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Loss of Glendening sparks Lightning comeback win

DETROIT >> With seven minutes and 28 seconds left in the third period, the tide of the Wings’ best-of-seven shifted for their favor to Tampa Bay’s all because the loss of one player … Luke Glendening.

Glendening went out after getting into a scuffle with Victor Hedman after suffering a right-hand injury and needed to be stitched up.

Glendening didn’t return to the game.

And during his absence, the Lightning scored three unanswered goals, all from their triplet line, to even the series with Detroit, 2-2, after a 3-2 win in overtime.

“I’ve watched him in the minors,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “I watched him play when they unfortunately beat us in the Calder Cup. He’s, I don’t know how to describe, he’s an extremely responsible player. There aren’t a lot of guys out there like the Glendenings. He’s done a heck of a job on our guys.

“To lose a player that plays an extremely important role for them, you look back know because we came back to win the game, so it was potentially a huge factor,” Cooper continued. “He’s a good player for them. There’s no question it had an effect because the triplet line there. They just have a vibe going on that first one and for him not to be around I’m sure there was a little bit of an effect.”

Glendening’s line, with wingers Drew Miller and Landon Ferraro, had put the clamps on Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov for nearly six periods at Joe Louis Arena.

That was until Glendening wen out.

“Obviously it was big play in the game,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I really thought we should be going on the power play there but I can’t control those things. Obviously getting his hand cut and missing the rest of the game matchup-wise, Johnson’s line got the next three goals.”

Johnson scored his first of two with 5:26 left in regulation and Glendening off the ice getting stitches after him and Hedman were sent off for roughing.

Johnson setup Palat for the equalizer just over a minute later.

“That’s just the way the game goes,” Glendening said. “Obviously I was frustrated not being able to be out there. He’s a dynamite player and when he gets time and space he can do special things.

Then, Johnson ended it just 2:25 into overtime.

“I don’t know, you’d have to ask Johnson,” Babcock said when asked why Glendening is so good against the Johnson line. “He’s a good player, he plays hard, he can skate. We think he’s OK. Just like all injuries in playoffs. You really don’t know until game time but the doc says they sewed him up and he’s going to be fine.”

Johnson now has four goals and an assist in the series.

“Just trying to limit their time and space,” Glendening said. “Miller and Ferraro have been great, trying to control the puck when we can. Blocking shots.”

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Glendening: “I think I’m the weak link here.”

DETROIT >> The Wings’ two young centers – Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan – have struggled mightily in the faceoff circle this series.

“I haven’t been very good,” Glendening said. “I’ve got to be better.”

“Yeah obviously winning draws, you get possession of the puck so they’re big for us and they’re something that we definitely have to do better,” Sheahan said. “We just gotta kind of match their intensity and kind of strategize off of what they do.”

In Thursday’s 3-2 overtime loss in Game 4 to Boston, Glendening won just one of eight faceoffs (11 percent).

“I think everyone else is doing well on our team,” said Glendening, who’s won just 30 percent of the draws through four games. “I think I’m the weak link here. I’ve struggled in the faceoff circle and that’s hurt our team.”

Sheahan is at 38 percent for the series.

“We try to help them with it every day,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We go over it and over it and over it. We show them tendencies. The problem against Boston is they’ve got some good faceoff guys. If you’re Glendening, the coach is the guy who keeps putting you out there against (Patrice) Bergeron. He’s one of the best players in the world. If Pavel (Datsyuk) goes head-to-head with him it’s 50-50. So I don’t know if that’s a big surprise. In saying all that, though, why would you play him against him? Well, what’s my other option? So what we’re doing is Glennie’s mentally tough. He’ll dig in and find a way. We’re hoping it’s sooner than later. We’re hoping it’s not three years from now.

“The same with Riley Sheahan,” Babcock continued. “They’ve got figure out a way to have the puck instead of chasing it. It’s a lot of D-zone time when you’re chasing it. You saw two power play goals last night. I think one took four seconds and the other one took four and half seconds or something. That means you lost the face-off. Faceoffs are a big deal in the game. They add up.”

