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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Two nights after an outing described as brutal by their coach, they built a good lead, and then rebuilt it, to earn a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars Thursday at Joe Louis Arena.
"Huge for us get a good balance of scoring," Stephen Weiss said after a three-point night. "Thirty teams would love to take that. Power play got another one. All four lines were good. We did a real good job tonight getting back where we want to be."
Weiss, Darren Helm and Pavel Datsyuk all scored in a first period that also saw Tomas Jurco produce his eighth point in the last nine games. Kyle Quincey came through with his first goal of the season in the third period, and Helm secured the victory with his second goal of the night.
"We've got guys clicking together, we've got some good chemistry out there," Helm said. "We're a confident group. It was a big bounce-back game, for sure."
added 8:50am, also from St. James,
In an unusual move, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland gathered all his scouts for brief meetings this week.
"It's the first time we've done it for just one day, and here in early December," Holland said. The trade deadline isn't for another three months, and Thursday night's game against Dallas was only the 26th of the Wings' season.
"Just thought it would be good to touch base now," Holland said, "instead of waiting till late January."
Below, videos include game highlights and Mike Babcock post-game...
Daniel Cleary decided that he wanted to wear #11, so Wings fans were doing double-takes during the pre-game warm-up, watching Daniel Alfredsson take his victory lap in Ottawa and Cleary wear his third number in under 12 months.
Cleary took the warm-up but didn't skate for the Wings on Thursday nigt, but they didn't need him. Instead, the Wings received a 3-point outing from Stephen Weiss (1 goal and 2 assists), a 2-goal night from Darren Helm, a 2-point night by Kyle Quincey and a supremely understated performance by Jimmy Howard in the net (22 saves, including 11 of 12 in a 2nd period in which the Wings were out-shot) en route to a 5-2 game that was all about taking control of what was a tighter affair than the scoresheet indicated--until the Wings ran away with it, anyway.
On Wednesday, Mickey Redmond spoke with Sportsnet's HockeyCentral at Noon about playing alongside Jean Beliveau during his time with the Canadiens, and he relates quite the set of stories about both his and his father's status as having played with Beliveau:
The Ted Lindsay Foundation Tweeted this, and it pretty much speaks for itself:
Brian Rafalski's going to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Minneapolis this evening, and USA Today's Kevin Allen penned a fine tribute to the undersized defenseman with a big heart and a better skill set:
The proof of Brian Rafalski's greatness is that he retired in 2011 and the Detroit Red Wings haven't yet been able to find a defenseman quite like him.
Rafalski was a rarity in that he was a right-handed defenseman who was equally effective as a defender and a puck-mover.
"He had a major impact on our team winning the (Stanley) Cup in 2008 and going to the final in 2009 and he was a perfect partner at the right time for Nick Lidstrom," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.
Rafalski's status as one of the top American-born defensemen in NHL history will be confirmed Thursday when he is inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Minneapolis. He'll be joined by Karyn Bye Dietz, a pioneer in women's hockey, plus former college coach Jeff Sauer and USA Hockey administrator and former U.S. Olympc coach Lou Vairo.
Allen continues with profiles of each and every one of the inductees...
Updated 9x at 5:03 PM: The Detroit Red Wings battle a Dallas Stars team coming into tonight's match-up on a 3-game losing streak (7:30 PM on FSD/FS Southwest/the NHL Network U.S. w/ the requisite Center Ice/GCL blackout/97.1 FM), and coming off of Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Florida, the Wings will hope to make hay against the team with the league's worst goals-against average.
As for the Red Wings, there's no doubt that some of the Wings players watched Daniel Alfredsson retire as a Senator prior to the morning skate...
From the Red Wings:
RED WINGS COMPETE FOR BELL RINGING BRAGGING RIGHTS ON FRIDAY
… Babcock, Holland and Six Players to Bell Ring on Friday, Dec. 5 Across Metro Detroit to Raise Funds for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will compete for bragging rights on Friday, Dec. 5, to see which duo can raise the most money for The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, as four teams bell ring at different Metro Detroit retail locations. Fans are asked to make a $10 donation per autograph at all four locations.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
A look at the magical relationship between hockey icons Jean Béliveau and Gordie Howe. This was first published in the Montreal Gazette on April 1, 2007:
They were at Gordie Howe’s table on Thursday night from the lobster martini until well past le temple au chocolat, a queue that stretched for three hours and at least a few thousand calories.
It’s been like this for half a century. The admirers of the man called Mr. Hockey never leave his side, arriving for an autograph or to put a hand almost meekly on his famously sloped shoulder for a photo, tongue-tied in this moment of magic.
Make sure to click on the link to read more on Howe from Dale Tallon.
via Bob McKenzie tweets,
Latest update on Gordie Howe, from son Mark: "We're expecting to get Dad home, back in his own bed this aft if all continues to improve...
Mark Howe said his Dad is only taking liquids, speaking is difficult and he hasn't been able to walk for weeks now, but that what was...
...originally thought to be a 2nd major stroke was dehydration. Mark said his Dad and family making best of an obviously difficult situation
Mark Howe also noted the passing of Jean Beliveau: "It is a tremendous loss to all associated to the sport of hockey. A true legend...
...on the ice a definition of class to all that looked up to and admired him. I know Dad held Jean in the highest regard...
...Our condolences to his family from our family." That's Mark Howe on the passing of Jean Beliveau.
via the Detroit Red Wings,
During the afternoon of Monday, December 1, our father appeared to have suffered another severe stroke as he displayed diminished consciousness to his attending caregivers and physical therapy personnel for more than 30 minutes. EMS was called and he was immediately transported to UMC Hospital. An MRI was performed Tuesday afternoon which revealed the great news that he did not in fact have a second severe stoke. It was determined that he was suffering from dehydration and is currently being treated accordingly. He is having difficulty eating solid foods at this time, has slurred speech and has been unable to walk for more than three weeks now. All of these factors are contributing to his overall decline in health. His mental awareness has improved enough in the past 24 hours to where we expect him to be out of the hospital and in his own bed at home before the night is over.
The Howe family is also deeply saddened to hear of the passing of hockey legend Jean Beliveau. The hockey world has lost a man who epitomized professionalism, dignity and class. We extend our condolences and prayers to his family and friends.
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