Pavel Datsyuk adamantly denied there was two of him on the ice Saturday night against the Canucks.

The way he played, the NHL may have to investigate to make certain.

"It's more about partners," Datsyuk said, after the big 5-2 victory that helped make a swing through western Canada, that 24 hours earlier began teetering on the brink of disaster, a smashing success.

"They make it happen, easy to me. They yell at me, go here, go there, and what to do. It's easy," joked Datsyuk, who got three assists and did more backchecking than any other two forwards on either team.

Justin Abdelkader barely could walk in the morning. A deep cut through his left skate in the win Friday night against the Oilers resulted in eight stitches, a lot of pain and the Red Wings support staff engineering his boot so he could put it on and lace it up.

On Saturday night, he scored twice, once of his skate and once off his chest, on passes from Datsyuk. In the dressing room after the game, the top of Abdelkader's white sock was pink in a three-inch diameter circle, reminiscent of Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in the 2004 World Series.