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During his four-game point streak, Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg has five goals and four assists.

"It was nice to get a few days and get away from it a little bit. But we're right back at it and we're looking forward to playing in a game. (But) the good thing is it's the same for all the teams. Obviously we're not used to having five days off, and even though it's great for the body and energizes you, it's not optimal to come back and play right away (after a lengthy break). But it's the same for all the teams and it's going to be fun."

- Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, on resting during the All-Star game weekend. January 26th, 2015

"If you look at our division, the teams ahead of us are winning games, the teams behind us are winning games, so you have to keep winning if you want to be in the hunt."

–Henrik Zetterberg, on keeping pace in the Eastern Conference.

NHL Three Stars

By Mike Majeski, Fansided.com, January 25th, 2015

No. 1 Star: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

Zetterberg had three goals and an assist to earn his sixth career hat trick and lead the Detroit Red Wings to a come-from-behind win against the Buffalo Sabres last Sunday. The Sabres held a 3-0 lead after the first period, but Detroit scored five unanswered goals over the second and third periods to take a 5-3 lead. Buffalo cut the lead to one 8:31 into the third period, but Zetterberg restored the two goal lead 11:59 into the third to complete the hat trick. He also had an assist for a four point night. Zetterberg followed that performance with three assists in Tuesday’s 5-4 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild. Zetterberg goes into the NHL All-Star break with four goals and four assists in his last five games.

The Face Of Detroit Sports - Who's your choice?

By Julius Porter, DetroitSportsNation.com, January 25th, 2015

Detroit is Hockey Town. It's Red Wings have qualified for the postseason 23 straight times (probably your whole life). No man on an NHL hockey team is more important to its team success than its Captain (capping the C is necessary). Detroit's captain happens to be none other than the man they call "Hank". Henrik Zetterberg bursted onto the NHL scene out of Njurunda, Sweden in 1999 as a late selection by the Red Wings in the NHL entry draft. Sixteen years and over 700 NHL points later, Zetterberg has sealed his status among Red Wing greats and has the team on the verge of a 24th straight trip to the NHL postseason. Room will definitely have to be made for his jersey in the rafters of the Red Wings new stadium. He's also an army (Swedish) veteran like myself which made this selection all the more simple.

Memories of One

By Bob Duff, Hockeybuzz.com, January 22nd, 2015

Veteran Wings players were sharing memories of the first time they lit a red lamp in the show.

“You always remember your first one,” Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “Mine, I got a pass from (Chris) Chelios and I had an open net.

Sunshine trumps All-Star appeal for Red Wings

By Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, January 22nd, 2015

As it stood this morning, the Wings were not going to have any representatives at this weekend's NHL All-Star Game in Columbus. The one Wing selected, goaltender Jimmy Howard, had to pull out because of injury, leaving only the possibility of an injury to a selected skater as a way for Wings player to go. Pittsburgh Penguins All-Star Evgeni Malkin came up injured Wednesday night, creating an opening -- but don't expect a Wing to cover for him.

The NHL inquired last week whether Henrik Zetterberg or Pavel Datsyuk were interested and was soundly rebuffed.

It's better for the organization, too, that its players get the mental break of being off for five days before coming back for the race across the finish line.

"We're doing a lot of good things. We've gotten better and got it going here. I think we're a little deeper. There's a long way to go and we have to keep winning games. Montreal and Tampa will win games, and Boston will win games. We need to keep playing well if we want to have fun in the end."

–Henrik Zetterberg. January 22nd, 2015.

Who Could Become Highest Scoring Swede

By Craig Hagerman, The Hockey Writers, January 21st, 2015

The Detroit Red Wings captain currently sits 11th on the list with 764 points. The Njurunda native is leading the Wings in scoring this season with 44 points in 47 games. He has also been red-hot lately. Zetterberg has seven points in his last two games, including a three-goal, four-point performance against the Buffalo Sabres last Sunday.

Zetterberg is on pace for a 76-point season, which would see him move up one spot on the list to 10th overall, passing Maple Leafs great Borje Salming. Like others on the list, long-term injuries have also slowed Zetterberg down from reaching the top.

Last season the 34-year-old was limited to just 45 games with the Wings. But in the games he did play in, he managed 16 goals and 48 points. In a full 82 game season he would have been on pace for 87 points. The total would have already had Zetterberg pass Salming and on his way to passing Thomas Steen, who holds down the ninth spot.

Unlike the Sedins, Zetterberg looks to be staying more consistent at the age of 34. He is 122 points from leaping all the way up to fourth spot, so realistically two seasons of slightly over 60 points should do it. At his age he is still nearly a point per game player so if he can continue to produce at that pace, he could move into the upper echelon of Sweden-born players.

Detroit Red Wings Individual Milestones

300 goals: Henrik Zetterberg (293)

500 assists: Henrik Zetterberg (468)

800 points: Henrik Zetterberg (761)

Zetterberg (805) needs 42 games played to pass Red Kelly (846) for 14th on the team’s all-time list.

Henrik Zetterberg (293) needs 17 goals to pass Brendan Shanahan (309) for 7th on the team’s all-time list.

