10/14/2008 8:43 AM
Last Week’s Result
Come Back Again: Following last Saturday’s season-opening 4-3 overtime loss at Lake Erie, the Griffins will return to Quicken Loans Arena for a rematch with the Monsters this Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m., marking just the third time in franchise history that they’ll open the season with consecutive games against the same opponent (2000-01 vs. Cleveland, 1997-98 vs. Michigan).
A Long Time Coming: After beginning the season with three straight road games, the Griffins will finally make their Van Andel Arena debut against the Hamilton Bulldogs next Saturday, Oct 25, the latest date for a home opener in franchise history. The Griffins will try to extend their remarkable sellout streak in home openers to 13 years during the Opening Night Celebration presented by Northwest Airlines WorldPerks®. The first 5,000 fans will receive LED Thundersticks, and an extended pre-game show will celebrate the former Griffins who won the 2008 Stanley Cup as members of the Detroit Red Wings.
Griffins Visit White House: Aaron Downey and Darren Helm will join their former Red Wings teammates today for the team’s visit to the White House. President George W. Bush will honor the 2008 Stanley Cup Champions during a ceremony in the East Room at 2:30 p.m.
For Starters: Following Saturday’s overtime loss, Grand Rapids is now 9-2-2-0 all time both in season openers and road openers. The Griffins have earned points in each of their last 10 road debuts (8-0-2-0) as well as in six straight season openers (4-0-2-0).
Crime Does Pay: During the first period of Saturday’s game, Grand Rapids’ Darren Helm and Lake Erie’s Kyle Cumiskey each had an unsuccessful penalty shot attempt. It was the first game in Griffins history to feature two penalty shots, and the first AHL contest since Dec. 15, 2007 (CHI vs. IOW) to have two in a single period.
Kudos for Oulahen: Ryan Oulahen scored 53 seconds into Saturday’s opener, recording the second-fastest season-opening goal in franchise history (0:33, Dave Van Drunen, 10/12/02 vs. Cleveland). The game was Oulahen’s 230th in a Griffins uniform, tying him with Derek Meech for tenth on the team’s all-time list. He stands only two games behind ninth-place Hugo Boisvert (232).
You Never Forget Your First: Muskegon native Justin Abdelkader scored his first pro goal 4:59 into the third period on Saturday, while Ville Leino potted his first goal in North America. They were two of five Griffins to make their AHL debuts that night, joining Sergei Kolosov, Daniel Larsson and Logan Pyett.
Mending His Wing: Goaltender Jimmy Howard remains on Detroit’s injured reserve list but continues to rehab his broken finger in Grand Rapids.
Milestones: Aaron Downey needs two games played for 300 in the AHL, and Darren Haydar needs six assists for 300 as a pro.
AHL Live: The AHL has entered into a new long-term partnership with NeuLion Inc., a leading provider of live and on-demand international and sports programming over the Internet, to bring a one-of-a-kind online experience to fans worldwide using NeuLion technology beginning with the 2008-09 season. AHL Live is now available via theahl.com, showcasing high-quality live AHL games not available anywhere else on the Internet. AHL Live offers hockey fans throughout the world an opportunity to tune into their favorite team with a simple Internet connection. This subscription-based service gives fans an all-access pass to watch live games for the entire season or on a pay-per-view basis, as well as access to live game audio and archived games. Individual games are available for $6 each, and a team season pass is just $140 for 80 regular-season broadcasts. Calder Cup Playoff games and the annual AHL All-Star Classic will also be available. NeuLion and the AHL plan to offer additional service features such as game highlights, player interviews and features, video on demand and other behind-the-scenes video in the near future.
Get ‘Em While They’re Hot: Single-game tickets for all 40 Griffins home games are on sale at all Star Tickets outlets, including the Zone and Meijer stores, by phone through Star Tickets at (800) 585-3737, or online. Group, full-season and mini-plan ticket packages are available by calling the Griffins at (616) 774-4585.
Sat., Oct. 18 at Lake Erie Monsters – Quicken Loans Arena – 1 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 19 at Toronto Marlies – Ricoh Coliseum – 4 p.m.
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