As a typical Detroit preseason game would look it was as coined by Amanda Nitz at the game “It’s Pavel and the B-team.”
Pavel Datsyuk was one of the few veteran players dressed in Friday nights game as head coach Mike Babcock decided to get the prospects some ice time facing off against the likes of Jagr and
There was no Captain for neither team as both Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Pronger were preseason scratches. With the captain out it would be Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart wearing the “A” along with Datsyuk.
The Red Wings scored first as Fabin Brunnstrom got one past Sergei Bobrovsky in the first; it would be the last time the Wings would score as the Flyers would answer back with three goals – one of which by Jagr himself.
In a game that saw only Datsyuk, Danny Cleary , Tomas Holmstrom, Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller, Jiri Hudler, Jimmy Howard, Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart as Red Wing regulars dressed (and Mike Commodore whom is still new kid on campus even if he is 31 and has a Stanley Cup).
Commodore made his presence known on the blueline for Detroit as he squared off with Flyers Matt Walker after a hit on Wings defense prospect Brendan Smith. It was the second time Smith had been targeted in the game. The first time a pile up of both teams at the Wings end of the ice prompted The Hockey Jockey to play Drowning Pool’s Let the Bodies Hit the Floor.
Probably the best quote to come out of the preseason anywhere….
Cleary cut: Cleary had a cut on his chin after the game that needed stitches. Cleary said he got hit by former teammate Andreas Lilja’s helmet, which, Cleary pointed out, is especially bad because “Lilja’s head is so big, his helmet is enormous.” He said all this while smiling.
Be sure to read the rest of what Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press had to say about the pre season home opener.
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