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Red Wings TV "mic'ed up" Kirk Maltby during the Red Wings' Celebrity and Alumni Game on Saturday night:
The Toronto Star's Mark Zwolinski spoke with Tomas Tatar, hero of Team Europe's 3-2 OT win over Sweden, regarding the team's identity:
“We’ve never been together as a group before, we’ve never seen all these faces in the same locker room before,” Tatar said. “But when we started playing, there was an energy there, and that’s what helped.”
Let's add TSN's Karen Shilton's report to the mix:
“Tomas stepping up with his spirit today…he created that whole OT goal,” [Team Europe coach Ralph] Krueger said. “When you see that fight on the wall and against those boys that were a lot bigger than him, that’s where it was all initiated and it ends up in the net. We just continually find ways to do that and that’s the beauty of this team.”
"One of the best tournaments in the world, best players from the NHL in one spot and we have a chance to play in the final, which is great," Tatar said. "The story continues."
After Team Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made a left pad save on Tatar's initial shot the rebound caromed into the net off Tatar's left skate. It was Tatar's second goal of the game after he had no points in three preliminary-round games.
"I was hoping I'm going to get an opportunity to sway one game and I'm lucky it happened today," Tatar said.
Updated 4x at 7:22 PM: Of MSM-related note from the third day of the Red Wings' training camp in Traverse City:
MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article regarding what Steve Ott hopes to provide the Red Wings:
On the ice, [coach Jeff] Blashill believes Ott's edginess will rub off on linemates Luke Glendening and Drew Miller.
"We're not going to be fun to play against," Ott said. "Millsie is an extremely smart player, always in the right position. Glendening, pure workhorse. I didn't really notice when I played against him how strong he really is. ... Strong in the faceoff dot, strong on the puck in winning one-on-one battles.
"I really think we have a complete line to be able to shut other lines down. We're going to bring a strong work ethic that hopefully pushes other guys to perform at a high level as well."
Said Glendening: "I think our role is going to change a little bit. If we can be that gritty, sandpaper, physical line for our team, bring some energy every night I think that'll be a huge asset."
The Red Wings wrapped up the instructive part of training camp with an intense set of drills and an end-of-camp "skating test" which left Teams Howe and Yzerman absolutely spent at the end of their respective practices. Tomorrow, the "Red vs. White Game" will wrap up the Wings' time in Traverse City, with the team beginning an 8-game exhibition season on Tuesday at home against Pittsburgh.
The Detroit Red Wings' Europeans had a fine showing at the World Cup's semifinal game, with Tomas Tatar scoring the 2-1 and 3-2 OT goals for Team Europe as Europe defeated Sweden 3-2.
Tatar finished with 2 goals on 5 shots and a +1 in 15:17 played;
Thomas Vanek had an "almost" that squeaked through Henrik Lundqvist but went wide, 3 shots, a giveaway and a takeaway in 13:59 played;
And Frans Nielsen had a shot, 2 blocked shots, 2 takeaways and a 64% faceoff winning percentage in 20:11 played.
From the Red Wings:
Here's the press release:
The Red Wings took part in a complicated set of drills at today's third and final training camp sesson. Tomorrow, the Wings will hold a "Red vs. White Game" at noon, and on Tuesday, the exhibition season begins with a home game against Pittsburgh.
After a grueling set of practices that involved "skating tests" at the end of practice, the assembled media spoke with an ecclectic set of players.
Nick Jensen discussed "trying out for all 30 teams" if he's not able to make the Red Wings roster and is subjected to waivers, and Jensen spoke very confidently regarding the assets he brings to the table:
Here are the rosters for Monday's Red vs. White game at Centre ICE Arena (12 PM EDT start):
Matt Ford will also play for the white team.
added 1:02pm, Another pictture below....
added 3:53pm, A story from CBC also below...
Ken Daniels catches up with Red Wings speedster Andreas Athanasiou.
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