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Dominating Mule

from Craig Custance of ESPN (paid subscription),

On his second goal, he took a pass from Zetterberg behind Hiller and drove to the net untouched, stuffing it past the Ducks goalie. Franzen beat a stationary Winnik to the front of the net, proving how dangerous he can be in that spot if Ducks defenders don't put a body on him.

And that's the challenge moving forward for Anaheim. If it wants to slow down the Mule, he needs to fear more than pucks flying for his midsection or a quick shove after he scores a goal.

He's a big, powerful force, and he will continue to dominate down low if the Ducks don't raise their physical game to match it. Because there's no doubt Franzen has raised his already.

"When he gets his mean streak going, that's when he plays his best hockey. He can be a force out there when he's using his body," Howard said. "It's just the playoffs. He enjoys this time of year. He has a blast out there."

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Video- Ducks Discuss OT Loss To Detroit

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FSD: Wings coach Mike Babcock says Danny DeKeyser broke his thumb, is done for the year

Per Fox Sports Detroit, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told John Keating that Danny DeKeyser suffered a broken thumb in the 3rd period of Game 2 between the Wings and Ducks and is done for the year.

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Red Wings-Ducks quick take: Nyquist, Wings nearly blow it, blow over Ducks

I'm just gonna get this out here and write a quick take in a minute: the Red Wings absolutely blew a 3-goal lead and played awful hockey during the latter half of the 3rd period in Anaheim, from Jimmy Howard on out, but the Wings got a decisive power play going into OT and scored their 3rd early period PPG, with Gustav Nyquist scoring the gamer in a 5-4 OT win.

Detroit goes back to the Motor City tied 1-1, and it may have been ugly, but playoff hockey is about winning.

Incredibly worrisomely...according to FSD's Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, Danny DeKeyser didn't play after the Ducks' 4-2 goal in the 3rd period. After the game, Wings coach Mike Babcock told FSD's John Keating that DeKeyser suffered a broken thumb (via Teemu Selanne?) and is out for the playoffs.

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Discussing The Skate To Howard’s Head From Corey Perry

Do you agree or disagree with Art Regner at FoxSports Detroit,

Perry, in trying to avoid Howard, leaped in air and clipped Howard in the face with his skate. Perry received a two-minute goalie-interference penalty, which the Wings squandered. 

Howard appeared momentarily dazed but continued to play. After the game, he downplayed the incident.     

"His skate just hit me in the face," Howard told reporters. "I was trying to get out of the way. It was nothing. It was harmless."

Thinking about it for the last couple of days, I believe Perry’s skate-scrape of Howard’s face was intentional and warranted a fine, maybe even a suspension.

In typical NHL fashion, the league did nothing because Howard wasn’t injured on the play.

more and if you need to review the play, watch the video below...

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Detroit Signs Nick Jensen To Entry-Level Contract

Detroit, MI...The Detroit Red Wings today announced that defenseman Nick Jensen has signed a two-year entry-level deal with the club.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

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Wings Need A Better Overall Game Tonight

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“We have to do a better job in our overall game,” Kronwall said. “There are a lot of things that we didn’t do that we have been doing over the last few weeks that got some wins and got us into the postseason. There are lot of things we can work on, one of them being moving the puck a lot better out of our own zone, getting through the neutral zone, and then, of course, spending more time in the O zone.”

The Ducks had success in Game 1 thanks in particular to veteran checker Saku Koivu, who did a masterful job leading his third-line shut-down group against Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, holding them off the scoreboard.

“That’s their matchup line, and we knew that was going to be against us,” Zetterberg said. “We can’t really get caught int he neutral zone. We’ve got to get pucks deep and play in their end. They’re playing good defense, so we’ve just got to be more creative and create better chances. There’s nothing on the rush, so you’ve got to spend time in their end. We need to sustain more pressure in their end.”


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Who Could LA Times Reporter Be Talking About?

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Should Bertuzzi Play In Game 2?

added 5:15pm,

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press on possible game 2 changes...

Coach Mike Babcock didn’t sound like he was planning to make any changes as the Detroit Red Wings look to even their first-round series.


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The Ducks On Their Game 1 Victory

Bruce Boudreau and some of the players discuss the win over Detroit last night.


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