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Wings Keep Winning At Home, 22 In a Row

Paul here subbing for George who should be back very soon…

With 6 seconds left in regulation and the scored tied…

Wings win 2-1.

More video will be added below when available…

Franzen scores to make it 1-0 Wings.

You had a feeling Datsyuk was going to have one of those nights.

Game Highlights

 

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the last goal by Datsyuk was all game in the making. were there two no look passes from TPH and Z to get the puck to the magic man??

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/18/12 at 02:19 AM ET

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the last goal by Datsyuk was all game in the making. were there two no look passes from TPH and Z to get the puck to the magic man??

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/17/12 at 11:19 PM ET

There was.  And even though he was on the bench, you know damn well Bert was playing that out in his mind with a blind spin o rama backhander to Pav

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/18/12 at 02:24 AM ET

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Yeah. Those passes were something else!

Posted by Elliot on 02/18/12 at 02:29 AM ET

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Jesus balls.  What a night for the leading Hart contender.  How much do the hockey gods love the Red Wings?

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/18/12 at 02:44 AM ET

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And let us also take note of the D pairing on the ice for both Wings goals. None other than Weber and Suter. Suter got absolutely owned by Pavel. I am so happy.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 02/18/12 at 02:48 AM ET

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Speaking of D…MLive reporting Wings have made an offer for Kubina.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/18/12 at 03:40 AM ET

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Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 02/18/12 at 12:40 AM ET

Hmmm, curious what the offer was…

Posted by Garth on 02/18/12 at 04:22 AM ET

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Well, it’s the morning after and I still cannot believe that last play by TPH, Z and Magic Pav. And yeah, the fact that Pav deked around Suter made it even sweeter.

And JoeyMac! 

I’m simply blown away.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/18/12 at 11:33 AM ET

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“I think it was a sniper that shoot me in the leg in the corner,” Datsyuk joked. “I fall. That’s why I pull the puck back with my stick. I just throw it to the middle. Bert (Bertuzzi) got it. We’re still looking (for the sniper). We have to watch, see what happened.”

Appreciate Dats, fans, appreaciate him while you have him. I get the same feeling when he gets the puck that I do when I would watch Barry Sanders get the ball. You hold your breath and expect a highlight play.

Posted by Bugsy on 02/18/12 at 01:11 PM ET

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Sit down Bubba.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/18/12 at 01:26 PM ET

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Didn’t get to watch the game last night, so I just watched highlights on the NHL site.

No question, this team is for real. Datsyuk’s game-winner sends chills down the spine.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/18/12 at 01:38 PM ET

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42jeff, here’s another link about Kubina

http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/14742/daily-debate-trade-floodgates-open

Posted by Bugsy on 02/18/12 at 01:48 PM ET

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That was the best game I’ve watched all season. Very exciting. Datsyuk was at the top of his game.

Posted by awould on 02/18/12 at 01:49 PM ET

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I have NHL Center Ice and last night I was sure I was going to watch the Detroit telecast. However, after some confusion, (The Pistons game was being carried) the feed I finally got was from the Predators telecast.
I would have loved to hear Ken and Mickey call that game live. I have, however, watched the replays umpteenth times this morning with Ken and Mickey.
If that wasn’t the most exciting finish in this record breaking run, I don’t know what was.

Posted by Jerome from Canada on 02/18/12 at 02:58 PM ET

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From the Tampa Bay Times about Kubina:

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/tampa-bay-lightning-d-pavel-kubina-asked-to-waive-no-trade-clause/1215723

“Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman on Wednesday indicated he will be a seller at the Feb. 27 trade deadline. He took the first step in by asking defenseman Pavel Kubina to submit a list of five teams to which he would accept a trade. Kubina’s limited no-trade clause provides for that parameter.

Yzerman would not say if a trade is imminent, but did say that “until the situation is resolved” and “to protect our interests” Kubina will not be on the ice and will not play in tonight’s game with the Sharks.

“This doesn’t make it official the sale is on,” he said. “We’re not going to give people away, but if deals make sense and whatever we’re bringing in makes us a better organization, we’ll do that. But we’re not going to unload guys for the sake of unloading them.”“

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“Stanley Cup teams in the market for defensemen include the Rangers, to whom Kubina has been most strongly linked, the Flyers, Bruins and Red Wings. It would not be crazy to think Kubina might agree to go to the Panthers, given how much he likes living in Florida.

“Of course,” center Steven Stamkos said when asked if Kubina would be a good addition. “He’s been playing really good lately. He has confidence. He’s big. He’s strong. He’s poised with the puck. He won before (2004 with Tampa Bay) and knows what it takes. We’ll see if something gets done here.”

