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Datsyuk injured in Wings’ victory

Associated Press / December 23, 2010

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The Red Wings’ big win came at a heavy price.

Henrik Zetterberg’s second goal of the game at 2:59 of overtime gave Detroit a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks last night at Detroit.

But the Red Wings also lost star center Pavel Datsyuk for at least four weeks with a broken bone in his hand or wrist, according to coach Mike Babcock.

Datsyuk, who has 12 goals and 39 points in 33 games, will not need surgery and his hand will be placed in a cast.

Datsyuk was hurt with about 1:30 left in the first period when he tripped over former Wings teammate Mikael Samuelsson in the Vancouver zone and landed on his right hand-wrist area.

Nicklas Lidstrom’s third-period power-play goal tied the score at 4-4. Zetterberg also added an assist on Lidstrom’s goal. Danny Cleary and Valtteri Filppula also scored for Detroit. Defenseman Brian Rafalski had three assists and Jimmy Howard stopped 35 shots.

Penguins 5, Panthers 2 — Sidney Crosby matched the second-longest scoring streak in 18 years at 22 games with his first-period goal for host Pittsburgh.

Crosby scored for the 28th time this season and 22d time during the streak, 7:44 into the game, giving the Penguins a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, when he fired a slap shot while skating down the left wing that beat goalie Tomas Vokoun to the far side.

Pittsburgh took a 3-1 lead on 14 shots in the first 11 minutes, chasing Vokoun.

Ben Lovejoy had his first career goal, and Mark Letestu, Matt Cooke, and Pascal Dupuis also scored for Pittsburgh, which has won 14 of 16.

Crosby’s streak matched Dany Heatley’s in 2005 as the longest since the lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season. Mats Sundin of the Quebec Nordiques had points in 30 consecutive games during the 1992-93 season.

Islanders 2, Lightning 1 — John Tavares scored 3:23 into overtime as host New York snapped Tampa Bay’s four-game winning streak.

Tavares got to a loose puck near the left post and swept a shot past goalie Dan Ellis to give the Islanders their first win of the season when they didn’t score first.

Blackhawks 4, Predators 1 — Jack Skille scored two goals, rookie Corey Crawford made 24 saves, and host Chicago defeated Nashville for its third straight win.

Crawford lost a bid for his first shutout this season with 8:47 left in the third period when Sergei Kostitsyn scored a power-play goal on a deflection.

Crawford made his 10th start in the last 12 games and outdueled Nashville rookie Anders Lindback, who finished with 31 saves in his ninth straight start.

Skille has six goals this season, four against Nashville.

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