Sidney Crosby emerges from funk, helps Penguins beat Red Wings

Sidney Crosby ended a goal drought and added an assist Sunday to help lift the Pittsburgh Penguins over the visiting Detroit Red Wings 6-3.Reilly Smith, Valtteri Puustinen and Lars Eller also had a goal and an assist each, and Michael Bunting and Drew O’Connor also scored for the Penguins, who have won two of three.Pittsburgh goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic made 25 saves against his former team.Lucas Raymond scored twice and Christian Fischer also scored for the Red Wings, who have lost eight of nine.Detroit goaltender Alex Lyon made 34 saves.One second after a power play expired, Smith gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead at 10:10 of the first. Marcus Pettersson’s shot from the left point went off Smith, then off Detroit’s Moritz Seider and in the net.Raymond tied it at 15:39 of the first on just Detroit’s third shot. He scored for the fourth straight game on a shot far-side shot from the left dot after Nedeljkovic had lost his stick.Crosby ended an 11-game goal drought and gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead with 1:07 left in the first. A rebound went off a Red Wings player and to Crosby at the left hash mark. He took the puck with his skate, kicked it to his backhand and put it inside the right post.Puustinen made it 3-1 23 seconds later for goals in back-to-back games. He roofed a shot from the right circle off a feed from Smith.