Blackhawks Rally Twice to Defeat Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings had a one-goal lead twice Friday night but the Chicago Blackhawks bounced back each time en route to a 3-2 win over their Original Six rivals.

Brent Seabrook’s blast from the high slot just 1:52 prooved to be the game-winner for Chicago, who moved to five points up on Detroit in the Central Division standings.

Justin Abdelkader had opened the game’s scoring at 9:49 of the first period. After Chicago goalie Corey Crawford stopped a Drew Miller shot, Abdelkader jumped up and flipped the rebound over him to give the Red Wings their initial lead.

Jonathan Toews tied things up on a penalty shot with 5:28 left in the period. Toews snapped a low shot from the slot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard to make it 1-1.

The Red Wings regained their lead at 5:25 of the second period when a Mike Commodore shot from the point deflected off of Todd Bertuzzi and beat Crawford.

Just 2:05 later, former Red Wing Marian Hossa shook off Valtteri Filppula and drifted into the left side of the Detroit zone all alone, slapping a shot past Howard.

Howard finished the night with 25 saves on 28 Chicago shots. Crawford also faced 28 shots, stopping 26.

The Blackhawks were scoreless on five power play chances but converted on their penalty shot attempt. Detroit did not score on their lone chance with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday in their annual New Year’s Eve game, hosting the St. Louis Blues.

Red Wings Transaction Recap

I haven’t touched on any of the Wings’ roster moves this week so here’s a quick recap, since a bunch more happened today…

Tuesday: With Tomas Holmstrom suffering a groin injury on Monday night in Nashville, Joakim Andersson was called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Wednesday: Jan Mursak was activated from the injured reserve and assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins for a conditioning stint.

Thursday: Tomas Holmstrom was placed on short-term injured reserve to make room on the roster for Gustav Nyquist. Nyquist was called up from Grand Rapids because Darren Helm is expected to miss the next two games with a groin injury.

So Andersson and Nyquist called up, Holmstrom and Helm injured, Mursak off IR but sent to GR.

Red Wings Rally for Win over Blues

The Detroit Red Wings scored three unanswered goals Tuesday night, rallying from down 2-0 for a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Nicklas Lidstrom started Detroit’s comeback with a second-period power play goal. With 1:03 left in the period, Lidstrom’s shot from the left point found its way through traffic and past St. Louis goalie Brian Elliot to get the Red Wings on the board.

Pavel Datsyuk tied things up with 8:41 left in the third period, tipping an Ian White shot past Elliot while driving to the net.

Just 56 seconds later, Niklas Kronwall beat Elliot with a shot through traffic from the blue line for Detroit’s first lead.

The Blues had opened the game’s scoring at 6:51 of the first, when Matt D’Agostini tipped a Kevin Shattenkirk shot from the blue line past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard while St. Louis was on a power play.

A second power play goal gave the Blues a 2-0 lead with 6:52 remaining in the second period. Jason Arnott‘s shot from the left point just slipped through Howard’s pads, but no one could see the puck free behind him. When play wasn’t blown dead, Alexander Steen jumped in and dug the puck out, knocking it into the net.

Each team had four power plays on the night. St. Louis scored twice with the extra skater while Detroit scored once.

Both of the goalies made 29 saves, with Elliot facing 32 shots and Howard facing 31.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday in the Detroit’s annual New Years’ Eve game. The Wings will next be in action the night before when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

Detroit was without forward Tomas Holmstrom, expected to miss a week with a groin injury. Joakim Andersson was called up from Grand Rapids to make his NHL debut in Holmstrom’s place.

Postgame: Blues @ Red Wings – 12/27

This game started out like the other two the Red Wings and Blues have played this season. St. Louis controlling the boards, Detroit unable to gain the zone, no offensive flow for the Wings.

The Red Wings ground it out as the game went on, though. They kept pushing into the Blues’ zone and started winning some battles, which led to getting some pucks on net. Nicklas Lidstrom got the Wings on the board with one such chance and from them on it was pretty much all Detroit.

Overall, it was a pretty entertaining game. As a Wings fan I’d like to have seen them do a lot of things better but some of that isn’t a sign of what Detroit wasn’t doing but a sign of what the Blues were doing. Brian Elliot had a very good game in the St. Louis net and the team is committed to controlling the puck in a way they haven’t been before.

On the Detroit side of things, Jimmy Howard kept his team in it. He made several key stops, including a Hasek-like flopping save off the side of his mask. Then Pavel Datsyuk put the team on his back.

The Red Wings needed that win and they might have needed to win it like that. It’s one thing to blow a team out, 8-2. It’s another to grind out a comeback win. Detroit hasn’t done the latter much this season and doing so tonight shows that they can.

I should mention Joakim Andersson, making his first-ever NHL appearance. I think I remember hearing his name twice. That means he didn’t screw anything up, which is good, but it also means he didn’t do much.

Filppula Scores Twice as Red Wings Down Predators, 4-1

Valtteri Filppula scored two goals Monday night as the Detroit Red Wings returned from the NHL’s Christmas break to earn a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

Filppula opened the game’s scoring at 10:57 of the first period, taking a feed from Henrik Zetterberg in the slot to knock a shot past Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.

