This past Saturday I shot the Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs game at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI. (Special thanks to Dave!!) The Joe is one of the oldest arena's still being played in by NHL teams. I got to experience my first toss of the octopus. Legend has it, "Each tentacle of the octopus was symbolic of a win in the playoffs. Back then, the NHL boasted only six teams, and eight wins (two best-of-seven series) were needed to win the Stanley Cup. The Red Wings swept the series that year." This started in 1952 and has been their good luck charm to this day.
5 minutes into the first, forward Henrik Zetterberg scored a power play goal on Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer. Halfway through the second, another power play goal was scored. This time by forward Tomas Holmstrom. In the third, Jiri Hudler's slap shot founds it's way into the back of the net putting the Wings up 3-2. At 13 left in the third, the Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was injured. Backup goalie Joey MacDonald replaced him to play the final 13 minutes, making 7 saves. With a minute left in the third the Maple Leafs goalie was pulled and veteran forward Todd Bertuzzi scored an empty netter.
The Red Wings won 4-2.
Howard is currently day-to-day with a sprained left shoulder.