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Devastating Dallas: The Keys To Game 3

I’ve been giving strong consideration to using a Seger lyric as the title of tonite’s live blog, but decided against it. A few of you have suggested I go with a couple, more obscure Lightfoot songs.  I thought of doing that too, and taking full credit for the idea. But, I can’t.  The Wings are now 3-0 since we went with “Fitzgerald” and I’m not turning back.  Plus, I’m chomping at the bit to use a particular line and I can’t until the number reaches “1”.

On to the keys, the fact-driven, stat-backed, heavy-handed analysis A2Y has become famous for.

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Fines But No Suspensions For Ribeiro, Osgood

Update 1932 EST:  Confirmed from Mike Heika at the Dallas Morning News.  He also says Ribeiro was “quite feisty today” at practice.  Twitchy too, I’m sure.

That’s according to Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page.

Sounds good to me.  Want more on Ribeiro’s antics? Read George Malik’s observations from Game 2.

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Dallas Moms Are Sad Today, But The Downriver Puck Bunnies Aren’t

A2Y staffers have compiled the numbers.  There are 919,000 moms in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  Every single one of them is sad today.  I’m cool with that.  Here’s something else the staffers, the underappreciated backbone of A2Y, have come up with.  Ready?

Chris Osgood’s your Conn Smythe leader.

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And Every Man Knew, As The Captain Did, Too…It’s a Game 2 Live Blog

Update 1836: This one hurts. Franzen, concussion like symptoms, out for tonite.

Starting the Live Blog a little early tonite.  Apparently, the Hasek Club Car is filling up and you know those idiots need something to do.  I’ll be here for the start of the game.  Commence your conversations.  Juveniliciousness is the only mandate.

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Uncle Mike’s Being Shady

According to John Niyo (not a Deep Digger…a little too talented and a bit too credible), Babcock probably has an idea which veteran grind liner is going to start tonite, but he’s not saying squat.  We, of course, dig that.

Mike Babcock wasn’t hinting at any after Saturday’s morning skate, though he’d said Friday he planned to dress both Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty for warmups from here on out and then scratch one. I would imagine Maltby’s still in and Mac’s still out, though, for Game 2.

Niyo also reports Stu Barnes (post-concussion syndrome) won’t be in tonite.  The Anti-Digger, because there can be only one, reported that neither Homer nor Franzen skated today.  Stress if you want, but I’m sure they’re both just banged and resting.

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Beating Bubba Sr.: The Keys To Game 2

I was a nervous kid going into Game 2 against the Dive.  I was all jittery because sometimes I feel like I jinx us all when I go on and on about the Wings’ brilliance, setting us up for an emotional crash, a self-flagellating in the Philippines like line of idiots shuffling their feet, waiting in line to get into the Hasek Club Car.

I feel the same way today.

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Hey Mitch.  Read Your Paper Today?

Yesterday, we took a kindly glance at Mitch Albom’s most recent bit of garbage…his manifesto on the attendance problems at the Joe.  I’ll avoid blasting that little girl any more than we already have, because it’s an A2Y business rule to avoid redundancy again and again.  If you’d like more of that, I’d suggest going to my displaced twin brother, Big Al at the Wayne Fontes Experience.  Al and I agree on pretty much everything, which makes him a frigging genius.

His current rant regarding the Delicate Genius is absolute brilliance.

My point today though is that there’s an article in this morning’s Detroit Free Press—allegedly, the company that employs Mitch to write about sports—that he may find interesting.

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Dive Fans: They Just Keep Getting Smarter

I hate to pile on a fanbase in pain today, smarting from another coach dismissed due to utter failure against the Wings.  But this is just too good to pass up.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—An 18-year-old man went to the hospital after he was burned trying to steal gas, according to published reports.

The man peered into a portable gas tank with a cigarette lighter “to see how full it was” the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported.

The fumes ignited, and his clothes caught on fire. He had burns on his hands.

Thanks for the pointer, Tom.  You’re a fine American.


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Bubba’s Bitterness Abounds

Nope. Not talking about Dallas. But dem rednecks sure is sticking together.  Anybody read John Glennon’s blog today in The Tennessean?

If the first round of the NHL playoffs earned notoriety for the so-called ``Sean Avery rule,’’ then this round of the postseason should focus on a ``Tomas Holmstrom rule.’’

Specifically, here’s what it should be: Any goal scored by Holmstrom gets automatically reviewed by the NHL.

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Stick It Mitch

When I was growing up, a young innocent impressionable Sailor-to-be in mid-Michigan, I liked Mitch Albom.  No, that’s too weak.  I read everything he wrote and I didn’t care about the subject.  Read his books several times, the compilations of his columns.  They were called “Live Albom” and I think there were four of them.  I was a Mitch Albom fan and so were my friends.  All of us avid followers of all Michigan teams.

We read his stuff on the young Yzerman-led Wings, Kirk Gibson, Joe Dumars and Barry Sanders.  Ate up every word.

But then Mitch strayed.  He strayed to tv and radio and piano and politics and descriptions of how he spent his Tuesday afternoons.

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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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