Bits: Okposo's season resumes, Detroit's lives, Reinsdorf 'bid' doesn't

We couldn't enjoy these great playoffs for too long without some sort of off-ice drama rearing its head. Enter the latest in the always-fishy Coyotes saga:

NHL Playoffs

The Red Wings threw a blanket on the Sharks' clinching plans with a 7-1 rout. Johan Franzen's six points on four goals were the most since Geoff Courtnall in 1998. (Heh, that was the series where Courtnall ran Kings goalie Jamie Storr, drew a five-minute powerplay out of the King's retaliation,, and helped the Blues reverse a 3-0 deficit to win.) Last night, Joe Thornton got angry in the third, knocking down Tomas Holmstrom after the whistle and horse-collaring Nicklas Lidstrom in the ensuing scrum to earn 14 PIM. ... After talk in yesterday's 1975 thread about the 33-year (or so) cycle for 3-0 comebacks, Mike Babcock invoked that idea in his predictable "we can do it" spiel. Scary thing? If anyone can do it...   [More at Fear the Fin | Winging It]

Penguins-Canadiens: In a far closer game, the Habs got two third-period goals to flip the Penguins, 3-2 and give us a series, baby. A bad Maxim Lapierre wraparound goal tied it; Brian Gionta bounced a cross-slot pass off Kris Letang and in for the winner. The Habs' first goal, by Tom Pyatt, was heli-soft, so I'm still waiting for back-to-back stellar games from Marc-Andre Fleury.   [More at Pensburgh | Habs Eyes on the Prize]

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