7 Detroit Red Wings as (New) Star Wars Characters

May the fourth be with you, Red Wings fans. It’s unfortunate that the Detroit Red Wings are on summer break during National Star Wars Day, but there is a new hope…for next season. Heading into the new season, the Red Wings are still strong enough to threaten the Eastern Conference, though it’s possible that the Maple Leafs empire strikes back with young talent. Return of the...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Detroit Red Wings: 3 things to address this offseason

The Detroit Red Wings saw their season end fast and quiet in a five game series defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the postseason. This was the third consecutive first round exit for the Red Wings, and the fourth such exit in the last five seasons. Detroit was outmatched in nearly every positional battle, and it was glaringly obvious that the Red Wings have some...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The 5 Biggest Disappointments of the First Round

In each playoff round, there are a few performances that end up defining each series. On the winning side, a star usually shines as they are expected or an unsung hero emerges to lead his team to victory. On the losing side, there are almost always some stars that fail to live up to expectations. In the playoffs, if your best players do not play like your best players, you will not...
Via The Hockey Writers
9 days ago

It’s the start of a new era for the Detroit Red Wings

On April 21st, the Detroit Red Wings were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs. The defeat didn’t just end their 2015-2016 season, it also marked the end of an era for the franchise. Game 4 of the first round series marked the last game the franchise will play at their beloved Joe Louis arena. The arena housed the Wings for 37 years including...
Via Puck Drunk Love
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Datsyuk won’t make final decision regarding retirement until after World Championship

Pavel Datsyuk had said before the post-season that the 2015-16 season would be the last of his NHL career, but be it the urgings of fans in Detroit, the Red Wings’ front office or his own doubt about whether or not he wants to leave the NHL behind, Datsyuk said he’ll need more time to decide his future. Datsyuk, 37, told media during the Red Wings’ breakup day that the short...
Via The Hockey News
10 days ago

Red Wings follow refrain, make brief appearance in playoffs

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have developed a pattern of consistency, and that's not necessarily a good thing. Detroit extended its postseason streak to 25, a feat the franchise hailed by showing a slickly produced video montage before each of its two home playoff games. The Red Wings, though, exited the playoffs in the first round for the third straight year and fourth time...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Pavel Datsyuk Tribute Highlights

YouTube With the Red Wings bowing out of the Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday, it likely marked the end of Pavel Datsyuk’s NHL career.  Earlier this week, a YouTube poster created this highlight clip of the Magic Man.  He certainly slowed down in recent years, culminating in a pointless final series against Tampa Bay.  But he will go down as one of the most talented Red Wings...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Has Pavel Datsyuk Played his Final NHL Game?

Pavel Datsyuk, one of the greatest players in NHL history, may have played in his final game Thursday as the Detroit Red Wings were eliminated from the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1.  Prior to the playoffs, Datsyuk indicated that he would most likely not return to the Red Wings in 2016. “I’m thinking I go home after this season,” Datsyuk announced. “I may not...
Via The Sports Journal
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Red Wings actually want Pavel Datsyuk back?

We may have witnessed the end of a Hall-of-Fame career Thursday night when Pavel Datsyuk’s Detroit Red Wings fell in Game 5 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, losing the Atlantic Division semifinal matchup four games to one. Datsyuk, 37, is weighing whether to return to his native Russia and play there next season. Doing so would saddle Detroit with his $7.5-million cap hit for the final...
Via The Hockey News
14 days ago

We’ve Got Our First Handshake Line

The Tampa Bay Lightning are moving on! We have witnessed the first handshake line of the 2016 playoffs when the Lightning topped the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night 1-0, taking the series four games to one. We quite possibly could have seen Pavel Datsyuk play for the last time in the NHL, as he is expected to return to Russia and the KHL at the conclusion of the season. Check out...
Via Beyond The Benches
14 days ago  |  Discuss

With Detroit eliminated, is this the end for Pavel Datsyuk?

The Tampa Bay Lightning may have ended more than just the season of the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, they may also have ended Pavel Datsyuk's NHL career.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pavel Datsyuk wants to ‘cool down’ before deciding future

Pavel Datsyuk wasn’t ready to discuss his future with the Red Wings after a 1-0 loss to the Lightning which effectively ended their season. After suggesting a few weeks ago that he may be heading back to Russia, Datsyuk made mention tonight that he’ll have to ‘cool down’ before finalizing his decision on whether or not he’ll come back to Detroit next season or head back...
Via The Majors Detroit
14 days ago

NHL Playoffs 2016: Lightning take out Red Wings, farewell Datsyuk

The Tampa Bay Lightning have eliminated the Detroit Red Wings in game five of round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tampa Bay consistently led this series and finished off the Red Wings late in game five. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop made 34 saves to take his team to a 1-0 win with a goal from Alex Killorn. Killorn scored with only 1:43 remaining in the third period to take Tampa...
Via Campus Sports Net
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning’s Bishop steals show, ends series in what could be Datsyuk’s final game

