Wings advance to Finals with 4-1 win
Brian Compton | NHL.com Staff Writer
Get ready for one heck of a Stanley Cup Final.
Despite a tremendous comeback by the Dallas Stars, the Detroit Red Wings left no doubt on Monday night as to which team would represent the Western Conference against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Henrik Zetterberg and Dallas Drake each had a goal and an assist, and Chris Osgood made 28 saves as the Wings advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2002 with a convincing 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at the American Airlines Center.
The Red Wings – who won the President’s Trophy with 115 points during the regular season – will host the Pens in Game 1 on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena. Game 2 will be played next Monday before the series shifts to Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4 next Wednesday and Saturday. The Penguins are 8-0 at Mellon Arena this postseason. No President’s Trophy winner has reached the Stanley Cup Final since the 2002 Red Wings.
After watching their 3-0 series lead trimmed to 3-2, the Red Wings made sure there would be no Game 7 – they dominated from the drop of the puck and took a 1-0 lead just 3:45 into the game. They would lead 3-0 before the end of the first period, during which time they outshot the Stars 13-6.
“We thought we were going to be good,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “We didn’t play bad last game. We were nervous early. We’ve got a professional team. We just talked about doing what we do and getting started on time and doing it harder and for longer. We drove the net hard early and we were rewarded.”
Indeed they were, as Draper’s effort early ultimately led to the game’s opening goal. With the teams at even strength, Draper was able to swat Drake’s feed in front past Stars goalie Marty Turco for his third goal of the playoffs. It was just the start Detroit needed after dropping the previous two games of the series, as the Wings scored only once in each contest.
|Henrik Zetterberg, who had a goal and an assist in Game 6, and the Red Wings seemed to be a step ahead of the Stars all night long as Detroit clinched a date with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-1 victory over Dallas.
WATCH Highlights of the Wings' Game 6 victory
|Kris Draper (3) ASST: Dallas Drake (3), Brad Stuart (2)|
1 - 0 DET
|PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (9) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (8), Henrik Zetterberg (10)|
2 - 0 DET
|Dallas Drake (1) ASST: Brett Lebda (2), Mikael Samuelsson (7)|
3 - 0 DET
|SHG - Henrik Zetterberg (11) ASST: NONE|
4 - 0 DET
|PPG - Stephane Robidas (3) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (14), Brad Richards (12)|
4 - 1 DET
|Darren McCarty Cross checking against Brad Winchester|
|Trevor Daley Hooking against Pavel Datsyuk|
|Brad Stuart Interference against Joel Lundqvist|
|Valtteri Filppula Tripping against Mike Modano|
|Brad Winchester Roughing against Valtteri Filppula|
|Darren McCarty Interference against Brenden Morrow|
|Andreas Lilja Tripping against Krys Barch|
|Darren McCarty Interference against Trevor Daley|
|Krys Barch Hooking against Kris Draper|
|Niklas Kronwall Hooking against Krys Barch|
|Niklas Kronwall Tripping against Mike Ribeiro|