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Kronwall's Game

12/09/2018 at 4:31pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It was a turn-back-the-clock moment for Niklas Kronwall.

The Red Wings’ veteran defenseman has long been known for some devastating open-ice hits....

Until Saturday, when Kronwall leveled New York Islanders forward Anders Lee with a clean hit to Lee’s upper body, as Lee was transporting the puck near the Wings’ blue line – but with his head down.

That term “Kronwalled” came out of the mothballs.

“The hard part when you’re coming north-south is to not touch the head at all,” said Kronwall, of his mindset in such situations. “When you’re skating, you’re in a position where your head is basically the point of your body that is the most forward.

“You try to go through the chest or shoulder. Sometimes you end up catching the head.”...

There have been more than just a few highlights this season for Kronwall, who has been one of the Wings’ most consistent defensemen since October.

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