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Red Wings at the World Championship: Pulkkinen rides the pine to Silver

Teemu Pulkkinen didn't play a second for Finland, sitting on the bench save some stretch-your-legs skates during TV timeouts, but his Finns lost 2-0 to Canada, so Pulkkinen wins a silver medal at the World Championship.

Pulkkinen technically dressed for the game, but he'll have 0 shots in 0:00 and be "even." After scoring two goals in a pre-tournament game and tallying 8 shots in the first game, he'll finish with 2 assists and 11 shots in 8 games "played"...He's going to need a helluva summer's worth of training and a fantastic training camp and exhibition season to have a future in Detroit.

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And now we wait for Datsyuk to make his decision

From TSN...

Pavel Datsyuk might not be done quite yet.

The Russian superstar told TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger that he has lots of hockey in his future and hasn't made a decision on what he plans to do next season.

This came on the heels of Russia's 7-2 throttling of the United States in the bronze medal game at the World Hockey Championship from Russia. The 37-year-old picked up three helpers in the victory.

And the Free Press's Helene St. James:

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Red Wings at the World Championship: Datsyuk registers 3 assists in Russian bronze win

With Pavel Datsyuk looking more mobile than he has in months (his ankle's about 11 months into an 18-month recovery process) and Alexey Marchenko playing very solidly (save a bit of a dumb penalty), the Russians decided that they wanted to earn a medal, and they systematically dissected Dylan Larkin and Team USA, winning the bronze medal via a 7-2 margin.

Ray Ferraro made a very wise point after the first period, in which the U.S. went down 2-0, pointing out that the bronze game is hard to battle through when you're down a couple of goals early, and while Larkin was strong in terms of his skating and making his stick available for passes, especially given that he was mostly matched-up against the Ovechkin-Kuznetsov line.

However: Sergei Bobrovsky was quietly brilliant in the Russian goal, the Russians picked apart the American attack, scored clutch goals at the right times, and the Americans could just never recover from the early deficit as the Russians poured it on in the 2nd period.

There was most certainly some "saving face" involved for the Russians, America's incredibly youthful roster showed some cracks, and it was just Russia's day.

Pavel Datsyuk had three assists:

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Sergei Fedorov among 5 players inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame

From IIHF.com's Andrew Podnieks:

Former players Peter Bondra, Sergei Fyodorov (Fedorov), Valeri Kamenski, Ville Peltonen, and builders Pat Quinn and Ben Smith form the 2016 induction class.

Hungarian forward Gabor Ocskay is the recipient of the Richard “Bibi” Torriani Award, and Nikolai Ozerov has been given the Paul Loicq Award.

The 2016 IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in Moscow on 22 May, the final day of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The venue will be the brand new Russian and Soviet Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.

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No dice for Nyquist the Horse at the Preakness Stakes

From CBS Detroit's Kevin Martin, via RedWingsFeed:

The old adage in racing is that every horse eventually loses. There are only a few in the long history of racing that avoided defeat and Nyquist will not be one of them. Nyquist won eight of his first races but lost his ninth race in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. He finished third behind the Preakness winner Exaggerator, who was second to Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby. It was the fifth time the two horses raced against each other but the first time Exaggerator has finished ahead of his rival. 

The rain came in fits and starts throughout the day making the track muddy by post time for the Preakness, the thirteenth race on the card at Pimlico. Nyquist broke cleanly from post position number three and was urged by jockey Mario Gutierrez out of the gate. He raced in the lead alongside longshot Uncle Lino who forced the Derby winner wide around the first turn.

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Detroit’s New Goaltender Coach Jeff Salajko On Petr Mrazek

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“Petr is back in the Czech Republic, but I want to put a plan in place for the summer for how to make himself better,” Salajko told the Free Press. “There are certain things we want him doing.”

When Salajko, 41, joined the Griffins — then coached by Jeff Blashill, now his bench boss in Detroit — Mrazek had just won the AHL Calder Cup as a rookie, the kind of accomplishment that infuses confidence. Mrazek, 24, had that, but he also had a drive to keep improving.

“What really impressed me about him was how hard he worked and how in tune he was with everything,” Salajko said. “He is a student of the game.

“There is no doubt about Petr’s athleticism and compete level. He likes things fast-paced. As with many young goalies, you can add more structure to their game, more technique, so they become more polished. Petr is very young, very coachable. We want to make things simpler for him, to put him in a better place to make second-saves.”

