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Penguins' Sutter scores twice in preseason win

| Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, 9:57 p.m.

Brandon Sutter flipped in the rebound from a Simon Despres shot in overtime to give the Penguins their first win of the preseason as they beat the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, on Thursday at Consol Energy Center.

The goal was the second of the game for Sutter.

Jeff Zatkoff started in net for the Penguins and stopped 16 of 18 shots.

After racking up 78 shots in two games, the Penguins totaled 27 on Thursday.

Oskar Sundqvist added a goal for the Penguins, who improved to 2-1 in the preseason.

Bennett paused for an extra second then slid a cross-ice pass to Sutter, who threw a wrist shot past Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper for a power-play goal and a 1-0 Penguins lead at the 12:32 mark of the first period.

Thomas Vanek, who agreed to a three-year, $19.5-million contract with Minnesota in the offseason, tied it on the power play 33 seconds into the second period, with Mikko Koivu and Matt Dumba getting the assists.

Despres flashed some toughness when he engaged in a spirited fight with Minnesota forward Jason Zucker about halfway through the second period.

Fourteen seconds after Zach Parise made it 2-1 at 7:12 of the third, Sundqvist pushed the rebound of a Despres shot past Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who started the third period, to tie it 2-2.

Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jmackey@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.

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