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Penguins strike for win in Game 3

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

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Pittsburgh defenseman Sergei Gonchar (55) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period Tuesday in Pittsburgh. The goal gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, and Pittsburgh went on to win 4-2.
(Keith Srakocic ~ Associated Press)
Pittsburgh beat Detroit 4-2 after losing the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals.

PITTSBURGH -- Sergei Gonchar said it once, then repeated it again a few seconds later as he tried pumping some confidence into some discouraged teammates: It's not over.

Thanks to Gonchar's power-play goal midway through the third period that revived the Penguins after the Detroit Red Wings had tied the game, the Stanley Cup finals are far from over for Pittsburgh following a 4-2 victory in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Game 4, which could have been an elimination game for Pittsburgh, will be Thursday night. Either the defending champion Red Wings can take a stranglehold 3-1 advantage or the Penguins can make the finals a best-of-three after losing the first two in Detroit.

Gonchar's slap shot from center point off Evgeni Malkin's pass sailed past Chris Osgood as Bill Guerin and Sidney Crosby screened the goalie.

"The power play was an unbelievable job by a handful of guys out there, keeping the play alive and giving Gonch a chance," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

The Penguins prevented the Red Wings from moving to within one victory of their fifth Stanley Cup since 1997.

Malkin assisted on the first three Penguins goals, giving him 33 points in 20 games.


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