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added 2:22pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“I have to play a simple game, that's priority No. 1,'' Samuelsson said. “Just skate hard and hit guys. That's where I'm going to start, and hopefully I'll get a feel for the puck. … I can play hard around the puck. It doesn't matter how much (time) you missed.''
Samuelsson will play on the fourth line with Cory Emmerton and Patrick Eaves and, with his right-handed shot, man the right point on the second power-play unit, alongside Jakub Kindl.
“Unfortunately, I got injured, but that's nothing I think about right now,'' Samuelsson said. “Like everybody else, I come in here really excited about tonight. Playoffs is awesome. That's what I live and die for. It's going to be fun.''
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he made the change because “I just watched the game (Thursday) and I thought Sammy could help us.''
from Lis Dillman of the LA Times,
Boudreau addressed several topics in a media session here after the team arrived in Detroit: the slow starts in each period by the Ducks in Game 2 and allowing three power-play goals in the 5-4 overtime defeat.
"The Wings are a good team," he said. "We're not playing the Florida Panthers here. They're going to make you make mistakes and that's gonna happen."
Said Ducks center Saku Koivu: "You play every second day and have a travel day, so there's not a lot of time to really think about why it happened or what happened. You have to move on.
"You can't get, after a big win, emotionally too high. And same thing with a tough loss last night, you can't dwell on it too long."
more on the Ducks including Hiller will start again...
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Babcock said before the playoffs that signing DeKeyser was the reason the Wings reached the playoffs for a 22nd consecutive season.
“He’s a kid, don’t get me wrong, but he’s a good player, so that’s a big blow for our team,” Babcock said. “But there are other guys that have been working hard, Lash, Colaiacovo have been working like crazy, trying to get back in the lineup. One of them will be in.”
I reviewed last night's game and right before the Ducks 3rd goal DeKeyser was in the corner battling with Selanne and DeKeyser had his stick at a weird angle and then you see him twitch a bit, there was no slash involved.
Unfortunately, that is not part of the video below, but it does show him in some pain as he remained on the ice and you can see him grab for his right hand right after the goal.
from Craig Custance of ESPN (paid subscription),
On his second goal, he took a pass from Zetterberg behind Hiller and drove to the net untouched, stuffing it past the Ducks goalie. Franzen beat a stationary Winnik to the front of the net, proving how dangerous he can be in that spot if Ducks defenders don't put a body on him.
And that's the challenge moving forward for Anaheim. If it wants to slow down the Mule, he needs to fear more than pucks flying for his midsection or a quick shove after he scores a goal.
He's a big, powerful force, and he will continue to dominate down low if the Ducks don't raise their physical game to match it. Because there's no doubt Franzen has raised his already.
"When he gets his mean streak going, that's when he plays his best hockey. He can be a force out there when he's using his body," Howard said. "It's just the playoffs. He enjoys this time of year. He has a blast out there."
Per Fox Sports Detroit, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told John Keating that Danny DeKeyser suffered a broken thumb in the 3rd period of Game 2 between the Wings and Ducks and is done for the year.
I'm just gonna get this out here and write a quick take in a minute: the Red Wings absolutely blew a 3-goal lead and played awful hockey during the latter half of the 3rd period in Anaheim, from Jimmy Howard on out, but the Wings got a decisive power play going into OT and scored their 3rd early period PPG, with Gustav Nyquist scoring the gamer in a 5-4 OT win.
Detroit goes back to the Motor City tied 1-1, and it may have been ugly, but playoff hockey is about winning.
Incredibly worrisomely...according to FSD's Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, Danny DeKeyser didn't play after the Ducks' 4-2 goal in the 3rd period. After the game, Wings coach Mike Babcock told FSD's John Keating that DeKeyser suffered a broken thumb (via Teemu Selanne?) and is out for the playoffs.
Do you agree or disagree with Art Regner at FoxSports Detroit,
Perry, in trying to avoid Howard, leaped in air and clipped Howard in the face with his skate. Perry received a two-minute goalie-interference penalty, which the Wings squandered.
Howard appeared momentarily dazed but continued to play. After the game, he downplayed the incident.
"His skate just hit me in the face," Howard told reporters. "I was trying to get out of the way. It was nothing. It was harmless."
Thinking about it for the last couple of days, I believe Perry’s skate-scrape of Howard’s face was intentional and warranted a fine, maybe even a suspension.
In typical NHL fashion, the league did nothing because Howard wasn’t injured on the play.
more and if you need to review the play, watch the video below...
Detroit, MI...The Detroit Red Wings today announced that defenseman Nick Jensen has signed a two-year entry-level deal with the club. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
“We have to do a better job in our overall game,” Kronwall said. “There are a lot of things that we didn’t do that we have been doing over the last few weeks that got some wins and got us into the postseason. There are lot of things we can work on, one of them being moving the puck a lot better out of our own zone, getting through the neutral zone, and then, of course, spending more time in the O zone.”
The Ducks had success in Game 1 thanks in particular to veteran checker Saku Koivu, who did a masterful job leading his third-line shut-down group against Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, holding them off the scoreboard.
“That’s their matchup line, and we knew that was going to be against us,” Zetterberg said. “We can’t really get caught int he neutral zone. We’ve got to get pucks deep and play in their end. They’re playing good defense, so we’ve just got to be more creative and create better chances. There’s nothing on the rush, so you’ve got to spend time in their end. We need to sustain more pressure in their end.”
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