NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Pittsburgh
(Sunday, February 8th)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Ty Conklin turned aside all 25 shots he faced to earn his sixth shutout of the season and Pavel Datsyuk scored twice as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, at Mellon Arena.
Conklin, who was a member of the Penguins last season, picked up his 10th career shutout.
"It's nice to get shutouts, it's a reflection of how the team is playing," said Conklin. "It's more important to get the win, really."
Marian Hossa also lit the lamp for Detroit, which has won four straight after losing the previous five contests. It was Hossa's first game in Pittsburgh since leaving the team as a free agent in the offseason.
These two clubs clashed in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, with the Red Wings capturing their fourth Stanley Cup title in 11 seasons and 11th overall in club history. It was the teams' first meeting at Mellon Arena since the Red Wings' Game 6 Cup-clinching 3-2 victory on June 4.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26-of-29 shots for the Penguins, who had a brief two-game winning streak snapped. Pittsburgh has dropped four of six.
Detroit was without left wing Tomas Holmstrom, who is scheduled to undergo hernia surgery and is expected to miss up to five weeks. Center Johan Franzen also missed the contest after suffering a hand injury in the Wings' victory over Edmonton on Saturday.
In the third period, with the Red Wings clinging to a 1-0 lead, the Pens had some carry over power-play time from the second frame, but were unable to get the equalizer.
"Sometimes your power play is not going to score, but you want to take advantage of them when you get them," said Pens center Sidney Crosby.
The defensive battle continued for nearly half the stanza until Hossa gave the Wings a little insurance with at great individual effort at 11:09.
Hossa gathered the puck along the left wing boards, skated back to the blue line, then up the middle and backhanded a shot from the slot that went off the post and past Fleury, making it a 2-0 game.
Datsyuk's second of the game, with 2:12 left, put Detroit ahead by three. The speedy center skated down the left side, took a slap shot that Fleury stopped, but Datsyuk picked up the rebound and beat the Pens netminder between the pads with a backhander.
After a scoreless first stanza, Datsyuk found the net midway through the second with the Red Wings skating on the power play.
Henrik Zetterberg's soft wrist shot from the top of the right circle was batted down by Fleury, but Datsyuk, coming in late, fired the rebound home from the left side to put Detroit ahead.
Both goaltenders were busy in the second stanza with Conklin stopping all eight shots he faced. Fleury turned aside 13-of-14.
Pittsburgh will host San Jose on Wednesday night, while Detroit visits Nashville on Tuesday...The teams split two meetings this season with Pittsburgh claiming a 7-6 overtime win at Detroit on November 11...The Red Wings have won six of the last eight regular-season contests against the Penguins, including four of the last five in Pittsburgh.
02/08 21:01:54 ET