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Detroit Red Wings Win Stanley Cup

Detroit Red Wings 2008 Stanley Cup Champions Team Photo (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Well, the Detroit Red Wings won their 11th Stanley Cup last night, fourth in eleven years. They have the most Cups for an American based team. I finished with a record of 10-5 in selecting winner of each series as it went. Not bad, but I am certain there were other who picked Detroit to win it. I also got predicted the winner of the Conn Symthe, Henrik Zetterberg. In fact, the NHL had polls the last two days where I had chosen the correct answer. Who would have a big game in Game 6 (Zetterberg) and how many goals would it take to win Game 6 (3 goals). But, there are a lot of interesting facts by the numbers about this run for the Cup:

0 – Shorthanded goals allowed by Detroit in its 22 playoff games. The Wings also led all teams by scoring six shorthanded goals, including one in Game 1 of the Final.1 – European-born and trained captains of Stanley Cup-winning teams. Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom, a native of Sweden, is the first non-North American to lead his team to a Stanley Cup.

1.55 – Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood’s goals-against average in the Playoffs. Osgood surrendered only nine goals in six games in the Final, one of which went into triple overtime.

2 – Two-man advantages for the Penguins killed off by the Red Wings in the Final. The Wings held Pittsburgh scoreless for 1:33 of a 5-on-3 in Game 6 after blanking them for 1:26 in the third period of Game 4.

4 – Playoff series this year in which the Red Wings won the clinching game on the road. Detroit closed out all four rounds away from Joe Louis Arena, winning three times in Game 6 and once in Game 4.

6 – Games in the Stanley Cup Final in which the Red Wings out-shot Pittsburgh, including 30-22 in Game 6. The Wings had at least seven more shots on goal in every game,

10 – Consecutive Stanley Cups won by the team that had the home-ice advantage. The last team to win a Cup when opening on the road was the Red Wings against Philadelphia in 1997.

16 – Years since the Cup-winning goal was scored in the third period. Henrik Zetterberg’s goal at 7:36 was the first Cup-winner in the third period since Pittsburgh’s Ron Francis did it in 1992 – the last time the Penguins made the Final before this year.

41Times, including this year, that a team has won the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final and gone on to win the Cup. The non-winners: Detroit in 1942 and 1966 and Chicago in 1971.

54Times that the team winning the opener of the Stanley Cup Final has gone on to win the Cup. The last Game 1 winner to come up short was the Calgary Flames, who won the opener in 2004 but lost to Tampa Bay in seven games. The Lightning are one of 15 Game 1 losers to rally and win the Cup.

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