The Best Moment from Each Detroit Red Wings Star in 2013
The Detroit Red Wings have been led by their stars over the past decade, and 2013 was no different.
The Red Wings have now played almost one-and-a-half seasons in the year 2013, and while one of those seasons was an abbreviated 48-game campaign, there were still some highlights for the team and individual players as a whole.
Here is the best moment for each Red Wings star player in the 2013 calendar year.
"Best" moment in this case will depend on a number of factors, including statistics in a given game, the final score and the magnitude of the game.
It should also be noted that while certain players on the Red Wings—Johan Franzen for example—may appear to have "star" status, they only show up for certain games and thus, fall short of star status on a regular basis.
The Detroit Red Wings needed a big win at home in Game 6 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Anaheim Ducks to keep their season alive.
The Red Wings got a huge lift from Pavel Datsyuk as he started the scoring and assisted on the overtime, game-winning goal by Henrik Zetterberg.
Datsyuk finished the night with a goal and two assists and preserved the Red Wings' season. The Wings would go on to win Game 7 on the road in Anaheim and advance to face the Chicago Blackhawks.
Datsyuk has had several three-point games in the 2013 calendar year, but none of them were bigger than his performance in Game 6.
The Detroit Red Wings were extremely close to missing the playoffs last season, squeaking in by a single point over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
While captain Henrik Zetterberg played a big part in the Red Wings' upset of the Anaheim Ducks and taking the Chicago Blackhawks to the brink in the second round, his performance to get the Red Wings into the playoffs was even better.
Zetterberg finished the 2013 regular season with 10 points in his last four games, helping Detroit win all four of those games.
Detroit needed to win the last four games to be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs and Zetterberg delivered. In the last game of the season against the Dallas Stars, Zetterberg put up two goals and an assist, including the game-winner to seal the playoff berth for Detroit.
That game against Dallas to make the playoffs was more important than anything he did in the playoffs, because if he hadn't shown up to play in such a massive way, the Red Wings would have been at home watching the playoffs instead.
Daniel Alfredsson is third in Red Wings scoring right now with 27 points in 32 games, and while he has never won a Stanley Cup, he has had some big moments in the playoffs.
The Pens had a 1-0 lead and a power play with under a minute to go. Things were looking bleak for the Senators, who were already down 2-0 in the series to the Penguins.
Daniel Alfredsson brought the puck up the ice, dumped it off and cut to the net where he deflected a point shot past Tomas Vokoun to tie the game at 1-1.
That set the stage for the Senators to stage a comeback, and they won in double overtime after Colin Greening potted the game-winner.
The Alfredsson goal gave the Sens life in what had been a lifeless showing from them up to that point against the Pens.
Jimmy Howard has been knocked around during the 2013-14 season, but that shouldn't take away from his performance leading up to the 2013 playoffs.
Howard had a career low in GAA (2.44) and career high in save percentage (92.4) over his 14 playoff games last season, but his real test came leading up to the playoffs.
As mentioned on the Zetterberg slide, the Red Wings needed to win their last four games to qualify for the playoffs, and Jimmy Howard won all four of those games, posting two shutouts on the way and allowing just three goals in the last four games of the regular season.
Howard started that four-game winning streak with a 34-save shutout at home against the Phoenix Coyotes and turned away 60 of the next 63 shots to preserve the playoff berth for Detroit.
For a franchise that prides itself on its consecutive playoff streak, Jimmy Howard did his due part last season to make sure that the streak stayed intact.
All statistics via NHL.com.