Frk, Smith lead Red Wings over Penguins

Associated Press

Pittsburgh — Martin Frk and Brendan Smith scored late in the second period to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 exhibition victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

Gustav Nyquist had a goal and two assists, Tyler Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist, and Jared Coreau finished with 30 saves for Detroit.

Carter Rowney and Kris Letang scored earlier in the second period for the defending champion Penguins to tie the score. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots.

BOX SCORE: Red Wings 5, Penguins 2

With about 6 seconds left on Chris Kunitz’s penalty for hooking, Frk took a pass from Bertuzzi across the front of the goal and, while falling to a knee, fired it past Fleury to give Detroit a 3-2 lead with 4:49 left in the second.

Smith’s wrister 2:13 later made it a two-goal game, and Steve Ott’s short-handed empty-netter with 17 seconds remaining capped the scoring.

Nyquist and Bertuzzi scored in the first to give Detroit a 2-0 lead.