Following their preseason opening loss on Sunday night to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Pittsburgh Penguins returned home with a new roster of players and dropped their second game to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1.
The Red Wings scored the only goal of the first period when Tomas Tatar wristed a shot past Tomas Vokoun to give Detroit the 1-0 lead. The first period also saw the Penguins get three power play opportunities, but could not convert on any of the three. The Wings took their 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but trailed in shots, 8-6.
The Red Wings took the game over in the second period. However, the Penguins did get on the scoreboard about a minute into the frame when Brandon Sutter beat Jimmy Howard to tie the game at one. After that it was all Detroit. Adam Almquist made himself noticed when he scored two power play goals in about five minutes. Pavel Datsyuk wrapped up the scoring when he made it a 4-1 game by backhanding a puck past Vokoun. Going into the second break, the Red Wings led on the scoreboard and in shots.
The third period saw Eric Hartzell go between the pipes for the Penguins and Petr Mrazek for the Red Wings. Both goaltenders shut out the opposition with Hartzell stopping all four shots he faced and Mrazek stopping the ten that he saw. Detroit took the 4-1 victory and will face the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. The Penguins will also be facing the Blackhawks this week, but on Thursday night at 8 pm/et.
-Simon Despres took a bad delay of game penalty in the second period.
-Sidney Crosby looked frustrated, turning the puck over and committing two penalties. Also had 20:27 of ice time. In the preseason. No idea.
-Pascal Dupuis had some PK time, 1:19 to be exact.
1. Adam Almquist (2 goals)
2. Pavel Datsyuk (1 goal, 1 assist)
3. Tomas Tatar (1 goal, 1 assist)