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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:
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:
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:
Here is the video explanation.
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.
One out of two...
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.
So Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau went to hackin' and whackin,' and he took out another Red Wing:
Terrible news, confirmed by the Saginaw Spirit:
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce that late this afternoon we were informed by the Michigan State Police that the body of Terry Trafford has been found.
Our deepest condolences are with Terry’s family and his friends both in Ontario and Michigan. Terry played on our team and was a member of the Spirit family for the last four years and he will be missed.
We have reached out to Terry’s parents and will look to provide them with support over the coming days. In addition, we met with team players and staff this evening, along with our Team Chaplain.
On behalf of the Spirit we would like to thank the police who were looking for Terry, the media for providing updates and all who provided information. The coming days will be difficult and we will endeavor to keep the community and media apprised of arrangements and other details.
Oh, boy. The Red Wings play in an essential-to-win tilt against Columbus shortly (7 PM, FSD Plus), and this happens:
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