Penguins rally to defeat Red Wings in OT, 7-6

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DETROIT -- The Penguins rallied from a series of multiple-goal deficits in the third period en route to a 7-6 overtime victory against Detroit at Joe Louis Arena tonight.

Ruslan Fedotenko got the game-winner at 3:33 when Jordan Staal -- who scored three times in eight minutes during the finrd period -- stole the puck from Pavel Datsyuk of Detroit and set up Fedotenko at the top of the right circle.

The Penguins are 9-4-2.

Sidney Crosby gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 4:34 of the first period with his fourth goal of the season and first in six games.

The goal was made possible by Max Talbot, who stole the puck from Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski and fed it to Miroslav Satan. Satan threw it to Crosby, who was in front of the net and beat Detroit goalie Chris Osgood with a backhander.

Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi left the game midway through the period after a Nicklas Lidstrom slap shot struck him on the outside of the left foot while the Penguins were killing an elbowing minor to Eric Godard.

The Penguins, in keeping with new NHL guidelines, did not divulge information on the nature or severity of Scuderi's injury.

Detroit exploited a gaffe by Penguins defenseman Kris Letang to tie the game at 13:21.

Letang swatted a puck out of the air in the Penguins' zone, knocking it directly to Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby. He promptly slid it to Darren McCarty, who beat Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury from inside the left circle.

The Red Wings moved in front at 15:19, when Tomas Holmstrom deflected in a Lidstrom slap shot while Mike Zigomanis of the Penguins was serving a tripping penalty.

Ex-Penguin Marian Hossa, who got the puck to Lidstrom from along the right-wing boards, picked up the second assist.

Fleury was victimized by a bad bounce during another Detroit power play at 1:09 of the second period, when Mikael Samuelsson's centering pass from the left side caromed off the skate of Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik and was collected by Jiri Hudler. Hudler sent the puck along to Johan Franzen, who was alone on the right side and had a mostly open net at which to shoot.

The Penguins got a lucky bounce of their own at 4:14, as Petr Sykora's pass from behind the goal line bounced off Talbot's skate and ended up behind Osgood. Crosby received the second assist.

Detroit got that goal back at 18:02, when Pavel Datsyuk took a pass from Hossa and drove a slap shot past Fleury, who was being screened by Holmstrom, from near the top of the left circle.

The Red Wings seemed to purge any lingering suspense about the outcome at 5:03 of the third period. With Crosby in the penalty box for interference, Henrik Zetterberg chipped a Hudler pass over Fleury's glove to make it 5-2.

But Evgeni Malkin got the Penguins back to within two by scoring on a wrist shot from the slot at 6:57 -- it was his fifth of the season, and stretched his league-high scoring streak to 11 games -- and Jordan Staal sliced Detroit's advantage to 5-4 little more than a minute later with his second goal in two games.

Hudler short-circuited their comeback at 10:14 by scoring from the top of the right circle. His shot got through Fleury and the puck made it across the goal line before Letang could sweep it away.

Staal, though, struck twice in the final five minutes of regulation to put the game into overtime.

At 15:51, he collected a Letang rebound and beat Osgood from between the hash marks.

Then, with 22.8 seconds to play, he chopped in his own rebound to complete his second career hat trick and set up his overtime heroics.

The Penguins will play Philadelphia at Mellon Arena Thursday night.


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