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The Detroit Red Wings got off to the right start in North America with a 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in the team’s home opener Thursday night. They bounced back from a one-goal deficit early in the second period to earn their first win of the regular season. Captain Nick Lidstrom, Kris Draper, and Johan Franzen posted Detroit’s three goals in the second period.
DRW.com’s Michael Caples breaks down what happened in the Wings’ win. George Malik noted on Snapshots that defenseman Jonathan Ericsson left the game during the third period after taking a shot off of his ankle or foot, but coach Mike Babcock told the media after the game that he seemed to be fine. Thursday’s contest was the first of six against the Blackhawks this season, which should only promote the already healthy rivalry between these two Original Six squads.
Wings sign Brad May
Detroit announced that the team had signed enforcer Brad May to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday worth $500,000 per The Detroit News, filling the void left by Aaron Downey. May already made an appearance Thursday evening with a fight against Radek Smolenak in the first period.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock didn’t mince words when asked how veteran enforcer Brad May might help his team.”Well, we got the crap ran out of us (in two losses against the Blues),” he said. “It’s pretty interesting, we had May in a couple of exhibition games and no one got hacked or whacked or touched. We don’t have him and we get run. You get tired of watching that.” …
“Our guys do a good job of competing hard but we don’t have a team that twists off helmets at stoppages,” Babcock said. “When you are seeing that all the time (done to your team), it’s nice when you’ve got someone to look after that stuff.
“Tough guys always play tough and I got no problems with that. But guys who aren’t tough and they play against you and they are tough, that drives me crazy.”
Detroit hosts Capitals
The Wings take on the Washington Capitals led by superstar forward Alexander Ovechkin this Saturday. But you don’t have just the game to look forward to as it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Night. As a result, the Wings have numerous activities going around before and during the game:
Select Red Wings players will wrap their sticks with pink tape during the pre-game warm-ups, and in support of the HFC campaign, Red Wings coaches and front office executives will wear lavender ties, which signify the fight against all forms of cancer. Lavender is the NHL’s designated color for this year’s HFC initiative. Some of the sticks used during the pre-game warm-up will be individually autographed and available in a silent auction on the Joe Louis Arena concourse during the game.
Red Wings’ wives will also get involved in the event by selling custom-made pink hats on the concourse for $20. They feature the winged wheel on the front of the hat with a pink breast cancer ribbon embroidered on the side. Proceeds from both the stick auction and the hat sales will benefit local hockey families affected by breast cancer. The team will host breast cancer patients, survivors and their families in suites during the game.
Want to make it out to the game? Visit Ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets.
In Other News
- With May joining the lineup, Justin Abdelkader was sent to play for the Griffins in Grand Rapids.
- Darren Helm’s shoulder is still not 100% so he did not play in the home opener.
- If you were at Thursday’s game, you may have noticed the sounds of an organ throughout the game. It was the first of 11 games (all against Original Six teams) that an organist will be playing at Joe Louis Arena. DRW.com gives us an inside look at the organist.
- Are you a high school or college student? If so, you can catch a Wings’ game for just $15! Check out DRW.com for more details.
- Former Wing Chris Chelios plans to start practicing with the Chicago Wolves (AHL) next week according to the Detroit Free Press.
- Tomas Kopecky talked to DRW.com about his expectations for Thursday’s game against his former team. The forward expected plenty of chatter from the likes of Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper.
- Hockeytown Static posted 10 reasons why the Blackhawks hate the Red Wings, while Nightmare on Helm Street gave five reasons why the Wings hate Chicago.
- The Detroit Free Press writes that Henrik Zetterberg is hoping to see his line click and fast. Hank centers a line with fellow forwards Dan Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi.
- Babcock’s Death Stare posted their expected lineup for the Grand Rapids Griffins.
- Eric Goodman reminds us on DRW.com that Lidstrom is nearing a very important milestone — his 1,000th career point.
- The blog Big Red Machine found a couple websites with some new Steve Yzerman material.
- Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News recently wrote a book, which has been released under the title “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” and it examines the “heart-pounding, jaw-dropping, and gut-wrenching moments from Detroit Red Wings history.” The book is currently available for $10.17 at Amazon.com.