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Red Wings’ Gustavsson vs. Crosby in TSN’s POY; checking in with the Griffins, Callahan and Paterson

Today's Red Wings-Bruins "optional" post is still going, but these videos merit their own entry.

1. First, Jonas Gustavsson and Sidney Crosby are facing off against each other in TSN's Play of the Year Showdown quarterfinals, with a Crosby goal against the Islanders...

Squaring off against this stop by Gustavsson:

 

You can vote here...

 

2. Ahead of the Grand Rapids Griffins will begin their Calder Cup defense in Abbotsford, BC this Friday, and ahead of said trip, the Griffins thanked their fans for their patronage:

3. If you missed it, Mitchell Callahan did speak to WZZM 13 about his recovery from a broken jaw...

He also spoke with the Grand Rapids Press's Jeff Chaney...

“That was the worst injury, total, in my whole life,” Callahan said after the Griffins 4-2 loss to the Lake Erie Monsters Friday. “I've never broken a bone, ever, growing up. I don't wish that upon anybody after what I went through. That was the worst injury, yeah.”

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It was a serious injury that required major surgery and recovery time.

“Two weeks of being wired shut,” said Callahan, who was the Griffins' second-leading scorer at the time of the injury. “Eating has been a real challenge, especially now because my teeth are still really sensitive and I can't chew any food. But it is getting better, and I have found a way to eat and get around it.”

As for a return date to the ice?

“We are pushing for me to be back by game three of the first round,” Callahan said. “That is what we are aiming for right now

“This won't change how I play, definitely not,” Callahan said. “I just think it was a freak accident. I was just falling down when the puck was coming, so the way it happened, it was just a freak thing. That's just hockey. I don't think I will ever change the way I play.”

And it was a relief to see Callahan Tweeting "regular stuff" of late:

4. For the record: Zach Nastasiuk, Andreas Athanasiou, Mattias Backman, Mattias Janmark, Jared Coreau, Richard Nedomlel, the recently-activated Willie Coetzee (he's missed a year and a half with knee issues), they're all in Grand Rapids, but the team chose to let Saginaw Spirit goalie Jake Paterson go home instead of playing Goalie #4:

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Crosby’s goal is fine, but more than anything it’s a showcase of awful, inept defense and goaltending.  Gustavsson’s safe was desperate and lucky, but it was also cool.

Also, Jeff O’Neil is a fat idiot.

Posted by Garth on 04/21/14 at 12:04 PM ET

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Garth - I listen to TSN 1050 in Toronto (via my computer) because I think Detroit sports talk is crap. O’Neill is on all the time. He is, in fact, a fat idiot.

About the save, sure it’s lucky. Pretty much every highlight goalie save is a lucky one.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 04/21/14 at 12:39 PM ET

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O’Neil would be a fat, massive idiot if he wasn’t chubby. The man’s so unbelievably dim it’s silly.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/21/14 at 12:42 PM ET

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It is funny, because I saw a video with Tony Amonte recently and I hadn’t seen that guy in years. Guy got huge. It’s so obvious these guys are spending too much time at the steakhouse.

Can you think of any former Red Wings who blew up after retiring? I can’t think of anyone….

Posted by VitoLambruski on 04/21/14 at 01:02 PM ET

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It is funny, because I saw a video with Tony Amonte recently and I hadn’t seen that guy in years. Guy got huge. It’s so obvious these guys are spending too much time at the steakhouse.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 04/21/14 at 02:02 PM ET

You can spend all the time you want at the steakhouse, the problem is spending every other waking second in a chair.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/21/14 at 01:47 PM ET

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