Datsyuk Scores Twice in Return, Red Wings Down Flyers 5-2

Pavel Datsyuk returned to the Detroit lineup on Wednesday night after missing four games with an aggravated groin injury, scoring twice to help the Red Wings over the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2.

Datsyuk’s first – the eventual game-winning goal – came with 8:13 left in the second period as he snapped a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past Philadelphia goalie Steve Mason through traffic to make it 3-1 on a Detroit power play.

Mason was pulled in favor of backup Ray Emery after the goal.

With 1:21 left in the period, Datsyuk scored his second of the night to put the Wings up by three. Darren Helm‘s shot bounced off the post to the left of Emery and out the other side, where Datsyuk knocked it out of mid-air and into the net.

Jakub Voracek pulled the Flyers back to within a pair with 7:35 left in the third period, snapping a shot from the left circle past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard on a power play, off a feed from the opposite side of the net by Wayne Simmonds.

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg added an empty net goal in the game’s closing minutes to round out the scoring.

Stephen Weiss scored his third goal in two games since returning from a groin injury of his own to open the game’s scoring at 10:12 of the first period, tipping a Helm shot past Mason.

Claude Giroux tied things up at 2:31 of the second. Picking off a pass by Danny DeKeyser in the netutral zone, Giroux skated into the Detroit zone and snapped a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle off the skate of defenseman Kyle Quincey and past Howard.

Tomas Jurco would restore Detroit’s lead at 10:18 of the period, swatting the rebound of a DeKeyser shot past Mason from the right circle.

Mason finished the night with 11 saves on 14 shots before giving way to Emery, who stopped nine of ten shots. Howard made 22 saves on 24 shots.

Each team had a single power play goal. Philadelphia had four tries with the extra attacker to Detroit’s three.

The Red Wings are back in action on Friday when they visit the New Jersey Devils.


Kyle Quincey and Sean Couturier fought late in the second period… Daniel Cleary, Joakim Andersson, and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches for Detroit.

Postgame: Flyers @ Red Wings – 2/12

Obviously the big thing about the Red Wings’ win tonight over the Flyers is that they’ve now tied the NHL record for longest home winning streak at twenty games. It’s a remarkable run but we’re going to see a lot of debate about how legit it is, given that they had three shootout wins and an additional overtime win in the run.

When the 1929-30 Boston Bruins set the record, they didn’t have the benefit of a shootout and played ten-minute overtime periods without sudden death. The 1979 Philadelphia team that tied that mark played only sixty-minute games with no overtime. As such, games that would have been ties for either of those teams were wins for the Red Wings, keeping their streak alive.

I agree with that argument. We’re comparing apples and oranges here. I also think it doesn’t matter.

Any time you compare records from different eras, you end up with cases where what the two teams had to do don’t always match up. Should only the Flyers’ share of the record count because they had no overtime wins? Should only the Bruins’ because they had harder travel, having to take trains during a grueling season rather than being able to fly straight to their destination? Should Detroit’s count more because they put together the team that did it under a salary cap?

They’re all twenty games, that’s all that matters ’cause we can find any number of reasons for every record to have an asterisk if we try hard enough.

Things I Liked
Scoring by Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen? More of that, please. Great to see so many of the Wings’ elite forwards getting on the board at once.

Detroit’s puck possession was stellar all night.

Jonathan Ericsson made some big defensive plays, including one on Wayne Simmonds on a breakaway in the third period. Simmonds was offside by about a mile and it wasn’t called but Ericsson did a good job of getting to him.

Joey MacDonald continued to look really good… As long as he was in the crease.

Things I Didn’t Like
Joey MacDonald had two pretty bad giveaways. The first Philly goal came when he went behind the net and bobbled the puck, then hesitated on getting back in position. The second came when he attempted to poke the puck away and put it right on a Flyer’s stick. Ugly.

Red Wings Hold Off Kings for 7-4 Win

The Los Angeles Kings scored the final three goals Monday night but it wasn’t enough to recover from Detroit’s early scoring, with the Red Wings holding on for a 7-4 victory to kick off their West Coast road trip.

The Kings were already down 7-1 when they scored three goals in the final 7:34 of the game.

Dustin Brown made it 7-2 when he picked up a loose puck in front of Howard and whipped it past him.

Wayne Simmonds added another goal with 1:05 left to play, poking the puck past Howard from the top of the crease.

Brad Richardson finished off the game’s scoring with 21 seconds remaining, tipping a Matt Greene chance past Howard.

Michal Handzus had opened the scoring at 4:09 of the first, banging home a rebound chance from the side of the net on a Los Angeles power play.

Drew Miller replied for the Red Wings at 6:37 of the period, banking a shot off of LA goalie Jonathan Quick from an acute angle.

Detroit took the lead just 30 seconds later when Danny Cleary knifed a Jiri Hudler shot out of the air and past Quick from the slot.

A Nicklas Lidstrom blast from the blue line off a feed from Mike Modano made it 3-1 with 1:12 left in the first. It was Detroit’s first of two power play goals on the night.

Pavel Datsyuk scored the Wings’ second power play goal with 42 seconds left in the second period. Datsyuk held the puck in at the blue line and worked his way into the left faceoff circle to snap a shot over Quick’s glove.

Darren Helm made it 5-1 at 2:01 of the third period, clearing the puck past Drew Doughty at the point in the Detroit end and racing down the ice on a shorthanded breakaway before beating Quick five-hole.

Miller notched his second of the night at 5:53, knocking the rebound of a Kris Draper chance past Quick and ending the goaltender’s night.

Hudler wrapped up Detroit’s scoring with 9:38 to play, taking a cross-ice feed from Jakub Kindl and putting the puck into the open side of Jonathan Bernier‘s net as a power play expired.

The Red Wings finished the night with two power play goals on four chances with the extra attacker. Los Angeles went one-for-four on the power play.

Howard made 35 saves on 39 shots in picking up the win. Quick took the loss with 18 saves on 24 shots, while Bernier stopped two of the three chances he faced.

The Red Wings continue their road trip on Wednesday in Anaheim.


The Red Wings were without defenseman Brian Rafalski and forward Johan Franzen. Rafalski missed his second consecutive game with back spasms while Franzen was allowed to remain home in Detroit following the birth of his first child.