PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania - Agence France-Presse
Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal and set up another Wednesday as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 to claim their fourth Stanley Cup championship in 11 seasons.
The Red Wings completed a four-games-to-two victory in the National Hockey League championship series.
Defenseman Brian Rafalski and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Red Wings, who have claimed the Stanley Cup 11 times in their 82-season history - the most of any US based team.
Chris Osgood made 20 saves for Detroit, who were 14-0 when leading after two periods this postseason.
Hart Trophy finalist Evgeni Malkin and Marian Hossa scored for the Penguins, whose furious attempts to even the score in the final seconds came to naught.
Two days earlier, the Red Wings had seen a chance to capture the cup vanish in the closing seconds of the third period- a defeat that Zetterberg called "devastating."
But Detroit didn't allow that to happen again.
With one second to play, Osgood turned aside Sidney Crosby's backhander, and Hossa's attempt to chip in the puck from the right side failed as time expired.
Zetterberg, who was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as most valuable player, had scored just 15 goals in 40 previous career playoff games entering this postseason.
But the Swede emerged as a hero for Detroit, finishing tied with teammate Johan Franzen for the league lead with 13 goals and even with Crosby with 27 points.
"I'm at a loss for words - it's just an unbelievable feeling," Zetterberg said.
None of Zetterberg's goals was more important than his third-period strike.
From the left faceoff circle, he unleashed a shot that hit the skate of Gonchar and trickled between the legs of Fleury.
The Penguins goaltender believed he had the puck frozen, but no whistle was blown. As the puck lay in the crease, Fleury sat back, knocking it into the net with his backside.
The victory for a Detroit team laden with European-nurtured talent saw Sweden's Nicklas Lidstrom became the first European-born and trained player to captain a Stanley Cup winning team.
"It's great see him lifting the Cup and with the C on his chest," Zetterberg said. "It means so much for the team and the organization. He's bringing it every night."
"It's something I'm very proud of," Lidstrom said. "I've been over here for a long time. And I watched Steve Yzerman hoist it (as captain) for three times in the past, and I'm very proud of being the first European.
"I'm very proud of being a captain of the Red Wings. So much history with the team and great tradition and we see some of the older players coming through, so I'm very proud to be the captain."
Penguins coach Michel Therrien said his young team had plenty to be proud of despite the disappointing ending.
"It's tough - we were that close. You could feel the pain from everyone," he said. "We're going to take the time to sit down with each player this week. I'm really proud about that group, what they accomplished this year. They grew up really quickly in the last two years."