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Detroit Red Wings-Colorado Avalanche Game Breakers

Wednesday, 04.23.2008 / 11:17 AM / 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By Staff

Pavel Datsyuk --
He seems to be picking up where he left off last spring after recording eight goals and eight assists in 18 postseason games. Datsyuk leads Detroit with three playoff goals and sports a plus-3 rating and a 63.9 percent faceoff winning percentage.

Nicklas Lidstrom -- Nominated for a sixth Norris Trophy, Detroit’s captain continues to be that calming influence on the blue line. Lidstrom, who played more than 27 minutes a game in the first round, owns a plus-2 rating and has three points this postseason.

Henrik Zetterberg -- The Swedish standout leads his team with 14 hits after the first round. He also has four points, including two goals, and owns a team-high plus-4 rating. Zetterberg also took a team-high 30 shots on goal against Nashville.

Jose Theodore -- Colorado’s MVP in its elimination of the Wild, Theodore posted a 1.88 GAA and .940 save percentage. Theodore stopped 188 of 200 shots faced in six games, including 34 saves in a 2-1 series-clinching Game 6 triumph.

Joe SakicSakic, who leads the Avalanche in scoring with six points, is the most prolific playoff point-producer in Avalanche history. He now has 184 points in 168 playoff games. This spring, he leads the team with eight takeaways.

Andrew Brunette -- A veteran of 12 NHL seasons, Brunette is second on the team in playoff scoring with five points, including three goals. Brunette has now collected 31 points in 39 playoffs games, including nine points in nine games with Colorado during the 2006 postseason.
Quote of the Day

Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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