Zetterberg scores in 800th career game
Henrik Zetterberg has come a long way from being the 210th overall pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
On Wednesday, Zetterberg, now 34 and the captain of the Red Wings, played in his 800th career game.
After the game, Zetterberg said he was aware of the milestone.
"(Drew) Miller made sure I knew before the game," Zetterberg told reporters in Calgary. "He just said before the game today, congratulations. So I knew before. I knew I was close. I was getting there but it’s nice to get a win."
Not surprisingly, the Wings needed Zetterberg to get the 3-2 win over the Flames.
Zetterberg had a goal and an assist on Justin Abdelkader’s winning goal.
"Obviously it’s always nice to get goals nowadays," Zetterberg said. "But obviously in this game it’s a little more special."
Zetterberg has 10 goals and 26 assists in 41 games this season.
"Obviously a real big leader," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Just does things right. Him and Pav (Pavel Datsyuk) set the tone. I thought Helmer (Darren Helm) was our best forward today. I thought he was really on it. Worked real hard and helped that line a lot (with Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar)."
Young goaltender Petr Mrazek, 22, was the 141st overall pick in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
He said it’s beneficial to be around a player like Zetterberg.
"Z’s a great guy and a great leader so we have to take lots of stuff from him on the ice and off the ice," Mrazek said.