FINAL OT
WSH
3
CBJ
4
FINAL
DET
2
PIT
3
FINAL OT
NYR
1
NJD
2
FINAL
TOR
4
PHI
2
FINAL
STL
4
TBL
3
FINAL OT
BOS
1
OTT
2
FINAL
BUF
3
MTL
1
FINAL
SJS
6
ANA
1
FINAL
LAK
3
PHX
2
FINAL SO
PHX
2
LAK
1
DET
PIT

32 SOG
26 SOG

Malkin scores in return as Pens edge Wings

NHL.com | Wednesday, 09.21.2011 / 9:44 PM

Playing in his first game in more than seven months, Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 at the Consol Energy Center on Wednesday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Malkin, a former NHL scoring champion, didn't play after Feb. 5 when he tore an ACL and joined star teammate Sidney Crosby on the sideline down the stretch and into the playoffs.

"He was at a dominant level," Pens coach Dan Bylsma said of Malkin. "His skating looked good. He was strong, powerful on the puck. To get fans out of their seats in an exhibition game three or four times playing the right way, driving to the net, good with the puck, hunting the puck, it was a pretty good first game back from injury."

Chris Kunitz and Matt Niskanen also scored for Pittsburgh. Niklas Kronwall and Jiri Hudler scored for the Red Wings and Pavel Datsyuk had two assists.

Crosby has not been cleared for contact workouts due to a concussion.

Malkin set up the first goal of the game at 11:40 of the opening period with a nifty pass. He possessed the puck along the near half wall and whipped a hard, backhand-saucer pass right on to the tape of Kunitz, who beat Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard under the arm.

Malkin scored his first goal of the preseason midway through the second, when he took a pass entering the Detroit zone, using his body to protect the puck from defender Garnet Exelby. Malkin then flipped the puck from his backhand to his forehand and then faked a pass before ripping a shot past Howard to give the Pens a 2-1 lead.

"It's just an exhibition game, but it's a pretty good feeling," Malkin said. "We played pretty good. It was a good test. I liked how we played."

Jordan Staal and Brooks Orpik did not play for Pittsburgh, while Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg didn't dress for Detroit.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
1st2nd3rdT
DET
PIT
Scoring Summary
1st Period
11:40PIT Chris Kunitz (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Evgeni Malkin (1) 1 - 0 PIT
13:54DET Niklas Kronwall (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (1), Brad Stuart (1) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
10:58PIT Evgeni Malkin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Carl Sneep (1), Paul Martin (1) 2 - 1 PIT
13:25PIT PPG - Matt Niskanen (1) Slapshot - ASST: Joseph Morrow (1), Arron Asham (1) 3 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
02:48DET Jiri Hudler (1) Tip-in - ASST: Garnet Exelby (1), Pavel Datsyuk (2) 3 - 2 PIT
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:19PIT Geoff Walker  Boarding  - 2 min against  Brendan Smith
2nd Period
11:55DET Cory Emmerton  Tripping  - 2 min against  Kris Letang
17:14DET Jan Mursak  Holding  - 2 min against  Colin McDonald
3rd Period
00:32PIT Carl Sneep  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Jan Mursak
10:32DET Daniel Cleary  Boarding (maj)  - 5 min against  Philip Samuelsson
14:44PIT James Neal  Tripping  - 2 min against  Brad Stuart
16:38PIT Paul Martin  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Tomas Holmstrom
shots by period
PeriodDETPIT
1st96
2nd714
3rd166
Total3226
Team Stats
CategoryDETPIT
Power Plays0/41/3
Hits2523
Faceoff Wins3427
Giveaways34
Takeaways21
Blocked Shots1418
Penalty Minutes98
  • DETROIT
  • PITTSBURGH
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2B. SmithD0012019:49
3G. ExelbyD0100016:00
11D. ClearyR0005518:10
15F. BrunnstromL00-11013:50
17P. EavesR0004016:09
20D. MillerL0004013:43
21T. TatarL0001010:48
22M. CommodoreD0000014:36
23B. StuartD0100025:17
24P. DatsyukC0213021:18
26J. HudlerC1002014:22
32L. PyettD00-11018:32
39J. MursakL0001211:40
41C. ConnerR0002013:21
42R. JohnsonC00-10012:34
48C. EmmertonC0001212:57
55N. KronwallD1004025:42
96T. HolmstromL0011013:51
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31J. MacDonald661.00018:51
35J. Howard1720.85040:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. NiskanenD1004021:02
7P. MartinD0110221:14
9P. DupuisR0000017:49
12R. ParkR00-21012:50
14C. KunitzL1013019:06
18J. NealL0014218:30
23R. CraigC00-10011:17
38C. McDonaldR0004013:42
45A. AshamR0101012:44
46J. VitaleC0001015:51
55P. SamuelssonD0000015:22
56P. ThompsonR000109:43
57B. GibbonsC000208:45
58K. LetangD00-13025:28
59C. SneepD0100216:10
67G. WalkerR0000210:31
70J. MorrowD01-10021:05
71E. MalkinC1122020:51
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
29M. Fleury1516.93840:00
39B. Thiessen1516.93820:00