Red Wings beat Penguins 5-4 just before end of OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 20, 2014 at 10:21 pm •  Published: March 20, 2014
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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings made some breaks and got some against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Daniel Alfredsson was credited with his second goal of the game with a fraction of a second left in overtime, lifting Detroit to 5-4 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

"You do a lot of good things, you get lucky," Alfredsson said.

Alfredsson's game-winning goal went off Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and was knocked into the net by Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi.

"Big break for us," Alfredsson acknowledged.

The Penguins knocked the puck into their net three times with Scuderi doing it twice. They were called for six penalties. And, Pittsburgh teammates bumped into each other to help Detroit's Tomas Tatar score a 4-on-4 goal after forward James Neal was called for interference for pushing a stick on the ice away from him.

"It's pretty rare," Sidney Crosby said of the penalty called on Neal. "But so is a butt-end, and so is a puck going off our guy three times."

With 3:46 left in regulation, Detroit's David Legwand was ejected and given a five-minute major for using the butt end of his stick to hit Evgeni Malkin in front of the net. The Penguins failed to take advantage of the extended chance with an extra skater, and it cost them in a mistake-filled game.

"We had more than enough opportunities to win that game," Crosby said.

Detroit was up 2-0, trailed 3-2 and led 4-3 lead with 7:43 left. Craig Adams pulled Pittsburgh back into a tie two minutes later.

"A couple different games, it feels like, out there," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

Detroit's Jimmy Howard stopped 39 shots.

Fleury made 25 saves, and needed to make some more when the puck went off his teammates.

Olli Maatta redirected a shot into his own net midway through the third — Todd Bertuzzi was credited with the goal — and Scuderi did the same in the second on score given to Gustav Nyquist.

Malkin scored twice, including a go-ahead goal late in the second.

The banged-up Red Wings are desperately trying to close the season well enough to extend their postseason streak to 23. They've won two straight games and are 8-0-2 in their last 10 home games.