Henrik Zetterberg (94) needs 22 powerplay goals to pass Brendan Shanahan (115) for 5th on the team’s all-time list.

Henrik Zetterberg (59) needs 5 game-winning goals to pass Brendan Shanahan (63) for 3rd on the team’s all-time list.

Drafted in 1999, nobody would’ve guessed that the 210th overall pick would turn into something special. However, Henrik Zetterberg proved otherwise. The 34-year-old has since played in 11 NHL seasons, making the playoffs in each of those seasons – a sure sign of success. Not only that, but Zetterberg has had a knack for coming through when his team needs him – scoring numerous game-winning goals.

Zetterberg (59) needs 1 game-winning goal to pass Pavol Demitra, Pavel Bure, Milan Hejduk, Rick Middleton, Brian Propp, Pat LaFontaine, and John Bucyk (59) for 66th on the NHL’s all-time list.

Wings are rally kings

By Bob Duff, Hockeybuzz.com, January 19th, 2015

Rallying from a 3-0 first-period deficit to defeat the Buffalo Sabres Sunday at Joe Louis Arena, the Wings improved to 7-3-1 this season when trailing after the first period.

“I don't know the answer to that one but it's nice to see that when we start bad, we can find a way to get back,” Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “That's all it is.”

“There's not many games that we've played this year that we haven't been in the game,” Zetterberg said. “We showed that again. Even though we dug ourselves a pretty big hole from the start, we found a way to come back.

“It's obviously nice to win.”

After Sunday’s uninspiring start, Detroit coach Mike Babcock opted to shuffle his lines, splitting up his ace pair of Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

“I did it, but really what I’m doing in between periods is trying to find energy,” Babcock explained. “You do something different to get them going. (Darren) Helm seemed to give Pav some energy. I thought when we flipped Z into the middle he really got jump. I thought our guys really dug in. The next thing you knew we were back in the game.”

“I just thought leadership-wise we’re fortunate with (Zetterberg) Pav and Kronner (Niklas Kronwall) in here that things are looked after pretty good. That doesn’t mean things are going to be great all the time, but they’re determined people, they do things right and they set a good example.

“I thought great leadership from those key guys was important. You’ve got to give the guys a lot of credit. This is two huge points for us. It was one that could have slipped away but we didn’t let that happen.”

Zetterberg’s Big Night
Not only did he produce his first hat-trick since Feb. 1, 2013 and his second four-point game of the season in Sunday’s win, Zetterberg became the first Wing to score three goals in a period since Johan Franzen did it against the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 2, 2011.

As well, Zetterberg improved his career totals as a Wing to 761 points, moving past Norm Ullman (758) for seventh on the team’s all-time scoring list.

Babcock was just happy to see his captain lighting some red lamps.

“Z’s had some opportunities lately and hasn’t buried them, so it’s great to see him wire it into the net,” Babcock said. “It gives you confidence.

“When you’re a scorer, you like to score. It gives you energy.”

Tomas Tatar (21) and right-winger Gustav Nyquist (17) are 1-2 on the team in goals.

“Both Tats and Nyquist are scoring a lot of goals for us,” Zetterberg said. “It's fun to see. It seems like when one gets one, the other one is not long after, scoring too. It's good.
“They're working hard, both of them, and it's well-deserved.”

Henrik Zetterberg's leadership, sixth career hat trick lifts Red Wings to comeback

By Ansar Khan, Mlive.com, January 19th 2015

The captain, Henrik Zetterberg, didn't need to yell at the team during the first intermission Sunday. The players knew how lousy they performed and were embarrassed.

Zetterberg apparently just raised his voice a little, offered some advice and led the way.

Zetterberg scored three goals in the third period, picking up his sixth career hat trick, propelling the Detroit Red Wings past the Buffalo Sabres 6-4 at Joe Louis Arena.

In winning their fourth in a row, the Red Wings (26-11-9) overcame what might have been their worst period of the season, when they fell behind 3-0 in the first.

"Obviously, we were embarrassed," coach Mike Babcock said. "That was as bad as we've been. It wasn't totally a surprise to be. This was a trap game. We've played two real good teams in a row and found ways to win.

"It's a back-to-back, so you don't have time to get in here and get organized and feeling good about yourself. You don't prepare like you should. You don't compete like you should and the next thing you know, it's the NHL, they've got real players and you're down 3-0."

Said Zetterberg: "They were hungrier and won all the battles. We knew that if we could get one, we were going to get a few more. Also, if we started playing the way we should play, we would have a good chance of winning the game."

Zetterberg scored twice early in the third period (at 1:59 and on the power play at 5:05) to give his team a 5-3 lead and then added an important insurance goal at 11:59 as hats rained down on the ice.

"He's the one that raises his voice here in the intermission, tells us we're not good enough and he comes out and scores three," Nyquist said. 'Obviously led the way for us and that's what he does. We're lucky to have him."

Zetterberg scored twice early in the third period (at 1:59 and on the power play at 5:05) to give his team a 5-3 lead and then added an important insurance goal at 11:59 as hats rained down on the ice.

