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The Red Wings hope to build upon their 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in a Columbus Day matinee when they face an opponent that nearly doomed last spring's playoff appearance in the surprisingly plucky Columbus Blue Jackets this evening (8 PM EDT--note the late start to accommodate the Tigers-Red Sox game--FSD/FS Ohio/97.1 FM).
The Blue Jackets come into town having played two fewer games than the Wings (having gone 2-and-2 versus the Wings' 4-and-2 record), and they somewhat ironically dropped a 3-1 loss to Boston on Saturday--during a matinee game.
The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline penned a recap of that game, reporting that the Bruins checked and trapped their way to a predictably Bostonian win...
The Detroit Red Wings looked like they were punching above their weight class when they dropped a 4-1 decision to Boston three games into their 13-14 campaign.
Ten days, three games and a disappointing loss (vs. Phoenix) and power play-driven win (over Philadelphia) later, a Jimmy Howard-less Red Wings team hoped to earn some redemption. After channeling some Datsyukian magic, the Wings killed five Bruins PP attempts--including 1:51 of a 5-on-3--and received a shockingly superb goaltending performance from Jonas Gustavsson(!), who stopped 28 shots en route to a 3-2 Wings win, earning a matinee victory that may have been more important to the Wings' collective psyche than it was in terms of points.
Updated with more news about Howard at 6:32 PM: Amongst the post-game gnus, notes and other stuff from the Red Wings' 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in a Columbus Day matinee (fear not, Wings fans, the game re-airs at 8 PM on FSD), mostly on a Twitter basis as it appears that the Wings' beat writers took mid-afternoon flights back to Detroit (which is a good idea given that it costs a crapton of money to stay in a hotel in Boston):
This is good news...
This is painful news...
I've got some good news and some bad news, Red Wings fans...
The good news is that Jimmy Howard's left hand injury appears to be bruising/swelling and nothing more, and while he may not play tomorrow against Columbus, Jonas Gustavsson actually played remarkably well in the Red Wings' 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins.
I've got more good news: the Red Wings' game will re-air on Fox Sports Detroit at 8 PM tonight.
The bad news? You didn't get to see this game live.
The Red Wings slowly but surely rebound from the, "What the flying *#$%@&, Gus is starting?" funk to slowly but surely, well, pull off quite the rally against the powerhouse Bruins, at least assuaging the B's 4-1 win over the Wings just over a week ago, and it was AWESOME to witness it all playing out in real time.
Per the QMJHL:
The Red Wings signed Mantha as soon as they were able to do so for a reason: Mantha was named the Q's "First Star" for the second time (and he was named the "First Star" for September as well) because he continues to make mincemeat of his opposition:
With 10 points from 5 goals and 5 assists in 2 games, and a +/- of +7, the Val-d’Or Foreurs forward, Anthony Mantha, is the first star of the week in the QMJHL. He had 2 consecutive games of 5 points and was named the first star for both games. Friday in a 6-4 win against the Drummondville Voltigeurs, he scored 2 goals and added 3 helpers. Saturday, against the Sherbrooke Phoenix, he scored 3 more goals while adding 2 assists. Mantha had 11 his team’s 44 shots on goal, which ended with a 6-5 win in overtime. As the Foreurs extended the number of consecutive wins to 5 this weekend, their star forward climbed to first in League scoring, with 28 points, including 16 goals in 9 games so far in the 2013-14 season.
You read that right. 28 points in 9 games. The Wings' 1st-round pick, 19th overall in the 13 draft, gained oodles of confidence down the stretch at the prospect tournament and during the Wings' main camp, and he's translated that into a remarkable Major Junior start, even by high-scoring QMJHL standards.
Ken Daniels described Pavel Datsyuk's double-takeaway and deke through Zdeno "Not Often Referred to As a Pylon" Chara, plus his seeing-eye pass to Henrik Zetterberg, as proving that Datsyuk can "thread a needle in the dark"...
And if you dig .gifs...
Update: DUELING ANNOUNCERS! BOTH WOWED!
Updated 5x at 1:51 PM: Sounds like Howard's OK: Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond report that Jimmy Howard was "injured" in the game vs. Philadelphia, and as such, Jonas Gustavsson starts today vs. Boston.
No news as to what the "injury" was, but Daniels said that Howard took the warm-up and decided that he wasn't quite ready to go today.
George tells me he will be back for the game today after his 'wedding weekend'.
In the meantime, sit back and watch this donnybrook between the Wings and Bruins.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“It caught the right nerve, I guess,’’ Tootoo said. “Other than that it just flared up a little bit, but I’m fine.’’
Asked if he has a history with Newbury, who has appeared in 74 NHL games over nine seasons with Toronto, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia and Detroit (four games in 2009-10), Tootoo said, “No clue who he is.’’
Asked if he was surprised by the slash, Tootoo said, “From what I’ve heard, not so much, the way he plays, I guess.
“It’s just uncalled for when a guy’s got your back to him. That’s just like a gutless play. But whatever, we got the two points. Today’s a new day and move on from the situation.’’
more and watch the slash below...
Remember, Monday's game (Columbus Day) is a 1:00pm ET start in Boston.
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