Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Rangers: What a Difference 1 Player Can Make

February 8th, 2011 by Chris Minniti Leave a reply »
Yesterday Detroit played host to the New York Rangers.

Detroit hadn't scored a goal since Wednesday's 7-5 game with 33.5 seconds left in the third period.

For one of the league's highest scoring teams, that was something that was unheard of.

Detroit welcomed back Pavel Datsyuk after missing 19 games and he paid immediate dividends.

Detroit had struggled on the defensive end and having Datsyuk back in the lineup, it seemed to calm the Wings down.

The score was 0-0 heading into the second period.

2:52 into the second period, Datsyuk made his mark.

Off of a great forecheck by Datsyuk, the puck squirted free for Dan Cleary. Cleary put it into the right circle for Hudler, than Hudler feathered a pass to Datsyuk into the slot as he was streaking to the net. After a save on the initial shot, Datsyuk put the rebound into the back of the net scoring Detroit's first goal in 143-plus minutes.

Later on in the game, Datsyuk added an assist on Hudler's goal to make it 2-1. The final score was 3-2 for the Wings and Datsyuk enjoyed first-star honors of the game.

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