Former Pens Star in Red Wings' Win over Pittsburgh

Marian Hossa scored a goal and Ty Conklin earned the shutout Sunday afternoon, helping the Red Wings defeat the Penguins in the pair's first return to Pittsburgh since bolting for Detroit as free agents last summer.

Hossa heard boos every time he touched the puck but they were never louder than after he scored to make the game 2-0 with 8:51 left in the third period.

"I guess we expected them to boo him a little bit but, man, that was vicious at times," Conklin said.

"These are great hockey fans, and they show you their emotions," Hossa said. "Once or twice in your career you've got these games, so basically you try to enjoy it because this doesn't happen often.

"You try to use their energy to your advantage."

Hossa's goal came as he looped through the Penguins' zone, carrying the puck down the right wing before coming back up the left side, losing the trailing Jordan Staal and putting a backhander from the high slot past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

"I was just hoping it would get there. It kind of surprised me (it went in)," Hossa said.

Pavel Datsyuk scored Detroit's other two goals, putting home a rebound on a power play at 10:08 of the second period and on a strong individual effort with 2:12 remaining.

Conklin stopped 25 shots en route to the shutout, his sixth of the season.

Notes: The Red Wings were without forward Johan Franzen who missed the game with a bruised hand suffered in Detroit's win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

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Another GDT with no pregame notes, another afternoon game where I'm too busy to put something together before the opening faceoff. We've got a 12:30 start today on NBC, fun.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2009 at 11:02 AM


Johan Franzen is out with a bruised hand, suffered in yesterday's game. Tomas Kopecky gets back into the lineup in his place. Franzen is day-to-day.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2009 at 12:21 PM


Conklin gets the start. Can't say I'm surprised.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2009 at 12:37 PM


I am happy there isn't a ridiculous score right now, otherwise I start to not pay attention.

Still 0-0 in the second period.

The first period save on the penalty kill was good, bad for Malkin or whoever that was that missed it d:

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/8/2009 at 1:37 PM


Pavs with a PPG on the rebound. The line that was out there? Zata, Pavs, and Helm. Helm? Babcock says "I'm throwing it all out there and you can't stop me."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2009 at 1:46 PM


Datsyuk gets a power play goal to finally alter the score.

I'm happy they stopped booing for Hossa, or am I just tuning it out? :c It was something I forgot to mention earlier. Hopefully all the Penguins fans will boo Conklin the rest of the period and lose consciousness from the lack of oxygen? <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":flagusa:" border="0" alt="flagusa.gif" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/8/2009 at 1:46 PM


Datskuk on the power play, at last a goal..

Missed the first period because I was watching MAn United v West Ham and yesterday I only realised the game was on when I checked and it was already 5-0 and there didn't seem much point in watching. Stupid daytime games.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 2/8/2009 at 1:51 PM


Hossa says "Boo all you want, bitches."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2009 at 2:37 PM


I had a feeling that would happen.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 2/8/2009 at 2:41 PM


Injuries be damned, this this has been a good weekend. Love it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2009 at 2:54 PM


Oh yeah.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 2/8/2009 at 2:56 PM

Marian Hossa

Marian Hossa
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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