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Frustration continues:  Wings go up 2-0 after 3-1 win over Penguins

Um, let’s see.

Hey, the Penguins outshot the Wings again.

Other than that, nothing is going right for the Pens.  Of course a lot of that has to be credited to the Red Wings’ defense, but although the Penguins have not played two bad games, per se’, they leave Detroit once again in an 0-2 deficit after another 3-1 loss to the Wings.

Chris Osgood stopped 31 of 32 shots.  He had some help from the goalposts tonight, but he was solid once again tonight.

On the other end, Marc-Andre Fleury continued his inconsistent play, stopping 23 of 26 shots, but gave up an extremely soft goal to rookie Justin Abdelkader early in the third period.

Although it was the Wings who dominated play for the first half of the first period, it was actually the Pens who got on the scoreboard first.  On the powerplay, a Kris Letang wrister found it’s way to the net, then Evgeni Malkin fired the rebound and resulted in a scrum where the puck was deflected back into the Wings’ net by one of their defenders.  Malkin was given credit for the goal to give the Pens a 1-0 lead at the 16:50 mark of the first period.

The Wings tied the game back up early in the second after Jonathan Ericsson fired a slapper that appeared, to me anyway, like it might have deflected off Mark Eaton, and past Fleury to make it 1-1.

Detroit took the lead midway through the second after Marian Hossa “stole” the puck from Pascal Dupuis, then fired a shot on goal.  Fleury made the stop, but Valtteri Filppula was there to grab the rebound and fired a nice backhander off the post and into the net, all the while there was a scrum in front of the net to make it 2-1 Wings.

The final goal was early in the third, as Abdelkader skated into the Pens’ zone 1-on-2 and fired a simple wrister from the left slot that Fleury didn’t catch with his glove and into the net.  Easily, Fleury’s worst goal of the series.

Other notes:
-  Kris Letang is not having a good series defensively.  He didn’t get credited for any giveaways, but he’s getting hounded by the Wings’ forecheckers and he’s not going a very good job of clearing the puck.  I wouldn’t be shocked to see a move made.
-  How many goal posts hit tonight by the Pens ??  Two ?  Three ?  Four ?  Who knows.
-  Hal Gill, Eaton and Malkin were all -2.
-  Much, much better in the faceoff circle for the Pens, actually winning more by a 27 to 24 margin.  Sidney Crosby won 10 of 15.
-  Chris Kunitz led the Pens with 5 hits.

Game Three is back at the Igloo on Tuesday night.

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