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The Daily: Jonatan Berggren Stays Hot, ex-Red Wing Beats USA



Jonatan Berggren, Grand Rapids Griffins
Detroit Red Wings prospect Jonatan Berggren has scored four goals in his past five games for the Grand Rapids Griffins

Jonatan Berggren scored his fourth goal in four games for the Grand Rapids Griffins. Hence, he continues to make a case for the Red Wings to promote him.

Berggren scored the game-winner in a 2-1 win against the Texas Stars. It was Berggren’s fourth game-winner of the season and the second in the past three games. Jonatan Berggren has six points his past five games playing with Taro Hirose. He was named the Tuesday game’s No. 1 star. Video of his goal and assist, plus some other quality plays

When the Red Wings sent Jonatan Berggren to Grand Rapids, coach Jeff Blashill told him he needed to significantly alter his game to ready himself for the NHL.  The Red Wings wanted him to play faster. He is accomplishing that objective.

In other Griffins’ news, former Detroit Red Wings minor leaguer Patrik Rybar played a major role in ousting the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team. The Slovak goalie made 33 saves in regulation and overtime, and five more in the shootout, to give his country a 3-2 win in the quarterfinal. The Red Wings signed him in 2018-19 and he played one season in Grand Rapids

Trade Rumor

Florida: Hockey Now’s Colby Guy says the Florida Panthers are a team to watch in the Claude Giroux sweepstakes. GM Bill Zito is always aggressive when it comes to trying to improve his team.

Around the NHL

Detroit:  Bob Duff writes “Playoffs. Are you kidding me?” The Red Wings didn’t look like a playoff team in a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Wild Monday.

Boston:  Former Boston Bruins prospect Peter Cehlarik scored the game-winner for Slovakia in the country’s win against USA in the Olympic quarterfinals.

Colorado: Terry Frei writes that the  Mark Stone long-term IR situation in Vegas exposes the “Kucherov Loophole” once again. The Colorado Avalanche play the Golden Knights.

Philadelphia:  The Philadelphia Flyers blow a late lead in losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby scores No. 500 for mom, dad and himself.

San Jose: Why Seamus Casey might be a good fit for the San Jose Sharks.

Vancouver:  The Vancouver Canucks are sure fired up to play agains at full capacity.