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Some key facts and figures from Game 6

Tuesday, 06.09.2009 / 11:35 PM / News
By John Kreiser  - NHL.com Columnist
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Some key facts and figures from Game 6
A few of the pertinent numbers from Pittsburgh\'s 2-1 win over Detroit in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Tuesday night.

6 -- Blocked shots by Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik, the most of any player on either team. Rob Scuderi was next for the Pens with four, including a key block in the final seconds. Niklas Kronwall was tops with four of Detroit's 12 blocked shots.

A few of the pertinent numbers from Pittsburgh's 2-1 win over Detroit in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals on Tuesday night:

0 -- Goals by Detroit's Marian Hossa in this year's finals. Hossa led Pittsburgh with 3 goals and seven points while playing against the Red Wings in last year's finals. He has only 3 assists in six games against his former team this year.

1 -- Games played in this year's finals by Pittsburgh forward Petr Sykora, who was a healthy scratch through the first five games after scoring 25 goals in the regular season. It was Sykora's 115th career playoff game -- but only his seventh appearance this spring.

2 -- Minor penalties against Pittsburgh in the third period, after the Penguins went more than two periods without taking a penalty. Evgeni Malkin was called for cross-checking at 9:18, and Bill Guerin drew a high-sticking minor at 12:40. It was a big contrast from Game 5, when the Penguins gave Detroit nine power plays and allowed three goals with the extra man.

3 -- Shots on goal by Detroit in the opening period. It was the third time in the finals that the Red Wings were limited to three shots in a period. They managed three in the third period of Game 2 and again in the final period of Game 3.

4 -- Takeaways by Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin, the most of any player on either team. Malkin's total was one fewer than the entire Detroit team. Pittsburgh finished with 11 takeaways.

5 -- Times in this year's postseason that Detroit has been outshot, including Games 1, 2 and 6 of the finals. The Wings' loss in Game 6 marked the first time this spring that they've lost the game when being outshot.

5 -- Stanley Cup finals this century that have gone to Game 7. This year's finals is the first to go the distance since 2006, when Edmonton and Carolina did it. The 2001, 2003 and 2004 finals also went seven games. Before 2001, only two finals since 1965 had gone to the max.

6 -- Blocked shots by Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik, the most of any player on either team. Rob Scuderi was next for the Pens with four, including a key block in the final seconds. Niklas Kronwall was tops with four of Detroit's 12 blocked shots.

7 -- Losses by the Red Wings in the 10 Game 6s they've played in the finals. The Wings won last year's Cup by winning Game 6 in Pittsburgh, but couldn't repeat the feat this year. Overall, the Wings are 28-22 in Game 6s, but 0-2 this year.
   
9 -- Wins by Pittsburgh in the 13 games in which it has scored first. The Penguins have scored first in four of the six games in the finals, winning three of them -- all at home.

10 -- Pittsburgh's record in this year's playoffs when leading after the second period. The Pens are 2-0 when ahead after two periods in the finals.

11 -- Faceoff wins by Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg, the most on either team -- and nearly half of Detroit's 24 wins in the circle. The teams each won 24 faceoffs, with Sidney Crosby going 9-7 and Jordan Staal going 8-6 for the Penguins. Darren Helm, who was dominant in the circle through the first four games for Detroit, lost six of seven faceoffs after going 1-5 in Game 5.

12:55 -- Elapsed time between shots on goal by Detroit in the first period. Dan Cleary had Detroit's second shot on goal 5:27 into the game. The Wings didn't get another shot until Henrik Zetterberg tested Marc-Andre Fleury at 18:22.
   
Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Final Gear13 – Shutouts in this year's playoffs, the same number as last year. Detroit's Chris Osgood has two, including one in the finals. Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury has not had a shutout, though he carried one into the third period on Tuesday night.

24 -- Times that a team has hosted Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals needing a win to avoid elimination. Pittsburgh is the 10th team to force the finals to a Game 7; only the 1950 Red Wings and 1971 Montreal Canadiens went on to win the Cup.

35 -- Hits credited to Pittsburgh, compared with 26 for the Red Wings. It's only the second time in the finals that the Penguins out-hit the Wings -- they've won both (Games 3 and 6). Detroit's 26 hits were its second-lowest total of the series; the Wings were out-hit 36-17 in Game 3, a 4-2 loss.

37 -- Shots by the Red Wings that didn't get to Fleury. The Wings missed the target on 17 shots and had 20 blocked. In contrast, the Penguins missed the net only seven times and had 12 blocked.

58 -- Wins in this year's playoffs by the team leading after the second period. Only three teams have lost a game this spring when taking the lead into the final period. Detroit has not won a game in this year's playoffs when trailing after 40 minutes; Pittsburgh has done it once.   



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