Detroit Gets Even With Blues

The Detroit Red Wings avenged a 6-0 opening night loss to the St. Louis Blues by beating their Central Division rivals 5-3 at the Joe Louis Arena.

Henrik Zetterberg had a hat trick and two assists, Jonathan Ericsson had a goal and two assists, and Pavel Datsyuk scored the game winner for Detroit.

Zetterberg scored his first goal on the powerplay on a pretty feed from Damien Brunner, who has a five game point streak. Zetterberg added a second goal on a breakaway from a feed from Ericsson.

Keving Shattenkirk scored a minute later, and Matt D'Agostini tied the game on a bad line change by Detroit.

Patrick Berglund put the Blues on top with a powerplay goal in the second period.

The third period was dominated by the Red Wings, who benefitted from a questionable penalty on David Backes. After Ericsson snuck in on a delayed penalty and tied the game at three apiece, Backes hit Kent Huskins and was given a five minute major for hitting to the head and a match penalty. Replay showed no contact to the head, so the Red Wings were given a huge break.

Datsyuk scored from the top of the right faceoff circle on the ensuing man advantage for a 4-3 lead.

Dan Cleary made it interesting, taking an interference call with 2:11 left, and with an empty net, the Blues could not gain the zone. Zetterberg capped off his hat trick with a hustle play, beating T.J Oshie to the puck after getting interfered with. The captain pushed the puck in on his stomach, giving the Red Wings the win.

Detroit's next game is tomorrow against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Kyle Busch