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If Babcock has his death stare, this must be Hudler's "I'ma gonna get me some hookers tonight" stare (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images).
If Babcock has his death stare, this must be Hudler's "I'ma gonna get me some hookers tonight" stare (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images).
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Hockeytown, No Limits

Wings need shootout despite breaking shot clock in regulation " The Production Line - TP:60
Your TPL recap with a "Riggy 'Shitbox' Of the Game" that wasn't Jonathan Ericsson or Todd Bertuzzi.

Detroit Red Wings 4, Edmonton 3 (SO): Danny Cleary scores, assists in Red Wings win after health scare | Detroit Free Press |
The third line has been nothing but impressive lately. Drew Miller is having a career year, Danny Cleary is re-finding his bottom six grinding game, and Darren Helm is just doing what Darren Helm does. You want to win the Cup? You constant play from your third line and they're providing it right now.

Red Wings improve to 6-0 in shootouts after beating fellow Western Conference power Vancouver |
I hate the shootout a whole hell of a lot less when the Wings win all time. In the past, Detroit was awful at the skills competition. This year the Pavel Datsyuk, Jiri Hudler, and Todd Bertuzzi lineup as been pretty damn good (with some Valtteri Filppula and Henrik Zetterberg mixed in). At the end of the day, points are points, and the Wings got two last night.

Miller's redemption in Wings' win - Detroit Red Wings - News
J.J. squealed like a little girl when Miller scored last night. I hear he's going to the hair salon today to get grey highlights.

Notebook: Wings' Danny Cleary to undergo cyst procedure after trip ends | The Detroit News |
The way Cleary is playing, I hope he can hold off a little longer on getting his knee drained. He would only miss a week or so, but the third line is clicked. Hopefully he can gut it out until after the Wings make a move at the deadline and bring in a little forward help.

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Wings fans, prepare to say something which rhymes with, "Slow ship" regarding Patrick Eaves
In the not so cool news department, Patrick Eaves is reportedly recovered from his broken jaw, but is experiencing concussion-like symptoms. At this point, no way in hell he should come back until he's 150% better. The team is playing well and a concussion can really screw up someone's career e.g. Crosby, Savard, etc. Yesterday I told J.J., I didn't think we'd see Eaves return until rosters expanded come playoff time, now I'm thinking we might not see him for a long time.

Around the NHL

Wings At Canucks Recap ; Take It Easy ( 4-3Ls/o) - Nucks Misconduct
View from the enemy.

Sam Gagner Scores Four and Assists on Four More, Beats Blackhawks 8-4 - The Copper & Blue
Sam freakin' Gagner, ladies and gentlemen. Tied Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey for the Oilers franchise record for points in a single game. He had four goals and four assists. Hell of a night for the kid.

Compassion Is Broken Now, My Will Is Eroded Now: Hawks 4 - Oilers 39773889308 - Second City Hockey
It should also be mentioned that the Hawks were the team that gave up eight points to Gagner. The Oilers are to the Blackhawks what the Islanders are to the Red Wings.

Patrik Elias checks Michael Blunden from behind | ProHockeyTalk
He definitely pushed him from behind, no doubt. It was a very hard push and was malicious or anything. Not 100% sure how I feel about this. It clearly could have been avoided though.

Thursday’s Three Stars: Gagner’s great 8; Subban destroys Larsson; Dan Boyle’s embarrassing gaffe | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Hahaha Boyle scored on his own team.

J.S. Giguere’s ridiculous glove save after Wild player crashes net (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Hell. Of. A. Save.

Let's Go Red Wings.