Monthly Archives: November 2011
Jonathan Ericsson had a 2-point game in the Detroit Red Wings’ 6th straight win tonight. The Detroit Red Wings outshot the Tampa Bay Lightning 35-23 and won 64% of the faceoffs. Pavel Datsyuk won 71% of his faceoffs and earned himself 2 points as well–that’s 6 points in the last 4 games for the great one. Jimmy Howard made some fabulous saves throughout the game and especially in the 3rd–upping the confusion regarding his absence on the All-Star ballot. Feel free to write him in.
Tonight was also Steve Yzerman’s first visit to the Joe as the GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Red Wings paid their respects to the longtime Captain with a tear jerking tribute during the 1st period:
1st Period Highlights:
- Wings outshot TBL 18-8 (that’s what I’m talkin bout)
- Datsyuk wowed us with his 7th goal of the season at 4:58 (assisted by Bertuzzi and Franzen)
- Jonathan Ericsson shocked RW fans everywhere by scoring his first goal of the season (11:04, assist to Fil) Mazel tov!!!!!!
2nd Period Highlights:
- The Lightning outshot the Wings 6-5
- With Ericsson in the box, Martin St. Louis got a PPG to get his team back in the game (9:35, assisted by Purcell and Bergeron)
- Steven Stamkos tied the game with just 0:14 left in the period (assists to Gilroy and Lecavalier) — he scores goals? Weird.
- Pierre McGuire used the word “toughly” and then quickly recanted saying it wasn’t a word. It actually is a word…and Pierre actually was an English major #funfact
3rd Period Highlights:
- The Wings stepped it up and outshot the Lightning 12-9
- Brewer did the only thing he could do to prevent Datsyuk from scoring on a breakaway — hooked him. Holmer put the Wings up 3-2 only 9 seconds later—after all 5 RWs touched the puck (4:22, assists to Lidstrom and Datsyuk)
- Darren Helm sealed the deal at 14:13, giving the Wings a 2-goal lead (assisted by Kindl and Ericsson)
Notes: Commodore and Emmerton were scratched, Eaves out 6-8 weeks after having surgery on his jaw
The Wings will head to Buffalo to prep for their 7:30 game on Friday night
So tonight is undoubtedly one of the games you circled on your Little Caesars schedule the day you got it. Stevie Y and the Tampa Bay Lightning are heading back to the Joe tonight, in what should be an excellent match up. Tampa has had a mediocre start after last season’s dream postseason run. Still, they find themselves only six points behind the surprising Florida Panthers for first, and have every right to believe they can win a weakend Southeast division with the unrest in Washington.
But, instead of a lengthy preview on tonight’s match up, I thought it might be better to revisit my personal top three favorite Stevie Y moments.
3) So I’m cheating a little here because I am too young to remember this one. But I saw replay after replay of it growing up. My dad used to coach me to hang on to the puck in the offensive zone by referencing “that Yzerman goal”. This truly emobodied the forward he was in the late 80s and early 90s.
2) Yzerman’s performance on one leg in the 2002 playoffs is something I will tell my kids about one day. It was truly one of the most inspiring and gritty things you’ll ever see. Trailing 2-0 to the upset minded Canucks, Yzerman willed his team to victory that series. Despite his injuries, he ended the postseason with 23 points in 23 games. After winning the cup, he immediately passed it off to coach Scotty Bowman, who promptly announced his retirement.
1) Was there any question? I was fortunate enough to be at this game – on a school night (thanks Mom)- and will probably never be in a stadium atmosphere quite like this one. I’ll never forget the noise and beer that showered us as we listened to Tag Team’s Whoomp There It Is for what seemed like days after the goal. But it was just an amazing shot, and an amazing feeling. I’m having trouble putting it into words, but just ask any other person in that stadium that night, and they’d probably say the same. It will forever be included in top ten lists and highlight reels. As it should.
Anyways, I’m sure I’ll get chills tonight. It should be a fun one, and hopefully the Red Wings can continue their winning ways.
- The Red Wings are back on top this week on ESPN’s NHL Power Rankings–well, they’re in the #2 spot…but since the Bruins are ranked #1 and we put an end to their winning streak on Friday, I think it’s a legitimate claim.
- I am confused by NHL.com’s Super 16 Rankings once again. Dave Lozo ranks the Wings at #4 behind Boston, Pittsburgh, and the NY Rangers.
- The Mule took the day off today according to Ansar Khan from Mlive.com, but is expected to play in tomorrow’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning
- The team visited the Children’s Hospital of Michigan yesterday, as reported by Bill Roose from DetroitRedWings.com
- Did the Caps give up their coach because their ego is too big? Isaac Smith discusses the difference between them and the Wings on Bleacher Report
Forward Patrick Eaves will undergo surgery today to repair the fractured jaw he suffered Saturday night. GM Ken Holland said he expects Eaves to miss 6-8 weeks and that no roster moves are planned for the near future.
