Always good to go into Pittsburgh and get a win, whether or not they’re healthy. How well that team plays even without Sidney Crosby shows how dangerous they are.
The game was much closer than the final score shows. The teams were within a goal of each other for 55 minutes and the Penguins outshot the Red Wings. But for a couple posts, Pittsburgh could have had a decent lead.
Thankfully, the puck luck was with the Red Wings tonight and they made some fantastic plays to go with it. Datsyuks goal was an impressive individual effort. Franzen’s was great play all around. Cleary’s first came off a real nice feed from the former Penguin Conner. Even the ENG was nice, as Cleary took his time to get around Malkin and get the clear shot, rather than rushing it.
Coming off a blowout win, a close, hard-fought game is good for the Wings. They’ll need to get wins like this down the road so remembering how to do it now is important.