Four games into the season, and the power play unit for the Red Wings was looking awful.
But oh, how fast things can change in one game.
An 0-for-10 start to the season with a man advantage awoke a sleeping giant on Saturday, as the Wings scored three power play goals en route to a 5-2 win over the Flyers.
"You've got to earn the right to feel good about yourself and feel confident," coach Mike Babcock said. "I think we can still play way better, but it was a good step for our team."
Todd Bertuzzi opened the scoring for the Wings at 7:13 during a power play, as he took a feed from Daniel Alfredsson behind the net and sent a wrap around try between the pads of Flyers' netminder Ray Emery for his first goal of the year. It was also the first time that Bertuzzi had scored on the power play since 2010.
Bertuzzi was also a factor as a net front presence on the other two power play goals.
“I’ve been off and on sparingly, so when I’m on there I have to make sure to take full advantage when I’m out there,” he said. “Do the little things, be strong on the faceoff for the guys, get the puck back to them and get in front of the net.”
Babcock moved Bertuzzi to the Wings' top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk to spark the scoring.
“I thought he was steady,” Babcock said. “The big thing with Bert – as long as he gets to the net and he takes care of the puck – then things will work out real good for him."
Niklas Kronwall made the score 2-0 at 11:08 of the second during a power play when he snapped a shot past Emery for his first goal of the season.
The Flyers got on the board 34 seconds later after Erik Gustafsson beat Jimmy Howard with a slapshot.
Pavel Datsyuk scored the third power play goal of the night at 3:08 of the third when he sent a no-look backhander past Emery for his second goal of the year.
Tye McGinn cut the score to 3-2 with a backhand at 5:46 for his first career NHL goal.
Henrik Zetterberg would then help restore order with two goals of his own. The first came with 6:12 remaining when he beat Emery with a wrister for his third goal of the year. He added an empty netter with 53 seconds left to put the game out of reach to give him a team-leading four goals.
Howard picked up his third win of the year as he stopped 32 of 34 shots.
NOTES: Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Kronwall, and Zetterberg each tallied three points…Luke Glendening made his NHL debut with the Wings. He recorded two shots on goal, one hit, and won 44% of faceoffs.
- DET Niklas Kronwall (PP Goal, 2 PP Assists)
- DET Jimmy Howard (W, 32 Saves, .941 save percentage)
- DET Daniel Alfredsson (3 PP Assists)
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