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Posted April 9, 2017
Detroit Red Wings say good-bye to Joe Louis Arena with fantastic final game ceremony
DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings finished a dismal season by beating the New Jersey Devils 3-1 Sunday in the final game ever at Joe Louis Arena. Fans arrived two hours early for a red carpet entry by former stars and stayed an hour after the game for a special ceremony saluting the arena that has been their home since 1982 and host of four Stanley Cup championships during an era where Detroit became known as Hockey Town. Click Here to Read More
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Posted April 9, 2017
Maybe missing playoffs for Red Wings was blessing in disguise for great final tribue at Joe Louis
DETROIT — Missing the playoffs was a blessing in disguise for the Detroit Red Wings when it came to planning a final good-bye to Joe Louis Arena. Knowing the final date allowed organization officials to plan a proper tribute. It began with former stars making their entry into the building via a red carpet three hours before the game and lasted an hour after the game ended with a special ceremony on the ice. Click Here to Read More
The Daily Gazette
BY MIKE KILLBREATH
Posted October 13, 2017
Henrik Zetterbergs's 4-point game powers Detroit Red Wings to 6-3 victory in Las Vegas for 4-1 start
LAS VEGAS — Captain Henrik Zetterberg may have presented some problems for anybody gambling against the Detroit Red Wings being for real this season. His Friday the 13th effort in Las Vegas helped power the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-3 victory that gave them a surprising 4-1 record to start the season.
It's the first time in 26 years that the Wings are coming off a campaign where they didn't make the playoffs with last year's bust of a season ending the longest active streak in any of the four major sports.
Coach Jeff Blashill went west with a story by MLive hockey writer Brenda Savage proclaiming how an online gambling site had set odds that he was the fourth most likely coach in the National Hockey League to get fired first this season. Savage quoted odds by a web site known as Brovada.Iv at 7-to-1 for Blashill to be the next coach to lose his job.
Las Vegas may have been the best spot to start trying to change such odds as Blashill guided his Red Wings to another victory on the road Friday night. They beat the Vegas Golden Knights for their second victory in two nights. They're not only off to a surprising 4-1 start on the young season, but they now have a 3-1 record on a road trip after making a victorious debut in their home opener at the new Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit.
Former Red Wings' star Gerard Gallant, who helped turn t," he Florida Panthers into contenders, had his Las Vegas expansion club off to a perfect 3-0 start before hosting the Red Wings Friday night. Detroit was coming off an exciting 4-2 victory in the dessert over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
While Luke Glendening produced a shorthanded goal with 3:24 remaining in Phoenix to break a 2-2 tie (Frans Nielsen tacked on an empty net tally with 1:34 left for the final margin) as the hero on Thursday night, captain Henrik Zetterberg was Friday's hero. He scored one goal and set up three more.
Coach Blashill had high praise for Zetterberg's talent, saying, "You guys saw it tonight. He's a great player. He's been a great player in this league for a long time. When I say great player, to me the biggest thing is he's just a great winner. You can;t say enough things about guys that are winning hockey players. He's got to be one of the better ones of his generation."
Zetterberg scored on a breakaway with 5:14 left in the second period to give the Red Wings a short-lived 2-1 lead. He had set up the first goal at the 1:38 mark of the game when carrying the puck into the Vegas zone on a 2-on-1 rush with Gustav Nyquist, holding the puck until dishing off at the last second. Nyquist connected after taking the open pass and firing it into an open net on the left side by Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury who had no chance on the shot.
Zetterberg helped the Red Wings tie the game at 3-3 when setting up Anthony Mantha on another picture perfect feed in front of the net at the 4:42 mark of the third period. The Red Wings went ahead at 4-3 just 2:21 later when Zetterberg joined Frans Nielsen on a 2-on-1 rush as Nielsen raced out of the penalty box. They then worked a nifty give-and-go with another Zetterberg feed helping Nielson produce what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Nyqist scored his second goal of the game off a Mantha rebound with 9:11 left to build a two-goal cushion and then Glendenning scored with 5:04 left to provide the final 6-3 margin.
Nyquist was especially pleased afterward since he had gone five games without lighting the red light. He didn't get his first point until Game 5 a night earlier against the Coyotes. "That was nice, obviously, to get on finally, and felt good in preseason but haven't been able to put one in here at the start, so that felt good for sure," he said. "But the most important thing is we get the win here on a back to back. That's big for our club. Three out of four games we've won on the road. We still got lots to learn and get better at but good start for our team."
One spark for Nyquist may have been Coach Blashill juggling lines. He moved Mantha up to the top line with Nyquist and Zetterberg.
Mantha was pleased with the change, saying, "We played together before Gus had that suspension last year. We had a good stretch of almost 10 games I think. We know that we can play good together. Mo is a strong, big guy with a big reach. And me and Gus, we've played together for many years."
They were linemates with the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League during their minor league days. Nyquist, who was born in Sweden, was drafted 121st overall by the Wings in the 2008 draft and left college after his junior year when selected as a finalist as the top collegiate player in the NCAA for the 2009-10 season. He was the top scorer a year later at Grand Rapids when leading Detroit's Triple-A club to the Calder Cup championship. Nyquist made his NHL debut in 2011 with a goal in his first game, but was shoveled back and forth between Grand Rapid and Detroit until sticking with the big club during the 2012-13 season when becoming Detroit's top goal scorer with a became Detroit's top scorer during the 2013-14 with 28 tallies during a 48-point campaign in only 57 games. He scored 27 times during the 2014-15 season before slumping to 17 goals in 2015-16 and only 12 a year ago when the Red Wings missed the playoffs.
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Quotable II: "It worked out good. I think Coach just wanted to switch things up for a lot of guys and a lot of different lines and today seemed to be working so that was good." - Nyquist
Quotable II: "Wow. Coach made a change, he put Anthony there. I think guys played really, really well. Henrik is one of the best playmakers in the game. Just watching him making these plays is unbelievable and they did very well tonight." - Tatar
2. Gustav Nyquist: It had been a quiet start to the
3. Anthony Mantha: When the Wings were struggling late in the first and into the second period, looking much like a team that had played the night before, it was Mantha who provided a spark.
The game featured a lot of interesting elements, including Vegas introducing its new mascot, a Gila monster named Chance, a drum line and the first NHL fight for Tomas Tatar and Vegas' Erik Haula.
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