|Center Pavel Datsyuk produced three consecutive multi-point games for the Red Wings last week. The NHL named him the second star of the week. (Photo by Getty Images) |
KANATA, Ontario – Pavel Datsyuk is off to the hottest start of his 13-season career.
The veteran center was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week after he extended his season-long point streak to six games with a two-point effort in the Red Wings’ 3-2 shootout loss at Buffalo on Sunday.
Datsyuk had multiple-point efforts in all three of the Red Wings’ games last week. He produced four goals and seven points with a plus-3 rating, leading Detroit to a 2-0-1 mark that included regulation wins over Washington and Los Angeles. Datsyuk now has five goals and five assists with a plus-1 rating in six games this season.
St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko and Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury were named first and third stars, respectively, for the week ending Nov. 2.
Datsyuk missed the first five games of the regular season with a separated right shoulder, which he sustained late in the third period of the team’s preseason opener in Pittsburgh on Sept. 22.
But since his return, the Magic Man has been absolutely incredible, while centering a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader.
When asked about Datsyuk’s ability to bounce back from the injury seemingly without any obstacles to overcome Zetterberg shrugged his shoulders.
“He’s Pavel,” the Wings’ captain said. “He’s playing well and it’s fun to play with him. Create a lot of chances for other people. … I think that’s what’s special with him.”
He’s off to the fastest point streak of his career. Previously, the fastest he’s reached 10 points at the start of any campaign was in the NHL lockout-shortened season in 2013 when he needed the first seven games to produce 10 points.
Ottawa center David Legwand knows what to expect from Datsyuk Tuesday night when the Senators host the Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre.
“He’s world class and one of the best there is,” said Legwand, who played 21 games in a Red Wings uniform late last season. “Obviously, in my 15-16 years, he’s probably one of the best I’ve ever played against. He’s super talented, plays 200 feet, plays the right way and he’s going to do things that other players can’t do out there.”