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This version of Mitch Albom’s Game 6 column for the Detroit Free Press appears in “Stanleytown 25 Years Later: The Inside Story of How the Stanley Cup Returned to the Motor City After 41 Frustrating Seasons.”...

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

The game was in the final minute, the Colorado goalie was pulled, and finally … finally … there really was nothing standing between the team and the dream. Brendan Shanahan raced to a loose puck, took good aim and put that baby in the open basket, unleashing a flood of noise that could be heard all the way to the Rocky Mountains.

Guess who’s coming for Stanley — again? From a warm summer Saturday, two years ago, deep in the swamps of New Jersey, the Red Wings had been waiting to get back to this night. Waiting for a chance to redeem their squandered potential, to correct the road they mistakenly turned off when last they journeyed to the Stanley Cup Finals.

“This team has so much character,” said a sweaty but happy Mike Vernon, the goaltending hero of the series, after the Wings dethroned defending champion Colorado with a 3-1 victory that sealed the Western Conference finals, four games to two. “Now we’re going for the big one.”

Well. One big one at a time. This night was already a Game 7 disguised as a Game 6. The Wings dared not blink. They did not blink. They dared not tire. They never tired. They dared not lose. And so they did not lose.


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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Moritz Seider’s World Championship run with Germany ended in disappointment Thursday, but a pair of his Detroit Red Wings teammates advanced to the semifinals.

Czechia, with Jakub Vrana and Filip Hronek, defeated Germany 4-1 in the quarterfinals in Helsinki, Finland, to advance to Saturday’s semifinals.

Hronek assisted on Roman Cervenka’s second-period goal, which proved to be the game-winner. It was Hronek’s first point in eight games in the tournament.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/26/22 at 01:33 PM ET

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I kind of vaguely remember hearing how the Wings players and those close to the organization would make fun of Albom for only showing up during the playoffs back then (wasn’t their an internal award named after Albom that went to Helm because of this?)....yet he’s writing the retrospective article….

Posted by d ca on 05/26/22 at 03:32 PM ET

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The only question about Fabbri’s future is when he will be ready to play again. In his end-of-the-season interview with the media, Fabbri couldn’t say whether he would be ready by Red Wings’ training camp.

“We’re going to play it by ear,” Fabbri said. “We’re going to work with the medical staff and work with everyone,.  The goal is to get back as soon as possible but doing it the right way and doing it safe and making sure this is the last time. There’s no date right now and we’re just going to keep working.”

The injury is frustrating . Fabbri said he doesn’t know of any instance of player suffering three torn ACL.

But he’s not concerned about his ability to come back from this.

“I don’t think it’s me as a person or player to take a step back andnot play as hard or as fearless as I do,” Fabbri said. “Playing that way has gotten me to where I am now. It’s going to continue to move me forward through my career and as a player. I’m not too worried about that.”

Fabbri said rehabilitation is a slow process,. It requires him to assess how he is feeling each day to determine what he needs to do that day.

“I don’t see any golf in my summer this summer,” Fabbri said.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/26/22 at 06:24 PM ET


But he’s not concerned about his ability to come back from this.

He may not be concerned, but I bet a lot of other people are. 3 torn ACLs?

I am still waiting for McIssac to finally make the Wings after 3 busted shoulder injuries.

Yes, they are different injuries, but how often can a pro athlete suffer the same major injury to the same area and not affect his performace?

Wishing him the best and a complete recovery this summer.

Posted by exor54 on 05/26/22 at 06:43 PM ET

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