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Red Wings celebrate Henrik Zetterberg on 1,000th game

Detroit honors captain with gifts, video tribute before finale at Joe Louis Arena @NHLdotcom

Zetterberg 1,000th game ceremony

NJD@DET: Zetterberg honored before 1,000th game

Henrik Zetterberg is honored by the Red Wings prior to playing in his 1,000th career game and the final game at Joe Louis Arena

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Talk about perfect timing.

The game that would close Joe Louis Arena forever after 37 years also happened to be the 1,000th career game of beloved Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg.

It was a celebration on top of a celebration and of course Zetterberg gave the fans a thrill, scoring a second period goal and sending the crowd into a frenzy.

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Before their game against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, the Red Wings held a ceremony for Zetterberg, where he was given gifts and pre-recorded messages from teammate Niklas Kronwall, Swedish hockey legends Henrik Lundqvist, Erik Karlsson and Nicklas Backstrom and former Red Wings greats Pavel Datsyuk and Steve Yzerman.

Flanked by his wife Emma, son Love and father Goran, and Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland and Detroit legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, Zetterberg received a Tiffany crystal from the NHL, and the Red Wings gave him a Rolex watch.

Zetterberg also received a golf-lover's dream from his teammates. Kronwall and Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader handed Zetterberg the itinerary for an all-inclusive golf trip that includes five rounds at Merion Golf Club in Haverford, Pennsylvania, which has hosted the U.S. Open golf tournament five times, and Pine Valley in New Jersey, which was ranked as the world's top golf course for 2017 by Golf Digest.

Zetterberg became the seventh player in Red Wings history to play 1,000 games, and he ranks seventh in franchise history in points. He boosted his career point total to 904 with the goal and an assist of Tomas Tatar's first-period goal.

He was named the game's first star after the 4-1 victory.

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