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Aftermath: Red Wings 3, Penguins 1

by Jason Seidling / Pittsburgh Penguins

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Pittsburgh came out hard against the Red Wings in the first period, owning an early 9-7 shots advantage and getting several quality looks at Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard. Despite their best effort, the Penguins were unable to crack Howard, and Detroit’s Valtteri Filppula gave the Wings a 1-0 lead late in the contest with a gorgeous goal off the rush.

Detroit, which was playing with just 10 forwards due to injuries, seemed to seize the momentum following Filppula’s tally and eventually went ahead 2-0. Just like they have all season, the Penguins battled back. A tough forecheck by Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz resulted in a garbage goal that seemed to get the Penguins rolling heading into the final period. Only stellar goaltending from Howard kept the Penguins from evening the score in the middle frame.

However, like they have on dozens of occasions the past 18 years, Detroit put the defensive clamps down in the third period. They held the Penguins to just eight shots as Pittsburgh had to kill off two more Detroit power plays in the third.
DETROIT (AP) – Henrik Zetterberg scored his second goal early in the third period and had an assist, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.
Pascal Dupuis pulled Pittsburgh within a goal late in the second period and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots.

Pascal Dupuis' second-period goal got the Penguins back in the game.
(photo by Getty)
What Worked Well: Penalty Kill
The Penguins penalty killers continue to be almost impossible to score upon. They sniffed out all four Detroit power plays, including two in the third period as Pittsburgh was on the comeback trail, to run their streak of consecutive kills to 24. Marc-Andre Fleury was perhaps the Penguins’ best performer on the man-advantage with eight saves, including a sensational glove stop on a Johan Franzen one-timer in the first period when the game was scoreless.

What Could Have Gone Better: Early/Late Goals
They say the first and last two minutes of a period are the most important in a hockey game. Detroit had the better of the play in these stretches on Monday. Valtteri Filppula scored with just 57 seconds remaining in the first period to break a scoreless deadlock. Henrik Zetterberg ended any thoughts the Penguins had of staging a comeback with his goal 1:20 into the third period.
Kris Letang, who had picked up assists in two of his previous three games entering the night, played another strong game against the Red Wings. Letang was flying up and down the ice from the outset, making strong passes out of his own zone and hurrying up ice to join the play. He tied for the team lead in both shots with four and blocked shots with three, while logging 20:23 minutes of ice time.
Detroit struck first off the rush with just under a minute to play in the first period. Valtteri Filppula brought the puck over the Pittsburgh blue line, made a nice toe-drag move on a Penguins defenseman and then used him as a screen to beat Marc-Andre Fleury to the blocker side. Detroit 1, Pittsburgh 0.

Henrik Zetterberg increased the Detroit lead just over 12 minutes into the second period on a great individual play. Zetterberg took a pass from Nicklas Lidstrom at the near dot, walked around the perimeter of the circle and fired a backhander which was stopped by Fleury. Zetterberg crashed the net and scored on his own rebound. Detroit 2, Pittsburgh 0.

Pascal Dupuis’ hustle got the Penguins on the board with less than five minutes remaining in the second period. Dupuis slammed Brian Rafalski against the boards on the forecheck and chipped the puck to the front of the net. Dupuis made a beeline for the cage and eventually the puck bounced into the cage as he and Chris Kunitz banged away. Detroit 2, Pittsburgh 1.

Detroit restored their two-goal cushion 1:20 into the final period. Filppula hit a streaking Zetterberg flying through the neutral zone and the Detroit center took over from there. Zetterberg skated over the Penguins blue line and notched his second goal of the night with a snap shot from the top of the zone which sailed just past the right arm of Fleury. Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 1.
Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin missed his third game in the past four contests against Detroit on Monday. Malkin had previously sat out the Penguins’ road swing through New Jersey and Boston last Wednesday and Thursday, but suited up against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, scoring his 24th goal of the season in the third period. Malkin also missed the Penguins practice at Mellon Arena on Monday. He was replaced in the lineup by Maxime Talbot.

Versus broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick, who also does play-by-play for the New Jersey Devils and NBC, called his 3,000th NHL game on Monday night. Ironically, Emrick’s 2,000th game involved the Penguins as well. Click here to read more about Emrick’s Hall of Fame career.

Wednesday night’s game between the Penguins and Washington Capitals will be nationally broadcast by the NHL Network as part of their “Free Preview Week” for U.S. viewers. NHL Network is a 24-hour station offering hockey fans scores, highlights, the latest news and classic games. Participating cable providers during “Free Preview Week” include: Comcast, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Cox and RCN Cable.
> Scoring Summary:
DET, V. Filppula (9), 19:03 1st period: Red Wings 1, Penguins 0
DET, H. Zetterberg (21), 7:38 2nd period: Red Wings 2, Penguins 0
PIT, P. Dupuis (18), 16:54 2nd period: Red Wings 2, Penguins 1
DET, H. Zetterberg (22), 1:20 3rd period: Red Wings 3, Penguins 1

> Despite the loss, which dropped their record to 42-25-6, the Penguins continue to lead the Atlantic Division with 90 points. They remain two points ahead of the idle New Jersey Devils, who now have two games in hand on the Penguins. New Jersey is in action on Tuesday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Prudential Center.

> Pittsburgh finished the season with a 1-1 record against the Red Wings, whom the Penguins have faced in the past two Stanley Cup Finals. This was Pittsburgh’s first visit to Joe Louis Arena since dethroning the Wings in Game 7 on June 12 of last season.

> Head coach Dan Bylsma offered an injury update on Penguins center Evgeni Malkin while addressing reporters in Detroit. Bylsma said Malkin tweaked his foot in Saturday’s contest against the Carolina Hurricanes. He was held out on Monday because the Penguins want to make sure it doesn’t become a lingering issue down the stretch.

> More impressive numbers on the Penguins penalty killing unit, which snuffed out all four Detroit opportunities on Monday. Pittsburgh has killed off 33 of its past 35 times shorthanded (94.3 percent) and 88 of its last 100 (88 percent) chances.

> Pascal Dupuis continued his strong season by notching his 18th goal of the year in the second period. Dupuis is now just two tallies shy of his career high of 20 set with the Minnesota Wild during the 2002-03 campaign. He has picked up eight points (5G-3A) over his past 11 games.

> Dupuis’ goal was originally awarded to Chris Kunitz. It would have been a milestone tally for Kunitz – the 100th of his career. 

> Marc-Andre Fleury was strong in the crease for the Penguins, stopping 30 of 33 Detroit shots. He was especially good in the first period when he stopped all six Red Wings’ chances on a pair of power plays.
1. H. Zetterberg
2. T. Bertuzzi
3. J. Howard
When (Fleury) is making saves like that, you know he is on his game. - Dan Bylsma


Author: Jason Seidling

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