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The Red Wings' famed 1989 draft, in which we drafted Lidstrom (3rd) and Fedorov (4th) in back to back middle rounds, could have been even better. The Wings planned on taking Pavel Bure in the 6th round, but were sniped by 3 picks instead. The Wings selected Dallas Drake instead (still a pretty damn good pick for the 6th round), and Bure scored 437 NHL goals, despite the fact his knees basically didn't work by the time he was 30.

Could you imagine what a Russian Five might have looked like if it were Fedorov, Bure, and Larionov/Kozlov. Then again, given the problems that would LATER arise between Fedorov, Bure, and a certain Russian tennis player, who knows what that might have done to Fedorov and team chemistry.

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The longest game in NHL history took place on March 24, 1936, during a playoff game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Maroons. The teams battled through 116 minutes and 30 seconds of overtime. Rookie Moderre "Mud" Bruneteau would score in the 6th overtime period to win the game at 2:25 am.

When Sergei Fedorov was accidentally hit by his own player and went down, the trainer knew it was serious when the now fluent in English Fedorov could only answer questions asked on how he felt in Russian. He was subsequently out for weeks with a concussion.

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In 1938, the Wings and the Montreal Canadiens became the first NHL teams to play in Europe, playing in Paris and London. The Wings played nine games against the Canadiens and went 3-5-1; they did not play in Europe again until the preseason and start of the 2009-10 NHL season in Sweden against the St. Louis Blues. They lost those games as well.

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