Dallas Stars

Video: Datsyuk goes top-shelf on Gibson


Pavel Datsyuk scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season during the second period tonight in Anahiem as the Red Wings out-shot the Ducks 11-3.

Datsyuk opened the scoring at 3:54 of the second beating John Gibson top-shelf.

He added his second at 6:50 of the middle frame as the Wings lead the Ducks 2-0 after 40 minutes.

Its Datsyuk’s second straight multi-goal game; he netted a pair in Detroit’s 7-6 overtime win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

The 36-year-old now has six goals and eight assists in 10 games.

Zetterberg to miss game vs. Ducks


The Detroit Red Wings will be without captain Henrik Zetterberg tonight in Anaheim.

According to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Zetterberg will miss tonight’s game and possibly Tuesday’s game against the L.A. Kings.

Zetterberg was injured after taking punches from Dallas Stars’ captain Jamie Benn during the second period of Saturday’s 7-6 overtime win.

The 34-year-old played just one shift in the third period and did not practice on Sunday.

Zetterberg has 15 goals and a team-leading 49 points in 57 games this season.

Khan also reports that Teemu Pulkkinen is a game-time decision tonight against the Ducks. If the 22-year-old is unable to play, Daniel Cleary will take his spot in the lineup.

Zetterberg (Jamie Benn head punch) doubtful for tonight


Detroit could be without leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg this evening when it takes on the Ducks in Anaheim.

Zetterberg was hurt during Saturday’s wild 7-6 OT win over Dallas after taking this shot from Stars captain Jamie Benn in the second period:

As the video shows, Benn received a two-minute roughing minor on the play. Zetterberg finished the second period but left the game after taking just one 15-second shift in the third. He didn’t practice yesterday and Detroit didn’t hold a morning skate today.

The Wings captain is currently listed as “doubtful” for tonight, per GM Ken Holland. It would be the first game the 34-year-old has missed all season — this has been a banner campaign health-wise for Zetterberg, who missed 37 games last year with back problems.

NHL on NBC: Welcome to Hockey Day in America


NBC continues its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign with Sunday’s Hockey Day in America tripleheader. Coverage begins at noon on-site from Lake Placid, N.Y. on the 35th anniversary of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice”. In addition to NBC and NBCSN, you can also watch the games online.

Hockey Day in America coverage begins with the Washington Capitals visiting the Philadelphia Flyers (12:30 p.m. ET on NBC) in the fifth and final meeting between the two clubs.

Caps’ forward Niklas Backstrom enters today’s action with two goals and five assists during a four-game point streak. His assist on Matt Niskanen’s goal Saturday afternoon has him in sole possession of the NHL scoring lead.

Washington stretched its win streak to four games yesterday and are now just four points back of the New York Islanders for top spot in the Metropolitan Division.

At this time last month the playoffs seemed like a long shot for the Philadelphia Flyers; however, following Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Nashville Predators, the Flyers trail the Boston Bruins by just four points for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Flyers have won three straight games against the Capitals at home, and five of the past six against them overall.

The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks follow up the Caps and Flyers in a rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup final (3:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

The Bruins limp into this afternoon’s contest having failed to pick up two points in six straight games. They’ll also be without David Krejci in Chicago. He was injured in the Bruins 5-1 loss in St. Louis on Friday night.

Chicago had its streak of seven straight games with at least a point snapped Friday in a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. The Blackhawks are currently 2-1-3 on their season-high eight-game homestand.

Coverage of today’s action switches over to NBCSN for the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild (8 p.m. ET on NBCSN). The Wild won three of the first four meetings between the two clubs. The Stars won the most recent meeting 7-1 on Jan. 3.

Dallas will look to avoid a third straight loss following a disappointing 7-6 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. The Stars failed to hang on to a two-goal lead twice during the third period in the loss.

The Wild return home after a 2-1-0 road trip to Western Canada and will look for a third straight win tonight. The game marks the fifth and final meeting between the two clubs this season.

NBC and NBCSN’s Hockey Day In America presentation will include interviews with members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team as well as several features exploring hockey’s influence and impact in America.

Today’s coverage will include a feature on U.S. sled hockey’s Josh Sweeney, a sit down with Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter and profile of the U.S. National Team Development program.

Video: Stars’ goalie Lehtonen throws stick in anger after Red Wings OT goal


Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was furious and he decided to take his frustrations out on his stick after getting beat by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall in overtime Saturday.

Kronwall scored the winner on a backhand 36 seconds into the extra frame. Lehtonen got to his feet and chucked his stick against the end boards, narrowly missing the referee behind the net. The Stars, who restored their two-goal lead midway through the third period, lost by a final score of 7-6.

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg left the game and did not return due to an upper-body injury.

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reported that Zetterberg was punched in the head by Jamie Benn, but will travel with the team to Anaheim.