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Red Wings 2, Blues 1 (OT): Justin Abdelkader wins it with his 20th goal of the season | MLive.com
Great win, great confidence booster, and two very important points.

Red Wings beat Blues in OT, but should winning goal count? | ProHockeyTalk
Yes, the goal should count. *Changes topic quickly*

Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader finding success as he hits his prime | Detroit Free Press
Justin Abdelkader has scored twenty goals this season. I repeat, twenty goals. How the times have changed since a few years ago when he was barely cracking the Wings' lineup.

Down In Flames | Grand Rapids Griffins
The Griffins lost 4-1 yesterday to the Adirondack Flames, with Landon Ferraro scoring the lone Griffins goal.

NHL News

NHL fines Craig Smith $5K for high-sticking Jerry D’Amigo | ProHockeyTalk
Smith's stick was right in D'Amigo's face. A deserved fine.

Mike Richards returns to save Kings playoff run? | Puck Daddy
If there is ever a time for Mike Richards to resurrect his career, it is now.

Get married during the season? Not when Conn Smythe ruled the Maple Leafs | The Hockey News
Conn Smythe used to fine his own players for making poor plays or decisions.

Tank-worthy? Connor McDavid finishes OHL season with 120 points in 47 games | ProHockeyTalk
No prospect is guaranteed to become a star in the NHL. Sidney Crosby could have become nothing more than a borderline top-6 forward, and same goes for Connor McDavid. However, in terms of McDavid's realistic ceiling, he has the ability to become one of the best players in the league.

Mike Smith's clearing attempt hits Brandon Sutter's 'behind' for accidental goal (Video) | Puck Daddy
Everyone in Arizona is on board for Operation Acquire McDavid.

8 burning questions for the NHL stretch run | USA Today
The article mentions the Wings' move for Marek Zidlicky as one of this season's best trade deadline deals.

Who makes THN’s All-Time Rookie Team? | The Hockey News
Any "all-time" list would be incomplete without Wayne Gretzky.

NHL Draft hopeful Dylan Strome wins OHL scoring title with 6-point game - CBSSports.com
Connor McDavid's teammate scored nine more points than him. Granted, Strome played 21 more games than McDavid.

The mind-bending slump of Phil Kessel | TSN
While Phil Kessel has been less than stellar during the latter part of this season, I would not judge his play too much when you consider how abysmal the Maple Leafs have been as a whole.

Senators fans get free Big Macs because Ottawa beat Toronto - SBNation.com
If the Senators do end up passing the Bruins to make the playoffs, will fans throw fake hamburgers on the ice like the Panthers do with rats?

Let's Go Red Wings!