Monday, June 01, 2009

Wings go up 2-0 on Penguins in Stanley Cup Finals

In one of the oddest things I have ever seen in professional sports, the Wings and Penguins played back to back playoff games. I can't think of any pro sport where I have ever seen Finals games played on consecutive nights.

Didn't matter though. The game went the same as the first. Both teams played pretty closely, but the Wings just squeezed 2 more goals into the net than the Penguins could.

The man from my hometown Muskegon, Michigan, Justin Abdelkader scored his second of the series in the third. Both goals putting the Wings up 3-1 and icing the win.

The odds favor the Red Wings in their bid to become the NHL’s first repeat champion since they did it in 1997 and ’98. Teams that win Games 1 and 2 at home have captured the Cup 31 of 32 times. Pretty good odds, but as we know odds are meant to be overcome, and this series has been played much closer than the 2-0 lead would indicate. The Wings do have some good insurance online though since they only need to win 2 out of the next 4.

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