Tonight the Red Wings are getting their shotguns ready for a good ole’ duck shoot as they take on the Anaheim Ducks. This will be the third meeting between the two teams this season, and hunting has been good. Earlier this year the Wings blanked the Ducks 5-0 at the Joe and then won a 4-2 match that was half way played in the dark I think… Brad Stuart even got two goals in that game. Click below for more on how to down a duck.
It seems that so many people have no idea what the hockey community lost on September 7, 2011. It seems like I barely saw anything mentioned on ESPN, which was just down right disrespectful. Many so-called “sports junkies” know nothing, and care not at all. The hockey community, and the sports world, lost many prominent and elite athletes. Many of these players had lots of NHL experience. They were all sons, some were fathers and husbands, some were still teenage kids. It was a tragedy that needs to be remembered. I came across this article from the National Post, written by Denis Gibbons, that gives us insight into the rebuilding initiative, how Yaroslavl is healing, and the problems that are still trying to be solved from the accident. If you have time today, give it a read. It is a good sobering reminder of what we all lost.
Now that is more like it! The Wings came away with a good win and reminded the Oilers what it is really like to play a team that is motivated to kick some tail, except for that one lapse after the hit on Cleary. They did that tonight and remain on the top of the Central Division and Western Conference. Ericsson actually played a good game, except for one big mistake that resulted in the first Gagner goal, but other than that, he was a beast. Miller continues to defy expectations and has 11 on the year, already passing his career best and we have a lot of hockey left in the season. Zetterberg also looked back to normal, finally getting his first goal in who knows how long. MacDonald didn’t have to be spectacular tonight, but still got the job done. Period recaps below. Read more…
Dan Cleary is in according to the Detroit Free Press after having trouble with fluid in his knees. Also the Detroit Red Wings Twitter reported that Jan Mursak and Jakub Kindl are in while Mike Commodore enjoys the Leino Lounge. And then as soon as I look at Twitter again I see the report that Mursak is not in. More good news in that Joey Mac is in net tonight instead of Conklin, so no blindfolded goaltending tonight as far as I know.
Tonight the Wings are back home to face off against the Edmonton Oilers, the second meeting between the two teams in 4 days. Saturday night, the Oilers came out ahead after a wild third period, which saw the Wings score three goal only to lose it in a shootout. Nugent-Hopkins is out tonight for the Oilers, so one of their scoring threats is not going to be a problem. This team shouldn’t even be a problem, but if we only skate for 20 minutes, then they will be.
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I happened to stumble across an Associated Press article the other day on ESPN’s website entitled, Gordie Howe Suffers Memory Loss which reported that Gordie Howe may or may not be suffering from a mild form of dementia. Since the release of that article, his family has expressed that these reports are greatly exaggerated, but the symptoms are almost the exact same. The fact that it was Gordie Howe really was not the reason I clicked on the article, but the thing that really intrigued me was the dementia part. My grandfather has suffered from dementia for about a year, and it has really been one the most difficult things to witness. It is crazy how similar Gordie’s case is to our own case.
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Well that started off sluggish, then ended nicely. They started to turn things on after the last Phoenix goal and actually looked like a team that came to play. The penalties….eh, not too happy. Still had some nice shifts by the Z-Flip-Huds line. They seemed to be really getting some good opportunities just by working hard. Zetterberg has really turned it up. He has been working his tail off the past few games and it is paying off I think. I know he hasn’t scored in a while, but he’s creating chances. Nice play to feed the Mule though. Keep it up boys!
PHX: Martin Hanzal (7)-06:55
DET: Johan Franzen (20) PP-17:24
DET: Ian White- Tripping- 04:28
DET: Pavel Datsyuk- Hooking- 06:16
PHX:Michal Rozsival- Hooking-15:04
PHX:-Rostislav Klesla- Delay of Game- 17:14
LET’S GO RED WINGS!