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Ryan Martin talks Red Wings prospects with WOOD TV

WOOD TV8's Larry Figurski spoke with Red Wings assistant GM (and Grand Rapids Griffins GM) Ryan Martin regarding the management coming to Grand Rapids to watch the Griffins play playoff hockey, and Martin states that he, Ken Holland, Kris Draper and Jeff Blashill all took in Sunday's game (the management watched the Griffins in Cleveland as well).

Martin discusses Xavier Ouellet (who he points out is on a one-way contract next year), Ryan Sproul, Nick Jensen and Martin Frk as potential roster additions as no longer waiver-exempt players next season, developing organizational depth, and Martin wraps up with a discussion of Anthony Mantha's progress made over the past year.

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Grand Rapids Griffins lose 2-1 to the Lake Erie Monsters in Game 3

Updated 3x at 10:51 PM: I haven't seen a game like the Grand Rapids Griffins' 2-1 loss to the Lake Erie Monsters before, not at the AHL level, and maybe in terms of the series, not at the NHL level, either.

Grand Rapids is down 3-0 in the series almost entirely because Joonas Korpisalo has been nothing short of sensational.

On Sunday, he stopped 42 of 42 shots--9 from Eric Tangradi alone, and that's an honest total, not a padded one--and the Finnish goalie with the squid legs who took out the Wings in that crucial early March tilt is at it again down here in the AHL.

The fact that Josh Anderson walked down the wing on the first shift and blasted a puck past Tom McCollum didn't aid things, but the Griffins were able to fire 22 shots on Korpisalo in the 1st, they beat him in the 2nd, on a Ryan Sproul slap shot from the point, and by the time Grand Rapids had pulled its goalie and was playing six against the Monsters in the game's final minute-and-a-half...

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Duff: Nyquist the Horse’s owner vindicated by Kentucky Derby win

I promise this is the last "Nyquist the Horse" article for some time. The Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke with Nyquist's owner, Windsor's Paul Reddam, about his colt's win:

“I feel really good for the horse, because along the way the last year, he has taken a lot of shots for whatever reason,” Reddam said. “And I think he proved all his critics wrong.

“What people don’t understand about Nyquist is he does just what he has to do, both him and his rider (Mario Gutierrez). When the race is won, every race, if you watch it closely, the last part of it he’s eased up at some point because the job is finished.”

That was again the case Saturday. Given the perfect trip by Gutierrez, Nyquist gained the lead at the top of the stretch and pulled away. Once victory was certain, Nyquist eased to the wire, beating the fast-closing Exaggerator by a length and a quarter.

It was a typical Nyquist victory. He knew what he had to do, and he did it.

“They haven’t necessarily been wowed by him because he’s not out there winning by 10 (lengths), but he doesn’t have to,” Reddam said. “Horse racing is about class, not about time. It’s amazing how many even public handicappers don’t really fully grasp that.”

Growing up in Windsor, Reddam, 60, who now calls California home, feels like he’s seen and heard it all before.

Duff continues, and he also penned an article about Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson's connection to Reddam's racehorses.

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Red Wings at the World Championship: Jurco registers 2 assists; Nyquist scores a goal

At the World Championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia:

Tomas Jurco had 2 assists in Slovakia's 5-1 win over France. Jurco registered 2 assists, 2 shots and a +2 in 13:22 of ice time, registering assists on the 4-1 and 5-1 goals;

And Gustav Nyquist scored the 5-1 goal in Sweden's 5-2 win over Denmark. Nyquist had a goal on 2 shots and 16:16 of ice time, finishing even because his goal was a power play marker.

Update: Here are highlights of the Sweden-Denmark game...

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Grand Rapids Griffins-Lake Erie Monsters Game 3 game-day preview video

Bob Kaser sets up today's 4 PM-starting Grand Rapids Griffins game against the Lake Erie Monsters. Grand Rapids is in an 0-and-2 hole as the series shifts back to Grand Rapids for today and Tuesday's games 3 and 4:

This post will also serve as an "open" entry for your Griffins-Monsters comments.

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Red Wings at the World Championship: Datsyuk registers 2 assists in wild Russian win

At the World Championship, Russia defeated Kazakhstan 6-4; Pavel Datsyuk had 2 assists and a shot in 14:17 of ice time, and Alexey Marchenko took a shot in 5:46 of ice time. Datsyuk spoke with IIHF.com's Andrew Podnieks after the game...

"Our first game [against the Czechs] was really emotional," offered captain Pavel Datsyuk. "Today we were a bit calmer but we still made a lot of mistakes. When we started scoring we gained in confidence."

