Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Power outage forces Red Wings to practice in dark (VIDEO)

Things looked pretty dim for the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena even before the team faced the New York Islanders Monday night, after a Detroit brownout darkened the rink during the team's morning skate.

The temporary power outage occurred at 9 a.m. and affected much of The Joe’s lighting, as well as the surrounding area in downtown Detroit, but was restored two hours later as the Wings were wrapping up practice. Although the rink was a little bit darker than normal, the Red Wings adjusted to the issue by simply conducting most of their drills on the brighter of the two ends.

“It’s been interesting for sure,” Wings defenseman Brendan Smith said. “I didn’t know if we’re even going to get to practice at the start but I guess we had to play half ice because half of the rink was lit up. But it’s been alright, I mean it’s just a little adversity but it’s cool to have a change sometimes maybe it will help us out somehow.”

Too bad the team's lack of power continued into the evening and the Isles' Evgeni Nabokov shined brightly— by making 23 saves for his 56th career shutout— in a 3-0 win over the home team on Monday night.

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