Monday, June 1, 2009

Beat down in Mo Town

[c] AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
Detroit, MI-- It's déjà vu all over again for the Pittsburgh Penguins. For the second straight night the Red Wings dispatch the Penguins 3 to 1 to take a two games to none lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.

As "Ozzie Ozzie" chants rung out from the sold out Joe Louis Arena, it was the Detroit goaltender stealing the show on the ice. Chris Osgood stopped 31 shots on the evening, frustrating the Pittsburgh Penguins all night long.

"I think their goalie was their best player," Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis said.

Pittsburgh got on the board first, as league MVP finalist Evgeni Malkin banged in a rebound at the 16:50 mark of the first on the power play. Detroit tied it up early in the 2nd, as Jonathan Ericsson got his 3rd of the playoffs from Helm and Hudler.

With Detroit clinging to a 2-1 lead in the 3rd it was a rookie stepping up and delivering the knockout blow to the Penguins. Justin Abdelkader picked up the bouncing puck and fired it top shelf to beat Fleury.

The game did not end without a little hostility though. With 30 seconds left, Max Talbot of Pittsburgh barreled into Osgood causing a scrum to ensue. The highlight of the melee was both teams’ superstars fighting each other (Malkin vs. Zetterberg).

Game 3 is slated for Tuesday in Pittsburgh at 8pm on Versus.

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