Bryan Rust cut it to 4-3 at 13:03 on a deflection near the left post. His goal came after Jarry made a blocker save on a penalty shot from Copp at 7:17.
“I liked our start in the third period, we could have easily extended the lead with a fifth goal, but we had a couple plays where we tracked back into our zone and didn’t get coverages sorted out,” Lalonde said. “They got two goals through traffic, and that put us back on our heels.”
Copp scored an empty-net goal to make it 5-3 at 18:28, and after Pittsburgh unsuccessfully challenged the play for offside, DeBrincat scored a power-play goal into an empty net at 18:49 for the 6-3 final.
“I liked what we showed in the third period, but we need to play harder in front of the net,” Malkin said. “We need to block more shots and clear more rebounds.”
NOTES: Husso made 16 of his 30 saves in the third period. … Malkin has 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists) in 28 career games against the Red Wings. … Crosby had the primary assist on Karlsson’s goal. It was his 1,507th point (553 goals, 954 assists) with the Penguins, which passed Ray Bourque (1,506 with the Boston Bruins) for the sixth-most with one franchise in NHL history.
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