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Red Wings ride Zetterberg's hat trick vs. Blues
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Henrik Zetterberg scored an empty-net goal in the final seconds to complete a hat trick, as the Detroit Red Wings cooled off the St. Louis Blues, 5-3, on Friday.
Zetterberg also had two assists for the Red Wings, who avenged a 6-0 loss to these Blues on Jan. 19. Jonathan Ericsson recorded a goal and an assist.
Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for Detroit, which has won consecutive games for the first time this season.
Kevin Shattenkirk, Matt D'Agostini and Patrik Berglund scored for the Blues, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Jaroslav Halak gave up two goals on 11 shots before leaving late in the first period with an injury. Brian Elliott stopped 17-of-19 shots in relief.
Ericsson converted a feed from Zetterberg to tie the game at three at the 4:31 mark of the third period.
Pavel Datsyuk's power-play goal at the 11:55 mark made it 4-3 Detroit. With the Blues killing off a match penalty to David Backes for a blow to the head of Kent Huskins, Datsyuk fired a shot from the right circle that got past Elliott.
Zetterberg completed his fifth career hat trick with an empty-net shorthanded goal.
The first period featured four goals and 27 shots. Zetterberg got the scoring started with a power-play goal at the 6:12 mark. Detroit got set up on a 5- on-3 advantage with Damien Brunner controlling the puck along the goal line. He found an open Zetterberg, whose one-timer from the top of the right circle beat Halak.
Zetterberg scored again about two minutes later. This time around, Ericsson hit Zetterberg with a perfect pass and the latter went in on a breakaway. Zetterberg's backhander got past Halak.
The Blues, however, responded with a pair of goals of their own. At the 9:50 mark, Shattenkirk fired a shot from the left circle that hit off the post and went in for a power-play score.
D'Agostini scored on a partial breakaway at the 13:04 mark to make it 2-2.
Berglund's power-play goal 4:30 into the second stanza made it 3-2 St. Louis. Berglund batted in a bouncing puck for the score.
Halak cut his upper lip when he was hit in the mask with a shot ... Zetterberg missed practice on Thursday because he wasn't feeling well ... The Red Wings were 3-for-32 on the power play coming into Friday's game ... Red Wings forward Darren Helm missed the game with a sore back.
02/01 23:00:07 ET