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Blackhawks Defeat Wings In OT 4-3

Patrick Sharp with the game-winner early in the first OT.

added 11:31pm, Video highlights from Versus added below…

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Kronwall Hit On Havlat

Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings delivers a hit to Martin Havlat that resulted in a five minute interference call and a game misconduct to Kronwall.

HNIC video…

added 10:02pm, Empty Netters chimes in…

That said, Kronwall’s a head hunter who has a history of leaving his feet to deliver hits. And he charged Havlat. Versus commentators Ed Olczyk, Brian Engblom and Keith Jones kept saying Kronwall didn’t leave his feet to deliver the hit. They must have depth perception issues because this is what we saw:

Kronwall was up in the air for maybe a split second, but that doesn’t matter. According to Rule 43 of the NHL’s rulebook:

“43.1 Charging - A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player or goalkeeper who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.”

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Keenan Fired

Reporting live from my hospital bed, waiting to check out.

via TSN,

Breaking News:

Sources tell TSN the Calgary Flames have fired head coach Mike Keenan and will announce the move shortly. Details to follow.

added 6:09pm, Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that Mike Keenan has been relieved of his coaching duties with the team.

“Our team did not meet expectations,” said Sutter. “Following detailed evaluation over the past three weeks, and taking into consideration all factors affecting our season ending result, we believe this is a necessary change required to allow our team to continue toward our objective of winning the Stanley Cup.”

“The Calgary Flames organization appreciates and respects Mike for accepting the opportunity to come to Calgary and are thankful for his efforts over the past two years.”

Other members of the Flames coaching staff remain subject to further review and evaluation

 

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Hoping To Be Home By Game 3 - Detroit/Chicago

I am still in the hospital and had a procedure done this morning that should help with issues I am having.

I need to be under observation for twelve hours and if all goes well, I could be home for the game tonight.

I want to thank everyone for their prayers and well-wishes, they mean a lot to me. 

But I am sort of disappointed Roenick hasn’t called me out yet, heck, first Thornton, then Babcock, why not Kukla?

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Facing Off In The Media

The Staal brothers will probably settle this in the offseason.  For now?

Carolina center Eric Staal had a pretty simple explanation for why his younger brother, Jordan Staal, was thrown out of the faceoff circle several times when they squared off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final Monday.

“He’s cheating, that’s why,” Staal said. “[The linesman] has got no choice. [Jordan] has got his stick in the air and he’s turning his body.”

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Wings Preparing For Datsyuk’s Absence

Despite all the assurances that Pavel Datsyuk’s foot is “day to day” and that they’ll just “go ahead and freeze it”, the Red Wings are getting ready in the event the Hart candidate sits out Game 3.

Valtteri Filppula is ready to take his spot on the line with Marian Hossa and Tomas Holmstrom.

“A lot of guys on this team have played with each other, so I don’t think it’s going to be that big of (an adjustment),’’ Filppula said. “Nobody’s a stranger.”

Babcock said rookie Ville Leino might make his playoff debut if Datsyuk can’t play.

More from MLive

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“Detroit Sucks”?  Down 0-2, Hawk Fans Will Stand By Their Claim

Via the Detroit News,

Brett Lebda, in his fourth season with the Wings, grew up about a half-hour north of Chicago in Buffalo Grove and was a—gasp!—Blackhawks fan. If anyone understands the mindset of the typical Hawks fan, Lebda figures he has as good a grasp as any.

Hey, that whole thing about Detroit? That’s just all in fun.

“It’s just a chant, (and) it’s been going on for a long time,” Lebda said Thursday following practice at Joe Louis Arena. “It’s kind of like tradition. It’s an Original Six rivalry and you’ve got to look at it as flattering going in there.

More, including a nice plug for the Hawk blog, The Fifth Feather.

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Roenick’s Mouth Runs Away Again

Chris Chelios is 47 and the Wings have six healthy defensemen who are better, faster and more dependable.  But he’s not playing because Mike Babcock is “anti-American”.  That’s according to Jeremy Roenick.

The coach just doesn’t like him for some ungodly known reason. I think he’s got a grudge against American players, but he does not like Cheli at all. If you’d know some of the things that Babcock says to Chris Chelios, it would make your stomach churn—just total disrespect for not even just one of the best Americans, but one of the best defensemen to ever play the game. The way he is talked to is just unacceptable.

More from Helene St. James

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The Geno

Evgeni Malkin’s third goal last night came off a set play with a highly creative name.

“It was a faceoff play and it’s called ‘The Geno’ for a reason,” Pens coach Dan Bylsma said. “He pushed through and went and got the puck himself and after that it’s just all him.”

More from the Raleigh News and Observer on how the Canes need to “redefine the series”.

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No Knee Issues For Erik Cole

After playing just over 14 minutes and 22 shifts, Cole showed few effects of the knee-on-knee from Matt Cooke.

How did he get through it, physically?

“Fine,” he said.

Was there ever any doubt in his mind that he would be able to play, Cole was asked.

“I’m sure there was at some point,” he said.

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