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St Louis Blues v Detroit Red Wings

Red Wings beat Blues in OT, but should winning goal count?

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The officiating in the Detroit Red Wings’ 2-1 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues had some onlookers complaining, so it makes a weird kind of sense that Justin Abdelkader’s overtime game-winning goal drew some controversy.

More than a few people believe that the deciding goal should not have counted. It’s believed that the tally was scored with a broken stick. See for yourself first:

Here are a couple reactions:

Even retired official Kerry Fraser believes it shouldn’t have counted, but also notes that it didn’t fall under the parameters of a review:

Jake Allen provided this take on the moment:

At this point, that’s just fodder for griping, as the goal – valid or not – counts for the Red Wings. Detroit breaks a two-game losing streak with this win while the Blues fall to 2-1-2 on a six-game road trip that ends on Tuesday. Detroit won both game against St. Louis in overtime this season, so put that note in the back of your mind if the Blues fall two points short of a relevant seeding race.

It was a tight game in a variety of ways, as Detroit tied it thanks to a bounce that was very unfortunate for Blues defenseman Chris Butler.

Ultimately, this game provides benefits for both teams. The Red Wings put considerable distance between themselves and the Boston Bruins for the Atlantic Division’s third spot while the Blues now have a full-point edge on the Nashville Predators for the Central Division lead. It’s a bitter pill to swallow for St. Louis, but some may try to find a bright side in the defeat at least coming after they secured a standings point.

Video: Chris Butler’s misfortune leads to Red Wings goal

Detroit Red Wings v Philadelphia Flyers

Goals have been tough to come by so for in NBC’s game between the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings, so Erik Cole’s 1-1 goal has to burn Chris Butler that much more.

The contest is currently tied thanks to a bad bounce for St. Louis and a gift for Detroit:

Cole scored his 21st goal of the season and third as a member of the Red Wings right there.

Video: Roenick eats burger to praise the Hamburglar

Jeremy Roenick
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You know how Lee Corso would predict college football winners with a nod to that team’s mascot? Perhaps Jeremy Roenick can be like Corso for hockey … just hungrier and feistier.

Roenick debated the Eastern Conference playoff race with Mike Milbury on Sunday, choosing “The Hamburglar” Andrew Hammond’s Ottawa Senators over Milbury’s choice of the Boston Bruins in the tastiest fashion possible (updated with working video):

Count this post as one vote for this becoming a running gag.

Report: No fine or suspension for Tyler Toffoli’s hit on Alex Burrows

Vancouver Canucks v Los Angeles Kings
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The NHL won’t hand Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli a fine or suspension for his hit on Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows, John Hoven reports.

Toffoli received a game misconduct and a five-minute boarding major in Saturday’s loss to the Canucks. Here’s video of that unfortunate hit:

Toffoli, 22, hasn’t been suspended before by the NHL. The Kings (who just recalled Mike Richards) have to breathe a sigh of relief, especially as they approach a five-game road trip, which starts on Monday. Burrows returned to the game, so that definitely seemed to help Toffoli’s cause.

Update: ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun tracks down a vague explanation for the league’s decision.

Look who’s back: Kings recall Mike Richards

Mike Richards
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The Los Angeles Kings are scratching and clawing for a playoff spot, so maybe it only makes sense that they’re exploring every avenue to survive. Apparently that involves bringing back Mike Richards.

(The news was confirmed here.)

The Kings begin a five-game road trip against the New Jersey Devils on Monday, so they’re likely hoping for boost from a familiar face. Richards’ return was teased a little more than a week ago.

There’s some speculation that the recall was timed as much for cap reasons as it was for this challenging run:

Jarret Stoll’s injury is another big reason for the recall.

Richards, 30, has been an expensive AHL player for 16 games, collecting 14 points at that level with the Manchester Monarchs. He was a part of the Kings’ two Stanley Cup-winning squads, so chances are that he’ll be able to get back in the mix with limited trouble.