In the first meaningful game between Detroit and Pittsburgh since last spring's Stanley Cup finals, Zetterberg kept up his recent scoring prowess by scoring twice and assisting on the Red Wings' opening goal in 3-1 win over the Penguins. After Pascal Dupuis(notes) scored late in the second period to cut the Detroit lead to one, Zetterberg wasted no time restoring the two-goal lead with a tally 1:20 into the third period. In his last 10 games, Zetterberg has scored 14 points and helped lead the Red Wings to a four-point advantage over the Calgary Flames for the final spot in the Western Conference with 10 games to play for both teams. Detroit had won right out of 11 games since the Olympic break.
Elliott's 29-save performance against Montreal gave the Senators a 2-0 win, snapping their five-game losing streak in the process. Recording his fourth shutout of the season, Elliott won for just the second time in six starts. Rookie defenseman Erik Karlsson(notes) had two points and finished with a plus rating for just the second time in seven games. Since the Olympic break, Ottawa has won just twice, losing ground in the Eastern Conference, but the with over the Canadiens puts them alone in fifth place.
Defensemen aren't supposed to be this good at such a young age are they? Don't they take years to mature? Doughty is defying all that logic and continuing to play at a Norris Trophy-level nightly. His 26:06 led all players in time-on-ice and his bomb 3:40 into overtime to give the Kings a 4-3 win over Colorado and saved them from a frustrating loss. After Ryan Smyth's(notes) second goal of the night gave Los Angeles a 3-2 lead with 10 minutes to play, it was T.J. Galiardi(notes) who waited until there were six seconds left to tie it and send the game to overtime.
Honorable mention: In the victory over Pittsburgh, Jimmy Howard(notes) was just about unbeatable. Stopping 26 shots en route to his 29th win of the year, Howard frustrated the Penguins all night and decided to get himself involved in the post game scrum between Sidney Crosby(notes) and Henrik Zetterberg ... Valtteri Filppula(notes) scored a goal and added an assist to give him five points in his last two games ... Colorado's Peter Mueller(notes) is really enjoying his new scenery. Since being dealt from Phoenix to the Avs, he's scored 13 points in nine games
Did you know? Montreal has failed to score a goal in six games this season.
Dishonorable mention: A scary moment at Bell Centre saw Montreal's Travis Moen(notes) take Matt Cullen's(notes) skate blade around his eye after the two collided in the corner. Moen was rushed off the ice by a trainer, but good news was that he was treated inside the arena and did not need to go to a hospital. No word on how many stitches he may have needed.