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Wings' Bruise Brothers jolt Pens

Kronwall, Stuart make big plays in Wings' Game 2 victory

Tuesday, 05.27.2008 / 12:06 AM ET / News
By Derek Gluth  - DetroitRedWings.com Intern
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Wings\' Bruise Brothers jolt Pens
DETROIT – Red Wings defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart received a lot of recognition coming into this Stanley Cup finals for being big and physical on the blueline.

Tonight in Game 2, they showed some versatility with their offensive prowess.

Stuart scored the first goal, which gave the Wings early momentum that eventually carried the Red Wings to a 3-0 win Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

His shot from the top of the circle managed to hit Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, and bounce over the Penguins’ netminder to give Stuart his first goal of the playoffs.

“I kind of saw that I was going to have some time,” said Stuart of his game-winning goal. “I just tried to buy some time for our guys to get it in front. They did a great job of getting there and creating a screen and it found its way into the back of the net.”

The defense is playing so well, that in two games, not a single puck has gotten past Chris Osgood. Pittsburgh has only managed to get 41 shots past the stingy Wings’ defensemen in the first two games combined.

Detroit, meanwhile, has fired 70 shots at Fleury, and seen seven go in. And in tonight’s game, the Red Wings had a 2-0 lead before Pittsburgh managed their first shot on goal.

Meanwhile, Kronwall’s big hits keep coming. In Game 1, he broke the nose of Pens’ winger Ryan Malone on a hit delivered while on a penalty kill. In Game 2, Kronwall came out hitting again, taking on Jarkko Rutuu early in the first period to get the home crowd buzzing.

“You always have to look around and see where your teammates are on the ice,” said Kronwall. “If you have backup, I think it’s a good chance to step up.”

Adding to the magic for Stuart was a pass out of the zone in the third period that found Johan Franzen, back in the lineup for the first time in six games. Franzen then found Valtteri Filppula who skated in on a delayed penalty to score the games third goal on a breakaway shot he threw past the stretched out Fleury.

Stuart was given an assist on the play, giving him two points on the night. That 3-0 lead knocked the wind out of the Penguins, who now find themselves in a 2-0 series hole heading back to the Steel City for Game 3 on Wednesday.

Both Kronwall and Stuart were on the ice for all three Detroit goals, making them the center of the action in hockey’s biggest stage.

“All year long we’ve done a pretty good job defensively,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We have committed people that way, and we feel we have a pretty good plan, and our plan is simple. We like to play offense. So the faster you play defense, the more time you have the puck.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59