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The Detroit Red Wings are encouraging fans attending Thursday’s playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena to help “Fill a Boot” to benefit the family of fallen Wayne-Westland firefighter Brian Woehlke.
Dearborn firefighters will be at each arena entrance collecting money from 6:30 to 8 p.m., which is the faceoff time for game 4 of the best-of-7 Western Conference semifinals, which the Red Wings lead 2 games to 1.
Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg plans to match donations up to $3,500.
HockeyWebCaster on YouTube posted the CBC's opening montage prior to Game 3 of the Red Wings-Hawks series, and it's pretty slick:
Update: For the record, I enjoyed the post-game montage, too, and it leads off a "Hockey Night Online" post-game show in which P.J. Stock and Andi Petrillo discussed Game 3:
Updated 6x at 3:10 PM: The Red Wings aren't practicing today and I'm not sure whether the Blackhawks are skating thanks to the two-day break between games and the simple truths that a) practice for practice's sake doesn't necessarily register with players (less is more) and b) everyone is banged-up to some extent at this time of year, so "rest is a weapon," as Mike Babcock would say.
But there's a preponderance of Wings and Hawks-related news that either didn't quite make the recap or overnight report cut or plain old popped up during my four-and-a-half hours' worth of sleep. I will leave Sportsline's Brian Stubits, Yahoo Sports' Harrison Mooney and the Score's Justin Bourne's astonishment at a goofy comment by Glenn Healy to you (according to Mr. Healy, Pavel Datsyuk doesn't have all that much hockey god-given talent; Bourne, Grantland and Deadspin of all places offered analyses of last night's game as well)...Well, okay, here's Healy. Cue the jaw-drop:
Updated 3x at 5:23 AM: I am annoyed. I happen to love mammoth, twenty-printed-page blog entries that eat bandwidth and crash browsers...But ever since we've moved to our now not-so-new software platform, I've got a character limit, so during the playoffs, when the press push is absolutely masive I've had to separate multimedia from the game wrap-ups, and now I'm positing an overnight report as well. Damn you, reader-friendly common-sense character limits!
This morning's dominant sidebar stories involve Jonathan Ericsson, Damien Brunner, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl (and Justin Abdelkader and Mike Babcock. Okay, the list is long, thus the separate entry). Starting at the beginning...
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose wisely points out that Ericsson's the team's #2 defenseman, and he's doing just fine and dandy in that role. Nobody's afraid when "Errorson" hops over the boards anymore, and his partner, who happens to be the Red Wings' #1 defenseman, isn't surprised to see Ericsson thrive in his "new" role:
“Just the responsibilities that have come with that role, I think he’s been great,” Kronwall said. “Everybody in this organization knew that he could do it, and had been knowing it for a few years, ever since he came in and played that great series, I think it was against Columbus, his first playoff. I think he’s really come into his own.”
Combined, the Ericsson/Kronwall duo has accounted for 39 hits in the playoffs against the Ducks and Blackhawks. Ericsson had nine hits in the first two games of the Chicago series, second only to Abdelkader (13). He’s also the only Detroit player to appear in every postseason game without receiving a penalty, which speaks to his discipline.
The Detroit Red Wings' 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of their second round series was somewhere between a Gustav Nyquist-style master stroke and a Muhammad Ali "rope-a-dope," including its share of controversy and enough post-game chatter to merit its own multimedia post. In terms of the wrap-up thereof, I cannot help but start at what many believe was the crux of the game in Andrew Shaw's presence in Jimmy Howard's crease negating what would have been a game-tying 2-2 goal.
The Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc took note of that sticky wicket from the Hawks' perspectives...
As an adjunct to the quick take, and because this stuff comes together before all the stories are available to concoct an actual wrap-up--and hopefully to make said wrap-up a little easier to read--here are the multimedia offerings from the Red Wings' 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of their second-round series, starting with NBC-narrated higlights:
You probably know by now that the Chicago Blackhawks could have tied their game against the Detroit Red Wings had a goal not been waived off because one Andrew Shaw was ruled to be interfering with Jimmy Howard, as ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers noted...
“I disagreed with the call,” Quenneville said. “He didn’t touch the goalie. ... It certainly [changed the momentum of the game.] We’re 2-2, had everything going, some hits, offensive zone time. Obviously coming back from 2-0 that quick, we were in great shape.”
The play began when Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg put a shot on net from the right circle with 14:20 left in the third period. The puck was deflected just before it reached goaltender Jimmy Howard and traveled into the net. The official standing just to the left of the net immediately waved it off.
The replay showed Shaw was standing in the crease, but he appeared to not make contact with Howard. Shaw had also been bumped further into the crease by two Red Wings just moments before the goal.
Updated 7x with more and more video at 11:17 PM: I get it. The Hawks will look at the goalposts and at the waved-off goal by Andrew Shaw and insist, despite the penalty disparity, that they should still be playing the Red Wings, who managed to hang on and defeat them 3-1.
I get that the media will insist that Shaw was pushed into the crease by Jakub Kindl, and that it should at least be 2-2--Puck Daddy already has the play of course (they were silent on Saturday, all evening long), and that Patrick Kane's goal was "completely legal" because the breakaway pass-over-Quincey-and-Smith's head was sent to him after Johnny Oduya cleanly hit johan Franzen who was down, but hey, the rules demand that play continue if one of what Eddie Olczyk would deem one of Oduya's "pushes" (see: his "push" to Justin Abdelkader, using his stick) just happened to drop a guy (clip? Clip? Nope).
They can all go *#$%@& themselves. The refereeing was terrible on both sides, but the Hawks "got" the goal they "lost." The end.
Ray Sheppard was as slow as Larry Murphy and had hands of stone in terms of puckhandling, but he scored 50 goals for the Wings the year before they flipped him to San Jose for Igor Larionov, and he did so by skating in on goalies and simply waiting for them to take themselves out of the play. Gustav Nyquist made a Ray Sheppard-like deke on Corey Crawford tonight, but he only did so after absolutely flying up ice and dekeing and dangling around Brent Seabrook:
According to Red Wings community relations manager Christy Hammond, the Red Wings are holding a charitable drive for a fallen firefighter's family this Thursday:
The Detroit Red Wings encourage fans coming down to Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals to make a donation to help ‘Fill a Boot’ at any of the arena entrances this Thursday, May 23, against the Chicago Blackhawks (NBCSN, CBC and 97.1 The Ticket). All funds collected will be donated to the Westland Fire Fighters Charity’s fund for the family of fallen firefighter Brian Woehlke, who passed away while battling a Westland fire on May 8. He leaves behind his wife Jennifer and his 13-month-old daughter Ava.
Representatives from Dearborn FD will be on hand with their boots at each arena entrance to collect monetary donations from the time doors open at 6:30 p.m. until the puck drops at 8:00 p.m. Captain Henrik Zetterberg will personally match all donations collected on Thursday up to $3,500.
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