Zetterberg Leads Red Wings over Columbus

Henrik Zetterberg scored a third-period natural hat trick Wednesday night, helping the Detroit Red Wings come from behind to earn a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Chris Osgood stopped 22 of 23 Columbus shots, keeping the Red Wings in the game after a slow start.

After outshooting Detroit 8-3 in the first period, the Blue Jackets opened the game's scoring on a power play at 7:05 of the second, with Manny Malhotra banging a loose puck past Osgood.

Zetterberg would begin his run at 6:43 of the third period on a rush from his own blue line. He came down the left wing and cut to the middle before crossing the Columbus blue line and splitting the defense, poking the puck between the pads of Fredrik Norrena.

With just 1:54 remaining and the Red Wings on a power play, Nicklas Lidstrom fired from the blue line. It was deflected to Pavel Datsyuk at the edge of the slot, who slowed it up and threw it to the left circle where Zetterberg put a shot into the open side of the net.

Zetterberg completed his hat trick just 35 seconds later, stealing the puck at center ice and racing in alone on Norrena. The Columbus netminder came out to challenge and Zetterberg skated around him, putting it into the empty net.

Norrena finished the night with 24 saves on 27 shots.

Both teams scored one power play goal. Columbus had seven chances with the extra attacker and Detroit had five.

The Red Wings are back in action on Thursday when they visit the Nashville Predators.


Notes: Detroit defenseman Derek Meech played as a forward, replacing the injured Valtteri Filppula.

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We've got lineup fun in tonight's matchup with Columbus.

Osgood gets the start, Hasek wasn't ready on Sunday and isn't ready now so Dom is the backup.

Downey is back in and Helm, who was briefly sent back to GR, is also in. Draper, Holmstrom, and McCarty still aren't ready.

Defensive pairings are Lidstrom-Rafalski, Kronwall-Stuart, and Chelios-Lebda. Lilja will sit and will be the only defenseman sitting.

For those of you doing the math, that does mean that Meech will be in. But why isn't he listed in the defensive pairings? He'll be playing up front.

No idea who the extra guy out is, since Downey and Helm should make for 12 forwards.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2008 at 3:17 PM

 

Meech playing as a forward you say? Sounds interesting to me. This should be a pretty good game, although i'm not a big fan of divisional games outside of Chicago. The other teams simply don't excite me as much.

Posted by choyer on 3/19/2008 at 5:45 PM

 

Because Dr. Fil is out ),:

I hope he makes it back for his birthday tomorrow.

Oh well, at least it comes with the plus side of Helm playing <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" /> Someone needs to make a cool name for him x]

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/19/2008 at 7:05 PM

 

Great move by kopecky to evade that hit

Posted by RRhoads on 3/19/2008 at 7:55 PM

 

First penalty to the Wings, didn't catch for what or who.

I'd like to see Franzen extend his point streak (knock on wood!wink.png. And, hopefully a WIN.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/19/2008 at 7:56 PM

 

Weird officiating already, I don't like the interference call on Downey but then they go and miss the too many men call on Detroit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2008 at 8:05 PM

 

I agree with your opinion on the officiating.

I hate to say it, but I'm kind of bored....

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/19/2008 at 8:33 PM

 

McGoo can blow me.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2008 at 8:42 PM

 

Surprise, Jackets hit the goalie and the ref puts the wrong guy in the box and it leads to a goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2008 at 8:43 PM

 

That was in! Show the replay!

Edit: Damnit! How do they get the ones like that?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2008 at 8:55 PM

 

That was in! Show the replay!


Looked like it! My brother agrees. Are they going to a replay? Or are they being biased/ignorant again? <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />HAH! This reminds me so much of our floor hockey team in PE! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/19/2008 at 8:56 PM

 

Amazing rush by Zetterberg. That's what the Wings needed.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2008 at 9:35 PM

 

What a beaut! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

AND THE LORD HAS ANSWERED OUR PRAYERS; we all sing hurrah hurrah!

The Wings are back in the game on a stellar shot by Zetterberg, and lots of attempts as I type.

edit;;Hahaha! I posted in the wrong forum, totally sorry Dx But this is a good message, I'll leave it up. Actually, delete it, I won't mind. XD Plus it doesn't make sense at all.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/19/2008 at 9:36 PM

 

Brilliant pass by Datsyuk on Zata's PPG. Smart, calm play.

Norrena complaining about interference when Osgood got outright runover earlier. EABOD.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2008 at 9:58 PM

 

Zata with the hat trick! Bitchsmacked!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/19/2008 at 9:58 PM

 

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