Stanley Cup Final: Red Wings Blank the Penguins Again

Francois GendronSenior Writer IMay 27, 2008

Yesterday, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final was presented at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

The Detroit Red Wings, after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins with ease by the score of 4-0 during Game 1, played an even better game as they only left bits to their opponents.

During the first period, defenseman Brad Stuart scored his first goal of the playoffs as he opened the score for the Wings with a shot on Marc-André Fleury's stick side.

Only a few minutes later, after the Penguins defense committed a turnover, Henrik Zetterberg's shot was partially blocked by the Penguins' goaltender. Tomas Holmstrom pushed the loose puck over the goal line to double the Wings lead.

Valteri Fillipula completed the scoring during the third period with a spectacular individual play. As Fillipula was hooked down by defenseman Christopher Letang, the Finn managed to beat Fleury and extinguish any hope for a comeback.

Final score: Detroit Red Wings 3 - Pittsburgh Penguins 0 (Detroit leads the series by 2-0)

The Red Wings domination this far in the series is impressive. The Penguins' talented offense has been completely neutralized during the first two games.

What was supposed to be an offensive showdown between the two finalists has turned out to be a Wings complete lockdown. Once Detroit took a one- or two-goal lead during the first two games, the team completely closed the game, reducing the Penguins scoring chances to the minimum.

Boring for hockey fans, but very effective.

Game 3 will be played wednesday at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.