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ESPN Hockey Insiders express their views from last night...
@ESPN_Burnside: Folks have been predicting one form or another of a Detroit Red Wings collapse for a decade now. These dire predictions often accompany a period of tepid play, a lack of scoring and poor goaltending that seem (to some observers) to portend a long-term disaster. All the Red Wings do in the face of such murmurings is right the ship and move on. So it was Wednesday night in Detroit, where the Red Wings had been brutal all season, that they jack-hammered the hottest team in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins, 6-1....
@Real_ESPNLeBrun: The bloom is officially off the rose for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who blew 4-1 and 5-3 leads in Pittsburgh while failing to register a single shot on goal in the third period and overtime en route to a demoralizing 6-5 shootout loss on Wednesday night....
@KatieStrangESPN: One thing I am thankful for? That I am not in Jack Capuano's shoes. No doubt his seat has to be getting pretty toasty after the Islanders' fourth straight loss, 3-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night. Capuano is regarded as a passionate coach, but I'm just not convinced he has the experience necessary to mold the Islanders into a consistent playoff team....
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I know some of you do not read The Malik Report but you may want to read the conversation George Malik just had with Brendan Shanahan regarding the Cowan elbow on Datsyuk.
from Afton Bladet (translated),
The Detroit Red Wings are known as the NHL's big svensklag.
At night it was clearer than ever.
Total Detroit had eight Swedes on the ice.
Six of which were on the line up when the puck was released.
Jonas "The Monster" Gustavsson, 29, started in goal.
Jonathan Ericsson, 29, and Niklas Kronwall, 32, formed backpar.
And Johan Franzen, 33, Henrik Zetterberg, 33, and Gustav Nyquist, 24, started the chain.
- I wonder if we did not see the Swedish hockey history. I doubt that it could have happened before in the NHL, says Tre Kronor coach Pär Mårts, which is in North America to scout OS player, TT.
more (not transated but I covered most of it above)
The Detroit Red Wings honored Brendan Shanahan tonight and Shanny brought his whole family with him to share in the puck drop.
Below, the Boston Bruins are celebrating 90 years of hockey and Bobby Orr dropped the puck tonight.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
"But for some single seats, the Winter Classic is completely sold out," (Tom) Wilson said. "We're looking forward to 107,000-plus people up there in Ann Arbor."
For the preliminary Winter Festival events at Comerica Park from Dec. 27-31, nearly 120,000 of 180,000 available tickets are already spoken for.
Wilson indicated that they'd sold a combined 42,000 tickets for the Dec. 27-28 NCAA Great Lakes Invitational tournament.
Approximately 30,000 tickets have been purchased for the Dec. 29 OHL doubleheader featuring the Windsor Spitfires vs. the Saginaw Spirit and Plymouth Whalers against the London Knights. Nearly 30,000 more ducats have been grabbed up for the Dec. 31 Leafs-Red Wings alumni twinbill.
Capacity for the Comerica Park hockey games is 38,000.
"We'll have big turnouts for literally everything, so we're feeling pretty good about being able to deliver exactly what we talked about when this idea first came across, which is setting a record for the best attended hockey event ever," Wilson said.
Wilson also indicated that of those nearly 200,000 tickets, some 35,000 were purchased by Canadians.
via the AftonBladet (not translated, just a recap of the game),
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
One possibility to take over the ‘C’ is Lidstrom’s former teammate on the Winged Wheel, center Henrik Zetterberg. He’s already pulled one team through the transition of life without Lidstrom and Zetterberg is encouraged by the raft of new talent available to the Tre Kronor.
“On our ‘D’ side it looks really good,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of young kids coming in. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is already a star in this league, we’ve got ‘Kronner’ (Wings mate Niklas Kronwall), Erik Karlsson, Jonas Brodin in Minnesota is doing a great job.…So a lot of guys can take that role and we’re going to see who does it in Sochi.”
While Zetterberg’s excellence on both sides of the puck will be a key part of Sweden’s attack up front, his experience will also help a national team in transition. Mainstays such as Peter Forsberg and Mattias Ohlund won’t be around, while Daniel Alfredsson will play in his last Games and be more of a secondary player. On the plus side, young stars Nicklas Backstrom and Loui Eriksson both saw duty in Vancouver.
“Everyone who has been a part of it before knows what to expect,” Zetterberg said. “I’ve been through the highs and lows of the Olympics, so nothing will be new. We will have a good team and we just have to do our best over the two weeks. If I get the captaincy, it will be a little different, but I’m not going to change the way I play.”
Gordie Howe with goal #545 to surpass Maurice "Rocket" Richard in goals scored.
Oh, and I was there.
See a brief video of the goal at the :15 second mark.
Brendan Shanahan reflects on his NHL career and going into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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