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This is what Justin Abdelkader accomplished in the Red Wings' 5-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night:
Between Abdelkader's hat trick (the box score for your free Arby's curly fries can be found here), Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk's 3-point nights (including Datsyuk registering his 250th goal and 500th and 501st assists) and Jimmy Howard's extremely underrated 33-save performance, the Red Wings handed the Anaheim Ducks their first home loss in 14 games and set up one helluva rematch on Sunday (8 PM EDT, FSD)...
But tonight's most significant figure involves the 2 points that the now 15-11-and-5 Wings earned, giving them 35 points and 13 regulation or OT wins over the course of 31 games played.
Via RedWingsFeed, I'm stunned, absolutely stunned. Red Wings fans may have made fun of Larry Murphy for his dry delivery and space goggles, but Murphy's views and hockey expertise were greatly appreciated, and his frankness while offering analysis during Fox Sports Detroit's Red Wings broadcasts was very much so good to hear in good times and bad. According to MLive's Ansar Khan, however, the belovedly stiff Murphy's been fired by Fox Sports Detroit:
“I was shocked, didn't see it coming,'' Murphy told MLive.com. “They said they just needed a change, ratings weren't what they were. That was basically it (for an explanation). I'm still trying to figure it out.''
[Fox Sports Detroit VP and general manager Greg] Hammaren did not return a call from MLive.com seeking comment.
Murphy said he was scheduled to work the studio for the game at Calgary last Wednesday when he got a call “out of the blue'' from Hammaren the day before telling him he was terminated. He also had been slated to work in the broadcast booth during the four-game road trip that started Friday in Anaheim. But now Mickey Redmond is on the trip.
Those of you who deemed Justin Abdelkader "Log" after he scored two goals without using his stick against Vancouer, well..We need to figure out a new nickname for him.
My theory (and I hate quoting myself, but even I think this is funny)?
Justin Abdelkader had a hat trick, Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and two assists, Johan Franzen had a goal and two assists and, perhaps most importantly, Jimmy Howard stopped 33 of 34 Ducks shots, including 11 of 12 in the 1st and 15 in the 2nd--and he had an assist--in the Wings' 5-1 win over Anaheim, snapping the Ducks' 13-game home unbeaten streak (curly fries scoresheet here).
Wings prospect Martin Frk with 5g, 3a tonight...
thanks to John Moore tweet for the pointer...
Update: The Halifax Metro News's Andrew Rankin offers a Frk'ing amazing recap (and photo gallery):
Between me ferrying the mom to the tax man (good news on that front, we're getting $$ back) and getting back here, a second slate of game-day updates (not involving Ken Holland's stance on trades) hit the wires ahead of tonight's game between the Red Wings and Ducks (10 PM EDT, FSD/NHL Network U.S./NHL Network Canada/WXYT AM):
We'll start with the Ducks' side of the story, per AnaheimDucks.com's Kyle Shohara:
"From our perspective, how it affects the Detroit Red Wings - we need to win some games. I look at the trade deadline, and there are buyers and sellers, and those that stand pat. And those that stand pat are teams that are on the bubble. You don't want to throw a lot of assets at something that you're not sure if you're going to miss the playoffs. I'm talking about young players and draft picks...."
That's GM Ken Holland talking the trade deadline with Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. More from Holland as the Wings approach the trade deadline.
Update from George: Here's what Holland had to say to MLive's Ansar Khan:
The Detroit Red Wings will begin a slate of "on the road and still on the road" games against Anaheim tonight (10 PM EDT, FSD/NHL Network U.S. and NHL Network Canada = Center Ice/GCL blackouts/WXYT AM), and the Ducks' morning skate produced predictable news...
My teenage years began in 1991, so I'm definitely a "90's kid," and the Grand Rapids Griffins' video crew channeled their VHS-formatted best in promoting a night in which the team will wear its original green-blue-and-gold jerseys as they tangle with the Lake Erie Monsters this evening at 7 PM:
The Detroit Red Wings' "morning" skate ahead of tonight's match-up against the Anaheim Ducks (10 PM EDT, FSD/NHL Network U.S. and Canada/WXYT AM) will take place somewhere between 2:30 and 3 PM EDT, but there is a modicum of Red Wings-related news to tide us over until then (and I'm going to be taking the mom to the family's CPA to have her taxes done at 3, so Paul will be filling in for me--sorry!).
Via RedWingsFeed, the Grand Rapids Press's John Agar offers new news regarding Gustav Nyquist's first NHL goal puck, which was swiped from a storage unit and located by the Kent County Sheriff's department. Agar reports that it turns out that an "inside job" robbed Nyquist of his puck:
The Red Wings won't have Todd Bertuzzi's services for any of their four West Coast games over the next week, including tonight's game against Anaheim (10 PM EDT, FSD/NHL Network U.S. and Canada/1270 AM), but Bertuzzi is on the road trip, attempting to slowly but surely round back into game shape after receiving four injections on his ailing back. Bertuzzi told the Free Press's Helene St. James that he's somewhat optimistic about returning in a couple of weeks...
"Just have to keep getting better every day, maybe try skating near the end," Bertuzzi said. "I can't afford any setbacks."
Bertuzzi has just seen how easily recovering from a sore back can derail; his right-hand man and understudy, Darren Helm, didn't even make this trip, after suffering a setback just as it appeared he might be days from playing. "If anything," Bertuzzi said, "that's made me more cautious."
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