This Day In Sports History (June 7th) – Detroit Red Wings

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It was on this day in 1997 that the Detroit Red Wings beat the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 to win the Stanley Cup.  The Red Wings won the game, 2-1, to sweep the Flyers and win their first Stanley Cup in 42 years.

The 1996-97 Detroit Red Wings team was loaded with talent and future hall-of-famers.  Most of them were in the prime of their career, such as Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brendan Shanahan, Sergei Fedorov and Larry Murphy.  Detroit had a very balanced squad that season, with a number of role players playing a key role in the playoffs, including Tomas Holmstrom, Martin Lapointe and Darren McCarty.  Wings goaltender Chris Osgood, one of the most underrated goalies in league history, was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff’s Most Valuable Player.

Here are some highlights from the 1997 Stanley Cup final.

Notable Birthdays

Mike Modano, NHL – Born June 7th 1970 (age 43) in Livonia, Michigan

Allen Iverson, NBA – Born June 7th 1975 (age 38) in Hampton, Virginia

Milan Lucic, NHL – Born June 7th 1988 (age 25) in Vancouver, British Columbia

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