DETROIT - Brad Stuart and Tomas Holmstrom had first-period goals and the Detroit Red Wings made them stand, taking a 2-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins through two periods Monday in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final.
The Wings broke out to a two-goal lead just past the halfway mark of the first, and suffocated the high-octane Penguins from there as they seek a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Pittsburgh averaged 32 shots per game en route to the Eastern Conference title, but have registered just 31 shots through the first five periods of the final. The Penguins have yet to score in the series.
After generating a solid scoring chance a minute into the game, Red Wings linemates Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg joined forces again at the seven-minute mark of the second period. Datsyuk cruised into the Pittsburgh zone on a 2-on-2 rush and feathered a pass to Zetterberg, who whistled a one-timer just wide of the net.
Pittsburgh narrowly missed breaking its goalless streak with four-and-a-half minutes left in the second period, after Red Wings defenceman Andreas Lilja tripped inside his own blue-line to give the Penguins a 3-on-1. Jordan Staal's first shot attempt went wide of the net, and his second hit the post behind Red Wings netminder Chris Osgood.
Detroit's Brett Lebda cleared the puck out of the crease to end the threat.
The Western Conference champions opened the scoring at 6:55 of the first period. Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula took advantage of an Evgeni Malkin giveaway in the neutral zone, and slid a pass to a wide-open Stuart inside the Pittsburgh blue-line.
Stuart skated in and wired a slap shot that appeared to bounce off Penguins defenceman Rob Scuderi and past goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for his first goal of the playoffs.
The Red Wings extended their lead at 11:18. Zetterberg took the puck from behind the Pittsburgh net and backhanded the puck in front to Holmstrom, who jammed the puck between Fleury's pads for his fourth post-season goal.
The Penguins had their best chance of the period just seconds later after Stuart took a tripping penalty. Pittsburgh managed its first three shots of the game during the man advantage, but Osgood turned them aside with ease.