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Steve Ott’s Weekend

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Steve Ott's best game as a Detroit Red Wing came against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Ott had a goal and an assist in Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.

Ott played a key role on the penalty kill, which went 4-for-4, including two big kills in the third period. He provided a physical presence, as he usually does, with a game-high six hits. He won 3-of-4 faceoffs.

You could say he had a weekend Gordie Howe Hat Trick, after his fight with Brooks Orpik during the third period of Saturday's 3-2 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena. Ott took a beating in that bout, but he showed once again his willingness to step up for teammates.

"He was excellent on the weekend," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Even when he's not playing he brings tons. He has a way as a player to help with a veteran group to hold people accountable. I thought his physicality on the weekend was great. I thought his defensive play and his play on the PK was great. I thought he did an excellent job just his five-on-five play and then he's just got a great way about him in the locker room. He's a great asset to our hockey team."

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 2, Washington 1
Detroit 5, PITTSBURGH 2
Winnipeg 3, OTTAWA 2
NY ISLANDERS 6, New Jersey 4
Chicago 5, BUFFALO 1
Nashville 4, COLUMBUS 3
Toronto 4, CAROLINA 0
Tampa Bay 3, COLORADO 2 (OT)
Boston 2, SAN JOSE 1 (OT)
ANAHEIM 1, Los Angeles 0
Philadelphia 3, VANCOUVER 2
 
KANE REACHES 20-GOAL MARK IN BLACKHAWKS’ WIN
Patrick Kane (1-1—2) scored his 20th goal of the season to help the Blackhawks pick up their sixth consecutive road win.
 

 

 
* Elias notes that Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.) became the first American-born player in NHL history to score 20 or more goals in each of his first 10 seasons. The only other American-born player to register 10 or more consecutive 20-goal campaigns at any time during his NHL career was Keith Tkachuk (Melrose, Mass.), who did so in 12 straight seasons from 1992-93 to 2003-04.
 
* Elias adds that Kane became the fifth player in Blackhawks history to reach the 20-goal mark in 10 or more seasons, joining Stan Mikita (14), Bobby Hull (13), Steve Larmer (11) and Denis Savard (10). Kane also joined Savard (1980-81 to 1989-90) as the only players in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in each of their first 10 NHL seasons.

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Prospect news: Walleye win in Missouri; Larsson stops 20

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

In the prospect department:

In the ECHL, Dane Walters had a goal and 2 assists, Mike Borkowski had a goal and an assist and Jeff Lerg stopped 25 shots as the Toledo Walleye defeated the Missouri Mavericks 4-1. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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The overnight report: Red Wings wrap-up: Wings are building…if only for pride’s sake

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings' 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins may or may not have anything to do with an incredibly unlikely playoff run, but it certainly felt good for Red Wings fans to see Detroit beat both Washington and Pittsburgh this weekend, and the way in which the Wings snapped a 5-game winless streak did wonders for the mood in Detroit's locker room.

I don't know if the Wings are going to be able to make a dramatic, nearly vertical uphill playoff push--I doubt it, honestly--but at this point, as a fan as much as anything, I'm hoping that they finish the season playing their best, and I'm hoping that the team gives the younger players winning lessons to learn from as the next generation prepares to take over next season (Lordy, let that be the plan...).

Whatever happens, especially at the deadline (see: selling), I hope that the team stays positive, win, lose or learn (hopefully lots of learning, no matter what), and as long as the Wings try their best, this non-"tanking is best" fan will be satisfied with whatever the outcome is for a team most probably headed to the World Championships after the regular season is over.

[edit: see: AWood40's annotated highlight clip below:

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Hope in the room is--at its heart, and perhaps most importantly--a relief for a weary fan base right now, and while it may be "false hope," at this point, having anything to believe in, even some pride in trying to finish out the season strong.

Just as fittingly, the Wings' win on Sunday gave Pittsburgh fits. It certainly pissed off the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Cook, who lamented the Penguins' loss to the "Lowly Wings"...

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Video- Jacob Trouba Two Minutes For Illegal Check To The Head

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You make the call.

 

added 11:41 pm, the NHL did make a call:

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Red Wings-Penguins quick take: good feeling

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to take out a Pittsburgh Penguins team with a 24-3-3 home record this season, with Detroit aiming for an unlikely win on a day in which Sidney Crosby would be honored for reaching 1,000 points.

The Wings won 5-2, defeating the Penguins and Capitals on back-to-back outings, and it felt really good to see the Wings be able to go toe-to-toe with the league's best, even if the wins are inconsequential over the long haul.

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Dave Strader Will Call Boston/Dallas Game On NBC Next Sunday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DALLAS, Texas - The Dallas Stars, in conjunction with NBC, announced today that Dave Strader and Daryl "Razor" Reaugh will call the Dallas Stars vs. Boston Bruins contest on Sunday, Feb. 26. Strader will provide play-by-play, and Reaugh and Brian Boucher will serve as the color analysts for the nationally televised game on NBC.  The game is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. CT puck drop at American Airlines Center.

Strader, who returned to the broadcast booth for the Stars current five-game homestand, continues his fight against cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer. His treatment schedule afforded him the opportunity to travel to Dallas and return to the booth and he called his first game in 283 days last night against Tampa Bay.  Following the Stars games vs. Pittsburgh on Feb. 28 and vs. New York Islanders on March 2, he will return to upstate New York to continue his treatment.

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Praising the Wings’ ‘best player,’ Henrik Zetterberg

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill praised the Wings' best player this season, Henrik Zetterberg, during his pre-game press conference, as noted by the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

Last season, it sure looked like age and many years on the ice rink had caught up with Henrik Zetterberg. His production was down (last season’s 50 points was a drop of 16 from the previous season), and at age 36, Zetterberg wasn’t getting any younger.

Coach Jeff Blashill was prepared to take action, reducing Zetterberg’s ice time and workload.

“I was very prepared to diminish ice time if his play had diminished,” said Blashill before Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh. “But he’s demanded that I play him more and that’s just the way it’s been.”

Zetterberg has demanded that time while being arguably the Red Wings’ best player this season. He entered Sunday’s game with a team-leading 30 assists and 43 points (13 goals).

“He’s been our best player, night in and night out,” Blashill said. “There’s no question about it. When you talk about a 200-foot game, and playing winning hockey, there’s no doubt about it. I came into the year, I was going to watch and see if his play had diminished and his ice time would diminish. But his play has been the opposite. As we’ve gone through the season, he’s gotten more and more ice time. It just speaks to the level of player he is.”

And DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

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Rosby On Tap

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Wings will beat Washington and Pittsburgh in the same weekend and every single one of us will spend the rest of the spring and summer pissed off that talent resides on this team to win like that, over those teams, and still miss the playoffs.

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Red Wings-Penguins game-day updates: Green out, Zetterberg setting an example, Murray starts for Pit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. On Twitter, from the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

Blashill says no Mike Green (ill) again today here in Pittsburgh

And the Free Press's Helene St. James...

Jeff Blashill: ROW (tiebreaker) shouldn't include OT any more with 3-on-3. 3-on-3 just as much of crapshoot. No more hockey than shootouts.

2. St. James filed a morning notebook...

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