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Zetterberg earns top spot for October

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
NEW YORK – His month-long scoring streak has earned Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg top honors for October. Zetterberg, who compiled 10 goals and 12 assists in 13 games was named the NHL's First Star for the month.

Zetterberg has scored at least one point in every game this season.

Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire (Second Star) and Calgary right wing Jarome Iginla (Third Star) comprise the remaining 'Three Stars' for the month.


Zetterberg tallied points in each of Detroit's 13 games and led the league in scoring with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) as the Red Wings (10-2-1, 21 points) finished the month atop the league's overall standings. He recorded seven multiple-point games, including three-point efforts against Chicago Oct. 6 and Los Angeles Oct. 14. With a point tonight at Calgary, Zetterberg would tie the Red Wings' longest season-opening point streak (14), set by Norm Ullman in 1960-61. Zetterberg has recorded points in 19 consecutive regular-season games dating to 2006-07; he last was held scoreless Feb. 8, 2007 at St. Louis.

Longest Season-Opening Point Streaks Since 1993-94:

Games       Player                      Club                Season
    22            Dany Heatley          Ottawa            2005-06
    15           Jaromir Jagr            Pittsburgh      1999-00
    13           Henrik Zetterberg   Detroit             2007-08    (active)
    13           Ron Francis            Pittsburgh       1994-95


Leclaire posted a 6-2-0 record with a 1.25 goals-against average, .953 save percentage and four shutouts in eight games as Columbus posted the best start in franchise history (7-3-1). The Blue Jackets' first-round draft pick (eighth overall) in 2001, Leclaire allowed one goal or fewer in six of eight games, including shutouts against Anaheim Oct. 5, Phoenix Oct. 10, Buffalo Oct. 19 and St. Louis Oct. 25. Leclaire already is one shutout from tying the single-season franchise record, set by Marc Denis in 2002-03 and 2003-04.


Iginla ranked second among NHL scorers with 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 12 games as Calgary (6-3-3, 15 points) finished the month second in the Northwest Division. The Flames' captain recorded six multiple-point games, including three-point efforts Oct. 16 in Colorado, Oct. 20 against Edmonton, Oct. 24 versus Minnesota and Oct. 30 against Nashville. Iginla recorded points in nine of 12 games and figured in 45 percent of the Flames' 42 goals.

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