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“The Big Guy With The Beard” And Game Talk

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“It was fun to play a little battle hockey,” captain Henrik Zetterberg told FSD. “You don’t see that very often anymore. That was nice. The guys stood up for teammates and themselves and it was good to see.”

The Red Wings stood up physically, not backing down.

But take away the fights, and the Red Wings played a typical, of late, game.

Too many defensive breakdowns, not tough enough in front of goalie Jimmy Howard, and let another Western Conference team grind them most of the evening.

The Ducks outshot the Red Wings 36-30, with Howard coming up with several big saves as Anaheim was able to get close to the net early and often.

“We have to be better in our detail,” coach Jeff Blashill told FSD.


from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Seven minutes after scoring, Ritchie and Detroit’s Luke Witkowski engaged in a fight presumably to stick up for teammate Cam Fowler after the defenseman received a hard, clean check from Witkowski earlier. The fight ended with Witkowski on top of Ritchie, jawing at him while prone on the ice.

But the Ducks’ bench erupted, with several smiling players fervently banging their sticks against the boards.

“That’s what teammates do,” Perry said. “They stick up for each other. That guy hit Cam pretty hard. It’s not like we went right after him. We took a number and Ritch did a great job.”

Said Kesler: “I think the big guy with the beard – I don’t know his name – he hit Cam and that kind of started it. And then it just kind of snowballed.”


Watch the game highlights and post-game interviews from the Detroit side below...


Zetterberg, Mantha, Witkowski, Abdelkader and Blashill.


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I think the big guy with the beard – I don’t know his name – he hit Cam and that kind of started it. And then it just kind of snowballed.”

He seems to be good at providing a spark, for the other team.  Keep him in the lineup!

Posted by Steve1306 on 03/17/18 at 09:13 AM ET

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from BarDown,

After scrum ensued in front of Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, the puck popped out onto the stick of Anaheim Ducks forward Derek Grant. With a yawning cage in sight, Grant managed to barely squeeze one past the goal line to give his team a 2-1 lead. But in the heat of the moment, Larkin appeared to try and stick his glove over the goalie cam to prevent it from being reviewed. Unfortunately for him, he made his intent blatantly obvious.

more with video and pictures…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/17/18 at 01:42 PM ET


from BarDown,

At least Larkin’s actions were clever enough to give hockey fans a good laugh.

And yet no mention of the way more hilarious, or perhaps ridiculous, though realistically just plain sad, sight of fan favorite Tim Peel adamantly pointing good goal from a position in which there was no way he could have seen the puck go in without x-ray vision.  Are you Superman, TIm?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/17/18 at 06:15 PM ET

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