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Penguins and Red Wings go to 3rd OT in Game 5 @NHLdotcom

DETROIT (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins were less than a minute away from going home for good.

They weren't ready yet.

Maxime Talbot stuffed his own rebound past Chris Osgood with 35 seconds left in regulation against the Detroit Red Wings, sending Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals to overtime on Monday night tied at 3-3.

Then, a first and second overtime passed without a goal.

Pittsburgh went on the power play with 2 1/2 minutes left in the first overtime - after getting just two shots on net - but failed to come remotely close to taking advantage.

The Red Wings had 13 shots in the first overtime, but Marc-Andre Fleury had all the angles covered when Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk had scoring chances.

Detroit had a power-play opportunity late in the second overtime, but couldn't get a shot past Fleury.

The Penguins had a chance to end the game earlier in the second extra session only to have Jarkko Ruutu's shot hit the right post. Pittsburgh outshot Detroit 8-7 in the second overtime.

Pittsburgh was without standout defenseman Sergei Gonchar in the overtimes. He lost his balance and fell headfirst into the end boards while chasing an odd-man rush in the second period.

After trailing 2-0, the Red Wings rallied and took a 3-2 lead midway through the third period and their fans chanted, "We want the Cup! We want the Cup!"

The Penguins do, too.

A quick-hitting goal, a fortunate one and a spectacular save gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 lead entering the third period.

Datsyuk scored a power-play goal at 6:43 of the third to tie the game and Brian Rafalski put the Red Wings ahead 3-2 midway through the period.

On the brink of elimination, the Penguins clearly looked like they intended to send the series back home for Game 6 on Wednesday night. If Game 7 is necessary, it will be Saturday night in Detroit.

Pittsburgh went ahead 2-0 in the first period on Marian Hossa's wrist shot and when Adam Hall was credited with an unassisted goal that caromed into the net after Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall tried to whack the puck into a corner.

The Red Wings pulled within one early in the second with a lucky goal of their own and were robbed on a shot that could have tied the game late in the period.

Rookie Darren Helm sent a shot toward the net that went off Pittsburgh defenseman Rob Scuderi and got past Fleury.

A hit helped Detroit score just as some toughness led to the Penguins' first two goals.

Helm landed a hit along the boards that allowed teammate Kirk Maltby to keep the puck in the Pittsburgh end, then Maltby assisted Helm on his second goal of the playoffs.

Detroit had a great opportunity to tie the game with about 3 minutes left in the second, but Fleury's kick save denied Mikael Samuelsson at the end of a 2-on-1 rush.

Pittsburgh defenseman Sergei Gonchar went down on the play, trying to catch Samuelsson and ended up going into the boards head first. Later in the period, Penguins forward Ryan Malone was hit in the face with a deflected puck and skated toward the dressing room. Both returned for the third period.

The Penguins scored on two of their first five shots - at 8:37 and 14:41 of the first - against Osgood, who had been giving up just 1.5 goals a game.

In Games 1 and 2, Detroit shut out Pittsburgh by a combined 7-0 score.

Only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs have rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the finals to win the Stanley Cup, pulling off the feat against Detroit after losing the first three games.

On the first two scoring plays, Pittsburgh proved to be stronger in the corners after going 8-plus minutes without a shot.

Pascal Dupuis hit Rafalski in a corner, got the puck to Sidney Crosby at the side of the net and the 20-year-old superstar perfectly set up Hossa in the right circle for his goal.

Hall withstood a hit from Franzen in the corner, skated toward the net and scored a playoff-type goal that teams need to advance - or keep playing - this time of year.

Three penalties were called in the first 5-plus minutes, putting Detroit on the power play twice and Pittsburgh once for just over a minute. The Red Wings failed to take advantage as did Helm, who missed the net on a breakaway with 2-plus minutes left.

Fleury had 31 saves in regulation and Osgood had 15.

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