Austin Goodman

Strong Goaltending and Canucks’ Lack of Offense Helps Wings

The Vancouver Canucks have struggled as of late.

Its goal scoring and behind the bench presence has been far from exemplary this year. Head coach for the Canucks, John Tortorella, returned for his first game behind the bench in 15 games, after threatening and attacking another team’s players and staff in the locker room back in January.

Vancouver could not quite get a hold on the speedy Red Wings offense, giving the team many chances. Luckily for Tortorella’s team, Eddie Lack was not lacking any sort of confidence between the pipes. The backup goaltender stopped 29 of 30 shots from the Wings and did not give them much space to shoot into.

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The Pact – #16 – 2/3/14

Superbowl Sunday was a shock to most sports fans, including The Pact.  But one panelist made the right call, picking Seattle. Harry Jadun gets a chance to gloat on this edition of The Pact.

The show kicks off with Faith and Lou talking MSU basketball’s disappointing loss to Georgetown at Madison Square Gardens. Fino moderates as the two panelists debate what the team’s biggest issue is.

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Penalty Kill Struggles, Goal Scoring Frenzy in Capital

Alexander Ovechkin is one of the league’s most deadly shooters that the NHL has to offer, notching his 39th goal of the season in overtime on Sunday against the Red Wings.

The game was back and forth on Sunday. The first goal of the day was recorded just under five minutes into the game from Jason Chimera past Jimmy Howard, which was quickly followed by a power play goal from Washington’s Joel Ward. The first period ended with three power play goals, two for the Capitals and one for the Wings. Gustav Nyquist got the goal for the Wings, which went on to be his first of three goals and four points in 19:03 of ice time.

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Howard and Hank Return in First of Home-and-Home with Washington

Shootouts have plagued Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings shooters this season. The team has lost eight of 12 shootouts along with three overtime losses.

Sitting three slots out of the wild card slot in the Eastern Conference, the team was looking for an answer from two essential elements returning to the lineup.

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Wings Fall 5-0 in Philly

As the Red Wings walked off the ice at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday evening, they had their heads hung low weighed down by defeat. The Philadelphia Flyers came out with their top lines coming to take a win on home ice. Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell led the Flyers to a demolition style defeat over the Wings as they alone had a combined six points on the night.

Solid goaltending is key in the National Hockey League. Steven Mason had a great representation of what it takes to stand tall against a Red Wing team thriving off of momentum.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #1 – 1/27/14

The Detroit Red Wings had a solid week (3-1-1) through a five-game homestand that was long awaited after two four-game road spurts. The team has struggled with injuries and are still dealing with the inconsistencies of playing time due to multiple injuries. Every game is a new team with a new dynamic when it comes to the Wings this season. There is no consistency in net or in the goal-scoring column.

With help from up-and-coming all-stars: Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, the Red Wings have maintained a spot in the standings that leaves them in full contention for a 23rd straight playoff appearance.

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The Pact – 15 – 1/27/14

Spartan basketball endured a devastating, 75-80, loss Saturday to their forever rival, the University of Michigan.

This week on The Pact, Lou and Faith debate the reasons for the loss and whether or not it will make a large impact on the team. Should the Spartans be seriously worried about the Iowa Hawkeyes? Fino moderates and has predictions of his own. Read More…

Alfredsson Returns, Gustavsson Stands Tall, Wings Beat Habs

The Red Wings took on the Montreal Canadiens at Joe Louis Arena on Friday evening. With a good showing from young Riley Sheahan and a strong return from veteran Daniel Alfredsson, the Wings put a solid hold on a declining Canadiens team.

Sheahan had family and friends in the stands during Friday night’s game, giving him a bit more motivation to score because the Sheahans are Habs faithful. He scored the second goal of the game, rocketing a wrist shot over the glove hand of Carey Price with 8:12 remaining in the second period.

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Playoff Style Match-up against Hawks Results in Shootout

A long-anticipated rivalry game since the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals was played at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday when the Blackhawks came into Detroit to take on the Red Wings.

From the starting gate the two teams were quick, gritty and ready to put the puck in the net. The Blackhawks hit the scoreboard first with a goal from Marian Hossa, that was quickly followed by a second goal two and a half minutes later from Andrew Shaw to put the Hawks up 2-0 with 9:30 to play in the first period.

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Howard, Wings Fall in Loss to Blues

The Detroit Red Wings lost another game to a Western Conference foe Monday night when they faced off against the St. Louis Blues at the Joe Louis Arena.

