Both teams push and shove following the final whistle as Crosby and Zetterberg mix it up. Order is quickly restored. Detroit holds on to defeat the Penguins, 3-1, in Pittsburgh's first visit to Joe Louis Arena since dethroning the Red Wings on June 12 of last season. Pittsburgh will next be in action on Wednesday when they visit the Verizon Center for a showdown with archrival Washington. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Penguins use their timeout.
Fleury is on the bench in favor of a sixth attacker.
A great chance for the Penguins but Alexei Ponikarovsky's shot from the near circle clangs off the post to the right of Howard.
When you watch the Red Wings stile the Penguins' offense here tonight you have to ask yourself, 'How are they only the eighth-best team in the Western Conference?' I wouldn't rule out another Penguins-Red Wings Final.
Fleury gives the Penguins life with a snow-angel save on Drew Miller, who made a fancy stickhandling move to his forehand but the right pad of Fleury denied his mini breakaway.
Jimmy Howard continues to be a rock in the Detroit cage. He refuses to surrender juicy rebounds for the Penguins to pounce upon as he corrals first shots with little trouble.
A break for the Penguins as a shot by Franzen deflects off the crossbar and up out of play. The Penguins kill off the fourth Red Wings' power play of the evening.
The Red Wings are on back-to-back power plays as Alex Goligoski is sent off for high-sticking Zetterberg.
Detroit is 0-for-3 on the man-advantage as the Penguins run their streak up to 23 straight kills.
I'm not really sure I agree with that call. Brad Stuart drove Guerin into Howard and the referees give the penalty to Guerin for goaltender interference. A pretty weak call if you ask me.
Play is whistled dead as Howard's head collides with the knee of Zetterberg. It looks as if Howard is going to be OK. He is staying in the game. The Penguins need to challenge him with some shots here right off this faceoff.
The Penguins chances at coming back were just made that much tougher as Zetterberg takes a pass in the neutral zone from Filppula and fires a quick snap shot through the right arm of Fleury to give Detroit a two-goal lead. Red Wings 3, Penguins 1.
All the stars are out for this rematch between the past two Stanley Cup champions. Detroit legends Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio are in the house.
The official scorers have made a change to the Pittsburgh goal. Pascal Dupuis
is now credited with an unassisted tally.
Can the Penguins pull off another come-from-behind victory in the third period? I'm feeling good about the chances!THIRD PERIOD
The Penguins might be down, 2-1, after two periods here tonight, but they overcame a larger deficit on Nov. 11 of last season. Twice the Penguins came back from down by two goals before Ruslan Fedotenko won it for the Penguins in overtime:
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Pittsburgh is outhitting Detroit, 24-20.
- Kris Letang
leads the Penguins with three blocked shots.
- Sidney Crosby
is having another great night in the faceoff circle with a 10-5 record.
Forty minutes are in the books at the Joe. Detroit is clinging to a 2-1 advantage but the Penguins are charging hard.
Detroit is playing this game with just 10 fowards due to injuries to Patrick Eaves and Dan Cleary. The Penguins seem to be taking advantage of this as the second period winds down. Pittsburgh has began carrying the play.
3:06: Chris Kunitz
has 100 career goals! Kunitz does a great job on the forecheck taking Brian Rafalski out of the play, allowing Pascal Dupuis
to drive the puck to the net. Kunitz and Dupuis both swiped at the puck before Kunitz somehow nudged it past Howard to cut Detroit's lead in half. Red Wings 2, Penguins 1. (Goal later changed to Pascal Dupuis unassisted)
This rookie Howard has been a rock in goal for Detroit. He just came well out of his crease to stand his ground and deny a slap shot by Chris Kunitz
from the top of the near circle.
Mike Rupp just had a bouncing puck bounce over his stick as the rebound of a Kennedy shot came right in his direction. Rupp would have had an open cage.
Alert play by Howard to prevent Tyler Kennedy
from sneaking a wraparound shot into the cage as the Penguins work to get back into this contest trailing by two.
Henrik Zetterberg takes a pass from Lidstrom in the far circle and skates around the dot before backhanding a shot on Fleury, which is stopped by the Penguins netminder. Zetterberg continues to the net and buries his own rebound. Red Wings 2, Penguins 0.
