Pittsburgh Forces Game Seven, Series Heads Back to Detroit

Bryan FlynnAnalyst IJune 10, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 09:  The Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate their 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings during Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Mellon Arena on June 9, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

After being held scoreless in Game Five, the Pittsburgh Penguins faced elimination in Game Six for the second straight year in the Stanley Cup Finals. Last year, the Red Wings won the Cup in Pittsburgh, forcing the Penguins to watch them celebrate in their house.

Detroit wanted to do the same in Game Six this year, but the Penguins had other ideas. Pittsburgh came out firing in the first period, taking 12 shots on Detroit's Chris Osgoode.

They also had two power plays they were not able to capitalize on, as both teams were unable to beat the goalie during the first period.

With no score in over 44 minutes of play, (going back to the 15:40 mark in the second period of game five), it’s the Penguins who break through in the second period, with Jordan Staal scoring less than one minute into the second, giving Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead.

The Red Wings fail to score for the third straight period.

Just over five minutes into the third, the Pens added to their lead when Tyler Kennedy put another one past Osgoode, giving the home team a 2-0 lead.

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The Red Wings did not give the Penguins room to breathe for long. Despite being injured for most of the Finals, Detroit’s Kris Draper was able to get the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury, cutting Pittsburgh's lead to 2-1 with nearly 12 minutes left to play.

Detroit was not done making the Penguins sweat in the third period. With 1:41 left, Fleury stonewalls the Red Wings Daniel Cleary on a breakaway, something Detroit’s net minder Chris Osgood has done to Pittsburgh the entire series.

The Red Wings got one last chance to score in the final seconds, when Detroit pulled Osgood to get an extra attacker on the ice.

After several near-goal-scoring chances by the Red Wings, Fleury is caught out of position, nearly allowing the tying goal to trickle in. Fortunately for the Pens, Rob Scuderi jumped in front of the puck, making the save until Fleury could get back and cover the puck.

Pittsburgh was able to hang on for the 2-1 win off of strong defense by Brooks Orpik. Fleury was solid in goal, saving 25 of the 26 shots he faced. Osgood for Detroit is not bad either, saving 29 of the 31 shots he faced.

Now the series heads back to Detroit for a winner take all in Game Seven. In their recent Cup runs, Detroit has yet to be pushed to a game seven.

The Red Wings and the Penguins have not lost on home ice so far in this series. If Pittsburgh wants to win the Cup, they will have to break that trend on Friday in the last game of the series.