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Red Wings captain Zetterberg one goal shy of 300

by Paul Harris /

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is set to join select company.

With two assists in Detroit's 5-3 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday, Zetterberg reached 800 points in his NHL career.

The previous night, during a 3-1 loss to the Senators at Joe Louis Arena, Zetterberg scored his 299th goal.

He is the ninth Swedish player with 800 points in the NHL.

Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg
Left Wing - DET
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 11 | PTS: 14
SOG: 23 | +/-: 0
The others are Mats Sundin, Daniel Alfredsson, Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Peter Forsberg, Markus Naslund and Tomas Sandstrom.

Zetterberg's next goal will make him the seventh Swede to score 300 and the fifth player in Red Wings history to have 300 goals and 800 points, joining Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio and Sergei Fedorov.

The Red Wings host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-D).

"When I came here as an assistant, I had the opportunity to see him day to day, to see [Pavel Datsyuk] day to day, to see [Lidstrom] day to day," coach Jeff Blashill told the Red Wings website. "It was an eye-opener when I came here as an assistant. Well, not an eye-opener, I shouldn't say that. What it was was a reaffirmation of why some guys are great. They're great because of the approach that they put in every single day.

"That's why he is what he is. That's why he's one of the best players in the world, has been for a long time, and he continues to be because of the approach that he has every single day."

Sundin, Forsberg, Howe, Yzerman and Delvecchio are in the Hockey Hall of Fame; Lidstrom and Fedorov will be inducted on Nov. 9. Lidstrom, Yzerman, Fedorov and Alfredsson are Zetterberg's former teammates in Detroit.

"I played with a lot of great players. [I've] got to thank them all too," Zetterberg said.

Zetterberg, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy when the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 2008, leads Detroit with 14 points (three goals and 11 assists) in 11 games this season.

"He's really strong on the puck. I mean, I don't think there's anybody in the NHL as strong as him," Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar said. "I would like to play a similar game that [Zetterberg] does, be strong on the puck and make plays. He's a great example and I love to have him in the locker room."

Dylan Larkin, 19, has been Zetterberg's linemate for much of the season. The rookie forward grew up in the Detroit suburb of Waterford, Mich.

"I've watched him on TV and seen him play a ton," Larkin said. "Just to be on the same bench and in the locker room, it's amazing.

"Especially playing on the same line as him, he's always talking and encouraging guys to work harder. I think you saw in the game in Vancouver (a 3-2 overtime win on Oct. 24), he got us going when no one else was really generating offense or energy, he was there to provide that for us."

Tatar said Zetterberg, who observed Yzerman and Lidstrom as Red Wings captains before he was named at the start of the 2012-13 season, is a quiet leader.

"Hank doesn't talk much, but when he has we all know we've done something wrong, so he's stepping in at the right time always," Tatar said. "And he knows he had great leadership before him, so he picked up a lot from these great players and he's passing all of these experiences on to us."

Zetterberg looks to be totally recovered from back surgery he had during the 2013-14 season. He had 17 goals and 49 assists in 77 games last season.

"Hank is our leader out there," Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist said. "It's great to see him healthy. I think he's told you guys too (the media) that his body feels as good as it has been in a long time and I think it shows out there. He's strong on the puck, but that's usual for Hank. He's our leader. He just does what he does out there and that's why he’s one of the best players in the world."

Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall has been Zetterberg's teammate for 11 seasons. Kronwall raved about how his captain has performed through the first month.

"[Zetterberg], every game so far he's been the best player on the ice, dominant every time he's been out there," Kronwall said. "He's probably been looking better than he ever has."

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