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Datsyuk gets Gordie Howe hat trick

Wings' center gets goal, assist, fight in 4-0 win

Friday, 10.8.2010 / 11:11 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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DETROIT – One of the Red Wings’ top scorers, and the least likely to drop his gloves, Pavel Datsyuk was thrilled to earn his first career ‘Gordie Howe’ hat trick.

“I’m happy to have a ‘Gordie Howe’ hat trick, but it’s not my best dream,” Datsyuk said.

Though it wasn’t pretty, the veteran center held his own in a third-period fight Friday against an experienced pugilist, Anaheim forward Corey Perry. The rare hat trick – a goal, assist and a fighting-major in the same game – is named for the Red Wings’ legend, who was known for his scoring touch and toughness.

With the Red Wings in command, and en route to a 4-0 season-opening victory at Joe Louis Arena, Datsyuk jumped into a scrum to protect his Euro Twin partner, Henrik Zetterberg, who himself had a goal, assist and a roughing penalty.

But Datsyuk is commonly known for his scoring prowess and sportsmanship, which has earned him four of the last five Lady Byng trophies, given annually to the player who best displays gentlemanly conduct.

Wings coach Mike Babcock said that he’d prefer not to see his top-scorer in fisticuffs, and Datsyuk assured the media afterwards that it won’t become a habit.

“Now that I’ve won the Lady Byng,” Datsyuk joked, “I can open my mind. But not too much, don’t worry.”

The Datsyuk-Perry scrap was the result of a devastating open-ice hit delivered by Zetterberg on a delayed penalty. Once play was stopped, the Ducks went after Zetterberg, and Perry squared off with Datsyuk, who held his own by throwing several right hands that landed.
 
Dan Cleary said that most wouldn’t like to see one of the world’s top players risking their health by fighting a guy like Perry, who is four-inches taller than the Wings’ center, and has much more combative experience.

“I think he proved to the hockey world today that this is a guy who stands up for himself; very strong,” Cleary said. “He’s got a lot of heart. I don’t know about you, but I think for us as teammates, and I think fans, really enjoyed that.”

The fight was reminiscent of Datsyuk’s playoff tussle with former Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer in Game 6 of the 2009 Western Conference semifinals at Honda Center.
 
Friday’s sold-out JLA crowd cheered throughout the fight and upped the noise once Datsyuk’s number was posted on the scoreboard next to the ‘5:00’ for fighting.

Asked if the fight with Datsyuk caught him by surprise, Perry said, “No, I think we know he’s an intense player. Those things happen during a game.”


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89