By AJ Petronzi
In Play Magazine
The Detroit Red Wings scored first in this game and never looked back, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1.
Valtteri Filppula was the first one to score a goal tonight with a minute left in the first period. Henrik Zetterberg then netted a goal to give Detroit the two goal lead. Pascal Dupuis closed Detroit’s lead back to one until Zetterberg scored early in the third to put Detroit up by two.
The Red Wings played a better game than Pittsburgh. It was obvious in the way the two teams played that the Penguins are battling for a top three seed in the playoffs and didn’t come out with the same desperation that Detroit, who is simply battling for the playoffs, came with. Zetterberg continued to play at a level that befits a player of his caliber, and Jimmy Howard, with 26 saves and a tangle with Sydney Crosby after the game, showed he wishes to remain the starter in net for Detroit. Crosby called Howard out to the media after the game, “I don’t know what he was doing…if he thought he could get a free shot in. He didn’t belong there.”
Photo by Jack Rosenberg/In Play! Magazine
In Play! Man of the Game: Henrik Zetterberg. Zetterberg hasn’t played great this season, but the last five or six games have been different. Zetterberg scored twice tonight and had an assist on Filppula’s goal.
Sidney Crosby – Post game audio from the dressing room after last nights game.