Game of the Day: Red Wings blast Avalanche 6-0 in Game 4 of the 1997 Western Conference Finals

Our Game of the Day series continues, and we’re throwing it back to the magical 1996-97 Detroit Red Wings season for this one. The legendary rivalry between Detroit and the Colorado Avalanche continued with a playoff matchup one year after their initial postseason battle ended with an Avalanche trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, and … Read more

Russian Five debuted 22 years ago today

Hockey was forever changed on October 27, 1995, during a tilt between the Detroit Red Wings and Calgary Flames. It was the night that Red Wings head coach Scotty Bowman sent five former Soviet Red Army players onto the ice in Calgary, and into history. Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Vladimir Konstantinov, and Slava Kozlov … Read more

Top 25 Joe Louis Arena Moments – Part 2

To celebrate the final season at Joe Louis Arena, we’re counting down the top 25 moments involving the Detroit Red Wings at the legendary old barn. You can view numbers 25-21 here. Let’s take a look at 20 through 16 in part two of our countdown. 20. 2009 WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIS, GAME 7   The Red Wings … Read more

Top 25 Joe Louis Arena Moments – Part 1

This is the final season at the legendary Joe Louis Arena for the Detroit Red Wings. To celebrate the legacies and timeless moments that were created here, we’ll be counting down our top 25 moments involving the Red Wings at “The Joe” in a five-part series, starting at number 25. 25. 1997 WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIS, … Read more

Throwback Thursday: A brief Russian Five history (w/ videos)

Back in the mid 1990’s, there was a line formed by coaching great, Scotty Bowman of the Detroit Red Wings that would end up being more of an impact decision than even Bowman imagined. A line consisting of Russian skaters Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav “Slava” Kozlov, Vladimir Konstantinov and Viacheslav “Slava” Fetisov. The first time … Read more

TBT: Fedorov goes between the legs to set up Kozlov in WC Semis vs. Sharks

The Russian Five in Hockeytown were truly a sight to behold on the ice. Today, we throw it back to this day in 1995. It’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Red Wings and San Jose Sharks.

Already with a 1-0 lead, Detroit continues to apply the pressure. Sergei Fedorov brings it up ice to set up Slava Kozlov with a crazy no-look, between-the-legs pass before Kozlov hammers it home for the goal.

Detroit went on to win Game 3 by a score of 6-2, sweeping the series over San Jose and scoring six goals in every game. The Wings cruised to a 12-2 record through the Western Conference portion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Unfortunately, they went on to get swept in the Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils that season.

24 Years in the Playoffs: The Detroit Red Wings

For me, as a 28-year old man, it is hard to imagine being a fan of a hockey team that doesn’t qualify for the playoffs. Having followed the game for as long as I can remember, playoff hockey is just something that is considered “normal”. The Detroit Red Wings have qualified for the playoffs in each of … Read more

Player Profile: Vladislav Namestnikov

In preparation for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, I have been profiling players who may be available when the Red Wings make their first selection at 24th overall. I’ve hit most of the nationalities that make up the Red Wings roster so far, including a Canadian, a Swede, and a Finn. The other day, I profiled Tomas Jurco, and while there are no current Red Wings from Slovakia, his hometown is just a four hour drive from that of prospect Tomas Tatar.

While there is currently only one Russian on the Red Wings, and none necessarily coming up the pipeline, the past and present of the Wings franchise has been shaped by enormous contributions from players who hail from the former Soviet Union. From Pavel Datsyuk now, to the famous Russian 5 of the mid-ninties, they all have a connection to this next player.

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