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The Hate Will Warm You

For nearly two years this has been inevitable.  Since the very moment that bastard knuckleball of a fluttering puck straight from the hottest depths of hockey hell slo-mo’d its way over Dominik Hasek’s shoulder…

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...since then, this series has been on the docket.

 

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All Healthy. All Is Well.

Various reports from Saturday practice at the Joe. Nothing remarkably different about any of them: Osgood felt a “hip twinge” but is ok now and will be fine for the next round, which every Digger says could start as early as Thursday.  If San Jose shocks the world, finds a heart and stretches that series to 7, then loses?  That would mean it’s the Poultry with one day of rest...not gonna happen. 

I’d say Friday, Sunday.

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A BJ Eulogy

Wyshynski asked me to write a eulogy for the BJs.

I did.

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MacLeod: Anti-Digger and Here’s Why

Last post before I head out on my boat where I damned well belong on an 80-degree day.

Bruce MacLeod has always impressed me, and most of us I think.  Why? He’s a better writer than the Diggers. He seems to have a genuine curiosity about the Wings and he lets his reporting reflect that.  And, I’m not positive, but I really believe the guy is a fan and a passionate one at that.  Now, that last attribute can be good and bad for a reporter and I thing we all realize that.

Not my point though.  Here it is: when’s the last time you saw a Wing beat writer engage readers at his/her blog?

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Hitchcock: Give Him Credit

Oh, he whined a bit about the faceoff thing.  And we gave him a nickname because of it. But, overall, the guy’s been upfront and complimentary about The Dynasty.  Helene St. James, “before she drives home”, blogged a bit about it today.

St. James

He didn’t hold back, either, after the Wings won 6-5 Thursday to sweep the series.

“They play the game the right way,” Hitchcock said. “For a skill team, they get their noses dirty. They were going for the throat. When you are a championship team, you’ve got to close. They’re not resting on their laurels. They’re not just good players; they are good players that are well coached. If it isn’t one line, it’s another. That’s what happens when you are a deep hockey club and you are competing.”

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You Gotta See This

Sarcasm and true disdain for anyone who isn’t a Wing fan can only take you so far.  If you’re looking to reach that next level of bloggerdom, you need to have something else. A hook that is yours, yours and yours alone. Something new, creative and yours.  Thankfully, I have no aspirations to reach that next level.

But the frigging geniuses at Red Wings Central?  Oh, they are there. 

The RWC Salary Cap Generator.

Play with it. You won’t go blind, only get smarter.

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Rick?  Sssssh.  Just Say “Thank You”.

You know what last night was?  It was six months of a regular season rammed into one playoff game.  Last night was a Red Wing team that hadn’t swept anyone (in the first round…thanks Primis) since 2000, a team that wasn’t thriving anymore on pressure, just dealing with one game until they moved on.

Were you nervous before last night’s game?  If you say yes you’re a liar. Liar.  You weren’t.  Well…it would appear that the Wings weren’t either.  They won’t make that mistake again.

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Time To Make Some Front Page, Live Bloggin’ News

Skate. Throat.  Push down firmly.  No one knows how to finish off a series like the Wings.

Well, except for that one day in June of ‘08…

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GD: SC Playoffs, Game 4: Wings at BJs, 7pm

Jeff and I both blew you off today.  No. Not really. Both of us busy and this thing is late. Sorry. No stats, just goodness, opinion and some conjecture.

Hawks and Flames are two apiece. Canucks laid waste to the feel good story of the year.  Wings are on the verge of doing god’s work.  Poultry and Sharks could easily go 7.  That means we could be looking at a layoff as long as 8 days.  In fact, I’d bet the Wings don’t start the second round until Saturday May 2nd. 

If we’ve proven anything here, our conduct doesn’t exactly improve with a long wait.  Paul better call in the lawyers.

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Guralnick: On Camera

He’s become our unofficial official photographer.  With brilliance found here and here, here and even here...Dave Guralnick has captured every pivotal moment of the last several years.

Well. Last night?

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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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