The Stat Line Of The Night – 05/31/09 – Chris Osgood
Total Pro Sports – Playing against Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby can be a goalie’s worst nightmare, but that is not exactly the case in this year’s Stanley Cup Finals. In fact, for Detroit Red Wings netminder Chris Osgood, it seems more like an incredible dream.
There was a lot of questions being raised about the Wings goaltending situation going into the playoffs but Osgood’s play in the first two rounds silenced that. He has continued his strong play in the conference finals and now facing the top two scorers in the post-season, he has taken his game up yet another notch.
Last night, the Wings were once again out-shot by the Penguins, but all they needed was two goals thanks to a terrific performance by Osgood. They would get him an additional one, taking game 2 by a 3-1 score. He was fortunate to have the post save in on a few occasions, but was otherwise solid, stopping 32 of 33 shots, allowing one goal which was scored by his own defenseman on a scramble in front of the net. Osgoods strong performance now gives his team a 2-0 series lead, and himself “The Stat Line Of The Night” for Sunday, May 31st, 2009.
It was the second game in a row that the Wings have been out-shot, a rarity for the puck-possession team, but if Osgood continues to stand tall in goal, this series may come to a quicker end than many had originally anticipated. With game two coming on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Crosby and the gang will have a day off to figure out Osgood. They better use it wisely.