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Game of the Week: Detroit takes 2-1 lead in second period

After a spirited and scoreless first period, the Detroit Red Wings capitalized on — and survived — different mistakes to take a 2-1 lead over the desperate Chicago Blackhawks heading into the second intermission.

Detroit 2, Chicago 1

First, there were the Blackhawks’ mistakes. After falling behind 1-0, Tomas Holmstrom provided a quick goal in response when an errant Viktor Stalberg pass gave Homer a chance to score on a partial breakaway. Soon after, Pavel Datsyuk lost one of his gloves but none of his touch, making no mistake when he scored on a loose puck. Those three goals — one by Chicago, two by Detroit — happened in a wacky run that happened in less than three minutes.

The Red Wings also survived some questionable mistakes by referees. The first big moment happened on the Blackhawks’ only goal, as Brad Stuart was tripped while Patrick Kane set up Michael Frolik for what was the game’s first tally.

That wasn’t the only controversial call, though, as Duncan Keith should have received an interference penalty for sending Ruslan Salei’s stick flying and Chicago also deserved a double-minor when Johan Franzen was bloodied by a high stick. Instead, the Blackhawks received nothing, but they are still down 2-1.

Chicago can still make the playoffs if they lose this game in regulation, but they would need to root for a Dallas Stars loss. Ultimately, they can at least clinch a playoff berth by scoring one more goal than Detroit in the third period.

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Oilers get Kronwall’d – in more ways than one

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When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.

(His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)

It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the  Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.

He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

First, the Kronwalling:

Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.

Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.

Dubinsky – Crosby’s nemesis – gets the last laugh on Friday

Sidney Crosby, Brandon Dubinsky

Brandon Dubinsky isn’t a household name like Sidney Crosby is, yet for all the hype that Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin gets, Dubinsky is the sort of guy who truly rankles No. 87.

It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.

To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:

The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)

That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:

They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.

Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.


More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.

In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.

Eichel’s sweet snipe helps Sabres snap six-game skid

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The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.

You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.

That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:

Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.

Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan


Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?