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Penguins on the march with win over Red Wings

Steve Keating Reuters 02.06.2009 16:29
Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood reacts as Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar's shot gets past him in the third period during Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final series in Pittsburgh, June 2, 2009.

Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood reacts as Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar's shot gets past him in the third period during Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final series in Pittsburgh, June 2, 2009.


The Pittsburgh Penguins rekindled their Stanley Cup dreams with a gritty 4-2 Game Three win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, trimming the defending champions' lead in the best-of-seven finals to 2-1.



Back at the Igloo after back-to-back 3-1 loses in Detroit, the Penguins clinched victory with a third period power-play goal from defenseman Sergei Gonchar and a late empty netter from Max Talbot.

The Penguins will host Game Four on Thursday with a chance to send the series back to the Motor City level at 2-2, but history continues to favor the Red Wings.

Of the 32 times home teams have swept the first two games of the finals, only once have they failed to go on to lift the Stanley Cup.

"It's a big win for us," said Talbot, who also scored Pittsburgh's first goal. "I don't want to say it was a must-win but I think everybody knows we needed to win this game.

"They're definitely a great team and they put us on our heels but luckily Flower (netminder Marc-Andre Fleury) was there.

"I know in the first and second game he got criticized but I am really happy for him tonight because he was definitely first in my book."

FLEURY DELIVERS

Some leaky goaltending in the opening two games when he surrendered a couple of soft goals had put the spotlight on the Pittsburgh netminder in the build-up to Game Three.

But Fleury responded with the solid effort expected from the former-first overall pick, particularly through the first two periods when the Red Wings outshot Pittsburgh 26-11.


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