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#2130631 3/16 GDT: Capitals 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by LadyInRed on 15 March 2011 - 10:51 PM

Shame shame shame on us if we lose this game with a healthy team on our hands

#2130607 3/16 GDT: Capitals 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Casey on 15 March 2011 - 09:58 PM

That "None reported" for Wings injuries is beautiful.

#2130603 3/16 GDT: Capitals 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 15 March 2011 - 09:51 PM

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Start time: 7:30 EST

Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI
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Official Game Preview:
Capitals take 9 game win sreak to Detroit

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GM's urge tighter penalties
Bettman, Campbell transcript
If playoffs started today....

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71 GP, 41-20-10, 92 pts
Last Game: Defeated MTL 4-2

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69 GP, 41-20-8, 90 pts
Last Game: Defeated STL 5-3

Last DET-WSH Meeting:
1/19/10, DET 2 at WSH 3 Recap


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WSH Alexander Ovechkin: 27
DET Johan Franzen: 27

WSH Alexander Ovechkin: 46
DET Henrik Zetterberg: 51

WSH Nicklas Backstrom: +19
DET Brian Rafalski: +14
WSH Dennis Wideman: -21
DET Todd Bertuzzi: -5

WSH Matt Hendricks: 98
DET Jonathan Ericsson: 73

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9-2-2, 1.95 GAA, .930 SV%, 1 SO


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33-13-5, 2.77 GAA, .908 SV%, 2 SO

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Michal Neuvirth (face) questionable, Semyon Varlamov (knee) out,
Nicklas Backstrom (thumb) out, Jason Arnott (undisclosed) out,
Mike Green (head) out, Tom Poti (groin) out

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None reported

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3/17, Red Wings at Blue Jackets ; 7:00 EST

#2129503 Nicklas Lidstrom likely will be Red Wing next season, too

Posted by Broken 16 on 12 March 2011 - 12:41 PM

It doesn't change the absurdity of the comment.

That would be like me saying, "Gee, I hope Dats doesn't ask for $3 million per for his next contract." It just as ridiculous as Lidstrom asking to play for what any rational person knows to be peanuts. So the point is....why even say it?

How is it absurd to hope when the outcome is unknown? He could very well ask for less than you think he deserves 'just because'. The only thing bordering absurd is your willingness to squash hope. You hope squasher.

Don't you have enough power on this board? Now you wanna police hope too? :ph34r:

#2128668 Jimmy Howard watch thread

Posted by Crymson on 10 March 2011 - 11:22 PM

It's not the fact he let in two goals, it's the first softy he let in because his rebound control is like a ping pong ball bouncing off a ping pong table. That soft goal he let in changed the game. Wings were playing like a team on a mission, then his weak goal changed the momentum of the game.

We'll just have to accept the fact that Red wings wont be winning the cup the next two years unless Kenny gets rid of him or finds a real #1 goalie. Howard isn't a goalie that can get it done. He's the Bret Lebda of goalies...

I think Heaten has finally snapped, everyone.

#2125131 Wings Playoff/Cup chances?

Posted by Mabuhay Red Wings on 03 March 2011 - 04:46 AM

If I had to put into words the way I feel about the Wings chances this season, I'd say I feel half caution and half excitement with fairly high expectations. Everybody may feel differently from one person to the next. I got to reflecting on how I felt about years past as far as I could remember in my years as a competently enough fan of the game. Feel free to share any memories you guys have from past regular seasons going into the playoffs.

  • 93: More or less, "I'm going to watch one game at a time and just see how this goes."
  • 94: I actually had really high hopes this year because of the 1st seed and everything. So sad.
  • 95: Very much a feeling of, "This seems to be going really, really well... Hmm..." and then the Wings landed in hell. :unsure:
  • 96: Definitely thought they would win it all. Had very little, if any, doubts. And then it happened. :(
  • 97: 20% cautious, 80% not expecting much. And then they won it all. :blush:
  • 98: The same as 97, actually. Even though they were defending champs and the theme of that year was, "Believe." :blush:
  • 99: I really felt they would three-peat. The 99 post season definitely pissed me off more than any other run for any of my sports teams. I got greedy big time. :ranting:
  • 00: Had a decent level of excitement but not much. Nothing exceptional. God I hate Colorado.
  • 01: A little less excitement than what I had for '00. Ugh... Late night first round against the Kings definitely ruined some grades.
  • 02: Haha. I actually felt like, "They betterf****** win it all, dammit... Or else... (shakes fist)." So very sad after Game 5 against the Avs. But it all ended very well. :D
  • 03: Wasn't excited at all for this playoff run. I remember how they didn't get the 1st seed and thinking something just didn't seem right. I was more excited about the birth of the Euro Twins. From what I remember, Fedorov was on fire that year and then he ran into Steve Rucchin. :unsure:
  • 04: I actually felt really good about this year. I really liked the team from that year on paper. But it wasn't to be. :(
  • 05: Lockout. :zzz:
  • 06: I was fairly excited but also a tad cautious because I started to see how the Wings would get one of the highers seeds and then lose.
  • 07: Cautious with low expectations. I was very impressed after this playoff run. The foundation of the team was starting to really emerge.
  • 08: A very slow building feeling of shocking amazement as they year went on. "Wow... They could really do this and I can't think of a better team in the league," is how I felt. :thumbup:
  • 09: Definitely believed they would win it all. :(
  • 10: Very much a "One game at a time, let's see where this goes" kind of feeling.

