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Steve Ott Chips In With A Goal Plus Extended Game Highlights

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Ott bagged his first goal with the Red Wings (8-6-1) with 4:46 left to give them a two-goal cushion that stood up in Detroit's second straight victory that also snapped a four-game home losing streak.

It's been so long since Ott had scored a goal that he couldn't remember exactly when he last did it.

"I don't know," he said with a laugh. "(Coach Ken) Hitchcock didn't let me score in St. Louis. It has been a while and especially through injury and what not. It's fun to chip in. Throughout my career I've been able to somewhat chip in.

"It feels great, to be honest with you, being able to chip in."

Ott, 34, has spent much of his career using his hands to fight rather than score goals.

In 807 career games, he has just 107 goals – his career-high was 22 with Dallas in 2009-10 – while fighting 114 times, according to hockeyfights.com. He has 1,492 career penalty minutes, fourth among all active players.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Canucks wrap-up—winning relief

The Red Wings' 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks was hard-fought and largely a product of Jimmy Howard's stellar work in the crease, with Howard stopping 36 of 37 shots as the Wings established a much-needed winning streak while improving their middling record at home (5-4-and-1).

For the Red Wings, the game was a little too close for comfort; for the Canucks, who just snapped a 9-game losing streak, the end to a 6-game road trip from hell was all too predictable, as they told NHL.com's Dave Hogg:

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Prospect news: Ehn scores for Frolunda, G. Smith registers assist in Canada-Russia series

Of prospect-related note:

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn scored a goal (click to watch) in 12:24 of ice time as the Frolunda Indians defeated Djugardens IF 4-3;

In the Swedish J20 league, Mattias Elfstrom had an assist as the Malmo Redhawks won 5-2 over Frolunda;

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo's TPS Turku lost 3-2 in a shootout to SaiPa;

In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh's Val-d'Or Foreurs lost 5-4 in a shootout to Moncton;

In the OHL, in the Canada-Russia series, Givani Smith had an assist as Russia defeated team OHL 4-3.

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When the other team’s goalie makes a stop so good you’ve got to share it

The Red Wings could only shake their heads and smile--and the Wings' crowd could only cheer--when Ryan Miller made this diving-back-toward-the-empty-net save on Henrik Zetterberg:

The Red Wings still won 3-1...

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Red Wings-Canucks quick take: hard-working win that was hard work

The Red Wings attempted to establish a winning streak against the struggling Vancouver Canucks, hoping to push a team that had lost lost 9 of 10 games back on to a losing trajectory.

The Red Wings had to work very, very hard to earn their second win in a row, with Jimmy Howard stopping 36 of 37 shots en route to a 3-1 victory over a plucky Canucks team that was anything but a pushover. Larkin, Smith and Ott scored the goals and Ryan Miller was damn good for the Canucks, too, but Howard was excellent for Detroit and the Wings were able to out-grind Vancouver.

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Savage: Wings lose Athanasiou to LBI

From MLive's Brendan Savage:

Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou left the game against the Vancouver Canucks late in the first period Thursday with a lower-body injury, the team announced.

Athanasiou appeared to be favoring his left leg when he skated to the bench with a little less than four minutes remaining in the first period after taking a hit from Nikita Tryamkin.

Athanasiou had no shots on goal in 3:50 of ice time.

Here's the hit, via NHL.com's Dave Hogg:

Updated at 10:29 PM:

Updated at 11:01 PM: From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that Athanasiou is “out for Saturday” when the Wings play at Montreal.

Beyond that, Holland said more about Athanasiou’s injury would be known Friday.

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video, praise for Howard and Bertuzzi, and a ‘Farewell to the Joe’

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game-Day Preview with Red Wings Productions' Dan Mannes:

2. Of fantasy hockey-related note from ESPN's Victoria Matiash:

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Trying To Fix Detroit’s Power Play

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

We need to get more pucks to the net and establish movement and cause confusion in their end,” defenseman Mike Green said. “We’ve been working on it. It’s not easy to score on the power play in this league, and we have to make sure we bear down.”

While the previous game, at Philadelphia, saw the Wings have solid possession time on two of their man advantages, the previous stretch of power plays wasn't good at all.

“We weren't winning enough face-offs, and then our entries weren't good enough,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “So then you don’t have enough possession time and you’re not going to get enough power-play opportunities. Last game, we had some of that, we did a little bit better job on entries, we did a little bit better job on face-offs. We had better attack mentality, but we have to have better net presence.”

Blashill complimented Frans Nielsen’s power-play unit with Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Justin Abdelkader and Brendan Smith but chided Henrik Zetterberg’s unit with Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Niklas Kronwall and Mike Green.

“Nielsen’s unit is attacking, and they've had lots of chances,” Blashill said. “The other unit has to do a better job.”

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Wallner on Bob Kaser’s pinch-hitting for Ken Kal

The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Grand Rapids Griffins play-by-play announcer Bob Kaser regarding his "pinch-hitting" NHL debut on 97.1 the Ticket this evening:

"I don't really have that deep of a vocabulary, which isn't always a good thing - because I can't really put into words what this means," said Kaser, a native of Kalamazoo who grew up in Flint and serves as the Griffins' vice president of community relations and broadcasting."This is a team I grow up watching and rooting for and to be a part of it for even one game is just beyond incredible."

Last year, Kaser won his seventh broadcast excellence award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He has three previous Michigan Associated Press radio awards.

Kaser arrived in Detroit in the early afternoon to begin preparations, though many of the players on both side are familiar to him through his years of AHL calls.

He already has received his share of encouragement.

"It's been overwhelming," he said. "I got a text earlier from (Tomas) Tatar telling me, 'Congratulations. Welcome to the big time, kid.' That's how it's been."

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‘Three Things’: On a resurgent Howard, Tyler Bertuzzi’s play and historic notes

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield penned an article discussing Jimmy Howard's resurgent play:

Howard leads the NHL in both save percentage (.958) and goals against average (1.26) through the first month of the season. Detroit’s nominal backup will make his third straight start tonight when the Wings host the Vancouver Canucks.

That’s not a disparagement of Petr Mrazek, who remains the team’s goalie of the future. But the hot-handed Howard has, for now, wrested the crease from his younger teammate.

“Jimmy’s playing real good hockey and he’s playing at such a level there that it just makes the most sense,” said coach Jeff Blashill.

Mrazek understands. In fact, he has enjoyed watching Howard rebound after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign.

“It’s good. He found his game and got back on track. The season is long so hopefully we can keep it that way,” Mrazek said.

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2. The Vancouver Province's Ben Kuzma discussed Tyler Bertuzzi's play:

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