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from NHL.com,

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden): "For a goalie to have a defenseman that's so calm and mentally in the right place, it calms you down. He's always making good decisions, good reads, and then you got to know him off the ice and it all made sense. He always seemed to be focused, but relaxed. He's a smart guy, and very humble. I think it struck me just how calm he is."

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (Sweden): "I understand why they call him 'The Perfect Human,' because that's what he is. Such a pro. Smooth at everything. Nick is unbelievable."

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (Sweden): "My main memory from him is probably the '06 Olympics, when he scored the game-winning goal in the final. When I was young, it's not that long ago, but the coverage wasn't the same. We didn't get the same info and coverage of games throughout the year, so for me I didn't really watch that much hockey other than Swedish hockey. It was more when I came over here that I realized how good he was and how good he'd been for a long time. I think not only the stats show that, but I think if you ask pretty much anyone who's played with him or against him, they would all say the same thing: He did a lot for the game and he did a lot for Swedish hockey players growing up. Kids like me. That's the reason why people start playing hockey."

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman: "He never looked down, always had his head up. He was moving the blue line with his head up. He never looked down at the puck. That's hard, way harder than it looks. Just to be able to control the puck, walk the blue line, find a lane, take a slapper, and rarely get a shot blocked. He just made everything look so easy. Smooth."

many more in the hockey world on Nick Lidstrom...

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Video- Extended Highlights Wings/Leafs On Friday Night

A win is a win.


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The overnight report: Fedorov/Lidstrom Hockey Hall of Fame stuff and further discussions

Of Hockey Hall of Fame and other Red Wings-related note:

The Toronto Star's Kevin McGran chose to frame the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2015 class's induction as follows:

To Nicklas Lidstrom, it’s special that he and Sergei Fedorov are going into the Hockey Hall of Fame together.

To Fedorov, it was inevitable.

“Being roommates for a long time, playing on the power play with him a lot, playing penalty kill with him a lot too, we can’t leave each other’s side,” said Fedorov. “It had to happen.”

Lidstrom and Fedorov received their Hall of Fame rings on Friday, the first event of a busy Hall of Fame weekend, along with Phil Housley, Chris Pronger, Angela Ruggiero and builders Bill Hay and Peter Karmanos.

“It’s special to go in with Sergei . . . we were teammates for such a long time and it’s special because we had success, too,” said Lidstrom.

McGran continues...

The Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger chose to discuss the "Red Wings Wing" of the Hockey Hall of Fame...

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs wrap-up: far from elegant, but points matter over style points

The Red Wings' 3-2 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs was a strange one to say the least. The Red Wings flew back to Metro Detroit for Sunday's matinee against Dallas and Tuesday's tilt against Washington perhaps having stolen a point, and perhaps having gifted one to Toronto...

But at this point, 13 games in, and minus Quincey, Green, Datsyuk and, for two thirds of the game, Landon Ferraro--oh, and a power play, too--the Red Wings seem to need all the help they can get generating and sustaining forward momentum, and as Detroit got out-shot, out-attempted, out-won in the faceoff circle and held to the perimeter for the vast majority of the evening, you take these bounces...

And you laugh heartily when someone like Jakub Kindl steals two points from Toronto and delivers 3 straight wins to Detroit:

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Prospect news: Griffins lose to Rockford; Walleye dropped in Fort Wayne; Hicketts adds 2 helpers

If you think that the Red Wings' start is bad, it's got nothing on the Grand Rapids Griffins. Grand Rapids' 4-1 loss to the Rockford IceHogs on Friday dropped the Griffins to 1-and-7, with the Griffins hosting the Iowa Wild next Wednesday.

A combination of a bizarrely spread-out schedule and a surprising amount of struggling adjusting to a new coach and systems has yielded a particularly difficult start for the Griffins, as their website's recap notes:

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs quick take: Kindl you believe it, Babs?

It's hard to separate out the concept of the Red Wings trying to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Babcock Bowl, but a month into the regular season, the Red Wings plain old needed a win amidst the distractions of the Hockey Hall of Fame induction weekend and the every-day Babcockian soap opera.

On Friday, the Red Wings played a terrible and terribly boring game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, surrendering an essential point with only 1:02 remaining, but Henrik Zetterberg still scored his 300th goal, Petr Mrazek was ALMOST perfect (save the shaft of his goal stick), and JAKUB KINDL went END TO END to ensure that Mike Babcock's Maple Leafs would surrender a 2-1 OT decision.

This game was a farce by Hockey Hall of Fame night standards, and the Red Wings have still been out-shot, out-chanced and out-faceoff-won by disturbing margins this season, but the Red Wings willed a win out of this shitty game, and I'm proud of them for having done it.

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The 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class is introduced on ice at the Air Canada Centre

From Sportsnet:

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Zetterberg scores his 300th goal

Here's Henrik Zetterberg's 300th goal:

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Kris Draper shares HOF stories and more on The Fan 590

Kris Draper spoke with The Fan 590's Brady and Walker this afternoon, discussing the imminent induction of his friends Sergei and Nick as well as the current-day Red Wings, all over the course of a 13-minute interview:

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St. James: Glendening line concerned about generating offense

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

The best defense is spending time in the offensive zone. [Luke] Glendening and company, at even strength or as penalty killers, often start shifts with faceoffs in their own zone, but there is a focus within the group to try to contribute more than being shut-down guys.

"I think the biggest thing right now is, we have to find a way out of just playing defense and try to find some offense for the team," ]Drew] Miller said. "That is something we are talking about and working on in practice, so hopefully it becomes a reality soon."

If not, there are other numbers in which to take satisfaction.

"I want to look at the guys I play against and keep their shots down, keep their scoring chances down, see if I was physical and did well on faceoffs," Glendening said.

[Coach Jeff] Blashill said he was "not worried necessarily, especially after this few games, to where his goal production is at. I want them to continue to spend as much time in the other team's zone as possible. They have taken steps in that direction but they need to continue."

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