In their final road game of the preseason, the Pittsburgh Penguins lost to the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, on Sunday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
The Penguins struck first at 5 minutes, 43 seconds of the first period. After Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese forced Red Wings defenseman Dylan McIlrath into a turnover at the Penguins’ blue line, forward Teddy Blueger carried the puck through the neutral zone, gained the offensive blue line and fed the puck to the right wing for forward Brandon Tanev.
From the right circle, Tanev dealt a pass through the skates of Red Wings defenseman Dennis Cholowski to the slot, where defenseman Brian Dumoulin tapped a forehand shot past the right skate of goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Assists went to Tanev and Blueger.
The Red Wings tied the score 56 seconds into the second period in strange fashion. Detroit defenseman Madison Bowey fired a shot from the left circle wide to the right of the cage. The puck struck Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi and bounced to the crease. Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson tried to play the puck out of danger, but pressure from Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha forced him to handle it into goaltender Tristan Jarry’s right leg and into the net. Bertuzzi was credited with the score.
Detroit took its first lead at the 4:23 mark of the second when forward Mantha teed up a slapper from the left circle and blew it past Jarry’s glove.
A power-play goal at 18:34 of the second tied the score 2-2. Stealing a puck off an errant pass by Red Wings defenseman Mortiz Seider behind the Detroit net, Penguins forward Bryan Rust fed a pass to forward Jared McCann in the slot. McCann gripped and ripped a wrister that clunked through Bernier’s equipment. Rust had the lone assist.
At 2:58 of overtime, Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin beat McCann on a faceoff in the Detroit zone and skated it up ice to the Penguins’ right corner. Drawing in defenders, he fed a pass to Bowey trailing on the left wing. Bowey fired a wrister past Jarry for the victory.
Jarry finished with 22 saves.
The Penguins are 1-1-2 in the preseason. Their next game is against the Red Wings at 7 p.m. Wednesday at PPG Paints Arena.