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by George Malik on 09/17/13 at 08:06 AM ET
The Red Wings' 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins wasn't exactly a thing of beauty, but for a game in which the Red Wings were really just getting their feet under them, the team played very solidly. As noted in the quick take, Adam Almquist scored two goals and Pavel Datsyuk scored a beauty, and as NHL.com's highlights are still a mess in terms of embedding, we'll rely on the Wings' Twitter account for video this morning:
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi penned a spartan recap...
Tomas Vokoun, who starred for the Penguins last postseason, allowed four goals on 15 shots over two periods in a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday at Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins are winless (0-1-1) in the NHL exhibition season.
Approximately 10,000 fans attended, even though the Pirates and Steelers each also played Monday.
Center Brandon Sutter scored for the Penguins, who next play at Chicago on Thursday.
Vokoun replaced Marc-Andre Fleury midway through Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but Fleury has been named the regular-season starter by coach Dan Bylsma.
As did the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dave Molinari...
Defenseman Adam Almquist scored two power-play goals to lead Detroit to a 4-1 exhibition victory against the Penguins Monday night at Consol Energy Center.
It was the Penguins' second preseason defeat in two days.
Brandon Sutter scored the Penguins' goal, beating Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard from inside the right dot 65 seconds into the second period.
Tomas Tatar and Pavel Datsyuk also scored for Detroit.
Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun stopped 11 of 15 shots over the first two periods, and Eric Hartzell turned aside all four he faced in the third.
But the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Shelly Anderson did post some MP3's...
Below you can find audio of interviews conducted following the Penguins' 4-1 preseason loss to Detroit. Note that coach Dan Bylsma said cuts are coming before Tuesday's practices that will get the training camp roster down to two practice groups from three.
HIs blog recaps don't translate well to post-in-another-blog format, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Seth Rorabaugh did a superb job of giving us an "in-game" experience...
-For Detroit, Brendan Smith and Adam Almquist were pretty strong. Smith was involved in a lot of aspects of the game. Almquist showed off an impressive shot.
-The Penguins had a 24-19 lead in shots.
-Crosby, Almquist, Mikael Samuelsson and Pavel Datsyuk each led the game with three shots.
-Letang led the game with 26:30 of ice time.
-Kyle Quincey led the Red Wings with 23:51.
-The Red Wings had a 28-27 edge in faceoffs (51 percent).
-Calle Jarnkrok, who has a glorious name by the way, was 10 for 16 (63 percent).
-Crosby was 11 for 19 (58 percent).
-Smith led the game with three blocked shots.
-Deryk Engelland, Martin, Craig Adams, Zolnierczyk, Orpik, Simon Despres, Uher and Letang each led the Penguins with two blocked shots.
And the Pittsburgh Penguins' Michelle Crechiolo, who used to work for the Wings, provides highlights with the old embed code...
As well as a thoughtful recap--albeit a totally Penguins-centered one.
In the multimedia department, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review posted a photo gallery, as did the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, and the Red Wings' website posted a Wings-Penguins gallery and "late-breaking" celebrity and alumni game gallery.
Exhibition games tend not to yield trips for the beat writers to Pittsburgh, however, so we get one quip from NHL.com's recap...
The Detroit Red Wings' special teams were in midseason form, scoring twice and killing all five Pittsburgh Penguins power plays at Consol Energy Center en route to a 4-1 victory.
Rookie defenseman Adam Almquist scored both power-play goals in a 5:40 span of the second period, beating Tomas Vokoun with slap shots from the blue line. Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar also had goals for the Red Wings.
"I got a little bit lucky at first," Almquist said. "The puck was popping out to me and I could just go ahead a rip it off. Luckily it went in. The second one, I got a really good pass from Samuelsson, shot it and it went in. I got lucky there too."
Pittsburgh outshot Detroit 24-19 but failed to convert on three first-period power plays and lost for the second time in as many nights.
"We still made some mistakes. It's the preseason, you're going to do that," captain Sidney Crosby said. "But I think we got better. We've got some games here to get sharper."
An AP recap...
Adam Almquist scored two power-play goals in the second period and Tomas Tatar had a goal and assist to lead the Detroit Red Wings past the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Monday night in a preseason game.
Paval Datsyuk also scored for Detroit, netting a second-period, unassisted goal.
Almquist scored at 6:10 and 11:50 with shots from the point to put the Red Wings ahead 3-1.
Brandon Sutter netted the lone Pittsburgh goal at 1:05 of the second, to get the Penguins even at 1.
Tatar opened the scoring when he took a failed wraparound attempt and tucked the puck under the crossbar at 12:56 of the first.
Both starting goalies worked two periods. Tomas Vokoun allowed four goals on 15 shots for the Penguins. Detroit's Jimmy Howard made 13 saves.
MLive's Brendan Savage took the obvious angle in a recap from afar...
[Tomas] Tatar, one of the players on the proverbial bubble after the Red Wings re-signed Daniel Cleary last week, had a goal and assist Monday as the Red Wings opened the preseason with a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Although general manager Ken Holland said Tatar will "probably" open the season with the Red Wings, he could be one of the odd men out when Detroit has to trim three players from its roster before the Oct. 2 season opener against the Buffalo Sabres at Joe Louis Arena.
If the Red Wings don't keep Tatar, 22, they'll have to expose him to waivers or attempt to trade him.
Ken Holland's made some boneheaded moves, but he's not dumb.
Tatar, the Red Wings' second-round pick (60th overall) in the 2009 NHL entry draft, had four goals and seven points in 18 games with Detroit last season and was the AHL playoff MVP after helping Grand Rapids win the Calder Cup.
