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Mikael Sameulsson attempted to shake Zach Parise's hand but missed high and wide (Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE).
Mikael Sameulsson attempted to shake Zach Parise's hand but missed high and wide (Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE).

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Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk to play for Russia at World Championship |
I just hope his knee is fully healthy.

Photo gallery: Top 20 moments of Red Wings' season | Detroit Free Press |
Number 1 is Brendan Smith's NHL debut, right?

Danny Cleary: "I wouldn’t do the same thing over again." | Red Wings Front
I wonder how things would be different if Cleary had the surgery and returned at the end of the season for a playoff run. I doubt he would have single handedly turned around the Wings postseason, but a healthy Buckets can be a good Buckets.

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Is another dispersal draft-via-buy-outs on the way under the new CBA? (and Wings evening news)
Some CBA and Red Wings news from Malik, including some good, fun news on Smith.

Around the NHL

Adam Henrique Scores in Double Overtime to Win Game 7 for New Jersey Devils; First Playoff Series Win Since 2007 - In Lou We Trust
Congrats to the Devils. Now feel free to get swept by the Flyers. We need Mr. Parise nice and healthy for next season.

2012 NHL Playoffs: Devils 3 Panthers 2-Game Seven Recap - Litter Box Cats
The Florida perspective on last night's Game 7. Hell of a turnaround for the Panthers.

2012 NHL Playoffs: Rangers Headed To The Second Round! Matchup With Washington Capitals - Blueshirt Banter
Rangers will go on a roll here. Just watch. You'll see.

Senators eliminated with 2-1 loss to Rangers - Silver Seven
Stick tap to Paul MacLean and the awesome work he did in his first season as head coach of the Sens.

Five reasons why the Bruins' title defense is over - Bruins vs Capitals - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals
I did want to see the Bruins go on a deep run for work-related reasons, but I am glad the Wings can still claim to be the last team to go back-to-back.

NHL Playoff Beard Watch: Who was that masked man? Admiring the goalie beard | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
I miss Hank's beard already.

Another record broken: 16 first-round overtime games | ProHockeyTalk
Thanks Chicago and Phoenix!

Tim Thomas Apologizes To Nicklas Backstrom For Blocker Punch
Graceful in defeat for Thomas.

PHOTO: Which Logo Is Stitched Into John Madden's Face? - From Our Editors -
Kopecky gave it to him, it's the old WWE logo.