8:00 pm NBC, CBC, RDS * Tuesday, June 9 at Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm NBC, CBC, RDS * Friday, June 12 at Detroit, 8:00 pm NBC, CBC, RDS Series 3 Results: Sunday, May 17, @Detroit 5, Chicago 2 Tuesday, May 19, @Detroit 3, Chicago 2, OT Friday, May 22 @Chicago 4, Detroit 3, OT Sunday, May 24 Detroit 6, @Chicago 1 Wednesday, May 27 @Detroit 4, Chicago 3, OT Series 2 Results: Friday, May 1 @Detroit 3, Ducks 2 Sunday, May 3 Anaheim 4, @Detroit 3, 3OT Tuesday, May 5 @Anaheim 2, Detroit 1 Thursday, May 7 Detroit 6, @Anaheim 3 Sunday, May 10 @Detroit 4, Anaheim 1 Tuesday, May 12 @Anaheim 2, Detroit 1 Thursday, May 14 @Detroit 4, Anaheim 3 Round 1 Results: Thursday, April 16 @Detroit 4, Columbus 1 Saturday, April 18 @Detroit 4, Columbus 0 Tuesday, April 21 Detroit 4, @Columbus 1 Thursday, April 23 Detroit 6, @Columbus 5
  3. Time for the back-breaker. Presents the following thread: @ 2 @ 0 Your defending Stanley Cup Champion Vs. The Pittsburgh Penguins This game is a presentation of: GAME 3 Location: Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa. Date: Tue., June 2nd, 2009 Time: 8:00pm EST Television Broadcast Provided by: The VERSUS network DirecTV channel 603 Radio Broadcast Provided by: XM Radio: Channels 204/205 Goaltending Matchup: Det. - Chris Osgood (14-4) 1.91 GAA .931 sv%, 1 SO Pit. - Marc-Andre Fleury (12-7) 2.66 GAA .905 sv% Recap of the Wings Game 2 win over the Penguins: Highlights of the Wings 3-1 win:http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,3,412 Red Wings 3, Penguins 1 Red Wings post another 3-1 win to take 2-0 series lead DETROIT – Back-to-back 3-1 victories to start the 2009 Stanley Cup Final have the Detroit Red Wings right back where they were against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the '08 Final – leading the series 2-0. Jonathan Ericsson, Valtteri Filppula and Justin Abdelkader scored for the Wings in Game 2, while Evgeni Malkin scored the lone goal for the Pens against Chris Osgood. Malkin received an instigator penalty for a fight with Detroit’s Henrik Zetternberg at 19:41, but will not be suspended. NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell issued the following statement regarding the instigator penalty: Rule 47.22 states: "A player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the final five minutes or at any time in overtime shall be suspended for one game, pending a review of the incident. The director of hockey operations will review every such incident and may rescind the suspension based on a number of criteria. The criteria for the review shall include, but not be limited to, the score, previous incidents, etc..." Following that review, Campbell said: "None of the criteria in this rule applied in this situation. Suspensions are applied under this rule when a team attempts to send a message in the last five minutes by having a player instigate a fight. A suspension could also be applied when a player seeks retribution for a prior incident. Neither was the case here and therefore the one game suspension is rescinded." Despite the two wins in back-to-back games, Babcock said he is delighted to have Monday's off-day reach his calendar. "I think we were exhausted," Babcock said of the Wings. "It's amazing what a win will do for you. We should be a better team going into Pittsburgh. We need to freshen up." "We made it through the back-to-back games and now we can take advantage of the day off," defenseman Brian Rafalski said. "Guys are determined," Dan Cleary said. "We showed a lot of determination tonight. Our young players are playing great for us." The Penguins are a team in need of answers and holding frustration at bay. "I think it ended up being a lot alike," Pens coach Dan Bylsma said of the weekend games. "We had stretches where we played good. We got scoring chances and pucks around the net. Didn't capitalize on them when they need to, and they got timely goals and goals in around our net and end up with the victory. "I think in each of the first two games we have been able to play in the offensive zone for periods of time," Bylsma said. "We've been able to get shots. Been able to out-shoot a good Detroit team. But they've been able to get the timely goals. They've been better at getting pucks in and around the net and getting that goal. That's what I've done better and as a result they've got two wins. So as there are some positives we can do and draw on, and focus on ask get better at our game. Continue to get there. Get to the on offensive zone, get to the goalie. Look for those loose pucks and build on that. That's what we'll do when we get back for Game 3." Officials went to video replay at 1:39 of the third period to verify a Sidney Crosby shot rang off the post and then rolled along the Detroit goal line without going in. That good fortune seemed to spark the Wings, who took a 3-1 lead at 2:47 when Abdelkader scored his second goal in two games, gaining enough control of a bouncing puck to send a knuckler past Marc-Andre Fleury's glove for a two-goal Detroit lead. The Wings had the edge in the second period, taking the lead, 2-1, on goals by Ericsson and Filppula and out-shooting the Penguins 16-9. Intense pressure by the Wings forced a Pittsburgh icing and the Wings pounced on the tired Penguins off the ensuing draw, with Darren Helm screening Fleury as Ericsson's shot from the left point found the back of the net, tying the score at 1-1. The Red Wings kept up the pressure throughout the second, forcing Fleury to make a number of good saves. But he couldn't stem the tide completely and Flippula put the Wings ahead at 10:29 on a play that had Pittsburgh screaming in frustration. Marian Hossa took the puck away from Pascal Dupuis on the left side, but the Penguins' cries