Monday, June 8, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: Playoff recap, Day 44

After both teams won their home games to start the series, the Detroit Red Wings had to win game five at The Joe, and they did so emphatically...

Here's the recap:

(Red Wings 5, Penguins 0)

Remember in the second period of game four when the Penguins scored three times in just under six minutes?

In game five it was Detroit scoring three times in just over six minutes, part of a four goal second period. After Dan Cleary made it 1-0 in the first period, Valtteri Filppula, Nik Kronwall and Brian Rafalski all beat Marc-Andre Fleury.

Fleury wouldn't finish the game, getting pulled for the first time in a long time after Henrik Zetterberg made it 5-0 with his 11th goal of the playoffs.

After watching the first five to ten minutes of this game, if you had told me that Detroit was going to win 5-0, I wouldn't have believed you.

Pittsburgh came out flying and had immense pressure early on, but the Red Wings managed to hold their ground and then take this game over.

Detroit just looked like a different team out there, a combination of rest and the fact that Pavel Datsyuk was back in the lineup after not having played since May 19th.

Datsyuk set up the first and fourth goals, was a plus two and played the third most minutes among Red Wing forwards on Saturday night - not bad for a guy that could be playing with a broken foot.

With the 22-save shutout, Chris Osgood moves into fourth on the all-time playoff shutout list with 15, tied with Frank Brimsek.

Also, when Osgood fired a pass up to Marian Hossa, who laid it off to Filppula for the game's second goal, it was the first time in six years that a goalie has picked up an assist in the Stanley Cup Final.

For the first time in this series, the home team won by more than two goals and the winning team had the edge in shots. But, will the home team continue to win each game until it comes down to a game seven in Detroit, or will it be all over on Tuesday?

I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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