Fleury, Penguins cruise past Red Wings

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Coming off back-to-back shutouts, Marc-
Andre Fleury provided another solid performance as he made 23 saves in the
Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

Blake Comeau and Patric Hornqvist each tallied a goal and an assist and David
Perron and Nick Spaling also scored for the Penguins, who bounced back from
a 5-0 drubbing from Vancouver with backup Thomas Greiss in net.

Stephen Weiss scored in the second period to end Fleury’s shutout streak at a
career-high 1:65:06.

Petr Mrazek allowed all four goals on 17 shots and Jimmy Howard returned from
a groin injury and stopped all four shots he faced in his first action since
Jan. 10.

Detroit entered the game with three straight wins and were victorious in nine
of its previous 10 games.

The Penguins wasted no time getting on the board as Kris Letang’s slap shot
was partially blocked up high in the zone, but the puck skipped off the end
boards straight to Hornqvist, who wristed it in from the side of the net just
1:51 into the game.

Hornqvist took a failed Red Wings reverse behind the net and slipped a pass to
toward the slot, where Comeau blasted the feed past Mrazek for a 2-0 lead with
7:45 left in the first period.

Perron increased the Penguins’ lead 3:04 into the second as he wristed the
rebound from Maxim Lapierre’s shot into the net and Spaling redirected Rob
Scuderi’s shot at 7:52 for a 4-0 lead.

Weiss ended Fleury’s bid for a third straight whitewash by tipping Henrik
Zetterberg’s shot in the crease on the power play with 6:34 left in the
second.

Fleury stopped nine shots over the final 20 minutes to preserve the win.

Game Notes

Penguins star Sidney Crosby played in his 600th NHL game … Comeau returned
to the ice for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on Dec. 22
… The Penguins are 5-0-2 in their last seven games with Comeau in the lineup
… The two teams will conclude their series on March 15 in Pittsburgh.