DETROIT - A report card look at Game 5 of the NHL's Stanley Cup final between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday:
Red Wings, B: They threw everything they had at goalie Marc-Andre Fleury but couldn't solve him in overtime. Pavel Datsyuk picked a good time to score for his first of the series - he tied the game 2-2 on a third-period power play. He and Mikael Samuelsson were particularly unfortunate not to have scored on one of their quality chances and will look back on a failed power play in the second overtime as a missed opportunity.
Penguins, A-minus: Petr Sykora called his own shot with the winning goal in triple overtime - he had told NBC's Pierre McGuire that he would get the big goal. It capped a good game for some of Pittsburgh's lesser lights: Maxime Talbot tied the game with 34.3 seconds left in the third period and Adam Hall chipped in with his second of the final. It was also another solid night for Marian Hossa, who had the opening goal and made some nice plays on Sidney Crosby's wing.
Red Wings, B: Another textbook performance from the NHL's best defensive team - they limited Pittsburgh to just 28 shots through the first five periods. However, they'll be left to wonder what could have been as Niklas Kronwall accidentally shot the puck into his own goal on Pittsburgh's second of the night.
Penguins, A-minus: Losing top defenceman Sergei Gonchar to injury during the second period really hurt, particularly as the game dragged into the sixth period. This group was overmatched by the Red Wings from the third period on, but it wasn't because of a lack of effort. Ryan Whitney, Brooks Orpik, Darryl Sydor, Rob Scuderi and Hal Gill threw their bodies in front of every puck they could. An inspired performance.
Red Wings, B-minus: Chris Osgood was screened on Sykora's overtime winner so the loss can't be placed on his shoulders. He was sharp early and did a good job staying mentally sharp after that because the Penguins did not put many shots in his direction.
Penguins, A-plus: The maturation of Marc-Andre Fleury continues. The 23-year-old made some spectacular saves in the biggest game of his career - most notably a kick save on Datsyuk in the first overtime and an amazing glove stop on Dan Cleary in the second one. He was the main reason this game got to a sixth period - and the only reason the series is going to a sixth game.