Datsyuk Leads Red Wings to Second Consecutive Win

Pavel Datsyuk scored the game-winning goal for the second consecutive night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

On Friday night, Datsyuk scored in overtime to give Detroit a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Datsyuk scored with 6:47 remaining in the third period Saturday, breaking a 3-3 tie. Ian Cole turned the puck over to Datsyuk along the boards right wing boards, then Datsyuk jumped between Cole and T.J. Oshie. Moving to the slot, Datsyuk stickhandled around Roman Polak and snapped a shot past goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Justin Abdelkader scored 1:20 later, taking a feed from Niklas Kronwall to break in alone and wrist a shot past Halak, locking up the win.

The Blues had opened the game's scoring at 9:17 of the first when Adam Cracknell took a feed from Ryan Reeves and whipped a shot past Jimmy Howard from the left faceoff circle.

Ruslan Salei took advantage of a St. Louis turnover to get Detroit on the board 2:34 later, picking up a loose puck at the top of the right circle and snapping it past Halak.

Just 16 seconds later, Darren Helm knocked the rebound of an Abdelkader chance past Halak to put the Red Wings in the lead.

Niklas Kronwall's power play blast from just inside the blue line made it 3-1 in favor of the Wings with 1:25 remaining in the second.

David Backes started St. Louis' rally at 3:48 of the third, snapping the rebound of his own shot from the left faceoff circle past Howard.

Matt D'Agostini tied it up 2:31 later, deflecting a Kevin Shattenkirk shot from the point past Howard.

Kronwall's goal was the only power play tally of the night. Detroit had two chances with the extra attacker while the Blues had four.

Howard made 26 saves on 29 shots. Halak stopped 22 of 27 chances.

The Red Wings will be off until Wednesday when they host the Washington Capitals.

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I'm still recovering from H2H2 and keep forgetting there's even a game tonight.

The Wings visit the Blues tonight, where they'll face Jaroslav Halak in goal. Jimmy Howard, fresh off a night where he made several fantastic stops and allowed one awful goal, starts for Detroit.

Kris Draper will be back in for the Wings, with Drew Miller expected to be the scratch. Mike Babcock will also be shuffling the Wings' lines, splitting up Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk again.

Game time is 8:00.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/12/2011 at 5:44 PM


Wings were chasing the puck for far too long, knew something bad was going to happen.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/12/2011 at 8:24 PM


Salei? How the hell did that happen? And why is Ken Daniels rhyming?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/12/2011 at 8:30 PM


2-1 Detroit! 16 seconds of good play is all you need, apparently.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/12/2011 at 8:31 PM


Great shift by the Zetterberg line, penalty notwithstanding.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/12/2011 at 9:19 PM


Goal with Homer in front of the net and it's not called back. I'll be damned.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/12/2011 at 9:34 PM


Stupid scrambly play. Wings caught chasing again.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/12/2011 at 9:58 PM


That should have been cleared. Wings have stopped skating.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/12/2011 at 10:02 PM


How we looking?

What happened to the lead?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/12/2011 at 10:05 PM


Yep. I figured Ericsson would be in the minus column.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/12/2011 at 10:07 PM


Fantastic move by Pasha.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/12/2011 at 10:18 PM



Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/12/2011 at 10:19 PM


Justin only scores clutch goals. Great shot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/12/2011 at 10:21 PM


Flood gates!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/12/2011 at 10:22 PM


Cool! We win again!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/12/2011 at 10:32 PM


I caught the last 10 minutes on the 97.1 stream. I'm out on the job again so that's all I have for the next few days. I heard yesterdays game as well and I am happy that we now have a two ge streak and are now seven points out of first place. You gotta love two quick goals!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/12/2011 at 10:39 PM

Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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