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Zetterberg scores in 1st game back from injury in Red Wings' 4-3 victory over Panthers

Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 9:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

SUNRISE, Fla. - Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal in his first game back from injury to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Saturday.

Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Smith and Daniel Alfredsson also scored goals for Detroit.

Jonas Gustavsson stopped 30 shots. Pavel Datsyuk had two assists.

Zetterberg returned after missing 11 games with a herniated disk in his back. Zetterberg leads the Red Wings with 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists).

Sean Bergenheim scored two goals and Nick Bjugstad also scored for Florida. Scott Clemmensen made 27 saves for the Panthers.

The Red Wings have won three of four and beat the Panthers for the first time in three games this season.

The Panthers lost their third straight game.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery