Nightly Review: Stretcher, suspension, suspension, suspension…

Just as Brendan Shanahan was checking off his laundry list of supplemental discipline, Raffi Torres pulled a, well, he pulled a Raffi Torres. At 11:51 of the first period, Torres left his feet and delivered a shoulder-to-head check against Marian Hossa that knocked Hossa unconscious and required a stretcher to take him off the ice. He was transported to hospital. No word on his condition except that he has since left the hospital.

If TSN’s Bob McKenzie knows what he’s talking about, and he does, we can all expect a very lengthy suspension from the department of player safety. (TSN)

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Morning Skate: Is that a weenie in your hat?

Morning skate is a feature that will look at the stories developing each day in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a look ahead to the games on the schedule.

There were three game-three’s on the schedule last night and in each case the road team won by a goal.

Rangers 1 Senators 0

Henrik Lundqvist held off the Ottawa Senators, making 39 saves, and Brian Boyle scored the only goal in a 1-0 Rangers win. Lundqvist made his best save on Kyle Turris, point blank and alone in the slot, with less than a minute to go. Despite speculation he could play, Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson sat the game out with concussion symptoms.

Game 4 Wednesday 7:30 EST

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Playoff Previews: Predators vs Red Wings

4 Nashville Predators vs 5 Detroit Red Wings

Do my eyes deceive me? Have the Nashville Predators indeed achieved home-ice advantage? And against the Detroit Red Wings? Next you’ll tell me that Florida and Phoenix won their divisions. As incredible as it sounds, the Predators are considered by many this season to be a legitimate contender.

But not if Detroit has anything to say about it. The Red Wings have battled through some key injuries and inconsistencies to finish fifth in the Western Conference. Each year we all wonder if age has finally caught up to the Wings. Their window of opportunity could be closing soon. Can they make a solid push in this years playoffs?

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