Red Wings 4-3 Bruins
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The Wings took the first of a back-to-back with the brown bears last night.
My main gripe with not being able to see these exhibition games is that I can't see the prospects I'm always reading about at Red Wings Central. Like Cory Emmerton ... scored the opening goal and had an assist. Is a "good fit for the Wings' system", or so I've read. informative game recap included some of the following positive notes:
"Darren Helm was all over the ice and without a question belongs at the NHL level..."
"Brad Stuart was Detroit's most physical defenseman, delivering some heavy hits. He also scored the game-winner against his former team."
"Jiri Hudler made some timely defensive plays, which is going to help him solidify his spot on a scoring line with Zetterberg and Johan Franzen."
Another Wing prospect who stood out was goaltender Daniel Larsson. His play through training camp until now has sounded nothing but encouraging. He was solid last night in relief of Chris Osgood, stopping 17 of 19 shots including a big save on Michael Ryder in the 2nd period. Here's what Bruce MacLeod has to say about him:
"Forget about outplaying Ty Conklin. Jimmy Howard hasn't outplayed Daniel Larsson ... and that's a compliment to Larsson, not a slam on Howard. The Swedish netminder has come to camp ready and looks very strong. He's an excellent position netminder, who looks much better than a No. 2 AHL goalie."
For those of us who aren't sold on Howard, that's a good read. Oh, and if you've never seen what Larsson looks like, treat yourself now. I know it says he's only 22 but you can't tell me that picture isn't from 1977. He looks like the lovechild of a Formula 1 driver and Luke Skywalker.