The Malik Report
DETROIT– The 11-time Stanley Cup® Champion Detroit Red Wings announced today that tickets for the 2014 Stanley Cup® Playoffs will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. Red Wings fans will be able to purchase tickets for each of the team’s first two potential opening-round home contests against a to-be-determined opponent.
The Red Wings are seeking a playoff berth for the 23rd straight year (1991-present), which is the longest active playoff streak in all of North American major professional sports. In comparison, the longest active playoff streaks in the three additional major professional sports leagues are 17 years for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, five years for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots and three years for MLB’s Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals.
The Red Wings currently sit in the first Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference standings with 86 points (36-26-14) and six games remaining on the regular season schedule.
When Luke Glendening took to the ice during Wednesday's game against Boston alongside Drew Miller and Justin Abdelkader, I asked the Twitter world for line names as a pair of Spartans were being centered by a Wolverine, and then I made my own up: "Two Spartans, One Wolverine, NO HANDS."
Abdelkader tends to score goals with parts of his body not including his stick; Miller is a penalty-killer, and I was going to leave DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose's tale of the former Michigan captain's search for his first goal in the overnight report until I read this:
“I think I talk about it more because I want to score,” said Glendening, who played in his 50th NHL game Wednesday night. “I’ve never been known as a goal-scorer but it’s still frustrating when the goal never goes in. I get a lot of Grade-A opportunities and to not be able to find the net is frustrating. So it’s on my mind obviously, hence the reason I talk about it a lot.
“It’s hard to always be like, ‘Yeah, well I’m playing really well’ when your point production is so low. You really have to concentrate on other parts of your game.”
Nearly two weeks ago, Glendening established a new little known franchise record for rookie forwards when he surpassed Cummy Burton who had held the drought mark, playing his entire 43-game Detroit career without scoring a goal in the late 1950s.
The team record for going without a goal to start his Red Wings career is held by former defenseman Jim Watson (1963-70), who played 77 games without a goal.
Roose continues, and well, wow.
I guess we have to start here, so we will: this is what the Eastern Conference's Wild Card standings look like after the Red Wings won one hell of a rope-a-doping 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night (and yes, I know that KK and TMR's commenters are among the most passionate Howard-dislikers in the world, but this slightly weirder-every-time-I-need-time-off blogger wants you to know that I have no problem defending the guy given that his rebound control is never going to be anything better than Chris Osgood's "juicy tomato, here for your stick!" pucks, but dammit, the Wings were out-*#$%@&-shot 35-20)...
It wasn't a good night for anybody but the Griffins, anyway:
The Detroit Red Wings were absolutely manhandled during parts of the first, second and even third period against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday evening, at times looking lost, disjointed, sometimes plain old baffled and other times utterly lazy (I'm looking at you, Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff)...
But Jimmy Howard was SENSATIONAL, stopping 33 of 35 shots (to 20 Wings shots on Tuukka Rask), and the Red Wings rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits, tying the game 11:06 into the 3rd and playing incredibly strong hockey after Gustav Nyquist scored with 7:12 left, ensuring that the Wings somehow beat both the Bruins and themselves, all en route to a WONDERFUL 3-2 win.
I'm nearly speechless here--the game was just stellar, and I'm jacked up after seeing the Wings end the Bruins' FIFTEEN-game unbeaten streak...
But I'll try to be professional.
So the Boston Bruins got Holmstrom'd during a power play that would eventually score (just after it ended) against the Red Wings on Wednesday night, and as many have noted, people were actually offended that this goal didn't count.
I thought it was an awful call, too, but let's just say we Wings fans never heard that when Tomas Holmstrom suffered due to similar doofiness. Per Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford:
While Mitchell Callahan's face goes boom and the Red Wings struggle against the Bruins and themselves (though they totally got Holmstrom'd), dear Anthony Mantha did his thing at the QMJHL awards. Via RedWingsFeed and per the Canadian Press:
Val-d'Or's Anthony Mantha powered his way into Quebec Major Junior Hockey League lore.
Having scored 57 goals in as many games this season, Mantha was named the league's most valuable player at the Golden Puck Awards on Wednesday night.
As a result, the Foreurs' right winger was awarded the Michel Briere Trophy.
Mantha also took home the Jean Beliveau Trophy as the league's top scorer. The six-foot-four Mantha added 63 assists to his league-high goal tally to lead Val-d'Or to their first division championship in seven years, and help book a trip to the playoffs.
Here's a pretty hockey picture:
Update: Callahan's had surgery for a broken jaw and he's in trouble for Tweeting a gross "Selfie."
The Grand Rapids Griffins are hosting the Iowa Wild presently, and Mitchell Callahan...Has donated to the cause...
Because the Red Wings-Bruins game doesn't start until 8 (it's on NBCSN, TSN2 and WXYT AM, and if your cable or satellite company's bought in, you can watch the game on NBC's streaming page), here's a little more pre-game reading if you don't feel like paying Keith Jones, Mike Milbury et. al. rapt attention for the next hour.
First, in the FTR department, Larry Murphy's been doing some work for the NHL Network while remaining based in Metro Detroit since Fox Sports Detroit fired him a year ago, and NBCSN is hosting a chat with Murphy this evening on NBC's "Facetime" Website...
Tom McCollum's professional hockey future may not lie with the Red Wings organization, but McCollum signed an AHL-only contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins to continue to pursue his professional hockey dreams, and he's really salvaged his pro career over the course of the 2013-2014 season.
It's his off-ice contributions to the Grand Rapids community, however, that are at the root of the the Grand Rapids Griffins' decision to name McCollum their "Man of the Year" today:
McCOLLUM NAMED GRIFFINS' 2013-14 IOA/AMERICAN SPECIALTY AHL MAN OF THE YEAR
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Griffins are proud to announce that Tom McCollum has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Grand Rapids community during the 2013-14 season.
A native of Sanborn, N.Y., McCollum has been a pillar of service in the community throughout his five seasons with the Griffins, embodying the core values of both the organization and the city of Grand Rapids. McCollum has appeared in every major charitable event this season, including walking dogs at the Pups and Pucks Fall Walk-a-Thon for Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary, interacting with fans at the Tip-a-Griffin fundraiser and Great Skate Winterfest for the Griffins Youth Foundation and serving beverages at Corks, Pucks and Brews for Easter Seals Michigan, among other volunteer opportunities.
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