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Zetterberg, Datsyuk help Red Wings top Ducks

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DETROIT (Ticker) -- Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal and set up

two others Friday, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2

triumph over the Anaheim Ducks in a meeting between the last two

Stanley Cup winners.

All-Star Pavel Datsyuk netted the game-winner and added an

assist for the defending champion Red Wings, who have won eight

of their last 10 contests.

"I think we had a good game," Zetterberg said. "We got off to a

good start. It's a good mix on our line."

Dan Cleary, Johan Franzen and Kris Draper also tallied and Ty

Conklin made 24 saves for Detroit (39-12-8), which moved within

one of the San Jose Sharks (39-8-9) for the top spot in the

Western Conference.

"We were really good," Conklin said. "Certainly the first two

periods, we controlled the play for the most part for the whole

period. We had a lot of power plays, but we were working hard

to get those calls. It was a real good win."

Conklin has now won 11 straight home games. The 32-year-old

netminder has not lost at Joe Louis Arena since November 26.

"We've been playing pretty well for a while here," Conklin said.

"We're capitalizing on the power play. It gives everyone

confidence. It makes it tough on the other teams."

Ryan Getzlaf and rookie Bobby Ryan scored, All-Star

Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 29 shots and Teemu Selanne

collected two assists for the Ducks (28-27-5), who have lost

three straight contests and remain one point behind the

eighth-place Edmonton Oilers (29-25-4) in the West.

"It's desperation time right now," Giguere said. "We need to

quickly move on from this game and learn from our mistakes."

Datsyuk snapped a 1-1 with 34 seconds remaining in the first

period, scoring a power-play goal with a one-timer off a

centering pass from Zetterberg. Datsyuk, who has 25 goals on

the season, repaid the favor in the next session.

Zetterberg gave the Red Wings a 3-1 bulge with 8:21 left in the

second with another man-advantage tally.

"They're making good plays and getting some time in space," Red

Wings coach Mike Babcock said of the power play. "They're

getting the puck back. It's not one and done. They're getting

the puck back, wearing the penalty killers out and suddenly nice

things happen."

Datsyuk, the Selke Trophy recipient last season, forced a

turnover in the corner and delivered a pass to Zetterberg in the

slot. The reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Zetterberg

converted with a one-timer for his 22nd goal of the campaign.

"It was a good game for us," Zetterberg said. "It seemed like

the puck was bouncing our way tonight. We just have to enjoy

this because we'll have some nights when it doesn't all go our


Franzen extended the Red Wings' lead to 4-1 with an unassisted

goal, his 25th of the season, just 83 ticks into the final




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