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On the Road: Detroit, Michigan

The second of two games against the Red Wings is in Motor City

Friday, 09.26.2008 / 10:56 AM / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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On the Road: Detroit, Michigan
11:17 p.m.
John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room.
On the plane after a slow, but happy bus ride through greater Detroit to the airport...

Claude Julien on Manny Fernandez: "He took a shot in warmup, just inside the thumb. His thumb is pretty swollen. Not broken. X-Rays showed nothing...A swollen thumb from a shot."

Coach Julien on Tuukka Rask: "Sometimes that's the best way to get into a game -- when you don't have time to think. He went in there and looked extremely calm in net and (gave) another solid effort (and) solid performance...he's played two really good games for us."

We're taking off. Look for a feature by morning.


0:00 - The Bruins held the fort and got the win. 2-1. More from the locker room in a bit.

- Detroit takes its time out.

- Tuukka just saved the game with two HUGE save. One a two pad stack and one in a scramble.

- We're very late. Draper is in the box after the Wings had pulled Conklin.

- Down on the event floor watching and then heading to the locker room. Boston killed the Stuart penalty and just needs to kill some clock.

7:36 - Mark Stuart to the box for a trip. A little more buzz to the building at this point.

9:09 - Had to move closer to the elevator. We're in good position for a dash to the locker room and bus.

11:01 - Detroit is spending an awful lot of time in the B's zone.

14:00 - Hard work just pays off. David Krejci was behind the Detroit net, works the puck free and sends a pass to Ryder in the slot. Conklin couldn't squeeze the five hole and it gets through. Goal Boston, 2-1. Give Milan Lucic the other assist.

16:38 - Two good chances for the Bruins on the last two shifts, but Conklin stood tall.

17:20 - On the PP, Detroit's Meech beats Tuukka from beyond the circles. 1-1.

17:52 - Jeremy Reich to the box for holding. Four-on-three for a minute.

18:52 - Krejci and Draper just went to the box for slashing. Four-on-four play for 2-minutes.

19:59 - Savvy wins the faceoff.

20:00 - Tuukka and Conklin remain in the nets.
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0:00 - Still 1-0 Boston in a very sleepy game. Detroit has 16 shots, Boston 13.

:07.3 - A late chance by Sobotka sends the net off its moorings and Conklin to the ice.

3:07 - Wow. Neither team seems to be able to cross the blue with any conviction.

6:05 - Nice PK (with a little help from Rask).

8:36 - Aaron Ward in the box for holding.

9:33 - The Bruins have not been able to get anything going on this powerplay.

10:35 - Big save by Tuukka, who stops a point blank shorthanded shot.

12:40 - McGrath gets a hook and an unsportsmanlike conduct. 4-min PP.

Prior to that it looked like the boys wanted to get out of here at a decent time. Not too many stoppages this period.

During the last flurry, the Thompson line made me smile as each of the guys did a little thumping.

15:46 - Nate Thompson with a shot from the left point. Conklin stops it in his chest protector.

17:51 - A little more pep in the play in the second. The first two minutes were up and down the ice with a couple of scoring chances for each team.

19:58 - Detroit wins the faceoff.

20:00 - Here we go.
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0:00 - Boston had a pretty good period. Although Detroit had 9 shots, Boston had 8, most of which came in the second half of the session. And the Bruins allowed Tuukka to see most of the shots that came his way.

I'm hoping the B's can keep this up through three periods. As trite as it seems, it was a long travel day and I hope fatigue does not play a hand.

3:11 - Nice defensive shift for David Krejci. Out on the PK for a LONG time.

5:09 - Nokelainen in the box for hooking.

8:21 - GOAL Bruins. P. J. Axelsson, to the left of Conklin recieves a beautiful pass from Marc Savard. Conklin was not able to get square to the puck in time and Axie had plenty to shoot at.

1-0, Boston.

8:49 - Some nice work by Lucic - Sobotka - Bitz. They kept the puck in the Detroit zone and used their strength along the boards very well. Always amazes me how hard Sobotka can hit.

Not the biggest guy, but he hits hard.

10:22 - Rask makes a chest save of a Quincey shot from the point.

12:06 - I think Derek Meech might have underestimated the strength of Milan Lucic. Milan gave him a little shove and knocked him to the ice. Meech's teammates came over, but did little else. No penalties.

