Star players are star players for a reason -- they come up big when their team needs them most. Three of Detroit's best did just that on Friday night.
With regulation time winding down, future Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom
controlled a bouncing puck in the neutral zone and fed Henrik Zetterberg
. The 2008 Conn Smythe winner hit All-Star center Pavel Datsyuk
at the Nashville blue line with a no-look pass. Datsyuk stepped around one All-Star, defenseman Ryan Suter
, before beating another -- goalie Pekka Rinne
-- from between the circles with 5.8 seconds to play, giving Detroit a 2-1 win and extending the Wings' home winning streak to 22 games.
The win gives the Wings a League-high 82 points, four more than second-place Vancouver in the West and three more than the New York Rangers
in the overall standings.
In the Eastern Conference, New Jersey moved into fifth place with a 3-2 shootout win against Anaheim.