The Malik Report
There are two stories in the Red Wings' 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild: there's the story surrounding Gustav Nyquist's high stick on Jared Spurgeon and the story of the Wings' collapse in the 3rd period.
The first story is simple: Nyquist has been offered an in-person hearing by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for this play:
Nyquist told MLive's Brendan Savage that he didn't mean to do what he did:
Nyquist has been offered an in-person hearing with NHL Player Safety and could be could be facing disciplinary action. The in-person hearing allows the league to suspend him for five games, if it so chooses. The date and time of the hearing were to be determined as of Sunday night.
"That's not up to me," Nyquist said after a 6-3 loss to the Wild at Xcel Engery Center. "That's out of my hands. I don't know what to say. It's out of my hands.
"It was completely accidental. Obviously I didn't mean to do that. My stick gets caught. I'm trying to get body position. I'm happy he was out there again. I had no intention of doing that. My stick gets caught. It looks bad but I'm happy he's OK.
"I'm just trying to get over to the other side of him and my stick gets caught. You know, obviously I've got to have better control of my stick but completely accidental."
As far as the game is concerned, the Wings didn't get the goaltending they needed from Jared Coreau, but the Wings "played from behind" all game long, and it's incredibly frustrating that the game was 3-2 at one point in the 3rd period only to spiral away from the Wings the way it did.
According to the Wild, this afternoon's game was a different kind of "ugly," as they told the Pioneer Press's Dave Mizutani:
Watch the incident below...
The Detroit Red Wings attempted to swipe two points from the dominant Minnesota Wild on Sunday, with the Wings aiming for their first win in 3 games.
The Red Wings were tenacious, but they simply had a flat first period and got bad goaltending in the third period en route to a 6-3 loss to the Wild. Coreau struggled when the Wings needed him to be strong, the Wings were on their "back foot" all game long and this game will be known for Gustav Nyquist's hack to Jared Spurgeon's face.
Via a Twitter video, here's NBC's profile of Henrik Zetterberg:
Gustav Nyquist might get suspended for this:
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby regarding their memories of Mr. Ilitch:
"He cared about his players," Maltby said. "I remember times when someone would get hurt and looking in the medical room and Mr. Ilitch is in there, or one of the trainers would be on the phone with Mr. Ilitch. He didn't look at his players as just athletes and commodities, he looked at them as people, he cared for them."
Draper realized that when he was hospitalized for four days in 1996 with numerous facial injuries following the infamous hit by Claude Lemieux. Mike and Marian Ilitch were among his visitors.
"Whether it was a superstar or a grinder, it didn't matter," Draper said. "When you were a Red Wing, you were family. When they walked into the hospital room, checking to see if I'm OK, that was very special."
From the Free Press's Helene St. James:
DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji confirms:
The Free Press's Mitch Albom wrote a hell of a column about Mike Ilitch's legacy:
For what it’s worth, I considered Mr. Ilitch a professional friend. Having known him for 30 years, I think he came to trust me, and I visited his home several times, and we’d sit at a long table and talk about many things, life, family, health. He was incredibly unassuming, often saying “Wow” and shaking his head and looking down.
Yes, he was shrewd. No, he didn’t brook dissent. Yes, casino money helped fuel his fortune (his wife being listed as owner of the MotorCity Casino is mainly to avoid conflict with Major League Baseball) and, yes, he took advantage of tax breaks and a willing city partner and grew wealthier as downtown Detroit resurged.
But nearly every major thing he built, his family still owns. That’s the difference between speculating and investing. Between dipping your beak, or making your nest. Mike Ilitch was all portions Detroit. And for a long time, Detroit is going to be a large portion Mike Ilitch.
You know the only thing I ever heard him complain about? The word “recluse.” He’d heard it said about him, and he didn’t like it. This was no Howard Hughes. The very idea of a hermit’s life would repel him.
This was a regular guy who happened to get really rich, a guy who was all about family — one wife, seven kids — who didn’t hunger for headlines, didn’t collect expensive toys, and never strayed far from his roots (“I don’t have six houses around the world…” he once told me, “Holy cripes. I couldn’t handle it!"), a man who sometimes felt unworthy of things but never felt above them.
NBC posted a press release explaining how they're going to cover Sunday afternoon's games:
“STAR SUNDAY” NHL DOUBLEHEADER – RED WINGS-WILD AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBC, FOLLOWED BY CANADIENS-BRUINS AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Red Wings-Wild NHL Game of the Week at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Features Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg and Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk
Canadiens-Bruins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN Features Montreal’s Shea Weber and Boston’s Brad Marchand
“Star Sunday” Players Will Be Featured in Player Arrivals, Pre-Game Interviews, Pre- and Post-Game Studio Coverage, and Iso Cams
STAMFORD, Conn. – February 9, 2017 – NBC Sports presents a “Star Sunday” NHL doubleheader this weekend, beginning with the NHL Game of the Week at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, when Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild host Henrik Zetterberg and the Detroit Red Wings.
“Star Sunday” shifts to NBCSN at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live, followed by an Original Six clash at 7:30 p.m. ET, when Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins host Shea Weber and the Montreal Canadiens.
Airing most Sundays through the end of the regular season in April, NBC Sports’ “Star Sunday” games will shine a spotlight on a star from each team. The stars selected for each “Star Sunday” will be the focus of pre-game player arrivals and interviews, and will be highlighted in pre-game features and “get-to-know” segments. NBC Sports’ “Star Sunday” game telecasts will include an iso cam on the stars to be utilized for game analysis during intermissions, and scoreboard graphics will let viewers know when these stars are on the ice.
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