Video: Zetterberg’s hat trick sinks struggling Sabres


Henrik Zetterberg’s sixth career hat trick helped the Detroit Red Wings battle back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 6-4 Sunday night.

The loss is the 11th consecutive for the Sabres while the Red Wings have now won five straight.

Buffalo had the start they wanted.

Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Chris Stewart scored on the Sabres’ first six shots of the night giving Buffalo an early 3-0 lead and chasing Red Wings starter Petr Mrazek.

“We had a great first period, maybe our best period of the year,” Ennis said per “But it sounds like a broken record, we took some penalties and they came out strong in the second.”

Thomas McCollum came on in relief.

“Obviously we were embarrassed. That was as bad as we’ve been,” said Red Wings coach, Mike Babcock. “It wasn’t totally a surprise to me. This was a trap game. We’ve played two real good teams (St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators) in a row and found ways to win. It’s a back-to-back, so you don’t have time to get in here and get organized and feeling good about yourself. You don’t prepare like you should.”

Detroit roared back with three straight second period goals.

Gustav Nyquist, Drew Miller and Tomas Tatar all found the back of the net by the midway mark of the second period. Nyquist and Tatar also added assists in the win.

Ennis’ added his second of the night near the midway mark of the third pulling the Sabres to within one, but Zetterberg’s third of the night at 11:59 put the game out of reach.

McCollum, originally the first-round pick of the Red Wings (30th overall) in 2008, made seven saves for his first career NHL win.

Jhonas Enroth stopped 20 shots in the loss.

Video: Sabres chase Mrazek with three first period goals


Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Chris Stewart scored first period goals ending Red Wings starter Petr Mrazek’s night early.

Mrazek came into Sunday’s action having won his previous three starts while posting a 1.63 goals-against average.

McCollum was 10-8-3 in while posting a 2.33 G.A.A. and a .911 save percentage in 21 American Hockey League games with Grand Rapids this season.

Jimmy Howard too busy playing every game to talk about a contract extension


It’s been a hard-knock life for Detroit’s Jimmy Howard this season. He’s started all seven games for the Red Wings and has played every minute except for the final 20 of their first game against St. Louis, a 6-0 beat down.

The side effect of all that play? He hasn’t been able to talk about a contract extension with GM Ken Holland as Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

“To be honest, there’s no time even to think about it these days,” he said. “Last time around, there was a lot more downtime. Now it’s just, you’re constantly going and constantly playing.”

Howard is in the final year of a two-year, $4.5 million contract and with how he’s played and how much he’s taken on this year, he’s proving his worth. With Jonas Gustavsson dealing with a wonky groin and rookie Thomas McCollum getting the uneasy call-up, it’s been all up to Howard to make sure the Wings hang tough.

Reeling Red Wings really hurting as well


As if getting beaten 6-0 by the rival Blues wasn’t bad enough, the Detroit Red Wings now have a host of injury issues to deal with.

Ansar Khan of reports defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is questionable for Monday’s game in Columbus (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson will miss the next two games, at least, with a sore groin and Thomas McCollum has been called up from AHL Grand Rapids to take his place.

Forward Jan Mursak, who took Todd Bertuzzi’s place in the lineup thanks to him being out with mononucleosis, will also miss a few weeks of action with a collarbone injury. Patrick Eaves will take his spot in the lineup and he’ll be seeing his first action since early last season thanks to concussion problems.

One bad game isn’t enough to cause a full-blown panic for any team, but things certainly aren’t looking good for the Red Wings right now. If Ericsson has to miss time, that puts their iffy defense in an even bigger bind.

Jimmy Howard leaves game with lower-body injury


With the Red Wings taking on the Blackhawks this afternoon in Detroit, that means extra pressure to win. For the Red Wings, that got a lot tougher when Jimmy Howard came out of the game after the first period.

According to Red Wings GM Ken Holland, Howard left the game with what they’re calling a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. That initial diagnosis from the Wings is a bit more worrisome as it’s not related to the broken finger Howard had that kept him out of action for a few weeks.

Joey MacDonald took over for Howard at the start of the second and should he miss any extended time, he’ll be the guy that leads them in goal. If Howard is out for an extended time, Ty Conklin could get called back up from the AHL but would have to clear waivers to do it. Goalies Jordan Pearce or Thomas McCollum would not have to clear waivers and could be other options for Detroit.

Adding to the pain, defenseman Jakub Kindl also left the game with an upper-body injury.