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Tonight. One shot. The best shot. Dominate! Presents the following thread: @ 3 @ 2 Your defending Stanley Cup Champion Vs. The Pittsburgh Penguins This game is a presentation of: GAME 6 Location: Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa. Date: Tue., June 9th, 2009 Time: 8:00pm EST Television Broadcast Provided by: The NBC network DirecTV channel 82/83 Radio Broadcast Provided by: XM Radio: Channels 204/205 Goaltending Matchup: Det. - Chris Osgood (15-6) 2.00 GAA .931 sv%, 2 SO Pit. - Marc-Andre Fleury (14-8) 2.76 GAA .904 sv% Recap of the Wings Game 5 win over the Penguins: Highlights of the Wings 5-0 shutout win: NHL Network Online Red Wings 5, Penguins 0 Datsyuk's return sparks Red Wings, 5-0 win DETROIT -- It takes more than just brave words to knock off a champion. That's the painful and humbling lesson the defending champion Detroit Red Wings administered to the no-longer-chatty Penguins in Saturday night's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at Joe Louis Arena, authoring a 5-0 victory that puts the Red Wings on the precipice of their 12th Stanley Cup. Detroit has won 11 of 12 home games at "The Joe" this postseason. Saturday's showing certainly put to rest the contention by Penguin players during the past 48 hours that the veteran Red Wings -- particularly top center Henrik Zetterberg -- were worn down and frustrated after dropping back-to-back 4-2 decisions at Mellon Arena to even the series at 2-2. "Anything like that -- too old, too tired, too slow, that doesn't bother us one bit," said Detroit forward Dan Cleary, who had the game-opening goal. "We pride ourselves on being a good team, being fast, working hard and we howed it tonight." It certainly did. The Cup champions showed their class, especially during the first 15 minutes of the second period when Detroit turned a nail-biting 1-0 lead into a statement game. The final three goals of the outburst all came on the power play, which had been dormant throughout the first four games of the series. Detroit goalie Chris Osgood, who had allowed seven goals in the past two games, turned in a 22-save shutout. But it was Zetterberg, the player most often verbally targeted by a Pittsburgh team that was clearly feeling its oats after putting the defending champions on the ropes after the two wins at Mellon Arena, who stole the show. He assisted on the first power-play goal and scored the game's final goal, also on the power play. The Swedish center finished with a goal, an assist, a plus-1 rating and six shots in a little more than 20 minutes of ice time. He was joined on his line by Pavel Datsyuk, who had been out since May 19 with an injury to his left foot. All Datsyuk did in his return was score a goal and assist on another, the game-opening goal by Cleary. But back to Zetterberg ... Aside from his offensive numbers, he did perhaps his best job of the series defending Sidney Crosby, who had a dominating Game 4. Zetterberg also drew a slashing penalty -- born of frustration -- on Crosby, who was a minus-2 with just one shot in 18:33 of ice time. "I thought the whole team showed up with determination tonight," Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. "(Zetterberg) was one of our leaders up front the way he played -- the way he played against Crosby; but on the offensive end, too. He's making plays and playing real well for us." Afterward, with Detroit in position to win the Cup with a win in one of the next two games, Zetterberg said the assertions coming out of the Pittsburgh dressing room on Thursday night were a non-issue. "You try not to pay attention to it," Zetterberg said. "The media try to get some things going. You just focus on your game. Of course you get tired at the end of games. But yesterday, we had a day off. We refocused and we were ready to go today." It should be noted that the Red Wings weren't ready right away Saturday night. Pittsburgh dominated the first few minutes of the game, looking like the team that used its speed and youth to put up three goals in a six- minute span of Game 4 to turn a 2-1 Detroit lead into a 4-2 come-from-behind victory that made the Wings look a tad vulnerable. When Chris Kunitz drew a tripping penalty from Niklas Kronwall at 7:19 of the first period -- the first play stoppage in a furiously paced start -- there was genuine cause for concern among the home faithful. Detroit's penalty-killing unit has been its Achilles' heel in this series, and now here were the full-of-confidence Penguins going back on the man advantage. But thanks to some stellar work by defensemen Lidstrom and Brad Stuart, Pittsburgh never got set up in the offensive zone for an extended period and could not get a shot on goal. "That was big," Cleary said. "That was a huge difference, a huge play early in the game. We struggled on the penalty kill, but we found a way to get it constantly 200 feet down the ice. Those are momentum-shifting kills. It was big for us." Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma agreed. "If we score a goal (there); it's different momentum in the game," Bylsma said. "But there's still a lot of hockey to play at that point." A lot of hockey maybe, but it was all one-sided. While the Red Wings were scoring goal after goal and chasing a clearly flustered Marc-Andre Fleury (16 saves on 21 shots before being pulled after Zetterberg's goal), Pittsburgh was losing its composure. Each team took just one minor penalty in the first period, but Pittsburgh took five in the second and six penalties -- including three misconducts -- in the third. Detroit took just three penalties in the whole game. Notes: Detroit opened the second period on the power play -- there was 1:39 remaining in Chris Kunitz's goalie interference penalty -- and immediately set the tone for a four-goal outburst that put the game away. The Red Wings didn't score on the man advantage, but put the Penguins on their heels as Nicklas Lidstrom, Jiri Hudler, Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen all had excellent chances. Five seconds after the penalty expired, Valtteri Filppula scored on a semi-breakaway keyed by goalie Chris Osgood's outlet pass. Brad Stuart's name didn't show up on the score sheet very often Saturday night, but he made some key contributions, including yeoman's work on a first-period penalty when the game was still close. Stuart killed all but 22 seconds of a tripping penalty on Niklas Kronwall, with a blocked shot and a clear during that time. He finished by playing 22:48 of near-flawless hockey. With Pavel Datsyuk back in the lineup for the first time since May 19, coach Mike Babcock had the opportunity to put his two best offensive players -- Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg -- on the same line, a combo Pittsburgh could not handle. Datsyuk, a natural center, played the wing, while Zetterberg was the center. Daniel Cleary was the other wing on the line and he scored the game-opening goal. The first period was played at the most furious pace of the Final. How intense was it? There were just eight stoppages in the period and the first did not come until 7:16 had elapsed in the game. In fact, there were just three faceoffs in the first 13:09 of the contest. Osgood, who made 22 saves for the shutout, also played a part in Detroit's offensive fireworks Saturday night. It was his head-man pass as a Pittsburgh penalty expired that caught the Penguins making a personnel change and sent Marian Hossa and Valtteri Filppula off in transition. Filppula took a sweet backhanded saucer pass from Hossa to beat Marc-Andre Fleury for Detroit's second goal of the night. It was the fifth assist of Osgood's postseason career. Series Schedule: Saturday, May 30, @Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 1 Sunday, May 31, @Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 1 Tuesday, June 2 @Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 2 Thursday, June 4 @Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 2 Saturday, June 6 @Detroit 5, Pittsburgh 0 Tuesday, June 9 at Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm NBC, CBC, RDS * Friday, June 12 at Detroit, 8:00 pm NBC, CBC, RDS Series 3 Results: Sunday, May 17, @Detroit 5, Chicago 2 Tuesday, May 19, @Detroit 3, Chicago 2, OT Friday, May 22 @Chicago 4, Detroit 3, OT Sunday, May 24 Detroit 6, @Chicago 1 Wednesday, May 27 @Detroit 4, Chicago 3, OT Series 2 Results: Friday, May 1 @Detroit 3, Ducks 2 Sunday, May 3 Anaheim 4, @Detroit 3, 3OT Tuesday, May 5 @Anaheim 2, Detroit 1 Thursday, May 7 Detroit 6, @Anaheim 3 Sunday, May 10 @Detroit 4, Anaheim 1 Tuesday, May 12 @Anaheim 2, Detroit 1 Thursday, May 14 @Detroit 4, Anaheim 3 Round 1 Results: Thursday, April 16 @Detroit 4, Columbus 1 Saturday, April 18 @Detroit 4, Columbus 0 Tuesday, April 21 Detroit 4, @Columbus 1 Thursday, April 23 Detroit 6, @Columbus 5
