Zetterberg Shines, Datsyuk Dazzles, Red Wings Keep Rolling
It's hard to talk about the Red Wings these days without sounding cocky. They are clearly the hottest team in the NHL right now. They can beat teams in so many different ways. Their power play is hot, their penalty kill is excellent, and they are dominant 5 on 5. And Jimmy Howard is proving doubters wrong. There are so many ways you can get burned when playing this Red Wings team.
Last night it was Henrik Zetterberg that led the team to another victory. He dazzled all over the ice. And Pavel Datsyuk was, well... Pavel Datsyuk. The Red Wings were facing a Sharks team with a depleted defense, but it was still a great victory nonetheless.
The Red Wings opened the scoring early in the first period on the power play as Dan Cleary scored his 11th of the season. There aren't enough words to say what a great season Cleary is having. He's one of the big stories for this Wings team so far this season. He leads the team in goals right now and is on pace to score 40 goals which is unbelievable.
The Wings scored again 4 minutes later, but anything I have to say about the goal will not do the goal justice. The crazy thing is that the goal was something that you expect from Pavel Datsyuk. Here you go:
The Sharks would, however, come back less than two minutes later with a power play goal from Dany Heatley, and that is how the first period would end.
Just about three minutes into the second period, Henrik Zetterberg showed that he can come up with a highlight reel goal himself. He batted the puck out of the air and into the net. You don't see many goals scored like that, and it was absolutely incredible how he got his stick on it. The Sharks would counter back quickly again with a nice backhanded goal from Benn Ferriero to make it a 3-2 hockey game.
With 11 seconds remaining in the second period, the Red Wings would regain their two goal lead thanks to a goal by Parick Eaves. He tipped in a shot from Danny Cleary. That assist would be Cleary's 300th career point.
In the third period, Datysuk and Zetterberg decided to combine their magic to team up for a goal to make it 5-2 Red Wings. Datsyuk completed a BEAUTIFUL backhanded pass to Zetterberg without even looking and Zetterberg made no mistake and put the puck past Antero Niittymaki. The Sharks would add one more goal late in the period, but that is how the game would end. The Red Wings defeated the Sharks by a score of 5-3. With just 22 games played, the Wings sit atop the Western Conference with 34 points. There next game is Friday night in Anaheim against the Ducks.