Mentally fatigued, Ristolainen sits

‘“Some guys sit for lack of effort, for lack of a few things,” Nolan said. “With Ristolainen it’s none of the above. His hockey intelligence, his wanting to, his willing to, is all there. Just sometimes with young kids, especially the year that we’re having, you put them in that tough situation game after game after game, it wears on anybody.”’

Monday’s Detroit Coverage

Zetterberg rallies Red Wings from 3 down to win (Detroit News)
Under NHL glare, Nyquist and Tatar come of age (Detroit News)
Wings’ defensive pair excels by cutting risks (Detroit News)
Photo gallery (Detroit News)
Zetterberg’s hat trick comes in 3rd (Detroit Free Press)
Jimmy Howard’s All-Star plans: Stay home, nurse groin (Detroit Free Press)
Detroit 6, Buffalo 4: Why the Red Wings won (Detroit Free Press)
Photo gallery (Detroit Free Press)
Henrik Zetterberg scores three goals in third period to cap comeback (Ann Arbor News)
Henrik Zetterberg’s leadership, sixth career hat trick lifts Red Wings to comeback win after ugly start (Ann Arbor News)
Red Wings’ goaltender Tom McCollum relishes first NHL win (Ann Arbor News)
Photo gallery (Ann Arbor News)
Wings still learning about Mrazek (Windsor Star)
Zetterberg helps Wings shake off poor start in comeback (Fox Sports Detroit)
Zetterberg, McCollum lead ‘embarrassed’ Wings to come-from-behind win (Fox Sports Detroit)
McCollum’s drive leads to right exit (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (

Zetterberg’s hat trick lifts Detroit to 6-4 win over Sabres

‘Buffalo barely put any pressure on the Red Wings after that early lead. McCollum, whose only other NHL appearance came in 2011, was credited with only seven saves in over 45 minutes of action.’

Detroit 6, Buffalo 4

‘Tyler Ennis totaled two goals and three points for the Sabres, whose franchise-record losing streak reached 11 games. Chris Stewart and Drew Stafford also provided offense with Nikita Zadorov adding two helpers in the loss.’

Red Wings rally to defeat Sabres

‘”We had a great first period, maybe our best period of the year,” Ennis said. “But it sounds like a broken record, we took some penalties and they came out strong in the second.”‘

Zetterberg, Red Wings Rally For 6-4 Win

‘Buffalo took the surprising three-goal lead into the first intermission, outshooting Detroit 8-5, but the Red Wings stormed back in the second.’

Sabres get off to a very fast start, but..

‘”Kind of bipolar,” said Ennis. “We had a great first period, maybe our best period of the year. Then, I kind of sound like a broken record, but we took some penalties and gave them a chance to get back in it. They came on strong and took it to us in the second.”‘

Zetterberg’s hat trick leads Red Wings past Sabres

‘The Red Wings outshot the Sabres 9-1 in the second period and Buffalo had seven shots over the final 40 minutes.’

Buffalo heads into All-Star break after defeat in Detroit

‘“It’s almost like one of those poison pills now. Every time it happens, we just cringe and we haven’t got no confidence in our penalty killing unit right now,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “When that happened, it was really a momentum changer. But you can’t go through a hockey [game] mistake-free. There’s going to be mistakes and there are going to be some things we shouldn’t do. It’s just one of those things.”’

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks defeat Oklahoma City (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Barons lose a wild game to Americans 8-7 (Oklahoma City Oklahoman)
Amerks top Barons in wild 8-7 shootout win (
Amerks overcome late deficit, beat OKC in shootout (

Sunday’s Detroit Coverage

Sabres-Red Wings Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (14-29-3) at Detroit Red Wings (25-11-9) (The Sports Network)
Sabres look to avoid 11th straight loss vs. Red Wings (

Sabres fall to Flyers, 4-3

‘The Sabres fell to 1-13-1 in the last 15 games, and they also fell to 30th in the 30-team NHL. Edmonton beat Florida in a shootout to tie the Sabres with 31 points, but the Oilers lead in regulation/overtime victories, 9-8.’

A taint on the sport any way you cut it

‘I can picture Tim Murray sitting in his office with a sinister look behind those glasses and a laugh heard to HarborCenter at what he’s concocting. This is the rookie GM’s first team and it’s pitiful. But yes, I know. We should celebrate what it will mean down the road. Especially now that the “goal” has been reached, at least for one night.’

Sabres’ Gionta should be ready after break

‘“Two more days then we have the All-Star break, and he’s ready to go for the rest of the year versus taking that little risk now,” coach Ted Nolan said in First Niagara Center. “We don’t think it’s worth it. Eight to 10 days and he’ll be 100 percent.’

Vanek still finding his way in the Wild

‘“Maybe he put too much on himself, but ultimately it’s where he wanted to be,” Pominville said. “It’s where he wanted to play. The fans wanted him there. The talk throughout last year, honestly, anytime I went out somewhere and got recognized, that was one of the first things people would ask me: ‘When is Van coming? Is he coming?’”’