PITTSBURGH -- In the last 19 Stanley Cup Final series that were tied 2-2, the club winning Game 5 has gone on to win the Cup 14 times. That's nearly 75 percent or three of every four times.
That's good news for the Red Wings. The news is even more positive when you consider that of the five Game 5 losers who won the Cup, only one club -- the rookie Ken Dryden-led Montreal Canadiens -- pulled off the feat by winning Game 7 on the road. The Penguins, of course, will have to win at Joe Louis Arena if the Cup is in their near future.
The four teams that lost Game 5 at home but won the Cup are the 1950 Red Wings, 1964 Toronto Maple Leafs, 2001 Colorado Avalanche and 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning. Each of those teams won a decisive Game 7 and hoisted the Cup in their building.
Another couple of data points to digest as Game 6 awaits Tuesday here in Pittsburgh -- where, frankly, no Pens or their fans are much inclined to worry about past Game 5 winners or losers: Detroit has won 11 of 12 home games in this postseason, tying them with the 1988 Edmonton Oilers (who did it in a perfect 11 games) and one behind the all-time record for Playoffs home wins set by the 2003 New Jersey Devils.
The other data entry: The Penguins were shut out in Game 5 of the Philadelphia series earlier this postseason but rallied to win a Game 6 clincher on the road. And we all know who won on Washington's home ice to clinch Game 7 vs. Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals.