Kukla's Korner Hockey
Did Cory Schneider play the puck illegally?
The Wings put the game out of reach by making the score 3-1 with a Tatar goal just off the faceoff.
First Jonas Gustavsson with the behind the back save..
In the same game, Cory Schneider comes up with a 'sweater' save, watch it below...
Yes, the Detroit Red Wings were without Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg their top two scorers on Wednesday night against Philadelphia, but the outcome, a shocking 6-3 loss that saw the Red Wings cough up 3-1 lead allowing four third-period goals, highlighted what is a burgeoning problem for head coach Mike Babcock: his goaltending. Specifically, Babcock is faced with the reality that what is supposed to be his best goaltender is not his best goaltender. Jimmy Howard took the loss Wednesday allowing five goals on 33 shots. Yes, the four third-period goals the Flyers registered included two power-play markers and an empty-net goal, but the fact is that Howard has just one win in his last eight appearances and six times over that stretch has allowed three or more goals. Jonas Gustavsson, meanwhile, has won four in a row for the Wings and is a sparkling 7-0-1 on the season. Maybe it's just a bump in the road for Howard but right now he's in danger of playing himself out of contention for the U.S. Olympic team and out of the starter's role in Detroit.
-Scoot Burnside of ESN where you can read more opinions from the hockey experts at ESPN.
via the Detroit Free Press, Pavel Datsyuk talks about his health...
Datsyuk may just become the star of 24/7...
The process begins...
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
Gustavsson, now 29, has been giving Detroit the backup goaltending every team would love to have. No longer anchored deep in his net, working with Wings goalie coach Jim Bedard seems to have produced a more aggressive and confident Gustavsson 4 1/2 yeas after he left Sweden for North America.
"It's always hard to compare. Maybe we play a little different game (in Detroit) too," Gustavsson said, asked if he was improved since his days in Toronto. "To be successful as a goalie, you need your guys to play well, and you need to work good together. It feels like I trust them and they trust me too.
"I pretty much know what they're going to do and they know what I'm going to do. That helps a lot, when everyone's on the same page.
"I want to be better and better. Hopefully I'm a better goalie than when I was in Toronto. I've been getting more experience. The more you play, the more you know what it's all about."
Gustavsson has worked diligently this season with Bedard, particularly on goalie-specific power skating.
If you want more Alfredsson talk, The Malik Report has it covered.
A short-handed goal too.
The first 2014 Winter Classic spot will appear during the Rangers/Bruins game this afternoon.
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