Zetterberg becomes only 8th Red Wing to Score 300 Career Goals
By Chris Turner, Zetterbergfan.com, November 6, 2015
Henrik Zetterberg scored his 300th career goal late in the 1st period of the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 overtime victory in the 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame Game against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.
With legendary coaches and players in attendance, including; Scotty Bowman, Ted Lindsay, Borje Salming, Niklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, and Sergei Fedorov, the current Red Wings Captain Henrik Zetterberg joined a legendary list of his own, becoming just the 189th player in NHL history, and only the 8th Red Wings in franchise history to score 300 career goals.
Using a Maple Leafs defenseman as a screen, Zetterberg dumped a wrist shot towards the net from the blue line, preparing for a line change. The puck was misplayed by Toronto goalie James Reimer, and it deflected off his blocker and into the net, giving Detroit a 1-0 lead 16:21 into the opening period. The milestone goal was assisted by 19 year old Dylan Larkin and Justin Abdelkader.
"I was just trying to get it on net t there. To be honest I don't know how it went in," Zetterberg said. "I just tried to use the D as a screen and get it on net. But I don't think I actually got it o net. I think it was a little wide. But it must have hit his pad and deflected in."
By Bob Duff, Windsorstar.com, November 4th, 2015
It’s been milestone week for the man the Wings simply know as Z. Zetterberg collected NHL assist No. 500 and point No. 800 on the weekend at Ottawa. With his next tally, he will become the 10th active NHLer with 300-500-800 totals.
“Obviously he’s meant a lot for this organization and he means a lot for this team,” Detroit right-winger Gustav Nyquist said after Tuesday’s 2-1 win over the Lightning at Joe Louis Arena. “In general just for the league he means a lot.”
As much as they admire the achievements their captain is acquiring, they are far more excited to see the Zetterberg of old emerge again this season.
Far too often as the 2014-15 campaign rolled onward he simply resembled an old Zetterberg.
Zetterberg missed much of the second half of the 2013-14 season after undergoing back surgery, and the lingering treatment required by that operation ground him to a halt last season.
“When I came into last season it was real exciting because I had been out for a while,” Zetterberg explained. “I felt healthy, so going into the season there was a lot of excitement.”
Once the excitement wore off, the reality that Zetterberg spent a summer rehabbing his injured back and not partaking in his regular off-season regimen of preparation for the season would ultimately take its toll.
“I hit the wall in January and never came back,” Zetterberg said. “This off-season was better workout-wise and hopefully it’ll transition more into a steadier season.”
The early returns are positive.
Entering play Tuesday, Zetterberg’s 14 points left him tied for fourth in NHL scoring. But when adding up his value to the Wings, Zetterberg’s productivity is a miniscule portion of the equation.
“What I’m happiest about Z is what’s made him a great player in this league for a long time and that’s he’s an incredible 200-foot player,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “He plays both sides of the puck.
“He’s a great example for (teenaged rookie) Dylan Larkin, who’s a young kid in the league, to learn how to play the right way.”
Larkin readily affirms that assumption.
“I think his compete level, how bad he wants to win,” is what impressed Larkin most about Zetterberg. “He’s always talking and encouraging guys to work harder.
“I’ve watched him on TV and seen him play a ton. Just to be on the same bench and in the locker room it’s amazing as well.”
Zetterberg’s unending drive train, impresses teammates and opponents alike.
“You can’t be slacking when your captain’s not,” pointed out Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula, a former Wing.
“He’s really strong on the puck,” added Detroit teammate Tomas Tatar. “I don’t think there’s anybody in the NHL as strong as him.
“I would like to play a similar game that Hank does, be strong on the puck and make plays.”
Milestones or not, the Wings are simply delighted to see a Zetterberg similar to the one they’ve known for years back in action.
By Frank Seravalli, TSN.ca, November 3rd, 2015
Five days after the hit, it remains the video clip that won’t die.
Regardless of the reason, the NHL did not somehow “miss” Zetterberg’s hit on Jean-Gabriel Pageau in the final minutes of Friday night’s game at Joe Louis Arena.
