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Penguins Defeat Red Wings 3-2 In Preseason Opener

Goals from Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin and Matt Niskanen paced the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at the Consol Energy Center on Wednesday night.

Kunitz opened the scoring on a feed from Malkin just after the midway point of the first period. Nicklas Kronwall leveled things for the visitors, scoring off of a Pavel Datsyuk feed. The assist was one of two for Datsyuk on the night.

Malkin gave the Penguins’ lead once again in the second period and less than three minutes later Niskanen added an insurance goal, making the score 3-1. Jiri Hudler would pull one back in the third period, but it wouldn’t be enough.

Marc-Andre Fleury got the win for the Penguins, making 15 saves on 16 shots in two periods of play. Backup Brad Thiessen played the third for the Penguins and also made 15 saves on 16 shots.

The Penguins host the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night where the remainder of the Pens training camp roster will be in action. Most, if not all, of those who played against the Red Wings will be given the night off.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.