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The Daily: Griffins Pull Off Miraculous Win; Is Karlsson NHL’s Best D Man?



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Sebastian Cossa gave up six goals on 13 shots while playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins Thursday

The Grand Rapids Griffins pulled off a hockey version of a Christmas miracle when they overcame a four-goal deficit to beat the Chicago Wolves 8-7 in overtime Thursday night.

That is the second-most goals the Griffins have given up and still won the game. In 2010, the Griffins won a 10-8 game over the Wolves.

We told readers two days ago that Christmas came early for the Griffins when Austin Czarnik was returned to the team and the Red Wings traded for Danny O’Regan. Both of those players contributed four points to the the Griffins. O’Regan had two goals and two assists.  Czarnik scored the game-winner 16 seconds into OT. Steven Kampfer, recently sent back to Grand Rapids, also had four assists.

Offensive heroics were needed. It was because 2021 first-round pick Sebastian Cossa had a night to forget. Cossa gave up six goals on 13 shots in the first period. The Wolves built a 6-2 lead. Jussi Olkinuora replaced Cossa.

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 Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings’ Friday game against the Ottawa Senators is postponed. After the NHL’s holiday break, Detroit  (14-11-7) will face the Penguins (19-9-5) in Pittsburgh next Wednesday.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: The review of the botched Mitchell Miller signing is done. Bruins need to make changes. Boston Bruins. 

Florida: Veteran beat writer George Richards explains why coach Paul Maurice may have kept Spencer Knight in the game Thursday night. Florida Panthers

New York: Islanders disappointed about blown lead in the loss to the New York Rangers. New York Islanders

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Philadelphia: The Flyers late flurry couldn’t save them against the talented Toronto Maple Leafs. Philadelphia Flyers.

Pittsburgh: Evgeni Malkin said the OT loss to the Carolina Hurricanes was his fault. PIttsburgh Penguins.

San Jose: Sheng Peng asks whether Erik Karlsson is again the NHL’s best defenseman. He had his third four-point game of the season against the Minnesota Wild. San Jose Sharks. 

Washington: Why did Capitals defenseman John Carlson earn the nickname ‘Johnny Diamond’? Washington Capitals