The Red Wings own a record of 27-11-9 heading into the All-Star Break, and Babcock expressed surprise that the season has gone well so far.
Detroit won for only the second time in nine shootouts this season and came away with their fifth consecutive victory overall.
In the six games Mrazek has played in January, five times he has limited opponents to two goals or fewer.
Zetterberg’s hat trick capped an impressive Detroit comeback …
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Petr Mrazek made 25 saves and improved to 3-0 in four career appearances against St. Louis.
Darren Helm, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar scored for the Red Wings, who have won three of four. Kyle Quincey had two assists.
Howard had been allowing an average of 2.11 goals, fourth in the league, and had been selected for the All-Star Game.
It’s always a great sight when a coach literally loses it.
Detroit is third in the Atlantic Division, one point behind Montreal.