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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Anyone who was wondering how seriously the Wings were taking these final two games, got their answer the second half of the game.

Instead of calling it a night, the Wings scored five unanswered goals.

"This group has been a group that's fought and competed and worked on a daily basis," coach Jeff Blashill said. "That showed tonight. Listen, we know we're playing two games and at the end of the day there's not a lot on the line.

"But I've talked about the importance of every NHL game and our guys understand that. They way they played, they didn't fold or quit, but kept grinding and we grounded our way back into the lead and did a good job in the third (period) of finding a way to win the hockey game.

"I like our group. I've said it a lot this year, there's a lot of character in the room."

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Joe Veleno showed what he can do with the puck, and Jakub Vrana continued to make Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman look smart.

Vrana set up Veleno for his first NHL goal Friday at Nationwide Arena and then scored one of his own as the Wings played the first of back-to-back games against the Columbus Blue Jackets to wrap up their season.

The Wings rallied from a two-goal deficit to win, 5-2.

"It was a great second period," Veleno said. "We didn’t have the greatest of starts but we found a way to bear down and put it in the back of the net. It was a good effort from all the guys on the team."

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Below watch Joe Veleno's post game, on ice interview, Mickey Redmond and the extended game highlights

 

Extended game highlights.

 

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Riley Barber’s second goal of the game with 12.1 seconds left on Friday completed four-point nights for him and Kyle Criscuolo and gave the Grand Rapids Griffins a hard-fought 5-4 win over the Chicago Wolves at Van Andel Arena.

After the Griffins had surrendered a 4-2 lead in the third period, Criscuolo found Barber in the right circle in the waning moments, and the sniper used the space he was afforded by the Wolves’ defense to rip a shot past Beck Warm, thanks in part to a screen provided by Criscuolo.

Both players finished with two goals and two assists on the night, as the Griffins snapped a four-game winless streak, earned just their second victory in eight tries against the Central Division leaders, and stayed alive in the chase for the division crown with five games remaining for both teams.

Sprung by a Tommy Novak pass up the middle of the ice, Anthony Richard beat Kevin Boyle on a breakaway 3:18 into the game, giving him seven goals in eight games against the Griffins this season. In contrast, he has four goals in 17 games against all other opponents.

Barber answered for the Griffins at 7:54 with his 16th goal of the season, chipping the puck past Warm at the left post. But a hooking penalty on Barber late in the period opened the door for Phil Tomasino to give Chicago a 2-1 lead, as he connected from the right circle for a power play goal at 18:47.

The Griffins cashed in their third power play chance to forge another tie at 17:21 of the second period, when Criscuolo stood on the doorstep to tip home Jared McIsaac’s shot from the left point. Taro Hirose then fed Dylan McIlrath for a one-timer at the top of the right circle that blew past Warm 2:05 into the third to make it 3-2 in favor of the Griffins.

Criscuolo gave Grand Rapids a two-goal cushion at 10:51 by whipping a shot from the left side, but Grand Rapids gave it right back thanks to penalty trouble. Dominik Bokk slammed the puck into the back door during a 5-on-3 at 13:36, and then just two seconds after the second penalty expired, David Cotton put a deflection past Boyle at 15:02.

Barber’s game-winner at 19:47, his 17th tally of the campaign, gave him sole possession of second place in the AHL’s goal-scoring race, four behind Bakersfield’s Cooper Marony, who has played in eight more games.

Notes
• The four-point nights for Barber and Criscuolo were the second of each player’s career and are the first by any Griffins players this season. Criscuolo accomplished it on Feb. 16, 2018 while playing for Rochester against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while Barber did it on Jan. 30, 2016 against Syracuse as a rookie with Hershey.
• Projected over a normal 76-game season, Barber’s 17 goals equate to 47, a single-season total eclipsed in Griffins history by only Donald MacLean, who lit the lamp 56 times in 2005-06 en route to earning AHL MVP honors.

[url=GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Riley Barber’s second goal of the game with 12.1 seconds left on Friday completed four-point nights for him and Kyle Criscuolo and gave the Grand Rapids Griffins a hard-fought 5-4 win over the Chicago Wolves at Van Andel Arena.

After the Griffins had surrendered a 4-2 lead in the third period, Criscuolo found Barber in the right circle in the waning moments, and the sniper used the space he was afforded by the Wolves’ defense to rip a shot past Beck Warm, thanks in part to a screen provided by Criscuolo.

Both players finished with two goals and two assists on the night, as the Griffins snapped a four-game winless streak, earned just their second victory in eight tries against the Central Division leaders, and stayed alive in the chase for the division crown with five games remaining for both teams.

