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Red Wings overnight report: Griffins drop Game 3 of Western Conference Final; Wings-Hawks tailings

The Detroit Red Wings' AHL affiliate has out-lasted its parent club, but it had a rough outing on Wednesday night, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Oklahoma City Barons in the AHL's Western Conference Final. The Griffins now trail their series 2 games to 1 with back-to-back games scheduled for Friday and Saturday in OKC.

The Griffins' website provides a superb recap:

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Red Wings-Blackhawks Game 7 wrap-up: did the hockey gods approve? Depends on your point of view

Red Bird III ferried the Detroit Red Wings back to Metro Airport for the final time of the 2013 season early on Thursday morning, a few hours after the Red Wings dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the teams' second-round series...

And as I write these while most of you are nuzzled up in bed, writing the wrap-up I've dreaded knowing I'd have to pen sooner or later, half of me is incredibly proud of the Wings team I follow, and half of me is still at a rolling boil given that the "objective" media types are still insisting that the hockey gods "owed" the Blackhawks an OT and series-winner after Stephen Walkom's call negated a Niklas Hjalmarsson goal.

In fact, much of the multimedia I sorted through includes so much vociferous insistence that a referee was incompetent and that the result of a hockey game was rightfully rendered that I'm wondering if the Blackhawks season-ticket sale department should be given a directory of the PHWPA and broadcasters to cold call this summer.

ESPN's Craig Custance explains the situation as the Blackhawks saw it...

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Red Wings-Blackhawks Game 7 multimedia post

Here are the multimedia offerings subsequent to the Detroit Red Wings' supposedly "owed" 2-1 OT loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of their second-round series.

BEWARE: An auto-play clip from Fox 2 lurks within!

We'll start with highlights, and NHL.com's highlights are narrated by the NBC schmucks:

TSN posted a 4:09 highlight clip; Sportsnet posted a 2:53 highlight clip; ESPN--with eight frickin' minutes of Barry Melrose and John Buccigross (Melrose LIKED the Walkom call); NBC posted a 2:08 highlight clip; and Comcast Sportsnet Chicago

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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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