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by Paul on 12/23/10 at 04:00 PM ET
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun discuss the Pavel Datsyuk injury,
Burnside: The Detroit Red Wings beat the Western Conference rival Vancouver Canucks in overtime Wednesday night, but lost Hart Trophy hopeful Pavel Datsyuk to a broken hand. Tough for the Wings, but if there’s a team that can swallow that kind of loss, it is Detroit.
LeBrun: Scotty, Datsyuk is out four weeks and that’s as big as it gets, a Hart Trophy candidate this season and a player that does it all for the Wings. Yes, they’ve got the depth and veteran experience to overcome, but let’s not sugarcoat it—you just don’t replace his minutes.
“It’s a big loss. He’s one of the premier forwards in the NHL and he was playing real well,” Wings GM Ken Holland told me this morning. “Not one player can replace him, but as a group, we need everyone to chip in and step up in their own way. I thought last night in the third period was a good example. Henrik Zetterberg was huge and other players also dug deep for us.”
more plus a look at Pens/Caps tonight…
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