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Live from Joe Louis Arena

JoelouisDETROIT -- Yep, that's me sitting on the Red Wings bench after today's morning skate. Thanks to Rostislav Olesz for volunteering to snap the photo with my Treo.

Good photog, that Rusty.

Anyways, we're along the chilled banks of the Detroit River getting ready for an exciting night of hockey in the Motor City. Since tonight's game isn't being televised back home on local TV, I will perform my usual local service of LIVE BLOG.

As long as the Internet stays up, that is.

-- We're all staying at the Renaissance Center, the global headquarters of GM. Signed a lease on a new Pontiac this morning. Good times.

-- Randy Moller and Bill Lindsay just refused my offer of Reese's Pieces. I'm actually pretty offended. Lindsay says he's full from all the "Pizza, pizza.'' Moller's excuse? "I'm driving tonight.'' Punks.

-- Big turnout at the Joe for this morning's skate. Only the folks never came in to watch hockey. The reason for the gathering? Hannah Montana tickets were going on sale.

-- Those of you at home, feel free to update me with scores of the Miami Northwestern state championship game being broadcast on FSN. Really would appreciate it. Just leave the scores in the comment section. Seriously!

-- E.T. was really onto something. These Reese's Pieces might be the most perfect candy ever made! I bet they go great with a Diet Dr. Pepper.

-- And the teams are on the ice...will be getting underway here sooner than later...

-- Couple ex-Cats on the injury list today. Chris Gratton is out the next couple weeks with a hip injury, and the Sharks put Alexei Semenov on the DL with a broken finger. Both players played for the Cats last season and are good friends of On Frozen Pond. We wish them speedy recoveries.

-- FSN Detroit now showing home videos of David Booth as a kid playing hockey here in the Detroit area...

-- Flights being canceled all over O'Hare...might be staying a little longer in Motown...

-- Joe Nieuwendyk is here, fresh from Fort Laud...says the weather's a touch nicer there...again: punk.

-- B.B. King is here in February...Foo Fighters too....

-- GAME ON..

-- Still scoreless, few minutes into the game...Detroit just had a few chances, nothing major tho...16:05 left...

-- Det on the PP; Mezei to box for holding @ 5:03...

-- Shots on goal: DET 6-0

-- Make it a 5-on-3; Salei in for hooking...5/3 for 1:15...shots now 9-0

IT'S 1-0 WINGS...DATSYUK SCORES WITH 44 SECONDS LEFT IN MEZ PENALTY; WINGS STILL ON PP FOR ANOTHER 1:24...

-- Shots? 13-0...

-- Gordie Howe in the house....which is pretty cool...

-- Panthers took a shot! The Panthers took a shot!

-- And Osgood finally makes a real save...Radek with a nice wrister w/ 7 minutes left...shots: 14-2

-- Timeout with 2:43 left...shots now 15-6...Panthers showing a little spark in the Det zone...

-- Speaking of Detroit, saw Wayne Fontes yesterday. Jerry Mcguire was on TV...

END OF ONE IN DETROIT: WINGS 1, PANTHERS 0

-- According to my boy Frank E. DeMarzo, someone proposed on the field at the state football championships. Oy. She should have said no.

-- Thanks Paul... never feel alone as long as I have my blog...and drscruf, thanks for the MNW update...and I would much rather be here watching the Wings thank you very much..

-- Game On again....big save by Vokoun here in the early goings of the second...

-- Patrick Kane scores early in his homecoming game in Buffalo...looking forward to seeing this Chicago team...

PANTHERS GOAL...OLLI THROWS PUCK TO NET, LIDSTROM KNOCKS IT IN....NICE OF HIM...FLA 1, DET 1 @ 46 SECONDS...

-- Olesz and Zednik almost get another...Ozzy made a great save there...

PANTHERS SCORE THANKS TO WINGS AGAIN..ANOTHER OWN GOAL...THIS TIME ITS DVORAK THROWING IN A SHOT WITH CHELIOS DOING THE HONORS...FLA 2, WINGS 1 @ 4:59...

-- Seriously, what a great place to watch a game. If you're a hockey fan, you got to get tix and see a game here...just feels right....

