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Last Five Games
Record: 2-2-1
 11-11  NSH  4-5  L-SO
 11-14  BUF  5-4  W-OT
 11-16  OTT  3-1  W
 11-18  CHI  1-2  L
 11-22  VAN  2-5  L
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Red Wings crush Penguins 7-3 (25-Oct-2002)
The defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings gave Pittsburgh a rude wake-up call by outscoring the Pens 7-3 and outshooting the Pens 44-27 in Detroit. Alexei Kovalev (2) and Ville Nieminen scored the goals for the Penguins while Luc Robitaille (2), Sergei Fedorov (3), Jiri Fischer and Nicklas Lidstrom scored for Detroit.
  • Lines: Morozov-Lemieux-Kovalev, Vujtek-Hrdina-Daigle, LaCouture-Primeau-Nieminen and McKenna-Manderville-Donovan.
  • Defensive pairings: Tarnstrom-Moran, Bergevin-Rozsival and Jonsson-Pushor.
  • Goaltender: Jean-Sebastien Aubin
  • Alexei Kovalev opened the scoring at 7:53 of the first period. Kovalev seemingly skated throughout the entire offensive zone before scoring with a slapshot from the inside of the right circle.
    • Pittsburgh, Alexei Kovalev 5 (Michal Rozsival, Mario Lemieux), 7:53
  • Luc Robitaille tied it up three minutes later with a power play goal. Robitaille took a through-the-crease pass from Igor Larionov and banged it by Jean-Sebastien Aubin from in close.
    • Detroit, Luc Robitaille 1 (power play) (Nicklas Lidstrom, Igor Larionov), 10:53
  • Luc Robitaille got his second of the game less than one minute later. Jean-Sebastien Aubin made a save but slid out of position to the right of the net. Robitaille then took a pass from Jason Williams, who was behind the net, and easily knocked it in from the left-side of the goal.
    • Detroit, Luc Robitaille 2 (Jason Williams, Jiri Fischer), 11:46
  • Shots after one period were 17-10 in favor of Detroit.
  • The second period was the Sergei Fedorov Show as he netted a natural hat trick in a 7:21 span.
  • Sergei Fedorov got his first of the game to make it 3-1 Detroit. Darren McCarty and Fedorov came in on a 2-on-1. McCarty's shot was saved by Aubin but the rebound went to Fedorov who buried it from below the left circle.
    • Detroit, Sergei Fedorov 4 (Darren Mccarty, Jiri Fischer), 2:21
  • Fedorov made it 4-1 in favor of Detroit at 5:02. Fedorov circled out of the right corner, skated to the net, went forehand-to-backhand and slotted the puck home.
    • Detroit, Sergei Fedorov 5 (Chris Chelios, Brett Hull), 5:02
  • Fedorov finished off the natural hat trick at 9:42. Fedorov worked a give-and-go with Brendan Shanahan and one-timed the return pass by Aubin.
    • Detroit, Sergei Fedorov 6 (Brendan Shanahan, Brett Hull), 9:42
  • Pittsburgh got a late power play goal from Alexei Kovalev. Kovalev picked up a rebound of a Jan Hrdina shot and backhand a high shot from the inside of the right circle which beat Detroit goaltender, Manny Legace, short-side.
    • Pittsburgh, Alexei Kovalev 6 (power play) (Jan Hrdina, Mario Lemieux), 19:44
  • Shots after two were 29-19 in favor of Detroit.
  • The Penguins looked like they might crawl back into the game when Ville Nieminen scored his second of the year at 4:53. Nieminen picked up a rebound of a Wayne Primeau shot, spun around and ripped a slapshot high far-side by Legace.
    • Pittsburgh, Ville Nieminen 2 (Wayne Primeau, Dan Lacouture), 4:53
  • The Wings responded quickly though with a Jiri Fischer goal 41 seconds later. Larionov threaded a cross-ice pas to Fischer who tapped it in at the left-side of the goal.
    • Detroit, Jiri Fischer 1 (Igor Larionov, Mathieu Dandenault), 5:34
  • Nicklas Lidstrom closed out the scoring to make the final 7-3. Lidstrom took a short pass from Kris Draper and took a slapshot from the left faceoff dot which beat Aubin high short-side.
    • Detroit, Nicklas Lidstrom 4 (Kris Draper, Darren Mccarty), 12:35
  • Three Stars of the Game:
    1. Sergei Fedorov, Det (3g)
    2. Nicklas Lidstrom, Det (1g, 1a)
    3. Alexei Kovalev (2g)
  • Shots on goal: Pittsburgh - 27, Detroit - 44.
  • Power plays: Pittsburgh 1 of 6, Detroit 1 of 5.
  • Goalies: Pittsburgh, Jean-Sebastien Aubin (44 shots, 37 saves; record: 1-1-0).
    Detroit, Manny Legace (27 shots, 24 saves; record: 2-0-0).
  • Attendance: 20,058 at Joe Louis Arena.
  • Scratches: Andrew Ference (IR - hernia), Martin Straka (IR - back), Josef Melichar (IR -shoulder), Randy Robitaille (broken foot) and Janne Laukkanen.
  • ESPN boxscore: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/boxscore?gameId=221025005
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