Wings' Blashill named coach of Team USA

Red Wings beat Devils 4-1 in last game at Joe Louis Arena

Red Wings beat Devils 4-1 in last game at Joe Louis Arena

The last game at the building known as The Joe stirred emotions for numerous 20,000-plus in attendance, including Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman.

"I've got to be better". Even as the team faded from playoff contention, both the GM and the coach kept a short leash on players like Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha, both 22 years old. "The new rink is going to be awesome". I've got to be better.

The Red Wings closed the regular season with a spectacular show Sunday night that couldn't have been scripted better, starting with a warm and sunny day for a red carpet entrance for current and former players.

"I'm going to continue to keep playing", Howard said. I think a lot of it has to do with the motor that the young person has - different people have different motors - and how hard that person pushes. "It was a good ending to The Joe with the win".

Blashill, who just finished his second season as head coach with the Red Wings, will serve as head coach for the US team for the first time.

The Red Wings planned to move him to the wing this season and to play him less, hoping other teammates took advantage of the opportunity to play larger roles. Those who didn't get there in time for a prime location settled for being perched on adjacent steps that climb to the arena and standing on both sides of Steve Yzerman Drive on a sunny, windy and warm afternoon.

"We have the best fans in the world", Holland said. "It gives me goosebumps". I look at Zetterberg and (Pavel) Datsyuk as examples of that.

The widow of Red Wings enforcer Robert Probert spread her late husband's ashes during the team's final game at Joe Louis Arena, in a place where the forward had spent a lot of time.

After the game, Detroit's players skated to center ice and raised their sticks.

Kronwall had two goals and 11 assists in 57 games. He guided the Ice to a franchise-record 39 wins in 2008-09 and Clark Cup title as playoff champions of the USHL. Detroit can protect seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender.

Devils: The front office, coaching staff and players have to figure out how to bring the once-proud franchise back to respectability after finishing eighth in a division for the first time and having an Eastern Conference-low 70 points.

The Red Wings' decision not to go in a new direction comes as other teams have gone ahead with significant changes. Blashill, who was hired in 2015 after Mike Babcock's departure, made the playoffs in his first season, but Detroit went 33-36-13 in 2016-17.

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