No team has won a road Game Seven in the Stanley Cup since Montreal accomplished the feat in 1971 against the Chicago. The last time before 71 that the road team won you would have to go all the way back to 1945. In 45 it just so happens that the home team was the Detroit Red Wings.
The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins were in Detroit they were shut out by the Red Wings 5-0. The Red Wings and the Penguins were not able to in the first period. The intensity and defense was brought up another notch in this Game Seven.
In the second period the Penguins waste little time getting on the score board first. A little over a minute in Maxime Talbot is able to take a pass from the Red Wings Brad Stuart who was forced into a bad pass by Evgeni Malkin. Talbot is able beat Chris Osgood for the goal. Pittsburgh takes a 1-0 lead early in to the second period.
Nearly nine minutes later it was Talbot doing it again. After Chris Kunitz is able to beat Jiri Hudler to a loose puck and pass it to Talbot. This time Talbot slides the puck just under the crossbar and over Osgood’s shoulder to give Pittsburgh the 2-0 lead.
It was not all good news for the Penguins after their captain Sidney Crosby takes a hit and has to leave the ice. Johan Franzen delivers the hit that sends Crosby off the ice in to the locker room. Crosby would return to only play two shifts in the third period.
The Red Wings made a surge the last two minutes of the second period and carried it over to the third period. Detroit dominates possession of the puck for most of the third period. The defense for Pittsburgh played superb in front of Marc-Andre Fleury.
Detroit cuts the Pittsburgh lead in half on a goal by Jonathan Ericsson who blasted the puck past Fleury. The goal comes nearly 14 minutes in the final period with the Pittsburgh lead now 2-1. The Red Wings keep trying to get shots on goal to tie the game.
The Penguins get some help from the crossbar in the third period. With a 2:14 left in the period Nicklas Kronwall fires a shot that beats Fleury but could not slide under the puck. The Puck fires away from the net and Detroit does not get a shot at a rebound.
The Red Wings would pull Osgood to get an extra man on the ice to try to tie the game. Fleury comes up with several big saves in the final seconds to preserve the Penguins 2-1 win. This time it’s Detroit who has to watch the Penguins celebrate with the Stanley Cup on their home ice.
The win by the Penguins is the first time in Stanley Cup Finals history that a team has come back from two 0-2 deficit in the playoffs to win the cup. The first time Pittsburgh did it was against Washington in the second round. Then again in the finals as the Penguins came back on the road both times.
After only giving up two goals in the first three home games Osgood gives up two goals in Game Seven. Osgood saves 16 of the 18 shots he faced. Fleury on the other hand gave up 11 goals in the first three games in Detroit only allows one goal in Game Seven. Fleury saves 23 of the 24 shots sent his way.
This is the third time Detroit has lost a Stanley Cup Finals after having a 2-0 lead. The Red Wings are just the second team home team to lose Game Seven and only score one goal. The Red Wings’ Marian Hossa has lost two straight finals after leaving Pittsburgh to try to win a cup in Detroit.
Sidney Crosby is the youngest captain to hold the Stanley cup. While the Penguins other star Evgeni Malkin wins the Conn Smythe the finals MVP. Pittsburgh is the first road team to win a championship in Game Seven since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.