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Penguins 5, Red Wings 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:09 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 5, Red Wings 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Detroit Red Wings 2

DETROIT (AP) - It looks like Penguins coach Dan Bylsma had the right idea.

Mike Comrie scored twice and Evgeni Malkin had a goal and three assists in Pittsburgh's 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday in the final exhibition game for each team.

After signing Comrie to a league-minimum $500,000 free-agent contract early in September, Bylsma thought he might work well with Malkin on the same line.

"Mike is an extremely smart and intelligent offensive hockey player," Bylsma said of the 10-year veteran. "And I just wanted to give him a chance to read off of Gino (Malkin)."

Comrie had four goals and five points in four exhibition games, while Malkin scored three times with three assists in four games.

"It seems to keep getting better and better," Bylsma said.

Comrie, who married actress Hilary Duff this summer, said he fits well with the Penguins.

"It's a system suited for players who make plays and try to think the game," he said.

Chris Kunitz and Alex Goligoski each added a goal and an assist for the Penguins, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves.

Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist and Mike Modano also scored for Detroit, his first in a Red Wings uniform after signing a $1.25 million free-agent contract in ealy August. Chris Osgood stopped 20 shots.

"We've got to play a lot better than we did tonight and we expect to do that," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

Sidney Crosby and defenseman Brooks Orpik sat out for Pittsburgh. Orpik missed the game and the trip because of a groin injury.

NOTE: Detroit hired former Red Wing enforcer Aaron Downwy as a strength and conditioning coach for its American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids. ... The Red Wings assigned 12 players to Grand Rapids: F Joakim Andersson, F Willie Coetzee, F Corey Emmerton, D Brian Lashoff, G Thomas McCollum, F Chris Minard, F Jordan Owens, F Frances Pare, D Logan Pyett, D Brendan Smith, F Jamie Tardif and F Tomas Tatar.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:19
PIT
Mike Comrie (1) Tip-in - ASST: Zbynek Michalek (1), Evgeni Malkin (1)
1 - 0 PIT
07:40
PIT
Chris Kunitz (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Evgeni Malkin (2), Mark Letestu (1)
2 - 0 PIT
10:24
DET
Pavel Datsyuk (1) Snap shot - ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (1), Nicklas Lidstrom (1)
2 - 1 PIT
19:46
PIT
PPG - Mike Comrie (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Goligoski (1), Chris Kunitz (1)
3 - 1 PIT
2nd Period
04:35
PIT
Alex Goligoski (1) Slapshot - ASST: Zbynek Michalek (2), Evgeni Malkin (3)
4 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
02:43
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (1) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
5 - 1 PIT
03:22
DET
Mike Modano (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (1)
5 - 2 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
01:21
PIT
Zbynek Michalek  Holding  - 2 min against  Valtteri Filppula
12:18
PIT
Marc-Andre Fleury served by Tyler Kennedy  Holding the stick  - 2 min against  Daniel Cleary
18:53
DET
Jiri Hudler  Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min
2nd Period
13:44
PIT
Chris Kunitz  Tripping  - 2 min against  Valtteri Filppula
13:44
DET
Johan Franzen  Roughing  - 2 min against  Chris Kunitz
13:44
PIT
Chris Kunitz  Roughing  - 2 min against  Johan Franzen
13:44
PIT
Chris Kunitz  Roughing  - 2 min against  Johan Franzen
13:44
DET
Johan Franzen  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Chris Kunitz
14:19
PIT
Kris Letang  Slashing  - 2 min against  Tomas Holmstrom
14:19
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Slashing  - 2 min against  Kris Letang
14:19
DET
Tomas Holmstrom served by Jan Mursak  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min
14:19
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min
3rd Period
00:32
PIT
Kris Letang  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
04:40
PIT
Kris Letang  Tripping  - 2 min against  Jonathan Ericsson
08:21
PIT
Pascal Dupuis  Tripping  - 2 min against  Mattias Ritola
12:14
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Interference  - 2 min against  Eric Tangradi
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
GA: 2SV%: .917
Chris Osgood
SA: 25TOI: 59:58
GA: 5SV%: .800