The second period was a nightmare for the Penguins. It all starts when Valtteri Filppula scores less than two minutes in to give Detroit a 2-0 lead. Pittsburgh has been showered with praise on their ability to score on the power-play.
The Red Wings put on a power-play scoring clinic. It gets going when Niklas Kronwall scores a little over six minutes in on the first power-play Detroit gets in the period. That makes the score 3-0. The Red Wings keep it going with Brian Rafalski scoring on another power-play. The goal comes nearly eight and a half minutes in and gives Detroit a huge 4-0 lead.
The scoring ends with Henrik Zetterberg scoring the third power-play goal of the second period and Detroit has a commanding 5-0 lead. The Penguins are called for five penalties for 10 total minutes spent in the box. Even stars Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby are sent to the box. The Red Wings scoring prowess ends Marc-Andre Fleury’s night late in the second period.
Pittsburgh is able to stop the Red Wings from scoring in the third period, but the damage has been done. Marc-Andre Fleury only saves 16 of 21 shots as he allows five goals. In relief, Mathieu Garon saves all seven shots he faces from the Red Wings.
In goal for the Red Wings is Chris Osgood who is perfect on the night. Osgood saves all 22 shots the Penguins send at him on the night. Playing half the second period a man up the Detroit net minder only sees six shots in the second period. The defense in the third period only allows six shots his way once again. That was after weathering a first period storm by the Penguins where he saw 10 shots.
It’s the second shutout for the Penguins in these playoffs. The first Pittsburgh shutout comes from the Flyers in game five of the first round series. It’s also the second shutout for Osgood and Detroit in these playoffs. The first Red Wings shutout comes in game two against the Blue Jackets in the first round series.
Returning for Detroit, Datsyuk has two assists in his first game back. Now the Red Wings can try to win their second straight Stanley Cup in game six. Pittsburgh, after watching the Red Wings celebrate on their home ice in game six last year, will have to forget this game and get ready.
Detroit will look to close out the series. Pittsburgh will look to force a game seven back in Detroit. They both get their chance Tuesday in game six.