Originally written on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 11/13/14

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 22: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on October 22, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Red Wings 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Chris note: Twig will likely have a reflection on the game as a whole tomorrow morning, but Franklin has another guest post for us on the #1 star of the night, Henrik Zetterberg.  By Franklin Steele:  Henrik Zetterberg was raised for this. At least since he became a Detroit Red Wing.  I can't speak as to what kind of childhood Z had, but I'd assume it was doing tenacious things like sticking up for friends against Swedish bullies (do they have those?), hunting bears with his bare hands and yes, even leading his youth teams to a much needed victory by carrying them on his back.   That's exactly what Zetterberg—Captain Zetterberg to the likes of me—did tonight as the Wings downed their division rival St. Louis Blues in a 5-3 nail biter of a game that could have gone either way thanks to some shaky play at both ends. And the refs. But that's neither here nor there.   The man of the hour was involved in all five of Detroit's goals against the Blues in what boiled down to something pretty close to a must-win game this early in the season. If the Red Wings would have lost tonight, they would have yielded a seven point lead to St. Louis  in the Central Division standings.   Hit the jump for more on Z:   If that doesn't sound sour enough to you, think about this. If Detroit would have lost tonight, they would have been tied with the Nashville Predators for third in the Central, with the Blue Jackets only one game behind them.   One game up on the Blue Jackets? Ouch.   The nightmare scenario could have easily played out too. Columbus beats Detroit tomorrow and actually leaps over them in the standings. Ending up in the division basement this early was just was not an option for this beat up, mildly deflated Red Wings club.   Zetterberg above all seemed to realize that.   I honestly got chills as I watched him fight off T.J. Oshie for this empty net goal. With a rather large player on his back, Z ends up on the ice and takes several swings at the puck as it rolls towards the empty net, as if he is trying to magically Aero-spell the puck into the net.   He outwilled Oshie, scored the hat trick goal, and finally allowed himself to smile as the hats rained down from the rafters at the Joe. The early season carnage that was the season opener against the Blues had been forgotten and erased, and Z's Red Wings were victorious because of his efforts.   If Zetterberg's performance tonight didn't give you immediate flashbacks to the likes of Steve Yzerman's always-heroic battles then I don't know what will.    And because of that effort, the Wings are now only three points behind the vaunted, Stanley Cup favorite Blues, and (barring a Blackhawks victory against the Canucks) four points behind Chicago for the division lead.   Go Wings.  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

DeMarco Murray: 'I'm not worried about the Cowboys'

Turner has great quote in defense of Bridgewater

Gary Bettman's quote about expansion makes no sense

Beltre sends Richards invoice for three broken bats

Herschel Walker: Vikings should trade Adrian Peterson

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Raiders fielding calls about fourth overall pick

WATCH: UAB football player brings helmet to graduation

Andrew Luck to students: 'I'm only 25, I don't have advice'

Mark Sanchez: Tebow is another arm while Bradford recovers

Report: Former LSU CB Jalen Collins failed multiple drug tests

Six players suspended for White Sox-Royals brawl

WATCH: Demetrious Johnson wins with last-second submission

WATCH: Jerryd Bayless beats Bulls with buzzer-beater

John Legend catches Belichick checking out Chrissy Teigen

Jim Rice to Jim Palmer: 'Quit complaining'

Time Warner-Comcast failed merger hurts Dodgers fans

WATCH: Bucks mascot devours fan

Protestors tried to have Orioles-Red Sox game called off

Greg Hardy abandons his Bentley during flash flood

WATCH: LeBron James hits full-court shot after practice

Peyton Manning announces $3 million gift to Tennessee

WATCH: Leah Still scores TD in Temple spring game

WATCH: Todd Gurley shares video of himself sprinting

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

UAB player brings helmet to graduation

Leah Still scores in Temple spring game

Sanchez shares thoughts on Tebow

Stephen A. Smith blasts Tom Brady

Kris Humphries apologizes for Jenner tweet

Five most boring NFL prime time matchups for 2015

Bruce Jenner: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman"

Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota: Perception vs. reality

Report: Gronk dating former Patriots cheerleader

NFL exec compares Jameis Winson to JaMarcus Russell

NFL does not care about Rams' future in St. Louis

Nothing gleams like late-round draft gold

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.