Kubina, 34, has three goals, 11 points and 59 penalty minutes in 52 games this season and is plus-1 while averaging 19:54 of ice time. He has slowed a step but would be a terrific fit for a Stanley Cup team, especially if in a No. 5 or 6 position. Clearly, though, he doesn’t fit into the Lightning’s long-term plan.”

I hope you’re doing better after the hearing, George. You sounded miserable at first on Twitter.

Posted by Bugsy on 02/18/12 at 03:20 PM ET

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From the other side:

http://predators.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=617542

“Despite the heart-breaking ending for the Nashville Predators and their fans, Friday night’s road game against the Detroit Red Wings was a thrilling, evenly matched barn-burner—until Pavel Datsyuk’s individual effort beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne with 5.8 seconds left to give the home side a 2-1 regulation win.

The first-period was fast-paced with few whistles. Nashville held its own on enemy ice, creating breakaways for Gabriel Bourque and Ryan Suter in the first 12 minutes. But it was a diving play by Pavel Datsyuk that ultimately led to Johan Franzen’s goal to put Detroit up 1-0 at 12:44.

Nashville responded with a rock-solid second period in which one felt it was just a matter of time before the Preds tied the game. Near the 13:00 mark of the period, Suter intercepted an outlet pass from Red Wings goaltender Joey MacDonald and put it right back on net, forcing MacDonald to answer with a huge save. A minute later, MacDonald stymied Martin Erat on a breakaway set up by Sergei Kostitsyn. But at 14:58, the building momentum crescendoed with a Nick Spaling goal that evened the game heading to the third.

The teams traded quality chances in the third. But as the clock wound down to the final minutes of regulation, Detroit seemed to gain momentum. Rinne came up with some huge saves, but another impressive individual effort by Datsyuk culminated in his wrist shot that beat Rinne high with 5.8 seconds remaining.”

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“TIME OUT: In a testament to Nashville’s play, Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock used his team’s lone timeout at 6:12 of the second period. Nashville started the period with a good power play as Detroit’s Niklas Lidstrom sat in the penalty box for tripping early in the second. Moments later, Martin Erat and Mike Fisher led a rush that ended with trailer Ryan Ellis firing a slapshot that was turned aside by goaltender Joey MacDonald. With Nashville outshooting the home side 3-0 early in the middle frame, Babcock didn’t like what he was seeing. Despite his team’s 1-0 lead, the coach called for the 30-second break to settle and redirect his troops.

LASSOED BY TOOTOO: Predators forward Jordin Tootoo has been known for delivering huge hits, but it was a more restrained bump and ensuing takeaway from defenseman Jakub Kindl deep in the Detroit zone that set up Nick Spaling for a second-period goal that tied Friday’s game at 1-1. It was great to see Tootoo rewarded for his plays made behind the opposing net, as he’s been setting up his linemates with prime chances in the slot over the past several games.”

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“Associate Coach Peter Horachek: “We know that they’re good in this building. It’s a hard building to play in, but 1-1 going into the third period is one of the best situations you can be in. They’re going to feel a little bit of the pressure. But I thought in the second period we were much better because we had much much better energy than we did in the first period and there were a lot of little things we did better.”“

Posted by Bugsy on 02/18/12 at 03:30 PM ET

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From NHL.com:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020862

“(Suter) was in a tough situation,” said Datsyuk, whose goal gave Zetterberg his 600th career point in a game that he played through a lower-body injury that nearly kept him out. “I wanted to go forward and [Suter] wanted to go forward. [Zetterberg] made a good play. Perfect pass. When I jumped on the side, I knew I had to shoot because I didn’t know how much time was left.”

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Are the Wings still surprised at times by the stuff Datsyuk does?

“Yeah, you are,” said Zetterberg, who was moved from center of the second line to Datsyuk’s left wing on the top line in the third for the first time in months. “You see him in practice too, doing things, and all of a sudden he does them in games and pulls them off. He makes big goals and big plays, and it’s fun to see. We’ll probably see more things, too.”

It wasn’t just a pretty play by Datsyuk that won it, though. The final scoring play started with a nice backhand pass by Lidstrom to Zetterberg off a bouncing puck in the neutral zone – in a game that Lidstrom took a shot by Mike Fisher off the inner portion of his left ankle early in the third and left the game for a few minutes.

Lidstrom said he wasn’t too concerned about the aching ankle lingering; instead, he let the memorable finish do the lingering for him.

“You know it’s not a whole lot left on the clock, so you just try to get it up quick to one of our guys,” Lidstrom said of his pass. “Pav was timing it perfectly, too. He came with speed and the D couldn’t really close the gap on him and I think that’s why Pav could make that move on him.”

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, while unimpressed by his team’s effort for much of the game, was relieved to have his stars deliver yet another win to keep Detroit on top of the League standings.

