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No Sympathy.  Smyth: Out

The hits just keep onnnnnnnnnn comin’ for the Dive.  Check this out.

St. James

Peter Forsberg is questionable, and Ryan Smyth is out with a foot injury.

Headline says broken foot. 

We’ll have the Game 3 Keys posted in a little while.  But I have time, due to the 2200 start.  Thanks Gary.  Ass.

First…a few tidbits.


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Looking Back At An A2Y Hero

Since A2Y was founded in 1977, we’ve posted 919,000 times.  Many of those posts were brilliant.  A large majority of them were juvenile inside jokes understood by only the 19 readers of this blog.

In honor of tonite, the 3rd chapter of the Saga of a Sweep, I’d like to take you back to 19 July of 2007, a day that truly defined this blog.

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Spector: No Emotion In Dive/Wing Series

Courtesy of Lyle Richardson at Fox Sports,

But in the six-year interim since these two teams last met in the postseason, the emotions have largely evaporated. Many of the rivalry’s previous participants are either playing elsewhere or retired. A player like Lemieux, whose ramming of Wings forward Kris Draper head-first into the boards during the 1996 playoffs was the rivalry’s true flash-point, is nowhere to be found.

Unless the Avalanche can battle back and establish some sort of emotional edge, this current series will go down as perhaps the least memorable of this year’s playoffs and in the once-heated history between these two teams.

“Least memorable” of this year’s playoffs?  Five goals in two games for Johan Franzen is forgettable.  Chris Osgood’s exceptional play and Three/Four’s disaster of a beginning to this series is forgettable?  Because it’s been clean, it’s not memorable?

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Note To Nik Jr.: Pete’s Gonna Play

In the midst of the love fest going on below, I thought it might be important to inject this little tidbit.

Peter Forsberg’s probably going to play tomorrow night.  I have something to say about that development.  First, here’s the facts as reported by our erstwhile Diggers.

St. James

Update from Centennial, Colorado, where the Avalanche just finished up practice: Peter Forsberg is a definite maybe for Game 3.
Forsberg, sidelined by a groin injury, skated on a line with Joe Sakic and Andrew Brunette.

Asked Monday if he was ready to go, Forsberg said “we’ll see tomorrow,” but added that he “felt great.”

Joel Quenneville said Forsberg “looked good,” in practice.


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Digging Monday

The Diggers are feeling all retrospective.  They’re thinking about Round 1 at the SoGay and 1999 and 2001.  They’re unified, as usual, in their reporting this morning.  Each of them astute in their predictions that playing underneath the retired jersey of Dive legend Ray Bourque, the home team will most certainly provide a bit more resistance.


The Wings’ main concern heading into Tuesday’s game is to make sure the Avalanche don’t regain any hope.

“We don’t want to take anything for granted,” Osgood said. “It doesn’t matter who is in or out for them. It’s never easy, and we know that.”

A roaring Pepsi Center crowd and possibly seeing Forsberg and Hannan in the lineup should invigorate the Avalanche.

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No Arguments Here Joel

Peter Budaj’s stopped 39 of the 40 shots he’s faced.  JoeSay Three or Four’s not been so fortunate, allowing 8 goals on 36 shots.  No one would question Joel Quenneville if he decided in favor of Budaj starting Tuesday night.  It’s the common sense approach. 


Rick Sadowski

“Jose’s going to play,” Quenneville said. “He’s been our guy. He’s had a great stretch run for us and was great in the first series and we expect him to be a big factor going forward in this series.”

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After 2….Absolut

Courtesy of official A2Y graphic artist, Team Dub.

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Note To Mr. I:  Set aside 100K.  No, Set aside 400K

Little Gary Bettman has taken Octogate a step further.  As John Niyo points out, he’s now stationed an off-ice official at the Joe’s ice entrance to prevent Al Sobotka from even touching an Octopus, much less swing it.

Last game, as you’ll remember, Sobotka waited and waited for the linesmen to do his old job for him—there’s a skill to it, they discovered—then after they brought the octopus to him, he swung it in the tunnel, and the fans roared as the JLA jumbotron showed him twirling in exile.

Saturday, Van Massenhoven was there to make sure that didn’t happen, apparently. The first octopus was picked up by Avs rookie Cody McLeod, who taunted the Wings’ bench with his catch and then hurled it over the visitors’ bench and into the crowd. But the two splats that followed at the other end of the ice—a message to the NHL front office, I’d say—were scooped up by linesmen, who then passed them down the chain of command, bypassing Sobotka.

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Decisions In Denver

Anyone predict a sweep?  Anybody?  One guy did.

Ken Campbell, The Hockey News Senior writer

Detroit over Colorado 4-0 – Just a hunch, but it says here the Red Wings will prick the Jose Theodore bubble early and once that happens, the floodgates will open and pucks will come rushing through.

Am I ready to join that parade, even up 2-0?  No, not yet.  But I do have a couple other views your family may find interesting.


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Get Off The Babysitter Joel….It’s A Game 2 Live Blog

Shane, Avs Talk

Wings fans, feel free to poke fun at the team we cheer for - it’s what you do in sports - but never question the loyalty of our true fan base.


Garcia had long hair and makeup and was wearing an Avalanche jersey, according to authorities.

It’s a Game 2 Live Blog.

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com


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