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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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‘Two things’: Datsyuk’s 15-16 goals and a Slovak Q and A with Tomas Jurco

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. AWood40 posted a clip of Pavel Datsyuk's 16 regulation and 2 shootout goals from this past season:

And Tomas Jurco gave an informal interview to Pravda.sk's Michal Maslany, and what follows is roughly translated:

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Grand Rapids Griffins lose 4-3 to the Lake Erie Monsters in Game 2

The Grand Rapids Griffins lost 4-3 to the Lake Erie Monsters on Saturday, losing a 3-2 lead late in the 3rd period and surrendering a power play goal with only 3:14 remaining in regulation, and now the Griffins are in an 0-and-2 hole heading into tomorrow's 4 PM start game at Van Andel Arena.

The Griffins have been somewhat porous defensively and have struggled to win the special teams battle against a more rested and more NHL-player-heavy Monsters team, and all of a sudden, the Griffins will be playing their 3rd game in 4 nights in what is certainly a must-win game.

The AHL's website posted a recap...

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Larkin registers a goal and an assist in Team USA’s win over Belarus

Dylan Larkin registered a goal and an assist as Team USA defeated Belarus 6-3, with the Americans winning a surprisingly chippy affair. Larkin was strong on a line with Nick Foligno and Kyle Connor, working on the PP, PK and finishing with 7 shots in 18:13 played.

The IIHF's been pretty good about posting highlight clips, so I'll add that when it's posted their YouTube channel.

As MLive's Ansar Khan notes, Larkin scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal:

Larkin scored on the power play at 2:13 of the second period to make it 3-0. He has assisted on Chris Wideman's power-play goal at 13:38 of the first that gave the Americans a 2-0 lead.

Update: Here are the highlights...

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The Stanley Cup visits Nyquist the Horse

From "Nyquist the Horse"...

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Grand Rapids Griffins-Lake Erie Monsters Game 2 game-day preview

The Grand Rapids Griffins hope to rally from a 1-game deficit to the Lake Erie Monsters today at noon  EDT (on The AHL Live and ESPN 96.1 FM). Here's the Griffins' Game-Day Preview video...

And the Griffins also posted a video in which Eric Tangradi reflected upon the first game of the second round:

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Red Wings at the World Championship: Jurco nets two points in Slovakia’s win over Hungary

From IIHF.com's John Sanful:

Led by Tomas Jurco and Andrej Sekera, Slovakia held on for a 4-1 win over Hungary in the opening game on the second day of the IIHF World Championships at Yubileiny Arena.

Jurco’s goal in the closing minutes of the first period would be the difference maker. After going scoreless in five games at the 2015 World Championships, Jurco's game winner was his first ever senior men's goal.

Jurco, Sekera and Martin Marincin all has two points each in the game.

Jurco played 14:17, finishing at +2 with 4 shots taken.

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All Pavel Datsyuk

from Pavel Lysenkov at IIHF.com,

Can we ask you about your next season?
You can ask. But I will not answer.

How is your health situation? The doctor of the Red Wings said in an interview that you have problems with your tendons.
I feel in my legs that I am not 100 per cent ready. I was immediately warned that the recovery would be long. It will take 18 months for me to get back into my normal shape.

Where are you at right now in terms of recovery?
I had surgery in June. Ten months already. I’m halfway through.

What went wrong for Detroit in the series against Tampa Bay?
Many Russian guys play for the Lightning and they played well against us. What went wrong? If we score two goals each during the match, winning in the play-off is very hard. Our attack was messed up the whole season. We had to strengthen it. And this problem got in the way for the Stanley Cup.

According to rumors, Alexander Radulov is ready to move to Detroit next season. Would he be able to strengthen the team?
Radulov would strengthen any attack. He’s great player who has already played in the NHL. He knows exactly what to do in this league.

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Krupa profiles Hicketts, Saarijarvi and Svechnikov

On Thursday, the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa profiled a quartet of Red Wings players-in-waiting, and this morning, he profiles a trio of prospects who are just entering the Red Wings' professional system in Joe Hicketts, Vili Saarijarvi and Evgeny Svechnikov:

Three Red Wings prospects are stepping from one rung on the ladder to the next this month, from junior hockey to the AHL.

The Wings elevated three young players, Evegeny Svechnikov, 19, Joe Hicketts, 19, and Vili Saarijarvi, 18, to the Griffins, when their junior seasons ended.

Practicing and traveling in the AHL playoffs, they are unlikely to play, especially with a possible Calder Cup on the line, unless misfortune strikes the Griffins.

“I think from our standpoint, it gives us depth,” Grand Rapids coach Todd Nelson said. “If there’s injuries, we can insert some of these guys, if we feel they’ll fit.

“It’s also a good chance for us to get to know the player, get to work with them. For them, it’s a good experience to come and be part of a playoff run,” Nelson said. “It’s for them to sort of educate themselves moving forward and to get acclimated to the professional life, seeing how the guys conduct themselves, seeing what the routines are, getting more familiar with our organization.”

Krupa continues, and for the present moment, being "Black Aces" serves as the perfect learning environment for Hicketts, Saarijarvi and Svechnikov. Hicketts will turn pro next season, so he's getting a leg up on learning the Grand Rapids Griffins' system of play, while Saarijarvi and Svechnikov may return to Major Junior hockey in the fall.

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