SUNRISE, Fla. – Henrik Zetterberg didn’t wait long to make an impact in his first game back from injury.
Zetterberg scored a goal in the first period to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Saturday night.
Zetterberg returned after missing 11 games with a herniated disk in his back. Zetterberg leads the Wings with 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists).
It was nice after a little break here to come back and get a good start. We got two points and we won, Zetterberg said.
Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Smith and Daniel Alfredsson also scored for Detroit.
Jonas Gustavsson stopped 30 shots. Pavel Datsyuk had two assists.
The Red Wings were happy to have their leading scorer back.
It’s huge. Hank brings so much to this team, both on and off the ice, Nyquist said. With him and Pav (Datsyuk) playing you can really feel the difference. That’s why they’re our leaders.
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.
We won three out of four here suddenly and some things are better, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
Zetterberg’s presence seemed to fire up the team.
It’s not only all the goals and points he scores, it’s the small things that helps everyone, Gustavsson said. It was great to see him back.
BLUES 6, BLACKHAWKS 5, SO: In St. Louis, Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrik Berglund scored 1:17 apart late in regulation to tie it and Kevin Shattenkirk netted the deciding goal in the fifth round of a shootout to help St. Louis go 3-0 against Chicago, which leads the NHL with 60 points.
Patrick Kane had a goal and assist in the Blackhawks’ second three-goal first period in two nights and extended his point streak to 14 games.
SENATORS 4, BRUINS 3: In Ottawa, Bobby Ryan scored at 15:25 of the third period and Ottawa bounced back from a loss in Boston.
CANADIENS 2, LIGHTNING 1, SO: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Lars Eller scored the lone shootout goal, Carey Price stopped all three shots he faced in the tiebreaker, and Montreal ended Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak.
DEVILS 2, ISLANDERS 1: In Uniondale, N.Y., Cory Schneider stopped 30 shots, and Travis Zajac scored the go-ahead goal with 6:57 left when the puck went in off his face in New Jersey’s win. Zajac was credited with his seventh goal when a shot by Marek Zidlicky struck him when he stood in front of the net.
DUCKS 3, COYOTES 2, OT: In Anaheim, Calif., Saku Koivu scored two goals, including the game-winner 51 seconds into overtime, to lift Anaheim to its 10th straight victory.
The Ducks are the only team in the NHL this season not to lose at home in regulation.
PREDATORS 3, KINGS 2: In Nashville, Tenn., Mike Fisher scored his second goal of the game with 26.4 seconds to win for Nashville, which snapped a five-game losing streak.