Detroit Red Wings v Anaheim Ducks - Game Seven

‘Good start’ key in Red Wings’ Game 7 win


It didn’t take much time – actually, one minute and 49 seconds to be exact – for Henrik Zetterberg to make an impact for the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.

Matched up on the road against the Anaheim Ducks in a winner-take-all Game 7, Zetterberg got the Red Wings on the board early with his third goal of the series – and third in the last two games.

The Red Wings got off to a good start, and then were the better team throughout the middle and late stages of the game.

They were rewarded with a 3-2 victory and will advance to the Western Conference semifinal against the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2013 Presidents’ Trophy winners as the league’s top regular season team.

“We did a great job getting off to a good start, and then we protected it there at the end,” Zetterberg told the Associated Press.

“A lot of us have been in tough situations like this before, so we knew how to play this type of game.”

It looks like Havlat won’t make Panthers

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As PHT’s mentioned before, the Florida Panthers stand as a fascinating contrast between youth and experience.

Let’s not kid ourselves, though; fresh faces usually beat out gray beards, at least when it comes to teams that are still trying to build toward contender status.

While it’s by no means official, two Panthers beat writers – the Miami Herald’s George Richards and the Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov – report that the Panthers are likely to pass on Martin Havlat.

It wasn’t just about the likes of Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad leading the charge. Other young Panthers (maybe most notably Quinton Howden and Connor Brickley) made the team, thus making Havlat less necessary.

One would assume that it might be tough for the 34-year-old to find work, at least if he insists upon only an NHL deal.

Health issues continue to dog him, but he’s no longer one of those guys who tantalizes with talent when he is healthy enough to play.

Havlat also doesn’t really bring much to the table defensively. While other veterans can kill penalties and show a little more verstaility, Havlat’s greatest selling point is scoring.

Could this be it for a solid career that may nonetheless end with a “What if?” or two?

Silfverberg is set to practice again after Torres hit

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Considering all of the controversy surrounding the 41-game suspension for Raffi Torres, some might have lost track of the guy who received that hit: Jakob Silfverberg.

The good news is that, at the moment, it seems like he’s OK.

The Anaheim Ducks announced that he skated on his own and will be involved in the team’s next practice:

That falls in line with some of the fall-out from the hit, as head coach Bruce Boudreau let out a relieved “thank goodness” at the young forward seemingly dodging a bullet.

Here’s video of the hit and the suspension decision:

Silfverberg, 24, enjoyed a nice breakout in 2014-15, especially during the playoffs.

Keep in mind that injuries can sometimes crop up later than expected, especially potential head injuries/concussions. Still, it seems like the initial reaction is that the damage was minimal.