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Nov. 15th, 2007 @ 08:47 pm Detroit Red Wings plane gets stuck in mud, team grounded in St. Louis

November 14, 2007
CAHOKIA, Ill. - The Detroit Red Wings didn't get out of St. Louis with a victory over the Blues. In fact, they didn't get out of town at all.

After falling 4-3 to the Blues on Tuesday night, the Red Wings escaped injury when their team jet's right wheels got stuck in the grass and mud at St. Louis Downtown Airport in the suburb of Cahokia, Ill.

Airport director Bob McDaniel says the DC-9, the Red Bird II, was leaving the parking ramp and still was on the taxiway when the wheels inadvertently slipped off the pavement during a turn.

McDaniel says there were no injuries, noting the plane wasn't moving much faster than someone could walk.

Crews on Wednesday still were trying to free the plane, "figuring out the quickest, easiest and safest way to get it onto the pavement," McDaniel said.

The team safely evacuated the plane and spent the night at the team hotel in St. Louis.

On Wednesday, the Red Wings were making the most of their extended stay in St. Louis, spending their already scheduled off day working out at the Blues' practice facility and going bowling, team spokesman John Hahn said.

Another charter jet was to return the Red Wings to Detroit later Wednesday, Hahn said.

The Red Wings next play the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday in Detroit.
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Oct. 10th, 2007 @ 11:13 pm A hockey movie using real hockey players! It's true - The Rocket, read the review below!

The Rocket or Maurice Richard, the biographical story of hockey legend Maurice Richard, is the best sports biography I have ever seen.  It is also the best movie that uses sports to highlight historical bigotry I have ever seen.  It is the best sports movie I have ever seen.

A poor machinist in the slums of Quebec, trying to do his part for the War effort during World War Two, Maurice Richard decides to try out for the Canadiens hockey team.  His amazing talent wasn't enough, though; there were concerns that he was just too frail for hockey.  After an extended time of not playing hockey, the Canadiens put him on the ice where he becomes the legend every hockey player studies.  He struggles with the uncertainty of his job and supporting his wife and children.  During his rise to fame, it is brought to his attention that the French speaking hockey players and citizens are being treated as second class citizens.  Using his fame, and with some trepidation, he decides if he is going to be part of the movement for equality or another quiet French-Canadian who accepts the status quo.

The Rocket is not an uplifting, heartwarming, blood pumping movie shallow in plot, like most sports movies; it is a slower-moving, complex and dramatic biography supplemented by exciting hip checks, high sticking and the occasional fight.  The pacing is like a train going over a mountain, patience is required to go up but your patience is rewarded when you have an exciting trip down the mountain.  There is more plot than hockey and a person who doesn't care about hockey will still enjoy the dramatic feelings and settings cultivated in The Rocket.

The Rocket is as much about the time that Maurice Richard lived in, as it is about him personally.  For those of us not familiar with general World War Two Canadian History, this film gives the audience a brief insight into internal strife during that time in the peaceful giant to the north.  Using such an icon to display the times is a tired way to tell history but in The Rocket, it seems more natural.  Richard is not glorified as beyond human or hero worshiped.  He struggles with the people of his country, the same way they do.

The acting in The Rocket is hard hitting (pun intended), and will hip check (I'm not ashamed to make hockey puns) your emotions when you aren't expecting it.   Roy Dupuis, who plays hockey megastar Maurice Richard, is a quiet storm, rolling over the hills of emotion.   Julie LeBrenton, who plays Lucille Richard, Maurice's wife, performance is like a hurricane blowing in without mercy or regard.  Her performance is a powerful triumph.  No, in case you were wondering, they don't let the professional hockey players act much, thank you director Charles Binamé for making a thoughtful decision.

The Rocket is beautiful.  It's dark and grainy feeling leaves you feeling a little dirty in an industrial way, but intrigued and curious.

In our house, we wouldn't dream of wasting our entertainment money or time on baseball or basketball.  We probably could be bothered to see football on someone else's dime, if there wasn't paint to watch dry.  What we will do is climb a stack of chairs to change the channel at a sports bar during baseball playoffs to watch hockey because we are a hockey family, through and through.  If you've never been to the Shark Tank in San Jose, you just haven't lived.  So believe me when I say the hockey in The Rocket is exceptionally fun to watch and technically correct.  It makes sense because all of the hockey scenes are played with National Hockey League players.  That's right, they don't pretend to play hockey, they actually play professional hockey!  If you are a hockey fan you'll see faces you recognize, like Mike Ricci of the San Jose Sharks.   Even if you aren't a hockey fan, you'll enjoy the hitting and bleeding. 

If you love great hockey, see The Rocket.  If you love great writing, see The Rocket.  If you love phenomenal acting, see The Rocket.  If you aren't a complete idiot, see The Rocket.  Just see The Rocket or I'll see you in the boards!

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Oct. 2nd, 2007 @ 12:17 am Datsyuk added to trio of alternate captains for '07-08
DETROIT -- The Red Wings today announced Pavel Datsyuk will serve as an alternate captain for the 2007-08 season. Datsyuk joins Kris Draper and Henrik Zetterberg in a rotating trio of alternate captains.

