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Crosby gives Penguins OT win against Red Wings

Scores on power play at 1:33, has six points in three games since return from injury

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Crosby's PPG wins it

PIT@DET: Crosby wins it in OT on Malkin's pass

Sidney Crosby sets up in front and slyly tips home a slap pass from Evgeni Malkin, winning it for the Penguins on an overtime power play

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DETROIT -- Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal at 1:33 of overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Friday.

With Luke Glendening in the box for interference, Crosby redirected a pass from Evgeni Malkin. It was Crosby's sixth point (three goals, three assists) in three games since his return from core muscle surgery.

"I just had to put my stick on the ice," Crosby said. "We had tried that before but their goalie read it. The second time, [Malkin] just made a great, heads-up play."

 

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Malkin took the puck away from Detroit forward Dylan Larkin early in overtime and the Red Wings never got it back.

"If you give them chance after chance they are going to make you pay," Larkin said.

Bryan Rust had a goal and an assist, and Matt Murray made 28 saves for Pittsburgh (30-13-5), which has won five of six and is 9-2-1 in the past 12 games.

"I thought I've gotten much better in the last few games and I felt good tonight," Murray said. "We played last night (a 4-1 loss at the Boston Bruins), had a tough trip here and got in late, so I thought the guys did a really good job."

Video: PIT@DET: Rust finishes tic-tac-toe for PPG

Filip Zadina scored for Detroit (12-32-4), which has lost three straight and 23 of 28 (5-20-3). Jimmy Howard made 35 saves in his 13th straight loss (0-11-2) since a 3-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 29.

"We did a nice job of checking, which you have to do against that team, and when they got free, [Howard] did a great job," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We had the 1-0 lead going into the third, but they really leaned on us in that third period."

With goalie Jonathan Bernier (lower body) out until at least the All-Star break, Howard has started the past three games. He allowed five goals in a 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday and was pulled in the first period of an 8-2 loss at the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

"This isn't the outcome we wanted, but I thought it was a good effort," Howard said. "This was absolutely a better game than I had against the Islanders. That was embarrassing."

The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead on Zadina's power-play goal at 3:29 of the second period. Zadina, moved to the second power-play unit for the game, scored through Givani Smith's screen.

"Givani is a huge guy (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and he really takes the goalie's eyes away when he's in front of the net," Zadina said. "It was a pretty easy goal because I don't think the goalie ever saw a thing."

Rust tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 3:36 of the third period. He took a pass from Malkin and his wrist shot from the right circle went off Howard's glove for his first 20-goal season.

"Bryan's really good on the power play, but his entire offensive game has really evolved across the board," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "I give him all the credit in the world for the work he has put in."

The Penguins nearly took the lead at 14:15 but Howard deflected Zach Aston-Reese's shot onto the crossbar.

"Jimmy was great for us tonight, and that's what every team needs," Larkin said. "He made some huge saves to keep us in the game."

Video: PIT@DET: Murray shuts down Larkin with the glove

 

They said it

"It's very impressive. For most guys, there's a period of adjustment back to the speed of the NHL game, and Sid missed an extended period of time. But if you are asking if I'm surprised, the answer would be no because I watch his work ethic every day and how he prepares himself to get back into the lineup." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on Sidney Crosby's return from core muscle surgery 

Video: Crosby scores his 15th OT goal of the season

"I think the reality of the NHL is, you have to have good goaltending to have a chance to keep you in games and have a chance to win, especially when you aren't a high-scoring team. We have to check, put pucks deep and play in the offensive zone, but when it comes down to our end, we can't give up easy goals." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

 

Need to know

Rust grew up in Pontiac, MIchigan, about 30 miles north of Detroit. "It's pretty special to get my 20th here," he said. He has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in the past 12 games. … Crosby tied Peter Stastny (1,239) for 39th place on the NHL all-time points list. … Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen had his 300th NHL assist. … Larkin had his seven-game point streak end (seven points; two goals, five assists). 

 

What's next

Penguins: Host the Boston Bruins on Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, TVAS)

Red Wings: Host the Florida Panthers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-D+, FS-F, NHL.TV)

Video: Crosby, Malkin help Penguins down Red Wings in OT

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