Western Conference Final: Pavel Datsyuk Scores Three, Wings Up Three

Francois GendronSenior Writer IMay 12, 2008

The Detroit Red Wings crushed the Dallas Stars' hopes of coming back into the series tonight with the help of Pavel Datsyuk who registered his first career playoff hatrick.

After 10 minutes of play, the hero of the night, Pavel Datsyuk, opened the scoring for the Red Wings. Then the Dallas Stars tied the game up at 1-1 with the first playoff goal from defensemen Niklas Grossman. Datsuk replied only 37 seconds later and gave a, two to one lead, to the Wings.

Brad Richards tied the game at two's and gave hope to the home crowd early into the second period. However, once again, the Wings pulled ahead thanks to Jiri Hudler.

The Wings would buckle down and they never allowed a tying goal from their opponents.

The third period was all in favor of the Red Wings. The death blow came very early in the third period when Henrik Zetterberg scored while his team was shorthanded.

Pavel Datsuk completed his hatrick with three minutes to go in the contest.

Final score: Detroit Red Wings five—Dallas Stars two (Detroit leads the series three games to none.)

Thursday could mark the end of the Stars' season as they are now facing elimination.

(Picture: Pavel Datsyuk, Canadian Press)