With Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on tap on Saturday night it was a near do-or-die situation for the Pittsburgh Penguins who have been perfect at home (9-0) in the playoffs. A win would mean a tied series, a loss would mean near elimination. Here is a look at the results as the Detroit Red Wings and Pens faced off in the last game of May:
* The Wings edged the host Penguins 2-1 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Detroit can win their 11th Stanley Cup Championship when they return home to the Joe Louis Arena on Monday night. Down 1-0 early in the 1st on a Marian Hossa powerplay tally, the Wings tied in a little over 4 minutes later on a goal by perennial Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom and then won it only 2:26 in to the 3rd Period on a goal by forward Jiri Hudler. The second star of the game was FI goalie Chris Osgood who stopped 22 of 23 shots to improve to 13-3 on the playoffs. Ozzie has to be the number 1 choice for the Conn Smythe Trophy right now surrendering only a goal per game (4 goals, 4 games) on the series. He has had an amazing playoff run with a 1.45 goals against average, a .936 save percentage and 3 shutouts. His numbers are even more ridiculous in the Finals with a 1.00 goals against average, a .955 save percentage and 2 goose eggs. Osgood is playing better than he ever has.
Check back soon with FIW. The Stanley Cup Final could wrap up Monday night and we might see our first FI champion in years. Thanks for reading.