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Mr. Hockey on the Red Wings’ chances of winning Game 7: Expect it

The only thing better than the Detroit Red Wings’ 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks might have been this moment afterward, captured by Yahoo Sports’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika:

The first time a Red Wing seemed rattled all night, maybe all series, was in the Detroit dressing room after Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Goaltender Jimmy Howard was answering a question about how the Wings had come back and tied this second-round series, saying it had been business as usual and the guys had kept the same confident demeanor all along, when suddenly his voice trailed off.

“Good to see you,” Howard said.

Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey himself, had come to give his congratulations. They shook hands. Howard beamed, then returned to his interview. Or tried to.

“So I … I forgot the answer,” Howard said.

The Wings are within reach of history now. Win Game 7 on Thursday night at San Jose, and they can do one of the few things they haven’t done, something Howe and Ted Lindsay and Steve Yzerman and all the other Detroit legends never did. They can become only the fourth NHL team ever to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series.

“Expect it,” said Howe, 83, wearing a Wings windbreaker. “If they play like they did tonight, there’s no doubt they can do it.”

NHL.com happened to capture both events:

The words, “Mr. Lindsay was down here this morning” and, “Vladdie was here before the game” are pretty special, too.


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edillac's avatar

Jimmy you lucky man

Posted by edillac from isolation on 05/11/11 at 08:44 AM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

winning is a character trait.  some day some kid growing up now will be sitting in that locker stall and it will be Yzerman who walks in. keep the winners around, and keep winning.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/11/11 at 09:03 AM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

CALM COOL JIMMY??? Can’t believe it, flustered by a handshake. Great stuff.

Posted by Rdwings28 on 05/11/11 at 09:14 AM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Awesome clips!

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 05/11/11 at 10:11 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

“Expect it.  If they play like they did tonight, there’s no doubt they can make it.”

Wow.  Gordie Howe.

That was a great moment to have captured on film - that handshake and Howard’s reaction - priceless.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 05/11/11 at 10:43 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

George, that was your best post ever.

Thank you so much for that.

God I love this team.  Tradition, heart, class.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/11/11 at 10:54 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Ha, that’s good stuff right there.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/11/11 at 11:47 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Eat well, get a good night’s sleep, and get your butts moving.

Write that sh!t down and use it.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/11/11 at 01:57 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

God I love this team.  Tradition, heart, class.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/11/11 at 03:14 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

1942 and 1945 will be put to rest on Thursday.

Posted by The Meal from Longmont, CO on 05/11/11 at 03:17 PM ET

blammo's avatar

You guys have a cool team, no doubt. Sometimes your fans leave something to be desired but that is to be expected.

Gordie Howe is a freakin’ legend.

Hope to see you guys on Sunday…

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 05/11/11 at 04:18 PM ET


Every Wings fan should read this, and I hope someway somehow this key ‘insider information’ or whatever you want to call it makes its way to the Wings coaching staff and players, and quick, as I believe it could make an amazing difference in game 7.


Everyone should read that, and then find their own way to the highlights he talks about, since he doesn’t know how to link it directly.

Posted by Johnson22 on 05/12/11 at 02:59 AM ET

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