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by George Malik on 09/08/13 at 11:26 PM ET
The Red Wings' 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues was wild, woolly and raucous, setting up a prospect tournament championship series between the Wings and Bufallo Sabres on Monday night at 7:30 PM.
Zach Nastasiuk registered a goal and an assist, Xavier Ouellet had a goal and an assist, Tomas Jurco and Anthony Mantha (empty-netter) scored goals, Teemu Pulkkinen and Ryan Sproul had assists and Jake Paterson stopped 21 shots as the Wings kept their tempers in check (mostly) and simply out-worked, out-hustled and out-ground a big and very scrappy Blues team.
The Red Wings posted several Twitter highlights from the game...
MLive's Brendan Savage penned a quick recap as well:
The Red Wings won the Gordie Howe Division by beating the St. Louis Blues 4-1 Sunday behind goals by Xavier Ouellet, Zach Nastasiuk, Tomas Jurco and Anthony Mantha at Centre I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City.
That gave the Red Wings a 3-0 record and moved them into the 7:30 p.m. Monday championship game against Ted Lindsay Division winner Buffalo (3-0).
After a scoreless first period, Ouellet and Nastasiuk scored to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead heading to the final 20 minutes.
St. Louis cut the deficit in half on a power-play goal by Sebastian Wannstrom midway through the third but the Red Wings answered with a power-play goal of their own by Jurco four minutes later before Mantha, their first-round pick in this year's draft, connected into an empty net with 1:11 left.
Goaltender Jake Paterson, Detroit's third-round pick (80th overall) in the 2012 draft, won his second game of the tournament by making 22 saves. He also backstopped Thursday's 3-1 victory over Minnesota.
The Red Wings outshot their opponent in all three games while finishing with a 95-63 edge in the shots department. The 23 shots they allowed the Blues were the most in any of their three victories.
The second period featured 18 penalties, including fighting majors to Detroit's Tyler Bertuzzi and St. Louis' Dane Fox as well as roughing double minors to Jurco and Joel Edmondson at the 20-minute mark.
The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau took note of Monday's starter...
And I conducted a short interview with Zach Nastasiuk, who spoke about his goal, his assist and the scrappy Blues...
Richard Nedomlel and I discussed the fact that Nedomlel kind of sort of spoiled Jake Paterson's shutout, but otherwise kept his temper as best he could while the Blues instigated and tried to bait the Wings, and we talked about the Wings' team defense and the championship game to come...
I came in a little late in Sarah Lindenau's interview with Jake Paterson, so you'll hear both she and I asking him questions about his chances to make Canada's World Junior Championship team, his focus and poise during Sunday night's game and the "prospect" of battling for the team's first championship...
I had a long conversation with Phillipe Hudon about the fact that he's had to be a good teammate while sitting out the first two games, his attempts to find his form in short order during a scrappy affair, and what his personal asiprations are as he attempts to earn a pro contract this year or next year--as well as the challenges he's faced over the years:
And finally, I listened in on Jeff Blashill's interview with NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale, and then asked Blashill about the game, about the team's defensive poise, his thoughts on Teemu Pulkkinen and Alexei Marchenko, how the team's going to manage its energy preparing for its fourth game in five nights--by taking an optional skate, as it turns out--and the tournament as preparation for professional hockey's pace. This is a ten-minute'r:
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