Jimmy Howard stopped 46 shots for the second consecutive game but this time the Detroit Red Wings couldn’t pull out a win, falling in a shootout to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday afternoon.
After a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators in which Howard stopped 46 of 48 shots, the Penguins picked up a 2-1 win despite Howard allowing only a goal on 47 chances. Pittsburgh scored on two of three shootout attempts while the Red Wings missed on two tries in the tiebreaker.
The Penguins carried the play in the first two periods but their only goal came with 3:14 left in the second, when Alex Goligoski fed a wide-open Sidney Crosby on the left wing. Crosby skated in on Howard, faked around him, and put it into the open side of the net.
Danny Cleary tied the game for Detroit with 8:50 left in regulation, tipping a Brad Stuart blast past Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury.
Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored the only goals of the shootout.
Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Detroit had five tries with the extra attacker – including a four-on-three to end the overtime period – while Pittsburgh had three.
Fleury stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced.
The Red Wings were without Tomas Holmstrom, whose return from injury was delayed at least one more game.