Red Wings 4, Penguins 4
CLEVELAND (AP) _ Rookie defenseman Pavel Skrbek scored with 1:42 left in regulation as the Pittsburgh Penguins salvaged a 4-4 tie with the Detroit Red Wings in an NHL pre-season game Saturday night.
Skrbek’s shot from just inside the left point beat Detroit goaltender Ryan Bach to the far side.
Earlier in the period, the Red Wings’ Kirk Maltby had given his team a 4-3 lead on a slap shot from the right circle.
Detroit’s Stacy Roest and Pittsburgh’s Brian Bonin had two goals each in the exhibition opener for both teams.
Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead when Bonin and Martin Sonnenberg scored 26 seconds apart early in the first period.
But Detroit _ the defending Stanley Cup champion _ tied it later in the period on a power-play goal from Roest and a breakaway score by Tomas Holmstrom.
Holmstrom was sprung free by Mike Knuble’s pass at the Pittsburgh blue line. His high backhander went past Penguins goalie Jean-Sebastian Aubin.
The teams traded goals in the second period. Roest scored during a 4-on-4 situation, but Bonin evened the score again soon after during a scramble in front of Detroit goaltender Kevin Hodson.
Hodson and Bach each logged 30 minutes in net for the Red Wings. Aubin played the entire game for Pittsburgh.
Neither team dressed many of its star players. Among the missing for Detroit were Sergei Fedorov, Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan and Chris Osgood. Pittsburgh played without Jaromir Jagr and Tom Barrasso.