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The overnight report: Red Wings-Blackhawks wrap-up—frustrating loss

The most frustrating part of the Red Wings' 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks was simple: Detroit was in fact playing very well, and at least as very good as Chicago until the Hawks broke the game open with 2 power play goals scored in 86 seconds.

The Wings were in the game until it was 3-0, and after Brad Richards made it 3-1, Detroit was still in it...Until, once again, the Blackhawks scored in short succession, getting goals from Ladd and Panarin over the course of 35 seconds.

Detroit was probably guilty of too comfortably playing the Blackhawks' game, trading rushes and trading chances with the Hawks, and if anything, you could argue that the Wings weren't willing to get "greasy" or dirty enough in front of Corey Crawford, who had a pretty easy time seeing the 31 shots he stopped.

The Chicago Daily Herald's John Dietz certainly believed that Crawford's goaltending afforded Chicago its margin of victory:

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Prospect news: Griffins defeat Rockford; Walleye beat Florida; Saarijarvi gets 3 assists

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, Mark Zengerle had the OT game-winner and an assist, Tyler Bertuzzi scored a goal and Tom McCollum stopped 20 of 21 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Rockford IceHogs 2-1 in overtime. The Griffins' website posted a recap...

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Red Wings-Blackhawks quick take: This one stings

The Red Wings opened their home-and-home series with the Chicago Blackhawks needing to shake off the novelty of a renewed Blackhawks-Wings rivalry so they could focus on the important thing--earning two points against the highly-heralded Hawks team.

On Wednesday, the Red Wings got embarrassed, but they got embarrassed as they are--not as the team you wish they were due to deadline acquisitions, not a team that isn't playing so-and-so, as they are.

Detroit lost 5-1 because the penalty-kill failed them, surrendering goals against on 5-on-4 and a 5-on-3 (via a lovely interference play by Jonathan Toews, which the NBCSN announcers both acknowledged and praised), and while Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Kronwall and Marchenko were a cut above their teammates, the Wings couldn't play their top line the entire game, and they simply gave up too many good scoring chances against a great team to compete.

The Wings will have a significant amount of areas of their game to work upon as they prepare for Sunday's back half of the home-and-home; Chicago will go to Boston tomorrow, and hopefully they'll beat the Bruins.

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It’s a real ‘rivalry night’

Via RedWIngsFeed, WXYZ's Brad Galli spoke with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Dylan Larkin, Gustav Nyquist and Jeff Blashill regarding the Wings-Hawks rivalry:

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Grand Rapids Griffins to hold ‘Corks, Pucks and Brews’ on March 8th

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:

CORKS, PUCKS AND BREWS SET FOR MARCH 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Griffins and Easter Seals Michigan are teaming up for the fifth annual Corks, Pucks and Brews, a wine and beer tasting fundraiser to be held on Tuesday, March 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Goei Center.

Griffins players will serve over 100 varieties of wine and craft beer samples to guests at the event, highlighted by live music, hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auctions. Items up for bid include a Chicago Cubs package consisting of four suite tickets, food and parking for an upcoming game; an autographed Dylan Larkin jersey; Red Wings tickets, Griffins packages, two tickets to the Elton John concert at Van Andel Arena on March 23; beauty packages; product baskets; wine and beer tours; gift cards and more.

"When our players are talking about an event weeks in advance, you know it must be something special, and this one sure is,” said Bob Kaser, Griffins vice president of community relations and broadcasting. "We take so much pride assisting, in a small way, an organization that for nearly 100 years has been doing great things for millions of children and adults in need."

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Evening news: Blashill on the trade deadline; the Wings-Hawks rivalry, the World Cup and autographs

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Jeff Blashill addressed the Wings' inactivity at the trade deadline in a video posted by WXYZ:


2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan weighed in regarding the possible fading of the rivalry between the Red Wings and Blackhawks:

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Justin Abdelkader makes Team USA’s preliminary World Cup roster

Per ESPN's Scott Burnside, Justin Abdelkader's been named to Team USA's preliminary 16-man World Cup roster:

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Dylan Larkin Part Of Team North America For The World Cup Of Hockey

Tomas Tatar is also part of Team Europe.

See the Team North America (aka The Young Guns) roster below...

added 5:29pm, Press release is below too...

added 5:42pm, A look at the Team NA sweater below...

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Kerry Fraser no fan of ‘Kronwalling’

TSN's Kerry Fraser is up in arms after Niklas Kronwall left his feet while hitting Radek Faksa during Monday's Wings-Stars game:

A player is in violation of Rule 42 (charging) if he skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner. Kronwall is clearly guilty of charging on this play as defined by the rule. The Detroit defenceman was not assessed a penalty for his elevated strike on Faksa.

On Friday I wrote about the need to change the current culture of dangerous hitting practices, particularly when an opponent is vulnerable, to ultimately force players to make better decisions. I think Kronwall has had a run of good luck when it comes to avoiding significant contact to his opponents’ heads on the elevated hits he employs on a regular basis.

It was reported that the Red Wings were “shocked” after Kronwall was suspended by the Department of Player Safety for Game 7 of the Wings - Lightning playoff series last season after launching into a hit on Tampa forward Nikita Kucherov in Game 6. I have to think the shock value came mostly from the fact that Niklas was allowed to make those kinds of dangerous hits throughout his career without suspension - or often without even incurring a penalty on the ice.

I find these types of hits, no matter who delivers them, to be needless and potentially dangerous. At the very least, it’s a charging violation that should be penalized. Let’s take a look at how this play developed and moved from an apparent legal bodycheck to a charging violation.

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Duff: Wings, Hawks share mutual admiration

Updated 2x at 2:34 PM:

The Red Wings and Blackhawks were very busy preparing for tonight's game between the two teams (8 PM start on NBCSN/Sportsnet One/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), but they took some time out of the post-morning skate activities to discuss the respect the players and teams have for each other, as noted by the Windsor Star's Bob Duff. According to Duff, Dylan Larkin is an unabashed Patrick Kane fan...

“I was a big Patrick Kane fan actually,” said Larkin, who grew up a Wings fan in Southfield, Mich. “I liked how he came through the (Michigan-based USA Hockey) NTDP and he went to the OHL. He was a great player and obviously has been a great player for Chicago and Team USA as well. So I was a Patrick Kane fan and anytime Chicago was in the Stanley Cup I was pulling for them, but never against Detroit.”

Chicago forward Kane, the NHL scoring leader, smiled when informed of his status in Larkin’s eyes.

“I didn’t know about that,” Kane said. “It’s obviously pretty exciting to hear. I guess that means I’m getting a little bit older now.”

As a fellow American, Kane is excited about the number of talented young U.S. players that are rapidly evolving into NHL stars.

“I think it’s amazing the way these American players are coming up and what they’re bringing to the game,” Kane said. “You look at guys like (Buffalo’s Jack) Eichel and Larkin, it’s pretty special the way they can skate and how they’re having an impact on the game at such a young age. It’s pretty amazing, too. USA Hockey is in good hands.”

And Kane stated that he grew up watching Pavel Datsyuk work his magic on the ice:

“I had a lot of different players that I watched, but, I was a huge fan of Datsyuk growing up,” Kane said. “Just the way he could handle the puck, some of the things he did on the ice and some of the things he would even try on the ice, it was just like something that you’d never seen before. They call him the Magic Man for a reason and he’s still to this day one of my favorite players to watch.”

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Update: And here's a bit about the teams meeting tonight, from DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

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