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And The Hits Just Keep On Comin’

Updated 2225 EST: Khan(!) is on the spot.
Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi suffered a strained neck during a first-period collision with goaltender Chris Osgood Thursday in Chicago. Bertuzzi finished the period but did not return after the first intermission and won't finish the game. Bertuzzi was back-checking against Denis Arkhipov when he ran over Osgood, right after Nikita Alexeev fired in a shot from the face-off circle to open the scoring at 5:03 of the first period. Osgood was shaken-up but remained in the game.
And in case there might be a few of you not disturbingly reminded of the end of the '02-'03 regular season, let me help you out. Going into the last game of the year, tied with Dallas for the conference lead. Each with 109 points. Finale against? Yep. Chicago. Wings lose in OT, 4-3. Dallas wins their game. Now...had Detroit won that game after not squandering 2-0, then 3-2, leads? A conference title by virtue of the first tie breaker (more wins, they would have had 49 to Dallas' 46) and a matchup with Edmonton in the first round. Instead of that pleasant, quick 4-gamer against Uncle Mike and his French pal JSG. So, should the Wings lose tonite and the conference or division titles come down to Saturday? Nifty, eh?

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com