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After a player-brawl and coach-attempting-to-visit-opponents-scrap-filled 3-2 Vancouver Canucks shootout win over the Calgary Flames, coach John Tortorella played it by the book during his brief post-game presser:
He more or less built an impenetrable, "I'm not answering that" and/or, "I won't talk about fights with anyone who didn't play the game" facade (the latter, he did not say literally), with the initial summary of his comments reading as follows (and yes, he blamed Bob Hartley for starting 4th line versus...eventual 4th line):
The goal tied the game up late for the Wings, OT settled nothing and the Wings won in the shootout.
This type of play shoule be reviewable, but it is not. Maybe next year?
added 10:12pm, Kings broadcast version below...
via Sportsnet, Colorado broadcast point of view on the hit...
added 10:22pm, Same video, YouTube version below...
Keep your head up Kaspars.if Niklas Kronwall is on the ice.
Presented by The Score…
Early video and I am sure we shall soon see one with better quality, but in the time being, here is the Kronwall hit on Kesler.
Only penalty was Kesler who received 2 for roughing.
added 12:47am, Better quality video now replaces the original video of the hit.
added 12:53am, added TSN version of the hit below…
Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.
Stewart received five for hitting from behind and a game, Kronwall returned in the 2nd period.
This hit on Niklas Kronwall by Mikko Koivu lead to the Wild overtime goal by Devin Setoguchi last night.
Some people were calling for an interference call, what do you think?
Kronwall left the ice dazed and the Wings will provide and update on him sometime today.
added 4:03am, The Wild TV broadcast can be viewed below…
Niklas Kronwall was a bit woozy after the hit but did return to action.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne called Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall a dangerous player for a hit he delivered on Saturday.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock agrees. And that’s the way he wants him to be. But Babcock also said Monday that Kronwall is a clean player.
“I looked at the replay many times. (Kronwall) stepped up on him and got his shoulder in his chin. It’s a hockey play,’’ Babcock said. “I think one of the comments was Kronner’s dangerous. He is. That’s why we like him.
“I don’t think anything was outside the rules or the boundary of the game. Obviously, you don’t want anyone to get hurt. Teemu’s a Hall of Famer, one of my favorites. I don’t like to see him get bumped, but that’s the game.’’
Selanne did not leave the bench and returned to the ice to take his regular shift.
“I’m skating full-out right now. It’s feeling really good. Now it’s just a matter of getting conditioning where I want it to be and just go out there and compete.’’
-Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings. A bit more from Ansar Khan of Mlive.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall had athroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday morning. Doctors discovered a lateral meniscus tear.
Kronwall is expected to be idled for two weeks but should be ready to skate at the start of training camp Sept. 18 in Traverse City.
“It’s minor, nothing major. He started to skate three weeks ago and felt some discomfort. It’s not the same as last year, it’s in a different location. So it’s a little confusing.’‘
-Ken Holland, GM of the Detroit Red Wings on the knee issue with Niklas Kronwall. More on this from Ansar Kahn of Mlive.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Kronwall told blogger Marie Hallman, “The knee’s still not feeling quite 100 percent.”
Kronwall said he can’t make certain moves he’d like because the knee doesn’t possess the necessary strength.
“He’s not happy at this point; he was hoping he’d feel better,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland.
Holland said Kronwall has been in regular contact with Wings athletic trainer Piet Van Zant and is expected to arrive in Detroit in the next week….
Holland hasn’t spoken to Kronwall this summer, but is under the impression Kronwall will be on the ice for the start of training camp.
Kronwall mentioned in the hockey blog that surgery could ultimately be an option. But Holland said the possibility of surgery never has been broached or mentioned.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall (knee) did not skate and will not play Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings (4 p.m., Fox Sports Net Detroit). Kronwall, injured during the first period of Tuesday’s 4-2 win in San Jose when he was slew-footed by Jed Ortmeyer, said he wants to give the knee a rest. He expects to skate Monday and be ready for Tuesday’s game in St. Louis.
