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On the Griffins’ long lay-off between series and Tom McCollum on the rebound

Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note:

1. The Griffins swept the Milwaukee Admirals as of April 26th, but their second-round series against the Lake Erie Monsters won't begin until May 5th due to basketball and concert conflicts at Quicken Loans Arena. The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with the Griffins about their long lay-off between series...

"We got some guys that play some big minutes, some hard minutes. So if we're going to be mature about it and do the right things with time off, it will be great," said Eric Tangradi. "... On Friday we'll put the work boots back on and focus on the next challenge."

"I think it's definitely a good thing," said goalie Tom McCollum. "We have some guys who are a little banged up and so it will give us some extra time to recover. Now it's important to be smart with our energy and not kill ourselves in practice and working hard on things we need to."

The best-of-seven divisional finals will begin with the first two games in Cleveland, on May 5 and 7 before shifting to Grand Rapids for a pair.

Lake Erie did the Griffins one-day better in eliminating Rockford in three games. The Monsters completed their sweep Saturday.

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2. And Fox 17 posted a video report highlighting Tom McCollum's ability to rebound from an ankle injury that bothered him for a significant portion of the regular season:

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Afternoon news: Clean-out day video; on Blashill, Larkin, Helm, the LTIR and 2 Holland interviews

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. This is a couple days late, but Fox 2 posted a clip of "Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard, Niklas Kronwall, Justin Abdelkader, Kyle Quincey, Drew Miller & Gustav Nyquist" all speaking during the Red Wings' locker room clean-out day, and Quincey and Miller's comments weren't captured on video by anyone else:

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St. James: Mantha’s big booming goals, Bertuzzi’s pluck impress Holland

Anthony Mantha scored two big goals in the Grand Rapids Griffins' 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals last night, first scoring a snap shot goal from the left wing half boards that went through the net behind Marek Mazanec, and then blasting an absolute bomb from the blueline into the back of the net.

The Red Wings' front office attended last night's game, with Ken Holland, Ryan Martin, Kris Draper, Jimmy Devellano and Wings coach Jeff Blashill, and Holland spoke with the Free Press's Helene St. James about the performances of Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi, who's playing like a Dallas Drake-style wrecking ball this post-season:

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Wings post ‘Thank You Fans’ video

The Red Wings posted a "Thank You Fans" video on their YouTube channel today:

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Playoff Schedule For The Grand Rapids Griffins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – After completing a 3-0 sweep of the division champion Milwaukee Admirals on Tuesday, the Grand Rapids Griffins will continue their quest for the Calder Cup by facing the Lake Erie Monsters in the best-of-seven Central Division Finals.

The fourth-seeded Griffins and second-seeded Monsters will stage Games 1 and 2 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Thursday, May 5 and Saturday, May 7 before the series turns to Van Andel Arena for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday, May 8 and Tuesday, May 10. The complete schedule is as follows:

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How Aggressive Will The Wings Be?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

As Detroit Red Wings captain, Henrik Zetterberg has general manager Ken Holland's ear, to some extent.

Zetterberg's message to Holland in shaping the roster this summer is to be aggressive.

"I think there's going to be changes. I think we will probably find that out very soon," Zetterberg said. "I think now, too, you have to be aggressive if you want to be in the race. It gets harder and harder to make it to the postseason. More and more teams are equipped to do that."

Holland indicated on Monday he will be more aggressive in pursuing trades at the entry draft, June 24-25 in Buffalo.

"I just think you have to be ready if there is something out there," Zetterberg said. "I think a whole lot of teams are looking for the same players. If you want to get someone you have to get aggressive. Then it's (a question of) is it worth it or not worth it?"'

How much input does Zetterberg have in decisions?

"It all depends," Zetterberg said. "We have our exit meetings. (Holland) talks to everyone and listens to what we believe we need, but after that I don't think we have that much input."

