Zetterberg injures shoulder in Wings’ win

The Detroit Red Wings won another game but lost another player.

Jimmy Howard made 30 saves for his first NHL shutout in

Detroit’s 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday

night.

Drew Miller, Todd Bertuzzi and Patrick Eaves scored for

Detroit, and Brian Rafalski had two assists. But the Red Wings

center Henrik Zetterberg left the game because of a left shoulder

injury with 1:43 left in the first period after a crushing hit by

Tampa Bay defenseman Mattias Ohlund.

Zetterberg was on the ice on his hands and knees before being

helped off.

“That was unfortunate,” Ohlund said. “I’m not trying to hurt

anybody. I like to play hard.”

Detroit coach Mike Babcock, who didn’t know the extent of the

injury or how long Zetterberg would be out, said the team’s top

point producer drove himself to the hospital to get an MRI after

the game.

The Red Wings were already without Johan Franzen, Valtteri

Filppula, Jason Williams, Niklas Kronwall, Dan Cleary, Darren Helm

and Jonathan Ericsson because of injuries. Despite those losses

they have won four straight.

“I just think the guys are playing hard and we’re getting

good goaltending,” said Babcock, who got his 300th career win.

Howard, in his first full NHL season, continued his

outstanding play. Not only did he get his first shutout, but his

grandparents were in the stands.

“It feels great. It’s exciting to do it in front of my

grandparents,” Howard said. “It’s something real special. It’s not

their first game at the Joe. But it’s their first game watching me.

It’s awesome.”

It was the first time his grandparents have seen Howard play

a regular-season game for Detroit.

Mike Smith made 19 saves for Tampa Bay, which lost its sixth

straight.

“If we continue to make those kind of mistakes, we don’t have

a chance (to make the playoffs),” Smith said. “We don’t have a good

enough team to make those mistakes.”

Miller gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead 8:24 into the game with

his fourth goal. He knocked Rafalski’s head-man pass out of the air

with his stick at the Tampa Bay blue line, gained control of the

puck to sweep in from the left side and put a backhand shot over

Smith as the Lighting goaltender dove to try and poke check the

puck. Miller flew through the crease as he completed the play.

Detroit claimed Miller off waivers from Tampa Bay earlier

this season.

“It’s a business move for them. They chose to get rid of me,”

he said. “You’ve got to land on your feet and make the most of

wherever you’re at. No hard feelings toward them.”

Bertuzzi made it 2-0 with his ninth goal, at 6:48 of the

third period. Bertuzzi tipped in Tomas Holmstrom’s pass after Pavel

Datsyuk started the play by taking the puck away from Lukas

Krajicek along the boards just inside the Tampa Bay zone.

Eaves scored with 9:10 left when he poked one pass Smith

after gaining control of Nicklas Lidstrom’s pass in the slot.

Notes: Helm, a center, sat out his second game

because of a wrist injury and Ericsson, a defenseman, missed his

first game after bruising his left knee cap and injuring his left

calf against Phoenix on Monday night. … Tampa Bay D Victor Hedman

didn’t play because of a foot injury and RW Steve Downie was out

because of an upper-body injury. … Red Wings’ D Doug Janik is a

former member of the Lightning. Janik was recalled from Detroit’s

AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids’ after Ericsson’s injury. …

Lightning C Jeff Halpern was hit in the mouth with Ville Leino’s

clearing attempt early in the third period. He went to the locker

room with a bloody mouth, which received 12 stitches.