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Pittsburgh 5, Detroit 3
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 7, 2019
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Referees: Francois St. Laurent, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen: Jesse Marquis, James Tobias
Attendance: 19515

Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and two assists and the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins dealt the Detroit Red Wings their 11th consecutive loss, 5-3 on Saturday night.

Chad Ruhwedel, Dominik Kahun and John Marino also scored for Pittsburgh, which has won three straight. Matt Murray made 25 saves.

Robby Fabbri, Filip Hronek and Dylan Larkin scored for the Wings.

Pittsburgh outshot Detroit 12-7 in the first period and gained a 2-0 lead.

Guentzel scored his 16th goal at 5:37. He took a shot from close range that Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier initially saved. The puck deflected off Guentzel's skate and squirted past the goal line. Kris Letang and Malkin were credited with assists.

Ruhwedel's first goal of the season was fired from the point past a screened Bernier. Malkin, who won a faceoff in Detroit's zone, collected another assist at the 17:24 mark.

The Penguins led 3-1 after two periods.

Alex Galchenyuk tripped Detroit defenseman Alex Biega, setting up the Wings' first goal. Fabbri scored his seventh goal, and sixth since being traded from St. Louis, on a rebound. Tyler Bertuzzi and Larkin provided the assists on the power-play goal at 6:02.

Malkin re-established a two-goal advantage for Pittsburgh at 10:42. Following a turnover by the Wings in their own zone, Guentzel set up Malkin, who spun around at the right circle and ripped a shot that bounced off Bernier's right pad and into the net.

Kahun made it 4-1 at 1:38 of the third period when he threaded his way through the Wings defense and lifted a shot over Bernier's right shoulder. Defensemen Marino and Marcus Pettersson collected the assists.

Bernier was replaced by recently acquired Eric Comrie midway through the period.

Hronek scored the Wings' second goal off a Darren Helm pass at 13:00. Larkin scored the Wings' second power-play goal of the game with a wrister from beyond the right circle.

Detroit was penalized for too many men on the ice while trying to pull Comrie for an extra skater. Marino scored an empty-netter with nine seconds left.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Pittsburgh   Detroit
Jake Guentzel 3 Points Robby Fabbri 2
Jake Guentzel 1 Goals Robby Fabbri 1
Jake Guentzel 2 Assists Robby Fabbri 1
John Marino 1 Power Play Goals Robby Fabbri 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Matt Murray .893 Save Percentage Eric Comrie 1.000
Matt Murray 25 Saves Jonathan Bernier 19
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 28 5 1-2 1-3 6 31
Detroit 28 3 2-3 1-2 4 31
Upcoming Games
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Red Wings have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .167 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Montreal. The Penguins have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .500 after a loss.