Penguins at Red Wings - Game 2 - First Period - 5-31-09

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17:27: After a slow first two and a half minutes, Mark Eaton touches up a puck behind his net for icing.

16:58: Fleury gets a little daring with the puck behind his net and has it stolen by a Red Wing. Thankfully for the Penguins, nothing comes of it.

16:18: Pascal Dupuis's first action of the final sees him drop Nicklas Lidstrom outside the Penguins' blue line as the legendary defenseman airmails a puck in on net. Fleury makes the save.

14:27: A slapper by Tomas Holmstrom from the left wing is blocked wide of the cage.

13:57: Henrik Zetterberg rushes behind the Penguins' net and gets a few chances on a wraparound attempt. Fleury denies them both. Detroit has six shots already while the Penguins have none.

12:26: Jonathan Ericsson whips a wrister at the cage from the left point. It hits a body in front.

12:00: Kunitz is on the right wing about the take a pass but Lidstrom is just hovering around him. As the pass is coming to Kunitz, Lidstrom snaps his stick out and pokes the puck away with the speed of a snake striking its prey. It's a little play that won't show up in the scoresheet, but it's just amazing to someone like Lidstrom who can read the timing of a play like that and break it up.

10:30: Orpik snaps off a shot from the right point. Osgood knocks it down and covers to freeze play.

9:10: While trying to get by Kris Letang for a puck behind the Penguins' net, Justin Abdelkader appears to hit Letang in the face with a stick. No call.

8:52: Darren Helm tries to hit Evgeni Malkin on the boards. Helm just kind of falls over when he makes contact.

8:16: Kunitz cracks a slapper from the left wing. Osgood punches it away with his blocker.

7:58: Hal Gill runs into his good buddy Holmstrom at the red line and gives him a shove to the ice.

6:24: Ruslan Fedotenko gets between Niklas Kronwall and Zetterberg in the slot with the puck, he gets a clean shot for moment and appears initially to shoot it wide. A replay shows Osgood actually getting a piece of it.

5:49: Kunitz pikcs up a puck near the right wing, moves into the left faceoff circle and rips a wrister. Osgood is in perfect position to eat it up.

4:58: Tyler Kennedy forces a turnover and that leads to a scoring chance. Kennedy pressures a Red Wings player in the corner and steals the puck off him. Jordan Staal picks it up, cycles along the boards and dishes a feed into the slot which Detroit breaks up.

4:02: Fedotenko whips a puck on net from the left wing.

3:52: Malkin is working his way around the boards with the puck. Kronwall cross checks Maxime Talbot from behind near the play. Two minutes for Kronwall. Crosby

3:45: Gonchar hammers a slapper from the top of the slot. Its a body in front.

3:10: That was going to go in eventually. After Malkin blasts a one-timer from the right wing, it hits a body in front. A mad scramble ensues with Guerin and others battling for the puck. Malkin jumps in and pushes it on net. It rattles around some more before it goes in with the possible assistance of Brad Stuart. What an ugly dirty goal. The Penguins really needed that. That gives them an early lead and jump starts their power play which was shut out last night. Malkin gets credit for the goal, Letang and Guerin get assists. Penguins fans celebrate. Penguins 1-0.

0:33: Craig Adams shuffles a puck on net that Osgood steers away with ease.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 1, Red Wings 0.


-That period looked like the first two games of last year's final for the first 15 minutes or so. Then the Penguins got that power play and cashed in. It'll be interesting to see how they play with a lead on the road in Mo-Town.

-The Penguins were hesitant for the most part that period and not nearly as aggressive as they were in the the first period of Game 1. They did not play the body as much as they did in Game 1.

-Malkin's goal gives him 30 points of the postseason. He's the first player to hit the 30-point mark since Joe Sakic had 34 with Colorado in 1996.

-The Penguins have an 11-7 lead in shots.

-Kunitz, Fedotenko and Malkin each lead the game with two shots.

-Detroit has a 9-7 lead in faceoffs (56 percent).

-Crosby has made a big-time improvement from last night. He's 4 for 5 (80 percent).

-Helm is 2-for-3 (67 percent).

-Stuart leads the game with 8:57 of ice time.

-Letang leads the Penguins with 6:50.

-No one has more than one blocked shot.

-We'll give this to Red Wings fans. They're more creative and timely than Washington fans:

-Click here for the second period.

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