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Numbers show Red Wings are in firm control

Monday, 05.26.2008 / 11:50 PM / 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood has been outstanding throughout this year's postseason, posting a 1.38 goals-against average while backstopping the Red Wings to back-to-back shutouts to start the Stanley Cup Final.
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A few of the pertinent numbers from Detroit's 3-0 victory over Pittsburgh in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.
 
0 – Net goals allowed by Detroit's penalty-killers in the Red Wings' 10 home playoff games this year. The Wings have surrendered a League-low two power-play goals on 42 chances at Joe Louis Arena, including none on four Pittsburgh power plays Monday night, and Detroit's penalty-killers have scored twice.
 
1 – Playoff goals by Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart, who opened the scoring at 6:55 of the first period. It was his first goal in 22 games since March 9, when he scored against Nashville.
 
1.38Chris Osgood's goals-against average in this year's postseason after his Game 2 shutout. In 1998, when he earned all 16 wins for the Wings on the way to the Cup, his GAA was 2.12.
 
2 – Consecutive shutouts by the Red Wings to start the Stanley Cup Final. The only other time since World War II that a team has opened the Final with back-to-back shutouts was 2003, when New Jersey beat Anaheim 3-0 in Games 1 and 2. The Devils won that series in seven games.
 
3 – Teams that have lost the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final and come back to win. It hasn't been done since 1971, when the Montreal Canadiens lost the first two games at Chicago and won the series in seven games. It also happened in 1966, when Montreal beat the Red Wings after Detroit won the first two games at the Forum.
 
6 – Plus rating in this series for Detroit's defensive pairing of Stuart and Niklas Kronwall. Both were plus-3 Monday night and have been on ice for every non-power-play goal by the Wings in the first two games.
 
8 – Games in this year's playoffs that the Wings have won by three or more goals, including both games in the Final.
 
9 – Shots on goal by Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, the most of any Penguin, in the first two games of the Final. He led the Penguins with six shots in Game 2 and missed the net on three other tries.
 
10 – Faceoffs lost by Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin, who won only four draws. Malkin also was held without a shot and has just one in the first two games.
 
12 – Playoff shutouts by Chris Osgood as a Red Wing, including three this year. The 12 postseason shutouts are a franchise record, one more than Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk had as a Red Wing.
 
12:01 – Time elapsed in the first period before Pittsburgh managed a shot on goal. By that time, the Red Wings had eight shots on goal and led 2-0 on goals by Brad Stuart and Tomas Holmstrom.
           
13 – Games in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs in which Detroit has led after two periods. The Wings have won all 13, including both games in the Final.
 
14 – Wins by the Red Wings in their last 15 Stanley Cup Final games. The only loss was 3-2 in overtime to Carolina in Game 1 in 2002. The Wings swept Philadelphia in 1997 and Washington the next year.
 
16 – Times, in 18 playoff games this year, the Red Wings have outshot their opponents. Detroit is 13-3 in those games.
 
28:35 – Ice time for Pittsburgh defenseman Sergei Gonchar, 44 seconds more than his game-high total in the series opener. Nicklas Lidstrom led the Red Wings with 25:51, 46 seconds more than Game 1.
 
31
– Margin by which the Red Wings have outscored their opponents in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Detroit has doubled the output of the opposition, scoring 62 goals and allowing just 31 in 18 games.
 
39
– Hits by the Penguins, 10 more than the Red Wings. Gary Roberts and Brooks Orpik led Pittsburgh with five each. Stuart had a team-high five for the Red Wings.
 
41 – Shots on goal by the Penguins in the first two games of the Final, including 22 in Game 2, when they also missed the net nine times and had 12 others blocked. Detroit had 70 – 36 in the series opener and 34 in Game 2.
 
180:29 – Elapsed time since the Penguins have scored a goal against the Red Wings. Detroit has won the last three meetings via shutout. The last goal scored by Pittsburgh against the Wings was by Mark Recchi at 19:31 of the third period in Detroit's 3-1 victory Dec. 12, 2005.

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