A few of the pertinent numbers from Detroit's 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night:
62 – Victories by the Red Wings in Game 1 of a playoff series. They are 12-3 in their last 15 Game 1s. Overall, they are 62-48-1 in the first game of a series.
– Final games worked by referee Denis Larue and linesman Derek Amell before this year. Both worked a Final game for the first time on Saturday night. The other two officials had more experience -- referee Paul Devorski did his 16th Final game, and linesman Pierre Racicot worked his 11th
-- Goals by Detroit rookie Justin Abdelkader
in this year's playoffs. He scored the third goal Saturday night for his first goal of any kind in the NHL. The former Michigan State star has not scored in four regular-season games with the Wings. Abdelkader got his goal despite seeing only nine shifts and 5:10 of ice time, less than any other player for either team.
-- Minus ratings for Pittsburgh defensemen Rob Scuderi
and Hal Gill
, the only players on the ice for both of Detroit's first two goals. Scuderi had been plus-4 in the postseason and Gill was plus-6.
-- Combined power-play shots on goal by Pittsburgh (2) and Detroit (1). Neither team was able to score on the game's three power plays, two for the Penguins and one for the Red Wings -- all in the second period.
-- Rematches in the Stanley Cup Final since expansion. Before Detroit and Pittsburgh, the last one came in 1984 between Edmonton and the New York Islanders
. Others were Montreal-Boston in 1977 and '78, and Montreal-St. Louis in 1968 and '69 (Montreal swept both).
-- Consecutive games won in this year's playoffs by Pittsburgh before losing to Detroit in Game 1. The Penguins won Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Washington and swept four in a row in the conference finals against Carolina.
-- Length of Sidney Crosby
's scoring streak, which was snapped when he went without a point in Game 1. He had 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 points during the streak. Detroit's Valtteri Filppula
also had his six-game scoring streak ended.
-- Hits credited to Detroit center Darren Helm
, the most of any player in Game 1. Helm now has 86 hits in the Wings' 17 playoff games, more than anyone in the postseason. Matt Cooke
led Pittsburgh with six hits.
-- Stanley Cup Final wins by Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood
. He's second in Wings' history to Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk
, who has 17.
-- Times in their 24 trips to the Stanley Cup Final that Detroit has won Game 1. In the previous 23 trips, the Wings were 9-2 when winning the series opener, but 2-10 when they lose.
-- Coaches who've led their team to the Stanley Cup in their first season behind the bench. Before this year, only Al MacNeil
(Montreal, 1971) and Larry Robinson
(New Jersey, 2000) led their teams to the Cup after taking over during the season. Pittsburgh's Dan Bylsma
, who replaced Michel Therrien
in mid-February, is trying to become the 14th rookie coach and the third in-season replacement to win a Cup.
-- Missed shots by the Red Wings, a big reason the Penguins outshot Detroit 32-30 even though the Wings had 62 shots at goal while Pittsburgh managed only 53.
-- Goals by Detroit's Johan Franzen
in his last 33 postseason games, including 11 in 17 games this year. His game-winning goal on Saturday night was his eighth in the last two years.
-- Wins in the last two playoff years by Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood
, who stopped 31 shots in Game 1. Osgood is 27-8 in the last two years since taking over for Dominik Hasek
in the third game of the first round last year.
-- Points in this year's playoffs by Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin
, who assisted on the Penguins' only goal in Game 1. That assist moved him into the postseason scoring lead, one point ahead of teammate Sidney Crosby
-- Combined hits by the two teams in the first period. Pittsburgh was credited with 17, Detroit with 15. The pace slowed somewhat in the second, with Pittsburgh getting just six while Detroit had 13, but picked up in the third with Pittsburgh getting credit for 16 and Detroit for 15.
-- Faceoffs won by the Red Wings, to just 16 for the Penguins. Henrik Zetterberg
was 15-5 in the faceoff circle, while Darren Helm
went 11-4. For Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby
was 6-14 and Jordan Staal
-- Stanley Cup rings won by members of the Red Wings, compared with five for the Penguins. The Wings have 21 players who've won at least one ring (plus Darren McCarty
, who's on the roster but hasn't played an NHL game since November, and has four). Pittsburgh has five players with one ring apiece.
– Victories by the Red Wings in Game 1 of a playoff series. They are 12-3 in their last 15 Game 1s. Overall, they are 62-48-1 in the first game of a series.