2\27 Ken Holland signed a four year contract extension yesterday. Holland, 45, is in his 18th season in the Wings and fourth as GM of the team. He is expected to earn about $800,000 per season.That's good news. He's constantly praised as one of the best in the NHL. 2\26 It was 3-0 Phoenix after one. It was 3-3 after two. Detroit won it 6-3. Burke was awesome in the 1st, stopping 21 of 21 Red Wings shots. He was much more pourous in the second and third. Manny Legacy replaced Ozzy after one and didn't miss a beat. Scoring were Dandenault, Shanahan(2), Holmstrom, Devereaux, and Lapointe. Marty has his first ever 20 goal season. Sergei Fedorov and Slava Kozlov sat out with injuries from the St. Louis game. Sergei broke his nose and had some surgery on Saturday and Kozzie had a headache from the brutal (but legal) hit he took. Next up: at Anaheim on Wednesday. 2\24 Steve Yzerman netted his 1600th point and Chris Chelios made his return after missing 47 games to carry the Wings past the Blues 4-2. Scoring were Fedorov, Draper, Holmstrom, and Yzerman. The Wings lead the Central Division by 1 point, but the Blus have 2 games in hand. Next up: Phoenix at the Joe at 3PM on Sunday. 2\22 The Wings took no shit from the Blackhawks, winning 7-3. Scoring were Fedorov(2), Kozlov, Yzerman, Lidstrom, Verbeek, and Duchesne. The Wings are now one point behind the Blues, so the winner of Friday's game at the Joe will have the division lead. 2\21 Once again the Wings crawled back into a game that seemed over, this time a 3-3 tie in Nashville. Scoring were Brown, Kozlov, and Fedorov. Doug Brown scored for about the eighth time this year on his first shot after being scratched the game before. Next up: at Chicago tonight. 2\19 Chris Osgood was fabulous, allowing only a penalty shot goal and backing a defense that methodically dismantled Dallas's offense in a 2-1 win. Scoring were Lidstrom and Holmstrom who both ended long goal droughts. Next up: at Nashville Tuesday night. 2\17 The Wings looked good last night in beating Columbus 4-2. Slava Kozlov had two goals and Shanahan and McCarty added one each. Brendan Shanahan was honored before the game for playing in his 1000th game a few days ago (at New Jersey.) The Red Wings have not lost at home since December 27. Chris Chelios has been cleared to play, but the Red Wings don't plan to use him until Feb. 25 at home against Phoenix. Detroit is 4-0 against Columbus this season. Next up: a short road trip to Dallas, Nashville, and Chicago. 2\15 Detroit's penalty kill took the first two periods off, putting the Wings down 3-0. Then, in the middle of the second, Sergei Fedorov took a sweet pass from Shanahan and beat Arturs Irbe and the comeback began. Marty Lapointe netted a powerplay goal and Kirk Maltby tied it in the third to send it to overtime where Sergei Fedorov ripped a one-timer for the 4-3 win. The shots were 41-35 in Carolina's advantage and Ozzie was very good again. Next up: Columbus at the Joe on Friday. From the Freep: "Chris Chelios said Wednesday he had received a green light from his doctor to return to the lineup after an almost three-month absence following surgery on his left knee. He has practiced fully with his teammates for the past several weeks, and he said he is ready to go. It's possible he'll play Friday, but for that to happen the team would have to do some roster moves. 2\13 From the AP: "TORONTO -- Ulf Samuelsson, once feared as one of hockey's hardest-hitting defensemen, retired after 16 seasons in which he played for five NHL teams. Samuelsson, who at 37 was unable to catch on with a team this season, announced his retirement Monday through the NHL Players' Association. "Hockey has been really good to me and my family," the Swede said. "We have spent time in some great cities and have made a lot of friends along the way. I'm now excited to move on to the real world and try my luck there." He had 57 goals, 275 assists and 2,453 penalty minutes in 1,080 career games. Samuelsson irritated opponents with hard and sometimes questionable hits, including a knee-on-knee collision with Cam Neely in 1991 that led to a series of knee problems for the Boston wingers. Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy Tie Domi sucker-punched Samuelsson and was later suspended in 1995-96. Samuelsson was drafted 67th overall by Hartford in 1982 and played his first seven seasons with the Whalers. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins near the end of the 1990-91 season. He won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins that year and again the season after that. He left Pittsburgh after the 1994-95 season and joined the New York Rangers, where he played until getting traded to the Detroit Red Wings near the end of the 1998-99 season. He played only four games with Detroit before signing with the Philadelphia Flyers last season." 2\11 The Wings looked good again, but gave up the tying goal with under a minute to go. The final, 3-3. Scoring were Kris Draper, Sergei Federov and Steve Duchesne. Next up: Carolina at the Joe on Wednesday the 14th. 2\9 The Grind line led the way along with great team defense and stellar goaltending from Chris Osgood as the Wings beat the Leafs 2-1. Scoring were Maltby and McCarty. Next up: at Toronto on Saturday night. 2\8 Jiri Fischer was sent to Cincinnati of the AHL. The move was made after the Wings activated defenseman Max Kuznetsov, who had missed the last 18 games because of a rib injury. In order to send Kuznetsov to the minors, he'd have to clear waivers. It's likely that Fish will be brought back after the trade deadline when roster size is unimportant or sooner if theirs another injury. Chris Chelios is due back in a couple weeks and another decision will have to be made then. 2\7 The Wings played a good game and outlasted the Sens 4-2. Scoring were Yzerman, Fedorov, Shanahan, and Lapointe(en). Next up: a home and home with Toronto beginning Thursday at the Joe. 2\4 Sergei Fedorov scored two goals and Nick Lidstorm added two helpers for the World team, but it wasn't enough. North America won the highest scoring all-star game ever 14-12. Sergei also finished second Saturday in the hardest shot contest to Tampa Bays Fredrik Modin. The hype all weekend was around Mario Lemieux, who I don't think earned a spot there this year because he's only played a handful of games. He was named North American Captain to boot, and that honor should have went to Joe Sakic or Tony Amonte. All in all, it was a fun weekend to watch. Rob Blake trade rumors are swirling fast. Two Canadien media outlets are saying Chris Osgood will be traded for the L.A. defenseman in as little as two days. Keep in mind, these are rumors. 2\1 Ron Tugnutt almost pulled it off, but Steve Yzerman's goal one minute into overtime spoiled the game he tried to steal 3-2. The Wings peppered him all night but he let in only two (Devereaux and Duchesne). Chris Osgood was great again. Detroit is 7-4-4 in OT, the most wins in the NHL. Next up: All-Star weekend then Ottawa on Tuesday the 6th at the Joe. Chris Chelios traveled with the team to New Jersey and Columbus and has begun practicing. He's due back in 2-3 weeks.
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