Pavel Datsyuk commented recently that he was sick of watching hockey on television.

The Wings' dynamic forward, who's been out of the lineup the last seven games with a lower-body injury, said he was anxious to be back on the ice playing hockey on television.

Datsyuk got that chance Sunday as the Wings hosted the Minnesota Wild and he certainly didn't disappoint.

He wowed the crowd with some nifty stickwork, and recorded an assist on a second-period Tomas Holmstrom power-play goal.

"As soon a Pavel gets on the ice, the whole team suddenly has more space and has the puck way more," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I don't know why, but that's just the way it is. He scares you. He makes our team better and he knows how to play with and without the puck."

Datsyuk played 17:50 in his first game action in two weeks, playing the role of setup man. He didn't record a shot, instead, setting his teammates up for a number of great opportunities.

"He is so important to our offense but just having him back to get a few games in before the playoffs start is going to be key," Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said.

Datsyuk's assist, his 37th of the season, puts him two points shy of 60 for the season. He's reached at least 60 his previous six seasons.