It had been a while since Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg put the puck in the net.

But, their goal-scoring drought was in no way a sign that their skills were in decline or that they were worn down.

The Detroit Red Wings witnessed the same, familiar competitive fire in their star forwards, even during their scoring slumps, which ended in fine fashion over the weekend.

Datsyuk made a great inside-out move on defenseman Jeff Petry and buried a perfectly placed wrist shot over Devan Dubnyk's right shoulder at 3:39 of overtime, in a 3-2 win at Edmonton Friday.

Then, Zetterberg scored twice while Datsyuk assisted on three goals and dominated defensively in a 5-2 victory at Vancouver Saturday.

They helped the club secure four crucial points during a three-game Western Canada trip.

“It's nothing new,'' goaltender Jimmy Howard said. “They're night in and night out some of our best players. Sometimes we take it for granted, but it really is special to watch them play.''

Datsyuk had gone 11 games without a goal (eight assists during that stretch). Zetterberg hadn't scored in his past nine games and had only one goal in his previous 21 games (15 assists during that stretch).