The Afternoon Shift – Jan. 11

Jan Mursak/Photo by Getty Images

All kinds of good news today, including Brendan Smith’s AHL All-Star selection and Tomas Tatar’s return from Detroit. But we’ll focus on two recent Griffins NHL alumni who had fine performances in the Red Wings’ 5-4 loss at Colorado on Monday.

Playing in his eighth contest with Detroit, Jan Mursak scored his first NHL goal 6:52 into the opening period, slamming home a rebound from the doorstep to tie the score at one.

Ironically, Mursak’s goal helped hang an undeserved loss on Joey MacDonald. After starter Jimmy Howard allowed four goals on 10 shots in the opening 14:15, staking the Avs to a 4-1 advantage, MacDonald entered in relief and stopped 15 of 16 the rest of the way, including a sprawling save on a Matt Duchene break late in the first.

But the one shot that eluded MacDonald, a David Jones try 6:51 into the second period that put Colorado up 5-2, proved to be the eventual game-winner, as the Red Wings rallied on power goals by Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom.

So MacDonald, who now shows a 1.85 GAA and a 0.917 save percentage in two appearances with the Wings this season, was saddled with the loss despite allowing just the one goal. Of course, no one ever said life — much less hockey — was fair.

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Alumni news and notes:

Video – NHL alumni goals:

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