Datsyuk Tallies Two Assists in Return as Red Wings Trounce Penguins

Pavel Datsyuk returned to the Detroit lineup Saturday night, notching two assists in his first appearance in this year's Stanley Cup Finals as his Red Wings lit up the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 5-0 win.

The Red Wings now lead the series 3-2 with a chance to claim their second consecutive Stanley Cup on Mellon Arena ice in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Chris Osgood made 22 saves en route to the shutout, his second of these playoffs and third against Pittsburgh in the last two Finals.

Detroit had to survive an early push by the Penguins. Pittsburgh got the game's first power play and outshot the Red Wings 10-8 in the first period but it was the Wings with a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Dan Cleary opened the game's scoring with 6:28 left in the period. Datsyuk carried the puck into the Pittsburgh zone, drawing defenders to him before pushing the puck off to Cleary for heavy wrister past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury from near the top of the right faceoff circle.

The Red Wings opened the game up in the second period, scoring four more goals including three on the power play, tying an NHL playoff record for most power play goals in a single period.

Valtteri Filppula put Detroit up by a pair just 1:44 into the period, five seconds after Chris Kunitz got out of the penalty box for goalie interference.

Osgood sent a long outlet pass to Marian Hossa, catching the Penguins in a line change. Hossa gained the offensive zone and centered the puck on to Filppula, who drove to the net and lifted a backhander over Fleury.

Niklas Kronwall scored the first of Detroit's power play goals at 6:11 of the second. Kronwall gained the Pittsburgh zone and passed the puck off to Johan Franzen at the right point before driving to the net. With no play, Kronwall went down to the corner, getting the puck back from Franzen then jumping back out to the top of the crease, lifting a shot over Fleury.

Just 2:15 later, Brian Rafalski snapped a shot from the high slot past a screened Fleury to make it 4-0.

Henrik Zetterberg ended the game's scoring with 4:20 left in the period. Jiri Hudler sent a hard pass from the left point down to Zetterberg in the left faceoff circle and Zetterberg roofed a shot that saw Fleury chased from the crease, replaced by backup Mathieu Garon.

The five Detroit goals came on 21 shots against Fleury. Garon would go on to stop all eight shots he faced in 24:20 of playing time.

The Red Wings finished the night with three goals on nine power play chances after having scored just once with the extra attacker in the previous four games of the series. The Penguins were held without a goal on two power play tries.

Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals will take place Tuesday.


Notes: With Datsyuk's return, rookie Ville Leino was scratched.

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I figured I would start this one a day early so we have plenty of time to discuss it.

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/5/2009 at 1:49 PM

 

Do or Die in Detroit

Posted by drwmike33 on 6/5/2009 at 3:51 PM

 

In case you haven't heard, there is a pre-game party on the Riverfront outside the Joe with music, food and drinks ($$wink.png, and family activities. Tickets for the game are not necessary to attend and partake. GO! And take your friends! (If you can, of course....) I want those players to be saying, "Wow! Did you see the crowd outside?" Are we jaded by success? Are we exhausted from the daily grind of the suffering economy? It would be super cool if the Wings set up a huge screen for viewing the game, but I haven't heard that is planned. You could always go over to the Hockeytown Cafe or Chelli's to watch...have those places been packed for the games? Don't drink and drive, though...you all know that, right?

I'm hoping for that perfect Wings game, again, the crisp stick-to-stick passing, the great timing (how many rebounds could have been slammed home last night, if someone had been on the doorstep at just the right time?), good hard, clean hits! On the other hand, if they play well and lose, there should be no regrets. You gotta give credit...for some of our young guys, this is their first Final experience, and for several others, it's only their second time, too (like some of the Pengoons).

The Wings and the Stanley Cup are the front cover news of today's Sports Illustrated...the curse?

Posted by OldBroad on 6/5/2009 at 5:39 PM

 

Overconfidene and injuries have been our biggest problem. I wish I was in Detroit tomorrow so I could check out that party! Hopefully Dats will be back in the lineup and the Wings will be looking for revenge.

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/5/2009 at 6:48 PM

 

Overconfidene and injuries have been our biggest problem. I wish I was in Detroit tomorrow so I could check out that party! Hopefully Dats will be back in the lineup and the Wings will be looking for revenge.


And Puck Luck...we need a little of that, too. The Hockey gods seem to have deserted us for the moment. And would that the refs would either call "consistently" or NOT AT ALL...the serendipitous whistle in a tie game with a few minutes left in the 3rd period (had they noticed how routinely the Wings have been able to get back in the game when the calls come in the 1st? Hmmmm, I wonder...) is just unacceptable.

