Osgood Blanks Penguins Again, Wings Lead Finals 2-0

Goaltender Chris Osgood earned his second consecutive shutout as the Detroit Red Wings rolled to a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night, giving them a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Osgood stopped 22 shots in the effort and became the second goalie in NHL history to start his Finals career with six consecutive wins.

The Red Wings got on the board just 6:55 into the game when Brad Stuart rifled a shot off of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and into the net.

Valtteri Filppula gained the Pittsburgh zone on the left side and slid a pass across to a trailing Stuart while going to the net. Stuart waited for Filppula's screen before blasting a shot on net. Fleury got a piece of it but not enough as it deflected up and in.

Tomas Holmstrom stretched the lead to two 4:23 later, finishing off a chance by Henrik Zetterberg.

Holmstrom sent the puck from behind the net to Zetterberg in the slot to bang between Fleury's pads. It slowly slipped through and Holmstrom reached in behind Fleury to push the puck across the goal line.

A highlight reel goal by Valtteri Filppula finished off the game's scoring at 8:48 of the third.

With the teams skating four aside, Filppula was sprung on a rush into the Pittsburgh zone with a pass by Johan Franzen. He raced around defenseman Kris Letang and cut back in front of Fleury while being hooked. On one leg, he put a shot past Fleury before flying through the air.

The game ended with the Penguins trying to assert themselves physically, as Petr Sykora bumped Osgood, leading to a scrum that saw Pavel Datsyuk drop Gary Roberts. After time ran out, Maxime Talbot approached the celebrating Red Wings but was led away by the officials.

The Red Wings will look to take a stranglehold on the series in Game Three from Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a virtual must-win for the Penguins.


Notes: Franzen returned to the lineup after missing six games with concussion-like symptoms. Darren McCarty was scratched to clear room for him.

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One down for the Wings but the Penguins will look to rebound. Too early to call anything a must-win though it would be easy to, as Detroit would do well to hold serve at home and the Pens would love to make this a five-game series in which they have home ice.

Rumblings are that Johan Franzen could return tonight. He hasn't been cleared to play but it sounds like he's in as soon as he's cleared.

It's a tough call but I think I'd pull Darren McCarty out of the lineup when Franzen comes back. He's been playing well but everyone else (Helm included) has been just a bit better.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 10:52 AM

 

Nhl.com says Franzen's in.

Posted by drwmike33 on 5/26/2008 at 2:06 PM

 

Just an FYI, the actual start time tonight is 8:14.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 7:36 PM

 

Penguins with another good start. Ugh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 8:25 PM

 

Stuie!!! Wings out in front!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 8:27 PM

 

The Pens may have started well, but they're 1 nil behind! C'mon!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/26/2008 at 8:29 PM

 

Homer! 2-0!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 8:36 PM

 

Tap-in by Holmstrom!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/26/2008 at 8:38 PM

 

Stupid play by Malone.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 8:43 PM

 

Decent period. The Penalty Kill's looking good. Another chance on the Power Play coming up, hope they can take this one.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/26/2008 at 8:54 PM

 

Game's over if they can score early in the second. Wings playing too well defensively.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 8:57 PM

 

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! My dad just said "Hoodler". I'm ashamed =/ And earlier he said 'Fraaaaanzen'

I'm happy for the Wings awesome start. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/suspect.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":suspect:" border="0" alt="suspect.gif" /> I hope it stays like this for the rest of the second (the domination, I mean).

KEEP CROSBY AND MALKIN GOALLESS!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/26/2008 at 9:19 PM

 

I just got done putting my kid to bed I see it's still 2-0 but it looks like Pitt is starting to get more chances and control it more than they have. Am I right?? Did I miss anything exciting?

Posted by fitch.1918 on 5/26/2008 at 9:33 PM

 

Wow dodged a bullet there

Posted by fitch.1918 on 5/26/2008 at 9:36 PM

 

What a surprise, best opportunity for Pittsburgh comes on Lilja falling down.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 9:36 PM

 

What a surprise, best opportunity for Pittsburgh comes on Lilja falling down.


Hahaha, that just made my day. =/ I hope Lilja goes soon.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/26/2008 at 9:37 PM

 

Power play....could turn the momentum around.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/26/2008 at 9:41 PM

 

Penguins playing better defensively but it seems to have cost them what little offense they could get going. Works for me, the Pens are the ones that need goals right now. Still holding my breath though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 9:44 PM

 

Is it taking anyone else 4-5 tries to get the site to load?!?!?!?!

Datsyuk's a madman! I didn't think he would ever hit anyone. But I'm proud of him, if I can even say that <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/suspect.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":suspect:" border="0" alt="suspect.gif" /> It's cool he's standing up for the team. And that's stupid that the Penguins keep doing that.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/26/2008 at 10:13 PM

 

I'll be damned, a goalie interference call in Detroit's favor.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 10:19 PM

 

DR. FIL!!! Holy f*ck that was nice. And it was going to be a penalty shot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 10:20 PM

 

That goal was almost as beautiful as the goal scorer itself!!! <|3

YAY! I'll proudly be wearing my jersey tomorrow!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/26/2008 at 10:21 PM

 

What a f*cking goal! YEAH!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/26/2008 at 10:22 PM

 

Franzen down. Roberts is gonna get f*cked up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 10:24 PM

 

Yeah, that wasn't cheap at all. =/ What a jerkface. How many penalties has that guy had tonight?

edit;; KILLL HIM!!!!!!!!! Darn. =/ I was hoping for a fight.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/26/2008 at 10:26 PM

 

That was so dirty.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/26/2008 at 10:26 PM

 

Anyone else starting to get calm? I'm not holding my breath as much as I was.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 10:35 PM

 

Nice, the refs are starting to call the after the whistle sh*t the Pens are trying to do.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 10:38 PM

 

Sykora's a bitch. And Datsyuk f*cks up Roberts.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 10:42 PM

 

Datsyuk and Franzen!!!!! Badass <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/suspect.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":suspect:" border="0" alt="suspect.gif" />

Ok, now I feel calm <|3 and happy. HAHAHAHAHAHA. Who knew we'd be watching Pavel Datsyuk, one of the players not associated with toughness, beating people up in the Playoffs? I am amazed. This game keeps getting better and better.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/26/2008 at 10:44 PM

 

Dirty bastards they are. Go get 'em Datsyuk!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/26/2008 at 10:46 PM

 

Two to go! Suck it, Ice Chickens!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 10:48 PM

 

And another great defensive performance. It's like a brick wall out there. Sidney Who? Two to go! Get in!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/26/2008 at 10:52 PM

 

I love that Don Cherry just showed a picture of a sleeping kid and said 'He has the right idea here' ! LMAO. XD

TAKE THAT CROSBY LOVERS! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/suspect.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":suspect:" border="0" alt="suspect.gif" /> Let's see if the Western teams get ignored next year?(Probably still, yes, I know)

SHUTOUT! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/26/2008 at 10:54 PM

 

i think it's really funny that Pittsburgh just made themselves look so desperate and completely stupid on national TV. Datsyuk? wtf? My friends and me were jumping up and down because Dats starts crankin out haymakers.

Anyone else notice how the pens were trying to take shots at Franzenstein's head?

I'm sure there won't be any suspensions, but I think a talking to and maybe even some fines are in order.

Good win--we'll see how desperate they look at home on wednesday.

Posted by drwmike33 on 5/26/2008 at 11:06 PM

 

I'll start worrying about how the Pens will look on Wednesday sometime tomorrow. Right now I'm letting myself think about how the Wings just need two wins in their next five.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/26/2008 at 11:26 PM

 

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