Huge game. Still no Dats, Still no Draper. Presents the following thread: @ 0 @ 1 Your defending Stanley Cup Champion Vs. The Pittsburgh Penguins This game is a presentation of: GAME 2 Location: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Mich. Date: Sun., May 31st, 2009 Time: 8:00pm EST Television Broadcast Provided by: NBC DirecTV channel 82/83 Radio Broadcast Provided by: XM Radio: Channels 204/205 Goaltending Matchup: Det. - Chris Osgood (13-4) 2.00 GAA .928 sv%, 1 SO Pit. - Marc-Andre Fleury (12-6) 2.64 GAA .906 sv% Recap of the Wings Game 1 win over the Penguins: Highlights of the Wings 3-1 win:http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20082009,3,411 Red Wings 3, Penguins 1 Red Wings get the bounces, break to 1-0 series lead DETROIT – When the Pittsburgh Penguins say they didn't get the bounces in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, they will be telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When the Detroit Red Wings say they took advantage of the breaks provided by home-ice advantage in their 3-1 victory in Game 1 on Saturday night, they will be equally truthful. In a game that perfectly illustrated the slippery nature of hockey, the Red Wings took advantage of the breaks presented to them -- especially the lively end boards at Joe Louis Arena -- and the Pens could only shake their heads at the numerous chances that defied logic and stayed out of the net. "We have to get goals like that," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "It wasn't a clean game. There wasn't a lot of space out there." "It just kind of happened in the last two years, really," Wings goalie Chris Osgood said of the crazy caroms off the backboards. "It's tough for goalies. They're scoring lots in the regular season on them. Especially if it comes off one side and out the other, you're pretty much left defenseless. It can be frustrating, but you've got to work them the best you can. "For me, I just try to get back to my post as quick as I can," Osgood said. "And sometimes it just has to do with getting a good bounce, and it doesn't come back in front of somebody's stick. I had a few in the third that went right back in front and went on our stick instead of theirs. "They definitely are dangerous, and tonight they bounced our way." They certainly didn't go the Penguins' way. "It's amazing," Sidney Crosby said of the bounces off the boards. "It makes the game that much quicker. It's tough to read. They got a couple bounces tonight and hopefully we'll get a couple. "We expected it to be tight," he added. "I mean, that's the way it is. I thought we generated some pretty good scoring chances. Our line, I think we've got to find a way to get a few more. But they're a good hockey team, and you've got to execute when you get them. We had a couple that didn't go in, and maybe that's the difference. But it's tight hockey, and we've got to expect that." Brad Stuart, Johan Franzen and Justin Abdelkader scored for the Wings, who are now 9-1 at home in these playoffs. Ruslan Fedotenko scored Pittsburgh's lone goal. None of the four goals fell into the "beautiful" category -- all came off turnovers. But with a win now tucked away, the Red Wings can look at the goals as masterpieces. Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was victimized on two goals that came off the lively end boards. In the first, Rob Scuderi was unable to get the puck out of the zone and Wings defenseman Brad Stuart fired a shot from the left side that caromed off the boards, caught Fleury flat-footed, and deflected into the net off the back of his leg at 13:38. The boards came into play again when Detroit took a 2-1 lead after two periods. Henrik Zetterberg gained possession in a scrum on the left wing boards and passed back to Brian Rafalski at the point. He moved in and fired a shot that slammed off the end boards and caromed to Franzen. He backhanded the puck into the slot, where it deflected off the sprawling left leg of Fleury and into the net at 19:02. Pens coach Dan Bylsma was reluctant to criticize Fleury. "That's something they were better at than we were," he said. "It's something that if the shooting lanes are blocked, you should be putting the puck there because you know it's going to come right back out. They capitalized on that tonight. It was good plays by them." "I wasn't a very good goalie," Fleury said. "It's just the situation in this building where you know that pucks are coming off the backboards quickly. We're aware of it. We practiced