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Hey Mule, they've tied up your stick.  You should spear them if they do it again (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images).
Hey Mule, they've tied up your stick. You should spear them if they do it again (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images).
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Hockeytown, No Limits

Best thing you’ll read all day " The Production Line - TP:60
Get your own ping pong table -- Awesome.

Red Wings' Valtteri Filppula aims to break out of slump vs. Predators | Detroit Free Press |
It's clear the beat writers listen to WIIM Radio. We were calling for this Sunday night.

Johan Franzen is the face of the Red Wings' frustration | The Detroit News |
I'd argue that the Wings go as the Mule goes. If he's frustrated, the team is frustrated. If he gets hot, the team will start to really roll.

Red Wings need offensive boost from secondary scorers in crucial Game 4 vs. Nashville |
Your best players need to be your best players and your roll players need to chip in at crucial moments.

3rd Round Draft Pick: Red Wings Offensive Critique
A bit more in-depth look at the Red Wings' offensive-zone setup and options. Solid read.

Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom insists he doesn't wonder if this season will be his last - The Hockey News
He doesn't, but we do. I think this is it for Lidstrom. Obviously, I hope I'm wrong. If this is the end, I hope this team can still go out with a bang and win it all for their captain.

Around the NHL

Senators lose 1-0 to Rangers as Lundqvist steals one - Silver Seven
Rangers squeak out the win and lead the series 2-1.

San Jose Sharks late comeback falls short as they lose 4-3 to the St. Louis Blues - Fear The Fin
Well, if the Wings make it to round two they won't have to worry about playing the Sharks. Sorry, San Jose. You're cooked.

Bruins 4, Capitals 3: Chara Shines as Bruins Regain Series Lead - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Looks like Holtby has been solved. A late 3rd period goal gives the Bruins a 2-1 series lead.

Jason Chimera spears Bruins’ Marchand in a very uncomfortable place (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Does Washington really want to piss off the Bruins? Chimera apparently waited for Marchand at the Bruins team bus after the game and apologized for his actions.

Hunter thinks Backstrom’s cross-check "wasn’t that bad" | ProHockeyTalk
Anything Aaron Asham can do, Nicklas Backstrom can do better?

Let's Go Red Wings.