NHL vice-president of player safety and hockey operations Damian Echevarrieta said Tuesday the league felt Zetterberg’s elbow did not rise to the level of supplementary discipline.
“That doesn’t mean that we thought it was a clean hit,” Echevarrieta said. “We never said it was a clean hit. Not to throw the referees that night under the bus, but should it have been a penalty? Yeah, probably. Whether it’s a two-minute or a five-minute (major), I don’t know.”
In video replays, referee Gord Dwyer appeared to be looking in the direction of Zetterberg as he skated toward Pageau. There was one minute and 26 seconds remaining in a one-goal game. Zetterberg led into Pageau with his left arm extended, contact was made and then Pageau’s head snapped back. The Ottawa forward ended up with a bloody nose as a result of the hit.
The issue the Department of Player Safety had with the play was that the video was inconclusive. Each arena has its different quirks as far as camera positioning and areas of the ice which have less coverage than others – the Joe is no different.
“We’re subject only to what we see. We didn’t have a real good angle on the play - that’s what made this an inconclusive replay,” Echevarrieta said. “I don’t think Pageau’s head was targeted. I can’t see if this was a rough or an elbow, or the degree of force in which Zetterberg hit him. Did he leave his feet? He doesn’t appear to launch at him.”
Similar to how fans clamour for goals in which it appears the puck “obviously” crossed the goal line, the Department of Player Safety needs conclusive evidence of an infraction. Echevarrieta said that simply didn’t exist in this case - saying Zetterberg could have “gotten lucky” that the video angles did not paint a complete enough picture.
“They don’t want us guessing,” Echevarrieta said. “We couldn’t tell for sure.”
With the uproar around Stone’s suspension, comparing that hit to those two from Zetterberg and Byfuglien isn’t necessarily apples-to-apples.
“There are no two plays that are exactly the same; it’s like comparing apples to oranges,” Echevarrieta said. “Just because this hit involved Ottawa doesn’t change anything for Zetterberg or Stone. The Stone hit was reckless in our opinion. If anything, Zetterberg’s hit was an elbow, not an illegal check of the head. I didn’t think this was a charge.”
Echevarrieta said the decision not to issue supplementary discipline for Zetterberg has nothing to do with his reputation as a clean player or his discipline history.
“We hear that all the time. Every suspension or fine is based on the play itself, nothing else,” Echevarrieta said. “It’s only after a decision has been made to suspend or fine that more is added based on history. That way, every player is playing by the same rules - whether it’s Zetterberg or Stone or Byfuglien or (Zac) Rinaldo or Raffi Torres. We don’t think we’ll be seeing Stone again (for discipline) for a long time, either.”
By Paul Harris, NHL.com, November 3rd, 2015
With two assists in Detroit's 5-3 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday, Zetterberg reached 800 points in his NHL career.
The previous night, during a 3-1 loss to the Senators at Joe Louis Arena, Zetterberg scored his 299th goal.
He is the ninth Swedish player with 800 points in the NHL.
Zetterberg's next goal will make him the seventh Swede to score 300 and the fifth player in Red Wings history to have 300 goals and 800 points, joining Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio and Sergei Fedorov.
The Red Wings host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-D).
"When I came here as an assistant, I had the opportunity to see him day to day, to see [Pavel Datsyuk] day to day, to see [Lidstrom] day to day," coach Jeff Blashill told the Red Wings website. "It was an eye-opener when I came here as an assistant. Well, not an eye-opener, I shouldn't say that. What it was was a reaffirmation of why some guys are great. They're great because of the approach that they put in every single day.
"That's why he is what he is. That's why he's one of the best players in the world, has been for a long time, and he continues to be because of the approach that he has every single day."
Sundin, Forsberg, Howe, Yzerman and Delvecchio are in the Hockey Hall of Fame; Lidstrom and Fedorov will be inducted on Nov. 9. Lidstrom, Yzerman, Fedorov and Alfredsson are Zetterberg's former teammates in Detroit.
"I played with a lot of great players. [I've] got to thank them all too," Zetterberg said.
Zetterberg, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy when the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 2008, leads Detroit with 14 points (three goals and 11 assists) in 11 games this season.
