Jordan Staal and Chris Kunitz continued their strong offensive play with a goal apiece and Chris Conner scored on a penalty shot as the Pittsburgh Penguins skated to a 4-1 home victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
Matt Cooke added an empty-netter, Tyler Kennedy recorded two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves for the Penguins, who have won three in a row following a three-game slide and improved to 3-2-1 without concussed captain Sidney Crosby.
After missing the first three months of the season with injuries, Staal made his debut Jan. 1 in the Winter Classic but was kept off the scoresheet in his first five games. The 22-year-old notched five points in his next two contests and continued his hot streak in this one, giving Pittsburgh the lead at 3:02 of the first period and extending his goal-scoring streak to three games.
Conner doubled the advantage at 11:29, beating Joey MacDonald with a backhander on a penalty shot after being hooked by Kris Draper on a breakaway.
Johan Franzen halved the deficit for Detroit with 2:32 remaining in the second period, netting his 20th goal of the season. Henrik Zetterberg recorded an assist, his 18th point in 14 contests.
Kunitz restored the Penguins' two-goal advantage just 30 seconds later with his sixth tally in seven contests and Cooke sealed the win with 79 seconds to play.
MacDonald stopped 25 shots for the Red Wings, who have dropped three straight on the road.