Detroit started slowly, but when they hit their stride, in the second period, Game 1 turned into a laugher.
The Penguins had 12 shots in the first period, four in the second and three in the third.
Detroit had 36 shots on goal, another 15 blocked and 17 misses. That’s 68 pucs buzzing in the enera direction of Marc-André Fleury, who couldn’t be blamed for any of the four goals he surrendered.
So the series favourites draw first blood.
And Michel Therrien has some serious Xs ad Os to draw up for Game 2.
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When Scott Oake asked Mikael Samuelsson what message the Detroit win had sent Pittsburgh, the game’s first star said:
"The message? Whatever. We’re a good team. That’s the message."
And it came through loud and clear.