Helm earns top rating in Wings-'Hawks series clincher

Thursday May 28th, 2009

1. Darren Helm, Red Wings: He used his speed throughout, banging bodies and providing energy every time he hit the ice. That's usually plenty for helm and players of his ilk to be consistent contributors. Score the OT GWG (BOX | RECAP) to clinch the series that puts your team in the Stanley Cup Final? That's playoff hockey, where hustler's become heroes in the moment. On this night, that was Darren Helm.

2. Cristobal Huet, Blackhawks: If you wonder how mentally tough professional athletes are generally and NHL goaltender's are overall and Cristobal Huet is specifically, look no further than this 44-save performance. Coming off his first start in five weeks in which he yielded five goals on twenty-six shots and sat on the bench for most of the second, Huet stopped all twenty-one Red Wings' first period shots on goal. He then made an improbable pad save to keep he score tied as regulation time was running out. Huet lost the game in OT but proved himself a winner with his bounce back performance.

3. Chris Osgood, Red Wings: He wasn't as busy as his counterpart Huet, but that is the norm. For Osgood, that means making key, timely save. He did that again and again and with four regulars sidelined and the Blackhawks on the brink, Osgood's workload figured to be heavier than usual. It was, but Osgood anticipated that it would b and again rose to the challenge. For his effort, foresight and excellence, Osgood is backstopping the Red Wings back to the Stanley Cup Final.

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