This Day In Sports History (June 4th) — Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings

It was on this day in 2008 that the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup.  The Red Wings won the game, 3-2, to capture their 11th Stanley Cup in franchise history.

The Red Wings won the Presidents trophy for having the most points during the regular season for an incredible fourth time in the past six seasons.  They handled their first three opponents in the playoffs quite easily, beating the Nashville Predators in six games, before sweeping the Colorado Avalanche and finally disposing of the Dallas Stars in six games.  However, the Penguins had an even easier time making it to the finals, going 12-2 through the first three rounds.

These two teams would do it all over again one year later, with the Penguins coming out victorious this time.  Marian Hossa left Pittsburgh to join the Red Wings in the off-season because he felt he had a better chance of winning the cup in Detroit.  Unfortunately for Hossa, he was wrong and was a loser in the Stanley Cup finals for the second consecutive year; however, he would go on to win the cup as a member of the Blackhawks the very next year.

Here is Nicklas Lidstrom raising the Stanley Cup.

Notable Birthdays

Tony Pena, MLB – Born June 4th 1957 (age 56) in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

Derian Hatcher, NHL – Born June 4th 1972 (age 41) in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Francois Beauchemin, NHL – Born June 4th 1980 (age 33) in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec

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