Datsyuk Leads Red Wings over Malkin's Penguins

Pavel Datsyuk scored Detroit's first goal and made a slick stick play to set up another as the Red Wings earned a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fellow Russian Evgeni Malkin scored Pittsburgh's lone goal as the countrymen appeared locked in a duel early in the game.

Malkin got the Penguins on the board with just five seconds remaining in the first period. Racing down the right wing on a two-on-one with Chris Kunitz, Malkin snapped a quick shot to the wide side of Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, off the post and into the net.

Datsyuk pulled the Red Wings back even with 3:59 left in the second period. After Todd Bertuzzi took the puck away from Matt Niskanen in the left corner he got it to Datsyuk at the top of the left circle. Datsyuk slid across into the high slot and flung a backhander back across Penguins' netminder Marc-Andre Fleury, beating him stick-side.

Johan Franzen's power play goal at 5:15 of the third period put Detroit out in front. Datsyuk knifed an attempt to clear the Pittsburgh zone by Matt Cooke out of the air and worked the puck down to Franzen in the left faceoff circle. Franzen wristed a high shot past Fleury to make it 2-1.

Danny Cleary added an insurance goal with 4:24 remaining. On a rush with former Penguin Chris Conner, Cleary drove to the net and tipped a pass through Fleury, giving Detroit a 3-1 lead.

Cleary's empty-net goal with six second remaining rounded out the scoring.

Franzen's goal was the only power play tally of the night. The Red Wings had two tries with the extra attacker while the Penguins had four.

Howard finished the game with 25 saves on 26 shots while Fleury stopped 21 of 24 chances.

The Red Wings are back in action on Thursday when they visit the Nashville Predators.


Notes: Healthy scratches for Detroit were Cory Emmerton and Mike Commodore... The Penguins were without Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek.

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The Red Wings visit an injured Pittsburgh Penguins team tonight.

Sidney Crosby will not play for the Penguins after his post-concussion symptoms returned. Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal could also be out. With all the injuries, former Red Wing Jason Williams will make his second appearance of the season for the Pens.

It has all the makings of a trap game, as the Wings are coming off a rout of the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday and are relatively healthy. They *should* win this game, which has the tendency to mean they'll let up a bit. I hope otherwise.

No roster changes for Detroit, meaning Chris Conner will get to play for his hometown team against his former team. Jimmy Howard gets the start.

Game time is 7:00 PM. FSD has the TV.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2011 at 5:18 PM

 

LETS GO WINGS!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/13/2011 at 7:12 PM

 

Is it just me or does it look like the rest of the Wings have been taking footwork lessons from Pasha?

I wanted to post today in the Freep the Sidney was failed by the Pens leadership in letting him get into more concussion trouble. But the new facebook format defeated me... I don't do facebook. Anywho, Sidney is a has-been IMO since he's a Gretzky-like player in an era where the NHL wont protect him (like Gretzky was). Add to that, the habit of Sidney to try and play like a bigger, more aggressive player than he his (initiating) without the Pens GM building more enforcers around him... wtf? Too bad... Sidney's job is to score, not rough it up. Someone on the Pens staff needed to set him straight before he played in Boston. Too little, too late.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/13/2011 at 7:23 PM

 

Missed too many men in Pittsburgh? No!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2011 at 7:27 PM

 

I'm gonna disagree about Crosby as a has-been, but I think he's dangerously close to becoming the next Eric Lindros. The league wants to get the headshots out of the game, Crosby is protected. He just has to get well again. That's the hard part.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2011 at 7:33 PM

 

Damn. Hell of a shot. Stuart played that right. Jimmy just got beat.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2011 at 7:38 PM

 

Malkin was just too quick on that one. First period could've gone either way...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/13/2011 at 7:40 PM

 

Weak f/ing call...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/13/2011 at 7:58 PM

 

Jimmy coming up big early in the second. Crazy save with a lot of luck.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2011 at 8:01 PM

 

I don't want to say the calls/non-calls have been lopsided but......

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/13/2011 at 8:05 PM

 

The Russians are kicking ass tonight. Hell of a shot by Pavs.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2011 at 8:23 PM

 

DAMN!!!!!!

I missed the goal...

Was changing diapers... <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cursing.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":cursing:" border="0" alt="cursing.gif" />

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/13/2011 at 8:25 PM

 

Wings look really strong on the puck this evening. Weak penalty calls though...

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/13/2011 at 8:52 PM

 

The Pens' positioning in front of their own net tonight has been outstanding.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/13/2011 at 8:52 PM

 

MULE!!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/13/2011 at 8:53 PM

 

Surprised that wasn't called a high stick. Great plays all around. And now the evener...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2011 at 8:54 PM

 

WOW!!!

What a beutiful combo from Pasha's stop to the Mule's goal...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/13/2011 at 8:54 PM

 

Big kill here...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/13/2011 at 8:55 PM

 

Go figure there was a weak ass call after the go ahead... These refs are suspect

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/13/2011 at 8:59 PM

 

Kronner!!! Get your head out of your ass!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/13/2011 at 9:02 PM

 

Another big kill here...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/13/2011 at 9:12 PM

 

YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/13/2011 at 9:15 PM

 

Real nice setup by Conner. Nice to see him get a point against his former team.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/13/2011 at 9:15 PM

 

How the hell did Howard see that?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/13/2011 at 9:24 PM

 

There ya go Clears...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/13/2011 at 9:26 PM

 

Love it!!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/13/2011 at 9:26 PM

 

From what I saw that was really good. Also somewhat unrelated but Pavel Datsyuk should have his own tv show.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/13/2011 at 9:45 PM

 
Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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