’07-’08 Red Wings Breeze Through ’08-’09 Minnesota Wild in Five Games

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Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg put on a goal-scoring display in the five game sereis against the Wild.          via espn.go.com

The ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings made quick work of their division rival ’08-’09 Minnesota Wild in their tournament debut. Their twins, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, powered their team through the series, combining for 16 points in the five games. Datsyuk lead the team in points and assists with his three goals, six assists and nine points. Zetterberg lead the team in goals with his five goals, two assists and seven points. Defensemen Brett Lebda and Andreas Lilja stole the show at the blue line with both players posting a team-best +7 rating while totaling four and two points respectively. Chris Osgood had a good series in net for the Wings, posting a 1.80 goals against average and a .934 save percentage.

The ’08-09 Minnesota Wild did not have too much to celebrate in this series. Captain Mikko Koivu led them in points in this series with six, three goals and three assists. Forward Andrew Brunette and defenseman Marek Zidlicky both posted four points. In net, Niklas Backstrom was peppered. In the Wild’s only win in the series, Backstrom allowed just one goal on 38 shots. In Game 4, Backstrom put up a 52-save performance in a losing effort. He finished the series with a 3.40 goals against average and a .915 save percentage in the five games.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. DET – LW – Henrik Zetterberg – 5 G   2 A   7 P   +2   46 S   8 Star Points
  2. MIN – G – Niklas Backstrom – 1-4-0   3.40 GAA   .915 SV%   6 Star Points
  3. DET – C – Pavel Datsyuk – 3 G   6 A   9 P   +3   34 S   5 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#35 ‘08-’09 Wild 0 0 2 2
#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings 1 4 0 5

GAME SUMMARY: DET – 5   MIN – 2   (1-0 DET)

1st Period:

  • DET PP-Goal: P. Datsyuk (1) assisted by B. Rafalski (1)

2nd Period:

  • DET PP-Goal: T. Kopecky (1) assisted by B. Rafalski (2), P. Datsyuk (1)
  • DET Goal: H. Zetterberg (1) assisted by B. Lebda (1), P. Datsyuk (2)
  • DET SH-Goal: N. Lidstrom (1) assisted by P. Datsyuk (3)
  • DET Goal: D. Cleary (1) assisted by P. Datsyuk (4)

3rd Period:

  • MIN Goal: M. Koivu (6) assisted by A. Brunette (5), N. Schultz (1)
  • MIN Goal: A. Miettinen (4) assisted by M. Zidlicky (5), P-M. Bouchard (4)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#35 ‘08-’09 Wild 0 2 0 2
#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings 1 0 3 4

GAME SUMMARY: DET – 4   MIN – 2   (2-0 DET)

1st Period:

  • DET PP-Goal: P. Datsyuk (2) assisted by H. Zetterberg (1), T. Kopecky (1)

2nd Period:

  • MIN Goal: A. Brunette (3) assisted by M. Koivu (3)
  • MIN Goal: M. Koivu (7) assisted by A. Brunette (6), M. Skoula (2)

3rd Period:

  • DET Goal: M. Ellis (1) assisted by J. Hudler (1)
  • DET Goal: P. Datsyuk (3) assisted by H. Zetterberg (2), M. Samuelsson (1)
  • DET Goal: H. Zetterberg (2) unassisted

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings 0 1 0 1
#35 ‘08-’09 Wild 0 0 2 2

GAME SUMMARY: MIN – 2   DET – 1   (2-1 DET)

1st Period:

2nd Period:

  • DET Goal: J. Franzen (1) assisted by N. Lidstrom (1), T. Holmstrom (1)

3rd Period:

  • MIN Goal: M. Gaborik (1) assisted by M. Zidlicky (6), N. Schultz (2)
  • MIN Goal: B. Burns (1) unassisted

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings 2 2 1 5
#35 ‘08-’09 Wild 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY: DET – 5   MIN – 2   (3-1 DET)

1st Period:

  • MIN Goal: M. Koivu (10) assisted by B. Burns (1), M. Zidlicky (7)
  • DET Goal: T. Holmstrom (1) assisted by N. Kronwall (1)
  • DET Goal: V. Filppula (1) assisted by N. Kronwall (2), J. Hudler (2)

2nd Period:

  • MIN PP-Goal: M. Zidlicky (1) assisted by M. Koivu (4)
  • DET Goal: H. Zetterberg (3) assisted by P. Datsyuk (5), B. Lebda (2)
  • DET Goal: T. Holmstrom (2) assisted by B. Lebda (3), A. Lilja (1)

3rd Period:

  • DET Goal: J. Franzen (2) assisted by T. Holmstrom (2), B. Lebda (4)

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#35 ‘08-’09 Wild 0 0 1 1
#3 ‘07-’08 Red Wings 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: DET – 3   MIN – 1   (4-1 DET)

1st Period:

  • DET Goal: H. Zetterberg (4) assisted by N. Lidstrom (2)

2nd Period:

  • DET Goal: T. Holmstrom (3) assisted by J. Franzen (1)

3rd Period:

  • MIN Goal: A. Brunette (4) assisted by M. Koivu (5), O. Nolan (5)
  • DET Goal: H. Zetterberg (5) assisted by P. Datsyuk (6), A. Lilja (2)

The #3-seed moves on now and the Red Wings will face the winner of the 14th-seeded ’13-’14 Los Angeles Kings and the 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames.

Up next in the 2nd Round is a matchup of the 6th-seeded ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks and the 27th-seeded ’79-’80 Minnesota North Stars

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