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The Shut Down Line

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Three players who have played almost exclusively on separate lines joined forces Sunday to shut down the hottest line in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Luke Glendening and new linemates Justin Abdelkader and Riley Sheahan played a large part in not only keeping the Tyler Johnson line off the scoreboard, they also helped prevent that unit from registering a single shot on goal.

That was the main reason the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series at Joe Louis Arena.

"The one thing we talked about this morning is you can't go out there and defend all night," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "So we felt Glendening, Sheahan and Abdelkader could do a good job of trying to make Johnson's line defend them and I thought they did a pretty good job. They are big guys, they can roll around the offensive zone and spending time in the other team's zone is the best defense."

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Red Wings-Lightning Game 3 wrap-up: A strong effort from Athanasiou to Zetterberg (sorry, Chief)

The Red Wings' 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning was characterized by the Wings' players as a stepping stone toward making a series out of their first-round tussle with the Bolts, but nothing more.

Despite out-shooting the Lightning 30-16, out-attempting the Bolts 63-42 and completely shutting down the Triplets Line, the Wings didn't get carried away by their victory, and that's essential given the job the Red Wings have ahead of them in attempting to win 3 of 4 remaining games.

Detroit made its adjustments in both personnel and systems play, and it was rewarded; they expect Tampa Bay to make adjustments in personnel and systems play, and come out even harder on Tuesday.

The Lightning did their best to suggest that they were bested by better execution in the neutral zone, as they told the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson...

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Prospect playoff news: Skelleftea wins w/o Holmstrom; Hicketts adds 2 helpers in Royals win

Of prospect-related note:

In the SHL, the Axel Holmstrom-less Skelleftea AIK won 4-1 over Christoffer Ehn's Frolunda Indians, tying the SHL final at 1 game apiece. Ehn had a shot and won 60% of his faceoffs in 9:46 of ice time;

In the QMJHL, Evgeny Svechnikov took 2 shots, won 6 of 13 faceoffs and finished at -1 in the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles' 5-4 loss to the Saint John Sea Dogs. The second-round series is tied at 3 and will go to a Game 7 on Tuesday;

In the WHL, Joe Hicketts had 2 assists and finished at +2 in the Victoria Royals' 3-2 victory over the Kelowna Rockets. Hicketts was named the game's 3rd star. This second-round series is also tied at 3 games apiece and heading to a Game 7 on Tuesday.

Update: Grand Rapids Griffins captain Jeff Hogagn spoke with WOOD TV's Sports Overtime on Sunday:

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Wings-Lightning shenanigans: the rematch

This time around, the Tampa Bay Lightning attempted to start a brawl at the end of the Red Wings' 2-0 win, jumping Henrik Zetterberg, and when Brian Boyle and Justin Abdelkader faced off...Abdelkader didn't want to wreck a right hand already banged-up before the series started, so he got a "chicken dance" salute from an unsatisfied Boyle instead:

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Red Wings-Lightning Game 3 quick take: job well done

The Detroit Red Wings started Petr Mrazek, dressed Brendan Smith and shook up their lines in an attempt to climb back into their series with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday evening.

Going down 3-0 would place the Wings' backs against an incredibly steep wall to climb, just as "earning" a 2-1 deficit would change the dynamic of the series.

On Sunday night, the Red Wings shut down the Lightning on the scoreboard, defeating them 2-0, and while the Wings' power play remains terrible--going 0-for-7--Andreas Athanasiou and Henrik Zetterberg scored huge goals, Petr Mrazek had to stop only 16 Tampa Bay shots, and the Red Wings answered every Bolts physical challenge with discipline as well as challenges of their own, ensuring that the Lightning ended the game trying to jump Zetterberg.

It was an excellent game and the Red Wings delivered a strong product while getting back into the series, which they now trail 2-1.

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Zetterberg’s goal counts…Twice!

Henrik Zetterberg's goal was reviewed twice, once for a kick-in and once on a coach's challenge, but it stood:

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Hey Hey Double A

Here's Andreas Athanasiou's first playoff goal:

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‘The Gold Standard of building a winning team’

Sportsnet posted a 3-and-a-half minute intro prior to tonight's game, calling the Red Wings the "Gold standard of building a winning team":

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Griffins hope to get on a good streak come playoff time

The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson regarding his team ahead of next weekend's playoff match-up with the Milwaukee Admirals:

Coach Todd Nelson didn't even try to sugarcoat the image of the Grand Rapids Griffins heading into the Calder Cup Playoffs.

"Let's call a spade a shovel - we're a very streaky hockey team. If I said anything different I'd be lying to you," he said.

The roller coaster season is trending downward headed into the postseason. Saturday's 3-2 loss to Bakersfield was the Griffins' fifth in a row.

Not the kind of momentum they want as they open the playoffs Friday against Central Division champion Milwaukee, which had a 13-game point streak snapped in its finale on Saturday.

"We've gone through a lot of ups and downs this year," Nelson said. "The thing is, I feel comfortable going into the playoffs based on how we played (Saturday) and before that I didn't. But I thought our effort was good last night and we executed well, we just couldn't score."

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Evening news: Game-day previews; on Smith and Mrazek, line changes and stats of note

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Joe Louis Arena is ready for the big game...

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