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Wings Win And Show Concern For Eddie Lack

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

 It was an exhilarating finish, followed by a frightening scene.

The Detroit Red Wings' enthusiasm for their 4-3 overtime victory Monday over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena - on Andreas Athanasiou's second OT goal in as many games - was dampened when they saw goaltender Eddie Lack flat on his back on the ice, being attended to by medical personnel.

Athanasiou, cross-checked in the back by Victor Rask, collided with Lack, who appeared to injure his head and neck.

The Red Wings remained on the ice for several minutes while Rask was being secured to a stretcher. There was relief when he gave a thumbs-up sign as he was being wheeled off the ice. Players from both sides tapped their sticks on the ice....

The final sequence started when Petr Mrazek (39 saves) stopped a shot and Gustav Nyquist backhanded the rebound down the ice. The speedy Athanasiou chased it down and cut in front of Lack, tucking the puck in at 1:59 just before being pushed into the goalie.

Athanasiou said didn't know immediately that Lack was injured.

"I had no idea I hit him," Athanasiou said. "I tried driving the net and I felt the D's stick on my back, hit me pretty hard. I was just trying to put the puck in the net and even after that, I had no idea I came in contact with him. I didn't know if it was me or the D. I spoke to the ref after and he said I think after the contact from the D, I must have ran into him."

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Below are two videos, extended game highlights and Jeff Blashill post-game.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
Detroit 4, CAROLINA 3 (OT)
BUFFALO 4, Florida 2
Nashville 3, NY ISLANDERS 1
TAMPA BAY 5, Chicago 4 (OT)
ST. LOUIS 4, Arizona 1
CALGARY 4, Colorado 2

Jonathan Drouin (2-0—2) and Anton Stralman (1-1—2) combined for three goals in a span of 4:39 in the second period and Yanni Gourde scored the first overtime goal of his career (15 GP) to help the Lightning overcome a 4-1 deficit and earn their third straight victory.


* Tampa Bay (37-29-9, 83 points) moved within a point of Boston (39-30-6, 84 points) and two points of Toronto (35-24-15, 85 points) – whom they will visit on April 4 and 6, respectively – for third place in the Atlantic Division.
Nikita Kucherov (0-2—2) registered multiple points for the fifth straight game (7-4—11). Kucherov (38-42—80) has recorded career-highs in goals, assists and points, and moved into a share of fourth in League scoring with Brad Marchand (37-43—80). Elias notes that Kucherov is the first Lightning player with five straight multi-point games since Steven Stamkos accomplished the feat from Feb. 9 - March 2, 2010 (5-6—11 in 5 GP).
* Per Elias, Tampa Bay overcame a three-goal deficit to win for the first time since Nov. 6, 2011 (4-3 W vs. FLA).
Victor Hedman (0-3—3) recorded three assists for the fourth time this season to reach the 50-assist plateau for the first time in his career (15-50—65).

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Video- Eddie Lack Taken Off The Ice On A Stretcher

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Quick Wings/Hurricanes Wrap

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Wings defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in OT on a Andreas Athanasiou goal, his 2nd in two days.

Detroit made their shots count tonight and Petr Mrazek was outstanding.

Discuss if you wish and the goals are below.

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Almost Home, But Two In Carolina First…Thanks Gary

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And when I say "home", I mean done. 

That feels like home, sounds like home, beckons me like home. 

Meanwhile, you guys talked goaltending today. 

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Afternoon Line- Donald Fehr On The 2018 Winter Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’ve been in this business too long to make predictions either on timing or anything else, I think at this point, we have to wait and see how it plays out. I think, however, if we end up not going, the reaction from the players’ side — across the board — is not going to be a good one. And my guess is it’s going to last for a very long time.”

-Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHLPA.  Michael Traikos of the National Post has more on this topic.

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Video- Michael Haley Suspended One Game For Roughing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The NHL explanation.


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Top UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Some of these stars will move on due to salary cap restraints, younger talent and decreased playoff hopes. Others will be retained at any cost (but, y'know, within reason) and subjected to rounds of Twitter rumours.

The Capitals, Sharks and Flames, in particular, are about to face some tough choices.

Here is a look at the NHL's Top 17 unrestricted free agents of 2017, plus a list of the other household names whose next job is on the line.

more, Kevin Shattenkirk is #1 on the list followed by T.J. Oshie...

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Video- Game Day Preview

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Ken Kal with a preview of tonight's game against Carolina.


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Dan Renouf’s Game

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Renouf is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman who the Red Wings signed as an undrafted college free agent out of Maine in March 2016.

You’re not going to get flash and dash from Renouf. But judging from scouting reports, Renouf is the poster child for a defensive defenseman, who also doesn’t mind to play a physical game.

“It’s something, I think, is the biggest part of my game, being gritty and that physical part of the game,” Renouf said.

In 58 games this season, Renouf had 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) with a plus-15 rating and 59 penalty minutes.

“I had a chance to watch him play earlier in the season and got chance to watch him last summer, and he’s good sized defenseman who plays fairly efficiently, skates well and makes good decisions with the puck,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Efficient is a world that he’s going to want to be.

“He’s got a toughness to him. I’m interested to see him. You don’t know for sure you until you get chances to watch guys play.”


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