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Red Wings Finish Off ‘Hawks, Advance to Second Straight Cup Finals

Published by on May 27, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

The Detroit Red Wings outlasted the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1, in an instant classic at Joe Louis Arena Wednesday night. After going into the game with a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, the win earned Detroit the right to play the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Eastern Conference champions, in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Game Five was a fierce battle of the teams' respective defenses and goaltenders, Chris Osgood and Cristobal Huet. The Red Wings blocked 13 shots, and Osgood stopped 30 of 31 shots. The Blackhawks blocked 12 shots, and Huet turned in a tremendous, 44-save performance. Both squads displayed nearly flawless defensive coverage, cut off passing lanes, hounded opposing puck handlers like h...

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