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According to the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater, anyone who cheers for a sports team other than the sports team which represents their geographical locale is a “dorkish” person who is a “bandwagoneer.” Well what’s a person that makes the injury-laden Red Wings’ players, their fans, the organization and the entire Metro Detroit area look as terrible as the person he beat up? According to WDIV Local 4 (via RedWingsFeed), Dearborn City Councilman Bob Abraham was assaulted after Sunday’s Wings-Hawks game because Abraham’s son’s pals came to town from Chicago to cheer their Blackhawks on, and dared to wear Hawks jerseys to the game:
“We ran into a gentleman who was just not happy to see Blackhawks fans in Detroit,” Abraham said.
The man was driving a blue Chevrolet sports utility vehicle out of a parking lot west of the arena. He got out of the SUV to confront the Chicago fans with Abraham.
“I remember telling the guy, ‘Just please, go back to your car. They’re just kids. They’re not bothering anyone,” Abraham said. “Before I knew it, I was on the ground.”
His wife, Mary Ann Abraham, was just a few feet away. She was driving near the Joe to pick up her husband and the others.
“He hit Bob several times,” she said. “Blood all over the place. I didn’t know if this guy was going to pull a knife or a gun.”
If you click on the link, you’ll see that Mr. Abraham’s left eye is swollen shut, and WDIV reports that there was no description of the man given, but if you saw anything happen while you were heading home from Sunday’s game, I might suggest that it’s your duty as a Red Wings fan, a Blackhawks fan, whatever, to call the cops and make sure the bully who committed this crime is caught and prosecuted. This goes so far out of bounds in terms of “acceptable fan behavior” that it’s insane. Shame on that person.
Update: the Arab-American News has more about the incident.
Update #2: Despite the fact that the crime occurred in the City of Detroit, the Detroit News’s Josh Katzenstein reports that the Dearborn Police are also interested in your report if you have one:
Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens said officers are looking for witnesses of the incident and hoping surveillance video footage can uncover some clues.
“It’s still being investigating,” Stephens said. “We’re still looking into it.”
Updated 6x with injury/Kronwall/Flyers-Wings updates at 6:51 PM: Today’s Red Wings news went from bad to worse when the Wings, who will attempt to bounce back from their 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks when they head to Philadelphia to face the Flyers and watch Mark Howe’s number be retired by his former team, announced that the team had recalled Doug Janik, Chris Conner and Jordan Pearce to replace Jakub Kindl (“upper-body”), Todd Bertuzzi (groin) and Jimmy Howard (“lower-body”) in the Wings’ lineup.
Thankfully, the NHL’s second star of the week in Niklas Kronwall and his Wings teammates will receive a two-day break after tomorrow night’s game, and get another two-day break after Friday and Saturday’s games against Los Angeles and Nashville, respectively, though this in-progress post offers scant good news in terms of during-practice updates from MLive’s Ansar Khan…
Wings’ Datsyuk skating today in warmup suit. Looks to be moving around well.
Bertuzzi, Kindl, Howard, Lidstrom not skating, as expected. They are out Tuesday at Philly.
Clearly also not on the ice but likely a maintenance day as he’s been bothered by sore knee.
And DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose...
Very cool: the NHL named its “Three Stars of the Week” a few minutes ago, and Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was named the #2 star behind Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who’s salvaging the Sabres’ pride, and ahead of Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery, who’s salvaging the Blackhawks’ playoff hopes:
The Detroit Red Wings don’t have to worry as much about the playoffs, and part of that credit goes to defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who stepped up in the absence of fellow blueliners Nicklas Lidstrom and Jonathan Ericsson to put up 2 goals and 5 assists in three games last week to earn Second Star of the Week.
On Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, he scored the game-tying goal in the second period and set up Henrik Zetterberg’s go-ahead goal in a 5-2 victory. Then he set up three of the Wings’ first four goals in a 6-0 defeat of the Minnesota Wild on Friday. He capped his week with the Wings’ lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Many thanks to Yahoo Sports’ Sean Leahy for the heads-up.
According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Detroit Red Wings have officially used all four of their post-trade deadline call-ups as Doug Janik, Jordan Pearce and Chris Conner have been recalled to replace three banged-up Red Wings players—and here’s hoping that Jakub Kindl (“upper-body”), Jimmy Howard (“lower-body”/groin), Todd Bertuzz (groin) and the player that wasn’t replaced in the lineup, Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle), are all healthy by Friday and Saturday’s back-to-back games against Los Angeles and Nashville:
The injury-riddled Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Doug Janik, forward Chris Conner and goaltender Jordan Pearce from the Grand Rapids Griffins. All three will be dressed for Tuesday’s game in Philadelphia.
Janik will replace Jakub Kindl, who suffered an upper-body injury a few minutes into Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Chicago. Conner likely will replace Todd Bertuzzi, who has been bothered by a sore groin. Peace will dress as Joey MacDonald’s backup because Jimmy Howard is out with a lower-body injury (day-to-day).
Nicklas Lidstrom will have his right ankle (deep done bruise) re-evaluated today, but he will miss his fourth game in a row on Tuesday.
The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms..
