Penguins defeat Detroit, 5-4

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DETROIT -- Blue-collar winger Pascal Dupuis scored two goals and set up another to lead the Penguins to a 5-4 shootout victory against Detroit at Joe Louis Arena tonight.

Dupuis' effort wasn't enough, though, until James Neal of the Penguins was the only player on either club to score during the shootout, after the Red Wings had rallied from a 4-0 deficit during the final 23 minutes of regulation.

The victory raised the Penguins' record to 42-23-8 and lifted them to within four points of Philadelphia, which leads the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division.

Dupuis gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead when he beat Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard with a backhander from along the goal line at 15:14 of the opening period, and Chris Kunitz put in a Dupuis rebound to make it 2-0 at 19:17.

Craig Adams of the Penguins had a goal disallowed early in the second when it was ruled that winger Arron Asham had interfered with Howard, but the Penguins didn't sag.

Dupuis put them up by three with a shorthanded goal at 10:51, as he tucked a shot inside the right post after his attempt to throw a backhand pass failed and the puck caromed back to him off the back boards.

Tyler Kennedy drove Howard to the bench at 13:16, when he got a pass from Kunitz and flipped in a backhander for his 17th.

Penguins goalie Brent Johnson lost his shutout bid at 17:41, when Henrik Zetterberg's backhander from just outside the left dot glanced off Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and sailed into the net.

Johnson got another tough break at 1:57 of the third, as Detroit's Valtteri Filppula fought his way free of defenseman Deryk Engelland in front of the net, and slid a shot toward the net. The puck was headed through the crease and wide of the right post, but struck Johnson's left skate and skidded across the goal line.

The Red Wings' surge continued when Daniel Cleary deflected in Nicklas Lidstrom slap shot during a power play at 8:08 and Mike Modano pulled them even by whipping a shot by Johnson from near the right dot at 10:27, while Alex Kovalev was in the penalty box for holding, for the final goal of regulation

The Penguins are off until Thursday, when they will visit Philadelphia.


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