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Wednesday morning look around the NHL

Happy Wednesday. Unless you're a San Jose Sharks fan, that is ...

*For all their Stanley Cups and memorable playoff victories, the Detroit Red Wings haven't done anything like this in a long, long time.

Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula scored less than two minutes apart in the third period, and the Red Wings came from behind again for a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, forcing a decisive seventh game after trailing 3-0 in the pulsating second-round series.

Detroit is the eighth NHL team to force a Game 7 after starting a series with three straight losses. The Red Wings did it themselves once, but that was back in 1945, and they ended up losing the finale to Toronto.

*The San Jose Mercury News writes the Sharks have one more chance not to make ingloriously horrible history.

One more chance not to go down in National Hockey League lore as a legendary gagging team that built a perfect 3-games-to-0 lead in a best-of-seven playoff series -- and then watched it all leak away in defeat.

One more chance not to join the three other infamous hockey teams that have done that, the only three teams on that list since 1939 when the NHL began playing best-of-seven series.

Is this, like, supposed to be fun? Because it doesn't feel like fun. Exciting and tense, maybe. But not fun.

*The NHL is considering a legal move to clear the way for the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer. The league also may have another potential buyer stepping forward in place of Hulsizer as the saga over ownership of the troubled team enters its third year.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly made those comments late Tuesday night after a marathon Glendale City Council meeting ended with a 5-2 vote in favor of giving the league $25 million in operating costs to keep the Coyotes in Arizona for another season.

*Ryan Kesler would never admit that he and the Vancouver Canucks need a few days off before the Western Conference finals.

Kesler is the player who asked doctors to cut off a badly broken finger in his first postseason game four years earlier, and he is also the guy who returned to Game 5 on Saturday night against the Nashville Predators in the same period in which he was hit so hard by a deflected puck that the cut went right through his lower lip and knocked out a tooth.

So even with his swollen face turning shades of yellow and purple around the stitches crisscrossing jaggedly an inch below his lip, Kesler wouldn't say he wanted time to recover.

That doesn't mean he isn't happy to have the well-timed break. The Canucks will be well-rested when they face the San Jose Sharks or the Detroit Red Wings in the opening game of the West finals at home on Sunday night.

*Flyers captain Mike Richards headlines a list of five players that need offseason surgery.

*Nashville coach Barry Trotz doesn't want his Predators to forget the pain of losing in the playoffs. Just consider it the necessary pains of growing up in the NHL.

*For real? That's the best they could come up with? Really good video, though. For real.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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