Jonathan Ericsson and Aaron Downey have been called up, and Darren Helm and Ville Leino were sent back down to Grand Rapids. Hossa and Lebda are back in the lineup tonight. Ericsson is in for Lilja, who ended up with a sore knee and a concussion after his "fight" with Shea Weber. Lilja had this to say about it in the Detroit News: "I remember the first two punches, but the rest I saw on television." Great.
I can't blame him for this, but every time I see Lilja get into a fight and not really throw any punches, my heart sinks, because I can literally feel people being reaffirmed of negative European stereotypes. My first thought wasn't even "Oh crap, I hope Andreas is ok," it was "Oh crap, Don Cherry's gonna cry Chicken Swede."
Oooh, and did he ever.
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