The game’s first goal came at 11:13 into the first period with a backhand shot from Blues winger Magnus Paajarvi. Red Wing Gustav Nyquist then cleaned up the trash in front of the Blues’ net with 27 seconds left in the first to tie the game at one apiece.

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Ten Red Wings Headed to Sochi Games

In February, Sochi, Russia, will be hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The ice hockey competition has once again placed marvelous teams together with a compilation of the best NHL players representing their homeland.

The Detroit Red Wings have ten players going to the games, six of which are playing for Sweden, two for Slovakia, one for Russia and one for the United States.

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From the Pact: Can the Wings Keep Their Playoff Streak Alive?

The Detroit Red Wings have not played up to their full potential this year.

The team is currently sitting in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with 52 points after 48 games played. With the long list of injuries still in the forefront of everyone’s brain, the Wings are in a predicament that could cost them their 22-season streak of consecutive playoff appearances.

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Lucky Goals Come Late, Wings Get Second Shootout Win

Niklas Kronwall perhaps got the luckiest goal of his NHL career on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Red Wings were on a power play with just under 30 seconds to go in the third period, when the defenseman slapped a shot that deflected up and into the netting behind goaltender, Jonathan Quick.

The referees did not see the puck launch off a stick and up into the netting until the puck traveled from the netting down towards the goal, where it went off of the back of Quick and into the Kings’ net with 27 seconds left to go in regulation.

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Goaltender Showdown at Madison Square Garden

Though neither team had scored by the end of the second period Thursday night, the Madison Square Garden matchup never seemed dry. Henrik Lundqvist of New York and Jimmy Howard of Detroit both put up great numbers and showcased some of their best work all season.

Jimmy Howard had a 3.93 GAA and an .864 save percentage in the month of December, posting zero notches in the win column and receiving two regulation losses and one overtime loss in three games. After his numbers continued to increase, Howard found himself on the bench for more than just poor play. The starting goaltender suffered a sprained MCL in mid-December, sidelining him until right before the Winter Classic.

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Hiller Stays Strong, Rough Patch Continues for Wings

Petr Mrazek usually spends his time playing on the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL Calder Cup defending champions. On Sunday, however, Mrazek got the call to start between the posts for the Detroit Red Wings in Anaheim.

Although Mrazek came out to play on Sunday, only allowing one goal in less than 59 minutes played, the young goalie was not given productivity from the team in front of him, and one goal against was still too much for the Red Wings.

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Riley Sheahan Gets First NHL Goal, Tatar Honors Recently Lost Father

When Tomas Tatar scored in the third period on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings, there was a different vibe at the Staples Center than any other goal that was scored in the game.

Tatar’s father died this week of a liver ailment, but through strength, determination and a predisposed conditioning of winning permanently stamped into the forward’s brain, the 23-year old from Slovakia played and produced in honor of his fallen father.

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Pavelski, Sharks Beat Wings in the Shark Tank

Joe Pavelski has 12 goals in his past 15 games played, and that did not stop against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday in the Shark Tank.

Pavelski and the San Jose Sharks took it to the Detroit Red Wings from the start of the game in Thursday’s contest. The Shark forward put the first goal of the game behind Red Wings goaltender, Jimmy Howard, just about five minutes into the game.

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Howard Resolves Issues, Zetterberg and Team Light Lamp

Carrying over from his performance in the Winter Classic, Jimmy Howard once again stood on his head, stopping the game’s first 12 shots.

Although a seemingly low number, the Dallas Stars were challenging Howard with strategic play and a boost of energy that the Wings were not able to keep up with. That was until Henrik Zetterberg had a say in the matter.

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Octopi Hockeytown Special Edition: Elements of the Winter Classic

The temperature was 13 degrees and heavy snow was continuously falling during the 2014 Bridgestone Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs in Ann Arbor, Mich.

On Octopi Hockeytown, Austin Goodman brakes down the elements of the largest outdoor game to be played in NHL history. Read More…

2014 Bridgestone Winter Classic Game Review

Temperatures were frigid, snow was falling, and players were gritty, determined, and focused during parts of the game.

The crowd came in at 105,491 as fans stuffed into the Big House on New Year’s Day for the 2014 Bridgestone Winter Classic, between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Dion Phaneuf and Jonathan Bernier led their Maple Leafs team to a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings, who were led by a returning Jimmy Howard along with rising defenseman Brendan Smith.

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