Detroit Red Wings coach Derek “Newsy” Lalonde got a win in his NHL debut as a head coach for the Detroit Red Wings. Fittingly, it was a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Detroit’s season opener.
It was fitting because the previous time Newsy Lalonde was coaching an NHL game in Detroit, it was also involving the Canadiens. Edouard “Newsy” Lalonde was behind the bench for the Canadiens on March 18, 1934 at Olympia Stadium. They beat the Red Wings 2-1. He’s the Hockey Hall of Fame legend from whom Derek Lalonde derives his nickname.
Give it up for Newsy! 👏 pic.twitter.com/cDMAhGbGZL
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 15, 2022
Jack Adams was behind the Detroit bench that night. And should the new Newsy find a way to lead the Red Wings into a playoff posiiton, he just might be in line to win the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year.
Tough Start For Griffins
The Red Wings were whipping up on the Canadiens. However, the Grand Rapids Griffins were taking a whipping on home ice. Detroit’s top farm club fell 6-2 to the San Diego Gulls in the AHL season opener at Van Andel Arena on Friday.
— Grand Rapids Griffins (@griffinshockey) October 15, 2022
Firstly, in his first pro game, forward Cross Hanas was -3, as was veteran D Brian Lashoff. Secondly, both forward Givani Smith and defenseman Eemil Viro were -2.
On a positive note, defenseman Simon Edvinsson was even, collecting an assist on the first Grand Rapids goal.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Scoring the game winner in his NHL debut, Elmer Soderblom was propelling Detroit to a 3-0 victory over Montreal.
- For the first time in franchise history, the Red Wings were opening the NHL season at home against the Montreal Canadiens
- Grand Rapids Griffins getting AHL season underway
- Could the Red Wings be an NHL playoff team this season?
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Dallas: Wyatt Johnston because the youngest player to score a goal for the Stars. Dallas Stars
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San Jose: Check out the video tribute presentation the Sharks made as Brent Burns returned to town with the Carolina Hurricanes. San Jose Sharks
Philadelphia: Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim signed an eight-year, $50 million extension with the team. Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh: Evgeni Malkin’s line accounted for three goals during a 6-2 win over Arizona. Pittsburgh Penguins
Boston: Forward Jake DeBrusk (upper body injury) won’t be playing on Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes. Boston Bruins
Washington: Ilya Samsonov was forgetting he’s on a new team. The Toronto Maple Leafs goalie was accidentally was passing the puck to his old Capitals teammates. Washington Capitals
Islanders: New season, same offensive struggles for the Islanders. New York Islanders
Florida: Forwrd Matthew Tkachuk was turning in an impressive debut performance for the Panthers. Florida Panthers
Colorado: Firstly, Nazen Kadri was helping Calgary to a 5-3 win over the Avlanche. Scondly, the club was presenting former Colorado center Kadri with his 2021-22 Stanley Cup ring. Colorado Avalanche