DETROIT (AP) — Justin Abdelkader’s goal 4:16 into overtime capped a dramatic Detroit rally, giving the Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.
The Red Wings scored twice with their goalie pulled in the final 2:39 of regulation, tying the game on Niklas Kronwall’s goal with 38.9 seconds to play.
On the winner, Henrik Zetterberg deflected Paul Martin’s clearing attempt from behind the net. The puck went right to Abdelkader in the slot, and he beat goalie Thomas Greiss to the stick side.
Kronwall had two goals and an assist for Detroit.
Pascal Dupuis and Olli Maatta scored in the first period for the Penguins, and Chris Kunitz added a goal in the second.
With 2:55 remaining in regulation, the Red Wings pulled goalie Jimmy Howard. The move paid off immediately when Zetterberg came down the middle and beat Greiss high to the glove side to make it 3-2.
With Howard pulled again in the final minute, Pittsburgh had the puck in the Detroit zone but was unable to get a shot through into the empty net. The Red Wings came down the other way on a rush, and rather than attempt a shot from around the crease, Pavel Datsyuk dropped a pass to Kronwall, whose shot from the high slot tied it.
The Penguins outshot Detroit 16-8 in the first period and looked as though they might be on their way to an easy win when they scored the game’s first two goals. After Detroit failed to convert a decent early scoring chance, Pittsburgh came back the other way on a 2-on-1, and Dupuis beat Howard to the blocker side.
Maatta made it 2-0 when he flipped a backhander at Howard’s midsection from in close, and the puck slipped through.
Kronwall scored for Detroit with 5:00 remaining in the period. Moments later, Zetterberg had a chance to tie it on a rebound, but his shot from a tough angle missed the net and hit Abdelkader around the forehead.
The Red Wings did a better job controlling play early in the second, but Kunitz beat Howard to the glove side with Pittsburgh’s first shot of the period, 8:29 in.
Greiss, who signed with the Penguins after playing for Phoenix last season, has been backing up Marc Andre-Fleury. He was sharp for most of his Penguins’ debut on Thursday, but he couldn’t hold off the Red Wings at the end.
Detroit outshot Pittsburgh 31-26.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby came breezing in alone early in the third, but Howard stopped him.
NOTES: Detroit RW Johan Franzen is on the short-term injured list with a sore groin. … The Red Wings haven’t allowed a power-play goal this season after holding Pittsburgh’s skilled unit scoreless. … Zetterberg’s three-point night (a goal and two assists) moved him past Ted Lindsay for eighth place on Detroit’s career list with 730 points.
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