So things are clicking pretty well right now for the Detroit Red Wings. They have now won seven straight games. Backup goaltender Chris Osgood is now 7-0-0. For the first time in 21 attempts the Wings have swept their opponents on a western Canada roadtrip (games against Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary).
Henrik Zetterberg has scored at least one offensive point in every single game this season tying a franchise record held by Norm Ullman, who had the longest season-opening point streak (14) in 1960. For his great play and the fact he leads the NHL in points with 24, the NHL named him first star for the month (aka Mr. October).
"Hopefully I can be here for a long time," said Zetterberg, who was made an alternate captain at the start of last season. "They've treated me really good since I got here."
Jiri Hudler tied up the game in the first on a nice feed from defenseman Brett Lebda. Henrik Zetterberg had two goals tonight. Dan Cleary got just his second goal of the season in the second period. Nicklas Lidstrom notched two assists last night.
The only bad news? Our own player, Lebda, took a shot and instead of hitting the back of the net, the puck hit teammate Johan Franzen right between the eyes. He suffered a big gash requiring 15 stitches to close it up.
"It was kind of an explosion," Franzen said after taking 15 stitches. "They had to do some works, the docs. I was a little bit dizzy when I got hit, but the headache is going away. It feels OK."
The surest sign Franzen is fine was when he was able to make a joke about why he'll wear a visor when he returns.
"I'm blocking shots both offensively and defensively," he said.
Apparently, Lebda has apologized for the shot at his head. Franzen had just returned from a sprained MCL, but should be able to play in the next Wings game which is five days away. He will have a CAT scan today to make sure there is no structural damage and will wear a visor for protection.
Goaltender Dominik Hasek is still dealing with an irritated hip and has stated that he'd like to play Wednesday against Nashville, but with Osgood's strong play there really isn't a rush to get Hasek back in net at this point and they'd rather make sure he has completely healed. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall did not participate in the morning skate yesterday so it sounds like his groin injury is worse than anticipated.