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The Daily: Bedard Nets ‘Michigan Goal’ vs. Blues; Ned Hot For Pens

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Connor Bedard is now on the list of National Hockey League players who have scored a “Michigan Goal.” Before long, Bedard will be on many lists of NHLers with rare accomplishments.

The rising young superstar Bedard scored his 13th goal of the season by scooping the puck off the ice, and flinging it lacrosse-style into the St. Louis net from behind the goal line.  Blues goalie Jordan Binnington may have been the most surprised person in the building. Chicago Hockey Now’s Nate Brown called the goal Bedard’s “most impressive goal of his young career.”

Former NHL player Ryan Whitney, who co-hosts the popular podcast ‘Chiclets’, said this on social media after the goal: “I will gladly watch every Chicago Blackhawks game this year. It doesn’t matter they aren’t a good team yet, a player like this changed everything.”

The Blackhawks lost that game 7-5 to St. Louis. But Whitney is certainly correct that Bedard is worth the price of admission home and away.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • Bob Duff writes that the Red Wings lost more players to injury (Christian Fischer and Jeff Petry) and another game (to New Jersey).
  • Merry Christmas Red Wings fans! Your gift was a Simon Edvinsson call-up from Grand Rapids. (The Red Wings sent him down after the game).
  • Patrick Kane definitely has rediscovered his offensive groove.  He scored another goal Saturday against the Devils.

Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings are in their Christmas break and won’t play again until Wednesday when they are on the road against the Minnesota Wild. The Red Wings are struggling. They are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games.  Detroit has given up four or more goals seven times in that 10-game span.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Jimmy Murphy had a Festivus-like “airing of grievances” about the Boston Bruins.

Florida: Christmas came early for the Florida Panthers with a 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in their Stanley Cup rematch.

Pittsburgh:  Former Detroit Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic is playing well enough to earn more playing time than a backup should get. He has started four of Pittsburgh’s last five games. PHN’s Dan Kingerski is not ready to call it a goalie controversy, but it will be interesting to watch. Pittsburgh Penguins.

San Jose: Coach David Quinn praised Mario Ferraro and defended goalie MacKenzie Blackwood after the San Jose Sharks’ loss to Vancouver.

Vegas: Goalie Adin Hill, the Stanley Cup hero, is back on the injured list. Vegas Golden Knights.