Wings ink Glendening to three-year extension

DETROIT >> The Wings locked up one of their youngsters for the next three seasons when they inked rookie forward Luke Glendening to a three-year contract extension.

The deal has an average salary-cap hit of $628,333.

Glendening will earn $610,000 next season and then $600,000 and $675,000 in each of the following two seasons.

He’s making $575,000 this season.

In 51 games this season, has six assists and 16 penalty minutes.

Glendening gets a chance to play in his fifth outdoor game

ANN ARBOR – Luke Glendening may be a rookie in the NHL, but he’s a veteran of the outdoor hockey games.

Glendening will play in his fifth outdoor game Wednesday at Michigan Stadium when the Wings host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Winter Classic.

He got the news Monday night while driving home with his mom from Comerica Park after he took part in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ game against the Toronto Marlies.

“I was planning on watching this one on TV, excited to see how it turned out,” said Glendening, who played four seasons at the University of Michigan. “Now that I have the opportunity to be a part of it, I’m excited.”

He played in three outdoor games while at Michigan, including the Big Chill at Michigan Stadium on Dec. 11, 2010.

“It was great to be back on the ice, to be back in Ann Arbor is fun for me,” Glendening said. “It’s a little overwhelming, but I’m just trying to take it all in and enjoy it.”

Glendening scored two goals in the Griffins’ shootout loss to the Marlies.

“I had a great time playing in the game with Grand Rapids,” Glendening said. “That was a special moment, special game, but obviously it was a little disheartening not to be able to play in this one, and now that I have the opportunity it’s pretty cool.”

He’s 2-1-1 in his previous four outdoor games.

Glendening was needed when Wings coach Mike Babcock decided to rejoin Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the same line.

“The reason Glenny went back and didn’t play the other night was I wanted Glenny to get in a Winter Classic game,” Babcock said. “They had a Winter Classic game in the American League, and I thought I wasn’t sure he was going to be able to play in this game for us. I thought it was unfair if he didn’t play, and I was planning on playing Z and Pavel. I needed another center. It’s unfortunate for Jurco, now he misses playing outdoors, which wasn’t our plan at all, but that is the way it happens. That is the change in day-to-day and business in our league.”

Glendening, Eaves on fourth line with Cleary; Weiss may need to see groin specialist

DETROIT – Quick update from the Wings’ morning skate prior to their game tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena.

Wings coach Mike Babcock will pair the two newcomers from Grand Rapids, Luke Glendening and Patrick Eaves, on the fourth line with Daniel Cleary.

“We’re just looking for a more consistent push back from our fourth group,” Babcock said. “That’s what we need from them. We think (Joakim) Andersson, (Tomas) Tatar and (Drew) Miller have been fantastic for us. We think we can get more out of that (fourth) group so that’s why we’re giving them a chance.

“They both can penalty kill,” Babcock continued. “Eaves can really shoot the puck. They both have some grit and physicality to them. Glendening is normally a real good faceoff guy and knows how to play. We’ve liked it when he’s been here before.”

Glendening, who’ll be playing in this 10th game with the Wings tonight, has three goals and seven assists in 17 games this season with the Griffins, while Eaves has four goals and two assists in eight games.

“I’m excited to be here,” Glendening said. “Every time I get up here it’s just another opportunity for me to show I can be here.

Eaves was a numbers casualty at the start of the season, playing just three games in Detroit before being sent to Grand Rapids.

“It’s good to be back,” Eaves said. “I’ve had a really good time in Grand Rapids. There’s an excellent team down there, very well coached and it was a great atmosphere. The guys made it easy on me to come in and kind of join their team.

“(I) just want to play every night,” Eaves continued. “That’s the key, that’s what you want to do and I was able to do that down there. They gave me an opportunity and I tried to run with it the best that I could and, like I said, I was playing with great players so that really helped.”

Jonas Gustavsson will start in goal.

Stephen Weiss is still waiting to hear the results of his MRI, which are supposed to come tonight, but there’s a good chance he’ll need to see a groin specialist according to Wings general manager Ken Holland.