Here are the game's highlights, from the IIHF's YouTube channel:

You can read translations of Datsyuk speaking with Sovetsky Sport, Sport-Express and Championat--all quoting Datsyuk as explaining that his IIHF.com interview stated that his recovery process is in its 10th month out of 18, and that his feet don't hurt from last June's surgery--if you wish.

Update: Teemu Pulkkinen was held without a shot in 15:11 of ice time as Finland defeated Germany 5-1.

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Ansar Khan The Answer Man

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers a few questions...

Q: Who (among Grand Rapids Griffins) might play in Detroit next year? I believe they have three or four defenseman and three or four forwards who have a chance.

A: Andreas Athanasiou is certain to start the season in Detroit. Anthony Mantha should have a roster spot as well; however, a bad camp or preseason could cost him, since he can still be sent down without waivers.

I would expect Martin Frk to start the season on the Red Wings roster. Their top pick in 2012, Frk is out of options and the club certainly wouldn't want to lose him on waivers. So they must keep him on the roster or trade him. The right-shooting winger had 27 goals and 44 points in his first full season with the Griffins.

Veteran Eric Tangradi, who had 28 goals and 56 points in Grand Rapids, is an option, too.

On defense, Xavier Ouellet is out of options and will be on the NHL roster.

Ryan Sproul and Nick Jensen also lose their waiver-exempt status. They'll be competing for NHL jobs in camp and the preseason. Sproul is intriguing because of his size (6-3, 205) and booming right shot. He didn't progress as fast as they hoped but is coming off his best season (12 goals. 35 points). I don't think he would clear waivers. Jensen is more apt to clear.


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Catching up with Alden Hirschfeld

The Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe caught up with Grand Rapids Griffins and Toledo Walleye forward Alden Hirschfeld, who had a seizure this past January and chose to undergo brain surgery to correct the underlying issue:

On Jan. 8, Hirschfeld had been promoted to the fast-paced American Hockey League, and he sat primed for his next shift on the bench during a game in Grand Rapids, Mich. Without warning, he collapsed, falling unconscious as he suffered a seizure.

Taken out on a stretcher, the game was halted and Hirschfeld’s blossoming career was abruptly put on hold.

Doctors later determined that a malformation in Hirschfeld’s brain caused the seizure.

Not even 10 years out of Northview High School, Hirschfeld made the daunting decision to undergo brain surgery. He viewed it as “a quality of life decision” — one that would ensure he would enjoy simple moments with his wife and high school sweetheart, Lauren. His first child, daughter Vivian, celebrated her first birthday three months before the episode on the bench.

“It was a big surgery,” Hirschfeld said. “It’s been very hard and difficult. It’s been a tough few months. I’m so thankful for my wife and family and my friends and teammates. They got me through everything.

“Hockey has always been there. It’s the sport I’ve always loved.”

Monroe continues, and he reports that Hirschfeld plans on returning to play pro hockey next season, aiming for a November return.

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Larkin comments on a another kind of horse race

What a difference a year must make (I say with some light sarcasm). At the World Championship, Dylan Larkin had a goal and an assist in today's 6-3 win over Belarus, but he spent his post-game media availability talking up Auston Matthews, or at least that's what and whom he discussed with USA Today's Kevin Allen:

On Friday, No. 2 ranked NHL draft prospect Patrik Laine registered two memorable goals and an assist to help Finland down Belarus 6-2 at the world championships in Russia.  On Saturday, Matthews scored a pair of skillful goals to power USA to a 6-3 win against Belurus.

“I haven’t looked on Twitter, but I’m sure fans are eating this up,” USA center Dylan Larkin told USA TODAY Sports, via cell phone, from St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Toronto Maple Leafs own the No. 1 draft pick, and Arizona-native Matthews is expected to be their choice. The Winnipeg Jets would then take winger Laine second overall.

“(Matthews) is a horse out there,” said Larkin, a Detroit Red Wings forward who had a goal and an assist against Belarus. “You can’t get him off the puck. And he has unbelievable hands. It is pretty cool to see what Laine did and then Auston to respond.”

Allen continues, and if you missed the highlights:

Here are both Matthews and Larkin post-game:

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Nyquist the Horse wins the Kentucky Derby

This is the most nonsensical thing I've ever posted, but it happened. The horse named Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby (post split because emjois screw up our RSS feed). Paul Reddam, Red Wings fan and very rich man, bought a horse named Nyquist, and Nyquist went and won the Kentucky Derby, so we celebrate a rich man's hobby on the track like we celebrate a rich man's hobby on ice.

Why not?

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