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Alan Quine finds a new lease on life with the Islanders

Every once in a while, a draft pick gets away and there is absolutely nothing you can say about it but, "Hey, good on him." I barely remember Alan Quine from the Red Wings' summer development camps in 2011 and 2012--he was that inconsequential--but the New York Islanders re-drafted the young man in 2013, he rounded into shape, and the New York Times' Allan Kreda picks up the story from there:

Quine was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round of the 2011 draft. But after the Red Wings made no effort to sign him, Quine said, he hardly paid attention to the draft two years later, when the Islanders selected him in the sixth round. Grateful for a team showing interest, Quine put in three seasons with Bridgeport and even played seven games for the Islanders’ former E.C.H.L. affiliate, the Stockton (Calif.) Thunder, during his first year with the organization.

He scored in his N.H.L. debut against the Buffalo Sabres on April 9, and against Florida, he centered a line between Shane Prince and Ryan Strome, who scored the winning goal in a 5-4 victory in Game 1.

But when an underperforming Strome was benched by Islanders Coach Jack Capuano for Game 5, Quine was suddenly skating on left wing with the captain John Tavares at center and Kyle Okposo on the right. Quine’s sample size with the Islanders may be small, but Tavares — who led the Islanders with five goals and 9 points in the opening round — is impressed.

“It’s his composure, and his ability to play his game at this stage shows a lot of potential,” said Tavares, whose double-overtime winner in Game 6 set off a frenzy at Barclays Center. “It’s amazing how a guy not around all year comes up and plays so well.”

Continued, and good for Alan, not poo-pooh Ken Holland, not boo hoo he's not a Red Wing, just good for Alan.

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Prospect playoff news: Walleye eliminated in Game 7 vs. Reading

Of playoff prospect-related note, in the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye lost 4-1 to the Reading Royals, dropping Game 7 of the teams' first-round series. The Walleye's website posted a recap...

Walleye season comes to a close with a loss

(Toledo, OH) Matt Caito scored for the Walleye but Reading took the series with a 4-1 game seven at the Huntington Center Tuesday night. The Royals win the series four games to three.

Reading’s Kevin Goumas, held without a goal in the series, started the scoring with a top shelf wrist shot at 8:06 of the first period. Toledo owned much of the play in the opening period holding a 14-6 shot advantage. The second goal of the game for Goumas came at the 6:28 mark of the second to balloon the Reading lead to 3-0. For a second straight period Toledo out shot Reading 14-6.

Toledo chipped into the Royals lead when defenseman Matt Caito fired a snap shot past the right arm of goaltender Martin Ouellette just 1:27 into the third period. The first goal of the playoffs from Caito was the lone one to beat Ouellette on the night as he picked up 37 saves on Toledo’s 38 shots. Kevin Goumas picked up the hat trick at 11:03 of the third to finish the scoring.

 

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Grand Rapids Griffins score two goals through the net en route to sweep of Admirals

Updated 5x at 3:07, with some observations and pictures: Of playoff-related prospect note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 4-1 to sweep the teams' first-round series, taking the best-of-5 set in 3 games, and the game included two of the most bizarre goals that I've ever seen. Grand Rapids scored the game-tying and game-winning goals, by Brian Lashoff and Anthony Mantha, respectively, THROUGH the Admirals' net. Both goals had to be confirmed by video review:

The AHL's website has already posted a recap...

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Tatar’s got a bit of a chip on his shoulder

In a column discussing Tomas Tatar's possible use as a trade chip for the Red Wings, the Free Press's George Sipple reveals that Tatar may not be able to play in the World Championships for Slovakia due to a "chip on his shoulder":

Tatar is hoping to play for another team soon. He wants to play for Slovakia at the IIHF World Championship, which starts May 6 in Russia.

Holland said Tatar was dealing with a rotator cuff injury. Tatar wouldn’t specify what the injury was, but said he had to be cleared by team doctors in order to play.

“I had a little medical problem, so I have to do some stuff here,” Tatar said. “It kind of came from the regular season and it went all the way to the playoffs. I don’t really want to talk about it now till I will know 100% what it is.”

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