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Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on December 13, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on December 13, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (WWJ/AP) – The Penguins got on the board first but it was the only goal they would see as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Tuesday.

As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – the Wings were trailing 1-0 in the first period before Pavel Datsyuk tied things up with a backhand shot in the second period.

Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots as the Wings go to 7-7 on the road.

Johan Franzen added his team-leading 14th goal for Detroit and Danny Cleary provided some insurance with a pair of late goals as the Red Wings won their third straight.

Evgeni Malkin scored his 11th goal of the season for Pittsburgh, but the Penguins went 0 for 4 on the power play and couldn’t connect on their few quality chances.

The Penguins played without captain Sidney Crosby, who missed his third straight game and 23rd overall this season following a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms.

Pittsburgh is 1-2-0 during Crosby’s current absence, with both losses to members of the league’s elite.

The Red Wings take on the Nashville Preditors on Thursday – hear all the action on 97.1 The Ticket beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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