Zetterberg dismissed the notion that post-Game 4 speculation about his fatigue motivated him: "The media try to get some things going. You just focus on your game." Instead, maybe it was a day to recharge and the reunion with linemate Pavel Datsyuk(notes) that pushed Zetterberg to a powerful two-way effort in the Wings' 5-0 trouncing of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Zetterberg rung the water bottle behind Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) for the fifth goal on the power play, had a power-play assist and helped shut down Sidney Crosby(notes) defensively.
His 15th playoff shutout was aided by some stellar team defense and puck possession -- as well as the Penguins' struggles -- but Osgood's 22 saves were a steadying presence for the Wings in Game 5. He earns a star for his heads-up outlet pass to Marian Hossa(notes) during a bad Pittsburgh change, setting up Valtteri Filppula's(notes) critical goal to start the second period.
Arguably the knockout blow in Game 5, Kronwall's power move from the corner on the power play produced Detroit's third goal of the night in the big second-period outburst. (Detroit would finish 3-for-9 with the man advantage.) Kronwall also rebounded nicely from a poor effort in Game 4, offering solid defense in 19:51 of ice time.
Major Penalty: From Evgeni Malkin(notes) taking three penalties to Max Talbot(notes) getting accused of going after Pavel Datsyuk's injured foot, the Penguins' meltdown manifested itself in some rather regretful ways in Game 5. Said Dan Cleary of the Wings: "The game is out of reach. Guys can get hurt like that. You just try to protect yourself. The frustration set in early. We made them pay on the power play."
Minor Penalty: Marc-Andre Fleury wasn't sharp in giving up five goals on 21 shots: moving around too much, not handling a few manageable shots. But the defense in front of him was pedestrian, especially on a penalty kill that's been one of the best in the playoffs statistically. The Penguins let him down in Game 5.
Conn Smythe Watch: (The Top 10) 1. Evgeni Malkin, Penguins; 2. Sidney Crosby, Penguins; 3. Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wings; 4. Johan Franzen(notes), Red Wings; 5. Nicklas Lidstrom(notes), Red Wings; 6. Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins; 7. Chris Osgood, Red Wings; 8. Daniel Cleary(notes), Red Wings; 9. Sergei Gonchar(notes), Penguins; 10. Valtteri Filppula, Red Wings.