Wings Easily Handle Pens
The Detroit Red Wings won their third straight game tonight, and 10th of their last 12, as they defeated the rival home squad Pittsburgh Penguins.
Evgeni Malkin opened the scoring with just 4.5 seconds left in the first, but that would be all for the flightless birds. A powerplay marker late in the second by Pavel Datsyuk evened the score at one heading into the intermission. The Wings would come out flying, pun intended, in the third, after a mere 13 shots through 2, and another powerplay goal by Johan Franzen after a beautiful feed from Datsyuk put the Wings up 2-1. Jimmy Howard would keep the door shut, and with 4:24 remaining Chris Conner threaded the needle to Cleary for an easy tap in goal. Cleary would add an empty-netter, and the Wings skate out of Pittsburgh with a 4-1 victory.
As mentioned above, the Wings started rather flat, and only registered 13 shots through two, lucky to be tied. But the third was a different story. They seemed to have more energy and eagernees, and it was reflected on the scoreboard. The defence kept them in it all game, and the offence won it in the third.
Jimmy Howard had yet another stellar performance, stopping 25 of 26 shots directed his way this evening. His career year continues. Chris Conner is a great fit with the red and white, and had another standout game tonight. His pass to Cleary will be on all the highlight reels tonight, if you weren't able to catch the game.
The Red Wings are off the Nashville come Thursday, to take on Shea Weber and the Predators, in a Central Division clash.
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