#2127557 Colton Orr career maybe over

Posted by edicius on 09 March 2011 - 12:10 PM

Dude's only 29. It's a damn shame.

#2124740 Datsyuk interview from 2009

Posted by evilzyme on 02 March 2011 - 06:56 PM

Hey guys,
I'm not sure, but I stumbled upon this interview and thought it was pretty awesome. I'm not sure if it was ever shared on LGW but here's to pasha.


Alot of his background and a good look inside of him, I thought it was great read and never knew about his coming up to an NHL superstar.

#2125134 Tests Confirm Probert had chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Posted by mstegman on 03 March 2011 - 06:53 AM


March 2, 2011
Hockey Brawler Paid Price, With Brain Trauma

TECUMSEH, Ontario — For 16 seasons, Bob Probert’s fists were two of hockey’s most notorious weapons, winning most of his 246 fights and feeding the N.H.L.’s fondness for bare-knuckle brawling.

But the legacy of Probert, who died last July of heart failure at 45, could soon be rooted as much in his head as his hands. After examining Probert’s brain tissue, researchers at Boston University said this week that they found the same degenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, whose presence in more than 20 deceased professional football players has prompted the National Football League to change some rules and policies in an effort to limit dangerous head impacts.

Although the National Hockey League has taken steps recently to reduce brain trauma — banning blindside hits to the head, for example — it has nonetheless continued to allow the fighting that some say is part of the sport’s tradition and appeal. Teams continue to employ and reward players like Probert, who are known as enforcers because of how they intimidate opponents.

Hockey’s enduring tolerance for and celebration of fighting will almost certainly be tested anew now that Probert, more pugilist than playmaker, has become the first contemporary hockey player to show C.T.E. after death. Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy had previously diagnosed the disease in a long-retired player, Reggie Fleming, a 1960s-era enforcer who played before the full adoption of helmets.

“How much is the hockey and how much is the fighting, we don’t really know,” said Dr. Robert Cantu, co-director of the Boston University center and a prominent neurosurgeon in the area of head trauma in sports. “We haven’t definitely established that the skills of hockey as a sport lead to a certain percentage of participants developing C.T.E. But it can happen to hockey players, and while they’re still relatively young.”

Donald Fehr, the executive director of the players union, said the findings on Probert could not be taken lightly.

“Obviously, when you have a finding like this, it raises concerns and it bears serious examination,” Fehr said. “My impression is that the players want the best medical and scientific evidence that they can find so they make their decisions. They’re not looking to hide from the data. I don’t think anyone in hockey is looking to hide from the data.”

When informed of the Probert finding, Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of N.H.L., said he could not comment beyond his immediate reaction:

“We’re aware of what B.U. is doing, and we’ve met with them before,” Daly said. “It’s interesting science. We have interest in it. To the extent that the science itself starts to suggest certain conclusions, obviously we’re open to accepting that and addressing that moving forward. But we can’t take steps tomorrow based on what we’re finding out today.”

Some of the league’s top players, including the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, have missed significant time this season after sustaining concussions in the course of play. Commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this year that concussions resulting from fights had increased.

Probert was not the average player — he reveled in extremes both on and off the ice, primarily in fighting, drinking heavily and embracing other physical risks.

Probert’s posthumous autobiography, “Tough Guy,” gleefully offers details of his 3,300 career penalty minutes — fifth in N.H.L. history — and recounts so many brawls with enforcers like Tie Domi and Marty McSorley that it requires 11 pages to list them all. He scored 163 goals in his career from 1985 through 2002, for the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, but was so known for his fighting that a 2007 Hockey News poll rated him the greatest enforcer in hockey history.

Probert drank heavily beginning in his youth in Windsor, Ontario, and he used cocaine to the point that he served 90 days in a Minnesota prison and was suspended by the N.H.L. multiple times, including for the entire 1994-95 season. His police record included driving citations, bar fights and assaults on police officers. While boating last July 5 on Lake St. Clair, near his home in Tecumseh, Probert collapsed and died of heart failure, including an 80 percent blockage of the left coronary artery.

Many athletes later found with C.T.E. — whose test for abnormal protein deposits in brain tissue can be administered only after death — presented symptoms like drug abuse, impulse control and impaired memory only in the years before they died, suggesting that the disease contributed to it.

