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Following the season’s script, Pens go down early then battle back for win over struggling Red Wings squad

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Another late game comeback helped propel the Penguins to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday evening at PPG Paints Arena. The Pens went into the third period trailing 3-1 but goals by Nick Bonino and Justin Schultz brought the game level at 3 a piece. Just past the midway point of the final period Carl Hagelin delivered a perfect pass to the tape of Phil Kessel who made no mistake about it and put the Pens in front 4-3 where they would remain the rest of the night. Matt Cullen was awarded an empty net goal in the dying seconds after being taken down going toward the yawning cage. The win marked the first time the Pens have won back-to-back games since early November. [Pensburgh]

The Pens will try to make it three wins in a row when they play host to the Ottawa Senators tonight at PPG Paints Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM and will be aired on ROOT Sports.

It’s fitting the Pens finally put together consecutive wins on the same night they honored members of the 1991 and 1992 teams who won consecutive Stanley Cups. [Penguins]

With legendary coach Scotty Bowman in town, Pens head coach Mike Sullivan sought out the Hall of Fame bench boss for some advice. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Being used in the correct role can help certain players thrive in any system. Ian Cole and Justin Schultz are exhibit A for how to properly deploy this strategy. [Penguins]

Combining for three goals over the past two games, Nick Bonino and Eric Fehr are determined to find their scoring touch. [Trib Live]

Phil Kessel is leading the Penguins in assists this season but Mike Sullivan is going to do whatever is necessary to make him shoot the puck more. The results paid off on Saturday night as Kessel registered two goals, including the game winner. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Catching up from a busy weekend in the NHL...

After a sluggish start to the season, the Calgary Flames received some good news Sunday when Johnny Gaudreau returned to the lineup early than expected after suffering a broken finger. [Puck Daddy]

Saturday was a busy night for Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith who stopped a franchise record 58 shots in a losing effort against the Columbus Blue Jackets. [Puck Daddy]

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a broken fibula. [Puck Daddy]