The Detroit Red Wings skated with the Stanley Cup after winning Game 6 of the Finals last season in Pittsburgh.

They have the opportunity to do the same thing tonight.

"We don't want that image in our heads again," Penguins forward Max Talbot said yesterday.

Not since Montreal clinched in Boston in 1977 and 1978 has a team won the Stanley Cup in the same opponent's building two seasons in a row, but the Red Wings will gladly take another clincher in Pittsburgh if it means avoiding a Game 7.

"It's obviously a special night when you know you have a chance to win the Cup in one single hockey game," goalie Chris Osgood said.

The Penguins have heard for two days how they lost the Stanley Cup with a miserable 5-0 defeat in Game 5 on Saturday. Even if they win Game 6 before a home crowd, they must go back to Detroit and inhospitable Joe Louis Arena, where they have been outscored, 10-2, while losing three games.

"You don't think about Game 7," Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko said. "You focus on one game, one shift, and focus like it's your last shift, and you do it again on the next shift."

- Associated Press