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Sanjay Sharda likes to post stuff that involves "hockey IQ" and subtle stuff--and sometimes not-so-subtle stuff like this...
And AWood40 is more about "at length" (you may be familiar with his 10-to-14-minute game highlight compilations). His latest oodles-of-highlights clip is 56 minutes' worth of Sergei Fedorov highlights given the fact that Sergei turned 43 on Friday:
Let's try to sort things out here, as I have an appointment with a parking lot full of 55-and-up condo dwellers, a snowplow and moving my and my mother's vehicles down the block (we have no garages in our condo complex's shared lot, so we have to brush off and move our cars so the lot canbe plowed) in a couple of hours...
And the Red Wings will hope to avenge Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to Tampa Bay and rebound from Saturday's 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh when the Lightning, who lost 3-0 to New Jersey on Saturday, when Tampa comes to town this afternoon (5 PM EST, FSD Plus/Sun/1270 AM) without the services of Justin Abdelkader, who's "going through the concussion protocol" after taking Deryk Engelland's shoulder to his chin--with Mr. Engelland preparing for a Wednesday in-person meeting with Sheriff Shanny (yielding a 5+ game suspension on tap) and the Wings placing Darren Helm on the IR (no biggie as he won't be back until the 28th anyway) and recalling Tomas Jurco from Grand Rapids as a result, and all of that occurring after the Red Wings revealed very little of themselves on HBO's 24/7 debut (being "straight shooters" and a little vanilla does not make you "boring"--I had simply hoped that the HBO folks would let the characters tell the story instead of Liev Schreiber).
Right, so, let's get to the hit first--and of course I must mention that the Penguins lost Evgeni Malkin to an unspecified injury, too. The hit looked like this...
It is indeed, in the words of my friend Courtney, all sunshine and happiness in Grand Rapids, with perhaps the exception of the lake effect snow. The Grand Rapids Griffins won their second game in as many nights as the 19-5-1-and-1 Griffins defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 5-0.
The follow-up to last night's fisticuffs-filled 4-2 decision offered no less than three scraps, but it also included a 4-point performance from Cory Emmerton (2 goals and 2 assists), 2-point performances from Landon Ferraro (1G, 1A) and Teemu Pulkkinen (2 assists) as well as a 31-save shutout for Tom McCollum.
The Griffins' website provides a recap...
Red Wings fans are literally cheering this move, but it comes thanks to Deryk Engelland's shoulder to Justin Abdelkader's chin, which will result in a little chat with the Department of Player Safety and at least a weekend's worth of missed games for Abdelkader.
Per MLive's Brendan Savage:
Forward Tomas Jurco will make his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings Sunday vs. Tampa Bay, general manager Ken Holland told MLive Saturday night.
Jurco will be recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL after Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader was knocked out of Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Abdelkader was hit in the head by Pittsburgh's Deryk Engelland late in the first period and won't return until he's examined for a possible concussion.
Jurco is Grand Rapids' leading scorer with 11 goals and 16 assists in 26 games.
Update: This explains it. Also: Sit, Mikael Samuelsson, sit:
Spoiler alert: This is full of 'em:
I was the son of a probation officer who worked in Detroit in the 70's, 80's and early 90's (was, as in my dad passed away 21 years ago), I also happen to have to write up a wrap-up of tonight's Wings loss and the Wings' prospects Saturday outings, and I know that the Wyshynskis of the world do a abso-*#$%@&-loutely fantastic job of breaking down the 24/7 phenomenon (no BS on my part--Wysh and company do a wonderful job), so I'm not going to get you an HBO: 24/7, Red Wings-Maple Leafs, Episode 1 recap (though I will note that MLive's Brendan Savage posted the alternate showings thereof)...
But I can assure you that you won't be disappointed with the episode if you missed it and want to watch it--and if you're a Canadian who has to watch until tomorrow's 7:30 PM EST airing on Sportsnet, you're not going to hear many bleeps, save one f-bomb from Mike Babcock, Daniel Alfredsson wondering whether it was the *#$%@& puck or whether he's *#$%@& old, Daniel Cleary complaining about the goal that was waived off because Tim Thomas flopped in Florida, Stephen Weiss complaining about being penalized, a few from Randy Carlyle and a significant amount of "*#$%@& your shit you *#$%@& shit *#$%@& *#$%@& shit *#$%@& shit!" during Joffrey Lupul's fight with Slava Voynov.
Update: This is not a good sign:
Update #2: It's very bad for Engelland given that the NHL's already listing the rules he broke:
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: rule 46.2, aggressor and rule 46.15, match penalty. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Well okay then. Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader left Saturday's 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh after Deryk Engelland elbowed Abdelkader in the head (after the game, Wings coach Mike Babcock told the media that Abdelkader would not play tomorrow, though Fox Sports Detroit's Trevor Thompson and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reported that Abdelkader was up and about), and the NHL's Department of Player Safety quickly issued the following Tweet:
That means the following...
Here's the hit...
SIGH. Update: double sigh:
The Detroit Red Wings' 4-1 loss to the Penguins was a situation in which the Red Wings were out-worked, out-performed severely on special teams (the Penguins scored 2 power play goals and the Wings blew the 5-minute major assessed to Deryk Engelland when he knocked Justin Abdelkader out of the game), out-goaltended (Gustavsson was fine--the Penguins were just much better in front of Detroit's net and Jeff Zatkoff played out of his mind as the Wings blew opportunities in front of him) and were out-lucked on calls like this:
The Red Wings honor an active and/or retired military servicemember during every game, and this time around, well...Watch the video:
Update: DetroitRedWings.com's Andrea Nelson tells the story...
Update: No surprise here:
Update #2: FTR:
Update #3: Not playing tomorrow:
Via the CBC's Elliotte Friedman, The Score's Thomas Drance posted a .gif of the shoulder Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland delivered to Justin Abdelkader's jaw, resulting in a match penalty for Engelland and possibly a concussion for Abdelkader, who first hunched over and then nearly fell over:
The Detroit Red Wings have essentially listed a single group of players taking part in both Alumni Showdown games against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, December 31st (at 1 PM and 3:30 PM, with the games airing on FSD, the CBC and the NHL Network), but the CBC snagged a split list of players taking part in games 1 and 2 from Toronto, and the following Leaf rosters were just revealed on Hockey Night in Canada:
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