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From the Red Wings:
RILEY SHEAHAN TO PARTICIPATE IN MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY’S 2015 MEGA MARCH FOR ANIMALS ON SUNDAY
... Sheahan to Autograph New Red Wings Pucks for Paws Pet Calendars During Mega March on Sunday With All Sales Benefiting the Michigan Humane Society …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that forward Riley Sheahan will appear at the Michigan Humane Society’s 10th annual Mega March for Animals on Sunday, Sept. 27 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Belle Isle State Park in Detroit to help raise funds and awareness for homeless pets in Michigan. The Red Wings forward will take photos with marchers and autograph the new 2015-16 Red Wings Pucks for Paws Pet Calendar, which features several Red Wings players either with their own pets or a pet from the Michigan Humane Society.
Two articles of Red Wings-related note popped up this morning, and in both cases, Jeff Blashill's words seem to be the most appropriate "lines" to quote.
The first comes from MLive's Brendan Savage's recap of the Wings' 6-1 exhibition win over the Pittsburgh Penguins...
Larkin, Bertuzzi and Pulkkinen all spent time in Grand Rapids last season, when new Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill was behind the Griffins' bench.
"They did a good job," Blashill said. "I think Dylan has a maturity level way beyond his years. That's one thing that struck me right away when he came to play for us last year in Grand Rapids. He has a real maturity level to him.
"He's got a real good quiet confidence. He doesn't have that fake bravado confidence. He's just a confident kid, but a down-to-earth kid. He doesn't let things bother him and he's very competitive.
"That's not to say there's not errors. Yes, he does need to continue to grow ... but sometimes that competitiveness gets the best of him. But he's a real, real mature person."
And the second comes from the Free Press's Helene St. James:
The Detroit Red Wings' kids went to work on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night, and after a pretty solid performance against the Chicago Blackhawks two nights previously, the "kiddie corps" pounced upon the Penguins' "B Team," defeating Pittsburgh 6-1 thanks to a pair of Pulkkinen goals, a pair of Larkin goals and some surprisingly stout play from Jimmy Howard, who stopped 34 of 35 shots for the Wings.
The Wings have wrapped up a set of 3 games in 3 nights going 2-and-1, and they'll wrap their series against Pittsburgh next Wednesday in the Steel City. In the interim, we're likely to see a more veteran team take on the Boston Bruins on Saturday and "this team" take on the B's in Boston next Monday.
The Penguins' press corps followed the team to Detroit but didn't snag many quotes, so the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dave Molinari's recap is a "just the facts" version...
The future's so bright, you've got to wear several pairs of shades--or at least that's probably what you're thinking after the Red Wings' 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Red Wings received 2 goals from Teemu Pulkkinen and Dylan Larkin, a goal and 3 assists for Tyler Bertuzzi, a 4-point night from Pulkkinen, 2 assists from Nick Jensen, a team-leading 4 shots from Larkin, strong performances from Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Alexey Marchenko, Ryan Sproul and Robbie Russo, a healthy performance from Johan Franzen, shot blocks from Brendan Smith, and yes, 26 saves (including 17 in the 3rd period) from Jimmy Howard, who was stout, strong, and even controlled in his rebounds.
The Wings came out strong with 3 1st-period goals and out-shot Pittsburgh 15-5 in the 1st, but Detroit was out-shot 30-12 in the 2nd and 3rd periods, and still managed to out-score Matt Murray's Penguins 3-1.
Detroit will practice on Friday and begin a set of back-to-backs against Boston on Saturday at home, heading to Boston on Monday and then wrapping up this series against PIttsburgh with an exhibition game in the Steel City on Wednesday, September 30th.
Larkin scored the Wings' 2nd goal, on a 5-on-3, from Teemu Pulkkinen and Johan Franzen. Detroit leads 3-0 after 1:
Earlier today, Pavel Datsyuk delivered good news regarding his recovery from ankle surgery...
And this evening, Red Wings GM Ken Holland issued good news regarding Datsyuk's recovery:
The Red Wings battle the Pittsburgh Penguins this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/ROOT Sports) with both the Wings and Penguins icing "B Teams," and Johan Franzen will be making his first appearance since incurring a concussion last January.
Jimmy Howard will play the entire game for the Wings, and both teams will engage in 5 minutes of 3 on 3 OT regardless of the score of the game.
If you want to chat about the game or find a means of watching it, here's a thread to suit your needs.
The Penguins will be icing the following lineup, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Jonathan Bombulie...
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. WXYZ's Brad Galli spoke with Dylan Larkin about the prospects (no pun intended) of turning pro with the Red Wings organization on the day of his Joe Louis Arena debut...
2. The Grand Rapids Griffins filed a video feature regarding the changes behind the Wings and Griffins' benches...
From the Free Press's Helene St. James, writing for USA Today:
The Detroit Red Wings, as their general manager put it, are not massively broken. Still, some change was vital.
There is a new head coach in place for the first time in a decade, and the lineup is bolstered by two newcomers the Red Wings hope can overturn a stretch of short playoff runs.
The Red Wings have an impressive 24-season playoff streak going, and they are the only NHL team that has made the playoffs every spring since the 2005 institution of a salary cap. Those are remarkable, historic achievements, but the past four springs have been sullied by only winning one series. That is something Jeff Blashill, who succeeded Mike Babcock behind the bench, wants to see change.
“I know the NHL is extremely close and it’s extremely hard to get to the top of the mountain, but I believe we are in the mix of teams to get there,” Blashill says. “I’m focused on what we have to do to make sure we are one of the eight teams in the conference that makes the playoffs. That’s because your ultimate goal is to win the Stanley Cup, and in order to do that, you have to first make the playoffs. So our focus from Day 1 will be what are those things it’s going to take to make sure that we earn the points we need to be one of the teams competing for the Stanley Cup.”
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