Probert’s case is considerably more difficult to interpret, Cantu said, because of his history. Cantu and other Boston University researchers declined to discuss any further specifics regarding Probert before publication in an academic journal.

Probert’s widow, Dani, said in an interview at their home on Tuesday that the B.U. group had said that her husband’s C.T.E. was less developed than that found in most football players of similar age. She added that in his final few years, Probert exhibited some behavior uncharacteristic to him, especially memory loss and a tendency to lose his temper while driving.

Cantu, while not speaking about Probert’s substance abuse specifically, also emphasized that “as of now, the medical community is not aware that any drug abuse, including alcohol, leads to” chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Dani Probert said that her husband was aware of growing concern about C.T.E. among athletes in contact sports, and that they had discussed it soon before he died after a “60 Minutes” feature on the subject.

“I remember joking with him, ‘Wouldn’t your brain make a nice specimen?’ ” she said. “He started questioning whether he would have it himself. He told me that he wanted to donate his brain to the research when he died. Who would have thought that six months later it would be happening?”

Chris Nowinski, a co-director of the Boston University research group, said that 10 other professional hockey players, almost all of whom played in the N.H.L., had pledged to donate their brains upon death. More than 100 professional football players have done the same, including Dave Duerson, the former Chicago Bears star and players union official who committed suicide two weeks ago.

Keith Primeau, who played with Probert in Detroit for several seasons in the early 1990s, arranged to donate his brain several months ago. Primeau sustained four documented concussions during his career but said in a telephone interview that he might have incurred others in fights that he did not recognize at the time.

“I was buckled a couple of times from a blow to the chin,” said Primeau, who had 98 fights in 15 N.H.L. seasons. “I don’t think it contributed to my overall concussion situation, but I wouldn’t discount it, either.”

Dani Probert said she learned of her husband’s having C.T.E. in early January but only recently became comfortable acknowledging it publicly. She said she would begin encouraging other hockey players to donate their brains, and raising awareness about the possible health risks of sports-related head trauma.

“In my heart of hearts, I don’t believe fighting is what did this to Bob,” she said. “It was hockey — all the checking and hits, things like that.”

She said those words just feet from a huge painting of Bob Probert that hangs in tribute to his hockey career. He is shown punching an opponent. On the canvas is scrawled a message from the artist:

“Gladiator as depicted by the Romans is a professional combatant or captive who entertains the public by engaging in combat. When it’s done for your team and your city, you’re known as a hero.”

Jeff Z. Klein contributed reporting.

#2124356 I've decided-Datsyuk for Captain

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 01 March 2011 - 07:26 PM

I wouldn't mind if Pavel gets it.

He's more visible every game than Zetterberg has been. Hasn't taken him long to dominate since coming back from injury either. It's like he never left.

I guess Zetterberg must be doing something in the lockerroom better than Datsyuk is, because he's been all but named as the future captain. I don't think it should be an open and shut case. Maybe they could be co-captains or alternate. I normally don't like that, but in this case it would be fine. They are the Euro twins after all.

#2124240 I've decided-Datsyuk for Captain

Posted by HankthaTank on 01 March 2011 - 02:25 PM

Stop nailing the OP for the idea of the best 2-way forward in the entire world to be the Captain. All that said, we know that Hank is the next Captain of the best sports franchise in the universe. Someone go ahead and "attack" my username :hehe: we all know the truth. No more telling of a picture than the one of Stevie, Kenny, and Hank in 1 picture. I think they already decided a few years back especially in the Cup run year of '08. But hey, I am a double threat guy with user name and avatar! OH NOOZZZZZZ :scared:

#2124187 I've decided-Datsyuk for Captain

Posted by 55fan on 01 March 2011 - 11:52 AM

Lids will not be around forever. Yes, it sucks. It sucked with Stevie, but that is how life is.

There is no reason that Pavel does not deserve to be the Captain once Lids retires. There is also no reason that Hank does not deserve it. However, unless we rotate the C, only one gets it.

Bashing people for suggesting Pavel is entirely lame. He would do a great job.

Hank will be the one getting it. He has more of a "captain" persona. It's no slight to Pavel. Coming in second to Hank is no insult.

#2124114 Kings GM complaining about calls

Posted by NeverForgetMac25 on 01 March 2011 - 09:21 AM

I found it hilarious that Stoll was going apes*** in the box after he saw the replay of himself clearly high-sticking Filppula in the face. Seriously Stoll, WTF were you looking at that made you think you weren't as guilty as they come.

Now, the Greene high-sticking call I'll agree. That was BS, but atleast justice was served and we didn't score on it.

#2123414 Wings sign Howard to 2-year, $4.5M extension

Posted by Konnan511 on 28 February 2011 - 12:07 PM

He would have easily made this on the open market, if not substantially more considering how young he still is.

#2122276 Pens new alternate captain

Posted by SouthernWingsFan on 25 February 2011 - 11:30 PM

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