Datsyuk, 29, has led the Red Wings in scoring in each of the last two seasons collecting 27 goals and career-high 60 assists for 87 points in 2006-07 and 28 goals and 59 assists for 87 points in 2005-06. After signing the longest contract in franchise history (seven years) on April 6, 2007, he went on to lead the club in goals (eight) during the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Since 2005-06, Datsyuk ranks seventh in the NHL in assists (119), 12th in points per game (1.14) and 13th in points (174). Datsyuk has played all 363 of his NHL games in a Red Wings' uniform.

A six-year veteran of the NHL, Datsyuk won his second consecutive Lady Byng Trophy in 2007. He had a breakout season in 2003-04, racking up a career-high 30 goals on his way to his first NHL All-Star Game selection. In his first NHL campaign he won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2002.
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Sep. 6th, 2007 @ 11:20 pm New $9 ticket goes on sale Sept. 13
DETROIT -- The hottest ticket in town goes on sale September 13 as the Red Wings begin selling a new $9 ticket for all home games at Joe Louis Arena. The special $9 ticket goes on sale -- for September preseason and October regular-season games -- on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. The $9 tickets will be released on a monthly-basis throughout the season and will only be available for purchase at the Joe Louis Arena box office with a limit of two tickets per person.

In addition to the $9 ticket, all available single-game tickets for home games in October, November and December will go on sale on Sept. 13. Reserved seats are priced at $22, $44 and $54. Additionally, tickets starting at just $22 per seat are available in 6, 12, 22 and 41-game packages by calling 313-396-7575.

Fans can purchase the single-game tickets for the first three months of the season beginning at 10 a.m. on Sept. 13 at the Joe Louis Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations including Hockeytown Café, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy, or charge by phone at 248-645-6666. Fans also can purchase tickets by logging on to DetroitRedWings.com.

A special 36-hour internet pre-sale for Red Wings World members will take place beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. For further details, log onto RedWingsWorld.com.

Special group packages of 20-or-more tickets also are available through the Red Wings Group Sales Department at 313-396-7911.
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Aug. 25th, 2007 @ 07:38 am Pens, Sabres to play outdoors
PITTSBURGH (CP) - The NHL could be going outdoors this season in Buffalo. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sabres will play at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, on Jan. 1, 2008.

The made-for-television event would air across the U.S. on NBC, in what the league hopes will attract the largest audience ever to watch an NHL game in the United States.

Neither the league nor NBC would officially confirm the tentatively titled "Ice Bowl," which is scheduled to be played at 1 p.m. An official announcement is expected on Sept. 10, prior to the start of training camp.

"If and when we have something to announce we will make sure the announcement gets heard," NHL vice president of media relations Frank Brown said.

The Penguins had no comment about their involvement in an outdoor game.

This would the NHL's second attempt an outdoor game. The Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers played in "The Heritage Classic" at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium on Nov. 22, 2003. That contest was played in sub-freezing temperatures before a crowd of more than 52,000 people.

The game marked the first time two NHL clubs met outdoors for an official game.

In 2001, the University of Michigan played outdoors at arch-rival Michigan State in a game dubbed the "Cold Wars" before 74,554 fans.
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May. 23rd, 2007 @ 04:49 pm 2007 Playoff Bracket

So the Ducks have beaten the Red Wings, and Buffalo was defeated by Ottawa.

My 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Bracket has been updated for the final round between the Anaheim Ducks and the Ottawa Senators.

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May. 22nd, 2007 @ 10:35 pm Western Conferance Finals Game 6: Anaheim 4, Detroit 3

Ducks earn date with Stanley

With a 4-3 win over the Red Wings, the Ducks moved onto the Stanley Cup Final, where they will face the Senators beginning Monday at 8 p.m. ET in Anaheim.
Ducks goalie J.S. Giguere gets better when the pressure is on. It doesn't get much bigger than Tuesday's elimination game vs. Detroit.
Anaheim withstood a third-period Detroit rally Tuesday to win Game 6 and secure a spot in the Stanley Cup finals against Ottawa.

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May. 21st, 2007 @ 12:28 am Western Finals Game 5: Anaheim 2, Detroit 1


Teemu Selanne's steal and unassisted overtime goal Sunday gave the Ducks a 2-1 Game 5 win over the Wings and the series lead.

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Game 6: at ANH
Tue, May 22 - 9:00 pm EDT
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May. 18th, 2007 @ 02:36 am Western Finals Game 4: Detroit 3, Anaheim 5

A Mighty Win

No Chris Pronger, no problem for the Ducks, who got goals from five different players to even Detroit series, 2-2.

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Game 5: at DET
Sun, May 20 - 3:00 pm EDT
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May. 15th, 2007 @ 11:27 pm Western Finals Game 3: Detroit 5, Anaheim 0

Red Wings dominate Ducks, lead 2-1

The Red Wings played a near perfect Game 3 against the Ducks, winning 5-0 and grabbing a 2-1 series lead in the 2007 Western Conference Finals.
Dominik Hasek got a shutout, but it was a top-to-bottom effort.

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Game 4: at ANH
Thu, May 17 - 9:00 pm EDT
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