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Detroit Red Wings v. Chicago Blackhawks (1/22/2011)

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I know I’ve been slacking with pre/post game updates.  However, this is something I’ve been meaning to try: updating during the game.

Pregame:
-New York Islanders got Evgeni Nabokov off waivers.
NHL.com article
-Danny Cleary said that he watches a lot of games on TV due to his injury, and said he texts his teammates and tells them how awful they were.
-John Keating said if there is any more hand holding on the bench there will be hostages.  (Referring to checking for broken hands after the Niklas Kronwall scare).
-Red Wings called up Jordan Pearce (goalie) from Grand Rapids.
-Valtteri Filppula is out with the flu.  Cory Emmerton is called up to replace him.
-Starting goalies are Jimmy Howard (Detroit) and Corey Crawford (Chicago).

First Period:
-Detroit is wearing their white jerseys at home, and Chicago is in their red.
-Emmerton’s profile: Worked out on Aaron Downey’s potato farm during the summer.  Hockey idols are Mario Lemieux & Jamie Macoun.  Favorite author is Stephen King.  Once met Tiger’s great Willie Horton.
-Cory Emmerton gets his 1st NHL goal, assisted by Brian Rafalski (Chi 0, Det 1)
-Marian Hossa is being booed (just like in Pittsburgh, Atlanta. . .)
-Todd Bertuzzi gets 2 minutes for tripping.
-Dave Bolland gets his 51st NHL goal, assisted by Troy Bouwer and Duncan Keith (Chi 1, Det 1)
-Jake Dowell gets 2 minutes for delay of game (puck over glass).

Second Period:
-Detroit got their first franchise win as the Cougars in the old Chicago Stadium.
-Justin Abdelkader gets 2 minutes for roughing.
-Tomas Kopecky get his 35th NHL goal, assisted by Dave Bolland and Duncan Keith (Chi 2, Det 1)
-As the All-Star teams are being chosen, the question is being raised: will the Sedins play together or be separated?
-(For Chicago) On ice referee is saying the puck went in.  Play is under review.  Puck seems to have hit the crossbar.  Goal was disallowed.  Patrick Kane knew the puck hadn’t gone in; only the referee thought it was in.
-(For Detroit) On ice referee is saying no goal.  There was a whistle blown.  Non-replay play.
-Tomas Kopecky gets his 36th NHL goal, assisted by Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp (Chi 3, Det 1).

Third Period:
-Peter Forsberg is going to attempt a comeback with Colorado.  He last played in the NHL during the 2007-2008 season.
-Jarome Iginla has had 20+ goal seasons for the past 12 seasons.
-Troy Brouwer get his 50th NHL goal, assisted by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane (Chi 4, Det 1).
-Kris Draper gets 2 minutes for roughing (weak call).
-Niklas Hjalmarsson gets 2 minutes for hooking.  (He’s lucky he didn’t get the extra two for arguing).

Chicago wins 4-1.
Detroit’s record is now 29-13-6.

Around the league:
*New Jersey Devils 3, Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Final)
*Boston Bruins 4, Colorado Avalanche 1 (Second intermission)
*Washington Capitals @ Toronto Maple Leafs (7:00pm ET start)
*Anaheim Ducks @ Montreal Canadiens (7:00pm ET start)
*Carolina Hurricanes @ Pittsburgh Penguins (7:00pm ET start)
*New York Rangers @ Atlanta Thrashers (7:00pm ET start)
*Columbus Blue Jackets @ St. Louis Blues (8:00pm ET start)
*Los Angeles Kings @ Phoenix Coyotes (8:00pm ET start)
*Calgary Flames @ Vancouver Canucks (10:00pm ET start)
*Minnesota Wild @ San Jose Sharks (10:30pm ET start)

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Detroit Red Wings: October 18-24 (5-1-1)

About the Detroit/Anaheim game on 10/23: As a Detroit fan, I’ll say I thought the Ducks got the shortend of the stick.  I think it was right not to call Kronwall (it looked like he hit him from the front, and there are only supposed to be calls from the back), but the first two penalties on Anaheim shouldn’t have been called at all.

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Detroit Red Wings: October 8-17 (3-1-1)

 

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  • Congrats Howie on the shutout.  Each shutout is another since I saw his first.
  • Congrats Mike on your first Red Wings goal.
  • Congrats Ozzie on your 397th win.
  • The Wings are looking good.  So far.  Here’s to hoping they continue.

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Tonight’s Starting Lineups

Teams: Detroit Tigers (66-68) @ Kansas City Royals (56-77)
Pitchers: Jeremy Bonderman (7-9) v. Zack Greinke (8-11)
Time: 8:10PM
Stations: TV – FS-D HD (Detroit), FSKC-HD (Kansas City), Radio – WXYT 97.1 FM / 1270 AM (Detroit), KCSP 610 AM

The Tigers are coming off a long night (13 innings), while the Royals are coming off a day of rest (they lost their last game 4-3 to Texas two days ago).  Statistically, it looks like a series with Kansas City is just what the Tigers need to boost themselves over .500.  However, Kansas has won 56 games against someone.  Therefore, the Tigers cannot sit back assuming they already have this series in the bag.

Source(s): MLB Game Day Preview

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The 13th Inning (Tigers 10, Twins 9)

Did you remember how to breathe again?

