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Penguins 4, Red Wings 1

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DETROIT -- Center and NHL points leader Sidney Crosby scored twice, center Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night.

But Malkin, who got his 600th career point earlier in the game, was helped off the ice early in the third period after going into the end boards backward as he thwarted a scoring chance by Detroit center Luke Glendening. Malkin got a holding penalty on the play.

Defenseman Olli Maata also scored for Pittsburgh and Jussi Jokinen had two assists. Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, a Detroit native, made 28 saves.

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored the Red Wings lone goal. Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson stopped 21 shots.

Pittsburgh led 2-1 after the first period.

Kronwall opened the scoring, 6:09 into the game, when his bouncing shot from the point went off the shaft of Crosby's stick.

But the Penguins took the lead by the end of the period with two power-play goals.

Crosby, who has points in 10 of his last 11 games, put in a loose puck in the crease at 9:08 with Detroit right winger Todd Bertuzzi in the penalty box for hooking. Malkin gave Pittsburgh the lead when he fired in a loose puck from the slot with 7:10 remaining in the opening period, for his ninth goal, with Kronwall off for hooking.

Maata gave the Penguins a 3-1 lead with 47 seconds left in the second period as his shot from along the boards trickled into the net. It was Maata's second goal and one of only four Pittsburgh shots for the period. Detroit had 14 shots in the second and held a 26-13 shot advantage after two periods.

Crosby got his second goal of the game, and 18th of the season, with 5:27 left.

NOTES: Detroit LW Justin Abdelkader had to be helped to the dressing room after taking a shoulder to the head from Pittsburgh D Dan Engelland, who received a five-minute match penalty with 30 seconds left in the first period. Abdelkader did not return to the game. ... It was the first time Pittsburgh and Detroit played since Dec. 13, 2011. ... Penguins LW James Neal sat out the second game of his five-game suspension for kneeing Boston Bruins RW Brad Marchand. ... Red Wings C Henrik Zetterberg, the team captain who is out because of a herniated disc, skated Saturday morning for the first time since his last game, which was Dec. 1. ... Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma is from Grand Haven, Mich., and Penguins RW Chris Conner is from the Detroit suburb of Westland and played at Michigan Tech.
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