Pavel Datsyuk: Leads Detroit To Victory in His Return from Injury

February 8th, 2011 by John Vukovic Leave a reply »
Pavel Datsyuk scored a goal and an assist in his return as Detroit edged the New York Rangers 3-2 last night.

Datsyuk missed 19 games with a broken hand.

He snapped an uncharacteristic scoreless drought of 143:26 by the Wings when he scored early in the second period to give Detroit a 1-0 lead.

Detroit was 11-7-2 (including the 5-4 victory over Vancouver Dec. 22 the night he injured his hand in the first period) and have managed to maintain second place in the conference without him, although the Canucks have increased their lead over the Red Wings in the standings during that time.

I don't think anybody is more happy to see the perennial Selke Trophy winner back than Jimmy Howard.

In the 20 games without him, the Red Wings have had only four games in which they did not allow three or more goals.

When asked if Datsyuk makes a big difference, Howard responded, "Yes he does," laughing at the question.

"He takes a lot of pressure off the guys in front, and he creates a of of space for guys out there too."

In a phone interview with TSN, he emphatically stated, "It's great to have Pavel back. ...

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