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Updated 7x at 4:16 PM: The 5-3-and-2 Ottawa Senators have lost a pair of games and 4 of their last 5, and they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Boston Bruins on Saturday, so tomorrow night's game (7:30 PM on FSD/TSN5/RDS/97.1 FM) falls into the same category as yesterday's affair vs. Buffalo:
Is good choice. From the NHL:
TARASENKO, DATSYUK AND FLEURY NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEK
NEW YORK (Nov. 3, 2014) – St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 2.
SECOND STAR – PAVEL DATSYUK, C, DETROIT RED WINGS
Datsyuk (4-3—7) tied for the League lead with seven points in three games to help the Red Wings (6-2-3, 15 points) earn five out of a possible six standings points. He recorded multiple points in all three outings: 1-1—2 in a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals Oct. 29, 2-1—3 in a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings Oct. 31 and 1-1—2 in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 2. The 36-year-old Sverdlovsk, Russia, native has 5-5—10 in six total games since making his season debut Oct. 21, including at least one point in each contest – the longest season-opening point streak of his 13-season NHL career. His five goals and 10 points also are personal bests through the first six games of any season. A sixth-round selection (171st overall) by the Red Wings in the 1998 NHL Draft, Datsyuk has 277-537—814 in 830 career regular-season appearances.
Last night, Datsyuk did this:
Updated 2x at 11:57 AM: This will be a little "offbeat" in that I'm combining prospect news and tailings from the Red Wings' 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo, but occasionally a little mash-up is necessary.
First, in prospect news, the ECHL's Toledo Walleye rebounded from Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Gwinnett Gladiators by taking the back half of the road-and-still-on-the-road series. Toledo defeated Gwinnett 5-2 on Sunday, and Richard Nedomlel scored what would stand up as the game-winner, Marek Tvrdon assisted on the gamer and Jeff Lerg stopped 36 of 38 shots.
The Walleye's website posted a recap...
Paul already posted a "quick take" that focused on the Red Wings' 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo and the no-goal call against Johan Franzen that may or may not have been a reputation call--or, as Michal Neuvirth suggested to the Associated Press, a promise kept:
The Red Wings appeared to net the winning goal at 2:28 of overtime on Zetterberg's slap shot but the goal was disallowed when officials ruled Johan Franzen had established position in the crease.
"I was talking to the ref a couple times during the game," Neuvirth said. "He told me, 'I know he's standing in the crease, so whenever they're going to score a goal, I'm going to disallow it.' I was glad he actually did it."
Babcock didn't dispute the call.
"We were in the crease," he said.
I had a massive anxiety attack on Sunday, but I watched the game overnight, and I'd like to weigh in if I may:
Was Franzen inhibiting Neuvirth from taking "his ice" in the crease? His heels and body were in there, but I don't think that any of that mattered to Graham Skilliter: as soon as Neuvirth pushed Franzen with his blocker to move him out of a deeper in-crease position, and then the goalie makes sure to look directly at the ref with some, "What was that?" body language after the fact, the ref is going to make the (non-reviewable) call:
I'm dealing with a massive anxiety attack presently, so you're likely to get a full recap of Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Sabres on Monday (I apologize, but shit happens, and it sounds like the ref was going to call off whatever goal involved Franzen near the crease anyway, so the Wings were going to get hosed even if he wasn't in the crease). The Wings flew on to Ottawa after the game, and I had wondered how the Ottawa media was going to hype up Tuesday's tilt minus Daniel Alfredsson.
Wonder no longer, via the Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan:
I'm sure Mike Babcock warned the team about a letdown tonight... but it still happened.
Wings lose 3-2 in the shootout and not much to say about this one, I will leave it up to you.
On to Ottawa for a Tuesday night game and the Ottawa Sun is bring up the Neal/Franzen situation again.
Detroit's two goals from tonight are below... and added at 8:05pm, the no-goal for the Wings...
added 8:29pm, Babcock on the waived off goal...
added 11:40am, via Jon Rosen tweets,
Nolan "disappointed and shocked" but understands, accepts league's decision...
Nolan, on hit: "His feet were pointed up the ice and I thought he was close enough to the boards where he wasn't going to go in awkwardly."
added 2:32pm, Watch the suspension video below...
After Friday night's 5-2 Red Wings win over Los Angeles, Fox Sports Detroit's Chris Osgood suggested that today's matinee affair between the Wings and Buffalo Sabres (5 PM EST, welcome to "Fall Back" day, FSD/MSG B/Bell TV/TVA Sports/97.1 FM; the Wings begin a stretch of 3 games played in 3 cities in 4 nights this afternoon), "Is a set-up game if there ever was one."
The Wings received good news on Saturday in that the stunningly...solid?...Kyle Quincey (ankle) is only suffering from a "day-to-day" injury as opposed to a long-term issue, they received better news in that Jordan Nolan's going to have a little kibbits with the Department of Player Safety about his status as the fifth or sixth Kings player to hit a Wing (Darren Helm in this instance) "in the numbers" during Friday's game, and then...
The 2-9-and-1 Buffalo
Tyler Myers Rumors, I mean Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel Lottery Winners, I mean Sabres dropped a 5-0 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins, marking the team's 3rd straight loss and 7th loss in their last 8 games. And afterwards, the Sabres were *#$%@& pissed off about their loss.
ADMIRAL ACKBAR WHERE ARE YOU?
Some of this has been listed in the practice post, but I'm trying to keep prospect and NHL team news separate, so:
In an incredibly rare occurrence, neither the Grand Rapids Griffins (who hold their school-day matinee game on Wednesday, November 5th against Chicago)
or Toledo Walleye (who battle the Gwinnett Gladiators on Sunday) played this evening, so the Wings' European pro, Major Junior and NCAA-playing prospects have the spotlight to themselves this evening.
via the NHL,
Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday.
At 3:53 of the third period of the Kings' game Friday against the Detroit Red Wings, Nolan hit Red Wings center Darren Helm from behind into the boards. Nolan was assessed a minor penalty for boarding. Helm was not injured on the play.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
If you missed the hit or want to review, watch it here.
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