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Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Live Blog

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins representatives will be providing a live-game blog during Penguins' playoff games this season. Check back for updates, injury reports and information throughout the game.

10:46 PM: That concludes Game 1, the Pens fall to the Red WIngs, 3-1. The Penguins outshot the Red Wings, 31-30, in the game but couldn't pull through with the win. We'll be back tomorrow evening here at the Joe Louis Arena for a re-match.

10:44 PM: Hossa missed on an empty-net chance.

10:39 PM: Fleury stands on his head to keep the Wings out of the net on several chances.

10:35 PM: Fleury denies Leino on a chance and the Pens take it the other direction.

10:34 PM: Kunitz gets a few scoring chances but no luck.

10:26 PM: Helm hits Talbot along the boards.

10:24 PM: Eaton breaks up a three-on-two with a poke check.

10:22 PM: The Penguins are outshooting the Red Wings, 7-4, so far in the third period.

10:19 PM: Crosby lifts a shot past Osgood but it bounces off the post! So close...

10:17 PM: Letang launches a slap shot on net that Osgood blocks.

10:16 PM: Abdelkader chips a shot past Fleury to up Detroit's lead to 3-1. Red Wings 3, Penguins 1.

10:14 PM: Fleury pokes the puck away from Helm on a breakaway chance.

10:13 PM: Osgood denies Talbot on a shot.

10:10 PM: The third period begins. The Pens played a strong second period and hopefully that will pay off in the third period.

10:01 PM: Also, The Penguins outshot the Wings, 13-11, in the period. Not to mention that Malkin, Crobsy, Staal and Cooke all have three hits so far in the game.

10:00 PM: Three stats to know for the third period:
-Helm has tallied five hits so far in the game.
-Malkin and Guerin have each tallied three shots in the game.
-The teams have combined for only six penalty minutes so far in the game, despite a lot of post-whistle scrums.

9:53 PM: The second period ends.

9:51 PM: Franzen knocks in a puck to help Detroit take the lead.Rafalski and Zetterberg earn assists on the play. Red Wings 2, Penguins 1.

9:48 PM: Fleury denies a Hossa shot.

9:45 PM: Guerin almost re-directs a Gill shot past Osgood, but Osgood stops it.

9:42 PM: The penalty on Adams expires. There are a lot of post-whistle scrums as both teams are eager to prove themselves.

9:40 PM: Rafalski rockets a shot into Fleury's pads and Cooke skates in to clear the puck out.

9:37 PM: Osgood stops Crosby on a great backhand attempt. Now Adams is headed to the box and the Pens will go on the penalty kill.

9:36 PM: Fleury stops Abdelkader on a shot and the Pens take it back into Detroits' end.

9:30 PM: The Pens are outshooting the Wings, 7-2, so far in the second period. The Pens are doing a great job of maintaining puck possession in the offensive zone especially in the last few shifts.

9:29 PM: The penalty expires with no luck for the Pens.

9:26 PM: The Pens go back on the power play as Samuelsson goes to the box.

9:23 PM: Osgood prevents a Malkin backhand attempt and then Helm clears out the puck as the power play expires.

9:21 PM: Lebda breaks Talbot's stick and earns a minor penalty so the Pens go on the power play.

9:19 PM: Letang dives to poke a puck away from Helm.

9:18 PM: Malkin earns a breakaway but Osgood gloves down the shot.

9:16 PM: Samuelsson checks Kennedy along the far boards but moments later Kennedy manages to collect the puck and wrist a shot that Osgood stops.

9:14 PM: Kunitz and Guerin get a great scoring chance but Osgood denies them.

9:12 PM: The teams take the ice for the second period.
A number to note:
-The Pens outhit the Wings 17-15 in the first period.

8:54 PM: The first period expires and the game is tied at 1-1. The Red Wings outshot the Penguins, 11-7, in the first period. 

8:52 PM: Fedotenko ties the score by knocking a rebound past Osgood! Penguins 1, Red Wings 1.

8:48 PM: Hudler flips a shot that Fleury blocks. Shots favor Detroit, 8-5, so far in the game.

8:45 PM: Detroit strikes first in the game with a goal from defenseman Brad Stuart. Red Wings 1, Penguins 0.

8:43 PM: After Osgood covered the puck, a scrum ensued in front of Detroits' net. These teams clearly dislike each other and things are starting to get pretty scrappy on the ice.

8:40 PM: Letang wrists a shot on net that Osgood covers up.

8:28 PM: Brad Stuart caught Ruslan Fedotenko in an awkward position along the boards. Brooks Orpik came to his teammates aid.

8:27 PM: Great action so far. Chris Kunitz nearly had a breakaway on goal and Fleury turned aside a few Red Wings' shots in the early going.

8:23 PM: The puck drops and both Fleury and Osgood are tested early. Both goalies make the stop.

8:20 PM: Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay conducted the ceremonial opening puck drop.

8:16 PM: Both teams have just taken the ice. And this time, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made it through the door without any problems.

8:13 PM: In their pre-game show, the Red Wings unwound long, red, thin banners from the rafters that hovered a few feet off the ice. Each banner proclaimed a statement, such as "passion," "leadership," "sacrifice" and "grit." At the end the banners dropped, as did the purple octopus.

8:08 PM: Penguins fans have invaded the Joe Louis Arena. The Pittsburgh faithful have already started two loud cheers of "Let's go Pens!" and are drowning out the Red Wings fans in the waning moments before puck drop.

8:06 PM: The Penguins are sticking with their 7-11 formula of seven defensemen and 11 forwards. Pittsburgh scratched forwards Pascal Dupuis, Petr Sykora and Eric Godard and defenseman Alex Goligoski.

Detroit scratched Pavel Datsyuk, Derek Meech, Chris Chelios, Darren McCarty, Kris Draper, Aaron Downey, Jakub Kindle, Tomas Kopecky and James Howard.

8:01 PM: We are moments away from dropping the puck in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Detroit head coach Mike Babcock has already announced that defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Jonathan Ericsson will be in the lineup, while forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Kris Draper will not play. We will wait for the official scratches and get them out as soon as we can.

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