Sunday, June 7, 2009

Red Wings Wins Game 5 over Pittsburgh

Defending champion Detroit Red Wings wins over the Pittsburgh team in Saturday night's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at Joe Louis Arena. authoring a 5-0 victory that puts the Red Wings on the precipice of their 12th Stanley Cup. Detroit has won 11 of 12 home games at "The Joe" this postseason.

The Cup champions showed their class, especially during the first 15 minutes of the second period when Detroit turned a nail-biting 1-0 lead into a statement game. The final three goals of the outburst all came on the power play, which had been dormant throughout the first four games of the series.
Detroit goalie Chris Osgood, who had allowed seven goals in the past two games, turned in a 22-save shutout.
But it was Zetterberg, the player most often verbally targeted by a Pittsburgh team that was clearly feeling its oats after putting the defending champions on the ropes after the two wins at Mellon Arena, who stole the show. He assisted on the first power-play goal and scored the game's final goal, also on the power play.

It should be noted that the Red Wings weren't ready right away Saturday night.

Pittsburgh dominated the first few minutes of the game, looking like the team that used its speed and youth to put up three goals in a six-minute span of Game 4 to turn a 2-1 Detroit lead into a 4-2 come-from-behind victory that made the Wings look a tad vulnerable.

1st Henrik Zetterberg
Left Wing - DET
GOALS: 1 | PTS: 2
ASST: 1 | SOG: 6
+/-: 1

2nd Pavel Datsyuk
Center - DETGOALS: 0 | PTS: 2
ASST: 2 | SOG: 2
+/-: 2

3rd Chris Osgood
Goalie - DET
SAVE PCTG: 1.000