I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the Red Wings reassigned Chris Conner to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday evening, and they didn’t call anyone up after losing Jakub Kindl (“upper-body”) early in the 1st period and Jimmy Howard (“lower-body,” probably his groin) after the 1st period ended to what were probably precautionary measures during the course of the Red Wings’ hard-fought but sloppy 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, and on top of that, Pavel Datsyuk skated on his own for the first time since undergoing knee surgery two weeks ago today before Sunday’s game.
In the grasping at straws department, Brendan Smith did just fine while engaging in a fight with a much feistier Andrew Shaw, too:
The Detroit Red Wings’ 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks was summarized best by Brendan Smith’s decision to indulge Andrew Shaw’s decision to fight him with 3:28 left in the 2nd period:
With the Wings already down a defenseman thanks to Jakub Kindl’s “upper-body” injury and down their starting goaltender thanks to a “lower-body” injury which sounds like a minor groin injury that flared up on Jimmy Howard, Smith allowed his youth and enthusiasm to get the better of him, and exactly one minute and 59 seconds later, the Wings surrendered the game-winner to Patrick Kane thanks to a series of self-inflicted mistakes by several wings players during a scrum along the right-wing half boards and a terrible giveaway by Brad Stuart (and a case of missing one’s check by Henrik Zetterberg, who let Kane sneak in and jab the puck past a wrong-way-leaning MacDonald).
Updated 5x with video of Mike Babcock and Jimmy Howard’s comments from the Wings’ website at 7:25 PM: The Detroit Red Wings have lost Jakub Kindl to an, “Upper-body injury” during the 1st period of their game against Chicago, and at the start of the 2nd period, Joey MacDonald is starting as Jimmy Howard was pulled out of the game due to something injury-related…
I’ll update this post with any pertinent news.
Update: Howard is back on the bench and the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that Ken Hollland’s deemed Howard “day to day” with…Something…
Update #2: Per St. James, sounds like a groin injury:
Per Holland: Howard sitting not related to broken index finger
Holland tells Free Press: Howard is day-to-day, lower body injury
Update #2: According to FSD’s Trevor Thompson, Bertuzzi will play today, and FSD’s Dana Wakiji is confirming.
Update: Per the Detroit News’s David Guralnick, good news:
Pavel Datsyuk skated around by himself for about 15 minutes earlier today.
As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to face off against the Chicago Blackhawks this afternoon (4 PM EST, FSD with Justin Abdelkader “mic’ed up” for the game/WGN/NHL Network U.S.—i.e. Center Ice/GameCenter Live are gonna be blacked out/97.1 the Ticket), we have a spartan but no less important slate of pre-game updates. Neither team took a morning skate due to the mid-afternoon start, but MLive’s Ansar Khan clarified Todd Bertuzzi’s situation (groin issues) as it applies to Chris Conner possibly replacing #44 if the Wings choose to sit him out for precautionary reasons…
@Wings_Power Bertuzzi will take pregame warmup and then decide if he can play. That was the last I heard.
• The Red Wings’ website both reminded us that the team’s “Wives and Girlfriends” will be holding a puck draw to benefit the family of Brad McCrimmon and posted a game-day preview in which Ken Kal speaks to Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Stuart about today’s match-up…
The Detroit Red Wings will face off against the Chicago Blackhawks this afternoon (4 PM EST, FSD with Justin Abdelkader mic’ed up/WGN/NHL Network U.S.[that’s right, Center Ice and/or GameCenter users, you’re screwed]/97.1 the Ticket) not particularly worried about the implications of this game save building upon their 2-game winning streak and Friday night’s win over Minnesota while surviving the possible absence of Todd Bertuzzi (groin; Chris Conner was called up on Saturday night) and hoping to avenge the 2-1 loss that cost Ty Conklin his job waaaaayyy back on February 21st…
All while continuing to jostle for Western Conference supremacy with the Blues, who won on Saturday and are tied with the Wings for the Central Division lead, and the Canucks, who sit a point ahead of the Wings (90 to 89) and play the Stars on Sunday.
Chris Conner didn’t play a part in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 4-3 shootout win over the the Okalahoma City Barons on Saturday night, but with Ken Holland in attendance, Conner did enough to receive quite the reward—Conner will head to Detroit to serve as an insurance policy should Todd Bertuzzi (groin) be unable to play on Sunday afternoon versus Chicago. This is no small feat given that the Wings want to see what Conner can do before the playoffs start…Or that Conner avoided a 5-hour, middle-of-the-night bus ride to Hamilton, Ontario to play the Bulldogs on Sunday. Here’s the Griffins’ release:
The Detroit Red Wings on Saturday recalled right wing Chris Conner from the Grand Rapids Griffins. Conner saw a five-game point streak end on Saturday night as the Griffins extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Oklahoma City Barons. The 28-year-old forward ranks fourth on the Griffins with 36 points (11-25—36) in 41 games.
A native of Livonia, Mich., Conner has also skated in seven games with the Red Wings, recording one goal, two assists and a plus-two rating. In 146 career NHL games with Dallas, Pittsburgh and Detroit, he has tallied 43 points (17-26—43).
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