"He's the one that raises his voice here in the intermission, tells us we're not good enough and he comes out and scores three," Nyquist said. 'Obviously led the way for us and that's what he does. We're lucky to have him."

Zetterberg, who assisted on Nyquist's goal for a four-point night, has 761 points, moving past Norm Ullman (758) into seventh place on the franchise's career list.

"Z's had some opportunities lately and hasn't buried them, so it's great to see him wire it into the net," Babcock said. "It gives you confidence. When you're a scorer, you like to score. It gives you energy."

Said Zetterberg: "I think it's been a while (his most recent hat trick was on Feb. 1, 2013), so it's always nice to see the puck go in. Abby (Justin Abdelkader) makes a really good job for me, standing in front of the goalie. I think (Darren) Helmer was standing in front of the goalie on the second one. Nyquist was being in front of the goalie on my third one, so it helps when the goalie doesn't see the puck."

Babcock shuffled lines after the first, putting Zetterberg back at center with Nyquist and Abdelkader and reuniting Datsyuk with Tatar and Helm.

"Helm seemed to give Pav some energy. I thought when we flipped Z into the middle he really got jump," Babcock said. "The next thing you knew we were back in the game."

Henrik Zetterberg's 3rd-period hat trick lifts Red Wings to 6-4 victory over Buffalo

NHL.com, January 19th, 2015

By the time Henrik Zetterberg scored his third goal of the third period, a terrible start by the Detroit Red Wings was all but forgotten.

Zetterberg's hat trick capped an impressive Detroit comeback, lifting the Red Wings to a 6-4 victory over Buffalo on Sunday night in a game the Sabres led 3-0 after one period. It was Buffalo's 11th consecutive loss.

"We knew we had to play better to turn it around," Zetterberg said. "We knew that if we could get one, we were gonna get a few more. Also, if we started playing the way we should play, we would have a good chance of winning the game."

It was the sixth career hat trick for the Detroit captain, and it helped goalie Tom McCollum earn his first career victory. McCollum came on during the first period to replace Petr Mrazek, who allowed three goals on seven shots.

Zetterberg went to work early in the third, knocking in a rebound while the Red Wings had an extra skater on the ice during a delayed penalty on Buffalo. He added a power-play goal to make it 5-3, and after Ennis scored for the Sabres, Zetterberg completed his hat trick, beating Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth from near the right faceoff dot with 8:01 remaining.

It was his first hat trick since Feb. 1, 2013, against St. Louis.

"I think it's been a while, so it's always nice to see the puck go in," Zetterberg said.

Zetterberg Moves Up Detroit’s All-time Scoring Leader List with Hat Trick and Assist

By Chris Turner, Zetterbergfan.com, January 18, 2015

Henrik Zetterberg had three goals and an assist for his sixth career hat trick and the Red Wings rallied from a 3-0 deficit, for a 6-4 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Joe Louis Arena.

Down 3-0 starting the second period, Zetterberg assisted on fellow Swede Gustav Nyquist’s power play goal. Zetterberg won an offensive zone faceoff, and seconds later took a shot from the right point that rebounded to Nyquist.

Zetterberg backhanded in a rebound of a Pavel Datsyuk shot just 1:59 into the third period to give the Red Wings a 4-3 lead. It came with Detroit playing 6-on-5 with a delayed penalty against the Sabres.

Just over three minutes later, Zetterberg scored a power-play goal of his own. From the slot, he lifted a one-timer over the shoulder of goalie Jhonas Enroth, off a pass from Nyquist. This goal was the eventual game-winner.

Zetterberg completed his hat trick with 8:01 left, when he fired the puck into the zone and off the end boards, beating two defensemen to the puck, circling around into the right faceoff circle and wristing a low shot that got by Enroth.

"I think it's been a while (since his last hat trick, February 1st 2013 against St, Louis), so it's always nice to see the puck go in," Zetterberg said.

Henrik now has assists and 14 goals in games this season.

With his first goal tonight, Zetterberg passed Norm Ullman for seventh place on the Red Wings all-time scoring leaders list with 759 points (291 goals and 468 assists) in 805 games.

 "Obviously he has a big history with our team and myself and it’s going to be special for me to be a part of that. When we heard that it was our game he was going to do that ceremony, it made all of us very happy, especially the guys who played with him”

He never wanted to be scored on. It didn’t matter if it was the pre-game skate or practice and obviously not in a game. For me, as a younger player coming in to see the battle he put in practice helped me to go even harder. And just the character he still is. Lot of fun to have him on your team. Those years with Dom were not just special to me but special for everyone that played with him.

"He made some spectacular saves and also just the odd saves he made. If you look at the goalies now they're playing their angles and they're playing very different from Dom. I think he read the play better than the best players playing forward or defense. He always knew if you were going to pass or shoot."

-Red Wings forward and former teammate Henrik Zetterberg, on Buffalo Sabres retiring Hall-of-Fame Goalie Dominik Hasek’s #39. January 13th, 2015

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