Sprung by a Tommy Novak pass up the middle of the ice, Anthony Richard beat Kevin Boyle on a breakaway 3:18 into the game, giving him seven goals in eight games against the Griffins this season. In contrast, he has four goals in 17 games against all other opponents.

Barber answered for the Griffins at 7:54 with his 16th goal of the season, chipping the puck past Warm at the left post. But a hooking penalty on Barber late in the period opened the door for Phil Tomasino to give Chicago a 2-1 lead, as he connected from the right circle for a power play goal at 18:47.

The Griffins cashed in their third power play chance to forge another tie at 17:21 of the second period, when Criscuolo stood on the doorstep to tip home Jared McIsaac’s shot from the left point. Taro Hirose then fed Dylan McIlrath for a one-timer at the top of the right circle that blew past Warm 2:05 into the third to make it 3-2 in favor of the Griffins.

Criscuolo gave Grand Rapids a two-goal cushion at 10:51 by whipping a shot from the left side, but Grand Rapids gave it right back thanks to penalty trouble. Dominik Bokk slammed the puck into the back door during a 5-on-3 at 13:36, and then just two seconds after the second penalty expired, David Cotton put a deflection past Boyle at 15:02.

Barber’s game-winner at 19:47, his 17th tally of the campaign, gave him sole possession of second place in the AHL’s goal-scoring race, four behind Bakersfield’s Cooper Marony, who has played in eight more games.

Notes
• The four-point nights for Barber and Criscuolo were the second of each player’s career and are the first by any Griffins players this season. Criscuolo accomplished it on Feb. 16, 2018 while playing for Rochester against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while Barber did it on Jan. 30, 2016 against Syracuse as a rookie with Hershey.
• Projected over a normal 76-game season, Barber’s 17 goals equate to 47, a single-season total eclipsed in Griffins history by only Donald MacLean, who lit the lamp 56 times in 2005-06 en route to earning AHL MVP honors.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/08/21 at 08:57 AM ET

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Smith and Veleno placed on the taxi squad today.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/08/21 at 09:24 AM ET

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Most notable thing for me is seeing McIsaac actually
playing!

I hope McIlrath and Hicketts are re-upped for a couple more years too.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/08/21 at 01:53 PM ET

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Most notable thing for me is seeing McIsaac actually
playing!

I hope McIlrath and Hicketts are re-upped for a couple more years too.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/08/21 at 01:53 PM ET

I’ve been able to watch a fair number of Griffins games on local TV this spring, and McIsaac is still probably a year away from seeing any time in Detroit. He makes a good first pass out of the D zone and he plays with an edge, but he makes some rather glaring mistakes too. It’s to be expected at this point, so another year in GR will do him some good.

I can tell you that in the games I’ve seen, there is no lack of effort from either McIlrath or Hicketts. In fact, McIlrath would be a perfectly serviceable #6 or #7 on the Wings roster, especially when a little extra toughness is needed.

As for Lilttle Joe, he’s a steady guy and a shot-blocking machine. Last night he blocked three consecutive shots on the PK and (according to the play-by-play guy) taunted the Chicago Wolves point guys to try it again. I still have no idea why he’s in GR and Biega is on the Wings roster.

Other bright spots from recent games are Riley Barber (he’s good at finding the open areas), Chase Pearson (he’s starting to play like a big man at center), and Taro Hirose (he seems to be wherever the puck is).

And Pat Verbeek’s kid, Hayden, is a chip off the old block. He’s probably not going to be the next “Little Ball of Hate,” but he plays at a high rate of speed and with 100% intensity every second he’s on the ice. He may have been a bit of a “throw-in” on the Merrill trade, but he’s proving to be a valuable player on the Griffins roster.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/08/21 at 02:26 PM ET

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Smith and Veleno placed on the taxi squad today.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/08/21 at 09:24 AM ET

Blash gonna Blash…

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/08/21 at 03:49 PM ET

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Thanks for the updates from GR, Paul and Cheli.

It’s been below the radar at least for me with so much else
going on.

Seems with McIlrath, the dominant wisdom is that he’s not quick or
fast enough to be consistently effective in the NHL, and maybe they think he’ll be
a penalty magnet or something (though who knows what the NHL will call a penalty).
More positively, maybe he’s seen as too useful in GR. Granted there are more old-school enforcer types down there and you want young players to have some protection as they are breaking into the pros. But I’m not sure why you can’t sign another guy for GR if necessary. A role as a 6/7 guy who plays situationally seems reasonable. I’m not a scout (not that scouts always project how a guy is actually going to do) but some guys just seem to get fewer or shorter chances than others.
And sometimes a longer, more consistent chance is where a player begins to figure things out in that context and adapt.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/08/21 at 07:14 PM ET

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