Datsyuk secures his 900th point as Red Wings outlast Bruins
DETROIT – The way both teams were scoring, Pavel Datsyuk couldn't help reaching this milestone.
Needing one point to make it to 900 in his NHL career, Datsyuk had two goals and an assist Sunday to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-5 victory over the Boston Bruins. Henrik Zetterberg and Darren Helm also scored twice each for the Red Wings in a game that felt like a throwback to a more high-scoring era.
"It looked like 1986," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said.
Both teams blew two-goal leads before Danny DeKeyser's shot from the point deflected past goalie Jonas Gustavsson at 7:37 of the third period. Zetterberg was credited with the goal.
Boston's Brad Marchand set a franchise record for fastest goal by scoring 8 seconds into the game.
Datsyuk reached the 900-point milestone when he scored during a scramble in front with 5:14 left in the period. He credited the teammates he's played with for enabling him to reach the milestone.
"Lots of helping and supporting, and lots of teaching me, too," he said. "Lots of giving me advice."
• STEPAN REACHES 100: Derek Stepan scored twice in the third period — surpassing 100 career goals in the process — to lead the host Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Flyers. Stepan, a former Wisconsin standout from Hastings, reached 100 at 10:34 of the third. His second made it 3-0 with 6:06 remaining when he rifled his 12th goal of the season from the left circle. "We worked hard tonight," Stepan said. "We just have to continue to work at that." Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots as New York improved to 5-0-1 in its past six games. Brayden Schenn spoiled Lundqvist's shutout bid with 9.7 seconds left in the third period.
• BLUES BREAK AWAY: Robby Fabbri and Patrik Berglund scored on breakaways and Brian Elliott stopped 37 shots as the Blues held on for a 2-1 victory over the Lightning in Tampa, Fla. Elliott was superb until Nikita Kucherov scored in the final minute for Tampa Bay, which lost for the third time in four games.
• SABRES STRIKE EARLY: Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist as part of a three-goal first period, leading the Sabres to a 4-1 victory over the Avalanche in Buffalo, N.Y. Buffalo also got goals from Jack Eichel, Evander Kane and Marcus Foligno as it ended a 0-6-4 skid against Colorado. It was the Sabres' first victory over the Avalanche since Dec. 4, 2005.
• ONE IS ENOUGH FOR DEVILS: Keith Kinkaid made 25 saves to record his first NHL shutout in leading the Devils to a 1-0 victory over the Kings in Newark, N.J. David Schlemko scored the game's lone goal, and New Jersey won its third consecutive game.
• HOSSA ON IR: The Blackhawks placed Marian Hossa on injured reserve and recalled center Vincent Hinostroza from Rockford of the AHL. Hossa was hurt when he was hit by Anaheim defenseman Hampus Lindholm on his lower left leg in the second period of Chicago's 3-2 loss Saturday.