13:36 - Ryder drives into the Detroit zone and shoots high. The puck bounces to Schaefer who records the Bruins first shot.

14:30 - As per usual this preseason, Tuukka looks sharp. He's had to make 5 saves...

16:04 - The play is pretty sloppy on both sides. Not too many passes are connecting.

17:01 - Detroit has had trouble getting anything started on the PP. 18-seconds to go.

18:44 - Alberts in the box for hooking.

19:09 - Tuukka's first save. Not too many people here in the Joe tonight. Very quiet, thus far.

20:00 - Looks like Noke switched to the Savard line.

He, Savvy, Axie, Hunwick and Ward are the starters in front of Tuukka.

Switching to game time...

7:32 p.m.
A change. Tuukka Rask is in goal.


6:59 p.m.
Manny is first out for Boston and will be in goal...

The lines are:
Schaefer-Krejci-Ryder
Axelsson-Savard-Bitz
Lucic-Sobotka-Nokelainen
Reich-Thompson-Thornton
Stuart-Ward
Hunwick-Penner
Alberts-Boychuk
Fernandez
Rask


Looks like Conklin in goal for Detroit.


6:03 p.m.

This is an old school hockey barn. Every seat is red and white and there is the Hockeytown logo at center ice, but of course it is the Stanley Cup banners that bring a certain something.

Here is the lineup: Manny Fernandez and Tuukka Rask are the goalies. P. J. Axelsson, Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, Peter Schaefer, Petteri Nokelainen, Andrew Alberts, Aaron Ward, Mark Stuart, David Krejci, Matt Hunwick, Nate Thompson, Jeremy Reich, Johnny Boychuk, Vladimir Sobotka, Byron Bitz, Jeffrey Penner, Michael Ryder and Marc Savard.

For Detroit: Ty Conklin and Jimmy Howard are the goaltenders. Kyle Quincey, Justin Abdelkader, Derek Meech, Kirk Maltby, Ville Leino, Brett Lebda, Chris Chelios, Ryan Oulahen, Kris Draper, Aaron Downey, Jakub Kindl, Evan McGrath, Valtteri Filippula, Jan Mursak, P. J. Atherton, Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and Tomas Holmstrom.

I'll have the Bruins lines, soon.


5:38 p.m.
We're here in the Joe.

It was an interesting bus drive over, hightlighted by the Detroit skyline and seeing old Tiger Stadium. Anyone remember the movie Tiger Town?

I am trying to track down our lineup -- it seems like people hopped from one group to another since this morning.

So hang on...


1:43 p.m.
We just landed in Massachusetts and the non-game players were let off. The rest of us will leave for Detroit in a few minutes.


11:31 a.m.
Just got through customs at the airport. Now we just have to sit tight until 1:00 p.m. (noon in Boston) In order to drop off some of the players and staff, we have one pit stop to make in Massachusetts before heading on to Detroit.

Neither flight is very long, but hopefully there are not too many bumps, as I hear the weather in Boston is going to be rainy.

We actually had three bus trips of personnel from Cole Harbour to the airport – that’s so everyone got the appropriate amount of practice.

Guys who played last night and who are playing tonight, didn’t have to practice and are sitting on the plane with me; the guys who didn’t play last night, but who are playing tonight got a light morning skate.

The rest of the players had a regular practice and are en route.

All of this means, unfortunately, that I have little to no time with the players or Coach Julien for interviews or quotes. So we'll have to wait to talk to the guys in Michigan.

By the way, as I sit here on the plane, I can’t say enough nice things about the people we met and worked with in Halifax. It truly is a beautiful city and I hope to see it again very soon.


9:02 a.m. (Halifax time)
Matt Hunwick
The only people on the ice in the first session are Matt Hunwick, Andrew Alberts, Mark Stuart, Shawn Thornton, Petteri Nokelainen, Vladimir Sobotka, Milan Lucic, Peter Schaefer, David Krejci, Manny Fernandez and Tuukka Rask.

It was a very quiet session – as most pregame skates are – attended by players who did not play in last night’s game, but will be playing in Detroit tonight. The rest of the lineup will be revealed later.

Coaches Houda, Ramsey and Ward presided over the easy passing and shooting drills designed to warm up the players.

A very large crowd was in the rink very early thanks in part to the fact that there is no school today.
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On the road: Detroit, Michigan

Where are we going?

