Penguins beat Red Wings 4-2 for first series win

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins doubled up Detroit 4-2 while cutting the Red Wings' series lead in to two games to one.

Veteran Sergei Gonchar's (SUHR'-gay GAHN'-chahrz) 50-foot slapshot goal from just inside the blue line midway through the third period broke a 2-2 tie. Maxime Talbot scored the Penguins' first goal and added an insurance score with an empty-net goal in the final minute. Marc-Andre Fleury (MAHRK-ahn-dray FLUHR'-ee) made 27 saves between the pipes for Pittsburgh.

After the Penguins took a 1-0 goal on Talbot's first score, the Red Wings answered with two straight goals by Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. But the Penguins evened up things when Kris Letang
scored a power-play goal with 4:02 left in the first period.

It stayed that way until Gonchar's sizzling slap shot whizzed past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood, who fell to 10-and-3 lifetime in the playoffs. In a statistical oddity, the home team has won the first three games of the Stanley Cup finals each of the past three years.

Game 4 is Thursday night, also in Pittsburgh.


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