Datsyuk Returns to Lead Red Wings Past Rangers

Pavel Datsyuk returned from injury Monday night and immediately made his presence felt, scoring a goal and adding an assist as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the New York Rangers, 3-2.

Datsyuk had missed 19 games after suffering a broken hand in Detroit's 5-4 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks on December 22.

After a scoreless first period, Datsyuk opened the game's scoring at 2:52 of the second period. He knocked the puck away from Brian Boyle in the left corner and then went to the net, where he took a pass from Jiri Hudler. Datsyuk stuffed a shot into the pads of New York goalie Martin Biron but reached back to knock his own rebound home.

The Rangers replied at 3:09 of the third period. Wojtek Wolski sent a cross-ice pass to Matt Gilroy in the right faceoff circle and Gilroy put it back across to the far side of the goal for Derek Stepan to knock past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Hudler restored the Red Wings' lead 1:55 later. He sent a between the legs pass to Pavel Datsyuk along the right wing boards and then cut to the goal. Datsyuk sent the puck to Jonathan Ericsson on the rush and Ericsson fed it back across to Hudler to rifle a shot over Biron into the top of the net.

With 5:23 left in regulation, Drew Miller made it 3-1. Justin Abdelkader fired a shot from the left faceoff circle on Biron and Miller knocked home the rebound.

Brandon Dubinsky scored with 4:05 left to pull the Rangers back within a goal, snapping a shot from the left faceoff circle past Howard on a two-on-one.

The Red Wings would hold on despite a late five-on-three for New York.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Detroit had two tries with the extra attacker while the Rangers had five, including 44 seconds of five-on-three and a six-on-four with Biron on the bench to close out the game.

Howard stopped 45 of 47 shots in earning the win. Biron made 32 saves on 35 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings continue their stretch of five games in eight nights on Wednesday when they host the Nashville Predators.


Notes: Detroit lost forward Valtteri Filppula to a lower-body injury early in the third period. He did not return.

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The Rangers will wear their vintage alternates on the road tonight, meaning the Wings wear white at home. As they should.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 1:27 PM

 

Rangers alts look fantastic.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 7:36 PM

 

Quick whistle again. Wings look horrible.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 7:58 PM

 

Great shift by the Helm line there, now the Rangers with pressure.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 8:06 PM

 

Started slow, got a bit better. Kind of surprised the Rangers didn't score.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 8:15 PM

 

Welcome back Pasha! Finally on the board!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 8:36 PM

 

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pasha and Clears get us on the board!!!!! Welcome back!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/7/2011 at 8:40 PM

 

Clark,

Sorry I have been away for a little while... They sent me to Japan!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/7/2011 at 8:45 PM

 

Clark,Sorry I have been away for a little while... They sent me to Japan!


How dare they. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/toothless.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":hockeysmiley:" border="0" alt="toothless.gif" />Welcome back.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 8:52 PM

 

Damn, Biron with a great stop on Franzen.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 8:55 PM

 

Although I will say the Wings have been buzzing!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/7/2011 at 8:56 PM

 

Now that the retarded cast of VS. brings it up... This season scares me because it will be the last for #90 and possibly the last for #5... The thought of the latter sickens me.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/7/2011 at 8:58 PM

 


Clark,Sorry I have been away for a little while... They sent me to Japan!


How dare they. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/toothless.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":hockeysmiley:" border="0" alt="toothless.gif" />Welcome back.

The weather was actually nice... a whole 28 degrees, which is perfect for Hockey, and believe it or not, Japan has some pretty good programs. That being said, thanks for the welcome and I look forward to covering the rest of the season with you and MD! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/7/2011 at 9:00 PM

 

Now that the retarded cast of VS. brings it up... This season scares me because it will be the last for #90 and possibly the last for #5... The thought of the latter sickens me.


I'm feeling like they'll both be back next year. I dunno.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 9:00 PM

 


Now that the retarded cast of VS. brings it up... This season scares me because it will be the last for #90 and possibly the last for #5... The thought of the latter sickens me.


I'm feeling like they'll both be back next year. I dunno.

I sure hope you are right... Hell... I remember Nick in the line up since 91... God I am old!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/7/2011 at 9:04 PM

 

Much better period, still feel like it's not enough. Rangers still getting some good pressure.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 9:09 PM

 

I feel like me turning the game on made Dr. Fil injured ): Why can't my favorite players be healthy at the same time?!!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/7/2011 at 9:26 PM

 

Could see that coming. Wings chasing the puck.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 9:29 PM

 

Holy f*ck. Fantastic play all around. Way to go Huds.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 9:32 PM

 

So I wake up this morning here in Afghanistan and find out AFN is televising the VS feed.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/7/2011 at 9:41 PM

 

So that was close. What happened to Flipper?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/7/2011 at 9:47 PM

 

So I wake up this morning here in Afghanistan and find out AFN is televising the VS feed.


I'd say that's a good morning. Versus is better than nothing.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 9:47 PM

 

So that was close. What happened to Flipper?


Awkward hit earlier.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 9:48 PM

 

Sparty combination!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 9:50 PM

 

BOOOOOOOYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/7/2011 at 9:50 PM

 

Motherf*ck

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 9:52 PM

 

Got burned on that play

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/7/2011 at 9:52 PM

 

Indeed, Edzo, why the hell was Ericsson pinching up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 9:53 PM

 

Couldn't pick a better time for a penalty. Erricson can be a real tool.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/7/2011 at 9:56 PM

 

ARe you fg kidding me??????????????????

Looks like vOT

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/7/2011 at 9:59 PM

 

Mother. f*ck.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 9:59 PM

 

Holy sh*t, was that a PK

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/7/2011 at 10:02 PM

 

I got a kick out of the fact they said "And the horn sounds and the Red Wings have won it!" before the horn sounded.

That was scary.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/7/2011 at 10:02 PM

 

OMFG!!! Great supper final effort by Clears with what, 25 seconds left to clear it?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/7/2011 at 10:02 PM

 

Well, I'm giddy. Pasha is back (I mean really back) and I finnaly got to watch a Red Wings game here in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. I am so gd sick of seeing the penisguins on AFN any time they do carry NHL. You'd think weighted coverage this year would be the Hawks or Flyers. But no, the Buttman/Crysby lovefest continues even to Central Asia.

Top 100 Datsyuk Fact: A Datsyuk hat trick consists of (1) goal, (2) assists, and (10) take-aways. This is because everything in the Datsyukian universe must add up to 13.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/7/2011 at 10:13 PM

 
Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
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