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from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
Mrazek couldn't be blamed for all five of Boston's goals – the most he has allowed in 39 games this season – since he was screened on a couple of them.
But it didn't matter since Detroit's six goals were a season high.
"You know at some point he's going to have a night where he doesn't execute at a great level and tonight was that night," said coach Jeff Blashill. "Our team was able to stay with it and find a way to get the win a little bit for him. The other thing I thought with Petr, I thought at the end he made big saves.
"He came to the bench after the fourth and the fifth and he kind of looked at me and smiled. I kind of looked at him and smiled. Because I know the one thing he does have is the ability to stay with things and I thought he continued to battle right to the end.
"Petr plays the game to win. He doesn't play for stats, he doesn't play for anything pretty, he plays to win and he found a way to win."
The Oakland Press's Pat Caputo suggests that the Red Wings' 6-5 victory over the Boston Bruins, in which both Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored 2 goals, emphasizes the need for roster reinforcement via trade (cap sense be damned?):
They do have needs. The Red Wings need a solid, stay-at-home defenseman, preferably one with size, and a bigger forward with the grit and guile to score goals inside.
The pipe dream of many Red Wings fans is they will land Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos. A far more likely scenario has the Red Wings acquiring talent such as Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin or Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd, a tough left winger both mentally and physically, the latter slated to be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Ladd, 30, can score inside. He does set up in front of the net. He is capable of helping the Red Wings get more “dirty” goals, the type which mean so much during the postseason. At this stage, the Red Wings are too dependent on skill.
And Ladd played significant roles on Stanley Cup-winning teams with Carolina and Chicago.
The Red Wings have traditionally made trades at the deadline. Yet, in recent years, they have been more tweaks than major moves. The time has come for significant deals by general manager Ken Holland. There might be no better time than now.
Caputo continues, but I've got to respectfully disagree here.
Looking at the roster in four dimensions--including time--and the Wings have to find the cap space to accommodate Justin Abdelkader's $4.25 million salary, to re-sign Danny DeKeyser, Petr Mrazek, Alexey Marchenko and Riley Sheahan as restricted free agents. Even if the team trades Jimmy Howard, it's going to have to take money and/or a back-up goaltender back in the equation...And I don't know how adding a player makes cap sense long-term, especially if you're talking about someone with a $5-6 million salary in the offing like Ladd.
I see it making even less sense in terms of the assets the Wings would have to surrender for a rental like Ladd. When you see what Mattias Janmark is doing in Dallas, and you know that the Wings would have to give up serious assets for Ladd, that makes me incredibly uncomfortable with the proposition.
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins finished a 3-games-in-3-nights weekend going 1-and-2, blowing a 2-0 lead, despite Jared Coreau stopping 32 of 36 shots, en route to a 4-2 loss to the Rockford IceHogs. The Griffins' website posted a recap:
Detroit sits a point above the Bruins in the Atlantic Division and only 3 behind the Florida Panthers with tomorrow's road matinee (it's President's Day) against the Islanders to go (1 PM EST start on FSD/MSG Plus/NHL Network/97.1 FM), wrapping up their 3-games-in-4-nights stretch....
And the Wings went 4-0-and-1 on their 5-game home stand, earning 9 of a possible 10 points over the past 9 afternoons and evenings. Detroit's digging its heels into an Atlantic Division playoff spot, and there was good news after the game regarding Pavel "901 points" Datsyuk and Gustav Nyquist:
AWood40 posted a clip of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Darren Helm's goals, including the 1st Datsyuk goal, which was his 900th NHL point:
Datsyuk addressed his milestone while speaking with the Free Press's George Sipple...
The Red Wings were up a creek against the Boston Bruins, having lost 6 straight and 11 of 12 games total against a Bruins team that hadn't loss to the Wings since Game 2 of the 2014 playoffs, and Detroit faced a Tuuka Rask-and-company Bruins roster that boasted a 6-game road winning streak coming into today's game.
In theory, this game looked like another predictable Boston win, even without Patrice Bergeron; in practice...
Hell, I'm writing this just after the Wings won 6-5, and I don't have an answer for you as to what I just witnessed. The Red Wings received sub-standard goaltending from Petr Mrazek, they received amazing performances from Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk (2 goals and an assist apiece), Darren Helm (2 goals), Alexey Marchenko, Danny DeKeyser and Brad Richards (2 assists), somehow, Dylan Larkin finished at -2, Gustav Nyquist eked his way through the game after getting kneed by Matt Beleskey, and Datsyuk scooted at the end of the game, sending shudders through the fan base...
As the Wings surrendered and then rallied from multiple-goal deficits, blew a 5-4 lead and managed to rally to chase Tuukka Rask and hold onto a 6-5 lead for 13 long third period minutes.
This was ugly, baffling, frustrating, confusing and difficult to endure, but it was a huge win against the Bruins, too, and that's what matters.
Updated 6x at 2:53 PM: Per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...
blashill: ericsson tried to go this morning. could not. day to day.
The Red Wings...
MLive's Ansar Khan...
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. Here's the Red Wings' Game Day Preview video:
2. CBS Sports' Chris Peters is picking the Wings to win today:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The ideal fourth line is hard to play against, responsible defensively and chips in the occasional goal.
The Detroit Red Wings haven't gotten that from their fourth line this season, but coach Jeff Blashill hopes the recently formed trio of Darren Helm, Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan can be a much-needed energy line.
"We put it together with the idea that we wanted an identity on that line," Blashill said. "They all play a similar-type game, they're all real good defensively, they can be physical, they have offense in them. They're a good, grinding-type line."
Blashill said the inspiration for that line came from watching the Tampa Bay Lightning's Valtteri Filppula, J.T. Brown and Ryan Callahan play well against the Red Wings on Feb. 3.
The Red Wings face the Boston Bruins today (
3:00 3:30 PM EST on NBC/TVA Sports/97.1 FM) both facing up at the Bruins in the Atlantic Division standings--where the 30-19-and-6 Bruins sit one point ahead of the 28-18-and-9 Wings' 65 points--and facing an uphill climb as the Wings haven't beaten the Bruins in six games.
When did the Wings last defeat the Bruins? Game 2 of the 2014 playoffs. Before and after that game, Boston's won 10 of 11 meetings between the two teams.
The Bruins are coming in with an impressive 6-game road winning streak as well, having most recently defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Saturday, and the ever-charming Brad Marchand has goals in 12 of his past 12 games.
In front of Jonas Gustavsson, and minus Patrice "body injury" Bergeron, the Bruins delivered Claude Julien's 500th coaching win on Saturday; the B's credited their absent captain for bearing down on the Wild, as BostonBruins.com's Caryn Switaj noted:
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