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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Lightning: Wings finally begin to regain their footing, poise and form

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings hadn't won a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning since November 30, 2011, but today's game against Tampa Bay was supposed to be one of those must-win games that the Wings needed to both snap their seven-game winless streak against the Bolts and to keep the Ottawa Senators (who are visiting Toronto tonight at 7) and Boston Bruins (who defeated the Rangers 4-2 in a 1 PM matinee, closing to within 3 points of Detroit) at least 5 points in arrears of the Wings' third and final Atlantic Division playoff spot.

For the Lightning, this was supposed to be a pretty "easy win," a game that would sew up a playoff spot while continuing their dominance over Detroit while sending a message that--perhaps to paraphrase some of the Bolts' beat writers--the Bolts wouldn't have to consider the Wings much more than a speedbunp along the way toward a long, deep spring playoff run.

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Video- Shane Doan Hit On Kris Letang

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No penalty on the play...

via Sportsnet,

Kris Letang just can’t catch a break this season after a big check from Shane Doan caused the Penguins defender to fall awkwardly tail-bone first into the boards.

 

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Video- Five Minutes For Boarding And A Game For Blake Comeau

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Blake Comeau may get a call from the Department of Player Safety after a careless check from behind on Andrew Campbell in the first period on Saturday.

 

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A Cure

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

I guess this is the time of the season where we build character because we haven't been doing much else of late. The Wings have hit a bit of a rough patch lately, and, I think I can safely say the 19 have had enough of meaningless words to last the rest of the season.

Of course there is a cure for what ails, and that is winning. It's a great morale booster. I'm going positive here cause there is nowhere else left to go but up.

Let's get 'er done!

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Video- No Goal, Then A Goal For Milan Lucic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the NHL Situation Blog,

At 1:41 of the first period in the Rangers/Bruins game, video review determined that the puck deflected off Milan Lucic's skate and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Boston.

Watch the goal below...

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Afternoon Line- David Poile

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’ve been rooting for a Nashville-Washington [Stanley Cup] Final since the first day of the season,” “Things worked out really good for all of us. We’re happy with where we are in Nashville and Barry has done a great job with the Capitals. We both have teams that are capable of doing some damage in the playoffs.”

-David Poile, GM of the Nashville Predators, via Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.

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Pre-Game Talk

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Babcock said he's not sure yet if Datsyuk will play. He'll find out either before or after the warmups.

If Datsyuk can't go, Cleary will be in the lineup. Babcock said he hadn't decided who'd be second line center if Datsyuk is out.

No changes on defense. Kindl is healthy scratch.

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The Eastern Conference Playoff Picture

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

THIRD-PERIOD SURGE POWERS WILD TO FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
Knotted at 1-1 after 40 minutes, the Wild scored three third-period goals to sweep their three-game season series with the Flames and pick up their fourth consecutive victory overall.
 
* At 43-25-7 (93 points), the Wild moved three points ahead of the idle Jets (39-24-12, 90 points) for the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
 

 
* The Wild also moved within one point of the Blackhawks (44-24-6, 94 points) – who lost in regulation – for third place in the Central Division. Chicago holds one game in hand, but Minnesota owns the ROW tiebreaker (MIN: 39, CHI: 35). The teams face off for a fifth and final time on April 7 at CHI (CHI: 3-1-0, MIN: 1-3-0).

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A Learning Year For The Colorado Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Complacency, even short-lived and subconscious, and even when not obvious, is a fatal flaw in the NHL.

"All my years, and it's not been 100 years, but the last 10 years as a coach and a coaching staff, I think we always like to evaluate our work," Roy said Thursday in Vancouver before coaching the Avalanche to a 4-1 victory over the Canucks.

"We did that least year, we're doing it this year. We're always going to learn something. Talking to other coaches, there are years you're going to be learning more than others. This year was a year that I thought I learned a lot more, compared to, say, last year.

"Last year we were playing with confidence, we were playing with such a good mind-set, it was kind of a lot easier. This year, we had to try to find ways to get the team going, find ways to help the power play, working at it, changing the structure of the team, working harder on details of our neutral-zone forecheck. These are things I feel that we learned a lot."

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