Stanley Cup Finals Game 2: Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by David Minuk in Nightly Scores on May 31, 2009 — 14 Comments

Pre-Game News:
NHL’s Craig says new kick plate for boards installed at ‘The Joe’ two years ago.
Good bounces, 1st goal key to Penguins’ Cup hopes.

Detroit 3
Game Preview
Game Scoresheet
Team Game Threads:
Winging it in Mowtown
Game Recap

Game Notes:

  • Period 1: Pretty good energy by Helm to start the game.  Fleury looks good early.   Pens are much better on the faceoffs tonight.  Pittsburgh has dominated the last 10 minutes of the 1st period.  Detroit didn’t have a shot for almost 8 minutes during that time.
  • 1st Period Stats:
    Shots: Detroit 7, Pittsburgh 11
    Hits: Detroit 14, Pittsburgh 11
    Giveaways: Detroit 9, Pittsburgh 5,
    Faceoffs: Detroit 7, Pittsburgh 9
  • Period 2:  Wings have been flying for most of the period with a few Pittsburgh outbursts.  After some good Detroit pressure forced an icing, Helm wins a faceoff to Ericcson.
  • Detroit kept up the pressure and after a mad scramble similar to what happened on the Pittsburgh goal, as Malkin just finished his penalty, Valteri Filppula scores a beauty to give the Wings a 2-1 lead.
  • 2nd Period Stats:
    Shots: Detroit 16, Pittsburgh 9
    Hits: Detroit 10, Pittsburgh 12
    Giveaways: Detroit 6, Pittsburgh 2
    Faceoffs: Detroit 11, Pittsburgh 12
  • 3rd Period:  Detroit is 10-0 when leading after 2 periods in the 2009 Playoffs.  24 straight going back to last season’s playoffs.
  • Just when it looked like Pittsburgh would get back into the game, Crosby was denied by the post and the kid from Muskegon, Michigan Justin Abdelkader scores on a 1 on 3.
  • And as the game was winding down, after a Malkin wrist shot, a little poke at Osgood makes him fall over and perhaps to set the tone for Game 3 a little melee erupts.  Main participants were Malkin and Zetterberg.
  • 3rd Period Stats:
    Shots: Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 12
    Hits: Detroit 10, Pittsburgh 10
    Giveaways: Detroit 6, Pittsburgh 5
    Faceoffs: Detroit 6, Pittsburgh 6
  • Final Game Stats:
    Shots: Detroit 26, Pittsburgh 32
    Hits: Detroit 34, Pittsburgh 33
    Giveaways: Detroit 21, Pittsburgh 12
    Faceoffs: Detroit 24, Pittsburgh 27

Post-Game Thoughts:

  • Teams that are up 2-0 thru two games in the Stanley Cup Finals are 31 and 1 when they’ve swept the first two games at home.
  • I believe that Osgood deserves the Conn Smythe for the Wings (i’m not declaring the series over yet) but to this point it is hard to find another player on Detroit who has been more important to his team.  That being the case, Zetterberg has simply been spectacular all over the rink. 
  • The Wings are now 11-0 when they have the lead heading into a 3rd period of the 2009 Playoffs.
  • No big surprise, NHL rescinds Malkin suspension.
  • Of the 44 teams to take a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals, 41 have gone on to win the Stanley Cup.  It hasn’t been done since the 1971 Montreal Canadiens. 

Post-Game News Conference:

Detroit Head Coach Mike Babcock:

  • Q:  Relative to the performance by your team in period 1, what was your frame of mind at the end of that period and what did you see change in the 2nd period for Detroit?
    .  I thought in the first ten minutes it was all us and then I thought in the second ten minutes it was all them.  We had it going real well, we were coming out of our zone, we were sailing into their zone, and suddenly we turn the puck over 4 times in a row through the neutral zone and they took over and they were on top of our D.  And I thought the 2nd period was much the same until we got up 2-1 and then we stopped playing and they took it to us for the remainder of that period.  And then I thought the 3rd period was what you’d expect when you’re up.
  • Q.  Its a year later and you are in a similar position as last year up 2-0, same series or different series in your mind?
      I think way different.  I think last year the Malkin’s and the Crosby’s were engaged about Game 3.  I think this year when the puck dropped, they were engaged.  This Pittsburgh team has played hard from the drop of the puck. 
  • Q.  Talk about the play of Helm.
      Well I think Helmer has been great.  Without Pavel, who’s a Heart trophy candidate, if you don’t have someone fill in, you can’t be succesful. 
  • Q.  There was talk that the back-to-back would hurt you, has it?
      Well I think it’s hurt us.  Don’t ever kid yourself.  I thought we were exhausted out there tonight but it’s amazing what will does for you.  We talked about that before the game.  We found a way to win 2 games but we haven’t been as good as we are capable of being. 

