The Hockey News player of the week for the period of June 1-7, 2009 is Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg.
In Games 3, 4 and 5 of the Stanley Cup final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, ‘Hank’ scored two goals and added three assists for five points to go along with a plus-2 rating. Zetterberg has been charged with the task of shutting down Penguins star Sidney Crosby, who has a minus-1 rating over the past week.
In matching up with Crosby, Zetterberg has played at least 20 minutes a game in each of the three games this week. Zetterberg also peppered the Pittsburgh net with 11 shots over the three games, including six shots on goal in Game 5’s decisive 5-0 win.
The Wings currently lead the Stanley Cup final three games to two and can wrap up the series Tuesday night in Pittsburgh or Friday night back in Detroit.
With 11 goals, 13 assists and 24 points in 21 playoff games, Zetterberg is third in post-season scoring behind Crosby (31 points) and Evgeni Malkin (35).