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Pavel Datsyuk’s Return Sparks Wings to Blowout

Published by on June 7, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

Pavel Datsyuk returned, and the hockey world righted itself.

With a 5-0 slaughter of Pittsburgh that started with an assist from Datsyuk and ended with three straight power play goals, Detroit inched closer to defending its Stanley Cup title and proved why it won the Cup last season.

Chris Osgood was perfect in goal, stopping all 22 shots sent his way and even getting an assist on the Red Wings’ second goal.

A sizzling power play, a brick wall of a goalie, and a complete shutdown of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were surely responsible for the win, but Datsyuk’s return was a catalyst for the blowout. Any time a team can put an MVP candidate in the lineup after winning four of seven games wi...

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