Jonathan Ericsson’s beautiful pass to Pavel Datsyuk helped get the Detroit Red Wings on the board Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Kings. And Henrik Zetterberg’s display of skill in the third period helped put the clutch 3-1 win away.
First, it was Ericsson, the Red Wings’ hulking defenseman, who fired a no-look feed across the ice to Datsyuk. Detroit’s assistant captain took it from there, moving the puck to his backhand and beating Jonathan Quick five-hole. That play tied the game at one midway through the second period.
Later, after Jordin Tootoo put the Wings on top, Zetterberg took a pass on the power play from Datsyuk, spun away from traffic and hit Johan Franzen in the crease. Franzen tapped it home to give the Wings an important insurance goal.
We’ll have more on the Red Wings’ current playoff situation soon, but the 3-1 win does give them a chance to clinch a spot Thursday night.