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.
Today’s Griffins links:
- Brendan Smith selected for AHL All-Star Classic (Griffins)
- Tatar returns to Griffins (Griffins)
- MacDonald to Detroit, McCollum to Grand Rapids (Griffins)
- IceHogs keep Griffins at bay, 6-0 (Griffins)
- Brendan Smith will represent Griffins in AHL All-Star Classic (MLive)
- Surgery for Red Wings’ Chris Osgood a success; Joey MacDonald prepared for some starts (MLive)
- Tomas Tatar returns to Griffins after five-game stint with Red Wings (MLive)
- Red Wings reassign Tomas Tatar to Grand Rapids (MLive)
- Depleted Griffins turn to Thomas McCollum, Jordan Peace in net while pushing for playoffs (MLive)
- Griffins’ road woes continue with loss to Rockford (MLive)
- Curt Fraser discusses Griffins’ season (WOOD TV-8)
- Profile: Sled hockey athlete Tyler Anderson, of Jenison (MLive)
- 2011 All-Star rosters unveiled (AHL)
- AHL Weekly: On, Wisconsin (AHL)
- Rampage report: Houston 3, Rampage 1 (San Antonio Express News)
- Hackett rewards Yeo for decision (Houston Chronicle)
Alumni news and notes:
- Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard hopes he’s reached turning point after inconsistent stretch (MLive)
Wings goalie Jimmy Howard’s play reaching new level (Detroit News)
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard displays poise in shoot-out wins (Detroit Free Press)
Video: Brotherly glove (Howard) (Red Wings)
Video: Post Game DET @ VAN 01/08/11 (Red Wings)
- Red Wings’ Valtteri Filppula out until next weekend (MLive)
- Barons sign defenseman Bryan Helmer (Oklahoma City Barons)
Video – NHL alumni goals:
- DET Jan Mursak – Jan. 10 at COL
- DET Jiri Hudler (SO) – Jan. 8 at VAN
- NYR Sean Avery – Jan. 8 at STL
- DET Darren Helm – Jan. 7 at CGY