"He's really strong on the puck. I mean, I don't think there's anybody in the NHL as strong as him," Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar said. "I would like to play a similar game that [Zetterberg] does, be strong on the puck and make plays. He's a great example and I love to have him in the locker room."
Dylan Larkin, 19, has been Zetterberg's linemate for much of the season. The rookie forward grew up in the Detroit suburb of Waterford, Mich.
"I've watched him on TV and seen him play a ton," Larkin said. "Just to be on the same bench and in the locker room, it's amazing.
"Especially playing on the same line as him, he's always talking and encouraging guys to work harder. I think you saw in the game in Vancouver (a 3-2 overtime win on Oct. 24), he got us going when no one else was really generating offense or energy, he was there to provide that for us."
Tatar said Zetterberg, who observed Yzerman and Lidstrom as Red Wings captains before he was named at the start of the 2012-13 season, is a quiet leader.
"Hank doesn't talk much, but when he has we all know we've done something wrong, so he's stepping in at the right time always," Tatar said. "And he knows he had great leadership before him, so he picked up a lot from these great players and he's passing all of these experiences on to us."
Zetterberg looks to be totally recovered from back surgery he had during the 2013-14 season. He had 17 goals and 49 assists in 77 games last season.
"Hank is our leader out there," Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist said. "It's great to see him healthy. I think he's told you guys too (the media) that his body feels as good as it has been in a long time and I think it shows out there. He's strong on the puck, but that's usual for Hank. He's our leader. He just does what he does out there and that's why he’s one of the best players in the world."
Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall has been Zetterberg's teammate for 11 seasons. Kronwall raved about how his captain has performed through the first month.
"[Zetterberg], every game so far he's been the best player on the ice, dominant every time he's been out there," Kronwall said. "He's probably been looking better than he ever has."
The Red Wings' captain, who has 299 career goals, will join some exclusive company
By Bill Roose, DetroitRedWings.com, November 2nd, 2015
In last Saturday’s win at Ottawa, Henrik Zetterberg’s two assists pushed him over the threshold of a couple milestones – 500 assists and 800 points – that very few have achieved while wearing a Red Wings’ sweater.
Now, Zetterberg is on the doorstep of yet another landmark in franchise history as his next goal will be No. 300 of his illustrious 13-season career in Detroit.
He will join seven other NHL greats who have scored 300 goals with the Red Wings: Gordie Howe (786), Steve Yzerman (692), Alex Delvecchio (456), Sergei Fedorov (400), Ted Lindsay (335), Norm Ullman (324) and Brendan Shanahan (309).
With his next goal, Zetterberg will also gain entry as just the fifth member of the franchise’s 300/500/800 club for goals, assists and points in a career. Currently, the only constituents in the exclusionary alliance are Howe, Delvecchio, Yzerman and Fedorov.
It was Gustav Nyquist’s goal in the second period of Saturday’s 5-3 over the Senators that produced Zetterberg’s 800th career point. Zetterberg picked up career assist 500 on Tomas Tatar’s first-period goal.
“Obviously a big milestone,” Nyquist said Monday. “Obviously he’s meant a lot for this organization and he means a lot for this team. In general just for the league he means a lot. He’s a special player. A great milestone for him. It was fun to be – I wouldn’t say be a part of it – but to be in on that goal. … That was fun for me and Tats.”
Only nine other active NHL players have reached 300 goals, 500 assists and 800 points in a career. The others are Jaromir Jagr, Jerome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Patrick Marleau, Vincent Lecavalier, Shane Doan, Joe Thornton, Daniel Sedin and Sidney Crosby.
Out of that group, Zetterberg is the points leader through the first month of the season, producing three goals and 14 points.
“When I came here as an assistant, I had the opportunity to see him day to day, to see Pav day to day, to see Nick (Lidstrom) day to day,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “It was an eye-opener when I came here as an assistant. Well, not an eye-opener, I shouldn't say that. What it was was a reaffirmation of why some guys are great. They're great because of the approach that they put in every single day. That's why he is what he is. That's why he's one of the best players in the world, has been for a long time and he continues to be because of the approach that he has every single day.”
