Quick Hits: Game 3 Edition

Red Wings News

Bruins 3, Red Wings 0: Tuukka Rask blanks offensively challenged Detroit, Boston leads series 2-1 | MLive.com
What can I say, we'll just have to play a lot better next time.

Where have you gone, Gustav Nyquist? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Oh where, oh where, is my Gustav Nyquist. Oh where, oh where, can he be?

Brad Marchand gets kneed by Brendan Smith, grabs wrong knee in pain - SBNation.com
I will let the title speak for itself here. Terribly hilarious yesterday.

Will Lack Of Physicality Doom The Detroit Red Wings? - Octopus Thrower
I wouldn't blame our losses so far on our lack of physicality. Instead, I would blame it on the Bruins overabundance of it.

NHL News

And then there were 15: Lightning get swept | ProHockeyTalk
Stevie Y & Co. are out of the playoffs. I was rooting for the Canadiens to win. It will be nice to face them in the second round.

Lady Byng Finalists: Patrick Marleau vs. Ryan O’Reilly vs. Marty St. Louis | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Ryan O'Rielly has to be a lock for this award right? While the Lady Byng isn't simply awarded to the cleanest player, O'Rielly deserves the award more than any other player in the league right now.

Bettman says shootouts are staying, gives salary cap estimate | ProHockeyTalk
I agree that shootouts should stay, but only as a last resort. I would much rather play an additional OT period before heading to the shootout. But if you simply despise the shootout, there is no way that the NHL is getting rid of it. The GM's just have to figure out a way to lessen the impact of them.

Predators' Pekka Rinne will play in world championships | USA Today
Due to the Olympics, most NHL players have been saying no thank you to the WC's. With Rinne in net, Finland instantly becomes one of the favorites.

Sidney Crosby, T.J. Oshie among most Googled NHL players in US - CBSSports.com
Pavel Datsyuk (#17) is the only Wings' player in the top-20.

Avs' Barrie out 4-6 weeks; Cooke faces hearing - Sportsnet.ca
Matt Cooke is once again being called out for being the scum of society. I disagree. If Cooke was not a repeat offender, I wouldn't expect him to receive a suspension for the hit.

Joel Ward: Washington Capitals Unsung Hero | The Hockey Writers
Joel Ward had a career high 24 goals and 49 points this past season with Washington.

Tuukka Rask nearly gets hit by octopus - SBNation.com
If the goal was to unnerve Rask, mission unaccomplished.

Fraser: A closer look at Cooke's knee-on-knee hit on Barrie | TSN
Former referee Kerry Fraser takes a look at Cooke's hit.

Ducks, Stars both feel sympathy for Robidas - Sportsnet.ca
Stephane Robidas broke his leg for the second time this season.

This guy was the cleanest player in NHL history. But he never won the Lady Byng | Post-to-Post
Former Red Wings player Val Fonteyne had four penalty free seasons in his career.

Alex Ovechkin and the KHL? Medvedev ponders Kovalchuk path | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I do expect Ovechkin to return to Russia at some point in his career. That may be now, while he is still in his prime, or in ten years, when his career is coming to an end.

Let's Go Red Wings!