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I’m sorry but I could watch this over and over and over.

You don’t mess with a Johan…

Red Wings Defenders Lead Offense

While scoring goals from the blue line is nothing new in Hockeytown, the Wings defenders are taking their production to a new level this season. Adding two goals last night, including Nicklas Kronwall’s game winner in the third, the Red Wings defense has now scored a league high 27 goals. It was Kronwall’s 4th game winner of the year, good for 3rd in the league behind countryman and teammate Johan Franzen’s 6.

This “defensive-offensive explosion” – if you will- has been driven by Swedish veterans named Nick. And while the Captain, and his 261 career goals need no introduction, what Lidstrom has been able to produce this season at age 41 is nothing short of remarkable. Both have eight goals and are tied for second in the league amongst defenseman.

Ian White has also been a key addition, adding 5 even-strengthed goals this year. Brad Stuart has added 4 of his own, including 1 of 6 shorthanded goals scored by defenseman all season. Jakub Kindl and Jonathan Ericsson round out the scoring with a goal each.

When asked in a post game interview last night Kronwall attributed the scoring to traffic to the front of the net by forwards. While last nights game winner was thanks to a screen by Jiri Hudler, the Red Wings lines are loaded with gritty players who love to play in front of the opposing goalie including: Dan Cleary, Todd Bertuzzi, and perhaps the league’s all time best in the department Tomas Holmstrom.

The Red Wings skilled forwards control the puck and make the good feed back to the point. From here, the Red Wings defenseman do as good a job of any at getting the puck to the net. From here, it is up to the grinders in front to screen the opposing goalie, deflect any oncoming pucks and put home the rebound chances. The formula has worked wonders, and has the offense clicking averaging 3.26 goals per game, good for fifth in the league.

The Red Wings hope to keep the goals coming from the back end Friday against the rival Blackhawks at 8:30pm ET.

Sunday Funday: Caption Contest

Post your best caption for this UNREAL pic of The Mule.

 

Jimmy Howard: You’re My All-Star

Hey Brian Elliott–don’t let the door hit you in the vag on your way out.

The Red Wings head back to Detroit with only one W from their 3 game road trip after losing 3-2 to the St Louis Blues.

1st Period Highlights:

  • SOG 10-8
  • Drew Miller went to the box for a high-stick…that wasn’t even his stick.
  • Brad Stuart showed us once again that he makes a GREAT backup goalie

2nd Period Highlights:

  • SOG 9-13
  • Jimmy Howard got his 4th career assist and the Mule put the Wings on the board with a PPG (7:42, also assisted by Hudler…)
  • Alex Steen tied it up 4 seconds after Jakub Kindl went to the box (9:20)

3rd Period Highlights:

  • SOG 10-5
  • Kronwall went to the box 0:11 into the period, allowing Backes and his Blues a chance to get ahead 2-1 (0:45)
  • Not even 2 minutes later, Patrik Berglund made it 3-1 (2:38)
  • Jiri Hudler got one in late in the period (18:40, assists to Cleary and Kronwall) when Howard went to the bench to give the Wings an extra skater

First Star of the night: Jimmy Howard—for being a badass. An assist and a scuffle? VOTE FOR JIMMY!

Crazy last couple minutes… But like a shitty massage, there was no happy ending. The Wings return to the Joe to face the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday at 7:30.

*stats from detroitredwings.com

7th Heaven

The Detroit Red Wings got their 7th straight win tonight in Buffalo. Hot damn!

Hannah’s personal highlight: Mike Babcock’s shirt/tie combo.

1st Period Highlights:

  • Wings outshot Buffalo 18-8
  • Jakub Kindl got his first goal of the season (8:50, assists to Holmstrom and Abdelkader)
  • With Jason Pominville in the box, the Mule put the Wings up 2-0 (13:38, assisted by Lidstrom and Datsyuk)
  • 1:03 after the Franzen goal, “red hot” Valtteri Filppula put one in net (14:41, assisted by Henrik Zetterberg)

2nd Period Highlights:

  • Shots on goal 9-9
  • Abdelkader, Kronwall, and Filppula all spent time in the box — successful on the PK
  • Jimmy’s sick save made him look like a break dancer
  • Not much else…

3rd Period Highlights:

  • Buffalo outshot the Wings 11-9
  • Jochen Hecht made the score 3-1 (13:47, assisted by Pominville and Leino)
  • Pavel Datsyuk got an empty netter to make it 4-1 (18:43, unassisted)
  • Nathan Gerbe cut his upper lip and nostril toward the end of the period…looks pretty nast. Feel better boo boo.

Next game is against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday at 8:00pm. Jimmy for president.

2 points for Ericsson: I’ll drink to that

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

Red Lines

  • 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

Happy 94th birthday, NHL! For you, I am thankful.

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?!”

Overtime/Shootout:

  • 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.

 

Tonight:

The Detroit Red Wings take on SMASHville at 7:00 at the Joe Louis Arena…stay tuned!

You Don’t Mess With A Johan

Have you all had a chance to see Dodge’s new TV spot featuring Johan Franzen?

I Spy: Pavel Datsyuk

You heard them right. The crowd was chanting “Let’s Go Red Wings!” at the Staples Center this evening as your Detroit Red Wings took down the LA Kings 4-1. My favorite tweet of the game: “kings fans have been telling me the wings suck the whole game & i’m like ‘talk to me when your jerseys aren’t sparkling.'” (thx for the entertainment @hushlittleladyy) — And I agree…the only time I like my men sparkly is in Twilight.

1st Period Highlights:

  • Mike Richards scored a shorthanded goal (6:37) after Hudler made a Hudler mistake
  • Oh there you are, Pavel Datsyuk!!! Datsyuk scored his first goal since OCTOBER 21ST 37 seconds later (7:14, assisted by Holmstrom and Lidstrom) to tie it up at 1

2nd Period Highlights:

  • Niklas Kronwall took advantage of the slashing penalty against Rob Scuderi and put the Red Wings ahead by 1 (7:08, assists to Franzen and Holmstrom)
  • Brad Stuart’s (not so smart) defensive play led to a penalty shot (11:06) for all-star Anze Kopitar. Howard’s save made me feel like a proud mother…I shed a tear or two. The save and Jimmy’s reaction kind of reminded me of one of the scenes in my favorite movie: Robin Hood Men in Tights. See below.
  • Brendan Smith rushed out of the box after a hooking penalty and sped down the ice to assist Justin Abdelkader, earning his first NHL point and giving the Wings a 2-goal lead (15:38) Congratulations, cutie!
3rd Period Highlights:
  • Datsyuk stayed hungry (for curly fries) and scored his second goal of the game and 4th of the season (15:06, assisted by Johan Franzen)
“It’s not fair…look how quick his hands are” -Craig Button, NHL On The Fly

Overall Highlights:

  • Jimmy Howard was 23-24 (.958 sv%) and was on top of his game
  • Holmer got 2 assists in the 9:07 he was on the ice
  • Datsyuk is back. He wanted it…he got it. And then he got it again. Oh, how we’ve missed you.

The Wings wrap up their West Coast roady with a 8:00 pm game against the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow. Do it to it.