“They were good players in [at] the end,” Babcock said. “Nick didn’t clean the puck off. He got it right up. [Zetterberg] checked his shoulder before he got it and Pavel did the rest. That’s what good players do.”

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“You’ve just got to manage the game,” Trotz said. “Fifteen seconds to go, the most dangerous guy on the ice. You knew that puck’s going to him somewhere. Just play him straight up. You’ve just got to be aware of where he is and be a little tighter to him. Haul him down. Do something.”

Rinne was equally disappointed. Was there anything he could’ve done to stop Datsyuk in that situation?

“Yeah, there is,” he said. “To make the save … but he made a good shot. He had good speed and a partial breakaway and just put the game away. It was a pretty nice effort from him.”

Posted by Bugsy on 02/18/12 at 03:33 PM ET

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One more: TSN story has link to 3 videos related to the Nashville game. One is a game summary, one is an analysis of the winning goal. The third one involves Bobby Clarke being asked about the Philadelphia streak vs. the Wings streak: Let’s say Clarke doesn’t take the bait

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=388142

Get well, George!

Posted by Bugsy on 02/18/12 at 03:37 PM ET

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There have bee a number of games this year where the 3rd and 4th lines have been the best of the game.  But the top guys really came through last night.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 02/18/12 at 03:43 PM ET

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Two last articles:

Grantland with Katie Baker’s weekly NHL column:
http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7583076/coldhearted-red-wings-win-streak-looming-trades-rest-week-nhl

Even before the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Dallas Stars 3-1 at the Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday for their 21st straight win at home and set a new NHL record, there were many out there making it loudly known that their accomplishment was no good. After all, the two previous teams to have won 20 straight games at home did so in the good old days, when real men played without helmets and were secure enough to let games end in a tie. But because this year’s Red Wings padded their streak with a handful of wins in the gimmicky, post-lockout shootout era, the argument goes, they deserve a big asterisk.

Now, I should note our points of comparison here: The 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers, and the fabled Boston Bruins squad of … 1929-30. A true apples-to-apples comparison right off the bat. As Rob Pizzo writes, those old Bruins also benefited from a number of newfangled rule changes: “The year the Bruins set their record, the ice surface was expanded to 200 feet x 65 feet, offside was implemented, and players were now allowed forward passing in the offensive zone (lucky them!) ... Should the Bruins be saddled with an ‘*’?”

Actually, the easiest way to deflate the Red Wings’ new accomplishment — and it is quite an accomplishment, especially in an era of such parity and because their All-Star goalie Jimmy Howard was out with a broken finger for the tail end of it — isn’t to complain that they can’t possibly equate to old Depression-era Bruins teams, but rather to demonstrate that they can’t even live up to their own franchise’s greatness. “Someone will say I’m parade-raining,” tweeted one Red Wings blogger, “but this is just to my amazement: Wings still have to go 12-1-1 just to tie ‘96 Wings’ home record (36-3-2).” It’s an incredible stat, and it goes to show just how top-notch an organization the Red Wings have been for so long. (Amazingly, there are still ties to that 96 squad: Nicklas Lidstrom was on that team, though Tomas Holmstrom didn’t turn up until the following year.)

The Red Wings are sometimes accused of being too professional, veering on the robotic: Their locker room isn’t known to be filled with the colorful quotes that come out of, say, Boston or Vancouver. But they still manage to have their fun, and the mood these days is particularly high. On Monday, after they had tied the record, some team pranksters taped up Johan Franzen’s locker stall during a morning skate. “The good thing about Mule is he doesn’t get mad,” Mike Babcock said with rare mirth.1

It was reminiscent of another tape-happy moment early in the season, in which Jonathan Ericsson blocked off his stall from the encroaching media, leading Babcock to wonder if someone had died. That’s just like these Red Wings, though, isn’t it? They’re protecting their territory even when they’re just joking around.


and this from Pierre LeBrun’s rants weekly Rants column 5 days ago:

http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/14624/rant-answers-caps-fans-blame-ovi-coach


back2back0809: I’m tired of hearing how Detroit’s .500 road record isn’t good enough for the playoffs! When you’re dang near perfect at home you can afford to have that record and this formula will win playoff series. Detroit is almost a guarantee to be a top two seed in the West, insuring them of home ice for the first two rounds. Just look at the standings, there isn’t a whole lot of teams that have a great road record. It’s tough to win on the road in the NHL, just ask the last 20 teams that visited the Joe.

