REDlines: Weekend Wrap Up, Shootout Win, Ference, Concussions.

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Is Don Cherry bringing the “puffy shirt” back?

Tomas Kopecky said before Saturday night’s game that the Florida Panthers needed to play with more desperation.  As a two time Stanley Cup Winner (Detroit, Chicago), he knows what he’s talking about.  The win over Winnipeg in overtime was a nail biter that maybe could have been averted….nonetheless, we’ll take the two points as well as the boost of confidence in winning it in the shootout.  (Do you know I hate shootouts?).  The win surely made the flight home a much more pleasant one, and helps to give the Panthers a better feeling about themselves going into Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia.  The slump isn’t over, but the win is a start in the right direction.

News Around Sunrise:

* A crucial part of the season gets is here, only to be broken up by the All-Star break.  Sun-Sentinel.

* Kris Versteeg like playing in Winnipeg apparently.  On Frozen Pond.

* The Canadian “spin” on the win over the Jets.

Links after the jump

Around The NHL:

* Andrew Ference gets three games for a reckless hit on Ryan McDonaghPuck Daddy.

* Watch Shanny’s explanation here.

* Daniel Briere is added to the list of players that are now concussed.  Admits he’s not feeling good.  Puck Daddy.

* Olli Jokinen has been “sober” for six years, and is feeling and playing better.  Slam Sports.

* Down Goes Browncompares the All-Star captains.

* Alex Ovechkin and Zybnek Michalek are facing suspensions for these hits.  Puck Daddy.

* The Blackhawks lost to Nashville on Saturday, and Chicago fans are a bit nervous as Jonathan Toews is day to day with an upper body injury.  Sun-Times.

* Malkin heklps Penguins defeat Capitals.  CBC Hockey.

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