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The Detroit Red Wings were absolutely manhandled during parts of the first, second and even third period against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday evening, at times looking lost, disjointed, sometimes plain old baffled and other times utterly lazy (I'm looking at you, Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff)...
But Jimmy Howard was SENSATIONAL, stopping 33 of 35 shots (to 20 Wings shots on Tuukka Rask), and the Red Wings rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits, tying the game 11:06 into the 3rd and playing incredibly strong hockey after Gustav Nyquist scored with 7:12 left, ensuring that the Wings somehow beat both the Bruins and themselves, all en route to a WONDERFUL 3-2 win.
I'm nearly speechless here--the game was just stellar, and I'm jacked up after seeing the Wings end the Bruins' FIFTEEN-game unbeaten streak...
But I'll try to be professional.
So the Boston Bruins got Holmstrom'd during a power play that would eventually score (just after it ended) against the Red Wings on Wednesday night, and as many have noted, people were actually offended that this goal didn't count.
I thought it was an awful call, too, but let's just say we Wings fans never heard that when Tomas Holmstrom suffered due to similar doofiness. Per Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford:
While Mitchell Callahan's face goes boom and the Red Wings struggle against the Bruins and themselves (though they totally got Holmstrom'd), dear Anthony Mantha did his thing at the QMJHL awards. Via RedWingsFeed and per the Canadian Press:
Val-d'Or's Anthony Mantha powered his way into Quebec Major Junior Hockey League lore.
Having scored 57 goals in as many games this season, Mantha was named the league's most valuable player at the Golden Puck Awards on Wednesday night.
As a result, the Foreurs' right winger was awarded the Michel Briere Trophy.
Mantha also took home the Jean Beliveau Trophy as the league's top scorer. The six-foot-four Mantha added 63 assists to his league-high goal tally to lead Val-d'Or to their first division championship in seven years, and help book a trip to the playoffs.
Here's a pretty hockey picture:
Update: Callahan's had surgery for a broken jaw and he's in trouble for Tweeting a gross "Selfie."
The Grand Rapids Griffins are hosting the Iowa Wild presently, and Mitchell Callahan...Has donated to the cause...
Because the Red Wings-Bruins game doesn't start until 8 (it's on NBCSN, TSN2 and WXYT AM, and if your cable or satellite company's bought in, you can watch the game on NBC's streaming page), here's a little more pre-game reading if you don't feel like paying Keith Jones, Mike Milbury et. al. rapt attention for the next hour.
First, in the FTR department, Larry Murphy's been doing some work for the NHL Network while remaining based in Metro Detroit since Fox Sports Detroit fired him a year ago, and NBCSN is hosting a chat with Murphy this evening on NBC's "Facetime" Website...
Tom McCollum's professional hockey future may not lie with the Red Wings organization, but McCollum signed an AHL-only contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins to continue to pursue his professional hockey dreams, and he's really salvaged his pro career over the course of the 2013-2014 season.
It's his off-ice contributions to the Grand Rapids community, however, that are at the root of the the Grand Rapids Griffins' decision to name McCollum their "Man of the Year" today:
McCOLLUM NAMED GRIFFINS' 2013-14 IOA/AMERICAN SPECIALTY AHL MAN OF THE YEAR
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Griffins are proud to announce that Tom McCollum has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Grand Rapids community during the 2013-14 season.
A native of Sanborn, N.Y., McCollum has been a pillar of service in the community throughout his five seasons with the Griffins, embodying the core values of both the organization and the city of Grand Rapids. McCollum has appeared in every major charitable event this season, including walking dogs at the Pups and Pucks Fall Walk-a-Thon for Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary, interacting with fans at the Tip-a-Griffin fundraiser and Great Skate Winterfest for the Griffins Youth Foundation and serving beverages at Corks, Pucks and Brews for Easter Seals Michigan, among other volunteer opportunities.
