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Red Wings extend Jensen for two years

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From the Red Wings:

Here's the press release:

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Video- Brandon Manning Suspended Two Games For Interference

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Here is the explanation...

 

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Video- Highlights From Sunday’s NHL Games

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About 102 seconds long...

 

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Video- It Won’t Be A Slow Monday Much Longer

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Just over three minutes of NHL action in slow motion from the past week.

 

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Why Did Dean Lombardi Trade For Ben Bishop?

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Maik,

In a curious but intriguing move that may turn the Western Conference playoff race upside-down, the Los Angeles Kings acquired the No. 1 available goaltender on the NHL trade market Sunday, landing Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The primary question surrounded the timing of the deal: Why did the Kings wait until now and not make the move weeks ago?

“Preferably, I would have done this deal two weeks ago,” answered Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi, “but this is just the way trade-deadline deals seem to work.”

Less than a day before completing the trade for Bishop, the Kings finally got their starting goaltender and two-time Stanley Cup champion, Jonathan Quick, back in the lineup after a 59-game injury absence.

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Going For The Cup In Minnesota

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The State of Hockey has never won the Stanley Cup.

The Minnesota North Stars made the Final twice in their 26 seasons in the Twin Cities, in 1981 and 1991, but lost. The Minnesota Wild made it as far as the Western Conference Final once in their first 15 seasons, in 2003.

But the Wild rank first in the West and second in the NHL standings this season, and general manager Chuck Fletcher made it clear they were going for it when he acquired forwards Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

When you have a chance to make a run, you don't let it go by.

"There's not going to be a called third strike here," Fletcher said. "We're taking a swing. Our players deserve that, our fans deserve that and we'll just see where it goes."

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The Wings This Week

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch this week:

More recalls from Grand Rapids?

The Red Wings recalled Drew Miller Sunday from Grand Rapids, giving them 13 healthy forwards (excluding Gustav Nyquist, whose suspension ends Saturday) and seven defensemen.

They might need to recall more players if, as expected, they do more dealing.

Possibilities up front include Martin Frk (39 points, including team-leading 20 goals), Tomas Nosek (14 goals, 38 points) and Red Wings' 2015 top pick Evgeny Svechnikov (15 goals, 32 points), who is riding a 12-game points streak.

The Red Wings got a look at Tyler Bertuzzi (nine goals, 26 points in 32 games for the Griffins) earlier this season for seven games.

On defense, Robbie Russo (six goals, 29 points, team-leading plus-14) would seem to be the next in line to get a look.

The 23-man roster limit is lifted after the trade deadline, but the salary cap remains in effect.

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NHL Short Notes

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SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps 
Boston 6, DALLAS 3
Calgary 3, CAROLINA 1
NASHVILLE 5, Edmonton 4
Columbus 5, NY RANGERS 2
CHICAGO 4, St. Louis 2
Ottawa 2, FLORIDA 1
ARIZONA 3, Buffalo 2
 
CLUBS EMERGE OVER DIVISION RIVALS, IMPROVE PLAYOFF POSITIONING
The Blue Jackets (39-16-5, 83 points), Blackhawks (39-18-5, 83 points) and Senators (33-21-6, 72 points) each earned wins over division rivals to improve their playoff positioning:
 
Cam Atkinson (2-0—2) and Alexander Wennberg (2-0—2) each scored twice as the Blue Jackets improved to 4-1-0 in their last five games. Atkinson leads the team with 29-24—53 this season (60 GP) and eclipsed his career high of 27 goals from 2015-16 (81 GP). Sergei Bobrovsky (28 saves) earned his 32nd win of 2016-17 (32-13-3 in 48 GP) to move back into a share of the League lead and match his single-season career high from 2013-14 (32-20-5 in 58 GP). The Blue Jackets leapfrogged the Rangers (40-20-2, 82 points) to move into third place in the Metropolitan Division.
 
Artem Anisimov scored the go-ahead goal with 5:20 remaining in regulation to power the Blackhawks to a 9-1-0 record in their past 10 outings, including four consecutive wins. Anisimov tallied his 22nd goal of 2016-17 (58 GP) to match his single-season career high from 2013-14 (81 GP w/ CBJ). The Blackhawks climbed within a point of the Western Conference-leading Wild (39-14-6, 84 points) for first place in the Central Division.
 
Craig Anderson turned aside 37 of 38 shots to backstop the Senators to a 2-1 win over the Panthers. Zack Smith opened the scoring with his eighth shorthanded goal since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, the most by any NHL player over that span. The Senators maintain a two-point edge over the Bruins (32-24-6, 70 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division and climbed within two points of the Canadiens (33-21-8, 74 points) for first.

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The overnight report: on the sked ahead, trade talk, player development and Ott

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Of disparate Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Red Wings have a pretty brutal schedule over the next two months, so April is going to be here before we know it, as Ken Kal noted:

The Free Press's Helene St. James took note of the Red Wings' schedule ahead while discussing the team's recalling of Jared Coreau and Drew Miller from Grand Rapids:

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Prospect news: Walleye score 8 on Indy; Marsh scores a goal, Larsson stops 30 of 32

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Of prospect-related note:

In the ECHL, Shane Berschbach and Tyson Spink had 2 goals apiece, Tylor Spink had 3 assists and Jake Paterson stopped 19 of 20 shots in the Toledo Walleye's 8-1 win over the Indy Fuel. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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