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The Grand Rapids Griffins may or may not have Stephen Weiss's services when they host the Chicago Wolves on Friday as Weiss was pulled out of the game due to "soreness" in his groin...
But Weiss's presence or absence didn't fare into the Griffins' inability to break a "goose egg" at home." Grand Rapids dropped a 2-1 decision to the Rockford IceHogs despite out-shooting Rockford 39-27, and the Griffins are now 0-and-3 at home.
The Griffins' website recapped the game...
Things were complicated. The Wings out-skated and out-played the Capitals by a wide margin in the 1st despite being out-shot 8-3 in the 1st, the Wings were just dreadful in the 2nd, surrendering a pair of PP-and-all-but-on-the-PP goals because their line changes were Chinese Fire Drills, and in the 3rd, when Mike Babcock decided to place Justin Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the same line--after a superb amount of work from one Jimmy Howard in the bail-out-your-team category--Pavel Datsyuk proved to be a far better judge of talent than we knew in aiding Abdelkader in the game-tying gaol, assisting on the game-winning goal and then scoring the salt-away marker.
Detroit took a 4-2 decision despite the fact that few Wings fans thought that the team had a chance to do more than steal a point after Troy Brouwer caught everyone but Howard staring at the puck with 58 seconds left in the 2nd...
Updated 3x at 10:40 PM: I don't want to speculate, but when I read these Tweets regarding Stephen Weiss's first "conditioning stint" game with the Grand Rapids Griffins, I cringe:
Will report more as able.
Update #2: UGH.
Because I'm too pissed off about this to rationally discuss it, I'll leave it to video.
Here is what happened when Braden Holtby tripped into the goalpost with Luke Glendening about ten feet away from him, and Drew Miller scored as a result:
And then Mike Babcock asked Pierre McGuire about the replay:
Thank you, Mike Leggo, for another Tomas Holmstrom-style, "If he is in the general vicinity of the net, CLEARLY the Wing committed some sort of goaltender interference penalty" call.
The Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno spoke with Mark, the Wings' director of pro scouting:
Gordie Howe has a long way to go to recover from a stroke he suffered over the weekend, his son said Wednesday amid an outpouring of support from the hockey community.
“Mr. Hockey” has shown some signs of improvement from what son Mark called a “pretty significant stroke” and is resting at his daughter Cathy’s home in Lubbock, Tex.
“It’s a difficult time for Dad,” Mark Howe said in a phone interview from Lubbock. “It definitely impacted his life, so we’re dealing with this, I think, as all families do and just trying to be there. The best thing we can do is just be here and be supportive and try to keep him in good spirits.”
And after examining the outpouring of support throughout the hockey world and from former Whalers owner Howard Baldwin and one Frank Mahovlich, Whyno concludes with this:
from Mike Vogel of Dump 'n Chase,
Trotz started coaching in the NHL in 1998-99 and Babcock came into the league a few years later. Trotz says he gets up a little bit more for games against other elite coaches in the NHL, but that layer of competition is in the background.
“Yeah, you do a little bit,” answers Trotz when asked whether he relishes the competition against the league’s established, elite coaches like Babcock. “That’s probably further down the line a little bit than just trying to get the two points for our team tonight. But I enjoy talking to Babs and we talk over the summer sometimes, or there are situations that come up in the league, and we’ll talk about it and we’ll pick people’s brains.
“The one thing I’ve learned from Babs is he always wants to get better. He’s a teacher by trade, so he’s an educator. But he’s also looking at the next best thing; trying to look at the game in a different way, where it’s going, why it’s going that way and how can you use it to your advantage. That’s a good quality for any coach. You don’t just stand still, you look at different ways of doing things.”
Over the years, Trotz has a 29-26-7 record against Babcock in their 62 previous NHL meetings. Trotz was 4-3-1 against Babcock when the latter was in Anaheim, and he is 25-23-6 against him as the Detroit coach.
more on the Capitals...
From the Red Wings:
STATEMENT FROM THE HOWE FAMILY
The Howe family would like to thank friends, family and fans for your overwhelming well-wishes, prayers and support for Gordie. He suffered a significant stroke on Sunday morning while at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas. His condition remains guarded, although he is showing some signs of improvement. We acknowledge that there is a long road to recovery ahead, but Dad's spirits are good and his competitive attitude remains strong.
For those wishing to send cards or letters of support to Gordie, please send to:
c/o Texas Trailer Corral
12207 HWY 87
Lubbock, TX 79423
I tried to jam this stuff into the game-day entry, but it really deserves its own blog post.
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff asked several Wings to weigh in on Gordie Howe's status and his influence upon the team:
“It’s sad news of the stroke and the family is all in there and we’re praying and hoping for a speedy recovery,” Babcock said. “He’s part of the Red Wings’ family. He’s a special, special man.”
Babcock fondly recollected his first meeting with Howe, though he’s certain Gordie wouldn’t.
“The first time I met him was in Saskatoon, but he wouldn’t remember that,” Babcock said. “I was just a little kid and he came over to Bruce’s mom’s place – that’s his sister – and you were just one of those kids who came by to get a look at Gordie Howe. So that was a special thing. But once I got here and got to know him, you feel real privileged to build a relationship with him.”
“Just like Ted Lindsay, they’re part of the locker room almost,” Detroit defenceman Niklas Kronwall said. “You can’t say enough good things about him. Just an amazing person, the way he handles himself, carries himself. I think that’s something that trickles down for us younger guys, that’s something we look up to and we want to be like that as well, how he handles himself in all situations. He’s definitely a role model for many, many people.”
Updated 10x at 2:57 PM: The Red Wings face a stiff test in Barry Trotz's Washington Capitals this evening (7:30 PM, NBCSN/TVA Sports/Sportsnet One/97.1 FM), and Tomas Tatar pretty much summarized the Wings' goals going into this game while speaking with MLive's Brendan Savage:
Washington ranks third in the NHL on the power play with seven goals in 27 chances (25.9 percent) while the Red Wings are No.1 on the penalty kill with a 96.2-percent success rate after allowing just one goal in 26 power plays.
"All the years that I've seen Washington, their power play has been very good," said forward Tomas Tatar. "Their first line is very good with lots of shooters, who are very good playmakers too. So it will be a very big challenge for our PK guys to try to stop it. On the other side we've been working on our power play, shooting more pucks, trying to get more pucks to the net. So we have to challenge ourselves more. We want to score more goals on the power play and help ourselves out a little bit during the game."
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