DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings are halfway to hoisting the
Stanley Cup for the fourth time in 11 seasons.
Brad Stuart and Tomas Holmstrom scored first-period goals and
the Red Wings blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 to take a 2-0
lead in the Stanley Cup finals. The Red Wings registered 34 shots
and again put the clamps on the Penguins, who have yet to score in
the finals. Valtteri Filppula scored his fourth playoff goal for
insurance midway though the third period.
After a 19-save effort in a 4-0 series-opening win Saturday,
Chris Osgood stopped 22 shots and earned his third shutout of the
playoffs. He has 13 career postseason shutouts.
Osgood owns the Red Wings record with 50 postseason victories,
ahead of Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk, and is closing in on his
third Cup with Detroit.
Osgood is the first to post shutouts in the first two games of
the finals since New Jersey's Martin Brodeur (mahr-TAN'
broh-DYOOR') in 2003 against Anaheim. Of the 31 teams to win the
first two games of the finals at home, 30 have captured the Cup.
Game 3 is Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are
8-and-0 at home in this postseason.