Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sharks @ Red Wings, February 22, 2011

As my brother said to me recently, "I remember this time when you stayed home for a [Sharks] game." Without further ado, my final Sharks road trip of the season, in two parts. Part One - Detroit, home of the Red Wings.
I arrived in Detroit in the early evening, when just about everything was closed. "Might as well go into Canada," I said. [Windsor, Ontario, looking SOUTH across the Detroit River]

The GM building in Detroit

I only spent 90 minutes in Canada, virtually all of them at the Acapulco Grill in Windsor, with locals Sean (Shawn?) and Dan. Lots of hockey talk over Mexican food. That's right - I went into Canada for Mexican food. Somewhere, Ross Perot weeps bitterly.

Next morning (game day) - I took a cab to the Motown Museum, where I noticed some familiar attire. Great fans think alike.

Fantastic museum. Highly recommended.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Outstanding museum - can't recommend it enough. I got busted for photos and had to delete them though. :-(

I walked a LONG ways through snow back to my hotel from the museum, and along the way I came across Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. The layer of snow on the field was a marked difference from my visit this past summer.

Meow

Game time - the legendary steps of the Joe Louis Arena await. [Actually, I entered from the back side because I had to get my ticket at will call]

Gordie Howe, official bad a**

Hockeytown... boo

Banners...

...lots of banners (the 11 white ones are their Stanley Cup banners)

Dan Cleary, who would score twice that evening

Sharks backup Carter Hutton, who I saw blank the Providence Bruins in Worcester, MA, a couple weeks prior

New acquisition Ben Eager

Ryane Clowe, pride of Newfoundland (who would score on a breakaway tonight)

Douglas Murray

Future Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom, at 40 years old (sorry for the grainy shot)

"You're dead to me, Lidstrom." "Grow some pubic hair, Pavs." Or so I imagine it...

Awkward Dany Heatley photo

The newest Shark, Ian White, in his 2nd game with San Jose

Henrik Zetterberg, who would get the Red Wings' final goal of the evening

Pavel Datsyuk, who would repeatedly scare the crap out of me despite not getting a point

The Sharks had won about 5 times before this at Joe Louis Arena. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't slightly intimidated.

I may hate the Red Wings, but it's hard to hate their history (esp. the Production Line of Lindsay-Abel/Delvecchio-Howe, all but one of whom are still kicking in their late 70's / 80's)

Antti Niemi during the anthem

Even though the JLA looks directly into Canada, they only do the American anthem. The Buffalo Sabres (whose arena also looks into Canada) are the only US team to always do both anthems regardless of their opponent.

Sharks bench, featuring former Detroit assistant coach and current SJ head coach Todd McLellan

If Mike Babcock ever coaches the Dallas Stars, it would be a perfect trifecta of the teams I most despise (he coached the Ducks prior to the Wings)

My neighbors for the night were Canadians; Andrew and Peter. Andrew was rather intoxicated, so he kept shouting "Go Leafs Go." I assure you I'm not joking. Nice guys though.

Even with a two goal lead, I was stressed during the final two minutes of the game. Dany Heatley's penalty didn't help any...

Sure enough, the Wings made it a one goal game (with more time left on the clock than seen here)

One of the final faceoffs (nice view from my seats, no?)

WOO!!! Sixth (?) victory ever at the JLA

Battle of the titans, right there

Future Hall of Famer Mike Modano hadn't returned to his new team, the Red Wings, by the time of my game. He'll be in San Jose this week, barring a relapse or different injury.

Larionov may be our only Hall of Famer, but his best (NHL) days were with the Wings (3 Cups). I hear he was pretty decent in Soviet Russia, too... ;-)

1 comment:

scott davidson said...

What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT475.
The image can be seen at wahooart.com who can supply you with a canvas print of it.