Henrik Zetterberg missed practice Thursday with flu-like symptoms.
No one would have realized it with his performance against the St. Louis Blues Friday night.
The Detroit Red Wings captain tallied three goals and two assists as the Red Wings defeated the Blues 5-3, avenging a 6-0 season opening loss to the same team.
“We weren't’t happy about our effort in their building and we had a chance to kind of bounce back today,” Zetterberg said. “It’s nice to see we played the way we did, especially when they got ahead and we found a way to get back and get the win.”
Zetterberg's hat trick marked the fifth of his career, and first since November 14, 2009 against Anaheim. The last time a Red Wings player recorded a hat trick was Johan Franzen against Colorado on November 8, 2011.
The Red Wings got on the board at 6:12 of the first period while on a 5-on-3 power play after Zetterberg fired a one-timer past Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak.
Less than two minutes later, Jonathan Ericsson fed Zetterberg with a tape-to-tape pass into the neutral zone. Zetterberg outraced two Blues players on the breakaway, and then beat Halak with a backhander at 8:07.
The Blues answered back at 9:50 with a power play goal from Kevin Shattenkirk, whose shot deflected off of the post and into the net, and again at 13:04 when Matt D'Agostini beat Jimmy Howard on a breakaway.
The Blues scored the lone goal in the second at 4:30 on a power play when Patrik Berglund tipped a shot from David Backes past Howard.
Ericsson tied the game at 4:31 of the third after taking a feed from Zetterberg and firing a wristshot past Brian Elliott, who came into the game in the first after Halak went out with an injury.
A controversial call led to a Red Wings power play at 9:38 after Backes was ejected for an illegal check to the head of Kent Huskins, despite video showing Backes never made contact with Huskins' head.
Pavel Datsyuk scored the go-ahead goal at 11:55 when he fired a wristshot past Elliott.
The Blues were awarded a late power play, and had pulled Elliott for a sixth skater, but Zetterberg outmuscled TJ Oshie and added an empty netter to seal the win.
Howard finished with 23 saves in the win, including one where he denied Vladimir Tarasenko on an early breakaway. The Wings finished with 31 shots on goal; they mustered only 14 in the first meeting.
"It was a big win for us," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I believe it's going to give us a confidence boost, and we're going to keep getting better."
NOTES: Tarasenko, who came into the game leading the Blues in goals scored with five, was held to one assist…Backes did not receive any supplemental discipline for his hit on Huskins, and the match penalty assessed to him was rescinded…Huskins was not injured as a result of the hit despite not returning to the game…Howard earned his 114th career win, tying him for seventh in franchise history with Dominik Hasek.
- DET Henrik Zetterberg (3 goals, 2 assists)
- DET Jonathan Ericsson (goal, assist)
- STL Kevin Shattenkirk (goal)