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Some key facts and figures from Game 7

Friday, 06.12.2009 / 10:47 PM / 2009 Stanley Cup Final: Detroit vs. Pittsburgh

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

15 -- Stanley Cup Finals that have gone to Game 7. Five have taken place in this decade. This year's Final is the first to go the distance since 2006, when Edmonton and Carolina did it. The 2001, 2003 and 2004 Finals also went seven games. From 1939-2000, the first 62 years with the best-of-7 format, only 10 Finals went to the limit.

The Pittsburgh Penguins made some history Friday night with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Here are a few of the pertinent numbers from Friday night's win.

0
-- Goals by Detroit's Marian Hossa in this year's Final. Hossa led Pittsburgh with 3 goals and 7 points while playing against the Red Wings in last year's Final, then signed with the Wings as a free agent. He had only 3 assists in seven games against his former team this year.

1
-- Teams that have rallied from 2-0 series deficits twice in the same playoff year. On the way to the Cup, Pittsburgh became the first team to overcome a pair of two-game deficits in the same year. The Penguins beat Washington in the Eastern Semifinals and Detroit in the Cup Final after losing the first two games each time.

2
-- Times that a team has won Game 7 of the Final on the road after the home team won the first six games of the series. The only other time this happened was in 1971, when Montreal and Chicago alternated home wins for six games before the Canadiens won Game 7 at Chicago Stadium.

2 -- Home losses by the Red Wings in this year's playoffs, in 13 games. The Red Wings were 11-1 at home this spring before losing Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena.

2
-- Players on the Penguins who finished the playoffs with 30 or more points. Evgeni Malkin (36) and Sidney Crosby (31) were the first teammates to surpass 30 points in a playoff year since Brian Leetch (34) and Mark Messier (30) did it for the New York Rangers in 1994.

3
-- Stanley Cups for the Pittsburgh Penguins since entering the NHL in 1967. This championship is their first since 1991, when they won their second in as many years.

4
­-- Losses by the Red Wings in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Friday was the seventh Game 7 in the Final for the Wings, three more than any other team. Detroit is 3-4, including a 3-2 record at home.

4
– Times, including this year, that a team has won the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final and failed to win the Cup. Before the Red Wings this year, the only previous non-winners were Detroit in 1942 and 1966 and Chicago in 1971. Teams starting the series by winning the first two games have won 41 of 45 series.

5
-- Game 7 wins on the road by the Penguin, in as many tries. The Penguins are better off playing Game 7 on the road -- they're 2-4 at home.

6
-- Times that a team has won the Cup after splitting the first four games of the Final and losing Game 5. Tampa Bay was the last team to do so, in 2004.

7
-- Shorthanded goals in the 87 games played during this year's postseason. No player had more than one. Among the scorers were Detroit's Marian Hossa and Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal.

9
-- Players who have scored two goals in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Pittsburgh's Maxime Talbot joined that elite group when he scored twice in the second period. He also became the first player since Sweeney Schriner of the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs to get two goals in a period in Game 7 of the Final.

9
-- Times since expansion in 1968 that the regular-season scoring leader has also been tops in playoff scoring. Evgeni Malkin (14-22-36) led all players in scoring this spring after finishing first in the regular-season scoring race. He joins Wayne Gretzky (four times), Guy Lafleur and Phil Esposito (twice each) and Mario Lemieux (once, in 1992).

9
-- Consecutive faceoffs, beginning with the game's first draw, won by the Red Wings. Jordan Staal was the first Penguin to win a faceoff when he beat Mikael Samuelsson on a draw 13:46 into the game. In all, Detroit won 11 of the 14 draws in the opening period.

Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Champs Gear12 -- Years since the team with the home-ice advantage lost the Final. The last team to overcome the home-ice edge was the 1997 Red Wings, who swept the Flyers by winning the first two games in Philadelphia and the next two in Detroit.

15
-- Stanley Cup Finals that have gone to Game 7. Five have taken place in this decade. This year's Final is the first to go the distance since 2006, when Edmonton and Carolina did it. The 2001, 2003 and 2004 Finals also went seven games. From 1939-2000, the first 62 years with the best-of-7 format, only 10 Finals went to the limit.

15:45 -- Elapsed time in the third period before Pittsburgh managed a shot on Chris Osgood. Detroit had the first six shots of the period (and scored once) before Evgeni Malkin got off a blast from the high slot. It was Pittsburgh's lone shot in the final 20 minutes.

16 -- Times that the team losing the opener of the Stanley Cup Final has rallied to win the Cup since the best-of-7 was adopted in 1939. Before Pittsburgh, the last Game 1 loser to win the Cup was the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to Detroit, the 2004 Calgary Flames were the last Game 1 winner that failed to win the Cup, losing to Tampa Bay in seven games.

21 -- Hits by the Red Wings in the first period, just five fewer than they were credited with in all of Game 6. Detroit out-hit Pittsburgh 21-12 in the opening 20 minutes. But Pittsburgh wound up with 44 hits to 35 for the Wings.

32 -- Seconds played by Sidney Crosby after he went off with an injury midway through the second period. Crosby did not return in the second period after the collision with Detroit's Johan Franzen and took only one shift in the third period. He finished with 9:59 of ice time.

40 -- Final-round games worked by referee Bill McCreary, who officiated Game 7 along with Paul Devorski. It was the 40th Final game worked by McCreary, two short of the NHL record held by Hall of Famer Bill Chadwick. McCreary and Devorski were selected to work Game 7 after alternating with different partners through the first six games. It was McCreary's 22nd Game 7

59 -- Wins in this year's playoffs by the team leading after the second period. Only three teams have lost a game this spring when it took the lead into the final period. Detroit has not won a game in this year's playoffs when trailing after 40 minutes; Pittsburgh has done it once.   

61 – Victories this season by the Penguins – 45 in the regular season and 16 in the Playoffs. They lost 37 regular-season games (28 in regulation and nine in overtime or a shootout) and eight in the playoffs.

200 -- Playoff games played in by Detroit center Kris Draper, second in franchise history to teammate Nicklas Lidstrom's 235. Draper moved past former teammate Steve Yzerman (196) during this series.

1,012 -- Regular-season games played by Pittsburgh forward Miroslav Satan, the most by any player on either team who hadn't won a Stanley Cup. Satan, who dressed in place of injured Petr Sykora, played in his 73rd playoff game.
   
260,858 -- Fans who filled Detroit's Joe Louis Arena for the Red Wings' 13 playoff games -- 20,066 per game, including Friday night. It's the largest postseason attendance in Detroit history.



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