DETROIT - Hockeytown is halfway to hoisting the Stanley Cup again.
With first-period goals from Brad Stuart and Tomas Holmstrom and another lockdown defensive effort, the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals last night.
The puck-possessing Red Wings again held onto it all night and registered 34 shots. They put the clamps on the Penguins, who have yet to score. After a 19-save effort in a 4-0, series-opening win Saturday, Chris Osgood stopped 22 in a rocking-chair game and earned his third shutout of the playoffs - 13th career.
The often-overlooked Osgood owns the Red Wings' record with 50 postseason victories, ahead of Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk, and is closing in on his third Cup with Detroit - two as the starting netminder.
Osgood is the first to post shutouts in the first two games of the finals since New Jersey's Martin Brodeur in 2003 against Anaheim.
"All it means to me is that I'm just confident, and I'm going to try to do it for as long as I can," Osgood said. "It's as simple as it gets."
Of the 31 teams to win the first two games of the finals at home, 30 have captured the Cup.
Game 3 is tomorrow night at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena, where the Penguins have a 16-game win streak. Game 4 is Saturday, also in Pittsburgh.
"We just have to execute," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "Did they really get that many scoring chances on us? I don't think they did. They got a few and put them in. We hit a post, and pucks go through us by the net that we don't put in. That's the difference." *