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Red Wings 3, Penguins 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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DETROIT (AP) - After a brief slump, the Detroit Red Wings are playing like one of the NHL's best teams again.

Henrik Zetterberg is leading the way.

Zetterberg scored twice for the second straight game to lead Detroit to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

The Red Wings have three straight victories - reaching a Western Conference-high 44 points - after winning just three of their previous 10 games.

"We're playing a little better," Zetterberg said. "We didn't play an 'A' game, but it was enough."

Nicklas Lidstrom gave the Red Wings a three-goal lead in the third period and Chris Osgood had to make just 16 saves.

Pittsburgh's Mark Recchi scored with 28.9 seconds left. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots for the Penguins, who have lost seven of eight.

"He played great," Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby said. "He gave us a chance throughout the game."

Otherwise, Crosby was disgusted with his team's latest performance.

"There's no excuse for that," he said.

Crosby was held without a goal for the third straight game, and the rookie sensation has been limited to one goal in his last seven games. He had an assist on the Penguins' goal.

"How can you be frustrated when you have (31) points?" Red Wings coach Mike Babcock asked.

Crosby's hooking penalty midway through the first period led to Zetterberg's first goal. Lidstrom's shot was deflected in front of the net and Thomas Holmstrom touched the puck before Zetterberg's wrist shot just trickled past Fleury.

Zetterberg's second goal was a short-handed score set up by Kirk Maltby, who checked Sergei Gonchar in open ice. Zetterberg, who recently moved from wing to center, pounced on the loose puck and made a move before scoring his 15th on a backhander.

"Malts did a great job," Zetterberg said. "The puck just came to me."

Notes: Detroit's Steve Yzerman (groin) and Robert Lang (groin) were not in the lineup, and Yzerman is expected to be out two to four weeks. ... Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux missed his third straight game after experiencing a rapid heartbeat last week and being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Lemieux hopes to be back on the ice within a week. ... Detroit's Jiri Fischer said he's grateful to be alive, and hopes to play again, in his first public comments since collapsing on the bench with cardiac arrest during a game last month. ... Osgood has won four straight starts. ... The Red Wings played their 1,000th regular-season game at Joe Louis Arena, their home since 1979. ... Lions president Matt Millen was the target of more "Fire Mil-len!" chants and signs in the second and third periods.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Henrik Zetterberg (14) ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (13), Nicklas Lidstrom (22)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
SHG - Henrik Zetterberg (15) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 DET
3rd Period
PPG - Nicklas Lidstrom (4) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (23), Brendan Shanahan (11)
3 - 0 DET
Mark Recchi (9) ASST: Sidney Crosby (18), Ryan Malone (5)
3 - 1 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
Lyle Odelein  Cross checking against  Kirk Maltby
Kirk Maltby  Hi-sticking
Sidney Crosby  Hooking against  Pavel Datsyuk
Andreas Lilja  Holding against  Sidney Crosby
Lyle Odelein  Hooking against  Johan Franzen
2nd Period
Erik Christensen  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Sergei Gonchar  Tripping against  Jason Woolley
Brendan Shanahan  Interference on goalkeeper against  Marc-Andre Fleury
Nicklas Lidstrom  Tripping against  Mark Recchi
Mathieu Schneider  Cross checking against  Eric Boguniecki
Tomas Surovy  Hooking against  Pavel Datsyuk
3rd Period
Mark Recchi  Interference on goalkeeper against  Chris Osgood
Brooks Orpik  Hooking against  Mikael Samuelsson
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 15
SV%: .923SH: 5 - 6
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
SA: 17TOI: 59:55
Saves: 16EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
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