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Fourth Cup in 11 years for Red Wings

Wednesday, 06.04.2008 / 11:31 PM / 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Captain Nicklas Lidstrom led the Detroit Red Wings to their fourth Stanley Cup in the last 11 years.
Highlights from Wings' Cup clinching win
PITTSBURGH -- A few of the pertinent numbers from Detroit's Stanley Cup-clinching 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh Wednesday night:
 
0 – Shorthanded goals allowed by Detroit in its 22 playoff games. The Wings also led all teams by scoring six shorthanded goals, including one in Game 1 of the Final.
 
1 – European-born and trained captains of Stanley Cup-winning teams. Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom, a native of Sweden, is the first non-North American to lead his team to a Stanley Cup.
 
1.55 – Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood's goals-against average in the Playoffs. Osgood surrendered only nine goals in six games in the Final, one of which went into triple overtime.
 
2 – Two-man advantages for the Penguins killed off by the Red Wings in the Final. The Wings held Pittsburgh scoreless for 1:33 of a 5-on-3 in Game 6 after blanking them for 1:26 in the third period of Game 4.
 
3 – Hat tricks by the Red Wings in the playoffs – the only ones by any team in the 85 playoff games played this year. Johan Franzen had two, both against Colorado in the conference semifinals, and Pavel Datsyuk had one in Game 3 of the Western Finals against Dallas.
 
4 – Stanley Cups won by the Red Wings in the last 11 years. Since 1997, when they ended a 42-year championship drought, the Wings have won more Cups than any club since the Edmonton Oilers captured five in seven years from 1984-90.
 
4 – Playoff series this year in which the Red Wings won the clinching game on the road. Detroit closed out all four rounds away from Joe Louis Arena, winning three times in Game 6 and once in Game 4.
 
5 – Red Wings who've been a member of all four Cup-winning teams since 1997. Lidstrom, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Tomas Holmstrom and Darren McCarty have been on all four title-winning clubs.
 
6 – Games in the Stanley Cup Final in which the Red Wings out-shot Pittsburgh, including 30-22 in Game 6. The Wings had at least seven more shots on goal in every game,      
           
8 – Red Wings who have won three or more Stanley Cups. In addition to the five players who've been on all four Cup teams, Osgood, Chris Chelios and Brian Rafalski earned their third rings.
 
9 – Goals allowed by the Red Wings in the Final. That's actually the most they've allowed in the four Finals that led to their Cups. They allowed seven to Carolina in 2002 and Washington in 1998 and only six to Philadelphia in a four-game sweep in 1997.
 
10 – Consecutive Stanley Cups won by the team that had the home-ice advantage. The last team to win a Cup when opening on the road was the Red Wings against Philadelphia in 1997.
 
11 – Total Stanley Cups won by the Red Wings, the third-highest total in NHL history behind Montreal (23) and Toronto (13), and the most by a team based in the United States.
           
13 – Playoff games in which the Red Wings won when scoring first, including three in the Final. Detroit lost only once (Game 3 to Nashville in the opening round) when getting the first goal.
 
13 – Shutouts in this year's playoffs. Osgood and Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury shared the lead with three; Osgood had two of his in the first two games of the Final.
           
14 – Wins by Osgood, including all four in the Stanley Cup Final. Osgood set a record for the most wins by a goaltender who didn't start his team's first playoff game. Hasek won Games 1 and 2 against Nashville, lost Game 3 and was yanked after allowing three early goals in Game 4. Osgood replaced him and played every minute the rest of the way.
 
14 – Wins by the Red Wings when leading after two periods in the playoffs. Detroit won every postseason game in which it led after 40 minutes, including all three in the Final.
 
15 – Points by Detroit's Niklas Kronwall, the most of any defenseman in the playoffs. All of his points were assists, including a pair in Game 6.
 
16 – Years since the Cup-winning goal was scored in the third period. Henrik Zetterberg's goal at 7:36 was the first Cup-winner in the third period since Pittsburgh's Ron Francis did it in 1992 – the last time the Penguins made the Final before this year.
 
18 – Faceoffs taken by Draper in Game 6 – he won 15, including two big draws in the final minute.
 
20 – Games in this year's postseason in which the Red Wings out-shot their opponents. The Wings were 15-5 in the playoffs when they had more shots, including 4-2 in the Final. They were out-shot once and tied once.
 
20 – Power-play goals by the Red Wings in the playoffs, including four in the Final. The fourth one, by Brian Rafalski in the first period of Game 6, put Detroit ahead to stay.

27 – Points by Zetterberg and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby in this year's playoffs, the most of any players. Zetterberg, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, had 13 goals and 14 assists, including one of each in Game 6. Crosby had six goals and a playoff-high 21 assists; both had six points in the Final.
 

41Times, including this year, that a team has won the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final and gone on to win the Cup. The non-winners: Detroit in 1942 and 1966 and Chicago in 1971.
 
54
Times that the team winning the opener of the Stanley Cup Final has gone on to win the Cup. The last Game 1 winner to come up short was the Calgary Flames, who won the opener in 2004 but lost to Tampa Bay in seven games. The Lightning are one of 15 Game 1 losers to rally and win the Cup.
 
62
Playoff series won by the Red Wings, including all four this year. That's second to Montreal (86) on the all-time list. Detroit passed Toronto (58) by winning its first-round series against Nashville.
 
70
Victories this season by the Red Wings – 54 in the regular season and 16 in the playoffs. They lost 28 regular-season games (21 in regulation and seven in overtime or a shootout) and six in the playoffs.
 

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