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.
By Ansar Khan, Mlive.com, January 10th, 2015
Several Red Wings were worthy of consideration, including Pavel Datsyuk, who's been selected five times, and Henrik Zetterberg, who's been picked twice but forced to withdraw both times due to injuries.
Datsyuk has 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists) in 30 games and Zetterberg leads the club with 36 points (10 goals, 26 assists).
"It's a plus either way," Zetterberg said before Saturday's game in Washington. "If you get picked it's a great honor, big experience. And also guys who don't get picked get a few days off and can regroup and get ready for the late-season push."
By Ansar Khan, Mlive.com, January 8th, 2015
Henrik Zetterberg became the 15th player in Detroit Red Wings history to appear in 800 games on Wednesday.
He marked the occasion by scoring the go-ahead goal and assisting on what proved to be the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.
"It's always nice to get goals nowadays, but obviously in this game it's a little more special," Zetterberg said.
The franchise list for games played is headed by Gordie Howe (1,687) and features current or future Hall of Famers like Nicklas Lidstrom (1,564), Alex Delvecchio (1,549) and Steve Yzerman (1,514).
Zetterberg, in his 12th season, was reminded that he's gradually climbing the list.
"(Drew) Miller made sure I knew before the game," Zetterberg said. "He just said before the game 'congratulations.' I knew I was close, I was getting there, but it's nice to get a win."
Zetterberg's line thrived in a game in which the Red Wings needed an energy boost, playing on back-to-back nights.
Zetterberg gave his team a 2-1 lead by scoring his 10th goal at 17:28 of the second period. He assisted on Justin Abdelkader's power-play goal at 2:03 of the third, which proved to be the winner. Their linemate, Gustav Nyquist assisted on both goals.
"I think we complement each other good," Zetterberg said. "Obviously Abby's working real hard in front of the net and in the corners to get us the pucks. I think me and Gus are good at finding each other."
"Obviously (Zetterberg) a real big leader, just does things right," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Him and Pav (Datsyuk) set the tone."
Said Zetterberg: "A good leader should be there for the guys, should lead by example on and off the ice."
By Dana Wakiji, Fox Sports Detroit, January 8th, 2015
Henrik Zetterberg has come a long way from being the 210th overall pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
On Wednesday, Zetterberg, now 34 and the captain of the Red Wings, played in his 800th career game.
After the game, Zetterberg said he was aware of the milestone.
"(Drew) Miller made sure I knew before the game," Zetterberg told reporters in Calgary. "He just said before the game today, congratulations. So I knew before. I knew I was close. I was getting there but it's nice to get a win."
Not surprisingly, the Wings needed Zetterberg to get the 3-2 win over the Flames.
Zetterberg had a goal (10th of the season in 41 games) and an assist on Justin Abdelkader's winning goal.
"Obviously it's always nice to get goals nowadays," Zetterberg said. "But obviously in this game it's a little more special."
Zetterberg has 10 goals and 26 assists in 41 games this season.
"Obviously a real big leader," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Just does things right. Him and Pav (Pavel Datsyuk) set the tone.
Young goaltender Petr Mrazek, 22, was the 141st overall pick in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
He said it's beneficial to be around a player like Zetterberg.
"Z's a great guy and a great leader so we have to take lots of stuff from him on the ice and off the ice," Mrazek said.
By Bob Duff, Hockeybuzz.com, January 8th, 2015
As they hit the mid-season mark with a 3-2 victory at Calgary Wednesday in their 41st game of the season, the Detroit Red Wings were in a mood to assess their campaign to date. Fifth in the East with a 22-10-9 slate, the Wings are ahead of where most placed them at the start of the season.
“The big difference is injuries,” Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said of the team’s improved play from a year ago. “We don't have the same injuries we had last year.”
A healthy group of Red Wings for the most part have been able to be strong on both the power play and penalty kill and netminder Jimmy Howard has rebounded from a poor 2013-14 campaign to return to the form that once made him an NHL all-star.
“We pretty much have the same team, but I think we're more consistent, I think we're a little deeper,” Zetterberg said. “Special teams have been really good and goaltending's been really good.”
Youngsters Tomas Tatar (16 goals) and Gustav Nyquist (15) continue to be productive scorers, rating 1-2 on the team in goals and giving the Wings some consistent offensive spark beyond veterans Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.
“They’re real good players and they’re getting better and we expect them to get better,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said of Tatar and Nyquist. “We talk like they’ve arrived. No. Let’s just keep getting better.”
Second-year center Riley Sheahan has evolved into a steady two-way pivot with an offensive upside he’s only beginning to explore. Sheahan’s impressive goal Wednesday, when he turned Calgary defenseman Deryk Engelland inside out before wiring a wrist shot past Flames goalie Kari Ramos brought an even more impressive comparison from Zetterberg.
