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
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!
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.
Every Sunday we’ll bring you something fun to end the week from the NHL. Today, Marty Turco – former University of Michigan goaltender – shows the NBC fans what he really thinks of Pierre McGuire.
OMG… did you hear about the Smith on Smith hit to the head?? People are struggling trying to decide if the hit was intentional or unintentional, but frankly, I’m not sure if that matters. Obviously the story deserves to be a HEADline (muahaha), but enough already… it’s in Shanny’s hands now.
Brunnstrom was on fire tonight, scoring a goal in the 1st and one in the 2nd, making it very clear that he is determined to wear a winged wheel this season. Rookies Emmerton and Smith each had two assists. I thought Drew Miller looked great on the ice and was really glad he got one in. I would have definitely liked to have seen a little more action from Eaves and Abs… it’s hard to believe they had 16-17 minutes of ice time each. Ericsson played like typical Ericsson–sometimes I wonder if he has body dysmorphic disorder. I think someone needs to remind him that he is 6’4/220 lbs, not 5’6/130 lbs — he needs to use his body and not allow himself to fall into the boards from a light push. And even though Conklin was 20-24, I think he played very well and had some awesome saves. It’s not his fault that the Blackhawks had all of their star players in their lineup tonight and the Wings had… well… none. Even so, we did more than hold our own. The game-winner was scored by Marian Hossa during a two man advantage in the 3rd period.
All in all, this game really annoyed me and Pierre McGuire didn’t help. I can’t wait until Friday when we’re back at the Joe.