This is the second meeting of the season between the Penguins and Red Wings. Pittsburgh secured a 2-1 shootout victory at Mellon Arena on Jan. 31:
Detroit ices the puck the length of the ice to kill off the Penguins first man-advantage of the evening.
That is 25 straight kills for the Wings.
Filppula, who has the lone Detroit tally, just helps to keep the Penguins off the board by coming down to the house area to prevent Crosby from tossing a wraparound shot into an empty cage.
The Penguins head to the power play as Holmstrom takes an interference minor after driving Letang into the boards away from the puck.
Another nice glove save by Howard, this time on a heavy wrist shot by Fedotenko.
More four-on-four hockey as Jordan Staal
and Tomas Holmstrom are given coincidental minors.
The Penguins and Red Wings are back under way at Joe Louis Arena.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Kris Letang
, who was flying all over the ice in the opening period, led the Penguins with three shots.
- Pittsburgh blocked eight Detroit shots.
- The Penguins had the better of the faceoffs, 9-8. Sidney Crosby
led the way with a 4-2 mark.
Detroit holds a 1-0 lead following one period at Joe Louis Arena. Each team records 10 shots.
What a toe drag by Filppula on Gonchar before shooting through the legs of the Penguins defenseman and by Fleury to open the scoring for the Wings off the rush. It's Filppula's ninth goal of the season. Red Wings 1, Penguins 0.
Make that 22 straight kills for the Penguins penalty killing unit. Fleury had a spectacular glove save on Franzen at the tail end of the kill. Fleury looks as strong as he has all season tonight.
Gonchar gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar for the second time in the period. This time he is sent to the penalty box for interference.
I have a question I keep asking myself every time I watch the Red Wings play at Joe Louis Arena. How are their boards so dang lively? They are like a pinball machine.
They have won some hardware in Detroit over the years.
10:26: Sidney Crosby
took a high-stick in the face from one of the Wings but all four referees missed the call. If you recall, Crosby also got hurt in Game 7 last June when he suffered a knee injury at center ice and missed most of the second half of the game.
Sergei Gonchar was slated to be penalized for holding but Johan Franzen decides to take a retalitory tripping minor so we have some four-on-four hockey.
Howard makes a good blocker save on a slap shot from the center point by Kris Letang
as the Penguins get a good scoring chance off the rush. Forty seconds later Letang rings a shot off the post following up his own rebound. Boy does Letang have some good jump tonight.
Make it 21 straight kills as Fedotenko returns to the ice.
What a save by Fleury to go side-to-side to his left and rob Valtteri Filppula with a left-pad save. Fleury has been brilliant on this kill making four saves on the kill.
Fleury makes his first save of the evening with a glove stop on a drive by Lidstrom. If you recall, Fleury made a pretty clutch save on Lidstrom in the waning seconds of Game 7 last June.
The Penguins penalty kill, which has killed off 20 straight penalties, will be tested early as Ruslan Fedotenko is sent off for hooking.
Howard is tested early as Sidney Crosby
quickly turns offense into defense. However, Howard robs his scoring chance with a glove save.
20:00: Marc-Andre Fleury
gets the call for the Penguins. Jimmy Howard is between the pipes for Detroit.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Dating back to Game 5 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final the Penguins are 3-3 at Joe Louis Arena. They won that game, 4-3 in triple overtime on a Petr Sykora tally. Pittsburgh defeated Detroit 6-5 in overtime on Nov. 11 of last season thanks to a Jordan Staal
hat trick. Staal also set up Ruslan Fedotenko's overtime winner. I don't think I have to remind you of the third win.
Along with Malkin, the Penguins other scratches include forward Eric Godard and defenseman Jay McKee. Detroit will be without the services of forwards Dan Cleary and Patrick Eaves.
Tonight's contest is a special one for Versus play-by-play man Doc Emrick, who will be calling his 3,000th NHL game tonight. Our own Sam Kasan caught up with Emrick
earlier in the day.
The Penguins return to Joe Louis Arena for the first time since capturing the Stanley Cup in June with a dramatic 2-1 Game 7 victory in Detroit. Pittsburgh will be without the services of forward Evgeni Malkin
for the rematch as Malkin sits out his third game in the past four contests. Maxime Talbot, who had both tallies in Game 7, steps into his spot in the lineup.
Author: Jason Seidling