Henrik Zetterberg ran a fever and had a cough so bad he couldn't get on the ice for two days. When he returned Friday, teammates smiled and wondered just how sick he could possibly have been.
Zetterberg completed a hat trick with a highlight reel empty-net goal and set up two teammates as the Red Wings again measured themselves against the St. Louis Blues, this time far more favorably, with a 5-3 victory at Joe Louis Arena.
"I hope he sick every day if he play like that," Pavel Datsyuk said. Fans at the game got a Fathead sticker of Datsyuk, who commented, "We need change. Tonight, Hank night."
Jonathan Ericsson, who scored his first goal of the season thanks to some fancy footwork by Zetterberg, laughed. "If I'd been out a day like that, I'd be struggling to skate, and he looked like he was flying out there. I don't know how he does it."
Zetterberg scored on a power play and a breakaway, but his best of the night was his last: Stretched on the ice, he outbattled T.J. Oshie and David Perron to swipe the puck into the net.
"I watched the replay," Ericsson said, smiling. "He really wanted that. He showed some strength there. He's not that little guy anymore."
Zetterberg conceded he wanted his fifth career hat trick pretty badly. "Usually I miss those. It was fun to get it."
Two weeks after being embarrassed 6-0 in St. Louis, the Wings finally scored their first first-period goals of the season thanks to a strong start. Taking the puck from Niklas Kronwall, Damien Brunner found Zetterberg open for a power play goal at 6:12, and 2 minutes later, it was 2-0. Johan Franzen chased the puck into the corner and sent it to Ericsson, whose long pass was caught by Zetterberg in the neutral zone and taken all the way to the crease for a backhand conversion.
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