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by George Malik on 05/04/12 at 07:17 PM ET
Updated 5x at 7:03 PM: The final two games of the first day of the World Championships are in the books, and the vast majority of the Red Wings’ players taking part in the the “nightcaps” acquitted themselves very well (and yes, as you and I find more non-Geo-blocked live streams of games, they’ll mysteriously appear in the comments section so that you and I can watch as many of these games as possible):
• And this one just finished up, but the news is mostly good for Wings fans: Sweden defeated Norway 3-1, and Calle Jarnkrok absolutely starred playing as a third line center, registering an assist and playing like someone who—as the Wings’ brass have suggested—might be able to step right into Detroit’s lineup two Septembers from now after he wraps up his Swedish Eliteserien career, registering an assist on the Swedes’ first goal, Henrik Zetterberg, who registered an assist on the 3-1 goal on a gorgeous give-and-go with Loui Eriksson, was his dominant self, Niklas Kronwall acquitted himself well while playing alongside his brother, Staffan, and Johan Franzen…
Is still finding his game. He got lost on the perimeter on occasion and was more or less the, “Get in there and attract defenders so Eriksson and Zetterberg can dazzle” guy, so he’s not exactly being fed prime-time passes from the Zetterberg-Eriksson pair, but at the same time, Franzen seemed to have the most trouble trying to readjust to 200’x100,’ getting a little lost with those extra 15 feet taking away from the kind of hard-charging game he brings along those 85-foot-wide NHL boards.
Worse, the Red Wings’ Ericsson started the game paired with Erik Karlsson, but he left the game during the first period, and Aftonbladet’s Emil Karlsson reports that Ericsson left the rink with the team’s trainer, suffering from bleeding…From his gluteus maximus, hoping that he’ll return to the World Championship at some point. TV4’s Emil Andersson confirms while noting that the Swedes also lost Fredrik Pettersson to a broken hand.
I’ll post more stats regarding the game later this evening…For some reason, the IIHF’s stat sheet from the game is taking forever to update.
• According to Defending Big D’s Eric Bolen, Mike Modano’s bought into Steve Duchene’s CHL team, the Allen Americans;
• And here’s a big note: Team USA’s game against Canada tomorrow won’t air on the NBC Sports Network until 10:30 PM, but it is not taking place at noon EDT—if you want to catch a semi-legal stream thereof, the game begins at 8:15 M EDT, and I’ve changed the schedule post to reflect that.
Update: Aftonbladet’s Karlsson reports via Twitter that the team doctor believes that Ericsson’s hemorrhage might heal as early as tomorrow:
The doctor Waldebäck: “Jonathan Ericsson has a hemorrhage in the muscle. I hope he’s all right tomorrow.
So we’re not talking about a tournament-ending injury or anything.
Update #2 Grumble, via the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff:
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard got the win over former NHLer Cristobal Huet and Edmonton Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry, son of former Tigers pitcher Dan Petry, scored a goal as the United States opened the world hockey championship Friday with a 7-2 rout of France.
Is Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg down on Wings coach Mike Babcock? It sure sounds like it if you read between the lines of an answer he gave to St.nu’s Maria Nordstrom when asked to compare Babcock’s style to that of Per Marts, the coach of Sweden’s team at the world championship. “I think we’re playing a bit more aggressively (with Sweden),” is quoted as saying. “We don’t hold back anything – we can just go. That might be the biggest difference. In Detroit, maybe we’re thinking a little bit more defence than we do here. We’re allowed to do mistakes and still keep on playing.”
Update #3: Marie Hallman confirms that Ericsson suffered bleeding in one of his..cheeks, and that Dr. Waldeback did indeed suggest that Ericsson was held out for precautionary reasons and may play on Saturday.
Update #4: Oddly enough Cup-keeper Phil Pritchard spoke to The Hollywood Reporter’s Sophie Schillaci about the Stanley Cup’s encounters with Tinseltown stars (and there’s a video accompanying the story):
Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard—along with the Stanley Cup itself, in all its glory—stopped by the THR Cover Lounge to discuss Hollywood’s hockey obsession, recalling former Los Angeles Kings star Luc Robitaille and Southern Californian Chris Chelios’ time as Stanley Cup champions.
As is tradition, each member of the winning team is allowed one day to bring the Cup to their hometown. As the Cup’s keeper, Pritchard went along when Robitaille—who won the 2001-02 championship with the Detroit Red Wings—famously brought the trophy to the Hollywood sign and on the famed Universal Studios tram tour. He was also on hand when a beach party broke out a Chelios’ Malibu home just a few years ago.
“When a Stanley Cup party breaks out, you never know who’s gonna be there,” Pritchard said. “In the case a few years ago, Chris Chelios has a place down on the beach in Malibu, and a Cup party started inside and then ended up on the beach. Then, sure enough, wouldn’t you know it, some of Chris’ neighbors came by—Tom Hanks, Sylvester Stallone, John Cusack—they’re all friends with Chris, and obviously as they’re walking down the beach and the Stanley Cup is sitting there, it kind of becomes a focal point.
“Tom and Sylvester got their photos with Chris,” Pritchard added. “They became a part of the party for the night.”
Update #5: Stats are in for Sweden versus Norway:
Niklas Kronwall played 23:00 and took 3 shots;
Zetterberg had an assist, went 10-and-12 in the faceoff circle and took 9 shots in 19:27 played;
Franzen didn’t take a shot and won 2 faceoffs in 18:40 of ice time;
Jarnkrok had an assist went 7-and-4 in the faceoff circle and took a shot in 11:44 of ice time;
And Jonathan Ericsson played only 5:30 and took as hot before leaving the game after the 1st.
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