Instead, it was Justin Abdelkader.
Abdelkader scored the first hat trick of his career on Friday night thanks to Datsyuk's 500th career assist in the second period. Quite the odd couple, no? Meanwhile, the third period hasn't even started yet and the Wings are up, 4-1, in Anaheim.
Pavs' 500th career assist on Abby's first career hat trick. I kind of like hockey tonight.— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitinmotown) March 22, 2013