Eaves had only 1 assist in 10 games this season after practicing with the top line for the majority of the preseason. The incident occurred with just over 2 minutes to play in the game. Predators defenseman Roman Josi, playing in his first NHL game, attempted to shoot a rolling puck on net. His blade met the puck on its side, causing the shot to lift up and catch the kneeling Eaves in the right ear.
A very unfortunate incident given the time that it occurred. It should also be noted that Eaves had played his best game of the season Saturday, leading the team in both shots and hits.
Happy 94th birthday to the National Hockey League! For you, I am thankful. Yesterday was the first Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown: an Original Six matchup between the Boston Bruins (2011 Stanley Cup champions) and the infamous, 11-time Stanley Cup champions, Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings gave us more to be thankful for by putting an end to the Bruins’ 10-game winning streak with a 3-2 shootout victory at TD Garden. I was super disappointed by the lack of “Pierre-ness” but I’m not worried… I’m sure we’ll hear plenty on Wednesday when the Wings/Lightning game is aired on VERSUS.
1st Period Highlights:
- Ian White got the puck to Henrik Zetterberg, who made some fantastic passes back and forth with Valtteri Filppula, resulting in a 1-0 lead (12:43). This is what happens when Fil shoots — the puck ends up in the back of the net.
2nd Period Highlights:
- Jimmy Howard went behind the net to gather the puck and ended up moving a little too slow for Nathan Horton and Daniel Paille (4:05), who tied the game at 1
- 35 seconds later (4:40), while the audience was still celebrating the Bruins’ goal, a little Mule/Bert/Datsyuk magic spoiled the party. After receiving the puck from Bertuzzi, Datsyuk kicked the puck from his skate to his stick and then BOOM…it’s in.
- Pierre McGuire discussed his interview with Ian White, asked about his face: “he said ‘it’s fine–until someone touches it'” … Please stay at least 30 feet away from our defenseman, Pierre.
3rd Period Highlights:
- Patrice Bergeron tied the score with an unassisted wrist shot (7:52) making things a little more difficult for the good guys
- After Chara got frustrated by Datsyuk’s high level of skill, he used his big, gumpy body to try and cause some damage to the magic man. It didn’t work out exactly how Chara planned—Datsyuk went after Chara and slammed him into the boards yielding this comment:
“What a job by Pavel Datsyuk! We talk about him being for the Selke as the best defensive forward…how about for the league MVP?!”
- Nothing during the 4-on-4 so it went into a shoot out
- Howard shut down Seguin, Datsyuk made us proud. Howard shut down Peverley, Hudler disappoints. Horton made us nervous, Bertuzzi saved the day. The End.
The Detroit Red Wings take on SMASHville at 7:00 at the Joe Louis Arena…stay tuned!
The Red Wings have endured a season full of peaks and valleys. They hope to stop the equally streaky Boston Bruins, who after dropping a third straight loss at the end of October have rallied with ten straight victories.
The Bruins recipe for success has been a little bit of everything. They’ve won with excellent netminding from both Tuukka Rask (see 2-1 SO win vs Columbus) and Tim Thomas (3 SO on current streak). But the Bruins have also found the back of the net early and often, scoring 4 or more goals in 8 of the 10 games.
A few key stats for today’s match up (1pm, NBC)
- Boston hasn’t beaten Detroit since a 4-1 win on Nov. 29, 2008.
- Zdeno Chara leads the way with an average of 25:22 minutes per game.
- Tyler Seguin, who is not yet 20 years of age, is a league leading +18 and on pace to score 50 this year.
- 25% of Todd Bertuzzi’s scoring last season came in the two games vs the Bruins.
- Despite his offensive stats being down, Henrik Zetterberg leads the team in SOG with 73, good for 14th in the league.
Should be a fun one!
This week was easy! Brad Stuart’s game clinching bank shot against the Ducks is our Top Shelf Tuesday Goal of the Week.
I’m sure most Detroit Red Wings fans would agree that it is often times painful when our games are aired on VERSUS. Not only do I miss the normal crew, but the commentating and player interviews make me cringe. More specifically, Pierre McGuire makes me cringe. Some of the things he says make me crawl in my own skin and others are so ridiculous I can’t help but laugh. Greg Wyshynski from Puck Daddy posted “The 11 ickiest Pierre McGuire lines about Sidney Crosby’s return” this morning, which was absolutely amazing. It’s a must read. It was so inspiring that we’ve decided to make a season-long activity involving the creepiest lines said by the creepiest of the creeps (potentially) in hockey history.
Submit your favorite/the most disturbing Pierre McGuire quotes or videos via twitter, email, or in the comments section below. We’ll post them and then have a vote at the end of the season for what best represents Pierre McGuire.
- Uh-oh! Mike Babcock says someone has a boo-boo, according to Chris from Nightmare on Helm Street
- White set to return, Smith not packing his bags yet, as reported by Bill Roose from DetroitRedWings.com
- Smith gained confidence after 2 assists last week, says Ansar Khan from Mlive.com
- Helene St James from the Detroit Free Press tells us that Pavel Datsyuk believes his drought made him stronger