Game 1: Instant analysis 

May, 24, 2008
05/24/08
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• In Game 1, Detroit coach Mike Babcock opted to put his best players against Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. On most occasions, Crosby was working against Wings superstars Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom. Aside from being dynamic offensive players, Zetterberg and Datsyuk are great two-way players. That's why they're both nominated for the Selke Trophy. Plus, they compete all over the ice, and when they get the puck, they don't give it back. That's not fun for Crosby, who's used to having the biscuit himself.

Of course, Lidstrom is Lidstrom. There's not much I can add about the multiple Norris Trophy winner. On most of his career shifts, he has shut down his side of the ice. When possible, Babcock chose to use veteran checking center Kris Draper and second-pair defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart against Penguins star pivot Evgeni Malkin. In the third period, Pens coach Michel Therrien did a good job getting Crosby away from the Wings' terrific trio. Throughout the night, Therrien and Babcock worked to create different matchups. This will be a very interesting subplot throughout the series.


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