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Griffins 5, IceHogs 3: Teemu Pulkkinen's third goal the difference | MLive.com

The Pesky Griffs won game one of their second round series against Rockford on the late third goal of the Teeny Pokemon's natural hat trick. This is the only playoff hockey we have left, people. Plus we're playing the Chicago affiliate, so let's support our future Red Wings.

Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou tearing up AHL playoffs for Grand Rapids
More of the same from Andreas.

Rockford becomes 'Griffinville' to honor Wings' affiliate
A city 14 miles north of Grand Rapids has temporarily changed its name while the Griffins take on the Ice Hogs from Rockford, Illinois. I'm from Wisconsin and hate all things Illinois, so that's cool with me.

Illustrated Update on Mike Babcock's Future | Today's Slapshot

It's the offseason and non-WIIM Red Wings updates aren't always as plentiful as they are when they're still playing. So here's a Lion King-inspired update on Mike Babcock's future.

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National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs
The second round sucks. Mostly it's due to the Wings being at home, but also because all but one of the series are lopsided. And the one that isn't probably won't be for long because, y'know, Calgary isn't actually good. Tampa Bay and Chicago go for respective sweeps tonight.

Capitals' Mike Green leads NHL's free agent targets
Speaking of the offseason, get ready for free agency! We like Mike Green, right? Also, there are several players ranked ahead of Jeff Petry (9) who aren't as good at hockey as him. Signed, unabashed Jeff Petry supporter.

Ilya Kovalchuk still coy about return to NHL - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Annual it's-near-the-end-of-the-NHL-season Ilya Kovalchuk update.

Judge orders Gary Bettman to testify in NHL concussions lawsuit - CBSSports.com
This still isn't going away, Gary...

Former Lightning coach Guy Boucher approached about returning to NHL - CBSSports.com
Add him to the growing list of coaches who are maybe, but maybe not available.

New Jersey Devils on Dan Bylsma, Martin Brodeur from Ray Shero - NHL.com - News
New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero addressed ... hahahahahaha Ray Shero. I'm sorry. It's still funny. Thank you, Lou. Thank you.