The combination of early goals and stellar defense has been the key and just enough for the Detroit Red Wings to capture victories over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Monday night, Chris Osgood made 22 saves for his second shutout in as many games to propel the Red Wings half way home to winning their 11th Stanley Cup. Their last Championship season came in 2002 but they are two wins away from capturing the title again. The shutout was Osgood’s 13th playoff shutout of his career.
“I play the game as it comes,” Osgood said. “I love playing behind these guys. I don’t need 40 shots to play the game or to feel good. I’m confident regardless. I’m not really into stats too much, just into winning.”
Brad Stuart scored the Wings first goal 6:55 into the first period and Thomas Holmstrom netted the games second goal 11:18 into the same frame. This was Holmstrom’s 4th goal of the playoffs and gave his defense a little breathing room, not that they really needed it.
This Penguins offensive unit that scored 247 goals during the regular season has now been held scoreless for 6 consecutive periods. Captain Sidney Crosby hopes that things can change when the series shifts to Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4.
“We just have to execute,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “Did they really get that many scoring chances on us? I don’t think they did. They got a few and put them in. We hit a post, and pucks go through us by the net that we don’t put in. That’s the difference.”
The series continues Wednesday night at 8:00 pm in Pittsburgh.
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Recap – The Detroit Red Wings have been the most dominant team in the NHL, period. Good hockey teams have both the ability to beat you with their offensive and defense. The Redwings can do both, and beat you in other ways as well. Both of their goaltenders are former NHL All-Stars in Dominik Hasek and Chris Osgood. The two have been splitting time which creates not only a competitive edge between the two, but allows for them to rest up in between starts. Offensively, they have star after star in their lineup. Left wingman Henrik Zetterberg currently leads the team in total points with 61 but center Pavel Datsyuk is right behind him with 57 total points. The best way to describe this team is not only good, but really good.
2nd Half – This team has so many weapons that it is just too hard to see them finishing anywhere else but first in the Western Conference. With the closest follower in the standing 15 points away, it looks like a runaway to the Stanley Cup Championship. The only way they will lose is if we see a modern say David vs. Goliath story unfold.
Team Name: Detriot Redwings (36-10-4)
Central Division Standing: 1st place
Conference Standing: 1st place
Final Predictions – 1st in Central Division, 1st in Western Conference
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