Game 4: Instant analysis 

May, 31, 2008
05/31/08
7:29
PM ET
• Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart, among the Game 3 goats for his unforced first-period turnover that led directly to the Pens' first goal of the series, came through with a strong effort at both ends of the ice in Game 4. On Jiri Hudler's goal, which put the Wings ahead 2-1 at the 2:26 mark of the third period, Stuart did a nice job of holding the blue line to support a hard-working shift by the Wings' fourth line. Stuart had the presence of mind to calm down a bouncing biscuit before swiping it back toward the Pens' net. The puck ended up on Hudler's stick, and the Czech flipped a tricky backhand that eluded Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. It certainly was the kind of goal the young netminder would like to have back.

• I'm starting to think Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom is hockey's version of baseball icon Joe DiMaggio. Now, I never saw Joe D play, but I have seen plenty of old film of the Yankees legend. DiMaggio was remembered for his skill and grace on the ball field. Lidstrom is much the same on the rink. In my mind, he has the sweetest backswing (on his slap shot) that I've ever seen. When he pulls his stick back, he makes it look way too easy. That special skill was on display on the Wings' first goal. Moving backward, Lidstrom drew his stick back -- about half way -- and launched another seeing-eye shot that beat Fleury to the blocker side. For the record, Lidstrom and DiMaggio share one tangible thing: the No. 5.

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