National Hockey League senior vice president of hockey operations Jim Gregory, left, and Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40) stand with the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl after the Red Wings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Western Conference hockey finals in Detroit tonight. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
By Shelly Anderson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It became official tonight: The Penguins will have a rematch with the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup final.
The Red Wings beat Chicago, 2-1, in overtime to clinch the Western Conference championship.
The best-of-seven final will start with back-to-back games in Detroit. Game 1 is at 8 p.m. Saturday, followed by Game 2 there Sunday night at a time to be determined. Those games will be televised by NBC.
Games 3 and 4 will be at Mellon Arena Tuesday and June 4, both at 8 p.m. and both to be telecast by Versus.
If necessary, Game 5 will be June 6 at Detroit, 8 p.m. on NBC; Game 6 would be June 9 at Mellon Arena, 8 p.m. on NBC and Game 7 would be June 12 at Detroit, 8 p.m. on NBC.
The Penguins last year lost to Detroit in six games. They swept Carolina in the Eastern Conference final to earn a return date.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.