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Updated at 2:07 PM: The Red Wings are returning to Metro Detroit today...
So news items are at a premium. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan took note of some of the comments delivered toward Henrik Zetterberg after last night's 3-2 OT win over Vancouver...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The way they played for much of the past 4-5 games was unlike the Red Wings.
Players said those sentiments were expressed in what apparently was a heated dressing room during the second intermission in their final stop of a three-game Western Canada trip.
The fire was lit. The Red Wings were a much better team in the third period, scoring twice to tie the game, and then defeating the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Gustav Nyquist's goal at 3:50 of overtime.
The Red Wings (4-3-1), who were outskated, outplayed and outshot badly for 40 minutes, snapped a four-game winless streak and gained three of a possible six points on the trip.
"Had a talk in here about losing four in a row," Nyquist said. "We got to go out there and win some battles, that was the biggest thing. We skated hard, we out-battled them and won more pucks and wanted it more.
"Losing four in a row shouldn't happen for this team. It's not acceptable. How we played in the last four games, it's not how we play as a team. I think in the second (intermission) we really addressed that and guys really showed up in the third. This time it worked. Most nights it probably won't work to just play real hard in one period, we got to start on time. But this will give us energy for sure coming back home."
So Gustav Nyquist did this via a Petr Mrazek assist, and the Red Wings' 3-2 OT win over the Vancouver Canucks means 4-game losing streak over, all is well, right?
It's obviously not that simple, but there's a point where the process doesn't precede the product, and while the Red Wings played 23:50 of the 63:50 of play, I don't really believe there's a need to over-emphasize the obvious in suggesting that the Wings weren't the better team for two periods of their victory.
That part was obvious to everyone who watched the first two periods of the game. What happened from minutes 40:01 to Nyquist's goal are the ones that matter to both the Red Wings and the Canucks, and Vancouver's players spent some time discussing how much their effort over the first two periods meant to them after the game (hint: not a lot of anything).
Of prospect-related note:
In the ECHL, Jake Paterson stopped 38 of 39 shots and Marek Tvrdon scored a goal in the Toledo Walleye's 2-1 win over the Evansville IceMen on Saturday evening. The Walleye's website provides a recap:
When you're coming into the third game of a Western Canadian road swing hoping to salvage the trip with your first win, and you're entering the game minus Mike Green, Kyle Quincey and Brad Richards, all is not well, but the Wings just needed a win in Vancouver to at least take half of the points available to them on this trip.
Detroit got it done, despite a lackluster first 40 minutes of play, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to tie the Canucks 2-2 mostly on the strength of Petr Mrazek's play as much as the goals from Teemu Pulkkinen and Tomas Tatar, and so it was fitting that Petr Mrazek had the primary assist on Gustav Nyquist's OT game-winner as Detroit out-competed and out-hustled the Canucks to win 3-2 in OT.
This win could be HUGE given the magnitude of the turnaround and the juncture of the season.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here's the Red Wings' game-day preview video:
2. I'm going to come out and call the Hockey News's Jared Clinton's suggestion that the Red Wings will have a hard time making the playoffs as of game 7 what it is--click bait (via RedWingsFeed), especially given that it's based entirely upon shot differential:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Jurco was scheduled to be scratched for the fourth game in a row Saturday in Vancouver. He will have played in only two of the first eight games.
"I think Jurcs is right there with other guys. He could easily go in," Blashill said. "I think Jurcs' high-end ability is real high, but we think he's got to get better at some stuff before he gets himself back in that spot."
Jurco has decent size (6-1, 203) and speed to go along with his skills. But Blashill would like to see him skate better.
"I'd say we have a long-term plan with Jurco," Blashill said. "I think Jurcs is somebody who has done some real good stuff for me in the past. I believe lots in Jurcs. I think there's still another level with Jurcs, but what we're trying to do is give him some stuff, get him to where he's skating at the level I think he needs to skate at in order to be effective out there."
from Chuck Pleiness at the Oakland Press,
The depth within the Detroit Red Wings organization is about to get tested....
Kyle Quincey and Mike Green both missed Saturday night’s game at Vancouver, which forced the Wings to recall Alexey Marchenko from Grand Rapids.
Quincey is on concussion protocol after getting hit by Calgary’s Sam Bennett midway through the third period, Friday night.
“As (Quincey) got on the bus we had some inclination that … he just said he didn’t feel totally right,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “So that’s why we got Marchenko in.”...
“I looked at it, there’s no doubt it was interference,” Holland said of the Bennett hit.
Green is listed as day-to-day according to Wings general manager Ken Holland after suffering what appeared to be a shoulder injury on a hit by the Flames’ Josh Jurris late in the first period, Friday.
“We don’t know how bad (it is),” Holland said of Green’s injury. “We’ll get back and see how he feels.”...
To make room for Marchenko on the roster, the Wings placed Brad Richards on short-term injury reserved with a sore back.
“His back’s bothered him all of camp and just felt progressively worse, so we want to be proactive,” Holland said. “He’s going to go see a doctor. Hopefully it’s nothing more than a little bit of time off. We’ll know more on Monday or Tuesday.”
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