Detroit Scores Three Power-Play Goals in 5-0 Rout of Pittsburgh; Lead Series 3-2

Bryan FlynnAnalyst IJune 6, 2009

DETROIT - JUNE 06:  Goaltender Chris Osgood #30 of the Detroit Red Wings saves a shot on goal by the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Five of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The Penguins tied the Stanley Cup Finals after two wins over the Red Wings at home in Pittsburgh. The series now shifts to Detroit for game five. The Red Wings get Pavel Datsyuk back from a foot injury. Datsyuk has yet to play in these Stanley Cup finals and can give Detroit a goal scorer as dangerous as the two stars of Pittsburgh.
The first period is dominated by the Penguins as they control the puck for the most of the period. The Red Wings face the Pittsburgh power-play in the first period, but do a good job of killing it. Detroit is able to strike first nearly fourteen minutes into the period. The Red Wings get a goal from Daniel Cleary to take a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.

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.