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Wings a hit on "Tonight Show"

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings
Osgood, Lidstrom and Jay Leno during rehearsal Tuesday afternoon at the NBC Studios in Burbank, Calif.
The Stanley Cup champion Red Wings were the toast of Tinseltown on Tuesday.

Just a week after winning the famous trophy, championship teammates Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Osgood made guest appearances on two NBC late-night talk shows.

With the silvery cup in tow, the Red Wings’ duo stopped by the NBC Studios in Burbank, Calif., for guest spots on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and the “Last Call with Carson Daly”.

The Wings’ pair caught a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles Tuesday morning, where upon their arrival they made the 27 mile drive from LAX to the NBC Studios.

Clad in their home red jerseys and blue jeans, Osgood and Lidstrom made their appearance following Leno’s monologue during a segment called “The Audience Wants to Know.”

An audience member from New York asked Leno, “I know you have Justin Timberlake on the show tonight. In his movie (Love Guru) he plays a hockey player. Who trained him to play hockey?”

Leno said, “I understand that he did have a few guys teach him about hockey. It’s so funny that he asks this question, because we have those guys here tonight. From the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings, Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Osgood. Come on out here boys!”

After Lidstrom set the Cup down on the stage, two audience members – one in a No. 17
It never gets old. It was a big thrill not only for Nick and I and our teammates, but for the city of Detroit. It really lifted the spirit of the area. - Chris Osgood
Gerard Gallant jersey -- stood up and applauded, drawing the attention of Leno, who asked them “are you guys from Detroit?”

The two Detroiters were then asked if they had ever seen the Stanley Cup in person. There response was, “not that close.”

Leno then invited the two up on stage with the Red Wings.

Leno said he knew that the Wings had won the Cup before, but asked if winning it again was just as thrilling.

“It never gets old,” Osgood said. “It was a big thrill not only for Nick and I and our teammates, but for the city of Detroit. It really lifted the spirit of the area.”

Leno that gaffed when he mistakenly said, “I know Justin taught you some things about hockey. Did he teach you anything that he knows?”

Lidstrom than picked the Cup over his head, turned to band leader Kevin Eubanks and said, “hit it.”

While the band played Timberlake’s “Bringing Sexy Back”, the Red Wings’ duet changed the lyrics to “We’re bringing Stanley back!”

Also appearing on Tuesday’s show were actress Karen Allen and musician Sheryl Crow.

Osgood, Lidstrom and the Cup pose with actor and Michigan native Verne Troyer at the NBC Studios on June 10, 2008.
After taping Tuesday afternoon with Leno, the Red Wings made the two-block walk to the studio were they taped the Carson Daly show, which will air in Detroit on Thursday at 2:30 a.m. EDT (WDIV). The NBC show typically airs at 1:30 a.m. around the country, so check local listings.

Joining Lidstrom and Osgood on Thursday’s Carson Daly show include actor Verne Troyer, of Sturgis, Mich., and musical group P.O.D.

Last Wednesday, the Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, taking the best-of-seven championship series, 4-2.

Lidstrom, who made history last week when he became the first European captain to hoist the Cup, will be in Toronto on Thursday for the NHL Awards Show, where it’s expected he’ll win the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman. He’s won the award five times during his 16 NHL seasons.

Osgood, along with goalie Dominik Hasek, helped the Wings win the Jennings Trophy, awarded to the team with the fewest goals allowed during the regular-season.

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