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Inside the Numbers

Tuesday, 06.03.2008 / 1:36 AM / 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Evgeni Malkin had more than one reason to smile on Monday night, as he earned his first point of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final - an assist on Petr Sykora's gamewinner in the third overtime, which closed the Penguins deficit to 3-2 in the series.
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A few of the pertinent numbers from Pittsburgh's 4-3 triple-overtime victory over Detroit in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

0 – Goals by Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin in five games of the Stanley Cup Final. Malkin finally hit the scoresheet when he earned an assist on the winning goal, but hasn’t put the puck in the net since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Philadelphia. He didn't have a shot on goal in Game 5 until overtime.

1 – Bench minors in the Stanley Cup Final. The bench penalty for too many men assessed to Pittsburgh at 4:15 of the first period was the first to either team in this series.

1 – Sixth-attacker goals by the Penguins. Maxime Talbot's goal with 35 seconds left in regulation was the first by the Penguins this season. The Red Wings had allowed only one – a power-play goal to Edmonton on Feb. 26 in a game they wound up losing 4-3 in a shootout – before Talbot got the Penguins even with 35 seconds left in regulation.

2 – Games in the playoffs in which the Red Wings have allowed the first goal of the game at home. The only other time in 11 games at Joe Louis Arena in which the opposition scored first was Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, when Dallas got the game's first goal and won 2-1.

3 – Goals by Pittsburgh forward Adam Hall in the playoffs, one more than he scored in his 46 regular-season games. Two of Hall's goals have come in the Stanley Cup Final after he scored just once (into an empty net) in the first three rounds.

3 – Power-play goals allowed by the Red Wings at home in the playoffs. Petr Sykora's game-winner midway through the third overtime was the first power-play goal allowed by the Wings at Joe Louis Arena since Dallas scored in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

4 – Goals scored by the Penguins in Game 5, the most allowed by the Wings since Game 3 of the opening round against Nashville.

10 – Blocked shots by Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik, just two fewer than the entire Red Wings team total.

11 – Games since a Stanley Cup Final contest had gone into overtime. The last one was Game 5 in 2006, when Edmonton beat Carolina 4-3 at Raleigh, preventing the Hurricanes from wrapping up the Cup.

12 – Goals allowed by Detroit in the first period of its 21 playoff games. Six (two apiece) have come in losses to Nashville, Dallas and Pittsburgh. The Wings have scored 25 first-period goals.

14 – Shots by Detroit in the third period, compared with four for Pittsburgh. The Wings took 32 shots at Marc-Andre Fleury in the third period, while the Penguins managed just 10 at Chris Osgood.

16 – Games since the Red Wings trailed 2-0. Nashville led 2-0 after the first period and 3-0 early in the second period of Game 4 in the opening round, a game the Predators won 3-2.

19 – Times the Red Wings have outshot their opponents in the playoffs, including all five games in the Final. The Wings are 14-5 in those games; they are 0-1 when being outshot and 1-0 when the shots are even.

20 – Faceoffs won by Detroit's Kris Draper, who lost only seven. Overall, the Red Wings won 47 of the game's 89 faceoffs.

26 – Points by Sidney Crosby in the playoffs, the most of any player. Crosby has four points in his first Stanley Cup Final, matching Wayne Gretzky's output in his first Cup Final, 25 years ago.

32 - Overtime losses at home by Detroit, in 51 games. Overall, the Wings are 37-47 in playoff overtime games, including 1-1 this year (both at home).

44 – Hits credited to the Red Wings, compared with 25 for Pittsburgh. Rookie Darren Helm led the way with six. Orpik led Pittsburgh with five.

50:46 – Time on ice for Pittsburgh defenseman Ryan Whitney, the most on either team. Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom led the Wings with 46:24. Seven players – four Penguins and three Red Wings – played more than 40 minutes.

58 – Shots on goal by the Red Wings, the most they've had in the playoffs this year and the most against the Penguins during the postseason.

130 – Shots at goal by the Red Wings, compared with 60 for the Penguins. Detroit had 58 on goal and missed the net on 41 others, while 31 were blocked. The Penguins nearly blocked more of Detroit's shots than they managed shots on goal (32).



 

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