The Malik Report
by George Malik on 09/06/13 at 11:05 PM ET
The Detroit Red Wings' prospects defeated the Dallas Stars' prospects 4-2 on Friday night, holding on by the slimmest of margins as Dallas's NHL-ready and AHL-heavy roster pushed incredibly hard at the end, but Martin Frk, Riley Sheahan and Teemu Pulkkinen scored excellent goals--with Pulkkinen unloading his "holy slapper" one-timer--and Jared Coreau stopped 17 of 19 shots and received superb support from teammates committed to the Jeff Blashill-Mike Babcock defensive system that is, "Third forward, whoever the hell you are, get back and help your defenseman!"
The last goal was awarded to Andreas Athansiou as he was pulled down en route to scoring an empty-netter!
There is very literally a debate as to whether the Wings, who will not practice on Saturday, are "through to the final" because the St. Louis Blues' 3-2 OT win over Minnesota may or may not count for two points to the Wings' 3 for a pair of regulation wins, thus yielding a Howe Division title and a "bye" to play the Lindsay Division winner in Monday's championship, or whether Sunday's 7 PM game against St. Louis will tell the tale as to who would play the winner of the division led by the Buffalo Sabres.
The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau explains how things are going to do down:
One thing is for certain: the Wings' players earned a no-practice day on Saturday, where there are no games scheduled, and they defeated the Dallas Stars because the better team won.
I'll write more later, but for now, I spoke with Ryan Sproul, who had a fantastic game, registering 2 assists and head-manning the offense from the blueline...
Try-out Barclay Goodrow says that he wants to prove that he's worthy of an AHL deal with the Grand Rapids Griffins, and the hard-charging, net-front-seeking grinder is certainly making a strong case for himself, earning time on both the power play and penalty-killing units...
I had a great chat with Martin Frk about his improving game, what he's trying to work on as he turns pro, the lack of time and space he's finding himself dealing with (ditto for Sproul) and the possibilty that his gap-toothed smile may no longer be gap-toothed...
Somehow, I got Calle Jarnkrok to speak for longer than 30 seconds, mostly by asking him about his training regimen with a bandy coach, his gear and the adjustments he's making as someone who's a professional hockey player but is still moving to a smaller rink and playing (well) against bigger and meaner opponents...
Assistant coach Jim Paek was just awesome in giving me six minutes of his time. We discussed the win, the tournament as a springboard for players taking part in the main camp as well as a process of evaluation and availing prospects of the most information they can access to place them in positions to succeed, as well as which players have stepped up, who's impressing him on what is a deep incoming Griffins blueline, and what it meant to beat Jim Nill's team:
More to come, with pictures thanks to one Michelle Osgood!
Oh yeah, and Tomas Jurco laid a Twitter beatin' on me:
Oh, I replied, and I await his response:
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