DETROIT – Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1, Monday night at Joe Louis Arena.
The Red Wings (21-8-2), who have the most points (44) in the Western Conference, scored all three of their goals via special teams – two power-play goals and one short-handed tally.
Zetterberg scored a power-play goal 10:44 into the game. Skating by the near post, his shot just trickled through Marc-Andre Fleury. Ryan Whitney swatted the puck out of the goal, but he was not able to get it before it crossed the line.
Zetterberg scored again in the second period with a short-handed goal. Sergei Gonchar lost the puck near the Pittsburgh blue line and Zetterberg broke in alone on Fleury. He flipped it past Fleury with 3:50 to go in the period to give the Red Wings (21-8-2).
Nicklas Lidstrom made it 3-0 when he ripped a shot past Fleury for a power-play goal 6:29 into the third period.
Mark Recchi broke the shutout as he punched in Sidney Crosby’s rebound with 29 seconds to play. Ryan Malone earned the other assist. It was Recchi's second goal in as many games.
Fleury stopped 36 of 39 Detroit shots, while Osgood turned away 16 of 17 Pittsburgh shots.
The Penguins return to action Tuesday at 8 p.m. at St. Louis. OLN will televise the contest.
ICE CHIPS: Ric Jackman, John LeClair and Ziggy Palffy were the Penguins’ scratches.