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I've not wanted to step into this minefield since the summer of 2009, but the Free Press's Helene St. James is a seasoned pro in navigating these sorts of things, so she went out and plainly stated that, for the Red Wings-Blackhawks series, anyway, Detroit needs Johan Franzen to match or eclipse the play of one Marian Hossa, and this is just a snippet from a much longer article:
Franzen himself repeatedly has said this time of year is, for him, “more fun. It’s tighter out there. More energy out there, and that’s fun. When you win, it’s fun. That’s all I care about, is if we win.”
It seems incongruous that Franzen doesn’t care more whether he scores, that he doesn’t connect him scoring with the team having success. It’s how it works, especially this time of year: Star players have to be star players. Like Hossa, who has seven points in six games.
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The Detroit Red Wings pulled away from the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon, thanks in no small part to Johan Franzen’s sharp-shooter goal seven minutes into the third period.
Franzen took a long stretch pass from Jonathan Ericsson at the Chicago blue line, broke down the right side and snapped a shot top shelf over the left shoulder of Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford...
On Thursday morning, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks was named one of three finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a … Continue reading →The post Patrick Kane Named Lady Byng Finalist appeared first on Committed Indians.
On Friday morning, the NHL announced that Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, which is presented “to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.” The other … Continue reading →The post Joel Quenneville Named Jack Adams Award Finalist appeared first on Committed Indians.
Jimmy Devellano is considered to be the architect of modern-day Detroit Red Wings hockey.
Over the span of 31 years, Devellano, now the Red Wings senior vice president, has created a culture of winning and excellence that's unrivaled in the city's professional sports history.
Never one to shy away from giving his opinion, Devellano acknowledges that Chicago built its team...
Of all the players from last night’s failure that could be talked about in a non-positive light, I would think that Howard would not be one of them. I would be wrong, though. Sure there are some fans out there who don’t really know any better. They see the other team score and want to blame the last guy to screw up, meaning the goalie. But I didn’t expect to see a report on...
Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith and forward Michal Handzus missed practice Friday, though coach Joel Quenneville said both players are fine and will play in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series against Detroit on Saturday.
Handzus also missed two practices before Wednesday night's series opener, but the 6-foot-4 center managed to play 17 minutes in the 4-1 victory over...
May 18, 2013
DETROIT, Michigan ---
Gone are the days of dynasties. Gone are the days of luring high profile free agents to join your club or team. This, is the new NHL.
The Detroit Red Wings have gone through more change this season than this generation of Wings fans has ever seen. With the retirement of defenseman Nick Lidstrom last summer, the final piece from the dynasty...
It is commonly said that regular season success doesn't always translate to success in the postseason in the NHL. The Detroit Red Wings proved that with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals. It was the first time that the Blackhawks had lost to the Red Wings in regulation since April 10, 2011. Since then, the Blackhawks...
Essentially throughout the entire 2013 season there has been a pretty big element of fear among Red Wings fans that Pavel Datsyuk was going to go back home to play in Russia after his deal with the Wings expires at the end of the 2014 season.
REPORT: PAVEL DATSYUK HAS ONE YEAR LEFT IN DETROIT
This of course started as a pretty significant rumor among the blogs citing Datsyuk’s...
Of Red Wings prospect-related note this evening:
The Grand Rapids Griffins will have to head back to Toronto for the last third of their 2-3-2-format series with the Toronto Marlies after dropping a 4-1 decision to Toronto on Saturday night. The Griffins lead the second round series 3 games to 2, and Games 6 and 7 take place and may take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Griffins...
CHICAGO (AP) -- Damien Brunner and Brendan Smith scored in the second period and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 Saturday in Game 2 to even their Western Conference semifinal series.
It was a strong response by the Red Wings after Chicago handled them easily in the series opener, 4-1.
Just as the Blackhawks did in Game 1, Detroit took control in the second...
By DAVE DYEFOXSportsDetroit.com
The Detroit Red Wings reverted back to their third-period woes in Game 1 against Chicago.
They got outscored 3-0 and outshot 19-9, which turned a tight game into a 4-1 loss.
The Wings had the same problems early in the Anaheim series during the last round. Detroit was outscored 8-1 in the third period of the first three games against the Ducks....
I remember when I first saw that laser of a slapshot that he had, I thought it was the fastest that I've ever seen.
Such a pure hockey player. We miss you Nick.
I spotted this clip of Red Wings prospect Tomas Jurco attempting to use a "Frankenstick," as inspired by Grand Rapids Griffins equipment manager Brad Thompson, in my subscription feed, and Puck Daddy found it while I was out doing a pop run, too. The Griffins players' reactions to the stick are amusing, and then Jurco gets his hands on the stick...With predictable results:
The Wings looked tired and asleep for much of game one. They didn't have that fire in them and Chicago didn't do anything to light it. Until now.
Want some lockerroom board worthy material to fire them up? Here you go, from the Chicago Tribune:
Red Wings don't belong in the same rink as the Hawks
And that's the headline...it gets...