Zetterberg a 'handful'

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

DETROIT -- The key to stopping the Detroit Red Wings is to keep Henrik Zetterberg off the score sheet.

That's why the Detroit Red Wings went into last night's game against the Edmonton Oilers on a 13-game home win streak looking for a franchise record 14th.

It's been that tough to stop him.

"He's been good all year," said Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock.

"The numbers now are suddenly getting a lot of media attention.

"But he's as good a two-way player as there is in the NHL, no question about it."

Zetterberg leads the Wings in scoring this year with 33 goals and 34 assists in 62 games.

Last night, he scored the Wings' opening goal.

"What makes him special - obviously you have to have an amount of skill level and he has it - but it's about work and he brings it every day," Babcock said.

"He knows how to play the game and he ups the level of the game. You're not going to work him, that's not going to happen, and he just keeps coming."

Zetterberg has nine goals in his last six games, which included three game-winning goals heading into last night's contest.

Since the All-star break, the native of Njurunda, Sweden leads the league in scoring with 26 points in 12 games.

"That whole line is a handful," MacTavish said prior to last night's game.

"You have to try and limit the damage they inflict. It's never an easy task."


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