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Kronwall and Howard talk about the gamer

Via We All Bleed Red on YouTube, Jimmy Howard went over to Niklas Kronwall and gave him a hug after the Blackhawks scored the series-winning goal for a reason:

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The handshake line

To chants of "Detroit Sucks," the Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks shook hands after Game 7 concluded.

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The Hawks were owed, apparently

I don't want to take away from the quick take as the place I hope you feel safest to vent regarding the Red Wings' Game 7 loss...

But I'm very angry. Very angry with the media that I've tried to respect while serving as a complimentary voice to objectivity.

I feel like Sarah *#$%@& Palin on Fox News, a tinfoil-hat wearing nut-job for saying this to some extent...But I feel that it must be said from a subjective Red Wings fan who pretends to be a professional blogger.

The "objective" hockey media's take as to who "deserved" to win Game 7 is utterly disgusting. The Walkom call, they've decided, wasn't "fair" (any more or less "fair" than any other of the utterly amazingly stupid calls) amidst a series of "great non-calls" that would theoretically be penalties if there was any sort of consistency in refereeing...

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Red Wings-Blackhawks Game 7 quick take: brave, valiant, but it’s a coin flip

The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 2-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks in OT of Game 7 of the teams' second-round series on Wednesday night, ending the Red Wings' season.

Let me know what you think, espeially given that the Walkom call was wiped out by Gustav Nyquist being boarded on the game-winner.

After the game, Keith Jones simply said, "The right team won" and Mike Milbury offered, "I agree."

Fox Sports Detroit's crew is baffled as to why Gustav Nyquist was boarded face-first and the game-winner--which went off Niklas Kronwall's skate--resulted.

Update: to me, the officiating was terrible on both sides--all series long--and I know, Datsyuk and Franzen never appeared offensively, I know, too many mistakes were made by the mistake-prone defense, I know, the Wings desperately needed more puck movement, more depth scoring, more desire to engage the Hawks head-on instead of skating BY them or AROUND them...

But the hockey world is going to insist that this game was won by the hockey gods, that the RIGHT team won, and that's bullshit.

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The Walkom

Strange, strange call by Stephen Walkom. Not complaining as a Wings fan but officiating has been disgusting all playoff run long.

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CBC opening montage…Takes us to overtime

It seems appropriate to head to overtime with the CBC's opening montage prior to Game 7:

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Blame the benches

If we are to believe Don Cherry, Valtteri Filppula's injury had less to do with Andrew Shaw slew-footing Filppula and more with the inevitability of collisions and injuries when benches are on the same side of the ice:

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Filppula hurt during strange exchange at Red Wings’ bench

Updated 2x: The Red Wings have lost Valtteri Filppula's services thanks to a strange exchange with Andrew Shaw at the bench, after Shaw went after Henrik Zetterberg. Quoth Pierre McGuire: "Good Non Call."

Slew foot?

Update:

Update: MLive's Ansar Khan got a "no update" from Ken Holland.

Update #2: World of Isaac showed a clip of Filppula's shift, believes he was hurt beforehand:

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Two pre-game videos, one message

The Red Wings' video crew posted a video hyping Game 7 between the Blackhawks and Red Wings...

And here's what may or may not be the last Comerica Game Day Preview of the season:

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Brendan Smith compliments the Hawks’ competition level…And his own…I think…

I agree with Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji's suggestion that Wings fans need not deem Brendan Smith to be the next Jonathan "Shitbox" Ericsson (who, as it turns out, has developed into a pretty solid defenseman, even if it was three or four years later than people like you and me had hoped), but Kyle Quincey's mentee has been on the ice for...Well, the Detroit News's John Niyo says a stunning 16 goals against during the Wings' playoff run and 7 of the 12 (or 7 of 14 if you add the Hawks' penalty shot and empty-netter as goals against) that the Blackhawks have scored in this series.

Smith made some comments to the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Potash about his opponent's ability to rally from a 3-1 deficit, as well as his own ability to rebound from his defensive gaffes, that are either quite wise...Or are reminders that the Gamblin' Man still lives on his own planet from time to time. If not both.

"When their backs are against the wall, they push even harder. It's pretty impressive to see that,'' Smith said Wednesday after the Red Wings' morning skate at the United Center. ''A lot of those skill guys actually got a little chippy and try to work a little bit harder and fought battles a little bit more. It's impressive to see the competition level bump up that much more.''

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville often talks about his team's compete level. All coaches refer to it in some manner. But Smith provided an on-the-ice insight into what that really means. He knew the Hawks were competitors, but they were even more competitive than he ever thought.

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