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Athanasiou scores twice; Red Wings defeat Penguins @NHLdotcom

Andreas Athanasiou scored two goals for the Detroit Red Wings in their 7-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday.

Athanasiou opened the scoring at 3:19 of the first period. Dylan Larkin and Brendan Smith also scored for Detroit in the opening 20 minutes.

Riley Sheahan and Justin Abdelkader scored in the second period to build the Red Wings lead to 5-0 before Daniel Sprong got the Penguins on the board with a power-play goal at 17:01.

Athanasiou, who also had an assist, scored his second goal at 11:50 of the third period after Beau Bennett had pulled the Penguins within 5-2 at 1:49 with a power-play goal.

Anthony Mantha's goal with 13 seconds left completed the scoring.

Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made 36 saves. Jeff Zatkoff made 15 for the Penguins, who were playing for the third time in as many nights.

Detroit (4-0-2) was 1-for-3 on the power play; Pittsburgh (3-4-0) was 2-for-5.

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