PITTSBURGH Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins returned from their bye week and picked up where they left off. Saturday's matinee at PPG Paints Arena saw the Wings rack up man-advantages - they finished with seven power plays - and still come away on the short end of a 4-1 final. Gene J. Puskar, AP Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry blocks a shot with Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader screening him during the first period in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Check out our Red Wings Xtra app on Apple and Android!
Justin Abdelkader scored during a power play in the first period but didn't play after the second period after suffering a lower-body injury.More news: Tractor Supply Co (NASDAQ:TSCO) Institutional Investor Sentiment Is 1.03
With the Blackhawks being as inconsistent as they have been all season, every game and every point has been so precious. Helm has 13 points in 41 games. The Blackhawks are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest, 62-26 in their last 88 Sunday games and 6-2 in their last 8 home games. "Coming back from a break, both teams - they played the right way". Abdelkader is a power play regular and the rare physical forward on the team; Helm is one of the team's best penalty killers, and has been effective 5-on-5 on the checking line with Frans Nielsen. Evgeni Malkin scored at 3:01 when he was left alone in the slot, and Carl Hagelin (U-M) slipped the puck to Malkin from the left side of the net.
Pittsburgh's lead grew to 4-1 early in the third with another power-play tally.More news: Djokovic Marks Comeback in Style With Crushing Win Over Dominic Thiem
The Wings converted on their third power play. His uncle, Sylvain Turgeon, played in 669 National Hockey League games for Hartford, New Jersey, Montreal and Ottawa from 1983 to 95. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 14 goals, Dylan Larkin has 28 assists and Henrik Zetterberg has 92 shots on goal.
Malkin has scored five goals over the last three games. Phil Kessel supplied a goal and two assists and Sidney Crosby contributed a goal and an assist. Malkin got the puck from Kessel and slid straight up the middle before firing a shot.More news: Father of Yerry Mina: I thank God for Barcelona move
That proved to be the only goal of the period, even though the Penguins outshot the Wings 16-9. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 15.8 percent of their power play opportunities.