Originally posted on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 2/2/13
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

Mike Glennon: ‘This is my year and I’m not worried about the future’

Durant apologizes for response to fans complaining about blowouts

Sheldon Richardson: Locker room is better without Brandon Marshall

What's next for the Spurs?

Padres, MLB issue statements on drone crash at Petco Park

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dies at 48

Report: NFL modifies injured reserve rule

Report: Cowboys DE facing four game-ban for supplement

Charlie Sheen working on ‘Major League 3’ with original cast

Report: Odell Beckham Jr. expected at OTAs Thursday after no-show

Kelvin Benjamin looks overweight and slow during drill

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

Box Score 5/23: Preds, Warriors move on to respective Finals

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

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

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker