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Duff: Hawks look like champions | Windsor Star
Champions of blowing a 1-0 series lead.

Third periods worst for Wings | Windsor Star

So we are the anti-Lions of 2011?

In Defense of... Howard? | NOHS

Howard is the best player on this team right now. He is the reason we are in this.

Blackhawks expect Wings to be better in Game 2 | FSD

I hope so at least. We need to be re-energized. Game 1 sucked, so let's tunnel that negative energy into some positive energy.

Complete list of Michigan players selected in USHL Draft - MiHockeyNow & Michigan Hockey Magazine

For you fans of the USHL.

Blackhawks anticipate more jump from Red Wings, who ponder whether to play Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg together | MLive.com

I'd put Pavel and Hank together. It worked before and something needs to change after Wednesday's debacle.

NHL News

Raffi Torres suspended for duration of Round 2 after head hit on Kings’ Stoll | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
I'd say that the Abby hit was worse. This suspension is purely based upon reputation. He should have received 2 games max.

Canucks’ Tanev will represent himself in contract talks | ProHockeyTalk
If you know what you want and you think that you can get it, then why not represent yourself?

Down Goes Brown: What went wrong? Excuses from the NHL's losers
Read the part on the Ducks. Quality stuff.

Eric Staal writhes in pain after knee-on-knee hit by Alex Edler in Worlds (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
WOW! That looks so painful.

Nonis expects plenty of trade activity this summer | ProHockeyTalk

Bozak is in a similar boat as Filppula in that he will earn much more than what he is worth this summer.

Poti done with Caps: ‘It’s time to move on’ | ProHockeyTalk
He's taking his talents elsewhere.

Stanley Cup Beard Watch: NHL’s star players and their playoff scruff | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Does Toew's beard even count as a beard?

Mark Fraser injury: Maple Leafs forward did not suffer brain damage as result of skull fracture - SBNation.com
Well that's good news. You never want to see anyone damage their brains.

Oates: I’d ‘easily’ beat up Tortorella in a fight | ProHockeyTalk

Really? I don't know if Oates could but I am sure that Babcock could. All you have to do is stare Torts to death, which is something that I hear Babs is pretty good at.

Alex Ovechkin suffers second 5-goal elimination loss in a week; has fractured foot | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Sucks to be Ovechkin I guess. I am happy that I have Datsyuk. The only Russian that I need.

Let's Go Red Wings!