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Luke Glendening’s Game

from Arthur J. Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

If you were to take a poll among NHL players on who they believe is one of the NHL's supreme agitators, Glendening would certainly garner a few votes, but he's much more than a pest. Against the Devils, Glendening's goal at 18:26 of the second period ignited the Wings, but perhaps where his presence was most felt was in the face-off circle. Glendening won 15 of his 17 draws for a success rate of 88 percent. In 16:26 of ice time, he scored, was plus-2, blocked two shots and even saw a shift in overtime....

"We had a bit of a tough start, which seems to be kind of theme here lately. It was good to come back and great to get a win, for sure. (Cholowski) made an outstanding pass (on his goal). He's been making great passes all year, showing his maturity at a young age. He's been outstanding for us and he did it again tonight." - Glendening

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Video- Talk After The Win In New Jersey

Larkin, Bernier and Blashill post-game.

 

 

added 5:04pm, Watch the game highlights below.

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Quick Recap- Wings/Devils

After the first period, NJD 15 shots, DRW 4 shots.  Devils up 1-0 and yes Devils dominated the play, Wings were chasing and trying to connect on passes.

Detroit also lost Darren Helm with an upper-body injury after getting hit and falling to the ice on his right arm. He left the ice hold his wrist area which could also mean he was trying to stabilize his shoulder area.  All the Wings stated was upper-body injury.

The first shift of the second period the Wings came out with some grit, but then started chasing again and seemed a 1/2 step slow.

Devils scored a shorty to make it 2-0 but late in the period, Luke Glendening made it a game again, 2-1 New Jersey.

Shots after two periods favored New Jersey 24-15.

Wings continued to work hard and it paid off- Michael Rasmussen tied the game 2-2 with 6:23 left in the third period.

On to OT... Mantha to Larkin, Bingo!

Wings win 3-2.

Goals and stats below.

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I NOW Consider Myself An Elite Streak Killer

I knew when I sent the text that bad things were on the horizon. Thursday afternoon I wrote Paul that I was working late and would not be able to host the always riveting Live Blog here on A2Y (est 2005, visited by 19 people daily).

Paul swore at me, as he always does. Horrific language for an adult male. Obscene. Then he told me he'd do a little ditty and then he did. 

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Jonathan Bernier Starts Today

 

Remember, 1:00pm ET puck drop.

added 11:26am, Watch Jeff Blashill below before today's game.

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Wings Deal With Travel Issues

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

There had been talk of flying back to Detroit after Thursday’s game, but that didn’t pan out. Instead, the Wings were scheduled to spend Friday bussing to Ottawa’s airport, flying to Albany, New York, to clear U.S. Customs, flying on to White Plains, New York, and bussing to their hotel in Jersey City. Their game is 1 p.m. Saturday.

“All I care about is that that plane takes off and that plane lands on the ground,” Blashill said. “And that we’re ready to play a hockey game.”...

This trip will have the Wings check in and out of hotels more times than usual for a two-game affair: Twice in Ottawa, twice in New Jersey. The latter is because the Wings are staying overnight Saturday, since players wanted to have the annual rookie dinner in New York City. Some staff looked into flying home commercially Saturday evening only to find there wasn’t a late enough direct flight. Instead, there will be another night in a third hotel.

“Guys are going to take advantage of break in the schedule and have an opportunity to stay in New York and have a team dinner,” Blashill said. “The schedule is such it didn’t present a very good opportunity until late, late, late in the year and at that point the year is over and what’s the point? So, it’s way better to do it earlier. The other thing is, we don’t play again until Wednesday, so this gave us a good opportunity to do that.”

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Joe Veleno Focused On The Next Step

from Joe Veleno at DetroitRedWings.com,

Obviously, my goal is to play on the Red Wings as soon as possible. Next year I'm going to make that my main goal, to play there next year. I guess it helps a little bit that now the draft year has gone by, all you have to focus on is that next step. You're that close so that's what I'm going to focus on. This year obviously I have to have a big season in Drummondville. I want our team to have success and to go all the way this year and win it all. Once the season is done, during the summer I'm going to work hard and train to be ready for next training camp next year.

I feel pretty confident about competing for a spot on the Red Wings next year because of my experiences at development camp, the prospects tournament, main training camp and my relationship with Shawn Horcoff.

Development camp was great. It was my first look at everything and it was another step in the right direction. I think it was a great first week, playing against guys who were pretty much NHL-ready like (Michael) Rasmussen, playing on the big club now. It was nice getting to play with them, knowing them. I think the organization was great. They set up a good schedule for us, learned a lot while I was there and left that camp with a bigger and better expectation and got ready for main camp afterwards.

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Probably Safe To Say No Practice Today For The Wings

Helene St. James tweet,

Red Wings now flying from Ottawa to Albany, then Albany to White Plains, then bus to Newark area. Couldn’t depart last night because of inclement weather.

1:00pm start tomorrow in New Jersey.

added 10:54am, Of course, I assumed,

 

 

added 10:58am, below, proof the Wings are practicing.

I will never assume again, especially when it comes to weather issues and hockey players.

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Videos- No Comeback Last Night

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

This time there was no third-period rally, as there has been often during the recent winning streak.

And the Red Wings paid for it, losing 2-1 to the Ottawa Senators.

The loss ended a 4-game winning streak for the Red Wings, who have won seven of their last nine.

“We weren’t good enough to win tonight,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “We had opportunities we could have done more with, and that’s why we lost.”...

“We played good hockey overall,” Blashill said. “I talked about being relentless and not taking your foot off the gas, we can be better. We had chances to be better. We have to make sure we’re better.”

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Below, the missed penalty shots, post-game interviews and game highlights.

added 8:37am, video of Blashill's press conference below.

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Quick Recap- Wings/Senators

Final- Ottawa 2 Detroit 1

Wings certainly were not as sharp as their last game but this is expected with a lineup scattered with youngsters.

They didn't quit, they just couldn't click.

They had their chances, especially in the third period (2 stopped penalty shots), but the Sens hung on.

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