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If I were to summarize the bright points of the Red Wings' 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings with YouTube clips, I'd go with the tribute to Gordie Howe, as well as Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika's Tweets on the subject of Mr. Hockey's health...
I didn't expect to say that the Wings got out of October with a 6-2-and-2 record, and I certainly didn't expect to tell you that the Grand Rapids Griffins would end October without a home win and with Mattias Backman, Nick Jensen, Alexey Marchenko, Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul and especially Petr Mrazek struggling to keep pucks out of the net.
The Griffins earned their first home point of the 2014-15 season while dropping a 5-4 OT decision to the Chicago Wolves on Friday, giving up 4 second-period goals and losing despite out-shooting Chicago 41-26.
The Griffins' website posited a recap...
The Red Wings closed out their 10-game October schedule with a game that was either just as difficult as you expected it to be or perhaps a little more difficult than you had hoped, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 despite losing Kyle Quincey to a lower-body injury and perhaps both letting the Kings off the mat once establishing a 4-0 lead and Jimmy Howard--who ended up making a huge penalty-shot save and keeping the Wings in it at times--making two boobles that helped the Kings get back in 'er.
The Wings most certainly laid it on the Kings early, with Nyquist (2 goals), Datsyuk and Tatar (from Nyquist) all scoring in a 15-and-a-half minute span in the 1st period, but the Kings came back in a big way in the 2nd period, getting that in-below-the-blocker goal by Martinez that was a clusterfuck of defensive gaffes by the Wings' top defensive pair (Kronwall-Ericsson) and "Riley, the Swede and the Slovak," the Kings CONTINUED to hit the hell out of the Wings (see: the Helm hit below as evidence of what Helm, Glendening and many teammates endured all night), and Henrik Zetterberg, Nyquist and Howard managed to allow Tyler Toffoli to make it 4-2 via a shorthanded tally 1:48 into the 3rd.
The Red Wings are leading the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 after most of the 1st period of play, but I guess we know why the Western Canadian coaches were willing to end the period a little early after a pane of glass broke:
I wouldn't be upset if Quincey wasn't *really good* this season. I hope he gets back quickly, because Lashoff-Kindl frightens me like clowns frighten Brendan Smith.
Via RedWingsFeed, it might get a little dusty as you watch this:
Sometimes three tweets are more than worth their own blog post:
Updated 11x at 2:56 PM: The Red Wings hope to keep their momentum going against the Los Angeles Kings this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/Prime Ticket/TVA Sports/Sportsnet/97.1 FM), and to some extent, no news is good news on the Wings' front, as MLive's Ansar Khan reports:
Everyone skating today for Wings except Weiss (groin). Looks like same lines and power play units.
According to Michigan Radio's John U. Bacon, Red Wings legend Gordie Howe's place of NHL employment heavily influenced the establishment of a college hockey dynasty:
With Howe leading the Red Wings, rinks and little leagues sprouted all over Detroit. Howe’s wife Colleen started the junior Red Wings, which produced hundreds of world-class players, including their sons, Mark and Marty. Mark starred for the Red Wings, too, and is a Hall of Famer himself.
But I never fully appreciated Gordie Howe’s power until I researched my first book, on Michigan hockey. I learned just a few nudges from Howe helped Michigan’s hockey program rise to the top – and stay there.
Gordie Howe was one of nine kids born in a farmhouse in Floral, Sasketchewan – a town so tiny, it’s not even on the atlas index. When he joined the Red Wings, the entire province pulled for him.
Amongst this morning's Red Wings notebooks and stories of of Red Wings-related note (I ran out of room in the Wings-Kings set-up):
Let's start with the Gordie Howe stuff. The Free Press's Helene St. James discussed Howe's status with one Steve Yzerman...
"I was walking in the hallway outside the locker room at Joe Louis Arena," Yzerman said Wednesday. "He introduced himself to me and I was kind of in awe. I was 18 years old. He was very nice and very humble and down to earth. You're talking, at the time, to the best player ever to play. It was a neat thing, at that time, for me."
The next summer, Yzerman and Howe were at a charity event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, when Yzerman realized he'd under-packed.
"I'd forgotten my shin pads, and he let me wear his," Yzerman said. "Then he left before I could give them back, so I carried them around for quite a while. That's Gordie Howe — very humble, very down to earth. Just a really nice person."
I'm going to start this entry with honesty: I'm sorry about the lack of a full recap last night and my absence from the practice news cycle today. I'm still trying to get my mental shit together after what happened last week, and apparently the body wasn't a fan of getting back to working 14-to-16 hours on game days.
I am incredibly grateful that Paul's been helping keep TMR going--not everybody has a boss who's both a mentor and friend--and I'm grateful that you've (generally) been willing to stick with me this month. I'd hoped to go to some Griffins games and do things like the Hockey Writers' Tom Mitsos did on Thursday in interviewing Anthony Mantha, but sometimes life throws you knucklepucks.
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