Wuth 7:08 left in the second period, Pavel Datsyuk made it 2-0 on a wraparound chance. The goal was originally not called on the ice, with one of the linesmen confirming that the puck had gone into the net and video review unable to prove otherwise.

Just 13 seconds later, Danny Cleary snapped a shot from the slot past Rinne to make it 3-0 on Detroit’s eleventh shot of the game.

Filppula notched his second of the night at 5:22 of the third. Justin Abdelkader and Cory Emmerton were unable to beat Rinne from in close but the rebound came out to the right faceoff circle, where Filppula jumped up to fire a shot into the net before Rinne could get back into position.

Jonathon Blum broke Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard‘s shutout with 2:12 left, wristing a shot from the blue line through traffic to get the Predators on the board.

Howard finished the night with 31 saves on 32 shots against. Rinne stopped 18 of Detroit’s 22 shots.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Nashville had five tries with the extra attacker and Detroit had two.

The Red Wings are back in action on Tuesday night when they host the St. Louis Blues.

Detroit forward Tomas Holmstrom left the game in the third period with what the team called a lower-body injury… Defenseman Jakub Kindl was a healthy scratch.

Hockey Video Games and Charity: Retro Hockey Challenge

Anyone following @detroithockey96 last June (or who’s seen the annual updates in the forums) knows that I’m a huge fan of the Mario Marathon. A bunch of guys getting together and playing Super Mario games non-stop for several days and streaming it on the Internet for charity. It’s a fun event for a noble cause and I’ve always wanted to do something similar.

Back in September, I mentioned the idea of Retro Hockey Challenge. At the time, I was still researching what it would take to put on a video game marathon and wasn’t sure whether it could happen. Now that I’m pretty sure I can do it, I want to put more information out to all of you to see if I should do it.

Retro Hockey Challenge is my idea for a video game marathon aimed at hockey fans. We’d be playing old-school hockey games such as Ice Hockey and Blades of Steel for the NES and the early NHL series for the SNES.

Like the Mario Marathon, Retro Hockey Challenge’s charity would be Child’s Play. Wings fans have a history of raising money for Children’s Hospital of Michigan but I felt that the international reach of Child’s Play was better suited for an event like this, where donations could be coming from anywhere. Conveniently, Children’s Hospital of Michigan is partnered with Child’s Play, so there’s still a local connection.

In the Mario Marathon (and many others, but I’ll keep using them as an example), viewer donations determine how far the gamers have to play. I don’t think that would work for this because – unlike the Mario games – these games don’t have a linear storyline to follow along with (unless we were to play a season from start to finish, which I think would be really boring to watch).

Instead, the Retro Hockey Challenge will have a set schedule. Rather than working together to complete levels, the gamers involved in RHC will compete against each other in a tournament.

A “regular season” schedule will be put together to seed each gamer into a best-of-seven playoff bracket. Then those playoffs will determine a champion. If we get the number of gamers that I’m hoping for and my math is correct, it would lead to a 40+ hour event.

For each scheduled match, the game to be played will be randomly chosen at the the time of the match. This means that a gamer who’s really good at Blades of Steel might never get to play it, as the random game picker could come up on NHL ’94 each time he or she is scheduled to play.

Because dontations wouldn’t change the length of the event, viewers instead get to use their dollars to vote for what game(s) they want to see played more. For every dollar donated, whoever donated it gets to cast a vote for their favorite game. Those votes will skew our random game picker towards that game.

In short, if you wanted to see us play more Blades of Steel, you’d just have to donate and pick that game.

With the details of how the event would be run (mostly) figured out, I’m still trying to nail down a few details that I need feedback from the community on.

First off is a date. I expect RHC to begin on a Friday around noon Eastern. What Friday, though?

My initial thought was to do it when NHL training camps open, so that people will be starved for hockey but there wouldn’t be any actual games that RHC would be inteferring with. Other suggestions have included during the All-Star weekend (which couldn’t happen in 2012 as there’s not enough time to pull it together), during the Draft (which coincides with Mario Marathon so I wouldn’t do that), during the Stanley Cup Finals and just before the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Of those options, I’m leaning towards just before the playoffs, with a start date of April 6, 2012.

The second issue would be who would play? I’m still looking to put together a roster of gamers but part of that depends on the date. I’d love it if other bloggers could be involved, as we’d be able to provide background chatter while the games are being played.

I can say that we do have a location almost locked down. I expect that we’ll be playing in Okemos, MI, from a generously-provided conference room. More details on that later, if we’re able to move forward.

So what I’m looking for from the community is feedback on this idea. Will it work at all? When do you think it would work best? Am I missing anything? Are you a blogger or gamer interested in playing?

Please provide any thoughts you can. Replying directly to this post (you can log in with a Twitter or Facebook account if you don’t want to create a DH.N account), tweeting to @detroithockey96 or @retrohockey, or posting to the DH.N Facebook page will all work.

I look forward to hearing what the community has to say.

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