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WWGRD?  Answered.

Chris Osgood dove.  I’ll say it up front, and the replays confirmed it seconds after it happened.  Sykora skimmed him and he took a seat.

Got it.

But that won’t be the last memory Wing fans have of him, nor will it define an amazing postseason run. 

Gary Roberts?

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Halfway There

The Pens probably don’t realize it, because they spent the last 8 minutes trying to cheap shot anything in red—even after a “soft Euro” (Datsyuk) took down Gary Roberts—but there’s really only one number that matters at this point.

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Here Come The Banker, The Lawyer And The Cop…All Looking For A Game 2 Live Blog

I guess it goes without saying that should the Wings take a 2-0 lead?  You can start thinking about the lame excuses you’ll use to get out of work for the parade.  Pens win?  Little Gary rejoices and we’ve got ourselves a series.

Reminder:  Predict the game’s first scorer in the comments.  First one to get it right gets a program from Game 1.

Name the song without looking it up and you get…well, nothing really.  But you’ll be cool.

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Mule’s In

Multiple media sources confirm.  Franzen’s in.

The Detroit Red Wings will get a big boost with the return of one of their leading scorers.

Swedish forward Johan Franzen has been cleared to play for Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Franzen has been suffering from concussion-like syndromes and has not played since Game One of the Western Conference Final against the Dallas Stars.

Frazen competed in a full practice Sunday and appeared ready to go.

“It’s better, I don’t feel anything anymore.  It’s good.  There will be so much adrenaline, it doesn’t matter what shape you’re
in.”

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High Noon: AOL Live Chat

Updated 1708 EST:  Transcript of the chat can be found at the link below.

Eric McErlain will be hosting a live chat at 1200 EST.  His star-studded panel features George Malik and yours truly.

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Holiday Digging

Update 1150 EST:  Since I highly doubt any of the 19 are going to predict a Pen as the first goal scorer, I’m opening up the contest to Pittsburgh fans as well.  Remember, your predictions have to be made on the Live Blog, which starts at 1930 EST.

Back to normal.  I will not be in Hockeytown tonite.  Won’t be jetsetting all over the country.  Just a simple guy, waiting for the puck to drop, saddled up in the Hasek. 

And here’s a deal for you.  During the live blog tonite, first person to correctly identify the first goal scorer gets a Game 1 program.  Re-phrase:  you have to guess the goal scorer before it happens. 

On to our Diggers.

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A Day In The Life Of Game 1

I had every intention of waking up at 0300 Saturday, updating the blog, getting on the road and making it to Dulles airport by 0530 for a 0640 flight to Hockeytown.  But the neighbors came over Friday and next thing you know the Yuengling’s gone with another case on the way.

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Success

Back from Detroit and no jail time involved.  Big, fat recap from the evening’s events coming up later tonite, including shocking imagery of distressed Pens fans, guest Zamboni riders, Osrt in rare form and more.

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A Midwestern Boy On His Own?  Nope.  Just A Game 1 Live Blog

Needless to say, my appearances during this live blog will be sporadic.

Because I’m at the frigging Joe.

4 to 11.

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Who Wants One?

IwoCPO should be in Detroit in about two hours and he wanted me to post this for him…

He has an extra ticket for tonight’s game.  If you are interested in purchasing it from him, please leave a comment with contact information.

He will get in touch with you once he arrives in Motown.

update 12:03pm, Ticket is sold!

update 1245:  Currently blogging from the A2Y bunker in St. Clair Shores.  Just made the transaction on the corner of Woodward and Warren (I’m sure that’s never happened before).  Osrt was all over it.  More to follow.  No surprise, Chelios is out tonite, so is Gary Roberts.

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About Abel to Yzerman

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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