Thoughts on Game 5 SCF (4-3 3OT loss to Pittsburgh)
-- Chris Osgood looked very shakey. Marc-Andre Fleury looked better than he ever has in this series. I'm not sure what was going on with Osgood. Hopefully it was a one-game blip. He had trouble catching the puck, keeping his position and left out way too many rebounds. And getting caught cheating off the post on the tying goal was bad. If Ozzie's on his post, the Wings would have the Cup today.
-- I'm disappointed in Johan Franzen's last shift in regulation. He didn't get the puck out of the defensive zone, leading directly to Maxime Talbot's goal. Franzen had an excellent opportunity to clear the zone, but he looked like he was tranquilized. He didn't clear the zone against Anaheim last spring in a key moment.
-- The Red Wings acquitted themselves well except for Talbot's tying goal. They're clearly the better team in this series. But I don't believe that the best team always wins in a best-of-seven format. For those of you who like baseball history, this reminds me a little of the 1960 World Series where the clearly outmanned Pittsburgh Pirates beat the NY Yankees in seven games, getting blown out in Yankee wins but managing enough one-run victories of their own to be champions ... well except that I think the Wings will win this series. Big difference there.
-- Jiri Hudler played a strong game and it's a shame that he was in the penalty box on the winning goal. His stick wouldn't have been high if he wasn't so tired. No excuse though.
-- Darren Helm is awesome. That kid played a magnificent game.
-- I like how Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg centered their own lines in overtime. I'm curious to see if coach Mike Babcock will do that in Game 6.