“It feels better than it did right after the San Jose game,’’ Kronwall said. “Take it day by day, hopefully two more days can make it even better. I think this will do me good in the long run.’’
As for the play by Ortmeyer, Kronwall said, “I think stuff like that happens pretty much every game. I don’t think he meant to do it on purpose whatsoever. I just happened to be here. I got all my body weight on the left side and he kind of came in underneath me.’’
via Ansar Khan of the Mlive,
Niklas Kronwall tweaked his left knee in the first period and did not play in the third period. He will not play Wednesday at Anaheim, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
Babcock also said the injury has nothing to do with Kronwall’s knee, saying the defenseman hurt his ankle while getting slew footed.
Others, however, said Kronwall hurt his knee. It’s the same knee he injured Nov. 21 on a knee-on-knee check from Montreal’s Georges Laraque and hurt again in a collision with Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal on Sunday.
added 11:11am, Video added of Kronwall really losing an edge on his skate last night. Watch below…
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
There was all kinds of good injury news coming out of Monday’s Detroit Red Wings practice:
—Defenseman Niklas Kronwall will return to the lineup Tuesday against Phoenix. He has been out since Nov. 21 with a sprained left MCL.
—Defenseman Andreas Lilja said he has been headache-free for 13 days and that he was told by doctors needs to be symptom-free for 14 days before being cleared. Unless he has a setback in the next day or two, he will meet with team officials this week and could return from a concussion that has kept him out since Feb. 28 of last season.
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall was feeling much chipper Tuesday morning after skating with the team for the first time since suffering a sprained left MCL on Nov. 21.
“Had a good day skating (Monday) and today it felt even better,’’ Kronwall said. “Hopefully, I’ll come in tomorrow morning and it will still feel really good. It definitely feels like we’re onto something.’’
He didn’t want to estimate when he might return.
“I don’t want to say too much, then I have the doctors and trainers all over me,’’ Kronwall said. “If I can just keep progressing like this it’s just a matter of getting the legs back and we’ll go from there.’’
Said Babcock: “As soon as you start feeling better and it looks like you’re turning the corner, it’s pretty easy to get energized. When it’s not, it sucks the life out of you.’’
added 10:08am, from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Niklas Kronwall remains roughly a week to 10 days away, according to GM Ken Holland. Johan Franzen should be back just before the Olympic break or definitely after it.
more on the Wings…
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“I really don’t think he’s a dirty player whatsoever,’’ Kronwall said. “I think he’s one of those guys that has a really good reputation, plays hard. I think this was more of an accident.’’
Kronwall said he is satisfied with the five-game suspension the NHL gave Laraque.
“I think it was fair,’’ Kronwall said. “It was kind of in the range I thought he would get. We have people in the league who look over things like this. They’ve done their job.’’
from Chris McKosky of the Detroit News,
The medical report on on Niklas Kronwall’s left knee wasn’t as encouraging as the Red Wings had hoped, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.
An MRI Sunday showed that Kronwall has a significant sprain of his medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He will be out at least a month, and could be out as long as eight weeks.
“There is no ACL damage and that’s good news,” general manager Ken Holland said, referencing the fact that Kronwall had his left knee surgically repaired in 2005. “They are saying it’s between a Grade 2 and a Grade 3 sprain; Grade 3 being the most severe. So he’s out a month for sure and beyond that, it depends on how he heals.”
Montreal Canadiens’ tough guy George Laraque may be in a bit of trouble with the league.
The NHL has decided to review Laraque’s knee-on-knee collision with Red Wings’ defenceman Niklas Kronwall that occurred half-way through the first period of Detroit’s shootout victory over the Habs on Saturday.
