Around the Rink – December 7 Edition

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The Red Wings concluded their road trip with their fathers with a 3-1 win over the NY Rangers in NYC Sunday evening. Forward Pavel Datsyuk recorded his seventh tally of the season and first in eight games. Dan Cleary broke the tie with 1:03 left in the third period. Veteran forward Kris Draper cemented the win with an empty netter with seven seconds remaining. Henrik Zetterberg and Nick Lidstrom earned the assists for both Datsyuk and Cleary’s goals.

Rookie netminder Jimmy Howard stood tall in net, stopping 28 shots including a spectacular save on a penalty shot to keep the game knotted up at 1-1. Defenseman Brian Rafalski returned to the lineup after missing Saturday’s game due to a sore back. Forward Ville Leino was a healthy scratch for the second time this season.

A few DRW bloggers offered up their thoughts on the win: Big Red Machine, Hey Hey Hockeytown, Red Wings Blog, Red, White & Black-n-Blue, Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle, and Winging It In Motown.

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