Monday, February 8, 2016

Euro Twins Reunited--For Now

Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have been reunited--and it feels so good.

The "Eurotwins" have played two consecutive games together and in that time Detroit has gone 2-0, outscouring opponents 8-1.

Datsyuk is 2-4-6 in those games, and Zetterberg is 0-2-2. The pair have combined for 12 shots on net, and coach Jeff Blashill likes what he sees so far.

"They did a good job," Blashill said after Detroit mangled the Islanders 5-1 on Saturday at the Joe. "What did we call them - Eurotwins? I thought there were moments when you saw that, where they played off each other well. I told them this isn't going to be a short-term thing, and I don't know what long-term means, but we've got a good home stand here, let's see if they can feed off each other."

Datsyuk scored twice in 1:08 in the third period of Monday night's win over the Panthers. On the second goal he took a slick backhand feed from Zetterberg before deking and depositing the puck past Panthers' goalie Al Montoya.

“It was like holiday,” Datsyuk said of getting back to together with Zetterberg, according to Bob Duff of Hockey Buzz. “We long time don’t play. We need little bit of time but as far as our first game, we get lots of chances, have lots of fun.”

Datsyuk added: “He really holds the puck. He makes good decisions and he is also always in the danger zone."