Kessel scores twice, Penguins double up Red Wings 6-3

Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg (40) loses control of the puck as he falls, with Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Letang (58) defending during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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PITTSBURGH (AP) Phil Kessel scored twice, Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins got plenty of help from other unheralded players in a 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

Matt Cullen added a goal and an assist, Ben Lovejoy picked up his first goal since November and Scott Wilson collected the first goal of his career for the Penguins. Pittsburgh never trailed and picked up two valuable points while trying to keep pace in the jumbled Eastern Conference playoff race.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots, and Pittsburgh improved to 7-1 in its last eight home games.

Rookie Dylan Larkin boosted his team-leading goal total to 19 for Detroit. Tomas Jurco and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for the Red Wings, who struggled defensively for a third straight game. Petr Mrazek made 27 saves but Detroit has given up 11 goals combined in his last two starts.