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Inside the Numbers of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final

Saturday, 05.24.2008 / 11:55 PM / 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The stifling Detroit Red Wings defense limited Pittsburgh Penguins' young gun Evgeni Malkin to just one shot on goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
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A few of the pertinent numbers from Detroit's 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night:
 
0 – Goals scored by Pittsburgh in its last two meetings with Detroit. The Wings won their last regular-season meeting, 2-0, on Oct. 7, 2006, before Saturday night's 4-0 victory.
 
1 – Shots on goal by Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin, who was completely shut down by Detroit's checkers. Malkin had a team-high 59 shots through the first three rounds.
 
2 – Goals by Detroit's Mikael Samuelsson. Samuelsson matched his goal total for the first three rounds and came within one of equaling his career playoff goal total prior to this season. They were his first goals in seven games.
           
3 – Losses by Pittsburgh when allowing the first goal. The Penguins are 10-0 when they score first, but just 2-3 when they don't.
 
4 – Times in this year's Playoffs that Detroit has won the opening game of a series, in as many tries. Pittsburgh had won the first game in each of its previous three series.
 
5 – Years since the last shutout in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. New Jersey, behind Martin Brodeur, blanked Anaheim, 3-0, in the opening game of the 2003 championship round.
 
6 – Shorthanded goals in this year's postseason by the Red Wings, including Daniel Cleary's in the third period, the most of any of the 16 playoff teams. Cleary's goal was just the second shorthanded tally allowed by the Penguins in this year's postseason.
 
7 – Shots on goal by the Penguins in the final 40 minutes. Pittsburgh had 12 shots on Chris Osgood in the first period, but finished with just 19.
 
7:19 – Elapsed time in the third period before the Penguins managed a shot on goal. Going back to the second period, the Pens went 9:22 between shots on Osgood.
 
8 – Shots on goal by Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg, the most of any player on either team. His last one became the Red Wings' fourth and final goal.
 
9 – Wins, in 11 games, by Detroit in games decided by more than one goal. The Wings are 2-2 in two-goal games and are 7-0 in games in which the margin was three or more goals.
 
10 – Shots by Pittsburgh at even strength. The Penguins were outshot, 27-10, when the teams were playing with the same number of players.
 
11 – Wins, in 13 decisions, by Osgood since taking over for Dominik Hasek in Game 4 of the Wings' first-round series against Nashville. He has allowed just 20 goals in that span.
 
12 – Times in this year's Playoffs that Detroit has scored first, including Samuelsson's goal in Game 1. The Wings are 11-1 when they get the first goal.
 
13 – Faceoffs won by Detroit's Kris Draper, the most of any player on either team. Overall, the Wings won 35 of 66 draws, a 53-percent success rate.
 
15 – Times (in 17 games) the Red Wings have outshot their opponents in this year's Playoffs. Detroit is 12-3 when outshooting its opponents.
 
22 – Points in this year's Playoffs by Zetterberg, who broke a tie with Crosby for the scoring lead by netting the game's final goal.
 
27:51 – Ice time for Pittsburgh defenseman Sergei Gonchar, the most of any player in Game 1. Gonchar logged 10:22 of that in the first period. Nicklas Lidstrom led the Red Wings with 25:05.
 
31 – Hits credited to the Red Wings, six more than Pittsburgh. Pavel Datsyuk, not known as a big hitter, led Detroit with six hits. Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik, one of the NHL's most physical blueliners, topped all players with seven.
 
33 – Shots at goal in the second period by Detroit, compared with just 11 for Pittsburgh. The Red Wings outshot Pittsburgh, 16-4, missed the net 10 more times and had seven other tries blocked. Overall, the Wings took 78 shots at Marc-Andre Fleury; Pittsburgh had just 40 at Osgood, and only 19 in the final two periods.
 
36 – Shots on goal by Detroit, the second-highest total allowed by Pittsburgh during this year's Playoffs. The only time the Penguins allowed more was in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers, when they were outshot, 39-17, but won, 5-3.
 
40 – Playoff victories for Detroit's Mike Babcock since 2003, when he entered the NHL's coaching fraternity with Anaheim. That's the most postseason victories of any NHL coach in that time span.
 
57 – Victories by the Red Wings in Game 1 of a Playoff series. They are 8-3 in their last 11 Game 1s. Overall, they are 57-49-1.


 

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