“That was vintage Yzerman, I think,” Zetterberg said. “Stevie used to do that move a lot.
“I think he's been watching him.”
The Detroit captain is enthralled by what he sees from young players like Sheahan on a nightly basis as they continue to evolve into their full-time roles as NHLers.
“I think he's a very good all-around player, but I think he's focusing on doing the right stuff,” Zetterberg said of Sheahan. “Sometimes the offense is lacking a little bit because he wants to play good defensively. But I think the last month or so you've been seeing that he is really good offensively if he just lets himself go.
“I think that's the thing. He's holding back maybe and he should just play the way he can.”
Babcock agreed that there’s plenty of productive upside where Sheahan is concerned once he grows more comfortable in his role as the team’s No. 2 center.
“He’s starting to come,” Babcock said. “He’s got to learn to hit the net. As he does that he’s got a heavy, heavy shot.
“He knows how to play. As he gains confidence he’s going to get better and better and he’s an important player for us.”
Justin Abdelkader already has 11 goals, a career high and is a solid part of another effective forward unit with Zetterberg and Nyquist.
“It's a good line,” Zetterberg said. “I think we complement each other good.
“Obviously, Abby's working real hard in front of the net and in the corners to get us the pucks. I think me and Gus are good at finding each other.”
By Greg Wyshynski, Yahoo Sports, January 7th, 2015
Worried about the NHL putting eventually advertising on jerseys? Sure, we all are.
But whatever the seemingly inevitable monetization of player sweaters ends up looking like, we’re guessing it’ll be less egregious than what happened to Henrik Zetterberg in Edmonton on Tuesday night.
In the third period, Benoit Pouliot of the Oilers hit Zetterberg along the boards. The two skated around the end boards, battling for the puck.
When Zetterberg emerged from the scrum, he had a giant piece of advertising along the boards stuck to his sweater. He skated to the bench, were an on-ice official removed it.
Weird to see Zetterberg carrying something on his back that isn't the Detroit Red Wings.
It was just a giant white piece of billboard advertising, rather than, say, a Tim Horton’s logo. Which is good for the Detroit Red Wings, so as not to have any conflict with Amway.
Just another argument for CGI replacing all advertisements on the ice.
Oh, who are we kidding, it looks atrocious.
By Ansar Khan, Mlive.com, January 5th, 2015
The Red Wings have several candidates for the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus on Jan. 25.
Will this be the year that Henrik Zetterberg plays in his first All-Star Game? He has been selected twice before but forced to withdraw due to injuries. He leads the team with 33 points.
The first six players, selected by fan balloting, were announced on Saturday. The remainder of the roster will be determined by the NHL and revealed this Saturday.
Mlive.com, January 3rd, 2015
Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg has had at least one point in five of the last six games. He's got four goals and three assists in that span.
“I wouldn’t say it’s going to be nice to go on the road, but we don’t see these trips anymore that often. Now we go on the road mostly and it’s in and out. We’re going to get a long trip here and it’s going to be good for our group to get together and spend some time together.”
-Henrik Zetterberg on starting western Canada road trip and playing 17 of 23 game stretch on the road.
Mlive.com, December 31st, 2014
The Red Wings beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 at Joe Louis Arena in their final game before hitting the road for six straight beginning Saturday in Vancouver.
They held New Jersey to one shot in the final 20 minutes, when Henrik Zetterberg scored (by tipping Nicklas Kronwall’s shot past goalie Cory Schneider) with 5:01 left to give the Red Wings their first lead before Darren Helm sealed the victory with his second goal of the night 36 seconds later.
The Red Wings were looking for a better performance after playing poorly in Boston, where they allowed a season-high 45 shots in a 5-2 loss.
That was against a team that was coming off a 6-2 loss in Columbus and was missing two key players in Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic.
With the six-game road trip coming up, the Red Wings knew they needed to put forth a better effort vs. New Jersey.
"We all talked about it in the room here," said Zetterberg, whose goal was his ninth of the season. "We wanted to come out and have a better start than we had the last two games. I think in the first we played really solid even though maybe we didn't have enough chances.
"They played really tight in front of their goalie. It was tough to get quality chances. But we stuck with it and eventually got some goals."
Unlike the game in Boston, Jimmy Howard was only tested 13 times in the Red Wings' net. That marked the fewest shots the Red Wings have allowed this season.
Although Howard wasn't tested often, he blanked the Devils during four power-play opportunities and as Zetterberg pointed out, it's not always easy for a goalie to stay sharp when he's not facing many shots.
"I don't know how many shots he had the last game," Zetterberg said. "He played well; plays well again. Today's not an easy game for a goalie. You don't see a lot of shots but when the shots come it's usually on their power play and it's quality chances.
"He gives us a chance to win every night."