Penguins Vs. Red Wings: Detroit Pulls Away For 4-1 Win

The loss dropped the Penguins to 17-10-4 on the season.

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Red Wings Vs. Penguins: Detroit Catches Some Breaks, Pulls Away For 4-1 Win

In their only matchup of the season, the Detroit Red Wings capitalized on some fortunate bounces to jump on the Penguins for a 4-1 win at Consol Energy Center.  Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk, who was day-to-day with a lower body injury, led the Red Wings with some dynamic plays and a goal and assist. Datsyuk evened it at 1-1 in the second, and then assisted Johan Franzen on a power play goal in the third that would hold up for the win. Datsyuk knocked down a clear attempt by Matt Cooke, helped by a little bit of luck as it hit the shaft "by accident," he would admit to the Tribune-Review's Dejan Kovacevic. The accident led to the game winning goal.

Danny Cleary would add two more goals in the third period to pile on for the 4-1 win. Cleary scored on a breakaway three-on-two chance. Chris Conner centered to a hard-charging Cleary who pushed it into the open net before Marc-Andre Fleury could rotate in the crease. Jordan Staal, who was questionable entering the game with a lower body injury, struggled to get back and cover Cleary after turning it over in the Pens offensive zone. Cleary would add an empty netter for the Red Wings' fourth goal.

With Sidney Crosby out indefinitely, Evgeni Malkin had a powerful game but was simply unable to break through after his first period goal. He was robbed on several occasions by Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard. Malkin was a force on the ice, but the breaks were simply not going Pittsburgh's way. With the Flyers win in Washington, the Pens will fall three points behind Philly in the Atlantic division.

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Red Wings Vs. Penguins Score Update: Detroit And Pittsburgh Tied Heading To Third Period

After two periods at the Consol Energy Center, the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins are tied at 1-1. It is the only meeting of the season for these two storied and successful franchises, but the game lost some of its luster when Sidney Crosby was ruled out indefinitely this week. Even with some of the star power out injured, it's been a well-played and hotly-contested game through two periods.

The Red Wings tied it up at 1-1 with four minutes remaining in the second period. Pavel Datsyuk, who entered the game day-to-day with a lower body injury, scored his ninth goal of the season to pull Detroit even. The Wings' All Star center beat Marc-Andre Fleury with a beautiful backhand shot, rifled across Fleury's body and over his blocker into the back of the net. Todd Bertuzzi set the play up on the forecheck, ripping it from Matt Niskanen to control it in the corner. Bertuzzi flipped a pass back that ricocheted onto the stick of a streaking Datsyuk.

Evgeni Malkin put the Pens on the board first, scoring his 11th goal of the season with just five seconds remaining in the first period. Malkin beat Jimmy Howard on a nice feed from James Neal. Malkin and Neal's line continues to overwhelm opponents on the offensive end, as the duo has been a prolific match so far this season. Malkin nearly gave Pittsburgh a two-goal lead on the power play in the second but a great save by Jimmy Howard robbed him of his second goal.

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Penguins Vs. Red Wings: Richard Park And Jordan Staal Also Out

The Pittsburgh Penguins are already reeling from the news that star center Sydney Crosby will be out an undetermined amount of time with concussion-like symptoms, but he will not be the only player that will miss this week's game with the Detroit Red Wings. Jordan Staal and Richard park are both expected to miss some time with recent injuries as well:

Dan Bylsma also said forward Richard Park has a fracture in his foot and will miss four to six weeks and center Jordan Staal is "day-to-day" with a lower body injury.

Park has been an effective wing with two goals and five assists so far on the season. Staal is an alternate captain and center on his line. He has 12 goals and six assists so far this year. Staal also battled injuries last season, playing in only 42 games and notching 11 goals with 19 assists. His best season came in 2007 with 29 goals.

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Penguins Vs. Red Wings: Sidney Crosby Likely Out; Unclear When He Will Return

The Penguins take on the Red Wings this Tuesday, but will likely have to do so without Sidney Crosby.

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