Posted by OldBroad on 6/5/2009 at 8:11 PM

 

Good news for Red Wings fans from Friday's presser: Pavel Datsyuk will make his first appearance of the playoffs in Saturday's Game Five.While he'd been listed as a game-time decision for several of the games he's missed in these playoffs, Wings coach Mike Babcock was definite this time: "He'll play."


best new's iv'e heard all day

Posted by bigred4478 on 6/6/2009 at 4:42 AM

 


Good news for Red Wings fans from Friday's presser: Pavel Datsyuk will make his first appearance of the playoffs in Saturday's Game Five.While he'd been listed as a game-time decision for several of the games he's missed in these playoffs, Wings coach Mike Babcock was definite this time: "He'll play."


best new's iv'e heard all day

I wonder if he is at full strength or if this is more a confidence boost for the team and he will only play special teams? Either way this is going to be a great game and the most important Penguins game I've been able to watch in a long time. I am so amped for this game tonight, a win tonight would be huge for Crosby and Malkin and the young Penguins and really signify that they have arrived as a great team. You have to beat the best and beat them at home to be the best. Good luck tonight.

Posted by burke6687 on 6/6/2009 at 8:20 AM

 

"a win tonight would be huge for Crosby and Malkin and the young Penguins and really signify that they have arrived as a great team. You have to beat the best and beat them at home to be the best. Good luck tonight."

Can anyone imagine Datsyuk or Zetterberg or Lidstrom (for that matter) taking a dive like Crosby did in game 4?

Posted by OldBroad on 6/6/2009 at 3:48 PM

 



Good news for Red Wings fans from Friday's presser: Pavel Datsyuk will make his first appearance of the playoffs in Saturday's Game Five.While he'd been listed as a game-time decision for several of the games he's missed in these playoffs, Wings coach Mike Babcock was definite this time: "He'll play."


best new's iv'e heard all day

I wonder if he is at full strength or if this is more a confidence boost for the team and he will only play special teams? Either way this is going to be a great game and the most important Penguins game I've been able to watch in a long time. I am so amped for this game tonight, a win tonight would be huge for Crosby and Malkin and the young Penguins and really signify that they have arrived as a great team. You have to beat the best and beat them at home to be the best. Good luck tonight.

we will find out pretty quick you would have to think he will be used to shadow Malkin or Crosby which if he is good to go is a huge help to Hank i expect it to take at least the majority of the 1st for him to get his leg's under him... Wing's need to not allow the long period's in their end tonight this 10 mins of pressure to then allow Pitt to do their thing while it almost appear's they are just standing around taking shift's off which they have been guilty of multiple time's this year also they need to turn the puck back up ice quickly and not play the tic-tac passing game all the way up ice Pen's have been outstanding the last 2 gm's with the quick transition the other way and the Wing's need to do the same or find a way to stop it form the Pen's either way work's for me and most of all MINIMAL TURNOVER'S TONIGHT PLEASE!!! that killed us last game

Posted by bigred4478 on 6/6/2009 at 3:51 PM

 

Last update from me before I head out to get down to the Joe. Hoping this one goes better than the last Game Five against Pittsburgh I was at.

Dan Cleary and Brian Rafalski skipped the morning skate but are expected to play... Justin Abdelkader has the flu but is ready to play if called on... Pavel Datsyuk will start on Valtteri Filppula's wing with Marian Hossa but that will change if Datsyuk feels up to it as the game goes on.

I'll check in from the arena when I can.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/6/2009 at 4:08 PM

 

Tons of Pens fans here. Only seen one in a jersey for a non-Lemieux player who was on the team before 2003, and that was Jagr.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/6/2009 at 6:57 PM

 

Tons of Pens fans here. Only seen one in a jersey for a non-Lemieux player who was on the team before 2003, and that was Jagr.


Interesting... So no one has been a Pens fan for more than a couple of years?

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/6/2009 at 7:25 PM

 

I think whoever wins tonight will win the series =/ And that doesn't settle with me easily.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 6/6/2009 at 8:14 PM

 

Wow, a decent kill.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/6/2009 at 8:33 PM

 

Great to see the Wings score first <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> AWESOME.

Go Cleary.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 6/6/2009 at 8:39 PM

 

Just about caught that goal as I had to go to the toilet. Yes Cleary!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/6/2009 at 8:41 PM

 

YESS. POWER PLAY!! Let's have something happen, now!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 6/6/2009 at 8:49 PM

 

YESS. POWER PLAY!! Let's have something happen, now!


we looked good i think Pav started out baitin them then turned in on a little bit i think there's more to come but good start

Posted by bigred4478 on 6/6/2009 at 8:54 PM

 

Pavs with the assist on Cleary's goal. Fantastic to see.

