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As I've followed the upward trajectory of the Gabe Polsky documentary Red Army over the past eight months, I have left my commentary to the ends of blog entries, so this time, I'm talking about the film as it applies to Red Wings fans like myself first.
I'm 36, so I started following the Red Wings' attempts to draft and actually bring over players from the Eastern Bloc since the mid-80's and have been a passionate fan since watching an exhibition game between Detroit and Toronto on September 22nd, 1991, so the film world's fascination with the Vladimir Tarasov-inspired Soviet machine and the adversarial relationship between the Soviet National Team and coach Viktor Tikhonov, the players' defections and battles to legally leave a collapsing Soviet Union and their still complicated relationships with Putin's Russia and Putin's KHL aren't exactly new to the vast majority of Wings fans.
The 6-3-and-4 Red Wings will attempt to snap a 3-game winless streak when they host the New Jersey Devils this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM; tonight is Military Appreciation Night and the Wings' 4th game in 6 nights), and the Wings can thank their struggles in no small part to the...St. Louis Blues?
Prior to the Red Wings' 4-3 OT loss to the New York Rangers, the Rangers had dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to St. Louis that left them pretty ornery, and the Devils wrapped up a home-and-home series with said Blues earning zero of four points, losing 2-0 to St. Louis on Tuesday and dropping a 4-3 decision in St. Louis on Thursday.
New Jersey was almost able to rally from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits, scoring 3 goals in the game's final 3:25, but Blues goalie Jake Allen held the fort during a 13-shot 3rd period barrage. NHL.com's Louie Korac recapped the action:
Is okay, they try to find pulse on Tuesday, he have none to begin with.
Pavel Datsyuk played 20:47 in the Red Wings' 4-3 OT loss to New York on Wednesday, leading the Wings in shots with 4, taking 3 more attempts, registering a hit, giveaway, 2 blocked shots, an 11-and-12 performance on faceoffs and a -1.
As an FYI, Chris Chelios is taking part in a book tour for his recently-released memoir, Made in America, and the tour (book signings included) is coming to Michigan next week. Triumph Books asked us to let you know about it. He'll also be looping back through Chicago and Metro Detroit in early December, but here's the more immediate schedule:
The Red Wings' beat writers spent Thursday afternoon updating Jonas Gustavsson's status and penning off-day articles, but Detroit Sports 105.1 FM held two interviews regarding last night's 4-3 OT loss to the Rangers.
First, Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery spoke with Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika regarding the NHL's replay system or the lack thereof as it pertains to the goals and non-goals in New York, Ottawa and Buffalo...
The Grand Rapids Griffins are en route to Milwaukee to play the Admirals tomorrow night and then to travel south to play the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday, and the Griffins have recalled Jared Coreau from Toledo to substitute for Petr Mrazek.
Mrazek's going to be in Detroit for as long as it takes for Jonas Gustavsson to recover from his dislocated shoulder.
There are two OHL-playing prospects taking part in games this evening in Tyler Bertuzzi and Zach Nastasiuk, but other than that, today's prospect news comes from Europe:
Updated 5x at 5:30 PM: The Red Wings officially recalled Petr Mrazek (Jonas Gustavsson dislocated his shoulder last night; the Griffins recalled Jared Coreau before embarking upon a road trip) ahead of tomorrow night's game against the New Jersey Devils (the 6-4-and-2 Devils host St. Louis this evening; Friday night's game is Military Appreciation Night).
As the Red Wings attempt to snap a 3-game winless streak subsequent to last night's 4-3 OT loss to New York, Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford reported that Johan Franzen will not have to deal with the NHL's Department of Player Safety after punching Carl Hagelin in the neck...
Detroit forward Johan Franzen doesn’t have a disciplinary hearing scheduled for his headshot on New York’s Carl Hagelin on Wednesday night, a NHL spokesman confirmed.
And as Paul noted, Daniel Cleary not only made a contribution during last night's game (I'm gonna be honest, he looked very good), but he was also one of the many Wings who issued outspoken criticism of last night's baffling standard of officiating, as MLive's Brendan Savage noted:
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Petr Mrazek from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
Cleary's leadership is one of the things coach Mike Babcock was looking for after a disappointing 3-1 loss Tuesday in Ottawa.
"He's huge, even when he's not playing he's a very big part on our team and we need him," said captain Henrik Zetterberg. "He played well. This is his first one. He skated well, he was good with the puck, played some good PK and obviously huge goal for our club.
"Fun to see him back."
"It's important that you help the young players and keep them upbeat," said Cleary, in his 10th season with the Red Wings. "When things don't go well for young players, sometimes they put their heads down and have a hard time with it. So, you got to keep reinforcing them, be positive and working hard.
"In the NHL you're only going to get out of it what you put into it. So it's important that young players see veteran players work hard and be positive."
Before the game, Babcock said he doesn't change the lineup when the team wins so Cleary's status for Friday's home game against New Jersey is uncertain.
That said, Babcock liked what he saw against the Rangers.
I am going to say some difficult things about Gordie Howe, and so if you wish to go no further, here's what Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave reports about Gordie's remarkable physical spirit:
Nine days after suffering a stroke that had his family rushing to his bedside in Texas, Mr. Hockey woke up hungry. And playful.
It took him about 30 seconds to polish off a huge chocolate-chip muffin. And he chased that with a healthy bowl of yogurt. Then Gordie Howe decided he wanted to sit up a bit and enjoy the visit with his family. As he began to move, his son Murray, the physician, tried to help give him a boost, and Gordie grabbed him with his big right hand to push himself upward.
The same right hand that was rendered immobile by paralysis when the stroke hit him. A recovery few expected was unfolding. When Gordie needed to move from his bed, he waived off the wheelchair and grabbed a walker. He braced it with both hands and made his way across the room.
It didn't matter that anybody who happened to witness it couldn't quite believe what they were seeing. Gordie Howe lent his life to extraordinary achievements that thrilled and astounded fans who filled arenas to watch him play hockey like no one before him -- or since.
Gave continues, speaking with former Wings team physician John Finley about the 86-year-old's staggeringly wonderful recovery from a stroke, and now I'm gonna say some things:
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