My take: Bingo, well said. With the Wings headed for a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the West, their dominance at home will be a nice weapon come playoff time. And in my mind, not enough is being said about the Wings tying the all-time home winning streak at 20 games. This is a superb achievement. Yes, I know, the advent of the shootout has forced a result each and every night and that wasn’t the case before 2005. But I would argue what makes Detroit’s streak so darn impressive is that never before has the NHL had this much parity. I mean, the difference between the best team in the league and the worst is not that great at all. That wasn’t the case before 2005 and certainly not in the 1970s and 1980s, when the powerhouses hammered the lightweights night in and night out. Point being, the Wings winning 20 straight at home in an age in which the rosters are so closely matched on talent—well that’s an amazing feat.

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back2back0809: I’m tired of hearing how Detroit’s .500 road record isn’t good enough for the playoffs! When you’re dang near perfect at home you can afford to have that record and this formula will win playoff series. Detroit is almost a guarantee to be a top two seed in the West, insuring them of home ice for the first two rounds. Just look at the standings, there isn’t a whole lot of teams that have a great road record. It’s tough to win on the road in the NHL, just ask the last 20 teams that visited the Joe.

My take: Bingo, well said. With the Wings headed for a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the West, their dominance at home will be a nice weapon come playoff time. And in my mind, not enough is being said about the Wings tying the all-time home winning streak at 20 games. This is a superb achievement. Yes, I know, the advent of the shootout has forced a result each and every night and that wasn’t the case before 2005. But I would argue what makes Detroit’s streak so darn impressive is that never before has the NHL had this much parity. I mean, the difference between the best team in the league and the worst is not that great at all. That wasn’t the case before 2005 and certainly not in the 1970s and 1980s, when the powerhouses hammered the lightweights night in and night out. Point being, the Wings winning 20 straight at home in an age in which the rosters are so closely matched on talent—well that’s an amazing feat.


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The leadership has to start with your franchise player and Alex Ovechkin continues to be inconsistent this season. Let me put it to you this way, I asked an NHL scout to rank the following four Russian stars recently, Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk. And he answered, “Really close between Datsyuk and Malkin, they’re 1a and 1b, then it’s Kovalchuk, and Ovechkin a distant fourth.”


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elenchus23: I brought this up earlier but it bears repeating so people stop making assumptions. The Western Conference is no longer better than the Eastern Conference. They are practically equal in points per game. Second, the EC teams have allowed well over 100 more goals than the WC teams. I don’t know if that has to do with better goaltending/defense in the WC, or better shooters in the EC, or a combination thereof. I am just tired about hearing that the WC is better/more competitive when they really aren’t this year. Not to mention the Atlantic is the best division in hockey by a good margin, so the Rangers deserve to be No. 1 in the rankings…and I’m a Wings fan.

My take: Totally disagree. There remains more elite teams in the West than the East. To me, the top Cup contenders at this point, in no particular, are Rangers, Red Wings, Sharks, Bruins, Canucks and Blues.
The second level of contenders I would slot are the Predators, Flyers, Penguins and Blackhawks.

Bottom line? That’s six from the West overall and four from the East. That’s good enough for me to say the West remains stronger.
And yes, the Atlantic Division is very, very strong, but I still think the Central Division is tops in the NHL this season.

folksed: I’m not one of those blowhards who thinks that Shannahan or anyone at the NHL ever thinks “That would have been a suspension, but it was a Red Wing that made the hit” or “I wasn’t going to suspend him, but he hit a Red Wing.”

But even still, there is the appearance of favoritism toward Detroit. As a Blues fan, I wasn’t overly upset that Ian Cole was suspended in late December for his hit on Justin Abdelkader (although three games seemed a bit much for a first time offender). But, I had a huge problem with the NHL not even reviewing a nearly identical hit by Datsyuk on Jackman the very same week.

Now, Zac Rinaldo is being suspended for a pretty marginal hit against, you guessed it, a Red Wing. The first angle I saw looks like he gets the head, but when you see it from the side angle, it’s pretty clear to me that he just gets him high on the chest and it was Ericsson’s fault for not looking where he was going.

Again, I don’t think there’s a conscious bias, but the way suspensions are levied, there is an appearance of favoritism. Do you agree? And, if so, what do you think the NHL could do to fix it? I think they should review more hits. Now that Shannahan is explaining his rationale for suspensions, I for one would have at least liked an explanation on why the NHL thought Cole’s hit was a suspension but Dasyuk’s was not.

My take: For the last time, I don’t believe for a second the league shows any kind of bias toward or against any team. That’s conspiracy stuff, and it’s silly. And by the way, remember when Brendan Smitth got nailed with an eight-game suspension on Sept. 30? It was for three preseason games plus five regular-season games. The Wings were mighty upset with that one.

Posted by Bugsy on 02/18/12 at 04:14 PM ET

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Looks like scratch Kubina off the list:

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/7590062/source-philadelphia-flyers-acquire-pavel-kubina-two-draft-picks

Posted by Bugsy on 02/18/12 at 11:05 PM ET

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