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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Rangers: discord, dispute and a whole lotta Howard = clutch win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings played an incredibly predictable game for their "1st Game Back From a West Coast Trip," sloppily stumbling, fumbling and flailing their way toward a 2-1 OT win over the New York Rangers.

It was ugly, it was certainly a case of the Wings playing almost injuriously-to-self self-defeating hockey, and the Wings required both Jimmy Howard's spectacular 39-save performance and da whole lot of patience in dealing with a Rangers team, coach and NBCSN broadcast team that protested for calls so vehemently and against goals so vehemently that it was worse than reading my Twitter feed when the Wings get a goal called off (ha)...

But sometimes you win sloppy games by leaning all over your own damn goalie and scoring the gamer in OT when the other team's captain trips over his own goalie and comes up angry because there was nobody to blame but himself for Marek Zidlicky's game-winner.

And especially given how the Rangers scored with feet in Jonas Gustavsson's crease and Jonas Gustavsson's left arm out of its shoulder socket the last time these teams met in OT, it felt damn good to see the Rangers were the ones going away angry.

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Matt Martin suspended for 1 game

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the NHL:


 NEW YORK (March 4, 2015) -- New York Islanders forward Matt Martihas been suspended for one game, without pay, for kneeing Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley during NHL Game No. 948 in Dallas on Tuesday, March 3, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 1:48 of the first period. Martin was assessed a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Martin will forfeit $5,376.34. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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I Really Like Our Team

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

Well, the deadline passed and KH did pretty good. The 19 seem to be satisfied with the addition of Cole and Zidlicky. This move is one that looks to make our Team better right now, and, going forward into the remainder of the regular season, while hoping to have a good, deep post season run. No blockbuster deals, just deals that make sense. A couple of solid players with one that brings much needed size up front, and the other being the righty on D.

Tonight we face the Rangers and they are still chugging along quite well without their #1 Lundqvist in between the pipes. Cam Talbot has filled in very well for the ailing Lundqvist.  They are currently sitting at second in the Metropolitan with 84 points. Still, a tough Team to go up against no matter who they put on the ice.

Tonight is another Rivalry Night game, but I don't care, cause we had a nice surprise visit from our Chief the other day, and, I really like our Team.

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Slava Fetisov discusses Red Army documentary on the NHL Live

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Slava Fetisov will appear on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart tonight at 11 PM EST on Comedy Central, and Fetisov, who serves as the protagonist of the Gabe Polsky documentary Red Army, appeared on the NHL Live for a full 20 minutes, discussing the film and being himself as Steve Mears and EJ Hradek tried to interview him:

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Evening news: Zetterberg cleared to play; on Cole, game notes, Marchenko and yes, more Babcock talk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

It's a little early for a "mad dash," but here are a few more stories regarding the Red Wings and their match-up with the Rangers this evening (8 PM EST ON NBCSN/Sportsnet One/97.1 FM; don't forget that Slava Fetisov will appear on The Daily Show at 11 PM, too) that didn't make the morning skate or game day entries.

First and foremost, as the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa confirms that Henrik Zetterberg passed his baseline neurological test and will play tonight:

Henrik Zetterberg, who appeared in 57 of the Red Wings' 61 games before Jamie Benn of the Stars punched him twice in the head on Feb. will return to the lineup Wednesday night against the Rangers.

Zetterberg had been out with concussion-like symptoms.

In the sixth season of a 12-year contract, Zetterberg, 34, is two points behind the team leader, Pavel Datsyuk, in points with 49 (15 goals, 34 assists).

As Paul noted, Erik Cole told DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose that he's nervous about making his Wings debut this evening, and he issued similar comments to NHL.com's Paul Harris...

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Ken Holland appears on The Huge Show, talking trades and more for 20 minutes

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on WBBL's Huge Show with Bill Simonson on Wednesday afternoon, and Holland discussed the Wings' trade deadline acquisitions and much, much more over the course of a 20-minute interview:

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David Clarkson Out 4-6 Weeks With Torn Oblique Muscle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a torn oblique muscle suffered in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Clarkson, 30, collected 14 penalty minutes in three games with the Blue Jackets after being acquired by the club on February 26 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton. He has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 969 penalty minutes in 547 career NHL games, including 10-5-15 and 106 penalty minutes in 61 games this season.

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Old School NHL- When Wings’ Trainer “Lefty” Wilson Played Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The obituary of Ross Ingram "Lefty" Wilson on November 9, 2002.  Written by Richard Goldstein of the New York Times.

Wilson was the long-time trainer for the Detroit Red Wings,

Wilson, who served as a Red Wings trainer from 1950 to 1982, exchanged his stitching thread for a goaltender's stick on the rare occasions when a goalie was hurt and could not stay in a game.

In the 1950's, N.H.L. teams carried only one goaltender. An emergency backup -- often an amateur goalie -- was kept on hand to complete games when either team's goalie was sidelined.

Wilson, who had played in the minors briefly and served as a goalie in Red Wings practices, made his N.H.L. debut on Oct. 10, 1953. He replaced Wings goaltender Terry Sawchuk, a Hall of Famer, whose kneecap was slashed by one of Maurice Richard's skates in the third period at the Montreal Forum.

The Canadiens won, 4-1, but Wilson made two especially difficult saves. He entertained fans with his chatter and did not allow a goal in 16 minutes.

On Jan. 22, 1956, he substituted for ailing Harry Lumley of the Toronto Maple Leafs, another Hall of Famer, and played 13 minutes, again without permitting a goal. But he was on the losing side once more, this time a 4-1 Wings victory.

Wilson's longest stint came on Dec. 29, 1957, when he played for 52 minutes as a Bruin, replacing goalie Don Simmons, who separated a shoulder. Wilson allowed one goal in Boston's 2-2 tie with Detroit.


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Erik Cole Ready For His Game In The Winged Wheel

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

 Erik Cole expects a few anxious moments before he makes his Red Wings debut tonight at Joe Louis Arena.
“For sure. Absolutely,” said Cole when asked if he’ll be nervous before puck drop. “It’s an exciting moment for me to play for this organization. It’s just a great opportunity.”

One of the newest members of the team, Cole is familiar with joining a new team for the stretch run to the regular season. The 36-year-old Cole was part of two deadline deals since 2008-09 – first from Edmonton back to Carolina – the team that originally drafted him in 1998 – and to Dallas from Montreal.

“You know a bit more about what to expect, so that helps for sure,” Cole said. “Just being an older player and being comfortable with my surroundings, wherever that may be, you find your way and deal with it as it comes. When you get to the rink, lots of times that’s the easy part.”


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Report- Newly Acquired Brett Connolly Suffers A Broken Hand In Boston Practice Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 3:36pm,


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