Penguins pound Red Wings with seven-goal performance

Kris Letang had a goal and two assists to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-2 road win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.Evgeni Malkin scored two goals, Sidney Crosby and Rickard Rakell each had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh (45-23-11, 101 points).Jakub Vrana and Michael Rasmussen scored in defeat for Detroit (30-39-10, 70 points).Pittsburgh opened the scoring with 6:16 remaining in the first on a goal by Chad Ruhwedel, who skated toward the Detroit goal, took a pass from Teddy Blueger in front of the crease and buried the chance to make it 1-0.The Penguins then made it 2-0 with 4:42 left in the second when Crosby took a cross-ice pass from Rakell and shot the puck into the half-open net.Detroit answered 1:18 later on a power play, cutting its deficit to 2-1 when Vrana took a pass from Tyler Bertuzzi and fired the puck into the net from the right faceoff circle.The Red Wings tied the game at 2-2 just 17 seconds into the second period when Rasmussen skated in on a 2-on-1 and beat Pittsburgh goalie Casey DeSmith to the glove side.But Pittsburgh took over after that, scoring five straight goals.

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