If it wasn't scary enough for Pittsburgh to have to pay heavy attention to the likes of Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg, and Nick Lidstrom, Detroit is striking fear into future generations with playoff call ups like Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm, and Justin Abdelkader.
Two Games in a row, Abdelkader has scored a goal to put a final nail in the coffin of the Penguins. Between Abdelkader and Helm, the two of them have added up to zero goals in the regular season. In the playoffs the two of them combine for five goals, and seven total points and a plus five rating.
Aside from their stats, Helm and Abdelkader have earned ice time pestering the Penguins, and sparking energy for the rest of the Wings.
Helm is perhaps the most popular player in Detroit this 2009 playoff run. Helm is a suffocating fore-checker and will throw his body around throwing caution to the wind.
Helm also helped out by screening Marc-Andre Fleury on a shot by fellow Grand Rapids Griffin call up Ericsson.
Big defenseman Ericsson has been filling in huge minutes through out the playoffs. Starting out late in the season by filling in for concussed veteran Andreas Lilja.
Coaches liked what they saw out of him and he eventually filled in for Nick Lidstrom late in the Western Conference Finals. Tonight he scored his third of the playoffs, which was also the game tying goal.
Thanks to the Wings Call ups, the team takes a 2-0 lead on the Pittsburgh Penguins, going back to the Igloo.
Crosby covered by Zetterblanket
In back-to-back Stanley Cup Playoffs Sidney Crosby has failed to show up to the Joe Louis Arena in games one and two—Thanks mostly to Henrik Zetterberg, who has not had to worry about offense and has only focused on making Sid the Kid disappear.
Look for that to change heading back to Pittsburgh, with the Pens getting the last change they should be able to find a little more free ice for Crosby
Zetterberg also got into an altercation with Evgeni Malkin. The two exchanged harmless blows as Malkin's frustration boiled over, and forced Zetterberg into a "fight."
All the Penguins have to do now is win four out of five on the defending Stanley Cup Champs....Deja Vu?
Back-to-back occurrences so far: Detroit and Pittsburgh in the finals, games one and two, the score of games one and two, 2-0 series starts by the Red Wings, three goals scored by Justin Abdelkader, and Crosby and Malkin being almost invisible two years in a row in the first two games.
Soon to be added to the back-to-back list: Detroit as Stanley Cup Champions.