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12 Hours Out Of Mackinaw City The Gales of November Came Slashin

Watching the Wings come back from an 0-3 deficit last year was one of the most exciting weeks of our lives.  It was stunning and it was incredible.  Those three games reminded us of just how good this team can be when everything is going right.  Health, chemistry, goaltending, strong pharmaceutical work.  For a week they were brilliant. 

Do I think that could happen again? 3 straight wins against a team not quite as good as the one Detroit roared back against last year? 

No, I don’t think it will.

I believe what I said back when we wondered where the Wings would finish. This is the matchup we didn’t want because it’s the kind of team that has traditionally given the Wings problems in the playoffs.  A great goaltender and a slow-down style bound to frustrate every one of us.  We knew we’d outshoot them, probably outskate them and in the dark places we all knew there was dangerous potential for the kind of sadness only we know.  Anaheim, Edmonton, Calgary, LA, San Jose, New Fuching Jersey. All ugly, tragic losses from our past that proved that it takes so much more than just talent to do this.  There are variables in the years we win.  Dallas Drake or Larry Murphy, vengeance and redemption.  Grind lines and aging goalies that remind us of Nicklas in ‘86.

It’s not our year, folks. The intangibles aren’t there. The variables are missing.  Would Darren Helm have made a big difference? I believe so. I think his speed and his tenacity and his godlike playoff touch would have made a big difference.  And I believe that when he went down the Wings deflated more than a little.

And here’s where it gets weird.  I’m ok with it. I’m ok because my expectations, for the first time in forever, were not high. 

We’re going to Live Blog this bitch and it’s going to be fine.  We’ll bid farewell to our boys and look to the summer when Tick Tock will remind us all why he’s our savior.  Nick will stay and Helm will heal.  Parise will join because he knows this is the system and the franchise that was made for his talents.  And there will be others. Oh yes there will.  The Wings will not re-build. They will re-stock and re-load.

But that’s later. Today we will not bitch about Franzen loafing.  We’ll laugh about it because it’s defined us for the last sixty days.  We’ll remember that Jiri Hudler’s a karoake artist with a weakness for back-biting hookers.  We’ll think back to 2008 when Big Jonny Ericsson was on everyone’s list, including my wife’s.  We’ll watch Pavel Datsyuk even closer tonite because we know it could very well be the last time we’ll see that kind of brilliance for the next six months.  And I’m not even going to get into why we’ll be watching The Perfect Human just as closely.

And, once again, as one we’ll look at the Nashville crowd with wonder and remark just how incredible it is that so many stupid people can fit into one building for one purpose and still have absolutely no idea what it is they’re watching. 

It’s over tonite, folks.  I’m pretty sure we all know it. And if it’s not?  Well, shit.  Wouldn’t that be good.  Because if tonite doesn’t signal the end, well, we’ve got ourselves a chance.

Here’s your Live Blog, bitches.  Make it a keeper.

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CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Good to know cross checking is still legal

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/20/12 at 09:17 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

Because putting a man on them would be like guarding Shaq in 3 point land. 

I don’t mean have someone in their grill…but wide open and nobody between them and the net?  that’s TOO open.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/20/12 at 09:17 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Knock Emmerton in the head. No call.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/20/12 at 09:17 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

can we see the Flying Circus, please?
Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/20/12 at 08:16 PM ET

NO. No circus for you!

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/20/12 at 09:18 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

THERE is the Franzen I want to see!  welcome back!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/20/12 at 09:18 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Good to know cross checking is still legal

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 04/20/12 at 08:17 PM ET

I smell an in-game rule change a-comin’

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/20/12 at 09:19 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Well, that was the one “mule moves his feet” shift of the game. He’s hittin the showers.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/20/12 at 09:19 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

all that skating and that’s the shot?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/20/12 at 09:19 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

mule looks motivated

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 04/20/12 at 09:19 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

————.........Let’s Go Red Wings….......————-

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 04/20/12 at 09:19 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Tomas Franzen?  when did CBC get this bad at broadcasting hockey?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/20/12 at 09:19 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Well, that was the one “mule moves his feet” shift of the game. He’s hittin the showers.
Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/20/12 at 08:19 PM ET

He’ll be too tired the rest of the night

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/20/12 at 09:20 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

mule looks motivated

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 04/20/12 at 08:19 PM ET

Better be more than just him

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/20/12 at 09:20 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Good to know offsides is still legal

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/20/12 at 09:20 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Miller tripped in front of the net, no call

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 04/20/12 at 09:21 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Damnit Nike.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/20/12 at 09:21 PM ET

scotts0's avatar

::yawn::

Still taking every rush wide.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 04/20/12 at 09:21 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

He’ll be too tired the rest of the night

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 04/20/12 at 08:20 PM ET

Well, in fairness, he has a really heavy wallet.  You’d be tired too.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/20/12 at 09:21 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

No call for Miller…

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 04/20/12 at 09:21 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Nquil looks like he came to play.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/20/12 at 09:21 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Good to see that uncle mike still thinks Nyquist belongs on the checking line

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 04/20/12 at 09:21 PM ET

Avatar

Good evening, everyone

LETS GO RED WINGS!!! KEEP UP THIS ENERGY!!!

Posted by Alex on 04/20/12 at 09:21 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

so far I’m liking the crisp tape-to-tape passes on the outlet.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/20/12 at 09:22 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Hey this Nyquist is pretty ok…they oughta play him a little bit

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/20/12 at 09:22 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

why does this remind me so much of yesteryear against Denver?  oh, that’s right, the fans boo for a penalty every time one of their players is legally checked.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/20/12 at 09:22 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Pucker up hockey at its finest.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/20/12 at 09:23 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

not sure if our defenseman are stupid or if our forwards are loafing on the backcheck, they’‘re never open on the blue line for the outlet pass, but that’s where the puck is going

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 04/20/12 at 09:24 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

why does this remind me so much of yesteryear against Denver?  oh, that’s right, the fans boo for a penalty every time one of their players is legally checked.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/20/12 at 08:22 PM ET

Give em a break, they only just found out what color the blue line is.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/20/12 at 09:24 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Ok guys…we get it.  Erat is on your “Please oh please let me find a picture of him in the shower list”

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/20/12 at 09:24 PM ET

barnburner13's avatar

why does this remind me so much of yesteryear against Denver?  oh, that’s right, the fans boo for a penalty every time one of their players is legally checked.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/20/12 at 08:22 PM ET

Give em a break, they only just found out what color the blue line is.

Posted by bezukov from Nasburgum delenda est. on 04/20/12 at 08:24 PM ET

+1

Posted by barnburner13 from Fort Drum, NY on 04/20/12 at 09:25 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I want to see the Circus.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/20/12 at 09:25 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

I want to see The Prestige put together.  Pav, Hank, and Gus could work some magic.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/20/12 at 09:25 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Stop it with the easy shots on Rinne. Hold for something better.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/20/12 at 09:26 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

My wife just reminded me that the game was on, and for about 5 seconds I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. I was apparently so traumatized after being violated repeatedly by Game 4 that I’d repressed the whole thing.

And yet….here I am. Evening, kids.

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 04/20/12 at 09:26 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

fuching peker

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 04/20/12 at 09:27 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Nice effort Wally.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/20/12 at 09:27 PM ET

jennyquarx's avatar

That sucked.

Posted by jennyquarx on 04/20/12 at 09:27 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Pav nearly with boarding at the bench.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/20/12 at 09:28 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

aaaaaaand there’s the make up call.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/20/12 at 09:29 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

wow I’m really surprised they didn’t call that on Pavel.  that was a dangerous check.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/20/12 at 09:29 PM ET

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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