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So Far So Good For Dennis Cholowski

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Less than 10 games into his NHL career, Dennis Cholowski has emerged as a promising rebuilding block for the Detroit Red Wings. He is playing big minutes, he likes having the puck, and isn’t fazed by mistakes. He logged a goal, an assist, played 20 minutes, 23 seconds and registered a team-high five shots on net to help the Wings enter a three-game home stand on a winning note.

“He’s off to a great start and it’s awesome,” Dylan Larkin said after Saturday’s 4-3 overtime final at Florida. “He looks beyond his age and he’s poised back there. Yeah, he makes a couple mistakes but everyone does. He never gets rattled. He’s a very quiet guy. He’s got a great shot.”

Cholowski’s smooth skating and brainy play were key factors in the Wings drafting him at 20th overall in 2016. In the past two seasons he has grow stronger and more assertive while playing junior hockey, and he’s been able to carry that over to the NHL level.

“Being able to make quick decisions is a big part of my game,” Cholowski said. “It’s a part I try to utilize as much as I can, just being able to visualize the ice and find guys everywhere and move the puck quick. 

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Charles Wang Passes Away At Age 74

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from David M. Schwartz of Newsday,

Charles B. Wang, 74, founder of CA Technologies and former Islanders owner, died Sunday, his attorney said.

The cause of death was not provided. Wang was surrounded by his family at the time of his death in Oyster Bay, attorney John McEntee said in a statement.

Wang was born in Shanghai, China, on Aug. 19, 1944, and moved to the United States with his family at the age of 8. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and graduated from Queens College with a BS in Mathematics and Physics. In 2015, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Stony Brook University....

In 2000, with the Islanders facing an uncertain future, Wang purchased the hockey team, "in recognition of the team’s importance to Long Island, despite having previously attended only one hockey game," according to a statement from McEntee. He was the majority owner until 2016, when he became a minority co-owner.

"He treasured his association with the team and its devoted fans," according to a statement from Wang's family.


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Video- No Bull, Peter Laviolette Keeps His Promise

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via Sportsnet,

Peter Laviolette honoured a bet he made with his players and showed up to the post-game scrum wearing a bulls-head mask.


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Videos- Connor McDavid And Ryan Johansen Join After Hours

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via Sportsnet,

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid sits down with Scott Oake and Louie DeBrusk on After Hours.



Below, Ryan Johansen joined After Hours too.

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Will Artemi Panarin And Sergei Bobrovsky Be Moved Sooner Than Later?

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The best bet to get anything in return is to deal Panarin and Bobrovsky before the deadline, but do the Jackets really want to do that in the middle of a playoff race? Probably not, but if they want an example of how bad it can get if they don’t make a move, all they have to do is watch Tavares with the Leafs....

The reality is if the Jackets are going to move Panarin, 26, and Bobrovsky, 30, they may want to act quickly.

“If they want to get players back, they’d be better off to do it sooner rather than later,” the executive added.

Suddenly, the February deadline appears to be approaching quickly.

more and other notes too...

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Wings Battle, Get Rewarded

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

No making history of the bad kind for these Red Wings.

The seven-game losing streak to begin the regular season is over, thanks to a 4-3 overtime victory over Florida on Saturday night.

Gustav Nyquist scored at 3 minutes, 44 seconds of overtime on a breakaway after both teams traded golden scoring opportunities.

“I’m aware it’s overtime,” Nyquist said of whether he was aware the fate of the losing streak was on his stick. “But it felt good to score there, for sure. To get that first one out of the way, hopefully we can build off this one.”

Florida's Mike Hoffman tied it at 3 at 18:44 of the third period with a fluttering shot from the dot that handcuffed goaltender Jimmy Howard.

But instead of sagging, which the Wings have done a lot of these opening few weeks, they stayed poised and battled.

Just as they did after Florida took a 2-0 lead after one period.

“The Red Wings a week ago would have drooped on the bench and the energy on the bench would have been terrible,” forward Dylan Larkin said. “But it wasn’t like that. We battled, and the power play came up huge.”


Below, watch the extended game highlights pluse post-game interviews.

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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps

PHILADELPHIA 5, New Jersey 2

Colorado 3, CAROLINA 1

Buffalo 5, LOS ANGELES 1

WINNIPEG 5, Arizona 3

St. Louis 4, TORONTO 1

OTTAWA 4, Montreal 3 (OT)

Detroit 4, FLORIDA 3 (OT)

Chicago 4, COLUMBUS 1

MINNESOTA 5, Tampa Bay 4 (OT)

Nashville 3, EDMONTON 0

VANCOUVER 2, Boston 1 (OT)

VEGAS 3, Anaheim 1

SAN JOSE 4, NY Islanders 1

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Video- Highlights Of Detroit’s Win Over Florida

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Five minutes of highlights.


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The Los Angeles Kings Have Issues

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The doors to the Kings’ locker room at Staples Center stayed closed for more than 20 minutes while general manager Rob Blake talked to them after their latest debacle, a 5-1 surrender Saturday afternoon to the perpetually rebuilding Buffalo Sabres. That’s four losses in a row for the Kings by a cumulative 21-5, shocking for a team that last season allowed the fewest goals in the NHL. Twenty minutes of venting couldn’t begin to cover the depths of the problems they face.

The worst part about their latest loss — and there was a lot of competition for that distinction — is they didn’t push back. Not when Jason Pominville, who lived at the net all game, scored from near the left post at 10:24 of the first period, not when they lost board battles and lost track of Jeff Skinner when the veteran forward scored the first of his three goals, at 3:31 of the second period, to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead, not when Skinner scored on a wraparound to make it 3-0 before the middle period ended. They sagged and lagged and deserved every boo that was launched from the announced sellout crowd.


Game highlights are below.

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Quick Recap- Wings/Panthers

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Without a doubt, Detroit's best game of the year and it pays off with a 4-3 OT win over the Florida Panthers.

Feel free to express you thoughts.

Goals and Detroit team stats can be viewed below.

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