Red Wings Take 2-0 Lead

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DETROIT (AP) - Valtteri Filppula (val-TAIR'-ee fihl-POO'-luh) and Jonathan Ericsson scored in the second period and the resilient Detroit Red Wings opened a two-game lead over Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup finals for the second straight year with a 3-1 victory in Game 2.

For the second straight out, Detroit goalie Chris Osgood was outstanding between the pipes. Osgood made 31 saves and was named No. 1 star for the game.

Playoffs scoring leader Evgeni Malkin gave Pittsburgh its first lead of the series by scoring on a power play late in the first.

But the frustrated Penguins produced no more offense as star Sidney
Crosby was shut out again. Crosby has no points in the series.

Ericsson tied it with a long slap shot from inside the blue line at 4:21 of the second. Filppula put the Red Wings ahead about 6 minutes later with a backhander off a rebound 14 seconds after an interference penalty on Malkin ended.

Detroit rookie Justin Abdelkader (ab-dehl-KAY'-dur) scored an insurance goal early in the third, just as he did in Detroit's 3-1 victory in the series opener Saturday night. Abdelkader had no previous NHL goals.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, the third game in four nights.


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