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The Daily: Austria’s Remarkable Rally vs. Canada; Red Wings UFA Rankings



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Detroit Red Wings prospect Marco Kasper has to be happy in Milwaukee today.

The Austria native probably would be playing for the Austrian team at the World Championships if he wasn’t starting a Grand Rapids Griffins playoff series tonight. They play the Milwaukee Admirals tonight in Milwaukee. Undoubtedly, Kasper is proud of his country’s today for pulling off one of the most remarkable days in World Championship history.

Trailing 6-1 to Canada going into the third period, Austria scored at 3:14, 4:08, 10:41 and 15:56 to pull within one goal. Then, with their goalie pulled, they scored again at 19:11 to tie the game 6-6.

There was no storybook ending. Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares scored 15 seconds into overtime to give Canada a 7-6 win. But it was still a monumental performance by Austria.

The Austrians had no business being competitive against Canada. And the comeback was one for the ages. According to the IIHF story, Canada had given up five goals in a period four times in 94 years at the World Championships.

Before Austria netted five on Tuesday, it had not occurred in 43 years.


Red Wings In Case You Missed It

Detroit goaltending prospect Trey Augustine, 19, joined an exclusive club by playing for Team USA at the World Championships. He’s the young player to play goal for the U.S. squad at the World Championship. And he’s one of 20 teen-goalies since 1930 to play at the tournament. That list is quite impressive.

The Germans played physical against Lucas Raymond at the World Championships.

The Grand Rapids Griffins playoff run continues tonight when they play Game 1 of their series against the Milwaukee Admirals.

Paywall story: Red Wings prospect defenseman Shai Buium joins the Detroit organization with a winner’s mentality already established. Griffins coach Dan Watson sees it in the way he practices. To subscribe, click here.  To receive a $10 discount on a yearly subscription, use the promo code kevin10.

Red Wings Offseason

Four Detroit players are ranked among’s Top 50 unrestricted free agents. Patrick Kane is at No. 5, while defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is at No. 27 and David Perron is at No. 32. Daniel Sprong checks in at No. 44. Former Red Wings player Alex Nedeljkovic (Pittsburgh Penguins) is the highest ranked goalie free agent at No. 31. Former Detroit player Anthony Mantha, also a pending UFA, did not make the cut for the top 50.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Jimmy Murphy writes that Brad Marchand will never escape his past. Boston Bruins.

Colorado: Nate McKinnon accepts responsibility for how poorly he performed in Game 4: “I was bad.” Colorado Avalanche.

Montreal: MHN writes about Montreal’s best trade assets heading into the 2024 NHL draft. Montreal Canadiens. 

Pittsburgh: Dan Kingerski has identified three potential restricted free agents that the Penguins should try to acquire. Pittsburgh Penguins. 

San Jose: Would Leon Draisaitl play in San Jose? Sheng Peng believes it’s a reach, but some prominent hockey insiders are hearing whispers. Edmonton Oilers.