Finally. It took what seemed like forever (he sat on 396 for almost an entire year), but Chris Osgood won the 400th game of his career tonight thanks to Niklas Kronwall's game-winning goal in overtime.
Oft-maligned as the product of great teams in front of him, Osgood had to earn every bit of his latest win. He posted a career high 46 saves, including several difficult stops in a 2nd period where he faced 23 Colorado shots. The large contingent of Red Wings fans in the crowd started several "Ozzie" chants throughout the game.
While the Wings were largely outplayed for most of the game, their power play was on fire. All four goals (on 6 PP chances) came with the man advantage. Nick Lidstrom had 4 points (one goal, three assists) while Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist.
The things Datsyuk does on the ice are indescribable and inimitable.
Wings dominated the Sharks, 5-3, thanks in large part to Datsyuk's nifty play and Henrik Zetterberg's four points. The Wings are tied for an NHL best 34 points, but have played less games than most other teams, leaving them with the league's best winning percentage.
It's good to have the Detroit squad back on top of the NHL world.no comments
Great news St. Louis fans: the Cardinals might have found a new cleanup hitter. Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak got some good wood on a floating puck earlier this evening; unfortunately for him (and great for us), the puck went into his own net to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead.
It's currently 1-1 early in the second period. We'll update as more awesomeness occurs.
UPDATE: Halak might want to look into this whole baseball thing after all. He gave up 4 goals in the 3rd period, leading to a 7-3 win for the Wings.no comments
Some might say that attempting to impersonate Todd Bertuzzi would be dangerous. Specifically, if you're one of the douchetards that believes that Bertuzzi is a manical psychopath after his Steve Moore incident, you might cringe at the thought of Darren Helm dressing like Bertuzzi for Halloween. Thankfully, 'Tuzz is actually a normal human being and loved it. Check out Helm's awesome work and his teammates' reactions below.
While we can't offer the same tattoo artistry that Mr. Helm received for this particular outfit (something about Brady and a restraining order, we're not exactly sure), our buddies at The Production Line are selling the next best thing at their brand new online t-shirt store.no comments
If Teemu Selanne doesn't remember much of his game last night against the Red Wings, I don't blame him.
The Wings beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 last night thanks to a Pavel Datsyuk goal with just 11.4 seconds left. Yeah, you better watch this.
Like usual, there are people who aren't happy with the Wings' effort. Whether it's concerns about the defensive pairings, or the lack of production from certain lines, some fans aren't happy with anything but total domination. The Wings are 5-1-1, tied for the best record in the league, and have won 3 straight games. Life is good.
As always, watch the full highlights here.no comments
Kenneth Rucker, known to Red Wings fans simply as "Orange Hat Guy," passed away at the age of 63 after suffering a heart attack. Rucker, a retired autoworker, had been a Red Wings season ticket holder since 1972. Last night, the Red Wings paid tribute to their loyal fan by draping an orange hat over Rucker's seat, now also orange. The hat will remain on the seat for the rest of the season. [via Kris, @SnipeDangle]
As for the Wings themselves, they rebounded from a sluggish 1st period to beat the Calgary Flames 4-2. Henrik Zetterberg and Nick Lidstrom both scored their first goals of the season, the latter coming just after a ridiculous stick-handling display from Pavel Datsyuk.
Todd Bertuzzi leads the team with 8 points in 6 games and is on pace for 110 points this season. While he probably won't touch that number, you know he's feeling good when he does this.
Check the rest of the highlights here.no comments
Long-time Red Wings forward and pain in the ass Kirk Maltby will announce his retirement at 5:30 pm today. Maltby was waived by the Red Wings during training camp, but has decided against playing in the minors for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.
Maltby, a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Wings, was a member of the original Grind Line that helped the Wings win back-to-back Cups in 1997 and '98.
UPDATE: Malts will join the Red Wings front office as a pro scout. The decision to not fill this position when it was vacated when Pat Verbeek bolted to Tampa (pun intended) this summer seems premeditated now.
Check after the jump for a couple fond Maltby memories. no comments
The Red Wings demoralized the Mighty Mighty Bombay Ducks in their season opener Friday night. And Mike Modano even made another cameo!
The best part of the game had to be Pavel Datsyuk, recording the neat, nitty-gritty Gordie Howe Hat Trick (a goal, assist, and a fight) See for yourself:
We didn't come through with a season preview (my apologies) but all that needs to be said can be said very succinctly: last year was disappointing, and, if the Wings can stay healthy, they'll rule the West again, with Lord Stanley there for the taking. Back to its majority owner.
Looks like Mike Illitch brought his checkbook to work today. After telling the media he wants to buy the Pistons, he went out and bought a new defenseman for the Red Wings. Specifically, the Wings signed 35-year old defender Ruslan Salei.
UPDATE: The contract is a one-year deal worth $750,000. Incentive bonuses could increase the cap hit up to a max of $1.1 million.
I have absolutely no idea who Salei is. ESPN tells me he's spent most of his career in Anaheim before stints in Florida and Colorado. Youtube tells me he likes to fight.
If Salei is the big, stay-at-home defenseman that Ken Holland wants then I like the move. Just make sure you re-sign Justin Abdelkader, Kenny.no comments