it and they got some fortunate breaks off it tonight. Not to be outdone, Osgood mishandled a rebound and then left a wide-open net for Fedotenko to backhand home a rebound at 18:37 of the first. As was the case in all the goals, the Wings couldn't clear the puck, allowing Evgeni Malkin to get off a shot from the left circle that Osgood stopped, breaking his stick in the process. The rebound came down just out of his reach and Fedotenko just beat Niklas Kronwall to the loose puck and scored to tie the game 1-1. The Wings got an insurance goal at 2:46 of the third when Abdelkader took advantage of another bad bounce for the Penguins. After a save by Fleury, the puck went into the air and Jordan Staal, jousting with Abdelkader, lost sight of it. The Wings' rookie didn't, moving around Staal and then ripping a shot to Fleury's long side. It was Abdelkader's first career playoff goal. "We did some good things. We can do a better job," Bylsma said. "It's good for us to get right back at it." Babcock also saw some areas that need shoring up in his team's game, so a fast return to the ice may be best for both squads. "I didn't think we were too good in the neutral zone, we had too many turnovers," Babcock said. "Tonight we got some breaks. I thought Crosby looked very determined. When you've been here before, you know what to expect. They were very competitive." Notes: Late in the second period, the Penguins knew they were vulnerable after a Hal Gill icing, so Dan Bylsma called timeout to give the Sidney Crosby line a rest. But Henrik Zetterberg won the offensive-zone faceoff to sustain the pressure. Then, Johan Franzen took the body to force Bill Guerin into a turnover. Defenseman Rob Scuderi blocked Brian Rafalski's ensuing shot, but Rafalski got it right back and fired wide, allowing Franzen to flip a backhander that banked off the leg of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and into the net. Detroit center Darren Helm, the overtime hero in the clinching game of the Western Conference Final just three nights ago, was an impact player all night. He delivered a team-high eight hits. He also dominated in the faceoff circle throughout the game and had a very dangerous breakaway early in the third period. Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, not known for his physical play, delivered one of the biggest hits of the night midway through the first period, delivering a clean shoulder hit to Henrik Zetterberg at center ice. He had three hits in the first two periods and went down and stacked his pads to block a shot late in the second period. The Red Wings dominated in the faceoff circle throughout the game. Detroit finished with a 69 percent success rate, winning 39 of the 56 draws. Helm and Zetterberg were the most dominant of the Red Wings, while Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal was the biggest victim. Detroit's third goal came off the stick of Justin Abdelkader at the 2:46 mark of the third period. It was the first playoff goal by the rookie in eight appearances this spring. Abdelkader has just four games of regular-season experience under his belt. Abdelkader, hailing from Muskegon, Mich., had played just four shifts Saturday night before scoring his goal, a rebound shot into the far corner. Series Schedule: Saturday, May 30, @Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 1 Sunday, May 31 at Detroit, TBD-Night NBC, CBC, RDS Tuesday, June 2 at Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm VERSUS, CBC, RDS Thursday, June 4 at Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm VERSUS, CBC, RDS * Saturday, June 6 at Detroit, 8:00 pm NBC, CBC, RDS * Tuesday, June 9 at Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm NBC, CBC, RDS * Friday, June 12 at Detroit, 8:00 pm NBC, CBC, RDS Series 3 Results: Sunday, May 17, @Detroit 5, Chicago 2 Tuesday, May 19, @Detroit 3, Chicago 2, OT Friday, May 22 @Chicago 4, Detroit 3, OT Sunday, May 24 Detroit 6, @Chicago 1 Wednesday, May 27 @Detroit 4, Chicago 3, OT Series 2 Results: Friday, May 1 @Detroit 3, Ducks 2 Sunday, May 3 Anaheim 4, @Detroit 3, 3OT Tuesday, May 5 @Anaheim 2, Detroit 1 Thursday, May 7 Detroit 6, @Anaheim 3 Sunday, May 10 @Detroit 4, Anaheim 1 Tuesday, May 12 @Anaheim 2, Detroit 1 Thursday, May 14 @Detroit 4, Anaheim 3 Round 1 Results: Thursday, April 16 @Detroit 4, Columbus 1 Saturday, April 18 @Detroit 4, Columbus 0 Tuesday, April 21 Detroit 4, @Columbus 1 Thursday, April 23 Detroit 6, @Columbus 5