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Wings extend shutout streak, Pens' misery in Game 2

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by Deb, May 27, 2008.

  1. Deb

    Deb BoltTalker

    Jul 10, 2007
    Wings extend shutout streak, Pens' misery in Game 2


    DETROIT – The Pittsburgh Penguins had a Memorial Day weekend in Detroit they would just as soon forget.

    The Detroit Red Wings jumped to a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final with a 3-0 win in Game 2 that did nothing to raise the Penguins’ confidence or lower their blood pressure.

    Brad Stuart and Tomas Holmstrom scored first-period goals and Valtteri Filppula added a third-period goal to ensure the victory for goalie Chris Osgood, who posted his second straight shutout.

    The series now shifts to Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio), where the Pens, out-shot 34-22 on Monday, hope to be every bit as inhospitable as the Wings were for Games 1 and 2.

    The value of a good start never can be underestimated, especially when playing for the Stanley Cup. So the Red Wings had to be pleased as punch holding a 2-0 lead after a first period that extended the Penguins’ scoreless streak in this Final to four periods.

    Stuart got the Wings on the scoreboard at 6:55 off a drive from the top of the right circle that changed direction when it hit Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi. Filppula got the assist on Stuart’s first goal of the playoffs when he corralled a pinballing puck at center ice, gained the Pittsburgh zone and got the puck across to Stuart, whose heavy shot changed direction just enough to beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

    It was a tough period for Scuderi, who took a stick in the face from teammate Hal Gill midway through the period and had to head to the dressing room for repairs.
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