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Like You Mean It… " The Production Line - TP:60
I'm on Team Hollis for this subject. The Wings don't want a goon/enforcer who can't play. That's a waste of a roster spot., but come freakin' on. Someone stand up and do something and defend your goalie and teammates. We all want a Parise-type player at the deadline, but maybe we need a solid 2nd or 3rd liner that is more than willing to drop the gloves (and not in a staged Brad May type way). Maybe I've just been living in Boston too long. But someone wearing blue last night deserve to be punched and punched more than once.

Tomas Holmstrom: Detroit's king of the crease | Detroit Free Press |
King of the crease, yes. But I'd sure as hell like to see him receive a "shove" and crash hard into the goalie and then have someone score and see the goal still count. Fat chance at that happening. I wonder if refs let Jimmy get run because they think it makes up for Homer on the other end of the ice. This thought has crossed my mind more than once.

Canucks’ Ryan Kesler steaming after hit from Wings’ Niklas Kronwall | The Detroit News |
Kesler says he had his head down and takes responsibility for the hit. Makes since. He also says his only problem is Kronner didn't stand up for himself after? If it was a clean hit (more on that later) and you're the one that screwed up, why the hell does he have to stand up for himself? Why the hell can't players just accept they f'd up and got caught got with their head down and got rocked. Why do good, hard, clean hits always have to end up in a fight.

Red Wings fall to Canucks, Roberto Luongo, 4-2; Ryan Kesler irate after check by Niklas Kronwall |
A recap from Khan(!).

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Red Wings-Canucks wrap-up: talked into a dogfight
Malik has everything else incase you missed it.

Around the NHL

Claude Giroux, Peter Laviolette are incredible; Oh, and Flyers beat Stars, 4-1 - Broad Street Hockey
Laviolette and Ott argue and get into a shoving match. I'd bet $100 that this doesn't happen if 24/7 isn't around.

Martin Havlat’s line-change freak injury costs him 6-8 weeks - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
You never want to see anyone get hurt, but this is funny.

How NHL decided controversial Avalanche goal vs. Blues - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
I guess we weren't the only team that had a crashing into the net incident last night.

DIscussion: Should Niklas Kronwall be suspended? When watching the hit live and seeing the replay immediately, it's quite clear he left his feet. That's against the rules and at the very least he should have been given a minor last night in the game. This isn't a head shot. It's not hitting from behind. It's not boarding. Kesler himself admitted that he had his head down and Kronwall got him good. My initial reaction was that he'd get a game because he left his feet and it was a potentially dangerous hit. Plus the tin-foil hat side of me thought Shanny would suspend him just so people wouldn't claim he has a Wings' bias. After sleeping on it, I don't think Kronner will be suspended. I do think he will receive a phone call and a chat with his old teammate, but, and correct me if I'm wrong here, Kronwall has no prior history. He's never been suspended or fined to my knowledge. I think he get s a call from Shanny, a lecture, a $2,500 fine, and becomes a "repeat" offender if there is ever another incident.

Let's Go Red Wings.