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Wings deny Pens of perfect preseason

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Gustav Nyquist denied the Pittsburgh Penguins of a perfect preseason Sunday night.

Nyquist, a fourth-round draft pick from 2008, scored twice and added an assist as the Detroit Red Wings earned a 3-2 victory against the Pens at Joe Louis Arena in the final preseason game for both teams.

"He looks like he's an NHL player," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We've always done the same thing and sent those kids to the minors and let them play a little bit, and see what we've got here. We'll see how the year starts. … I mean, it's an exhibition game. Let's not kid ourselves. And I'm not trying to take anything away from the kid. He was outstanding and he's been great all camp."

Paul Martin and Tyler Kennedy scored and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 15 shots for the Penguins, who finished the preseason with a 5-1 record. Pittsburgh opens the regular season on Thursday night at Vancouver.

"It's time to get into the regular season, where it really counts," Pens coach Dan Bylsma said. "I like our team. I think we know how we need to play and I think we know what we need to do. But we're all 0-0 right now. You've got to get out there and play, and we're playing a good team right off the hop."

Johan Franzen had a goal and two assists for the Red Wings (4-3-1), while Todd Bertuzzi had a pair off assists and Jimmy Howard made 25 saves.

Detroit forward Patrick Eaves sustained an undisclosed lower body injury and didn't return after he appeared to block Steve Sullivan's shot with his right knee in the first period. Babcock said Eaves is day-to-day.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
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