Tatar opened the scoring against Pittsburgh midway through the first period and then assisted on the first of Adam Almquist's two-second period goals that helped give the Red Wings a 3-1 lead midway through the second.
And I'm paying SoundCloud 9 Euros a month for a reason, so here's Anderson's Babcock clip:
Several of the Wings' players also weighed in:
And Jimmy Howard looked good last night, but the Free Press's Helene St. James did ask him whether he thought the NHL's revamped nets, which are shallower around back to faciliate wraparounds and have "more square" top-shelf corners, would vex him:
“I really don’t think there’s going to be much of a difference,” Howard said Monday. “I don’t have the foggiest clue how these shallower nets are going to work.”
Howard skated at Centre Ice Arena on Monday, before being part of the group slated to travel to Pittsburgh for the Wings’ 4-1 win. He was in high spirits after a 45-minute practice, joking that someone left him off the goalie’s newswire because he didn’t get the memo about stricter equipment either — not that it made any difference to Howard. Backup Jonas Gustavsson, however, lost 2 inches off each leg pad, he said.
Howard doubts either change will impact scoring. “I really don’t see much of a change just because of the way everyone plays defense nowadays. Everyone packs in tight. They keep trying to find ways to boost scoring, but goalies nowadays tend to figure it out.”
Pavel Datsyuk noted: “If you good forward, you need be in front of net, not behind net.”
Jim Bedard, the team’s goaltending coach, said Gustavsson and Petr Mrazek, both Europeans, won’t notice much difference because “they’re used to a lot more room behind the net.” As for Howard, his post-to-post mobility “is extremely good in tight,” Bedard said. “It’s not by accident he’s as good as he is.”
Howard’s focus during the exhibition season is “getting in game shape, getting my eyes focused. These scrimmages have been really good to get guys moving in front of you and help you following the puck and all that.”
Traverse City's 9&10 News posted a video about Anthony Mantha, too:
Otherwise, the Red Wings' website states that the Toast of Hockeytown will take place on November 13th...
14th Annual Toast of Hockeytown
Wednesday, November 13 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Tickets on sale soon.
Call Lynsie DeLoss Estes at 313.396.7539 for sponsorship opportunities.
Each year, the Red Wings Foundation hosts a wine tasting benefit on the covered ice surface of Joe Louis Arena. The exclusive event offers fans the chance to mingle with the entire Red Wings team, alumni and other local celebrities, while listening to great music and enjoying delectable foods and desserts. The event features over 70 different wines from Italy, Spain, France, California and Michigan.
Click here to read about the 13th Annual Toast of Hockeytown.
Click here to watch 2011 highlights video.
At the other end of the spectrum, Mike Ilitch tied for the 157th-richest person in the U.S. in Forbes' annual list of billionaires...
And I've got to be blunt about my coverage over the next three days: I am very honestly running on fumes after somewhere between 160 and 180 hours of work over the past 13 days, so I am going to lay low for the next couple.
I will go to practice today, I'll post audio and some game-day stories...And I will try to post a recap of the Wings-Hawks game...
But I'm taking Wednesday off--and chose to stay here in Traverse City--to plain old sleep, and on Thursday, I'm not going to cover the Wings-Bruins game because I need to focus on making 230-mile trek to South Lyon after sixteen days away. I will try to come back either Friday or Saturday, and I know the timing sucks, and that the lack of coverage may be a little jarring, but...
I don't want to burn myself out completely before the regular season begins, and believe me, I am so burnt out mentally, physically and emotionally right now that I can hear myself sizzling and crackling.
My depression and anxiety have been OK, and I am hoping to get down to the Joe on a semi-regular basis (A game a week? Two? I'm not sure, because when I go home, I do have a part-time job in helping the little old ladies I live with) this season, but I hope you understand that after trying my damnedest to earn your readership and sponsorship over the past two weeks, I'm going to need a wee bit of time to recover.
It's been an honor and a privilege to do this for you, and I hope to do it again, but I am mush right now, and I'm gonna need to regroup.
Update: Joakim Andersson praised Almquist and Calle Jarnkrok while speaking with Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom. Brain too fried to translate properly:
- Adam made two crappy looking cases. He has gruesomely good hockey sense and besides good shot, he can also beat great passing, says teammate Joakim Andersson to SportExpressen.se.
Almqvist's two hits came in the space of just under six minutes in the middle of the second period and meant 2-1 and 3-1.
Both goals set in the net after sharp slap shot.
- Especially the second goal was really, really neat, where Adam placed the puck at the far post, praises Joakim Andersson.
Almqvist just like so many other of the Red Wings Swedes brought up in Farm Team Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.
He co-won the Calder Dup there in the spring.
Now fight the 22-year-old talent back from Jönköping for a spot in the Red Wings.
- Adam has all the chances to take a seat. Not many players have the hands, says Joakim.
Calle Järnkrok also made his debut in Detroit last night.
- This was the first time I saw him play and he was really impressed with a smart and mature gaming center, where he distributed the puck to his kedjekamrater.
Järnkrok were matched with Jordin Tootoo and 19-year-old talent Anthony Mantha, who was Detroit's försaval In this year's NHL draft (No. 20).
Self-educated Jocke chain with Mikael Samuelsson (one assist) and Dan Cleary.
- It went alright. There is huge competition for places in the team now, there are so many good players on anything here.
Update #2: Ditto for Damien Brunner's chat with Sport.ch:
In the fourth-smallest state in the United States Brunner is now struggling for a continuation of his NHL career started in Detroit. When asked why he had to leave because the Red Wings, but the striker evaded.
'' Detroit is a first class organization, I can not say anything bad about it. I am very happy that they gave me a chance to prove myself in the NHL. I had a good first year, decisions were made and now is a new challenge.''
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