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Almquist's two power-play goals lift Red Wings

Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 12:35 AM

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Almquist's two power-play goals lift Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 1
Three Stars of the Game
Adam Almquist
1st
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:55
Pavel Datsyuk
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:59
Tomas Tatar
3rd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 11:55

The Detroit Red Wings' special teams were in midseason form, scoring twice and killing all five Pittsburgh Penguins power plays at Consol Energy Center en route to a 4-1 victory.

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."

scoring summary
1st Period
12:56
DET
Tomas Tatar (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Landon Ferraro (1), Brendan Smith (1)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
01:05
PIT
Brandon Sutter (1) Snap shot - ASST: Chris Conner (1), Paul Martin (1)
1 - 1 Tie
06:10
DET
PPG - Adam Almquist (1) Slapshot - ASST: Brendan Smith (2), Tomas Tatar (1)
2 - 1 DET
11:50
DET
PPG - Adam Almquist (2) Slapshot - ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (1), Pavel Datsyuk (1)
3 - 1 DET
17:59
DET
Pavel Datsyuk (1) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 1 DET
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
03:41
DET
Brendan Smith  Hooking  - 2 min against  Jayson Megna
07:26
DET
Henrik Zetterberg  Tripping  - 2 min against  Kris Letang
17:22
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Sidney Crosby
2nd Period
04:22
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Hooking  - 2 min against  Brendan Smith
07:59
PIT
Tomas Vokoun served by Chris Kunitz  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Justin Abdelkader
08:03
PIT
Simon Despres  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
11:11
PIT
Dominik Uher  Tripping  - 2 min against  Danny DeKeyser
13:14
DET
Jordin Tootoo  Interference  - 2 min against  Harry Zolnierczyk
18:55
DET
Brennan Evans  Interference  - 2 min against  Dominik Uher
3rd Period
10:54
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Justin Abdelkader
goalie stats
Petr Mrazek
SA: 10TOI: 20:00
GA: 0SV%: 1.000
Jimmy Howard
SA: 14TOI: 40:00
GA: 1SV%: .929
Eric Hartzell
SA: 4TOI: 20:00
GA: 0SV%: 1.000
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 15TOI: 39:45
GA: 4SV%: .733