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Good Goaltending Last Night Plus Keeping UFAs

04/25/2021 at 9:41am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Jonathan Bernier stopped the first 43 shots fired at him on Saturday and a career-high 50 through regulation.

Then, wouldn’t you know it, Jamie Benn scored on the first shot of overtime to lift the Dallas Stars past the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 at Little Caesars Arena.

Such is the nature of three-on-three OT, when turnovers more often than not lead to odd-man rushes, resulting in quality scoring chances.

Still, the Red Wings had no business being in overtime after Dallas tilted the rink during the first two periods and held a 51-17 edge in shots after 60 minutes.

Bernier stole a point for his team.

“That’s my job, to stop pucks, and it’s tough to come out and have a performance like this and not win,” Bernier said.

Filip Hronek gave away the puck to Benn in the neutral zone. Benn carried into the Detroit end on a two-on-one and whipped a shot past Bernier at the 32-second mark.

“Benn made a nice play,” Bernier said. “He looked pass the whole way. I think (Hronek) was sliding down, so he took that away, and (Benn) was still trying to find a passing lane but at the last second, he shot it. He made a nice shot. I felt like it hit my blocker, so I wasn’t sure it went in.”


added 9:51am, video of Mickey Redmond after the game last night, watch below.

A Wings fan aks what UFA players from Detroit should Yzerman bring back.

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The eight players: Forwards Luke Glendening, Darren Helm, Valtteri Filppula, Sam Gagner and Bobby Ryan; defensemen Marc Staal and Alex Biega, and goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman, left, looks on during a scrimmage Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
Glendening is a lock to be re-signed. He’s a big part of the locker room culture of which the Wings are so protective, a veteran who sets a great example for young players with his work ethic and professionalism....

Bernier is a close second. Teammates often refer to him as a rock, because he consistently gives them a chance to win. There’s no goalie in the farm system close to being ready for the NHL, so the Wings need a veteran to share the net with Thomas Greiss, who is signed through next season....

I could see either Ryan or Gagner being re-signed — possibly both, depending on the circumstances. Both are great example-setters, former high-end draft picks (Ryan, second overall in 2005; Gagner, sixth in 2007) who bring offense and special-teams play....

Helm is 34, still a good skater — maybe there’s a one-year deal that works. Filppula, 37, was a healthy scratch this season until injuries forced otherwise; his second stint with the team that drafted him is coming to a close....

I could see Staal being re-signed for one year, at considerably less than the $5.7 million salary cap hit he carried this season. He projects as someone who can mentor Seider in his development into the elite defenseman. Staal, 34, is a former first-round pick (12th, 2005) who has logged 940-plus games, a savvy veteran who keeps things calm....

Biega, 33, has primarily served as a reserve the past two seasons; he’s a good pro and his one-year, less-than-$1 million contracts carry zero risk.

more ($$$) on each of the above plus other questions like buying out Frans Nielsen...

Mickey Redmond after last night's game.

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