NHL: David Perron’s hat trick powers Red Wings past Penguins

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David Perron scored three third-period goals to help lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 7-4 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

Perron scored two goals in a span of 45 seconds to give Detroit a 6-4 lead with 2:55 remaining in the game.

First, while on a power play, Perron fired a shot from the left faceoff circle that went through the legs of Pittsburgh goalie Casey DeSmith to make it 5-4 Detroit with 3:40 left. Perron then fluttered a backhand shot underneath the crossbar with 2:55 to go.

Dylan Larkin added an empty-net goal for Detroit with 36.9 seconds left.

Larkin also had two assists for a three-point night for the Red Wings (32-32-9, 73 points).

Four different players scored for the Penguins (36-28-10, 82 points) and Evgeni Malkin and Rickard Rakell each had two assists. Pittsburgh lost for the sixth time in eight games.

The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead with 8:57 left in the first on a power-play goal by Jonatan Berggren.

Just 34 seconds later, Andrew Copp tipped in a point shot from Moritz Seider to double the lead.

The Red Wings went up 3-0 with 3:53 to go in the first when Gustav Lindstrom fired a shot from the point that hit Dominik Kubalik and went in.

Pittsburgh cut Detroit’s lead to 3-1 with 15:20 left in the second on a goal by Jason Zucker.

The Penguins made it 3-2 with 12:14 to go in the second when Jake Guentzel scored on a two-man advantage, tipping in a shot from Malkin.

Pittsburgh tied it at 3-3 with 11:19 to go in the second on a power-play goal by Jeff Carter, who tipped a shot that barely crossed the goal line.

Detroit challenged the goal, citing goalie interference when Zucker appeared to tap the pads of Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic just before the puck crossed the line. After officials confirmed the goal, Detroit coach Derek Lalonde was ejected from the game for arguing.

In the third period, Detroit took a 4-3 lead with 15:55 remaining when Perron fired a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle past DeSmith.

Pittsburgh tied the game at 4-4 with 14:34 left when Josh Archibald scored on a wraparound.

–Field Level Media

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