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Red Wings Halt March Of The Penguins,Take 2-0 Series Lead

DETROIT - MAY 31:  Goaltender Chris Osgood #30 of the Detroit Red Wings saves a shot in front of Bill Guerin #13 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Two of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on May 31, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Bryan FlynnAnalyst IMay 31, 2009

After losing game one, the Pittsburgh Penguins were looking for a way to get the puck past Chris Osgood.

Osgood allowed only one goal in game one while his teammates scored three, allowing Detroit to cruise to the win. Unfortunately for the Penguins, the Red Wings started off game two the way they ended game one.

Detroit had six shots in the first five minutes of the game, but couldn't get the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury. The Penguins caught a break early after Niklas Kronwall was sent to the box for cross-checking Evgeni Malkin.

With a shot on goald during the power play, Malkin was able to score, putting the Pens up 1-0. In reality, Malkin got the goal but Detroit’s own defenseman Brad Stuart was the one to hit the puck into the goal.

With a 1-0 lead at the end of the first, Pittsburgh quickly lost their momentum early in the second period after Malkin is denied once more by Osgood on a shot taken point blank in front of the net. 

After the save on Malkin, the Red Wings go to work, quickly tying the game 1-1 with a goal from Jonathan Ericsson only five minutes into the period. Detroit gets a second goal after the Penguins cannot get a line change after icing the puck.

With a tired Pittsburgh defense on the ice, the Red Wings are able to take advantage, with Valterri Filppula giving Detroit a 2-1 lead heading into the final intermission.

In the third period Justin Abdelkader is a Penguins killer. After scoring his ever NHL goal in game one of the series, the Michigan native does it again, this time taking on three Pittsburgh defenders to score an unassisted goal.  

With the Abdelkader goal, the Red Wings win game two 3-1 as well. Osgood is great in goal, stopping 31 of the 32 shots he faced.

The Red Wings are once again up 2-0 in the series like last year. The only good news for Pittsburgh is instead of being shut out in Detroit, the Penguins got two goals. Toward the end of the third period Malkin showed that the Penguins still have a lot of fight left in them, taking on Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg. 

With game two on Tuesday night, the Penguins have to sweep on home ice to have a chance in this series. To do so, they will need a better showing in goal than they have got out of Fleury, who has saved only 23 of 26 shots. They will also need to get big play out of their other star Sidney Crosby.

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