Pittsburgh Head Coach Dan Bylsma:

  • Q: You did have a discussion with Bill McCreary before the start of the 3rd, did it have something to do with the Hossa/Dupuis situation or was it a more general thing?
      It was more a concern about their guy being at the top of the crease, in the blue paint, but that’s normal talk between a coach and a referee, and that’s the time to do it.
  • Q:  Could you give us a sense as to how this game differerd from last night in terms of what you needed to do and what you saw happen out there tonight for your team?
    :  I think it ended up being a lot alike.  We had stretches where we played good, we got scoring chances and pucks around their net and didn’t capitallize when we needed to and they got timely goals and they got goals in and around our net and they ended up with the victory.
  • Q:  Going into Game 3 what can you guys do differently?
      In each of the first two games we have been able to play in the offensive zone for periods of time, we have been able to get shots, have been able to outshoot a good Detroit team, but they’ve been able to get the timely goals, they’ve been better in getting pucks in and around the net and getting that goal that’s what they’ve done better and as a result they have two wins.  So there are some positives that we can draw upon and we have to focus on those and get better at our game.  Continue to get to the offensive zone, get to the goalie and look for to those loose pucks and build on that and that’s what we will do when we get back for Game 3.
  • penguinsfan

    Penguins rebound tonight. Final Score will be Pit: 4 Det: 2

  • ladders11

    Everyone assumes the compressed schedule favors the Penguins. Yet Detroit is the deepest team in the NHL.

    Sorry, pensfan, listen for Midnight Train again towards the end of this one.

  • If Kunitz and Guerin don’t start helping out Crosby, Game 3 is going to be tough.

  • The non-calls on Detroit are starting to add up.

    When a Russian shows you up, you know you are a pussy Zetterberg.

  • No reason for NHL to not rescind that suspension.

  • Jen M

    Guess my Penguins in 6 prediction isn’t looking too good. I’m not sure I agree with you Kyle in that it would seem that the Refs have put the whistles away for both teams. I’m pulling for the Pens but I don’t think Detroit has benefited from non-calls.

  • breakaway

    I’m taking my mulligan. Fleury is NOT better than Osgood. lol. Now its only 2 games in but after that Abdelkader goal I cannot say that Fleury is better than Osgood. Of course Osgood has lucked out with some posts by Guerin and Crosby.

  • Calihockey

    Appears lots of pens fans are having buyers remorse. (my call on Fleury being MVP, ouch). Don’t count the Pens out till they lose at home. This series could be 2-2 coming back to Detroit.

  • bladesofsteel

    This series is causing me all sorts of deja vu. Osgood is continuing to be the Conn Smythe candidate. Go Wings.

  • oilyflame

    Jen I am not sure if you were watching the same first two games but this is getting ridiculous.

    Please refer to the follow rule from the NHL rulebook

    63.5 Penalty Shot – If the goal post is deliberately displaced by a goalkeeper or player during the course of a “breakaway,” a penalty shot will be awarded to the non-offending team, which shot shall be taken by the player last in possession of the puck.
    If by reason of insufficient time in the regular playing time or by reason of penalties already imposed, the minor penalty assessed to a player or goalkeeper for deliberately displacing his own goal post cannot be served in its entirety within the regular playing time of the game or at any time in overtime, a penalty shot shall be awarded against the offending team.
    No defending player, except the goalkeeper, will be permitted to fall on the puck, hold the puck, pick up the puck, or gather the puck into the body or hands when the puck is within the goal crease. For infringement of this rule, play shall immediately be stopped and a penalty shot shall be ordered against the offending team, but no other penalty shall be given. The rule shall be interpreted so that a penalty shot will be awarded only when the puck is in the crease at the instant the offense occurs. However, in cases where the puck is outside the crease, Rule 63 may still apply and a minor penalty may be imposed, even though no penalty shot is awarded. The significant factor when determining whether or not a penalty shot is warranted is the location of the puck at the time it was held, grabbed or gathered into the body. If the puck is in the crease, penalty shot. If the puck is outside the crease and gathered into the body of a player (other than the goalkeeper) who is inside the crease, minor penalty). See also Rule 67 – Handling Puck.

    Zetterberg was caught covering the puck twice in the crease. And last night, they even reviewed the footage to check if there was a goal.

    Almost coming to a point where I don’t even want to watch the games. It is a joke – much like the scheduling and that attempted changes in the game. Thanks Bettman

  • ladders – Great call.

    Richard – I agree. I think that the role players on the Penguins need to step it up big time.

    Kyle – I think the biggest non-call which you could say negatively impacted the series was the non-call on Hossa which led to the Wings goal. CHECK THAT. I just watched a video (click here) which unfortunately shows that Dupuis broke his own stick against Hossa’s skate. At the same time I think the Refs also put the whistles away against some of the clutching and grabbing by the Pens. And I’m not sure either guy really won that fight. Only guy who lost was the linesman who caught a couple of haymakers.

    Cali – Until the Penguins lose at home I agree things aren’t too dire however as I indicated last night of the 44 teams to take a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals, 41 have gone on to win the Stanley Cup.

    Oily – The only thing I would like to point out is that they were not reviewing the play to determine if Zetterberg was holding the puck in the crease. They just needed to determine if the puck crossed the line. At the point of review it was too late to asses a penalty to Zetterberg. And while I agree that it could be presumed that Zetterberg had his hand over the puck in the crease the Ref needs definitive proof before they are going to call a penalty of that nature.

  • I wasn’t worried about the Hossa-Dupuis deal, though I have seen lesser incidents whistled down. I am most concerned with the puck in the crease calls plus the subtle and not-so-subtle interference Detroit gets away with. Case in point the Kronwall cross-check/bar the door on Jordan Staal.

    That is still a penalty in the “new NHL”, right?

  • penguinsfan

    ladders11 you got me this time. But it aint over Rock.

  • Slapshot

    That is a sobering stat (41 of 44 teams won Cup when up 2-0). When Clevland was down 3-1 to Orlando I figured Lebron could come back and win 3 for them, no problem. They obviously didn’t. Similarly I think that Crosby and Malkin can power their team to a few victories in a row but would not be surprised at this point to see the Wings finish them off by Game 5.