Sometimes it doesn’t come down to the ninth inning.  Sometimes it doesn’t come down to the tenth inning.  Sometimes it comes down to the 13th inning.

The one thing you have to say for both sides: the fans got their money’s worth.

Games like this make you thankful that the Internet exists: at least for those who went to bed before the game ended.  Newspapers have deadlines, and the late night scores cannot appear in the next day’s paper.  However, the Internet has no deadline.

I said that this game would be a one run game; I also dared to hope that the Tigers might actually take this one.  I, however, incorrectly assume it would come down to the extra inning in which one team got two runs.

The game ended on a homerun by Gerald Laird; and by the enthusiasm by Mario Impemba and Rod Allen on the hit, you would think the game had literally ended then, instead of five outs later.

It was by no means a pretty game (Hits: 19-15 (Detroit), Errors: 2-2, Detroit team RISP: 4-for-18, Detroit team LOB: 15, Minnesota team RISP: 5-for-17, Minnesota team LOB: 10, 1 double play, 1 passed ball).  But in the end, a win is a win and a loss is a loss (depending on which side you’re on determines if you breathe a sigh of relief or think “Not another”.)

I think this win was long deserved by the Tigers in this series; their previous two losses had been too close for them not to come out on top eventually.  It wasn’t like they were losing as big as the statistics would have it seem like they should.

Congrats to the Tigers and Twins on another hard-fought, albeit sloppy, game.

Complete Box Score
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The follow up

It’s too bad that in the stats a loss is a loss.  I think the Tigers have been playing hard, and the final scores echo that: twice they’ve taken a team that is by far their statistic superior (Minnesota) to one run games, one of which went to extra innings.

Articles:
MLB Wrap
-Detroit Free Press: Tigers’ Max Scherzer masterful — but unlucky in extra-inning loss, Perseverance pays off for Tigers catcher Max St. Pierre, Jackson’s approach helping in late innings, Tigers notes, quotes from Wednesday’s loss to Twins
-Detroit News: Max Scherzer marvelous, but Twins still beat Tigers
-Star Tribune: Valencia’s RBI single was worth the wait
-Pioneer Press: Danny Valencia’s walk-off, RBI single in 10th gives Twins a playoff-like win over Tigers, Minnesota Twins earn a painstaking victory over Detroit

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Pregame: Tigers @ Twins

Teams: Detroit Tigers (65-67) at Minnesota Twins (76-56)
Pitchers: Max Scherzer (10-9) versus Francisco Liriano (12-7)
Time: 8:10 PM
TV: FS-D HD (Detroit), FS-N (Minnesota)
Radio: WXYT 97.1 FM/1270 AM (Detroit), 1500 ESPN (Minnesota), BOB FM (Minnesota), KBGY 107.5 (Minnesota – Spanish)

MLB.com preview of the game

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The Morning After: Postgame Articles

I was able to watch a majority of the game, but I’m trying to avoid blogging during the game if I’m not watching the whole thing/in one sitting (versus, the TV being flipped during the game).

I think that while the Tigers did wind up losing 4-3, it was as close as the score lets on (after all, how many one run games are there in baseball?) The Tigers had a 2-0 lead at the middle of the first, and a 3-0 lead at the middle of the second. They held this lead until the bottom of the sixth, when Minnesota got two runs making the score 3-2, and then the bottom of the seventh Minnesota got two more runs, making the final score 4-3.

Other stats of interest:
Hits: 10 each
Errors: Detroit 0, Minnesota 2
Team RISP: Detroit 2-for-12, Minnesota 3-for-10
Team LOB: Detroit 11, Minnesota 8

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As bad as it is, it’s as good as it gets when you’re only one game better than the ’62 Mets

At least the Cubs and Boston have got a curse. We’re just bad, and then we get worse.

Coming off a win, the Tigers are headed to Minnesota.

Teams: Detroit Tigers (65-66) @ Minnesota Twins (75-56)
Pitchers: Armando Galarraga (4-5) v. Brian Duensing (7-2)
TV: FS-D (Detroit), FS-N (Minnesota), MLBN
Radio: 1270 AM/97.1 FM WXYT (Detroit), 107.5 KBGY (Minnesota)
Time: 8:10pm

Looking at the statistics, the Tigers will be lucky to split this series.

Source(s): MLB.com. Lyrics from “Lifelong Tiger Fan Blues” by Jeff Daniels.

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8/29 Game Day: Tigers @ Blue Jays (Game 4/4)

Sorry y’all, but I coudn’t get something out sooner. 

Anyway, I did get to listen to most of the game on the radio, and was able to see the final out. 

Summary:
*Detroit led 1-0 after one.
*Detroit led 2-0 after four.
*Detroit led 4-1 after six.
*Detroit led 7-1 after seven.
*Detroit led 10-1 after eight.
*Toronto had three runs in the ninth, leaving the final score 10-4.
*The score board has only one error listed, however there is debate that it should be as high as three.
*The reason Detroit was able to be so successful is they had 12 hits (compared to Toronto’s 7).  If a team can get hits, they tend to be able to get runs.
*Detroit kept their LOB down, with only 8 stranded men.  Toronto had 3.

And with that, the Tigers split the series.

Source(s): MLB.com  Boxscore

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