Mikael Samuelsson scored two unassisted goals and Chris Osgood stopped all 19 shots he faced to guide the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals Saturday night.
Samuelsson had scored only two goals in the previous 16 games of the playoffs before notching the game’s first two tallies.
His first goal came with 6:59 left in the second period. The Penguins went for an ill-timed line change while Samuelsson had the puck in the neutral zone. He used the extra space to race in down the left wing and wrap around the net, banking a shot in off of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
Just 2:16 into the third he scored again, breaking up a short pass from Fleury to Evgeni Malkin and knocking the puck past Fleury to put Detroit up by a pair.
With 2:42 left in the game, Dan Cleary added a shorthanded goal. Kris Draper threw the puck the length of the ice and Cleary raced down after it as it came off the back boards, swatting a backhander high into the net.
That goal was the only power play goal of the night, with Detroit having six chances with the extra attacker and the Penguins five.
The Red Wings thought they had scored the game’s first goal with 4:40 left in the first period when Nicklas Lidstrom beat Fleury but the goal was negated with a controversial goaltender interference call on Holmstrom.
Fleury stopped 32 of 36 shots against in his first-ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance.
The win boosts Osgood’s record in the Finals to 5-0.
Game Two of the series will be on Monday night from Detroit.
The Red Wings were once again with Johan Franzen, who has resumed practicing with the team but has not been cleared to play.