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Conklin, Wings down Hawks in OT " The Production Line - TP:60
Just wait until you read what TPL says about Commie.

Red Wings in three-way logjam atop Central Division with Blackhawks, Blues |
The Central has to be the best division in hockey.

Red Wings goalie Ty Conklin's OT win sure to boost confidence | Detroit Free Press |
Let's hope so. Wings need Conklin to regularly play like he did tonight or else they're in the market for a new back up goalie.

Justin Abdelkader fine centering Red Wings' third line | The Detroit News |
Abby has done a nice job filling in on the third line. But I expect to see Helm back in his spot there sooner rather than later.

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Red Wings-Blackhawks quick take: An enigma wrapped in a riddle wrapped in an OT win
Malik's quick take is longer than every other recap here put together, but trust me, it's well worth a read. Always great stuff from The Malik Report.

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Red Wings-Blackhawks wrap-up and overnight report: Wings out-Hawk Chicago
And finally, Malik once again has everything else that you need to know about last night's game in his wrap-up and overnight report.

Around the NHL

Not Quite What We're Looking For: Scum 3 - Blackhawks 2 - Second City Hockey
View from the enemy.

Bruins’ Brad Marchand’s claim that he was just protecting himself is nonsense
A nice breakdown of the Brad Marchand clipping incident and how he was just protecting himself from that thug Sami Salo.

Senators score four unanswered third period goals in 6-4 win over Flyers - Silver Seven
Holy crap, what a coaching job by The Stache up in Ottawa, eh? Paul MacLean has the Senators in 5th place in the East with a 22-15-6 record. Yeah, the Eastern Conference sucks, but the Sens were supposed to be dead last and be pretty terrible. Coach of the year frontrunner probably.

Armchair GM: Daniel's Fire Sale Core Player Trades - Anaheim Calling
Oh, my God! The Ducks are having a fire ... sale! Oh, the burning, it burns me! Evacuate all of the school children! Ama...This isn't a fever! ... zing grace... I can't even see where the knob is!

Pittsburgh Penguins lose Jordan Staal, James Neal for weeks; panic time? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The Pens just can catch a break this year. Crosby, Letang, Staal and Neal all gone. If this team can make the playoffs without those guys, you gotta give credit to Bylsma and his resilient team.

Discussion: Do you believe that last night was a turning point for Ty Conklin? Or should Ken Holland search the trade market for another back-up goalie? There are a lot of "easy" games this month. A few against the Coyotes, Columbus, Calgary and the Habs (though it's in Montreal and an Original Six rival, might not be THAT easy). When do you see Conklin getting another start?

Let's Go Red Wings.