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The Red Wings' offense finally broke out against the New York Islanders, and Detroit earned its first home win in 7 games via a 5-1 win that was absolutely excellent. The Wings' 4 lines, 6 defensemen and star goaltender played strong games from minutes 1 to 60, and the Wings didn't let this screw with their mojo:
For the Red Wings, scoring success came early, often and regularly; for the Islanders, the game was a frustrating setback, as they told NewYorkIslanders.com's Cory Wright:
From the Red Wings:
The National Hockey League today announced that the Detroit Red Wings home game on Sun., Feb. 14 vs. the Boston Bruins, originally scheduled for 3:00 p.m., has been changed to a 3:30 p.m. start. The game will air on NBC and can be heard locally on 97.1 The Ticket.
The Red Wings kicked off a 5-game home stand against the New York Islanders on Saturday, hoping to snap a 2-game winless streak against a team that's dominated the Wings at home...a Joe Louis Arena in which the Wings hadn't won in 5 games.
On Saturday afternoon, the Red Wings appreciated the gravity of their situation, scoring 5 straight goals en route to a 5-1 win over the New York Islanders.
Strange delay to the start of the 3rd period included, the Wings played a very strong 60-minute game in all 3 zones, they receives spectacular goaltending by Petr Mrazek, and they finally broke out offensively as Detroit won their first home game in 7 tries and nearly over 2 months.
Individually, Larkin and Tatar had a goal and an assist, Richards, Datsyuk and Nyquist had 2 assists, Jurco scored, Quincey and Green helped give the Wings offense from defense and the Wings even scored a power play goal--on a 5-on-3, no less. At the other end, Mrazek was sterling silver shiny, and the Wings' speedy offensive game (Athanasiou may be earning a full-time promotion here) was matched by attention to defensive detail and support for their goaltender.
All in all, this was a blueprint game for the balance of the Wings' 5-game home stand, if not a blueprint game for the balance of the season.
The Red Wings and Islanders had to wait some 40 minutes for the 3rd period to start (the score is currently 5-1 Detroit) because a bolt came out of a Marsh peg, gouging a nasty scrape along the ice surface:
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. Jeff Blashill and Jack Capuano gave pre-game updates ahead of today's matinee between the Red Wings and Islanders (2 PM EST on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM):
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
The popular line inside the Detroit Red Wings' dressing room Friday was that every one of the remaining 31 games on the schedule are as important as the rest with teams jockeying to secure playoff positions.
But at the same time, nobody was denying that the next five are especially big. All are at home and four are against Eastern Conference foes the Red Wings could end up battling for a spot in the postseason tournament.
The stretch begins today with a 2 p.m. matinee against the New York Islanders, who like the Red Wings have 58 points in the Eastern standings.
"It's important. Gotta win," said rookie All-Star Dylan Larkin, who leads the Red Wings with 17 goals. "Every game is important for the rest of the season. It's so tight. I was looking (at the standings), you could be taking in the draft lottery or you could be in the playoffs and not in the wild card.
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins had a helluva night. Mitch Callahan had a hat trick and a total of 5 points, Martin Frk had 2 goals, Tom McCollum stopped 37 of 38 shots and the Griffins defeated theRockford IceHogs by a staggering 9-1 tally. The Griffins' website posted a recap:
For the second time in four games, the Red Wings and Islanders tangle today (2 PM EST start on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM), with the winless-in-2 Wings hoping to repeat the success of their 4-2 win over the Islanders just prior to the All-Star Break.
The stakes are a little higher this time around as the 25-18-and-8 Wings and 26-17-and-6 Islanders have the same number of points (58), and both teams may find themselves fighting it out for one of the Wild Card spots that the Wings currently occupy due to Detroit's 2-game losing streak.
The Islanders are coming off of a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday, but they received good news after today's practice at Joe Louis Arena, as the Islanders website's Cory Wright reported--Johnny Boychuk will return to an otherwise healthy Islanders lineup today:
From the C&G Newspapers' Jennifer Sigouin:
Joe Louis Arena is prepping for an action-packed night on the ice — but this time, hockey won’t be the game of choice.
The Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment will host the Hockeytown BrewHaHa Frozen Fowling Fest, presented by MotorCity Casino Hotel, from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 19 inside the Joe. This is Olympia Entertainment’s seventh installment of the Hockeytown BrewHaHa series, which was originally based on craft beer but has expanded to include much more.
“It really incorporates a lot of fun vibes,” said Sara Turnbull, private event sales account executive for Olympia Entertainment. “It’s really enjoyable for all.”
As its name suggests, the event will feature a hefty lineup of craft beer, with Founder’s Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, Atwater Brewery and Motor City Brewing Works among the list of breweries that will offer samples. In addition, visitors can nosh on seasonal small plates prepared by Olympia’s executive chef, John Borso. Turnbull noted that guests can expect “foods to warm you up” on a chilly evening.
While attendees enjoy their food and drinks, they can head onto the ice — which will be covered — to test their skills at a game of fowling (pronounced like “bowling”), courtesy of the Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck. The sport originated in Detroit and combines football, bowling and horseshoes.
This has been unofficial news for a while now, but WXYZ's Brad Galli found official word, as it were:
Gordie Howe has been through a lot in the last few years.
He suffered two strokes in 2014, and then his health took a surprising turn for the positive when he went through stem cell replacement in Mexico.
Throughout his career, the Hockey Hall of Famer has always been gracious to fans. Howe has consistently signed autographs in person and famously, through the mail.
But according to one trading card company, the days of collecting new Gordie Howe autographs have come to an end.
Leaf Trading Cards released its newest product, featuring autographed Howe cards. When a Twitter user asked if signature cards were a sign for possible health improvements, the company responded.
As far as I know, Howe hasn't signed for Upper Deck since his stroke, but it's been understood more than anything else.
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