The Red Wings are going away — and so, too, could be Pavel Datsyuk — but don’t think they went away quietly. In what was possibly the most tightly played affair of the first-round series between playoff-made rivals Detroit and Tampa Bay, Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop stole the show, ended the series and has his club moving on to the second round of the post-season as they...
Via The Hockey News
14 days ago

Looking Back at Some of Pavel Datsyuk’s Best Moments

With a 1-0 loss on Thursday, the Detroit Red Wings have been eliminated from the 2016 postseason. Their playoff streak lives on despite getting bumped by the Lightning for the second year in a row. However, what may not live on is the career of Pavel Datsyuk. It may be the last time we see him suit up and skate for a NHL club. He has expressed interest in playing out the remainder...
Via The Hockey Writers
14 days ago

WATCH: Gotta See It: One last goodbye for Datsyuk

The Detroit Red Wings season over and his future up in the air, Pavel Datsyuk shook hands with the Tampa Bay Lightning, possibly for the last time.
Via SportsNetCanada
14 days ago  |  Discuss

German Rubtsov – The Next Ones: NHL 2016 Draft Prospect Profile

German Rubtsov 2015-16 Team: Team Russia U18 (#17) Date of birth: 6/27/1998 Place of birth: Chekhov, Russia Ht: 6’1 Wt: 174 Shoots: Left Position: C NHL Draft Eligibility: 2016 1st year eligible THW March Madness ranking: 16 Other Rankings Future Considerations: 19 ISS Hockey: 14 Hockeyprospect: 15 McKeen’s Hockey: 23 *** Datsyuk 2.0 German Rubtsov spent the entire season...
Via The Hockey Writers
16 days ago

WATCH: Ryan Callahan bulldozes Pavel Datsyuk

It’s not too often you see Pavel Datsyuk knocked off his skates. It’s an even rarer sight to see him caught with his head down and bulldozed in open ice. Ryan Callahan caught the Red Wings forward with a huge hit. Datsyuk has mentioned he plans on leaving the NHL after this season and this hit from Callahan may be one of his final parting gifts.
Via Puck Drunk Love
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Henrik Zetterberg retrieves teammate Pavel Datsyuk's lost tooth

Here's a hockey story to chew on: Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk lost his tooth and his temper when he got slammed by Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman during Game 2 of the Red Wings-Lightning playoff series Friday night.  Datsyuk retaliated with a hit back at Hedman, and then was ushered into the back, his knocked-out tooth all but lost on the ice. Enter Red Wings captain Henrik...
Via Fox Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Henrik Zetterberg retrieved Pavel Datsyuk’s lost tooth

@myregularface Pavel Datsyuk lost a tooth during Game 2 of the Red Wings-Lightning series Friday.  Friend, teammate and hero Henrik Zetterberg retrieved it for him. Cue Dionne Warwick, am I right? Keep smiling, keep shining Knowing you can always count on me, for sure That’s what friends are for For good times and bad times I’ll be on your side forever more That’s what friends...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
20 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Gotta See It: Zetterberg picks up Datsyuk’s teeth off the ice

After a penalty against Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg had to stop the refs from dropping the puck to pick up his teammate’s teeth off the ice.
Via SportsNetCanada
20 days ago  |  Discuss

A Look At Datsyuk's Impact In Detroit

The Detroit Red Wings have not missed the playoffs in 25 years, and this season, the team had even more motivation to continue their streak. Pavel Datsyuk recently announced that he plans to return to Russia this summer. Although he will play hockey in the KHL, his departure from the NHL will leave a huge void in Detroit, a place where he has enjoyed a long and successful career...
Via The Sports Quotient
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings: Where does Datsyuk rank all-time?

Russian Superstar ready to go home The news has broken and the Detroit Red Wings faithful has had a chance to let it sink in: Pavel Datsyuk wants to go home. After coming to North American and making both his fame and fortune here, the pulls of life at home have become too much to ignore. At 38 years old this summer, this has been a while coming. It has taken some persuasion to...
Via Sports-Glory
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Pavel Datsyuk: 'Focus is only on the playoffs'

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk says it is hard to make a final decision on his future.Datsyuk was peppered with questions Monday, a day after being quoted in a story saying he was returning to Russia and retiring from the NHL.The 37-year-old center insists his focus is only on the playoffs. The Red Wings will play at Tampa Bay on Wednesday night in the first...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings' Datsyuk says it's hard to make final decision now

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk says it is hard to make a final decision on his future. Datsyuk was peppered with questions Monday, a day after being quoted in a story saying he was returning to Russia and retiring from the NHL. The 37-year-old center insists his focus is only on the playoffs. The Red Wings will play at Tampa Bay on Wednesday night in the first...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss
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