Three Stars from Game 1

Sunday May 31st, 2009

1. Chris Osgood -- He remained razor sharp and continues to be in tune with his teammates. When they falter early, Osgood is at his best. His breakaway save on Evgeni Malkin early in the second period was a definite game-changer.

2. Nick Lidstrom -- His calming demeanor helped settle his team down. The Wings' defense was scrambling at the start of the second period, but Lidstrom stepped up and intercepted the Pens offensive players' momentum. The Red Wings may have won without Lidstrom to close out the Western Conference finals, but they are much more fundamentally sound with him in the lineup. They won in large part due to the captain's quiet leadership and on-ice excellence.

3. Henrik Zetterberg -- He was brilliant in checking Crosby all night long, particularily in the second half of the game. He won face-offs and scrummed hard in and around his own net, where Crosby thrives. Crosby didn't score on this night, courtesy of "Hank."

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