Daniel Cleary of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates after Detroit's first goal in Game 4 on Saturday in Pittsburgh. ((Jim McIsaac/Getty Images))

Jiri Hudler's goal at 2:26 of the third period held as the winner as the Detroit Red Wings took a pivotal Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Hudler fired a backhander that went off the right post and Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for his fifth and biggest goal of the playoffs. Detroit holds a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"Game winner in the Stanley Cup finals, we'll take it," Detroit forward Kris Draper told Hockey Night in Canada. "We played hard, we bounced back.

"We knew this team [has] been on an unbelievable streak here in this building and it took everything we had."

Nicklas Lidstrom also scored for Detroit in the 2-1 victory, while Chris Osgood made 22 saves in net.

Pittsburgh lost for the first time in 10 games on home ice during the playoffs and hadn't been defeated overall at Mellon Arena since Feb. 24.

Marian Hossa scored on the power play just over two minutes into the game to give Pittsburgh the lead. The Penguins failed on five subsequent power plays, however, including a 5-on-3 midway through the third period.

It was the first time in the series that the team that scored first did not hold on to win.

Detroit will have a chance to win the franchise's 11th Stanley Cup at Joe Louis Arena on Monday. (CBC,, 8:00 p.m. ET).

The Penguins will now face the huge task of prolonging their quest in a building where they failed to even score a goal in the first two games of the series.

Lidstrom said after the Red Wings can't assume they'll get the same kind of result back at home.

"We have to go out and play with the same type of game we played tonight, hard-fought game where we battled hard and really didn't give up anything," said Lidstrom. "And that's the way we're going to have to approach the next game, too. This is not over yet. We have to win one more game to be able to win it all."

Fleury made 28 saves but would likely want another chance at the Hudler shot. The Penguins netminder, partially due to an injury midway through the season, hadn't lost at home since last November 21, a string of 19 starts.

He made a great save within the game's first minute, sticking out his right pad on Brian Rafalski's shot.

Dallas Drake of the Red Wings took an ill-advised penalty in the offensive zone and Hossa made Detroit pay. Hossa took a rebound from Ryan Whitney's shot at the side of the net and stuffed it between Osgood's pad and the right post just 2:51 into the game.

Pittsburgh had the crowd going, but for the first time in the series the team that scored first would not prevail.

Hossa nearly had a second goal just four minutes in but hit the crossbar. It proved pivotal as seconds later Pittsburgh's Pascal Dupuis drew a penalty and the Red Wings scored on the subsequent power play.

Rafalski made a key stop at the blueline to keep the puck in the Penguins' zone and Lidstrom blasted a slapshot on the short side past a screened Fleury.

Pavel Datsyuk drew his 11th assist on the goal at 7:06. Osgood appeared a little tentative early on but regrouped later in the period, making a key save late off Sergei Gonchar on a Pittsburgh power play.

Penguins star Sidney Crosby, who assisted on the first goal for his 23rd point of the playoffs, had two strong chances early in the middle frame.

Crosby tipped a Dupuis shot at Osgood and later skated in alone and fired a backhander that the Detroit goalie set aside.

At the other end, Pavel Datsyuk hit the outside of the post and Kirk Maltby was denied by Fleury.

The Red Wings began buzzing early in the third and were soon rewarded. Pittsburgh failed to clear the puck, with Brad Stuart intercepting at the blue line.

Hudler finished off the play, with Stuart and Darren Helm drawing the assists.

"Once or twice we couldn't bring the puck out," Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien said of the play. "This is a good team and they find a way to win. Good teams find a way to win. Their fourth line scored the winning goal, so what are you gonna say?"

The Penguins netminder nearly added to his woes, batting the puck over the glass for a penalty, but it was succesfully killed.

Talented Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin continued to struggle, knocked down on his strongest chance of the game later in the third.

Crosby defended his teammate.

"He's battling just like everyone else out there," said Crosby. "There's not a lot of room and to be honest, I don't think anybody's creating that much out there."

The Penguins had managed just one shot on goal by the midway point of the period but got a big opportunity when Detroit's Maltby and Andreas Lilja took penalties 33 seconds apart.

Hossa fed Crosby with a pass through the Red Wings crease but Henrik Zetterberg prevented the Pittsburgh captain from scoring by tying up his stick.

Malkin missed the net on a followup shot and was then stymied by Osgood with just Lilja in the box."He just did a good job of trying to get his stick in the [passing] lane," said Crosby. "I don't think he did anything out of the ordinary besides any other guy would do on a 5-on-3."

Whitney's wrister with about 6:30 left surprised the Detroit netminder but with no Pittsburgh player near the crease, he had time to cover up.

Fleury gave his team a chance, sticking out his right pad to stop Cleary's shot. Pittsburgh put the pressure on in the final seconds with Fleury on the bench.

Detroit played without key forward Tomas Holmstrom, who hurt his hamstring in Game 3. Darren McCarty made his first appearance since Game 1, with Daniel Cleary bumped to the top line with Datsyuk and Zetterberg.

Cleary was on the ice for Detroit's first goal.

"It was fun playing with these two guys," Cleary told HNIC. "Obviously it was a big goal, Lidstrom's first goal, and I thought our power play was good and it was a lot of fun playing with Pav and Hank."

Before the puck was dropped on Saturday, a moment of silence was observed in tribute to Vancouver Canucks defenceman Luc Bourdon, who was killed in a motorcycle accident earlier this week.