for a penalty went unheeded and Hossa got the puck on net where Tomas Holmstrom was keeping everyone in a white jersey occupied. The puck popped out to Fleury's left and Filppula was able to get enough on his stick on the puck to backhand the puck over the sea of bodies in front. "I think the way I saw the replay that our guy was trying to get the puck out," Bylsma said. "Hossa came in and used his stick to lift up the guy's stick. You can make the judgment. The referee made the judgment that it wasn't a hook. I can slow it down and look at it myself and make my own judgment, but that was what happened. We failed to clear it with that hook and it led to the goal." Bill Guerin had a pair of excellent chances, the first coming with 6:50 remaining in the period when he clanged a Crosby pass off the post. Two minutes later, Guerin got some space in close to Chris Osgood, but his redirection of a Crosby pass went wide of the net. Evgeni Malkin's power-play goal at 16:50 was the only goal of the first period that was played at a very brisk pace considered the clubs had played the previous night. With Niklas Kronwall off for cross-checking Max Talbot, the Pens, who had struggled to mount much offense in the early going, being out-shot 6-0 at one point, struck. With Malkin joining Crosby, Guerin, Sergei Gonchar and Kris Letang on the power play, the Penguins put on some intense pressure in front of the Detroit net, forcing Osgood to drop and make a couple saves. Perhaps Osgood got too much help on the goal as defenseman Brad Stuart was flaying away at a series of loose pucks in the crease, only to inadvertently knock Malkin's shot into the net. The Wings were terrific on the breakout early in the game, playing a good portion of the early going in the Pittsburgh zone, but Detroit wasn't able to mount much sustained pressure, eventually being out-shot 9-7 for the period. Another good sign for the Penguins was their success in the faceoff circle. After losing a lopsided 39 of 55 draws in Game 1, Pittsburgh claimed the edge in the first 20 minutes of Game 2, going 9-7. The only lineup change in Game 2 was made by the Penguins, who returned to a traditional 12 forwards, six defensemen rotation. Pascal Dupuis replaced Philippe Boucher, another signal that concern over Gonchar's recovery from injury was abating. Notes: Tomas Holmstrom had one of his dominant shifts right before Detroit's first goal. He was everywhere on the ice, battling on the boards and tying up defensemen in front of the net -- a typical 45 seconds of mayhem when Holmstrom is cycling in the offensive zone. He capped a three-shot barrage by his team with a nifty tip that tested Marc-Andre Fleury and forced Pittsburgh into an icing. Detroit defenseman Johan Ericsson scored off the ensuing faceoff win to tie the game at 1-1 with 4:21 gone in the second. Justin Abdelkader didn't get much ice time in the first two periods of Game 1, playing just four shifts. He scored a third-period goal in that game, though, and was used much more extensively in Game 2. He had a "greasy" game that coach Mike Babcock loves to see from his energy line. He led the team in hits -- including an impressive open-ice hit on Evgeni Malkin in the second period -- and helped out in the faceoff circle with some big wins. He scored the back-breaking goal for the second-straight night, tallying Detroit's third goal in the fifth minute of the third period. So much for tired bodies with these two teams playing back-to-back games to open the 2009 Stanley Cup Final. Few thought that Detroit and Pittsburgh could duplicate the 82-check performance in Game 1, a battle that was won by Detroit's 43 hits. But in Sunday's Game 2, each team once again topped the 30-hit mark. Detroit went more than 12 minutes between shots during a stretch that ran from the 9:44 mark of the first period until fourth-liner Ville Leino registered a long-range snapper at the 1:51 mark of the second. Pittsburgh had 10-straight shots during that stretch, but could only manage the power-play goal by Evgeni Malkin. Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma finally ditched his seven-defenseman alignment in Game 2, scratching Philippe Boucher in favor of forward Pascal Dupuis. Boucher had played the past eight games as an extra defenseman. Dupuis was used as a penalty killer, while taking a regular shift on the fourth line. But, he was also the player that was without his stick when Valterri Filppula scored Detroit's second goal. Series Schedule: Saturday, May 30, @Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 1 Sunday, May 31, @Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 1 Tuesday, June 2 at Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm VERSUS, CBC, RDS Thursday, June 4 at Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm VERSUS, CBC, RDS * Saturday, June 6 at Detroit, 8:00 pm NBC, CBC, RDS * Tuesday, June 9 at Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm NBC, CBC, RDS * Friday, June 12 at Detroit, 8:00 pm NBC, CBC, RDS Series 3 Results: Sunday, May 17, @Detroit 5, Chicago 2 Tuesday, May 19, @Detroit 3, Chicago 2, OT Friday, May 22 @Chicago 4, Detroit 3, OT Sunday, May 24 Detroit 6, @Chicago 1 Wednesday, May 27 @Detroit 4, Chicago 3, OT Series 2 Results: Friday, May 1 @Detroit 3, Ducks 2 Sunday, May 3 Anaheim 4, @Detroit 3, 3OT Tuesday, May 5 @Anaheim 2, Detroit 1 Thursday, May 7 Detroit 6, @Anaheim 3 Sunday, May 10 @Detroit 4, Anaheim 1 Tuesday, May 12 @Anaheim 2, Detroit 1 Thursday, May 14 @Detroit 4, Anaheim 3 Round 1 Results: Thursday, April 16 @Detroit 4, Columbus 1 Saturday, April 18 @Detroit 4, Columbus 0 Tuesday, April 21 Detroit 4, @Columbus 1 Thursday, April 23 Detroit 6, @Columbus 5
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