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Red Wings rush toward repeat, rout Penguins 5-0

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings sure don't look tired now.

After watching their two-game lead in the Stanley Cup finals disappear in Pittsburgh, the defending champions returned to the friendlyconfines of Joe Louis Arena and blew away the supposedly fresher Penguins 5-0 in Game 5 on Saturday night.

The veteran-laden Red Wings lead the series 3-2 and they moved within one win of their 12th Stanley Cup title and fifth in 12 seasons.Detroit can wrap this one up Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, but the home team is 5-0 in the rematch of last year's finals.

Pavel Datsyuk made his mark in his first appearance in eight games, notching two assists, drawing a key penalty, and knocking leadingscorer Evgeni Malkin to the ice. The Red Wings made the Penguins pay for a lack of discipline by going 3-for-9 on the power play in front of a crowd that celebrated most of the night.

Chris Osgood, on the verge of his fourth Stanley Cup championship -- third as the Red Wings starting goalie -- made 22 saves for his 15thplayoff shutout. He earned an assist on Valtteri Filppula's goal for his fifth career playoff point, and improved to 11-4 in the finals. Osgood has two shutouts in this year's playoffs.

Detroit held a 29-22 shots advantage, the first time the home team had the edge.

This series looked firmly in the Red Wings' control after they opened with a pair of 3-1 victories, but the Penguins seized momentum withtwo 4-2 wins that made Detroit appear a bit worn out.

With the first five games played in eight nights, the hectic schedule seemed to catch up with the Red Wings. Now the playoff-testedveterans can enjoy two days off before Game 6. There will be another two-day break should the Penguins force a Game 7 back in Detroit on Friday.

History suggests the Red Wings will hoist the Cup again as 14 of the 19 previous teams to win Game 5 in a series tied 2-2 have prevailed.


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