For nine seasons, Mike Green had the dubious assignment, while with the Washington Capitals, of trying to limit Zetterberg’s scoring chances.
“He’s one of those guys that has the knack for the net,” Green said. “He has the patience to stay in positions and spots where pucks are going to go to, not necessarily diving in to where they already are. Just having that ability to find spots around the net, he’s got a great shot, he’s got great accuracy, those things always help when you’re in that area.”
Since his return from back surgery in 2014, Zetterberg has regained his offensive production, registering 20 goals and 80 points in 88 regular-season games with the Wings.
It’s that kind of determination and drive that helped Green chose the Red Wings as he decided on a new NHL home, last July.
“It just goes to show, even if he’s had some tough times with movement and what not, he has the mental ability to know where to be and play the game the proper way,” Green said. “That’s a testament to how good he is.
“Just his presence. His mindset when he comes to the rink every day, he’s focused, he works hard, he emphasizes everything you look for in a leader. I’m very happy to be a part of that sort of environment.”
By Ansar Khan, Mlive.com, November 1st, 2015
Dylan Larkin has long been impressed by Henrik Zetterberg's competitiveness, calm and poise, watching him on TV and from the Joe Louis Arena stands while growing up in Waterford.
Now Larkin, as Zetterberg's linemate, is benefitting from those qualities. The rest of the Detroit Red Wings are as well.
Zetterberg capped an impressive month Saturday with a pair of assists in a 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.
The 35-year-old captain leads the club with 14 points (three goals, 11 assists). He has points in nine of 11 games.
"Just to be on the same bench and in the locker room it's amazing," Larkin said.
Zetterberg reached a pair of milestones on Saturday, recording his 800th point and topping 500 assists (he has 501). He is one goal short of 300. The Red Wings (5-5-1) host the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit).
"Good for him," coach Jeff Blashill told detroitredwings.com after the game. "Johnny Ericsson said at the end of the game, its' a pleasure to play with a guy like that. He's got lots of career left in him, but it's a good milestone."
Zetterberg is poised to become the fifth Red Wing to record 300 goals and 500 assists, joining Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio and Sergei Fedorov.
"(Drew) Miller told me a few games ago that I was close," Zetterberg told detroitredwings.com. "I played with a lot of great players. I got to thank them."
Zetterberg is off to a strong start for the second year in a row. He aims to maintain this level after running out of steam following the All-Star break last season, when he picked up just three goals (along with 19 assists) in his final 30 games. He had no goals and three assists in the seven-game playoff series vs. the Lightning.
He looks rejuvenated.
"Hank, every game so far he's been the best player on the ice, dominant every time he's been out there," teammate Niklas Kronwall said. "He's probably been looking better than he ever has."
Zetterberg's leadership is influencing the 19-year-old Larkin, in particular.
"He's always talking and encouraging guys to work harder," Larkin said. "You saw in the game in Vancouver (3-2 overtime win on Oct. 24), he got us going. When no one else was really generating offense or energy he was there to provide that for us."
Said Tomas Tatar: "Hank doesn't talk much but when he has we all know we've done something wrong, so he's stepping in at the right time always. And he knows he had great leadership before him, so he picked up a lot from these great players and he's passing all of these experiences on to us."
Tatar hopes to learn from Zetterberg's all-around ability.
"He's really strong on the puck, I mean, I don't think there's anybody in the NHL as strong as him," Tatar said. "I would like to play a similar game that Hank does, be strong on the puck and make plays. He's a great example and I love to have him in the locker room."
By Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, October 31st, 2015
Henrik Zetterberg capped a superlative month with a pair of milestones.
His notable night was made all the better as the Detroit Red Wings topped the Ottawa Senators, 5-3, Saturday at Canadian tire Centre, ending a frustrating stretch that had seen the Wings win once in their previous seven games.
"It was nice to get a win," Zetterberg said. "We played overall a good game. Spent a little bit ore in their end, power play got two. It was a good night."
Zetterberg reached 500 career assists when he set up Tomas Tatar's first-period goal, becoming the seventh player in Detroit history to reach that milestone. Zetterberg reached 800 points - again, the seventh player in Detroit history to do so when he set up Gustav Nyquist on another power play in the second period.
