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from Bill McGraw of the Detroit Free Press,
As we prepare psychologically for the Red Wings to begin the Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s time to ponder one of Hockeytown’s most important and perplexing questions: Why is Jimmy Devellano not in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
Devellano’s title these days with the Wings is senior vice-president/alternate governor. He is in his 25th year with the club, and even his biggest critics must agree that Devellano played a major role — and perhaps even a crucial role — in building the franchise into the powerhouse it has been for the past decade.
from the Detroit Free Press,
“That was outstanding,” Mike Babcock said. “That’s the most fun I’ve had since I was a Red Wings coach. It was good. I was really impressed with Lils and I was really impressed with Sammy. Sometimes I think you think when you’re not from North America, if someone washes your face your supposed to say thanks. Well, they didn’t say thanks, they just responded. They’re big men, and they can look after themselves.”
When Lidstrom was quizzed about the rarity of Swedes fighting, he laughed and replied, “We’ve got the toughest Swede in the league right here. Just ask him.” But then Lidstrom must have figured Lilja might hear about it from Tomas Holmstrom, because Lidstrom added, “Homer might have a big argument.”
more on the Wings…
The Detroit Red Wings have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the 16th consecutive season, the latest milestone for a franchise that has set a standard for sustained excellence not only in the National Hockey League but for all of North American major pro sports. The New York Yankees, who have qualified for the Major League Baseball playoffs in each of the past 12 seasons, have the next-longest streak.
from Thomas Nuemann at Page 2/ESPN,
A simmering rivalry bubbled over in a game for the ages 10 years ago.
On March 26, 1997, while the Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings were positioning themselves for the upcoming NHL playoffs, bad blood from the previous postseason boiled into unadulterated fury at Joe Louis Arena. The teams combined for nine fights, 11 goals, 39 penalties, 148 penalty minutes, one hat trick, one “turtle” and two Stanley Cup champion goalies duking it out in an overtime thriller.
The box score alone is suitable for framing.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Blues forward Ville Nieminen will not be suspended for his hit on Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout victory. Lebda left the game on a stretcher in the first period, and Nieminen received a five-minute major boarding penalty and a game misconduct.
fromm the Vancouver Sun,
And who, pray tell, was responsible for that script?
“I don’t know, man,” shrugged a smiling McCarty. “I’ve had a couple of those scripts. The Stanley Cup-winning goal [in 1997]. The hat trick [against Roy in the 2002 playoffs]. I’ve had some moments.
“I’ll never replace that winning-the-Cup game and scoring that goal, but to take just a game in general, [the March 26, 1997 contest] was the greatest game I’ve ever played in, that I ever saw. Just because it had every ingredient you could ever want. That game had everything.”
from the Boston Herald,
Ward was a member of the Red Wings at the time, and vividly recalls the night Detroit finally exacted revenge for Claude Lemieux’ brutal cheap shot on Kris Draper in the previous year’s playoffs. Darren McCarty pounded Lemieux into a bloody mess, while goalies Mike Vernon and Patrick Roy took center stage in an unlikely main event.
“The funny thing about that situation is we had already had games (since the Draper hit),” Ward said. “There was no indication given by anybody that anything was going to happen. I was in complete disbelief.”
Ward was never known as a fighter, but ended up in the middle of the fray, matched up against Avalanche enforcer Brent Severyn in one of the night’s many bouts.
“I think that was the worst ass-kicking I’ve ever taken in a fight,” Ward said. “We started off the second period with me and Larry Murphy on defense and I said to Larry if anything happens, don’t worry, I’ll take care of it. . . . I didn’t realize that before the shift even started, Severyn had already taken off his elbow pads and his shoulder pads
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from the Detroit Free Press,
Will Schneider continue to smile on Detroit? Maybe, maybe not.
He is eligible for free agency this summer, and so far talks that began during training camp haven’t progressed. Schneider has touched base with general manager Ken Holland on the matter and wants to remain with the Wings.
In addition to Schneider, Pavel Datsyuk, Todd Bertuzzi, Kyle Calder, Danny Markov, Kirk Maltby, Chris Chelios and Dominik Hasek are some of the players whose contracts expire in July. Schneider makes $3.3 million this season and given his offensive prowess, especially on the power play, he’s guaranteed to draw competitive offers from other teams. The Wings can’t bring everyone back, so Schneider could end up finishing his career elsewhere. He is determined to play at least until 2010 in order to have a shot at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Ville Nieminen hit Brett Lebda into the boards, driving his head into the glass. Lebda was bleeding, taken off on a stretcher.
I thought I saw some movement in his legs and arms…
Nieminen got five and a game.
update 2:46pm, Concussion for Lebda, alert and awake, going to the hospital.
Chat it up today during the Wings/Blues game. Game time is 2pm EDT today.
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