Red Wings prospect Richard Nedomlel isn't exactly the Next Big Thing, though he is pretty bloody large at 6'4" and 225 pounds. Nedomlel's spent his first pro season not with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins, but instead, the ECHL's Toledo Walleye (in no small part due to the fact that Nedomlel, Max Nicastro, Nick Jensen, Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet and Alexey Marchenko all "turned pro" this season), but Nedomlel's done just fine with Toledo, establishing himself as the kind of defenseman he hopes to become at higher levels of play--a big, mean, steady and stable stay-at-home defenseman.
The Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe penned a profile of Nedomlel, and it's worth stand-alone entry status because Nedomlel's particularly forthcoming in discussing his development and goals...
“I try to give my team energy,” he said. “If that means hitting a guy or getting into a fight, I will do whatever I can. I'm known to be tough and physical. I will protect my teammates. I'm a big guy. Hockey is not a sport for girls, so I really enjoy that. Obviously the fans like that. It's nice to give something to the fans. I like to give something back.”
Updated 13x at 2:55 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face an incredibly difficult challenge in battling a Boston Bruins team that's still upset about losing 6-1 on Thanksgiving eve when the teams tangle in a NBCSN "Rivalry Night" game (8 PM EDT, NBCSN/TSN2 with the requisite Center Ice/GameCenter Live blackouts/1270 AM), but the Wings' precarious spot in the Eastern Conference's Wild Card race precludes them from worrying about anyone else but themselves this evening.
When the Wings took to the ice for the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose delivered an almost-immediate answer as to whether Pavel Datsyuk is slated to return this evening...
#RedWings lines for tonight look to be Franzen-Legwand-Nyquist; Tatar- Sheahan-Jurco; Andersson-Helm-Abdelkader; Miller-Glendening-Bertuzzi.
And MLive's Ansar Khan noted that Daniel Alfredsson's missing from the mix:
Alfredsson not skating for the second day in a row. He said yesterday that he expected to play tonight. We'll see.
The foundation of Detroit Red Wings great and Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay is donating $1 million to the Beaumont Health System to help children with autism and their families.
Beaumont announced today that support from the Ted Lindsay Foundation will expand and create a new facility for the Hands-On Parent Education Center, which offers services for families of children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders.
Previously known as the HOPE Center, the facility is part of the Royal Oak-based health system’s Beaumont Children’s Hospital. In recognition of the gift, the Beaumont Health System is renaming the center as the “Ted Lindsay Foundation HOPE Center.”
Here's the Ted Lindsay Foundation's press release regarding the donation:
In light of Gustav Nyquist's recent success, the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa penned one helluva profile of the Wings' undersized but uber-competitive goal-scorer, and Krupa's profile is way too superb to simply stuff it into the overnight report:
The son of a surgeon and an architect, Nyquist was third in his high school class and a dedicated schoolboy athlete. After a particularly great season of college hockey, he was prepared to a state of overly ripe in Grand Rapids.
Now, he focuses on working with a bunch of other young guys to propel one of the oldest, proudest franchises in the NHL into the playoffs, while tamping down unrealistic expectations about his performance.
“I think a lot of guys have stepped up with all the injuries,” Nyquist said. “That’s what we’ve needed from the young guys, including me. It’s given me more opportunity to play. Obviously, if you play more, you get more comfortable out there. You get a lot more confidence with the puck. And, I think that’s what’s happened with a lot of other guys, too.”
Keep reading, because Krupa reveals oodles of biographical information about the slick Swede, as well as oodles of praise from both Nyquist's teammates and coach as well as Jeff Blashill, who dealt with Nyquist when he was stuck in the AHL.
If you haven't seen it, while I was out of the office, Warrior Hockey posted a neat little commercial featuring Nyquist, Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader, Jonas Gustavsson and a certain Daniel Cleary playing street hockey with kids from the Little Caesars team, then eating coneys at Lafayette Coney Island and heading to Cobo Joe's:
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