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Early Tuesday Dallas Digging

Reaction from Dallas/Ft. Worth.  Jen Floyd Hyphen Engel can go back to her Dem Cowboys worship.  Hockey’s over.  A few more parting shots and she’s history until January, I’m thinking.

Mini-Mo has a crusty, bright red, rectangular mark on his face that just so happens to resemble the shaft of a hockey stick, like maybe he had been cross-checked in Game 5 or something.

Wings forward Kris Draper said he did not remember his involvement in this incident. Why do I think Draper is going to remember Monday’s cross-check?

 

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Game 7? (Not Necessary)

Kris Draper headbutted his boys back to where they belong.  Dallas Drake steamrolled them there.  Chris Osgood, a decade removed from the last time he ripped the heart out of Dallas, withstood a final barrage more ferocious than anything he’s faced this year.

And the Stress Train pulls in for maintenance.  Everybody off.  I’m serious.  Clean yourselves.  Meet your families. 

Gary’s Baby Boy awaits.  But not for four more days.

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He Wants To Live Like A Sailor At Sea…And He Wants To Host A Game 6 Live Blog

You’re damn right I switched to Seger.  It’s not Night Moves.

Name it.

Then finish it.  Please.

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Sitting Chelios: The Consequences

A2Y reader number 19.5, Grampa Pinhead, must find himself in quite the quandary right about now. 

Gramps has been Andres Lilja’s staunchest (and pretty much only) defender here for two years running.  But Gramps is also an advocate of playing the vets when you can. 

So, if Chelios sits tonite due “to a leg injury”?

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Uncle Mike Makes His Move

According to the Anti-Digger, the top line’s staying intact.  The rest?  Shuffled.

Jiri Hudler will be on the second line tonight where he played most of Game 5. Mikael Samuelsson is on the third line with Kirk Maltby down on the fourth.

“I thought Draper and Dallas Drake did a good job on the forecheck, turning pucks over,” said coach Mike Babcock. “With Maltby on that line, he’s not as dangerous as Sammy. So that’s why I’ve done that. And that gives my other group (fourth line) two good skaters (Helm and Maltby). On the road, matchups aren’t as easy to get ... I want to have four groups at 40 seconds apiece, not six groups at 60 seconds apiece.”

Start drinking now.  Chelios may sit.

And Lilja may play.

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Line ‘em Up

You know he’s tempted.  He’s been there before, even caved a few times.  The temptation of which I speak? 

Break up the circus.  Uncle Mike’s pondering it today, as we all are.

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Finally…I Know What We Need

And what we need, believe it or not, is more cowbell.

When I started the Chief Jeep this morning, I was greeted by REO Speedwagon.  Kevin Cronin, in tears, telling me he’d keep on loving me.  How did such a good band turn so horribly bad so quickly?

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A Day Off

It’s a Family Day in the Iwo household.  There will be no discussion of hockey and I’m sure I won’t think about it.

Before I go…the Wings won 41 of 61 faceoffs.  Draper was 17 and frigging 2. 

Still…think back to yesterday’s game and think of one time you were happy with the way the Wings controlled the puck.  Compared to their previous seven playoff games prior to Game 4 of this series, that’s what’s missing.

A lethargic Wing team yesterday and really bad games from two important guys: Holmstrom and Chelios.

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In A Musty Old Hall In Detroy-it They Prayed…It’s A Game 5 Live Blog

I had every intention of going with Seger.  But..I gave it some thought this morning and I’m thinking it’s not time for a change.  Lightfoot got us here and he’ll get us home.  I love that line, and was going to save it for the Finals, but thought today was a good time to break it out.

It’s a Game 5 Live Blog.  In a musty Joe Louis, 20,000 are praying for a trip back to where the Wings belong.

Press down.  Hard.

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All Aboard: Keys To Game 5

I don’t even know what to write.  I’m embarrassed that I woke up so stressed today. I know it’s all part of the deal, the price we pay for having a team this close, but man. 

It’s bad today.  It’s frigging bad.  Stupid damn Free Press.  Anyone see their “exlusive pictures from Wings practice” gallery this morning?  Check this out.

The Detroit Red Wings right winger Dan Cleary (#11) practices on goalie Chris Osgood (#30) for game six of the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Friday, May 16, 2008.

 

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