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The Wings showed no ill effects of the west-coast trip, as they returned to Joe Louis Arena on Monday to beat rival Pittsburgh 3-1. Henrik Zetterberg had two goals, and he assisted on Valtteri Filppula’s en route to be named the game’s first star. Jimmy Howard continued his stellar rookie campaign, making 26 saves. Chris Kunitz had the lone goal for the Penguins.
The real news from the game, however, was the altercation after the final buzzer. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby repeatedly cross-checked Henrik Zetterberg during the final seconds, and goaltender Jimmy Howard took it upon himself to stand up for his teammate. The Wings’ goaltender gave Crosby a face-wash with his catching glove, which knocked Crosby’s helmet off, and gave the Hockeytown faithful something extra to cheer about.
In other news:
- The Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James reports that the Wings are trying to get Valtteri Filppula to shoot, shoot, and shoot some more.
- Chris McCosky of the Detroit News writes that Dan Cleary will return to the line-up for Wednesday’s game against St. Louis, and that Jonathan Ericsson’s play is improving.
- MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that the Red Wings, Penguins game was the highest rated Versus regular-season broadcast in the channel’s history.
- James Schmehl, also from MLive, says that Pavel Datsyuk’s improved play is a result of Johan Franzen’s return.