Mark Howe Sports a Red Wings Jersey at His Hall of Fame Induction, and It's All Good

Mark Howe Sports a Red Wings Jersey at His Hall of Fame Induction, and It's All Good

When I read over the transcript of Mark Howe's Hall of Fame induction speech last night, it was exactly the classy, respectful representation I expected. With nods to his former teammates, the men who drafted him, the victims of the plane crash in Russia—including his former blue line partner Brad McCrimmon, and loving and thankful words to his mother and father, Howe represented everyone on his hockey career path well.

It was when I saw a brief video clip this morning that I did a double-take. Howe was putting on a red jersey over his tuxedo. A Red Wings jersey. I had missed the induction on NHL Network last night because it overlapped with the Flyers-Hurricanes game, and this was the first I'd seen of the footage from Toronto. Howe played his final seasons with the Red Wings and works for them to this day. But that's not why he put on the winged wheel sweater during his speech last night.

A respectful and thankful son above all else, Howe fulfilled a proud father's wish. Video below.

Concluding his speech, Mark directed his words toward his father, the great Gordie Howe:

“I guess there is one person left to thank in this building. I’m not going to thank you for being my linemate for 6 years. I'm not going to thank you for elbowing a guy for taking a dirty shot at me. I’m not going to thank you for being the greatest hockey player ever. I want to thank you for being the husband, the father, and the person that you are. You are the role model by which I tried to lead my life. I’m so proud to call you my dad."

Mark recounted a moment when upon his own retirement, Gordie said that he wished his son had worn his #9 Red Wings jersey for just one game. While he wasn't able to make that wish come true, I think we can assume Gordie would happily settle for Mark wearing it at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"You've never asked me for anything in your lifetime, so I'd like to honor your request at this time, on a much bigger stage."

Howe then put on the classic red sweater of the Detroit Red Wings, the white number 9 and 'HOWE' on the nameplate, honoring his dad. (And perhaps his favorite movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.)

Howe went back to the podium as the audience stood to applaud the gesture and said simply, "Dad, I love you."

Congratulations to Mark Howe, a legendary Flyer, on taking his rightful place among the legends of the league.

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Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.