RED WINGS UPDATE
RED WINGS DEFEAT LEAFS IN OVERTIME
The Red Wings and the Maple Leafs squared off again on Saturday night, this time in the Joe Louis Arena. The crowd was electrifying and the game was thrilling as they went into overtime with a 0-0 tie. With 10 seconds left to go, Henrik Zetterberg blasted a one timer home after a beautiful pass from Niklas Kronwall to give the Red Wings the win.
Both goalies, Jonathan Bernier and Jonas Gustavsson had excellent games keeping their respective teams in the game several times. This was a big 4 points this weekend for the Red Wings as their record for the first 5 games is 3-1-1. They are off to a great start especially with their team defense and penalty kill.
Here is a look at the game winning goal:
STEPHEN WEISS ONE STEP CLOSER TO REGAINING ROSTER SPOT
Stephen Weiss made his season debut in Toronto on Saturday night. He was playing in the place of Johan Franzen who was unable to go after warm ups.
He played the least amount in the game with just over 8 minutes but he also had over 2 minutes on the power play. The Red Wings are really bringing him along slowly as he has missed so much time over the last two years and it will take a while for him to get up to game speed and get his hands back. This is definitely a step in the right direction.
ZETTERBERG DOMINATES LEAFS
This was Zetterberg’s statement after the Red Wings suffered a shoot out loss on Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins. The Captain would find a way to bounce back with 5 points in the two games against the Toronto Maple Leafs including the overtime winner on Saturday night with less then 10 seconds left.
Zetterberg, who is known as being a slow starter, has only taken 3 games to heat up and hopefully this is the sign of a long and healthy season.
AROUND THE NHL
SIDNEY CROSBY AND JOE THORNTON BOTH REACH MILESTONES
Crosby recorded his 500th assist on Saturday when his Penguins defeated the New York Islanders. According to NHL.com, he is the 6th fastest player in NHL history to reach this milestone. Only Gretzky, Lemieux, Peter Stastny, Orr and Peter Forsberg were able to get those 500 assists quicker. I would say he is in some pretty elite company.
Joe Thornton reached a milestone of his own in the Sharks victory on Saturday night when he recorded his 1,200th point. He is the 46th player in league history to reach this milestone and currently Jaromir Jagr and him are the only active players with that many points.
– Derek Carnevale