Pens rally past Wings with 4 third-period goals


AP
1:21 a.m. EST December 4, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A two-goal deficit was no big deal for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Phil Kessel and company responded with one big finish.

Kessel scored twice, including one of Pittsburgh’s four goals in the third, and the Penguins rallied to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 on Saturday night.

“You just have to stick with it in games like this,” Kessel said. “We did and we got rewarded.”

The defending Stanley Cup champions trailed 3-1 entering the third, but scored three times in the first 11 minutes of the period. Matt Cullen tacked on his fifth goal of the season when he was hauled down on his way to an empty net with 41 seconds remaining.

Nick Bonino and Justin Schultz also scored in the third, helping Pittsburgh win back-to-back games for the first time in a month. Marc-Andre Fleury had 28 saves in his second straight start.

“Nobody panicked,” Fleury said. “We were down in the game, but we had a good talk before the third. We have a team that can come back and we did it again.”

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