Around the Rink – January 18 Edition

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Recap: Wings vs. Blackhawks (4-3 shootout loss)

Chicago narrowly edged Detroit in a 4-3 shootout thriller at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Wings rallied twice in the game from respective 2-0 and 3-2 deficits. Forward Patrick Eaves recorded a fight late in the first period and scored in the third to send the game into overtime, which drew admiration from his coach and teammates. Captain Nick Lidstrom scored his second goal in three games with a first-period tally against the Blackhawks. The Grand Rapids Press commented on Todd Bertuzzi’s spin-o-rama move during the shootout to give Detroit the early lead.

After a close game and a two-point weekend, the DRW bloggers have plenty to say: Babcock’s Death Stare, Fight Night at the Joe, Red Wings Blog, Red Wings Hardware, Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle, The Production Line, The Triple Deke, Unconnected Red Wings Blog, and Winging It In Motown.

Recap: Wings vs. Stars (3-2 shootout loss)

The Dallas Stars overcame a two-goal deficit to grab two key points in the standings on Saturday afternoon to beat Detroit 3-2 in the shootout. Detroit saw goals from forward Todd Bertuzzi and defenseman Brian Rafalski with captain Nick Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg notching assists on both tallies. Rookie goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 28 shots in his 11th straight start, but Dallas’ Steve Ott found a way past Howard in the sixth round of the shootout.

Some controversy stemmed from Ott’s goal as some believed the puck did not completely cross the goal line and should not have been awarded as a goal for Dallas. DRW bloggers reacted to the decision: Babcock’s Death Stare, Motown Wings, On the Wings, Red Wings Blog, The Production Line, Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle, Unconnected Red Wings Blog, and Winging It In Motown.

In Other News

  • MSU alum Drew Miller unexpectedly found some time on the power-play unit Thursday night against Carolina, scoring his first career goal on the man advantage. Miller also assisted on captain Nick Lidstrom’s PP marker in the win.
  • MLive.com also wrote about Miller’s role on the team and the versatility he offers coach Mike Babcock. Winging It In Motown ponders if Miller should stay or go once every forward is healthy and back in the lineup.
  • The Detroit News notes how the Wings’ style of play is more closely aligned with other dump-and-chase teams, while the Chicago Blackhawks play more like the Red Wings have in past seasons. The article’s explanation for this? Detroit’s injuries.  Babcock hopes his team will return to the puck-possession style Detroit is known as more and more players get healthy.
  • The Detroit Free Press interviewed Dave Calendine, who has played the organ at Joe Louis Arena during games against Original Six teams and on Kids Club nights.
  • DRW.com discusses defenseman Brad Stuart’s steady play this season, which was recognized when he won December’s Carhartt Hardest Working Player honors as determined by the coaching staff.
  • The Grand Rapids Press reports that FSDetroit will air the 2010 AHL All-Star events on tape delay. “The AHL skills competition will air at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and the all-star game will be shown at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24.”
  • After playing 11 games with Detroit, defenseman Doug Janik scored in his first game back with the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday night.
  • Winging It In Motown interviewed Wings’ prospect Nick Jensen this week about getting drafted by the Wings, where he currently plays, and more.
  • Nightmare on Helm Street comments on the anxiety that comes with closely watching NHL game scores and its impact on the Wings’ position in the standings.
  • Abel to Yzerman is unhappy with the Wings’ past weekend schedule: playing a 2 p.m. game in Dallas and then hosting Chicago on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
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