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A2Y- Quick Recap - Wings/Penguins

04/08/2023 at 3:29pm EDT

Hate to say it, but I am having serious issues with my eyes over the last two days. To top it all off it gets worse when looking at a monitor. So I am going to make this as easy as possible for me. I have an appointment on Monday with an eye specialist.

The Penguins added 2 more goals in the third to make it a 5-1 final.

Team Stats

Detroit goal is below.


Not much to say as the Red Wings pretty much rolled over today.


The only thing I found more disturbing than the result was the flat out cheerleaders in the announcers booth for the Bettman Penguins.   Makes Jack Edwards of Boston seem non-partisan.   


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"That was pretty impressive," said Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde, who replayed a conversation with assistant coach Alex Tanguay between periods. "After his (Crosby's) second goal, Alex Tanguay, and Alex has been around a lot, played over 1,000 games, and his exact quote was 'Sidney wants to get in the playoffs'.

"He was pretty darn good."

Perron spent part of two seasons in Pittsburgh and got to know Crosby, and the Penguins' Hall of Fame core including Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. Perron saw these types of games before, with Crosby taking charge in a crucial situation.

"Incredibly impressive performance that he puts up at the right time," Perron said. "Those two goals, the power play shot we had a good look on the bench and he puts it in a good spot in the net where (goaltender Ville) Husso is screened and can't see the puck.

"I've seen it from the other bench. He's just a great guy, and he keeps working at his game. I ran into him at the All-Star break, we were at the same hotel and got to spend some time with him, he just keeps working at it. He wants to keep getting better and that's kind of what drives me when you see those guys do it and why not do the same thing?"

Pius Suter scored for the Wings (35-34-10), who couldn't muster the type of offense they've been able to generate recently (five or more goals three consecutive games). Husso stopped 23 shots.

"It's a lesson learned," Lalonde said. "There were some stretches we played pretty well, we had a real good start. But there were some growth mistakes.

"It's why I like these games. That is a team fighting for their playoff lives and they played a real good game. We had flashes of being good, but just some of our egregious mistakes ended up on the wrong players' sticks."

read on


from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

David Perron believes he was “probably the last guy in the room” to accept that the Detroit Red Wings were not going to be in the playoffs.

He has 10 different playoff runs and 104 playoff games on his resume.

“I think even before the (NHL trade) deadline I kept telling Newsy (Lalonde) ‘if we go 9-2, or if we go 9-3 before the deadline, maybe things are going to be different.’ And we almost went there, really. We almost did that. But then management made the decision they have to make for this group long term and we understand that certainly but it’s not something that I wanted to admit personally.”

Perron said he has had a difficult time dealing with the idea that he won’t be playing this spring.

“I’ve been battling with that a little bit mentally the last 3-4 weeks,” Perron said, adding “I really felt like all those years I had a chance to win the Cup. It’s a little bit different this year. It’’s gonna be different.”

Lalonde said he appreciates having a veteran with high expectations.

“Just for your culture,” Lalonde said. “Your growth going forward. Obviously it’s a disappointing loss, we’re 0-1-1 in our last two, but we ran off a 4-1 stretch at this time of year with not a whole lot to play for. I think he was one of the guys that drove that, he kept going and kept on the gas, obviously with his offense and the points he produced. Very important going forward and again.”

continue for more on the Wings...


Sorry you're experiencing even more health issues, Paul. It seems like your year has mirrored the Wings' year — one step forward and two steps back at times. I hope you get good news (or at least good advice) on Monday


Hope you check out OK when you see the doctor next week Paul.

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