Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
- Henrik Zetterberg scored his 336th NHL goal last night, passing Ted Lindsay on the Wings’ all-time goal-scoring list…
Amid the descent towards the end of the 2017-18 season and a second straight playoffs miss, the Detroit Red Wings captain created a positive memory from Monday’s 5-3 loss to the Sharks at SAP Center when he scored in the third period. It was his 336th career goal, moving Zetterberg past Ted Lindsay for sole possession of fifth in franchise history in goals. Zetterberg also had an assist, giving him 950 career points, four shy from tying Sergei Fedorov for fifth in franchise history
“It’s a big goal, passing Ted,” Zetterberg said. “Ted means a lot to me, so passing him and doing it in this barn, too, where I played my first NHL game is a little special.”
Gordie Howe is the clubhouse leader with 786 goals, Steve Yzerman second with 692, Alex Delvecchio has 456, and Fedorov, 400.
“That’s pretty impressive by him,” Gustav Nyquist said. “Those are some big, big, big names up there. He’s been so good for so long. We talk about it all the time but it’s worth talking about because what he’s doing is pretty remarkable out there.”
2. And St. James discussed Tyler Bertuzzi’s blossoming into a regular contributor as Bertuzzi registered a 3-assist game last night:
Playing with Zetterberg is good for Bertuzzi’s growth, as it was for Dylan Larkin in his rookie year, and as it has been for Anthony Mantha.
“Every game you can learn something from him — his work ethic all the way until he gets to the bench,” Bertuzzi said. “It’s awesome to play with him, and I think it’s going to help my career.
“Going into draws he’s always talking about what we are going to do and where I should be. He makes it pretty black-and-white for me, and that makes it easier for me to just go out and play.”
Part of rebuilding is tipping younger, and seeing a young building block do well is tantamount to going in the right direction. The Wings are going to miss the playoffs again, but that doesn’t mean the last month lacks purpose.
“One of the things when we traded Tats, it was a real opportunity for Tyler and this was the type of ice time I think he needs in order to grow as a player,” Blashill said. “Ultimately I think he’s part of the solution here. I think he can be a big part of the solution so hopefully he gets great experience here now.”
St. James continues here as well…