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The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't let a 2-0 series hole get them down.
In the highly anticipated rematch of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves in a hole early and often in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena in Games 1 and 2.
Game 1 saw the Wings pull away in the second and third periods despite Pittsburgh outshooting them 32-30, including 12-8 in the third period alone.
In Game 2, the Penguins jumped out to a 1-0 lead on an Evgeni Malkin power-play goal. But the Wings answered with two second-period goals by Jonathan Ericsson and Valteri Filpulla. Justin Abdelkader would score to make it another 3-1 Detroit win, despite Pittsburgh again outshooting the Wings 33-26, including 12-3 in the third and 12-7 in the first.
Back in Pittsburgh, the tide began to turn for the Penguins as the teams traded two goals apiece despite Detroit heavily outshooting the home team in the two opening frames. But it would be Sergei Gonchar's second-period power-play goal that would stand up as the winner in a 4-2 Penguins win.
The Penguins would tie the series at home in Game 4 with another 4-2 win fuelled by an explosive second period, including a shorthanded goal by Jordan Staal. Despite the win, the Penguins were again outshot 39-31, including 19-11 in the first period alone.
Game 5 is one that Pittsburgh fans would like to forget. A four-goal second period sunk the Penguins' chances of winning the Cup on home ice as Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled after the fifth goal.
In Game 6, it was do or die for the Penguins, who had not led in the series. Jordan Staal broke the deadlock under a minute into the second period and Tyler Kennedy added to the lead 5:35 into the third, as the Penguins held on to force Game 7.
In Game 7, the Penguins came out firing, outshooting Detroit 10-6 in the first period. Max Talbot would put the Penguins ahead in the second and added to it later in the period without the services of captain Sidney Crosby.
With time running out, a one-goal lead, and being outshot 7-1 with the faceoff in the Penguins zone, Fleury made a remarkable save as time expired and the Penguins won their third Stanley Cup in franchise history.