Detroit Red Wings win their 11th Stanley Cup

Posted Jun 5, 2008 by Cynthia Trowbridge
The Detroit Red Wings have won their 11th Stanley Cup. They beat the Penguins tonight at their home ice in Pittsburgh. Final score 3 to 2. Way to go Wings!!!
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight 3-2 to win their 11th Stanley Cup. The game was played in the enemy's arena which many thought the Wings could not win there.
The hockey world is now seeing Red again.
Nicklas Lidstrom, who according to GM Ken Holland, is the best player on the team, was able to capture his fourth Stanley Cup ring as the Wings defeated the Penguins in six games.
Lidstorm also became the first European captain to ever hold the Cup above his head.
Wings head coach Mike Babcock said, Lidstrom, I think just with his everyday professionalism and the modelling he does for the rest of us and how he carries himself, how he handles himself, how well he plays, how hard he practices, how good of fitness he maintains, is an example to everybody.
"And I think that's the key to leadership. Leadership is you can say some things sometime, but it's more about what you do. And to me, that's what he does for us."
Lidstorm is known as the leagues best defenceman and is expected to capture his sixth career Norris Trophy at the NHL awards in Toronto on June 12.
According to Babcock. "Obviously he's a gifted, gifted athlete who reads the game as good as anybody and plays in all situations. So he's real important for us, and when your best defensive defenceman is your best offensive defenceman, I think it helps, because you get the puck going."
He is a 38-year-old Swedish superstar who finished fourth in the scoring in the playoffs among defencemen with 13 points in 22 games.
But another Swede, forward Henrik Zetterberg, scored the third goal to give Detroit the win and the Stanley Cup.
With 12 minutes 24 seconds remaining in the game Zetterberg shot the into the crease and
Fleury fell backward, pushing it into the net.
Zetterberg’s third-period goal signaled the end of Pittsburgh’s magical ride. Goaltender Marc-André Fleury, who had been outstanding in Game 5 with 55 saves, was helpless on Zetterberg’s wrist shot, which trickled though his pads with 12 minutes 24 seconds remaining. The puck sat loose in the crease behind him until Fleury fell backward, pushing it into the net.