TORONTO — Henrik Zetterberg got his 300th NHL goal in unconventional fashion but hit the milestone on a sentimental night.
After fellow Swede and former Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom dropped the puck for a ceremonial faceoff as part of the Hockey Hall of Fame's induction weekend, Zetterberg became just the fifth player in franchise history to put up 300 goals and 500 assists.
Zetterberg joined Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov in that exclusive Red Wings club.
Fedorov was at Air Canada Centre Friday night along with Lidstrom and the rest of the Hall of Fame's class of 2015 to see Zetterberg score as the Red Wings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime.
From just inside the blue line, Zetterberg flicked an innocent shot toward the goal late in the first period. The puck went off goaltender James Reimer's blocker and trickled into the net.
Zetterberg barely celebrated the goal, which could go down as one of the flukiest of his 13-season career.
The 35-year-old said after the morning skate that he really wanted to hit No. 300 in the Hall of Fame game. In addition to winning the Stanley Cup with Lidstrom in 2008, he and Zetterberg won a gold medal with Sweden at the 2006 Olympics.
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press