Wings announced Kronwall will not return to the game after taking a knee on knee hit from Laraque. Earlier on the same play, Laraque high-sticked Darren Helm so Laraque received 4 for high sticking and 2 for tripping.
added 8:15pm, video of the hit…
added 10:10pm, Mike Babcock on the Wings post-game show said Kronwall injury is not pretty and will wait until Detroit doctors look at him. Babcock said the hit by Laraque is unacceptable in the game of hockey.
added 10:53pm, Scott Morrison on the iDesk (HNIC) said the Wings fear Kronwall has MCL damage. Will know more tomorrow.
added 10:59pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The Red Wings anticipate being without top-four defenseman Niklas Kronwall for a minimum of two weeks after he was injured Saturday in what general manager Ken Holland flat-out called a dirty hit.
Kronwall, 29, suffered what Holland said early examination revealed to be a second-degree, possibly third-degree MCL sprain to his left knee. In 2005, he needed that knee operated on after tearing his ACL, and ended up missing 52 games.
The Wings are hoping it won’t be nearly as long this time, but won’t know for sure until Kronwall undergoes further testing today (Sunday).
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
For Kronwall, it will feel like a pair of home games. He has played in the Globe more than 100 times and spends the summer working out and skating in the rink right next door. He knows all the nooks and crannies of the building.
“I have walked through those doors and in that arena for many years,” Kronwall said. “I feel pretty comfortable there.”
He said he has put in for 120 tickets for the two games. For games at Joe Louis Arena, Kronwall said he usually doesn’t have to ask for any more than the two each Red Wings player is allotted. Sometimes those don’t even get used.
“These last few weeks, it’s been more and more text messages and phone calls from family and old friends who would like to see the game and are asking about tickets,” Kronwall said. “It will be different for sure.”
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
The only thing wrong with the Kornwall hit was that someone truly deserving of such a masterpiece such as Jordan Tootoo, Steve Ott, Matt Cooke, Sean Avery, Ben Eager, Adam Burish or Robyn Regehr wasn’t on the receiving end of it.
The puck came around the boards to Havlat and shortly after it arrived in his skates, Kronwall rammed into him with his shoulder, as if he were Jack Lambert, Mike Singletary, Lawrence Taylor, Scott Stevens and Brian Herosian all rolled up into one ball of explosiveness.
It was a brilliant open-ice hit and, at first, neither referee raised his arm to call a penalty on the play, though that should have happened,...
The apologists at the NHL’s website said that Kronwall “appeared to have left his feet” making the hit.
more and thanks to a KK reader for the screenshot.
added 9:32am, from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
But in a playoff season in which the NHL has gotten so many calls wrong time after time, Kronwall’s was arguably the worst miscarriage of justice outside the inexplicable non-suspension of Carolina forward Scott Walker for his goon sucker punch on Boston’s Aaron Ward.
Who actually made the call? What was the explanation? The NHL needs to explain itself on this one. And apologize for screwing up so badly.
Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings delivers a hit to Martin Havlat that resulted in a five minute interference call and a game misconduct to Kronwall.
added 10:02pm, Empty Netters chimes in…
That said, Kronwall’s a head hunter who has a history of leaving his feet to deliver hits. And he charged Havlat. Versus commentators Ed Olczyk, Brian Engblom and Keith Jones kept saying Kronwall didn’t leave his feet to deliver the hit. They must have depth perception issues because this is what we saw:
Kronwall was up in the air for maybe a split second, but that doesn’t matter. According to Rule 43 of the NHL’s rulebook:
“43.1 Charging - A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player or goalkeeper who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.”
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
It took Kronwall several months to realize he was going to have to gradually build his game up to reach the level he played at in the finals.
His impatience had put him in too many bad spots and his game only began to round into form when he got paired with Lidstrom for a stretch midway through the season.
There he got view of a maestro at work on how to control a game by letting it come to you.
“It’s keeping it simple and not being too hard on myself,” said Kronwall, who feels these past 11 games have been his best stretch of hockey this season.
“A lot of times early in the season I was trying to do too much. I was looking for the big hits and trying to make plays that aren’t there.
