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DID YOU KNOW Justin Abdelkader
of the Red Wings became the first
player in NHL history to score goals
in games one and two of the Stanley
Cup Finals before he'd ever potted
a previous NHL goal in either the regular
season or the playoffs?
Abdelkader's early third period
goals on back-to-back nights of May
30th--31st, 2009 to clinch a pair of 3-1
Detroit wins vs Pittsburgh at The Joe
put the 22-year old Muskegon, MICH
native in the history books.
Abby is no stranger to big time goals.
His tally with just 18.9-sec remaining in
regulation gave Abdelkader the winning
goal for the Michigan State Spartans in the 2007 NCAA men's D-1 ice hockey
championship game against Boston College. His tourney play and his GWG
gave Abdelkader the "Most Outstanding Player" award for the 2007 Frozen
Abdelkader was Detroit's second round choice (42nd overall) in the 2005
entry draft. He played two regular season games with Detroit in each of the
last two seasons and spent most of 2008-09 with the Wings' AHL Grand Rapids
Griffins farm club.
DID YOU KNOW the back-to-back Red Wings wins over the Penguins to open
the 2009 S-Cup Finals were the first NHL Finals games on consecutive nights in 55
The last time it happened was in the "Original Six" era on April 10th & 11th of 1954
when the two games in two nights also involved Detroit.
Way back when, Detroit defeated Les Canadiens 2-0 at the Montreal Forum on an
April 10th, 1954 Terry Sawchuk shutout to go up 3-1 in the Cup Finals. The next night
at Olympia Stadkium in Detroit the roles were reversed as goalie Gerry McNeil of the
Habs posted a 1-0 whitewash on a goal by Kenny Mosdell at 5:45 of overtime.
Montreal would also win Gm-6 back at the Forum on April 13th to deadliock the
series 3-3. The Red Wings then captured their sixth Stanley Cup with a 2-1 win in
Gm-7 at Olympia on a goal by Tony Leswick at 4:29 of OT.
Leswick played the longest stint of his NHL career with the New York Rangers
before serving two different terms with the Red Wings, sandwiched around the
one season he played with the Chicago Black Hawks.
Tony Leswick's two brothers Jack and Pete also played in the NHL.
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