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Bruins can blame Zdeno Chara if Henrik Zetterberg helps Red Wings beat Bruins

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Zdeno Chara (left) and Henrik Zetterberg remain friendly off the ice, but that may be on pause this week. (Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

Zdeno Chara (left) and Henrik Zetterberg are friendly off the ice, but that may be on pause this week. (Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

Henrik Zetterberg is closing in on a return to action after more than two months on the sidelines, just when his Detroit teammates need him the most.

But if he comes back in time to help the Red Wings knock off the heavily favored Bruins in their first-round playoff series, Boston fans will have to vent their rage toward one of their own:

Team captain Zdeno Chara.

Turns out that Big Z felt sorry for Zetty when the Swedish star was forced to withdraw from the Olympics after just one game with back pain so severe that it required immediate surgery.

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings

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    Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings

    The return of the wizardly Pavel Datsyuk (13) gives the Red Wings a puncher’s chance at an upset. (Getty Images)

    By Michael Blinn

    Regular season recaps

    Oct. 5: Bruins 4, Red Wings 1

    Oct. 14: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2

    Nov. 27: Red Wings 6, Bruins 1

    April 2: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2

    Notable injuries

    Bruins: D Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL, indefinite), D Adam McQuaid (strained quad, indefinite), C Marc Savard (concussion, indefinite)

    Red Wings: RW Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder, indefinite), C Stephen Weiss (sports hernia, indefinite), LW Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery, indefinite), D Jonathan Ericsson (finger surgery, indefinite), RW Daniel Cleary (knee sprain, indefinite)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Jussi Jokinen beats Red Wings with odd goal, but Detroit clinches playoff spot

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    (3/3) Jussi Jokinen shootout goal slowed down. #Penguins #NHL on Twitpic

    By Nick Stoico

    Riley Sheahan of the Detroit Red Wings had forced overtime, thanks to his goal with just 75 seconds left in regulation, but the Penguins’ Jussi Jokinen later put away the lone tally in the shootout to seal a 4-3 win for Pittsburgh.

    As Jokinen closed in on the net, Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson lunged to poke the puck away. He was successful, but not enough to satisfy the hockey gods. The puck flew off his stick and arced into the back of the net.

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Report: Pavel Datsyuk near return to Red Wings lineup

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    Pavel Datsyuk

    Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings has been rehabbing a knee injury. (Greg Aibel/Getty Images)

    By Amy Lilek

    The injury-riddled Red Wings were hoping to get Pavel Datsyuk back for their game against Boston on Wednesday night after NHL.com reported that he was getting close returning from the knee injury that has sidelined him since February 27. That report proved to be over-optimistic when Datsyuk declared himself not quite ready to return to action after the team’s morning skate.

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  • Published On Apr 01, 2014
  • VIDEO: Gustav Nyquist stays red-hot with score from below the goal line

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    Can anyone stop Gustav Nyquist right now? The Swede is carrying the Red Wings. (Paul Sancya/AP)

    Can anyone stop Gustav Nyquist right now? The 24-year-old Swede is carrying the Red Wings. (Paul Sancya/AP)

    By Michael Blinn

    With Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk on the sidelines, the Detroit Red Wings needed someone to turn to while they pursue a playoff spot in the East.

    Enter Gustav Nyquist, who has been one of the NHL’s hottest players during the last few months, notching 22 goals and 35 points in his last 28 games, including his current 13-game scoring streak that has seen him light the lamp 11 times and post 13 points during that stretch.

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  • Published On Mar 30, 2014
  • NHL fines Penguins’ Neal and Red Wings’ Legwand $5,000 apiece

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    By Nick Stoico

    Fines have been dealt out to Detroit forward David Legwand and Pittsburgh forward James Neal for violations in Thursday night’s game between the Red Wings and the Penguins. Both players were charged with $5,000 fines by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

    At 5:19 of the second period, James Neal threw a high cross-check on Red Wings forward Luke Glendening. Neal’s stick connected with Glendening on the side of his helmet and the Pens forward was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.

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  • Published On Mar 22, 2014
  • Jonathan Ericsson the latest one hurt in brutal string of injuries for Red Wings

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    Jonathan Ericsson is the Red Wings' sixth player in six games to go down with an injury. (Paul Sancya/AP)

    Jonathan Ericsson is the Red Wings’ sixth player in six games to go down with an injury. (Paul Sancya/AP)

    By Nick Stoico

    Another one down in Detroit.
    Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson left Tuesday night’s game against Toronto early after suffering what the Red Wings disclosed as an upper-body injury. He had recorded just over 13 minutes on ice and did not return for the third period.

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  • Published On Mar 18, 2014
  • Red Wings raise Nicklas Lidstrom’s No. 5 to the rafters at Joe Louis Arena

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    By Darian Somers

    Nicklas Lidstrom wanted No. 9 when he arrived in Detroit. That number belonged to the rafters of Joe Louis Arena with the name Howe above it, so the Red Wings’ equipment manager handed him the No. 5 instead.

    Now, some 20-plus years later, the No. 5 and the name Lidstrom hangs right next to Howe’s.

    Lidstrom, the former captain of the Red Wings, had his No. 5 retired Thursday evening before Detroit’s game with Colorado.

    “This is something different,” Lidstrom said of the honor in comparison to his other accolades.  “This is all about being a Detroit Red Wing.”
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  • Published On Mar 06, 2014
  • VIDEO: Red Wings’ Daniel Alfredsson loses teeth, picks them up off ice

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    By Nick Stoico

    Just a classic hockey moment Tuesday night in Newark. The Devils beat Detroit 4-3, but Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson lost a little more than the game.

    With about 3:00 left in the second period, New Jersey’s Andrei Loktionov wrestled with Alfredsson for inside position as the two glided into the end boards behind the the Detroit net. Loktionov’s feet got tripped up and as he went down, his stick came up sending the blade right into Alfredsson’s mouth.

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  • Published On Mar 04, 2014
  • Johan Franzen pulls out of Olympics: Who draws in for Team Sweden?

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    Johan Franzen will be tough to replace for Sweden, as his six goals and 15 points in 24 international games will attest. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Johan Franzen (6 goals, 15 points in 24 international games) will be hard for Sweden to replace. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Team Sweden will be short a Mule when it heads to Sochi next month.

    Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is suffering from concussion symptoms that forced his removal from the Olympic roster on Thursday afternoon.

    It’s a big loss for the Swedes, whose status among the favorites looks shakier every day as injuries (Henrik Sedin, Henrik Zetterberg) and slumps (Daniel Sedin, Loui Eriksson) slow their top forwards.

    “Johan is unique. He’s a tank who will stop at nothing, who has good hockey sense and great hands,” Swedish coach Per Mårts said.

    Mårts added that he wasn’t sure yet who would draw in for the Swedes because of those other lingering injury issues.

    “No, I do not know yet,” he said. “I want to hear how Henrik [Sedin] and [Zetterber] are before we take the next guy.”

    There are a few NHL options for the spot:

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  • Published On Jan 30, 2014


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