“Now, I’m letting the play come to me. If something is there than make it, if not take the simple way out.
via the Detroit Free Press,
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall is out with an illness tonight
added 8:56pm, Ah, the flu!
Transcript from a brief media session with Detroit Red Wings player Niklas Kronwall.
From the CP via TSN,
Whether he gets recognized with the award or not, it’s been quite a ride. Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall first played with Zetterberg as a teenager in Sweden and never thought he’d see him blossom into the player he is now.
“Back then I didn’t think too much about it,” Kronwall said Monday before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup. “When I was 17 and he was 18, it was all about the Sedin twins. Hank was kind of the second-line winger on that team and didn’t get a lot of attention.”
There’s no question in Kronwall’s mind that Zetterberg is among the “top dogs” in Swedish hockey now.
Q. Has Lidstrom said anything to you guys, either last night or this morning, and if you could just talk about what he’s meant to you during this playoff run?
NIK KRONWALL: I think Nick is one of those guys, when you have a chance to be on a team with a guy like that, it helps you to grow as a hockey player, and as a person as well. We had a little talk this morning and just want to make sure that all the guys knew what was going on and stay focused on what we need to do.
To call Pittsburgh’s top regular-season scorer a non-factor so far in the Stanley Cup final may be generous. Malkin’s penalty minutes (four) easily exceed his number of shots on goal (one), and his minus-3 rating reflects the defensive contribution he made as the Penguins were manhandled by a combined 7-0 in the opening two games in Detroit.
Malkin often found himself bothered by Niklas Kronwall and the other bone rattlers on the Red Wings’ defence corps, something the Russian acknowledged in his halting English before a 3-0 loss in Game 2.
“Detroit have a good defenceman. Kronwall,” Malkin said. “I need to be more physical play. Have to pressure defenceman. Hit. Yeah, hit.”
more on Malkin and possible new pairings
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The original Motor City hit man was Thomas Hearns. You may remember him: Kronk gym, seven times a world champion, all those memorable fights with Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvin Hagler, a local folk hero.
The new Motor City hit man is Niklas Kronwall: originally from Stockholm, older brother of Maple Leafs’ farmhand Staffan, injured for most of his first four NHL seasons, now starring in the Stanley Cup finals as the Kron “Wall of pain.’
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, T
hat the Wings have the edge in their battle against the Nashville Predators owes no small part to Kronwall, who has been their most impactful player physically and is tied for the lead in scoring; his five points rival that of star forward Pavel Datsyuk.
Kronwall added two assists to help the Wings push the Predators near elimination, coming up with a key interception that led to the winning goal in Game 5.
“He made a great, great pass on the breakaway goal in overtime,” Chris Osgood said Saturday.
from Karl Samuelson at NHL.com,
“I think Niklas Kronvall will continue to develop and be a strong offensive guy for us,” Babcock said. “With Brian Rafalski and Niklas Lidstrom, plus Kronvall, it gives us three real puck movers. Brett Lebda, Andreas Lilja and Chris Chelios can move the puck, but the other three are all guys you can count on offensively and are among the top scorers in the NHL on the back end. In today’s game you need offense from your defensemen.”
Kronvall is an exceptional skater with great hockey sense and those talents allow him to join the Red Wings rush as the fourth attacker and even step into the deep slot to one-time the puck. Some regard Kronvall as the next dominant European defensemen.
Niklas Kronwall was checked into the boards and his left shoulder was trapped against the glass.
Babcock in his post game presser said it appears he has a slight separation, but will know more tomorrow.
from Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
Random thoughts on the Blue Jackets’ 4-1 loss to the Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena.
Nashville coach Barry Trotz is right—these Red Wings are no longer soft around the edges. They were every bit as physical as the Blue Jackets. Niklas Kronwall’s hit on Sergei Fedorov absolutely set the tone for the game. Fedorov ended up taking a penalty moments later and the Red Wings scored on the power play.
—All the Red Wings’ goals were the result of hard work in front of the net or the willingness to drive to the net.
more on the Blue Jackets…