-- If you come up on Dec. 28 or 29, get 4 tix and 4 pieces of Little Caesers for $44...don't know who they are playing, but I'm thinking that's a pretty good deal...

-- Florida penalty on Salei..delay at 7:35.

-- Red Wings score, basicially off 5/3...Rusty took a shot in the foot, couldn't move...play never stops...Rusty helped off ice @ 8:58 after goal scores..Johan Franzen with the goal, PS....

-- Panthers look fired up...three shots on goal after the Detroit goal...

-- Thanks Drscruf for the update...by the way, Bulls up 14-0 on Orlando Boone...love Montreal by the way..

-- OK, Florida on its first power play of the night @ 10:40 of the second...lets see what happens next..

-- That didn't last long...Salei heads back to the box...its going to be 4-on-4...PP lasted just 39 seconds..

-- Denis Potvin in the house, just flew in...happy Northwestern High is winning...

-- Poor Boone...always have to play South Florida teams be it football or basketball...now 21-0....

-- Det back on power play...Zednik into the box for slashing w/ 2 mins left...

-- Even things up...Detroit's Filppula into the tank with 41.4 left...Panthers will be on PP when we return in the third...

PRETTY EXCITING GAME GOING ON RIGHT NOW....END OF 2 IN WINDSOR...MARLINS/TIGERS TIED @ 2...

-- To HG: sorry you are stuck in Ohio. And you know I did not seriously call Joe New a punk...

-- Classic music played here at the Joe. Just hear music from 'Oliver!' as well as 'We are the World.' Love this barn. Seriously.

-- Injury update: Peltonen has a bum foot, out the rest of the day at least...X-Rays on Olesz's ankle negative, he should return to the game...

-- Big news around here is they have sold over 10,000 hot dogs at a buck a piece. Bigger news: I didn't have one.

-- To Drs: Don't have to worry about getting mugged, I have Brian Biggane to protect me. To HG: Yes, the MetroRail thing still runs but we don't know where to pick it up at. And it's really cold. So we're taking a cab.

-- GAME ON PART III

-- Wings kill off penalty...

-- Campbell just had two chances in close...not as close as Horton at the end of the second, but close...

-- Now playing the Fat Boys...classic stuff....

-- Crap bought on this trip: GM Detroit t-shirt; Detroit Rock City t-shirt...

-- And yes, plan to add a Miami NW National Championship shirt to the collection...see what JM says about that one...

WINGS SCORE...VOKOUN OUT IN FRONT, PUCK SLIPS THROUGH LEDS...PUSHED IN BY DAN CLEARY @ 5:40..

-- Det back on PP; Montador in the box w/ 13:27 left...

-- And it's 9 o'clock on a Saturday, regular crowd shuffles in....

-- And that's probably that....

WINGS GOAL...11 SECONDS INTO MONTY PENALTY...BRIAN RAFALSKI LONG SHOT TOP SHELF....@ 6:44...ITS 4-2 VIPERS...

-- Penalty shot...Datsyuk leg blocked by Vokoun...still only 4-2...

-- Northwestern now up 35-0...a South Florida big-school sweep...sweet...

--OK, it's 5-2 now with 7:35 left...when was the last time you saw two penalty shots in a game, much less a five-minute span? Anyway, this one is over. I'm going to start working, you know, help out my copy desk by filing a little bit early.

Been fun blogging with you as always. Hope you come back tomorrow. Figure I'll be stuck in Detroit's wonderful Metro airport (flying United so stuck in the crummy World War II hanger) all day trying to get to Chicago. Maybe there will be a special airport blog.

One can only hope.

Good night folks, drive careful. Hope to see you next from the Windy City, err, Big Apple.

Congrats to Northwestern and Booker T.

Stay Classy, San Diego....

(*) PS: They sold close to 12,000 hot dogs tonight...Lots of pride with that...they also had a dog adoption, which was cool...lot of cute pooches finding good homes tonight hopefully...

(*) Yes, HG, anything by J. Giles on the organ is going to sound odd. Did they have the camera clicking?

 

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