Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Detroit dominates again

Stanley Cup final
(1) Detroit v. (2) Pittsburgh
Red Wings lead series 2-0
Stuart's goal, at 6:55 of the first period, gave the Wings a lead they never relinquished.

A stingy defence took care of the rest as the Red Wings registered a 3-0 win over the visiting Penguins and opened a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven final. The venue switches to Pittsburgh for the third game tomorrow night. The Penguins will put a 16-game, home winning streak on the line.
If there's going to be a Pittsburgh trip, I'm going to have to bump it from Game 6 to Game 4, I think.

There were all kinds of late-game shenanigans in this one, and accusations of diving lobbed against Chris Osgood, but none of that nonsense matters come Wednesday night, when they have to win.

Pittsburgh's been out shot 70-41, outscored 7-0 and downright dominated through six periods so far. Home better be where the heart is because we haven't seen it from the Penguins yet.

"We play a different team than we played in the first three rounds," Sykora said. "It's like there's nothing out there."

He's right — at least on one side of the ice.

In any event, I'll put it this way: 43 times in Stanley Cup final history, a team has gone down 0-2 to start a series and that team's record is 3-40 (7%). When a team that starts the series on the road has gone down 0-2 in the final, its record is 1-31 (3.1%).

If Pittsburgh wins this series at this point, it'll be one of the greatest comebacks in finals history — and they'll have to pull it off against one of the best teams we've seen in the last decade.
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3 Comments:

At 9:01 AM, May 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sykora tried soft dump but Lidstrom stopped that one, too. How bad is that?

 
At 4:55 PM, May 27, 2008, Blogger Reggie said...

James - Ive looked all over to find the one road team that dropped the first two, and went on to win the Cup . Please provide the answer that trivia question.

 
At 5:11 PM, May 27, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

1971, Montreal over Chicago.

 

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