Justin Abdelkader

Red Wings Dominate Home-and-Home Against Maple Leafs

Following back to back losses, including a heartbreaker against Boston in a shootout, the Detroit Red Wings were looking to bounce back in a home-and-home matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The series started out in Toronto on Friday night, and the teams had to quickly head back to Detroit and play the following night.

Game one saw an abundance of contribution from numerous Red Wings, particularly on the first line. Halfway through the first period, the captain, Henrik Zetterberg, found Johan Franzen for the first goal of the game. It was also his first of the season. Jimmy Howard held the Maple Leafs scoreless in the first period, standing firm in net. Read More…

Luke Glendening Understands, Willing to Fight for Playing Time

Luke Glendening, 25, understands that he needs to be “an all-around better player” to make it into the lineup going into the 2014 regular season.

Glendening played at the University of Michigan and graduated in the spring of 2012. He was a free agent pickup that the Red Wings gave a shot to going into the 2012-2013 season. Read More…

Hockey Tickets Go on Sale

Fall classes are starting to get underway at MSU, which also means that the MSU hockey season is almost upon us. With just about a month until the season starts, Spartan hockey season tickets are now available for purchase online.

Students have the option to buy season tickets or single game tickets the week of the game. With the purchase of season tickets, students receive an exclusive A-Team student section jersey. Non-students will have the same options, but they would not receive the jersey with the purchase of season tickets.

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Top MSU Hockey Player of All Time

The Spartans have had a great history in men’s college hockey. With their fair share of conference, regular season and tournament titles, three NCAA National Championships and two Hobey Baker award winners, the Spartans have some great accomplishments under their belt. None of those accomplishments would have been possible if it were not for the hard work and dedication put in by countless MSU hockey players over the years.

Over the next five weeks, Behind the Mask will be releasing each of our top five greatest Spartan hockey players of all time. Starting with No. 5 and working all the way up to No. 1. Each of us giving our own reasons on why each player deserves to be there.

Who will claim the top spot on the countdown?

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Top MSU Hockey Players of All Time

The MSU hockey team has had a great history in college hockey. With their fair share of conference, regular season and tournament titles, three NCAA National Championships and two Hobey Baker award winners, the Spartans have some great accomplishments under their belt. None of those accomplishments would have been possible if it were not for the hard work and dedication put in by countless MSU hockey players over the years.

Over the next five weeks, Behind the Mask will be releasing each of our top five greatest spartan hockey players of all time. Starting with No. 5 and working all the way up to No. 1. Each of us giving our own reasons on why each player deserves to be there.

Who will claim the top spot on the countdown?

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Justin Abdelkader Named Captain of Team USA , and Performs Well

Not only did Justin Abdelkader receive the tremendous opportunity to represent the stars and stripes of Team USA in the 2014 IIHF World Championships, but he was also chosen as the captain of the team.

Abdelkader, along with alternate captains Craig Smith (Univ. of Wisconsin/Nashville Predators), Colin McDonald (Providence College/New York Islanders), and Tim Stapleton (Univ. of Minnesota Duluth/AK Bars Kazan of the KHL), will have the responsibility of leading a very young Team USA throughout the tournament. Read More…

MSU Hockey Alums to Represent Team USA

A couple of former MSU hockey players have earned the honor of pulling over the red, white and blue jerseys this spring.

Justin Abdelkader and Jeff Petry were both selected to represent Team USA in the upcoming 2014 IIHF World Championships located in Belarus.

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Octopi Hockeytown: Weekly Recap

This past week, Detroit encountered a five-game stretch, all against Eastern Conference foes who are either battling for a playoff spot or firmly secured as a playoff team. With road games at Columbus and Toronto, and attempting to protect home ice against Eastern heavyweights Montreal, Tampa Bay and Boston, the Red Wings had their hands full.

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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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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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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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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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Zetterberg Returns, Scores and Leads in Victory

Team captain Henrik Zetterberg made a key return on Saturday evening. The Wings faced off against the Florida Panthers after a four-day break, giving the team just the right amount of time to nurse their injured and bring back the names the team has been relying on over the past few years. Read More…

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