Rookie defenseman Adam Almquist scored both power-play goals in a 5:40 span of the second period, beating Tomas Vokoun with slap shots from the blue line. Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar also had goals for the Red Wings.
"I got a little bit lucky at first," Almquist said. "The puck was popping out to me and I could just go ahead a rip it off. Luckily it went in. The second one, I got a really good pass from Samuelsson, shot it and it went in. I got lucky there too."
Pittsburgh outshot Detroit 24-19 but failed to convert on three first-period power plays and lost for the second time in as many nights.
"We still made some mistakes. It's the preseason, you're going to do that," captain Sidney Crosby said. "But I think we got better. We've got some games here to get sharper."
|Tomas Tatar (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Landon Ferraro (1), Brendan Smith (1)|
1 - 0 DET
|Brandon Sutter (1) Snap shot - ASST: Chris Conner (1), Paul Martin (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Adam Almquist (1) Slapshot - ASST: Brendan Smith (2), Tomas Tatar (1)|
2 - 1 DET
|PPG - Adam Almquist (2) Slapshot - ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (1), Pavel Datsyuk (1)|
3 - 1 DET
|Pavel Datsyuk (1) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE|
4 - 1 DET
|Brendan Smith Hooking - 2 min against Jayson Megna|
|Henrik Zetterberg Tripping - 2 min against Kris Letang|
|Justin Abdelkader Hi-sticking - 2 min against Sidney Crosby|
|Sidney Crosby Hooking - 2 min against Brendan Smith|
|Tomas Vokoun served by Chris Kunitz Hi-sticking - 2 min against Justin Abdelkader|
|Simon Despres Delaying Game - Puck over glass - 2 min|
|Dominik Uher Tripping - 2 min against Danny DeKeyser|
|Jordin Tootoo Interference - 2 min against Harry Zolnierczyk|
|Brennan Evans Interference - 2 min against Dominik Uher|
|Sidney Crosby Hi-sticking - 2 min against Justin Abdelkader|