Detroit at Pittsburgh

    Penguins 5, Red Wings 1


    PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby gave Pittsburgh Penguins fans a goal, an assist and a scare in the first hockey game at Consol Energy Center.

    Crosby sat out the third period because of a sore hip flexor and Pittsburgh beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Wednesday night in preseason play.

    The injury is not expected to be serious.

    "No, not at all," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "Just sore and precautionary, and no need to push it past that."

    Crosby said he would not count himself out to play in the team's next preseason game, at Columbus on Friday night, should Bylsma elect to dress him.

    "I think I just might have tweaked it a bit," Crosby said. "That's nothing new this time of year for me. It usually takes a couple weeks to get comfortable and feel good. It's noting that I'm too worried about."

    Red Wings power forward Johan Franzen left the game with 1:43 remaining in the first period after sustaining a leg injury on a hit by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. Orpik was given a major penalty for kneeing. Franzen missed 55 games last season because of a knee injury.

    "We think more of his thigh, but we'll get him checked out," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We hope he'd going to be fine."

    The game was not televised, so no one had seen a replay of the hit, yet players and coaches on both sides reserved comment on whether Orpik should be disciplined. Orpik was not available for comment.

    Pittsburgh's Mike Comrie scored the first goal in the new building, connecting at 1:21 of the first period. Ryan Craig had two goals, and Brett Sterling also scored for the Penguins. Ruslan Salei scored for Detroit.

    Playing their first home game in Pittsburgh in the 44-year team history at a venue other than the Civic Arena, the Penguins beat the team they had met during two of the past three Stanley Cup Finals.

    "The atmosphere was great," Crosby said. "I think all the guys were really excited about being in this game and playing the first one here. It's pretty easy to tell guys came here tonight ready to compete and do a lot of good things."

    With a sellout crowd of 18,087 and both teams using much of their "A" lineups, the $321 million arena opened with an almost regular-season intensity.

    "It looks like a beautiful building, and I imagine it's state of the art," Babcock said. "Every new building in the league seems to outdo the one previous to it."

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    Scoring Summary
    1st Period
    1:21Mike Comrie - Assists: Brett Sterling and Zbynek Michalek
    7:29Sidney Crosby - Assists: Jesse Boulerice and Kris Letang
    11:45Ryan Craig - Assists: Mark Letestu and Brooks Orpik
    2nd Period
    9:29Ruslan Salei - Assists: Mattias Ritola and Valtteri Filppula
    13:28Brett Sterling - Assists: Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis
    15:06Ryan Craig - Assists: Tyler Kennedy and Mark Letestu
    Penalty Summary
    1st Period
    4:18Ilari Filppula: hooking - minor
    13:29Aaron Downey: fighting - major
    13:29Jesse Boulerice: fighting - major
    18:17Todd Bertuzzi: instigator - minor
    18:17Todd Bertuzzi: fighting - major
    18:17Todd Bertuzzi: misconduct - misconduct
    18:17Brooks Orpik: kneeing major - major
    18:17Brooks Orpik: fighting - major
    18:17Brooks Orpik: game misconduct - misconduct
    2nd Period
    :10Joe Vitale: hooking - minor
    1:08Danny Cleary: tripping - minor
    7:27Evgeni Malkin: boarding - minor
    10:54Jesse Boulerice: hooking - minor
    18:50Mike Comrie: slashing - minor
    3rd Period
    8:56Brad Stuart: unsportsmanlike-conduct - minor
    8:56Tyler Kennedy: unsportsmanlike-conduct - minor
    11:15Valtteri Filppula: hooking - minor
    12:52Brad Stuart: boarding - minor
    16:46Mike Modano: hooking - minor
    Shots on Goal
    Thomas McCollum20:00100
    Chris Osgood40:00225
    Marc-Andre Fleury40:00201
    Brad Thiessen19:5650
    Game Information
    Attendance - 18087
    Referees - Chris Ciamaga, Wes McCauley
    Linesmen - Andy McElman, Steve Miller
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    Colo 2
    Chi 2 Final
    TB 4
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    Ana 5
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    Van 2
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    Min 1
    Wash 6 Final
    Colu 2
    Ott 1 Final
    Tor 4