“There’s a chance we might send him in for another opinion,” Holland said. “We’re going to see tonight what Dr. Plagens thinks, but Piet Van Zant thinks the second opinion might be (the right move).

“You’ve got a guy that’s had groin issues 3-4 weeks ago, came back, felt great, now we got groin issues, we got to be sure,” Holland added. “He’s out for sure until after Christmas. Let’s see what Dr. Plagens reads and let’s see where we go.”

Weiss has been placed on short-term injured reserve.

Eaves, Glendening recalled; Emmerton sent to GR

DETROIT — The Wings also have recalled forwards Patrick Eaves and Luke Glendening from Grand Rapids and reassigned Cory Emmerton back to the Griffins.

In eight games with the Griffins this season Eaves has four goals and two assists, while Glendening has three goals and seven assists in 17 games.

Both have yet to record a point in limited time this season in Detroit.

Smith ‘surprised’ to be a healthy scratch; Glendening to make NHL debut

DETROIT – The juggling up of the forward units aren’t the only changes the Detroit Red Wings have made to their lineup.

Defenseman Brendan Smith also finds himself a healthy scratch for tonight’s home game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

“I’m surprised,” Smith said after the morning skate. “I don’t know, I’m just not in the plans today, I guess.”

Smith is a minus-4 through four games this season and has yet to register a point.

“There’s always things to improve but I don’t know what I need to do to get myself back in the lineup,” said Smith, who added he was never told why he was being sat. “I’m just going to keep plugging away. I am a minus-4 but if you watch those goals, I don’t think there’s a breakdown on my side. It is what it is. I’m just going to keep plugging away.”

Brian Lashoff will replace Smith on the blue line.

Smith was one the ice for a number of Phoenix’s odd-man rushes in Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.

“Last game I got caught twice and that definitely could have been the reason (why I’m) not in the lineup,” Smith said. “(Kyle) Quincey backed me up and saved me there but that happens all over the game where we’re backing guys up. I guess that game (he wasn’t good), I think I’ve been good in the other games, so I don’t know.”

Smith was a minus-2 in the game.

Luke Glendening will make his NHL debut tonight, centering a line with Drew Miller and Jordin Tootoo, who’ll be making his season debut.

“I just think he’s smart, he’s a right-handed shot who can take faceoffs,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He’s going to get lit up in the NHL for a little bit, that’s just how life goes. He’s a good penalty killer. He’s competitive, he knows how to play, he’s what I would call a coach player, not a scout player, no scout would ever draft him, look him, because he doesn’t look that part, but he’s got unbelievable hockey sense, he’s an elite competitor and he’s a coach-type player, you can trust him to get stuff done.”

Glendening, 24, has two assists and is a plus-3 in two games this season with Grand Rapids.

“I’m excited, it’s a new opportunity, it’s great to be a part of a team I’ve watched since I was a kid, so I’m real excited,” Glendening said. “Hopefully I’ll be good on draws, just be physical and play my game. I’m not here to do anything special, just do what I’ve been doing.”

Glendening had eight goals and 18 assists last season with the Griffins and added six goals and 10 assists in 24 playoff games.

“It was huge playing under coach Blashill, he has been instrumental in my development as a player, just the way he teaches, the time he takes with individual people, what he does on the ice. That was huge for me and hopefully I’ll keep it going,” Glendening said. “They have a lot of guys here right now, they just said keep working hard and maybe we’ll see you again.”

Todd Bertuzzi will start on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

Justin Abdelkader will play alongside Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen.

“I’m hoping he’s going to provide some work ethic and get pucks back and give them more opportunity because we’re not getting enough of that,” Babcock said about adding Abdelkader to that line. “We need our big people to play big and hard and Abby’s done a real good job for Pav and Z. We’re hoping Bert can fill in and do that but Abby can get another group going. We need more than one group going.”

Daniel Alfredsson, who has one assist and is a minus-3 in four games, will skate on the third line with Daniel Cleary and Joakim Andersson.

Tomas Tatar and Mikael Samuelsson will be healthy scratches.

“He’s a good scorer and we need goals, so why isn’t he in? I ask myself the same question,” Babcock said when asked about Tatar.