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The Red Wings scored twice 41-sec apart in the middle period to take
a 3-1 lead on their way to a 5-2 home ice win vs Pittsburgh Tuesday night.
The playoff-bound Penguins were rested and looking to improve their
post-season seeding. The already eliminated Wings had flown home in
the overnight hours from a loss at Montreal.
Detroit snapped a 3-game losing skid with just their second win in the
last 15 games (2-12-1) and the only one during that span in regulation.
Uncovered Frans Nielsen (#16) converted a Martin Frk cross-pass to
fire from the left circle at 14:28/2 to get a power play, go-ahead goal.
Up from AHL Grand Rapids for a second time this year DEF Joe Hicketts
recorded the secondary assist for his first NHL point in his second NHL
Moments later Luke Glendening (#10) made it 3-1 when he tip
deflected a Nick Jensen blueline slapshot and the puck trickled past
Penguins goalie Matt Murray at 15:09/2.
Detroit added an insurance marker for a 4-1 margin when Darren
Helm (#10) converted a Dylan Larkin left corner pass from between
the circles at 6:21/3.
With their goalie pulled for an extra attacker, Pittsburgh's Kris
Letang (#7) fired in an unassisted goal for a 4-2 score at 16:44/3 when
he intercepted a feeble Jonathan Ericsson clearing attempt.
Glendening (#11) bounced a shot from center ice into the Pens'
empty net with 1:28 remaining for the 5-2 final.
Earlier, it took just 38-sec for Pittsburgh to get on the board when
Sidney Crosby (#27) one-timed a Jake Guentzel cross-pass from the
right circle to beat Wings netminder Jimmy Howard's glovehand.
Niklas Kronwall (#4) tied it for Detroit at 16:43/1 when he slid up
the slot to one-time a Helm pass to beat Murray on the blocker side.
It was Kronwall's 80th regular season goal and 400th NHL career point.
Helm had a 3-point night with a goal and two assists. Hicketts &
Larkin also had a pair of helpers.
Howard made 22-SV and Murray 21.
Kronwall tied HoFamer Marcel Pronovost for fourth most career
goals by a Detroit defenseman with 80. Only Nicklas Lidstrom (264),
Reed Larson (188) and Red Kelly (162) have more.
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