Here’s the recap:
(Red Wings 3, Penguins 1)
The one goal that stands out for me from last year’s Final was the one that Marc Andre Fleury knocked in with his butt – and it happened again in game one of the rematch.
Brad Stuart fired a shot in from the point, it took a funny bounce off the boards and went in off Fleury’s backside to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead.
Ruslan Fedotenko jumped on the end of a unfortunate bumble by Chris Osgood to tie the game late in the first, but another fortuitous bounce put the Wings up in the last minute of the second.
Once again, a game of ‘follow the bouncing puck’ resulted in Detroit’s third goal, the one that put it away.
A couple of rookies connected when Justin Abdelkader took a pass from Ville Leino and took a quick shot; the puck bounced high up in the air, Abdelkader gloved it down and whacked it into the top corner while everyone else just stood there watching.
The Penguins out shot the Red Wings 32-30 and had moments of sustained pressure, but Detroit was better in the face off circle and won a lot of the one-on-one battles.
Game two will be huge – it’ll either be 2-0 or 1-1 heading to Pittsburgh. I certainly hope it’s the first!
*Pittsburgh @ Detroit – 6pm