Amazed the Kunitz penalty got called.

Wings still having trouble moving the puck out of their zone.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/6/2009 at 8:56 PM

 

On another note, Don Cherry's wearing a plain old boring grey jacket. Must have run out of flowery duvet cover/Hawaiian shirt jackets or something.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/6/2009 at 9:02 PM

 

Get in there Filppula! And that must be an assist for Osgood.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/6/2009 at 9:13 PM

 

Looks like Kronwall can score as well as destroy people.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/6/2009 at 9:21 PM

 

Aaaand another one. Rafalski! Great screen by Holmstrom.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/6/2009 at 9:27 PM

 

Cooke wanted Datsyuk to give him a piggyback ride. Datsyuk said no.

Zetterberg! Ladies and gentlemen (okay, there's no-one here, but whatever) we have ourselves a blowout. Bye-bye Fleury!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/6/2009 at 9:41 PM

 

I'm not caught up with the thread, just checking in to say I never would have predicted this.

And Crosby is a bitch.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/6/2009 at 9:47 PM

 

The Pens players are totally losing their heads here. The third period could be embarassing for them.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/6/2009 at 9:51 PM

 

2 word's is all i can come up with for this STATMENT GAME!! possibly the best period of the playoff's now the Pen's showin their true lack of class with the true lowpoint being Talbot tryin to take a shot at Pav's foot

Posted by bigred4478 on 6/6/2009 at 9:55 PM

 

Sorry I am in and out, I am watching the game upstairs and the computer is downstairs so you know how that is <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> This is turing out to be on hell of a game. I can only imagine how Clark is doing (Lucky Guy!wink.png. We have chased fleury and have 20 minutes to go! Go Wings!

Side note: You have to love the four Swedes and a Czech PP unit!

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/6/2009 at 9:57 PM

 

Wings finally clicking on the PP and it's killing the Pens. Can't believe how much Pittsburgh has fallen apart.

Let's get out of this healthy.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/6/2009 at 9:57 PM

 

I think I'll check out this powerplay then go to bed. Not much point watching any more.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 6/6/2009 at 10:21 PM

 

HOLY CRAP. That game was amazing! (We lost internet connection and I just got back on!wink.png

Fil's goal was amazing <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

I am so happy with the outcome of tonight, but now I'm terrified what Pittsburgh will do Tuesday...especially with home ice advantage.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 6/6/2009 at 10:49 PM

 

Wings finally clicking on the PP and it's killing the Pens. Can't believe how much Pittsburgh has fallen apart.Let's get out of this healthy.


My perfect game and Puck Luck! The Wings gave us both!I've been watching on CBC, and I can't believe they are still mourning Pittsburgh's missed opportunities in the first frigging 10 minutes!Knock wood, even if the Penguins should pull this out, surely the hockey world can see that Crosby (cheap) and Malkin (chippy) are in no way equal to Z, Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Cleary, Franzen, etc., etc., etc. Even when the Wings lose (game 3 and 4), they don't resort to cheap shots. (And I hope they never do.) Tonight, the Penguins were not ready for prime time. (And hearing the announcers and commentators constantly excusing them for their frustration is pathetic. Grace is an important part of winning OR losing.)

Posted by OldBroad on 6/6/2009 at 11:00 PM

 

"We don't win by momentum, I tell you guys that all the time and you don't listen"

Hahaha, I love Mike Babcock <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 6/6/2009 at 11:05 PM

 

Two words....

Complete Domination.

Posted by klaitinen on 6/7/2009 at 8:54 AM

 

I guess the thing that got me the most was how everyone talks about Crosby's maturity level. Last night showed that not only does he act like a baby when things are not going his way, the whole team does. There were a lot of cheap shots towards the end which means the Wings completely frustrated the Pens. We still have one game to go...

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/7/2009 at 9:37 AM

 

I just finished going through my photos from last night (they'll be up on the site shortly) and I'm a little struck by how sad it is that last night could have been the last time Chris Chelios skated at the Joe as a Red Wing (he was out in the pregame skate). Ten years ago who would have predicted that?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/7/2009 at 2:26 PM

 

Photos are now available...

http://www.detroitho...date=2009-06-06

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/7/2009 at 5:09 PM

 

Agreed. Thhis is probanly his last season whether it is as a Wing or the NHL. The guy has a very long and glorious career. After all, his first Olympics was Sarajavo in 1984, who would have guessed that over 25 years later he would be skating at the Joe? Not to mention that he was drafted by Montreal in 1981! That was almost 30 years ago!!!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/7/2009 at 5:09 PM

 
Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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