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Penguins 5, Red Wings 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 5, Red Wings 1
Detroit Red Wings 1, Pittsburgh Penguins 5

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby gave Pittsburgh Penguins fans a goal, an assist and a scare in the first hockey game at Consol Energy Center.

Crosby sat out the third period because of a sore hip flexor and Pittsburgh beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Wednesday night in preseason play.

The injury is not expected to be serious.

"No, not at all," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "Just sore and precautionary, and no need to push it past that."

Crosby said he would not count himself out to play in the team's next preseason game, at Columbus on Friday night, should Bylsma elect to dress him.

"I think I just might have tweaked it a bit," Crosby said. "That's nothing new this time of year for me. It usually takes a couple weeks to get comfortable and feel good. It's noting that I'm too worried about."

Red Wings power forward Johan Franzen left the game with 1:43 remaining in the first period after sustaining a leg injury on a hit by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. Orpik was given a major penalty for kneeing. Franzen missed 55 games last season because of a knee injury.

"We think more of his thigh, but we'll get him checked out," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We hope he'd going to be fine."

The game was not televised, so no one had seen a replay of the hit, yet players and coaches on both sides reserved comment on whether Orpik should be disciplined. Orpik was not available for comment.

Pittsburgh's Mike Comrie scored the first goal in the new building, connecting at 1:21 of the first period. Ryan Craig had two goals, and Brett Sterling also scored for the Penguins. Ruslan Salei scored for Detroit.

Playing their first home game in Pittsburgh in the 44-year team history at a venue other than the Civic Arena, the Penguins beat the team they had met during two of the past three Stanley Cup Finals.

"The atmosphere was great," Crosby said. "I think all the guys were really excited about being in this game and playing the first one here. It's pretty easy to tell guys came here tonight ready to compete and do a lot of good things."

With a sellout crowd of 18,087 and both teams using much of their "A" lineups, the $321 million arena opened with an almost regular-season intensity.

"It looks like a beautiful building, and I imagine it's state of the art," Babcock said. "Every new building in the league seems to outdo the one previous to it."

scoring summary
1st Period
01:21
PIT
Mike Comrie (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Brett Sterling (1), Zbynek Michalek (1)
1 - 0 PIT
07:29
PIT
Sidney Crosby (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jesse Boulerice (1), Kris Letang (1)
2 - 0 PIT
11:45
PIT
Ryan Craig (1) Slapshot - ASST: Mark Letestu (1), Brooks Orpik (1)
3 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
09:29
DET
Ruslan Salei (1) Slapshot - ASST: Mattias Ritola (1), Valtteri Filppula (1)
3 - 1 PIT
13:28
PIT
Brett Sterling (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Sidney Crosby (1), Pascal Dupuis (1)
4 - 1 PIT
15:06
PIT
Ryan Craig (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyler Kennedy (1), Mark Letestu (2)
5 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
04:18
DET
Ilari Filppula  Hooking  - 2 min against  Eric Tangradi
13:29
PIT
Jesse Boulerice  Fighting  - 5 min against  Aaron Downey
13:29
DET
Aaron Downey  Fighting  - 5 min against  Jesse Boulerice
18:17
DET
Todd Bertuzzi  Misconduct  - 10 min against  Brooks Orpik
18:17
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Game misconduct  - 10 min against  Johan Franzen
18:17
PIT
Brooks Orpik served by Evgeni Malkin  Kneeing  - 5 min against  Johan Franzen
18:17
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Fighting  - 5 min against  Todd Bertuzzi
18:17
DET
Todd Bertuzzi  Fighting  - 5 min against  Brooks Orpik
18:17
DET
Todd Bertuzzi served by Mike Modano  Instigator  - 2 min against  Brooks Orpik
2nd Period
00:10
PIT
Joe Vitale  Hooking  - 2 min against  Jakub Kindl
01:08
DET
Daniel Cleary  Tripping  - 2 min against  Zbynek Michalek
07:27
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Boarding  - 2 min against  Darren Helm
10:54
PIT
Jesse Boulerice  Hooking  - 2 min against  Ruslan Salei
18:50
PIT
Mike Comrie  Slashing  - 2 min against  Drew Miller
3rd Period
08:56
DET
Brad Stuart  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min against  Tyler Kennedy
08:56
PIT
Tyler Kennedy  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min against  Brad Stuart
11:15
DET
Valtteri Filppula  Hooking  - 2 min against  Brett Sterling
12:52
DET
Brad Stuart  Boarding  - 2 min against  Tyler Kennedy
16:46
DET
Mike Modano  Hooking  - 2 min against  Eric Tangradi
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
SA: 27TOI: 40:00
GA: 5SV%: .815
Tom McCollum
Tom McCollum
SA: 10TOI: 20:00
GA: 0SV%: 1.000
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 21TOI: 40:00
GA: 1SV%: .952
Brad Thiessen
SA: 5TOI: 19:56
GA: 0SV%: 1.000