From visitdetroit.com: For hundreds of years, the area was so important to commerce between Native American tribes that only traders were allowed into the territory.

Detroit wouldn't begin to shape into its current form until roughly three centuries ago. That's when French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac landed on the banks of the Detroit River and established a fort in 1701. Nine years later he was removed from his post as outpost commander due to "ill conduct" (i.e. excessive lining of his own pockets).

Change would remain a constant throughout Detroit's first century. In 1760, French rule gave way to British. And in 1796 the United States took over Detroit as a result of Jay's Treaty.

Detroit was incorporated as a city in 1815 and spent the decades leading up to the Civil War as the final U.S. stop on the Underground Railroad. The area also was earning a reputation for, among other things, the manufacturing of cigars and kitchen ranges.

So why did Detroit become the Motor City instead of the stove-making capital of the world?

It's in large part due to the influence of a farmer's son named Henry Ford. In 1896, Ford built his first car in Detroit - not an entirely earth-shattering event since the automobile had already been around for a while. It was the method of building cars that he would later devise - the moving assembly line - that put the world on wheels.

During the early part of the 20th century, dozens of companies emerged in the area committed to finding success in the new industry. During World War II, the factories they built to produce cars were put to use churning out weapons for the Allied Powers. The production edge they provided helped to win the war.

Ironically, it was a former autoworker that led the way for Detroit's other famous 20th century contribution - Motown. Founded by Berry Gordy Jr. with just an $800 family loan, the upstart record company introduced the world to Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokie Robinson, Michael Jackson, the Temptations, Diana Ross and others - all of whom either grew up or gained their first fame in Detroit.

At the start of the 21st century, metro Detroit is starting to reap the rewards of decades of work put into revitalization.


Where are we playing?
The Joe Louis Arena is seen in a Jan. 5, 2001 photo.
From Olympiaentertainment.com: Home of the 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena proudly stands along the banks of the Detroit River. The 20,058-seat arena is Detroit's largest indoor venue and regularly hosts exciting attractions, including professional sports, college hockey, concerts, ice shows, circuses and much more.
 
Who are we playing?
From redwings.nhl.com: The roots of the Red Wings go all the way back to the old Western Hockey League, where the Victoria (British Columbia) Cougars were members until their roster was sold to a group from Detroit on September 25, 1926. The Detroit group had been awarded an NHL franchise on May 15, 1926.

The team began to play as the Detroit Cougars in the fall of 1926 while playing its home games in Windsor, Ontario. Despite the fact that the Victoria Cougars had won the Stanley Cup in 1925 and were Cup finalists in 1926, the Detroit Cougars finished 12-28-4; the NHL's worst record for the 1926-27 season.

Not only did the team struggle on the ice, but it performed poorly on the ledger sheet as well where the Cougars were more than $80,000 in debt.

Help came, the following season, in the form of Jack Adams as the team's coach and general manager. Adams had played in the old Pacific Coast league and in the NHL with the Toronto St. Pats and the Ottawa Senators. Adam's tenure as coach and GM would last until the 1962-63 season, when Sid Abel took over.

Joe Louis Arena building manager Al Sobotka swings an octopus thrown onto the ice before the start of the Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals hockey series between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Detroit, Saturday, May 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
The team also moved into the brand new Olympia Stadium for the 1927-28 season. A Detroit and professional hockey landmark, the Olympia would serve as the home for the franchise through the midway point of the 1979-80 season. With Adams at the helm, the team made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history (1928-29). However, they were still among the NHL's have-nots and perpetually close to bankruptcy.

Willing to try anything, Jack Adams changed the name for the 1930-31 season to the Detroit Falcons.

After the depression, the team went into receivership and Adams was forced to use his own money to make payroll. It was so bad financially, that Adams joked if the Montreal Canadiens superstar Howie Morenz were available for $1.98, the Falcons still couldn't afford him. Things weren't much better on the ice as the team had only made the playoffs twice in its first six seasons.

In 1932 the financial problems ended when grain millionaire and shipping magnate James Norris Sr. purchased the team. Norris, like Adams, was a Canadian turned American. He had once played hockey for the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association's Winged Wheelers.

When the two men met, Norris and Adams agreed that the team's new logo would be a winged wheel and the club's nickname changed to the Red Wings...

The rest is history. Last season, the Red Wings recorded their 11th Stanley Cup victory when they defeated Pittsburgh four games to two.

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