When the Red Wings needed them Monday, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were at their best. Datsyuk had a tying goal, Zetterberg had a team-high eight shots on net, and the Red Wings rode their leaders to a 3-2 overtime victory, evening the series at 2. Datsyuk scored a goal and was credited with four hits and three shots, with a plus-one rating, in 25:07 of ice time. "He wasn't near as good or didn't have the energy the night before (in Game 3)," coach Mike Babcock said of Datsyuk. "Z was OK in Game 3, but they've been way better in Games 2 and 4 (both Red Wings wins) than in the other games (Red Wings losses). "We need them to be great. When we travel this time (for Game 5), we need them to be good." Samuelsson returns A few weeks ago, Mikael Samuelsson was hoping to be ready for the playoffs. In Game 4 against the Ducks, he found himself on the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Amazing what a few weeks to heal and a suspension to Justin Abdelkader will do. "That's a step in the right direction," said Samuelsson, who was bothered by a groin injury that wiped out camp and the start of the season, a broken finger followed by pectoral muscle injury. "It's a good opportunity." Samuelsson played 21:48 and was plus-1 with four shots on net. Babcock wants to see Samuelsson at the net. "If you play with those guys (Datsyuk, Zetterberg), you have to be at the net," Babcock said. "He can skate and he's big and strong."
Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg step up at right time for Red Wings
Detroit News | May 7