By Dave Hart
Penguins 5 Red Wings 3 – The Pittsburgh Penguins scored four unanswered third period goals to overcome a two-goal deficit and defeat the Red Wings on Saturday night.
Detroit took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Henrik Zetterberg at the 13:31 mark of the first period.
Kessel responded three minutes later to cut the Pittsburgh deficit to 2-1.
The Red Wings regained their two goal advantage on a goal from Dylan Larkin with 1:46 left in the second period.
Pittsburgh’s Nick Bonino (2:05), Justin Schultz (6:28), Kessel (10:54) and Matt Cullen (19:19) each scored a third period goal to give the Penguins a 5-3 advantage.
Detroit’s goaltender Jared Coreau took the loss in net, stopping 32 of 36 shots in his NHL debut.
The Red Wings, who are now 11-11-3 on the season, will continue their road trip on Sunday night against the New York Islanders.
Record: 11-11-3 25 pts
6th Place in Atlantic Division (9 points behind first place Montreal)
12th Place in Eastern Conference (10 points behind first place New York Rangers)
3 points behind Washington for the last playoff spot
Magic # of pts to clinch a playoff berth: 117 pts
Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Atlantic Division title: 126 pts
Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Eastern Conference title: 126 pts
Next Game: 12/04/2016 @ New York Islanders 6:00 p.m. @ Barclays Center
Stats: Goals- Henrik Zetterberg (5), Frans Nielsen (1), Dylan Larkin (8). Assists- Anthony Mantha (3), Tomas Tatar (5), Riley Sheahan (5), Danny DeKeyser (3), Thomas Vanek (7), Mike Green (10). Goalie- Jared Coreau L (0-1-0) 32 saves on 36 shots.