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Red Wings at the World Championship: Larkin registers 2 assists in U.S. loss to Canada

Dylan Larkin overcame some early jitters to play an absolutely superb game as Team USA lost a narrow 4-3 decision to Canada on Saturday. Larkin had 2 assists during the Americans' 3-goal second period and seemed to be on the ice for half the game as the U.S. pressed for the game-tying goal in the third.

Larkin had 3 shots, 2 assists, finished at +1 and played 17:34, and he was named the Americans' player of the game.

The Americans will play vs. Russia for bronze tomorrow at 9:15 AM EDT (NBC Sports Live Extra); Canada will play Finland for gold at 1:45 PM EDT (also on NBC Sports Live Extra).

Larkin both got an assist on and went to the front of the net in order to facilitate Auston Matthews' goal...

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Even more on Nyquist the hockey player and Nyquist the horse

From the New York Times' Melissa Hoppert:

Gustav Nyquist, a right wing for the Detroit Red Wings, was fast asleep in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he was representing his native Sweden in the hockey world championship, when his phone began to buzz.

Across the world, his equine namesake had just captured the Kentucky Derby while pushing his record to 8-0. Nyquist, the two-legged version, had a game the next day, but he could not resist sneaking a peek at the replay. He has watched it several times since.

“He did great — the Exaggerator there, he made a run for it at the end, he came hard on the outside, but Nyquist was strong,” said Nyquist, who was not a fan of horse racing before this capable colt came along.

Nyquist calls the Kentucky Derby simply the Kentucky and a race a tournament, but he is learning about the sport fast and now follows Nyquist’s every move.

“I was never really into it in Sweden,” he said of horse racing. “It’s kind of a big sport, but none of my friends that I grew up with, we never really watched races or anything like that — we were more into hockey.”

Hoppert continues, snagging quotes from Justin Abdelkader, Tom Mazwey and Eddie Olczyk...

And NHL.com did a cute little overdub of Nyquist the player and Nyquist the horse for a smartly-placed Tweet:

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Red Wings at the World Championship: Marchenko registers assist in Russian collapse vs. Finland

Pavel Datsyuk was very, very solid at both ends of the rink, generating offense, playing strong defense and showing good leadership--playing the "net-front"/slot player role on the PP (seriously) capably--and Alexey Marchenko made some excellent, well-timed forays into the offensive zone, registering an assist, but he also took two penalties...

But their teammates pulled the Classic Soviet-Era Russian Faceplant against Finland, blowing a 1-0 lead and ultimately losing 3-1 in the first World Championship semifinal.

It was an almost predictable, "We've got them where we want them! Oh well, it's 1-1, we've got them where we want them! Never mind, 2-1, but we've got them...3-1, uh oh!" collapse in which the Russians dominated the first 10 minutes of the 1st period and thought that was all they needed to win, while their bitter rivals kept grinding down the KHL-heavy Russian roster and scored 2 key power play goals (one on a Marchenko penalty), and the Finns pulled away and then clamped down with some suffocating defense and superb goaltending as Mikko Koskinen stifled a pass-first Russian attack.

As a result, Russia will play for bronze on Sunday, while the Finns will battle the winner of today's Canada-USA game (1:15 PM EDT on NBC Sports Live Extra).

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Early overnight report: On Datsyuk, prospects, alumni, Albom and Nyquist the Horse

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. If you haven't heard by now, Pavel Datsyuk's agent has denied the report that his client has signed a contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, as the Windsor Star's Bob Duff noted:

“I know for a fact that Pavel has not discussed a contract while playing for the national team in Russia,” Milstein said. “I spoke with him to confirm this again.

“For a fact we don’t have a contract with any (Russian club) right now.”

Milstein indicated that the plan remains the same as it was when Detroit’s season ended and Datsyuk, 37, left for his homeland to play in the worlds. He is coming back to Detroit next month to meet with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and discuss his future plans.

“He’s coming back to the U.S. first or second week of June,” Milstein said. “We plan on meeting with Ken Holland, not later than (June 16) because Pavel will be in town for his (hockey) camp from (June 17-21).”

2. In the prospect department, Hockey's Future's Sean Shapiro took note of the playoff performances of Grand Rapids Griffins forwards Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi:

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