Red Wings rebound against Penguins
PITTSBURGH – Teemu Pulkkinen scored twice for the first multigoal game of his career and the Detroit Red Wings thrashed the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Sunday.
Marek Zidlicky added a goal and two assists for the Red Wings. Henrik Zetterberg and Riley Sheahan also scored for Detroit, which bounced back from a 7-2 loss in Philadelphia on Saturday. Petr Mrazek made 42 saves for his first win in over a month.
"We needed this one," Pulkkinen said. "We were talking after the game yesterday that we can't play like that."
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped only 12 of 16 shots before being pulled in the second period as the Penguins lost their second straight.
David Perron scored his 17th of the season for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby picked up an assist after missing Saturday's loss to Boston due to an illness, but the Penguins mustered little flow without center Evgeni Malkin, who is out indefinitely because of a lower body injury suffered Saturday against Boston.
"We've just got to regroup here and understand basically our playoffs start right now," Crosby said. "You have to enter playing the right way. You have to do things right and have that mentality for the rest of the year."
•DUCKS RALLY PAST PREDATORS: Kyle Palmieri scored the tying goal and Nate Thompson put the Ducks ahead 35 seconds later, leading Anaheim back from a two-goal deficit with a four-goal third period in a 4-2 victory over the visiting Predators. Ryan Getzlaf scored early in the third and Cam Fowler added a power-play goal for the Ducks, who roared back from two scoreless periods to reclaim sole possession of the Western Conference lead. Nashville lost its eighth in 10 games.
•RANGERS ON A ROLL: Cam Talbot made 38 saves and the streaking Rangers beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 in New York for their 14th victory in 17 games. New York has an NHL-best 95 points and has earned at least one point in 17 of 18 games.
•HOLTBY BLANKS BRUINS: Braden Holtby made 32 saves for his eighth shutout of the season, Nicklas Backstrom became Washington's career assists leader, and the Capitals cooled the surging Bruins with a 2-0 victory in Washington. Backstrom assisted on goals by John Carlson and Nate Schmidt, moving past Michal Pivonka and Alex Ovechkin (418 each) on the Capitals' assists list with 420. Washington moved two points ahead of Boston for the first Eastern Conference wild-card spot.
•BLUES BLANK STARS: Jake Allen made 28 saves for his fourth shutout this season, and Vladimir Tarasenko broke a scoreless game with a goal in the third period in the Blues' 3-0 victory over the Stars in Dallas.