Stanley Cup Final Game 1
Initial reaction to game one was wow. I figured it to be close and its was pretty much for just more than 40 minutes. I was not impressed by the goal interference call on the disallowed Red Wing goal. I did not think it was, but it was a judgment call.
The supporting cast of the Red Wings won this game. The first two unassisted goals scored by Mikael Samuelsson was impressive since that had not happen since Mark Messier did it for Edmonton Oilers. Also, the Red Wings special teams came through in this game. A short handed goal and evidentially, a power play goal from Henrik Zetterberg. Zetterburg leads the playoffs in points. And most importantly, Chris Osgood was solid in night and made key saves when he had to. Of course, the cross bar was there for him as well.
I expect game two to be different. But, more details tomorrow after a good night’s rest.
Update 25 May 2008:
The Penguins played a good game last night, but the Red Wings experience paid off in the end. For much of the game, neither team was successful on the power play until the last minute of the game when Zetterberg scored. So one thing is certain, the Pens will need to capitalize on their power play opportunities in the next game. This will help them in setting up the tone of the game to their particular style.
I did not see many big hits from the Pens, but Niklas Kronvall had two great hits in the Pens defensive zone. So, I expect the hitting to continue and get much better.
See the NHL.com for game recap of Game 1.