Thursday, May 29, 2008

Penguins Make It A Series Again

Sidney Crosby scored his first two goals in the NHL Cup Finals as the Penguins were able to fend off the Red Wings in game 3 in Pittsburgh 3-2.

The Pens finally scored their first goals in this series after being shut out 4-0 and 3-0 in both games in Detroit. They were outshot by the Red Wings 34-24, yet cashed in on their opportunities to come away with the win.

Pittsburgh got off to a great start as Crosby broke the series-long goose egg in the goal department before adding another later on.

Johan Franzen then scored a highlight reel goal, stickhandling in parameters as tight as those of the inside of a phonebooth before going backhand-forehand on Fleury to fool him short-side on the powerplay.

Adam Hall then scored a critical goal to restore Pittsburgh's 2-goal lead. The Pens grindline got the puck deep behind Osgood's net, and with Osgood off position and desperate to cover up, Hall took control of the puck and banked it in off of Osgood from below the goal line.

Mikael Samuelsson made it a one-goal game again later in the third, taking a shot that redirected off of Brooks Orpik and passed Fleury who had no chance to react fast enough to make the stop.

Fleury would then make a clutch cover-up on a late Detroit powerplay to preserve the Pens first win of the finals. Detroit now leads 2-1.

Game 4 goes Saturday in Pittsburgh, with the Pens looking to tie it up to force a sixth game in 'The Steel City'.

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