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Hockeytown relives glory days
- Updated: Jan 1, 2014
DETROIT – From the dugouts of Comerica Park, the legends got here streaming out, donning the uniforms like the times of previous. Igor Larionov, Chris Chelios, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brendan Shanahan, Tomas Holmstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman from the Wings aspect alone, each to massive cheers (none greater than Stevie Y's). Doug Gilmour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Curtis Joseph, Lanny McDonald, Wendel Clark, Darryl Sittler and the gang got here out representing the Leafs.
You'd be laborious-pressed to find one game with a greater collection of hockey gamers ever played. The record of Hall of Famers and guys who will soon be there was deep, the sport steeped in star power and custom.
For Hockeytown specifically, it was an opportunity to relive the glory years that basically aren't all that far eliminated. The heroes of yesteryear had been honored with thundering applause after thundering applause, participating not solely in an exhibition sport however truly giving the fans a treat.
There were objectives from Shanahan, Chelios, Lidstrom, Fedorov. It was like 2002 yet again in Motown on the outdoor rink where the unbridled pleasure comes out of all of the gamers.
"The followers had been into it and you possibly can see the players were into it too," Lidstrom stated. "[It was great] seeing how completely satisfied the fans have been, to see all the guys on the market again. Taking part in within the recreation was fun too."
Earlier than you even begin to get excited, calm down Wings followers. Lidstrom did not get the itch.
"It was enjoyable for one sport, I don't suppose I could do this day-after-day," Lidstrom stated. "But I did enjoy myself for tonight's sport."
For some time they truly did appear to be the Wings of yesteryear, build up a 5-1 lead in the recreation to take it on the verge of a blowout. That was until the Maple Leafs got here charging back and tied the sport up with literally two seconds to go because of Bryan McCabe. It did not quite make up for four-1, nevertheless it was exciting nonetheless. The bonus? It meant just a few more minutes of the legends on the ice for everyone to take pleasure in.
They skipped the overtime and just went straight to the shootout.
"I'm not a fan of the shootout, I never had a shootout when I coached," lamented Bowman. But it surely did give him a chance to get Tomas Holmstrom his shining moment as soon as more as Homer scored the only aim in the shootout to present Detroit the 6-5 victory and the sweep in the doubleheader.
"It was good for Homer as a result of they had been making an attempt to get him a objective," Bowman stated.
It was indeed good for Holmstrom however really it was good for everybody, the horde of Leafs followers in attendance included. They have been even handled to a Tie Domi breakaway objective and goalie Mike Palmateer's superior gear and glove save. It had moments and recollections for all.
The most effective moments, though, came before the sport even began.
What good is a Red Wings alumni game with out Gordie Howe or Ted Lindsay? The answer is just not good, so after all Mr. Hockey and Lindsay had been on hand for the festivities to drop the puck for Sittler and Yzerman with the good Ted Lindsay by his facet. Gordie began to stroll off the carpet and onto the ice, enjoying the moment all with a smile on his face whereas the gang erupted into "Gordie! Gordie!" Howe and Lindsay dropped their pucks and so they had been just about set to go.
But not before a moment with the Russian Five and Vladimir Konstantinov. Much the identical as they reacted with Howe, the gang erupted into chants of "Vladdy! Vladdy!
The chills on Tuesday got here from more than the bitter cold. It was a special night time that gave everybody in attendance the nice and cozy and fuzzies, the gamers included. You could not ask for a better warmup to the sport in Ann Arbor on New 12 months's Day.