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It’s time for the charitable donut (and other Red Wings press releases)

FYI, the Red Wings' charitable donut is on sale at local Tim Horton's locations this week...

And amongst the Wings' press releases, tomorrow is "High School Journalism" day at the Joe...

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Blue Jackets GM Kekalainen’s disagreement with Comeau suspension is…eloquent

I'm not fond of the Columbus Blue Jackets, nor am I fond of Blake Comeau, who's apparently broken some of Tomas Jurco's ribs via that nasty cross-check in addition to having been suspended two games for boarding Brendan Smith...

But I've got to say that Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen's reaction to Comeau's suspension, as noted by the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline, was the most eloquent, "I didn't like it" I've heard this side of, "I disagree with the suspension but I respect the league's decision and the review process":

"I’ve had this principle that I’m not going to comment or complain on the process (the league) takes," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "They try to be through and consistent and they do a good job. It was a hard hit and they said he was tracking the target for a while. I heard their logic. As much as I want to support our players, we have to suffer the consequences."

Kekalainen said assistant GM Bill Zito spent the day preparing a defense for Comeau.

"We did research on hits that were similar, and we argued our case," Kekalainen said. "(Zito) did a good job presenting the case to Shanahan and his crew. I don’t know if it helped or not. It’s two games, but I don’t know what it might have been or what effect it had on it."

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Red Wings evening news: Jurco out 2 weeks; Weiss still out; Mickey weighs in on the playoff climb

Updated 4x at 2:51 AM: I was just listening to Mickey Redmond's interview with Detroit Sports 105.1's Drew Lane, and Mickey--who you will be able to hear in a moment--suggested that Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau in fact broke Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar's ribs with that unpunished and vicious cross-check that was lost in the shuffle of Comeau's 2-game suspension (it appears that Teemu Pulkkinen, possibly preferred in an either-or situation given Kirk Maltby's analysis of the David Legwand trade, will get half a dozen games to show what he can do at the NHL level):

That certainly seems to be the case given this Tweet from the Free Press's Helene St. James...

And here's Mickey speaking with Lane, discussing the Wings' awful third-period goal differential, their uphill climb in terms of making the playoffs and Comeau's shenanigans during the 4-1 loss:

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What Blake Comeau got away with—cross-checking Red Wings’ Tomas Jurco in the ribs

Columbus Blue Jackets Blake Comeau was suspended for 2 games because he boarded Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith from behind--right into the view of the rink-side cameraman--and it certainly appears that the lack of a major penalty is the reason Comeau was suspended...

But the reason Red Wings fans like myself drew the ire of Blue Jackets fans (and staffers) by using words like "cheating" to describe Columbus's win (not that cheating in hockey is anything less than "part of the skill of the game," so preventing Petr Mrazek from making the save on the 1-1 goal and Matt Calvert pinning Jonathan Ericsson to the ice on the 3-1 goal, that stuff happens, and the reffing was dreadful on both sides) involves the reason that the Red Wings recalled Teemu Pulkkinen from Grand Rapids today:

Comeau very purposefully cross-checked Tomas Jurco above his hockey pants and below the chest-protecting part of his shoulder pads just under 5 minutes into the second period, and it is entirely possible  that Comeau broke one or two of Jurco's ribs as a result:

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Red Wings pro scout Kirk Maltby addresses Wings’ struggle to make playoffs on Detroit Sports 105.1

Red Wings pro scout Kirk Maltby discussed the Red Wings' uphill battle to make the playoffs for the 23rd straight season while speaking with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery, addressing the Wings' injuries and the ramifications of the Wings' loss to Columbus last night--and he talks about Jarnkrok vs. Pulkkinen, too:

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Video- Blake Comeau Suspended Two Game For Boarding Brendan Smith

Here is the video explanation.

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Teemu Pulkkinen Recalled By The Wings

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Columbus’ Blake Comeau will chat with Department of Player Safety regarding hit on Smith

Intentionally cross-checking Tomas Jurco in the ribs--over the hockey pants but under the chest protector part of one's shoulder pads--is appparently legal, but checking a player head-first into the boards, when it's captured vividly by the down-low cameraman and available for replay, not so much, even when you're the Blue Jackets.

Via RedWingsFeed...

One out of two...

Via Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien and Sportsnet's Geoff Lowe, here's the hit:

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Red Wings-Blue Jackets quick take: cheaters win, Wings in tough

You figure this one out. The Red Wings absolutely dominated in the 1st period of their 4-1 loss to Columbus, out-shooting the Blue Jackets 18-8, but after they went scoreless on a trio of first period power plays--thanks to a lack of execution by the players on the ice, not anything that a certain assistant coach does or does not do--and the Blue Jackets tied it up as Petr Mrazek was spun around, the Wings were out-shot 14-10 in the 2nd and between Cory Emmerton's soft work on the 2-1 goal and Matt Calvert literally grabbing Jonathan Ericsson's stick and holding him down as he passed the puck to Brandon Dubinsky...

Among more than a little bit of goonery that Columbus successfully executed against the Wings (see: Tomas Jurco cross-checked in the ribs and leaving the game, a ridiculous amount of interference allowed to stand), Columbus both emerged with the victory and a trump card and a half as the Wings' playoff climb becomes a near-vertical one.

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Red Wings lose Tomas Jurco to an ‘upper-body injury’; Lashoff out, too

So Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau went to hackin' and whackin,' and he took out another Red Wing:

Update

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