Whatever flu Henrik Zetterberg had, the Red Wings might want to pass it around the locker room Zetterberg had three goals and two assists, but it was Pavel Datsyuk who had the tiebreaker as the Red Wings defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-3 Friday night. Zetterberg had two first-period goals, then assisted on third-period goals by Jonathan Ericsson and Datsyuk, as the Wings rallied from a 3-2 deficit. Zetterberg added an empty-net goal with 13 seconds left to cap his first five-point game since 2010. That Zetterberg was diving, scrapping and battling Blues defenders to score the empty-net goal only added to the memorable evening for the Wings captain. "Usually I miss those, so it was fun to get it," Zetterberg said of the empty-net goal that completed his fifth career hat trick. Ericsson, who scored the tying goal on an assist from Zetterberg, was impressed by a replay of the empty-net goal. "He really wanted that one," Ericsson said. "He showed some strength on that one. He's not that little guy on that goal, he was battling." Zetterberg missed Thursday's practice, complaining of a sore throat and a fever, but returned with his best game of the season. "It was worse that first day (Wednesday), the day off, that was rough," Zetterberg said. "Yesterday was a little better. I didn't feel bad (during the game)."
Henrik Zetterberg nets hat trick as Red Wings rally past Blues
Detroit News | Feb 2