Game 2: First period roundup
The Penguins were immediately put on the defensive, as goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury faced a barrage of shots while his forwards generated nothing resembling an offensive attack.
Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart scored his first goal of the playoffs, ripping a slap shot from the top of the right circle past defenseman Hal Gill that ricocheted off Fleury's stick and into the net for a 1-0 lead at 6:55.
Left wing Tomas Holmstrom lifted the Red Wings to a 2-0 lead at 11:18 when he zipped a pass from behind the net to Henrik Zetterberg, then tapped in Zetterberg's shot as it slipped between Fleury's pads just before it crossed the goal line.
HIGHLIGHT: Sidney Crosby tried to get the Penguins going early with spirited play, and his blind pass with his back to the net was perfectly placed for his new linemate, left wing Ryan Malone.
LOWLIGHT: Malone whiffed on Crosby's pass right in front of the net, and that swing-and-miss was the closest thing the Penguins had to a shot on goal in the first 12 minutes.
GOALS: 1. Detroit, Brad Stuart (Valtteri Filppula), 6:55; 2. Detroit, Tomas Holmstrom (Henrik Zetterberg), 11:18;
SHOTS: Red Wings 12, Penguins 6
KEY STAT: Defensemen Gill and Rob Scuderi were on the ice for three of Detroit's first five goals of the series.
PENALTIES: Brad Stuart, Detroit (tripping), 11:33; Malone, Penguins (interference), 15:14; Dan Cleary, Detroit (hooking), 17:49; Gary Roberts, Penguins (roughing), 19:46.
POWER PLAYS: Penguins 0-2; Red Wings 0-2.
BEST HIT: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall landed one of his trademark flying shoulders onto the chin of Penguins left wing Jarkko Ruutu as he crossed the blue line.