The smile was back on Pavel Datsyuk's face.

It had been missing the last few weeks, as the Red Wings played inconsistently and Datsyuk struggled to help matters.

But after Saturday's 4-1 victory over Los Angeles, in which Datsyuk scored twice, only his third and fourth goals this season, finally he could allow himself to feel a little better.

"When it's not going good, it's kind of frustrating," said Datsyuk who has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in the Wings' 18 games. "But it's a good experience. This tough situation will make me stronger later in my career.

"It's a little bit of a tough time when you play hard and trying to score, and it's not going in."