WATCH: Red Wings go up 3-1 thanks to goal by… Jonathan Ericsson?

The Detroit Red Wings got their first two goal lead of the season tonight, thanks to Jonathan Ericsson. He launched a shot from the point that looked harmless enough. But with Thomas Vanek and Anthony Mantha screening, Ben Bishop couldn’t even see it. Jonathan Ericsson puts the Wings up 3-1 here halfway through the 3rd … Read more

WATCH: Danny DeKeyser scores from center ice on crazy bounce

The puck dropped for the Detroit Red Wings 2016-17 season Thursday night in Tampa Bay. Unfortunately, they surrendered a 2-0 lead and faltered late by putting themselves in too many short-handed situations, eventually dropping the season opener 6-4. At one point, Tampa Bay scored to make it a 5-3 game late in the third, virtually putting … Read more

Lightning score late in 1-0 victory, eliminating Red Wings from postseason

RED WINGS at LIGHTNING 34 SOG 24 0/4 POWER PLAY 0/4 34 FACE-OFF WINS 29 12 BLOCKED SHOTS 18 23 HITS 26 7 GIVEAWAYS 17   1st Period 3 minutes into the period, Niklas Kronwall had a very rare semi-breakaway opportunity as he got in behind the Tampa Bay defense. His backhanded attempt was stopped … Read more

Palat’s late goal puts Red Wings on brink of elimination, Bolts win 3-2

RED WINGS vs. LIGHTNING 28 SOG 33 0/4 POWER PLAY 3/5 32 FACE-OFF WINS 36 12 BLOCKED SHOTS 14 22 HITS 21 7 GIVEAWAYS 5 1st Period Lots of feeling out per se, for the first 5 to 6 minutes. Justin Abdelkader headed to the box for holding. 9 seconds in on the Tampa Bay man … Read more

Mrazek blanks Bolts as Red Wings win 2-0

RED WINGS vs. LIGHTNING 30 SOG 16 0/7 POWER PLAY 0/3 29 FACE-OFF WINS 28 14 BLOCKED SHOTS 18 29 HITS 28 6 TAKEAWAYS 2 Pregame  Darren McCarty was seen skating around the Joe Louis Arena ice with the Red Wings 25th consecutive playoff appearances flag waving freely. Here’s a pretty cool shot of Mac … Read more

WATCH: Henrik Zetterberg’s goal gives Detroit a 2-0 lead

Captain Henrik Zetterberg beat Ben Bishop, Toronto, and Tampa Bay Lightning head coach John Cooper all at once. His first goal of the playoffs came with plenty of controversy, but ultimately stood. After being ruled as a goal on the ice, a review was initiated with the NHL’s War Room to determine if the puck was kicked in, but the call on the … Read more

Johnson cruises Lightning to a 5-2 Game 2 victory over Red Wings

RED WINGS at LIGHTNING 32 SOG 31 1/5 POWER PLAY 1/6 35 FACE-OFF WINS 34 14 BLOCKED SHOTS 15 30 HITS 30 9 GIVEAWAYS 8 1st Period Two minutes into the first, Alex Killorn headed to the box for holding. The Red Wings didn’t do much on their first man advantage of the game. Tampa Bay had their … Read more

Kucherov propels Tampa Bay’s offense, as Lightning win 3-2

RED WINGS at LIGHTNING 36 SOG 34 0/5 POWER PLAY 0/4 28 FACE-OFF WINS 36 10 BLOCKED SHOTS 15 35 HITS 37 4 GIVEAWAYS 10 1st Period Lots of feeling each other out for the first couple minutes. Nearing the seven minute mark of the first period, Tampa Bay got a 3-on-2 opportunity. Tyler Johnson fed the … Read more

SERIES PREVIEW: Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

For the second straight season, the Detroit Red Wings will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Last season’s outcome wasn’t what Wings fans wanted to see as Tampa defeated Detroit in seven games and advanced, while the good guys were sent home packing. We know the intensity … Read more

Defensive struggles, missed opportunities haunt Red Wings, lose to Lightning 6-2

RED WINGS at LIGHTNING 25 SOG 34 1/1 POWER PLAY 1/4 26 HITS 14 32 FACE-OFF WINS 24 6 GIVEAWAYS 9 3 BLOCKED SHOTS 14 1st Period The Detroit Red Wings would get an early chance to strike first. Shortly after the initial puck drop, Ben Bishop carelessly gave away the puck. Anthony Mantha jumped on the … Read more

Nyquist fires home rebound for lone Red Wing goal [Video]

Once again, the Detroit Red Wings’ streaky scoring woes have reared their ugly face. The lone bright spot in the 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning was Gustav Nyquist finally breaking his scoring drought. Generated from a turnover by the Lightning in the neutral zone, Tomas Tatar came streaking up the wing and let … Read more

Tatar beats Bishop on spinning shot off the faceoff (Video)

[brid video=”7476″ player=”1841″ title=”Tatar beats Bishop with spinorama off faceoff”]   In a night where not a whole lot went very well for the Detroit Red Wings, at least we got another pretty goal to watch from Tomas Tatar. Right off a faceoff win by Pavel Datsyuk, the puck goes through the defender’s legs and … Read more

WATCH: Red Wings score fluky goal off Ben Bishop’s stick

[brid video=”7361″ player=”1841″ width=”720″ height=”404″]   Detroit Red Wings’ Joakim Andersson got his first goal of the playoffs, thanks in large part to Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop. Bishop chopped Andersson’s shot into the air and bobbled it on his stick in mid-air. The puck would rebound behind him and end up sliding into his own … Read more

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo via: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Photo via: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings were able to stretch their amazing post-season streak to 24 seasons this year, and they got paired with a first round matchup against division rival Tampa Bay Lightning. The Red Wings were in solid playoff position for the first five months of the season, and were even in contention for the top spot in the division. March would come along then, and the Red Wings would hit a slump that put them in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 24 years. The Red Wings would win two of their final three games, and earn 5 of 6 possible points, to clinch third place overall in the division.

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Top 5 goalie masks in the NHL today

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Jim Rutherford is recognized as the first goaltender to add decoration in the form of paint to his goalie mask. Since then, goaltenders have added their own stories to their play on the ice by decorating their masks in both team design and personal touch. Several masks could have made this list, but here’s my top five masks in the NHL today.

(Featured image via NHL.com)