Eleven games in, Zetterberg has 14 points.
"Good for him," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Jon Ericsson said at the end of game, it is a pleasure to play with a guy like that. He has had a great career and he's got lots of career left in him, but it is a good milestone."
The night started off with promise. After killing off an early penalty, the Wings got a man-advantage just past the first period midpoint. The Zetterberg-led unit was back out first and soon again, and the unit quarterbacked by Jakub Kindl promptly lost the puck and gave up a chance against. Zetterberg passed to Niklas Kronwall, who found Tatar in the left circle. Tatar used Justin Abdelkader as a screen to give the Wings a lead.
After killing off a third Ottawa power play to start the second period, Zetterberg hit another milestone when he fired a shot that Nyquist tipped during a power play for a two-goal lead.
By Ted Kulfan, Detroit News, October 27th, 2015
Players were still talking about the leadership exhibited by captain Henrik Zetterberg Saturday in Vancouver.
Zetterberg addressed the team between the second and third periods, after two terrible periods had them trailing 2-0. The Red Wings responded by tying the game before eventually winning in overtime on Gustav Nyquist's goal.
"It's amazing how bad he wants to win," Dylan Larkin said.
Larkin grew up watching Zetterberg play, and to now be a teammate and linemate of his continues to be a thrill for the young player, especially watching how Zetterberg inspires his teammates.
"He's always talking and encouraging guys to work harder," Larkin said. "You saw in the game against Vancouver he got us going when no one was really generating offense or energy."
By John Curran, OctopusThrower.com, October 27th, 2015
When Nicklas Lidstrom decided to hang up his skates and retire from the NHL in 2012 there was little doubt as to who Ken Holland and company would choose to replace Lidstrom as captain of the Detroit Red Wings. When the Red Wings announced Henrik Zetterberg as the team’s 36th captain in franchise history in early 2013 it was with much deserved merit.
Zetterberg was the most obvious and most welcomed choice to be named captain of the Red Wings. Former head coach Mike Babcock perfectly summed up why Zetterberg exemplifies an NHL captain:
“We have a good guy who’s a real good human being, who loves hockey, who has a mind for the game, he’s really good to his teammates and he’s demanding of himself and he doesn’t mind speaking his mind. To me, that’s pretty good leadership.”
That description of Zetterberg by Mike Babcock was spoken a little over two years ago but still holds water to this day. The part about Henrik being a player who is “demanding of himself” and who “doesn’t mind speaking his mind” are qualities of Zetterberg that served the Red Wings well in their most recent comeback win against the Vancouver Canucks.
It’s no secret that the Red Wings struggled greatly during their recent road trip to Western Canada. Let’s be honest, they were pretty much downright terrible most nights and did not look like the hockey team that we all knew they could be. Something had to give, somebody had to wake this team up and light a fire under their behinds.
Enter Henrik Zetterberg.
As the Red Wings found themselves trailing 2-0 at the end of the second-period Saturday night in Vancouver, the team had twenty minutes to snap a hideous and unacceptable four game losing streak. The Red Wings came out of the locker room in Vancouver and completed the thrilling comeback victory while looking like the Detroit team fans had come to love.
So what happened in the Red Wings’ locker-room during that 15 minute intermission that turned around four previous games of less than stellar performances? Henrik Zetterberg pulled out his captain card and rallied the troops. Nobody but the Red Wings knows exactly what was said but whatever Henrik said, it definitely worked.
Tomas Tatar, who scored the goal that would ignite the Red Wings’ comeback that night, noted just how important Henrik Zetterberg’s leadership is to the team:
“He’s a great leader. He did the right thing the whole game. He was the only guy who played all three periods and that’s how a captain should be. He’s a great leader and we have a lot to learn from him.”
The Zetterberg inspired comeback against the Canucks was exactly what the Red Wings needed and could very well be a turning point in the early stages of the season for the team. As Detroit continues to transition into a younger team the example and standards set by Henrik Zetterberg will continue to remain a vital part of this Red Wings’ team.