On a day when the Detroit Red Wings were saying goodbye to head coach Jeff Blashill, Sergei Fedorov and CSKA Moscow were saying hello to the Gagarin Cup.
In his first season at the helm as club coach, Fedorov rallied CSKA Moscow in the KHL final. They came back from a 3-1 series deficit for a 4-3 victory over Metallurg Magnitogorsk. CKSA were 4-1 winners in the decisive seventh game on Saturday.
“Sergei Fedorov won three Stanley Cups, [and] the World Championship, he knows how to behave correctly in critical situations,” CSKA Moscow forward Konstantin Okulov told KHL.ru. “It helped us in decisive games.”
First Blood For Lulea
Red Wings free agent signing forward Pontus Andreasson drew an assist on the game-winning goal. Lulea grabbed the victory by a 4-1 count over Farjestad in Game 1 of the SHL final.
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Farjestad defenseman and Red Wings draft pick Albert Johansson didn’t figure in the scoring. They’ll be playing Game 2 of the best-of-seven set on Monday.
Meanwhile, in Finland, the domestic season came to an end for Red Wings defense prospect Eemil Viro’s TPS. They lost the SM-liiga final in five games to Tappara. Viro finished postseason play with 2-3-5 numbers in 15 games.
Red Wings Prospects Cossa, Hanas Advance
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The Vancouver Giants were drubbing the Everett Silvertips 11-6 in Game 4 of their WHL series. Collecting two goals and two assists, defenseman Alex Cotton, a Red Wings draftee, was named the game’s second star. Vancouver is leading that set 3-2.
In the OHL, 2021 Detroit draftee forward Pasquale Zito has contributed a goal for the Windsor Spitfires. They lead the Sarnia Sting 3-2.
Griffins End Season
The Grand Rapids Griffins were closing out the season Saturday with a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Monsters. Riley Barber recorded his second hat trick of the campaign. He pushed his AHL season-high point streak to 17 games (18-8-26).
Barber ended the season with nine goals in his last five outings and 28 goals on the season. That’s the most by a Griffin since Chris Terry’s 29 in 2018-19.
Barber’s 17-game point streak tied Derek King (2000-01) for the second longest in franchise history. Jonatan Berggren added another two points to his season-best 11-game point streak (6-13-19). Berggren’s 21 goals on the season tied for the sixth-most for a Griffins rookie.
The Red Wings returned forwards Joe Veleno, Taro Hirose and Kyle Criscuolo to GR. However, none of them suited up for the finale. The Griffins missed the AHL playoffs.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Wasting little time, Wings GM Steve Yzerman announced that head coach Jeff Blashill, assistant coach Doug Houda and goalie coach Jeff Salajko wouldn’t be returning to the team next season
- Might the Red Wings be looking for more of a taskmaster in the club’s next head coach?
Hockey Now Network
Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Drew O’Connor for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Boston: Veteran winger Chris Wagner, who played his first game of the season for the Boston Bruins in Game 82 of the regular season, will be sticking around with the big club for the playoffs.
Philadelphia: Defenseman Ivan Provorov got testy with reporters and goalie Carter Hart admitted he needs to be better as the Philadelphia Flyers officially wrapped up their season with exit interviews.
Washington: Forward Lars Eller says the Washington Capitals need to get more emotionally invested on the ice if they want to have any chance against the Florida Panthers in the opening round of the playoffs.
Florida: Old Man Joe, aka veteran Florida Panthers forward Joe Thornton, is ready for another run after the elusive Stanley Cup.
Colorado: The Colorado Avalanche are preparing to play old friend Matt Duchene and the Nashville Predators in the opening round of the playoffs.
San Jose: Veteran San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson is considering the option of playing for Sweden later this month at the world championship.
Vegas: US Olympian and ex-Michigan Wolverine Brendan Brisson has signed an entry-level contract with the Vegas Golden Knights.
Vancouver: The Vancouver Canucks players are hopeful that Bruce Boudreau will be back as coach and it’s appearing as if their wish will be granted.
Montreal: Netminder Carey Price admitted that he treated Friday’s 10-2 win over the Florida Panthers as if it might be his last game for the Montreal Canadiens.
Calgary: A look at the Dallas Stars, who will be facing the Calgary Flames in the playoffs.