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"Watching players graduate from the Red Wings system is like watching clowns exiting a car. They just keep coming and coming."
- StlToday.com, June 1

Before we roll the highlight reel, a few notes of interest from the Stanley Cup Finals:

  • All four members of the 2008-09 Griffins who played in the Stanley Cup Finals recorded points (Justin Abdelkader two goals, Jonathan Ericsson goal and assist, Darren Helm goal and assist, Ville Leino two assists);
  • Abdelkader became the first player in NHL history to score goals in Games 1 and 2 of a Stanley Cup Final having never previously scored a goal in the NHL. In addition, he and current Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek (1991 Pittsburgh) are the last two players to score their first NHL goal in the Stanley Cup Finals;
  • In 54 career regular season games in the NHL, Abdelkader, Ericsson and Helm have combined for six points (2-4--6).
     
    - Ericsson: 27 GP, 2-3--5
    - Helm: 23 GP: 0-1--1
    - Abdelkader: 4 GP, 0-0--0
     
    In 73 career games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the three have combined for 20 points (12-8--20).
     
    - Helm: 41 GP, 6-3--9
    - Ericsson: 22 GP, 4-4--8
    - Abdelkader: 10 GP, 2-1--3
     
  • The "Fantastic Four" of Abdelkader, Ericsson, Helm and Leino became the darlings of the hockey media, with profiles in the Grand Rapids Press and major national newspapers such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. 
Now on with the show! Click on each player's name to view a clip of his goal, courtesy of nhl.com:

Jonathan Ericsson - June 12 - Detroit 1 vs. Pittsburgh 2 - 13:53 3rd

Niklas Kronwall - June 6 - Detroit 5 vs. Pittsburgh 0 - PPG 6:11 2nd

Valtteri Filppula - June 6 - Detroit 5 vs. Pittsburgh 0 - 1:44 2nd

Darren Helm - June 4 - Detroit 2 at Pittsburgh 4 - 18:19 1st

Justin Abdelkader
- May 31 - Detroit 3 vs. Pittsburgh 1 - 2:47 3rd

Valtteri Filppula - May 31 - Detroit 3 vs. Pittsburgh 1 - 10:29 2nd

Jonathan Ericsson - May 31 - Detroit 3 vs. Pittsburgh 1 - 4:21 2nd

Justin Abdelkader - May 30 - Detroit 3 vs. Pittsburgh 1 - 2:46 3rd

Darren Helm - May 27 - Detroit 2 vs. Chicago 1 - 3:58 OT

Valtteri Filppula - May 24 - Detroit 6 at Chicago 1 - PPG 1:13 2nd

Jonathan Ericsson - May 22 - Detroit 3 at Chicago 4 (OT) - 19:01 2nd

Darren Helm - May 14 - Detroit 4 at Anaheim 3 - 1:17 3rd

Jiri Hudler - May 14 - Detroit 4 at Anaheim 3 - PPG 15:43 1st

Mark Eaton - May 11 - Pittsburgh 4 vs. Washington 5 - PPG 19:26 2nd

Darren Helm - May 10 - Detroit 4 vs. Anaheim 1 - 16:52 3rd

Jiri Hudler - May 10 - Detroit 4 vs. Anaheim 1 - 4:02 3rd

Mark Eaton - May 2 - Pittsburgh 2 at Washington 3 - 12:54 2nd

Pavol Demitra - April 30 - Vancouver 5 vs. Chicago 3 - PPG 15:22 1st

Mark Eaton - April 25 - Pittsburgh 5 at Philadelphia 3 - 6:32 2nd

Shane Hnidy - April 18 - Boston 5 vs. Montreal 1 - 5:45 2nd

Jiri Hudler - April 18 - Detroit 4 vs. Columbus 0 - PPG 3:38 3rd

Niklas Kronwall - April 16 - Detroit 4 vs. Columbus 1 - PPG 15:09 2nd

Jonathan Ericsson - Apirl 16 - Detroit 4 vs. Columbus 1 - 14:21 2nd

Jiri Hudler - April 16 - Detroit 4 vs. Columbus 1 - 10:48 2nd

Mark Eaton - April 15 - Pittsburgh 4 vs. Philadelphia 1 - 10:27 3rd

 

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