Stanley Cup final: Detroit, one hand on the trophy.
Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Penguins lost on home ice for the first time in these playoffs. The Detroit Red Wings are now only one game away from being sacred champions.
With a 2-1 victory at Mellon Arena in game four, the Red Wings will now host game five at Joe Louis Arena tomorrow and they will try to win the Stanley Cup in front of their fans.
Yesterday, the Penguins scored first early into the first period during a man-advantage when Marian Hossa scored his 10th goal of the playoffs. Hossa stickhandled his way at the side of the net and scored on a mesmerized Chris Osgood.
But the Red Wings tied the game at 1 five minutes later from defense men Niklas Lidstrom who scored his third goal with a shot from the blue line. Marc-André Fleury was screened by his own defense men and missed the puck.
The winning goal of the contest was scored during the third period when a high backhand shot from Jiri Hudler was mishandled by Fleury and bounced in the net. The Penguins had an ultimate chance of tying the game with a double man-advantage but weren't able to convert it into a goal.
Final score: Detroit Red Wings 2 - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Detroit leads the series by 3-1)
(Picture: Wings celebrates, Getty Images.)