Perfect road trip paved Pens' way to Cup finals

PITTSBURGH – No matter what happens in Detroit when the puck drops for Game 7 tomorrow night, the Penguins have gotten further than last year.

In 2008, the season ended one game earlier against the Red Wings, who took Game 6 in Pittsburgh and paraded around the Mellon Arena ice with the Stanley Cup.

Not that the Penguins would feel any better to see the Red Wings celebrate again at home. But Pittsburgh at least knows it has a shot to win the Cup with one win in a place that hasn't produced many happy moments for them.

The Penguins are 1-5 at Joe Louis Arena in the past two finals, and have been outscored there 11-2 in this series. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby hasn't scored a goal in any of those six games.