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|Wednesday, 28 May 2008 00:01|
Wednesday, May 28
Detroit at Pittsburgh (8 p.m. EDT). The Penguins are 8-0 at home this postseason and have won 16 straight there overall, but return home down 2-0 in the Stanley Cup finals.
Pittsburgh became the fourth team to fail to score a goal through the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals, losing 3-0 to Detroit on Monday night. The previous two, Anaheim against New Jersey in 2003 and the Red Wings against Toronto in 1945, both extended the series to seven games before losing. Detroit's Chris Osgood has 13 career postseason shutouts and a scoreless streak of 137 minutes, 33 seconds.
Detroit hasn't played in Pittsburgh since winning 2-0 in a regular season game on Oct. 7, 2006. The Red Wings and Penguins meet there for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night.
CHANGE OF PACE
The last time the Penguins were shut out in consecutive playoff games was in the 2001 Eastern Conference finals against New Jersey, when the Devils beat them 3-0 in Game 3 and 5-0 in Game 4 in Pittsburgh. This is the first time in the Penguins' three Stanley Cup finals appearances they have been down by two games. They swept Chicago in 1992 and beat Minnesota in six games in 1991, when they lost two of the first three games but won the next three.
PROTECTING THE LEAD
Detroit has trailed only 122 minutes, 2 seconds of 1,081:48 in the playoffs this postseason - 11 percent of the.
Washington re-signed right wing Matt Bradley to a three-year, $3 million contract Tuesday. Bradley had seven goals, 11 assists and 74 penalty minutes in 77 games last season.
``I guess you're trying to send a message or whatever. To me, the game's going to be won in between the whistles. And you're not going to back us off one inch. It's impossible. You're not going to back up Pavel (Datsyuk). And you have to decide for your own team what you think helps you win.'' - Detroit coach Mike Babcock on Pittsburgh's aggressiveness after losing Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday night.