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Abel to Yzerman

23’s A Pie In The Sky Summit And Tonite Means Everything

He was a little too tall and he was most definitely wasted.  He could have used a few pounds back then, but he's made up for it in beer weight since the Wings grabbed him in the spring of '97. 

For two years in Toronto, Larry Murphy wasted away in a puddle of his own mediocre feces.  He was jeered because Leaf fans had forgotten by then what a winner looked like. 151 regular season games played in front of the worst fair-weather fans in hockey history. 6 playoff games is what he tallied for Toronto, two of them wins.

Then, with the snap of a finger and a flash of Ilitch cash, he was headed to South Detroit, where the winners live.  

Over the course of the next two playoff years, Larry Murphy played 42 games, winning 32 of them, along with two Cups. He drank beer during press conferences, fed Nick Lidstrom slick little bullets along the blue line and watched as he poured them into net after net. 

Playoff wins, Cups, parades, puppies and hookers. Murph had it all in Detroit. All of it.  And they watched him in Toronto and twisted their little cold, bitter lips into angry, angst-filled grimaces. They watched and watched as year after year the Wings kept coming. Deep runs. Cups. More parades. Swedes in Novi, parties on the river. Fire trucks. Yoohoo. Cheddar. First pitches at Tiger games because that's what winners do.  

And still they watched in Toronto. Coach after coach. Choke after choke. Not even a sniff while the Wings just kept coming.

You think they hate the Wings in St. Louis, in piss-ant Denver? Nashville? You don't know the bitter stench of jealousy until you've been in Toronto in May.

Larry Murphy was a Leaf once, but they dealt him to Detroit and watched him start a dynasty. I have to believe that's a story best untold to the darling little doves come bed time in Ontario.

Naturally, he stayed in Detroit, because winners don't leave the Wings.  He stayed then retired. Took a job babbling between the benches, then the Wings let him go and we know that story, too.  Too many pops, probably. And we dig that. We do.

Now? Murph would probably man the point on our second power play. That's how bad the injuries are. But I won't rehash it. I haven't been here to suffer through it like the rest of you, so I have no right to whine.  I just know what is real.  And what's real is that this team has no business being where they are. This team, should have been eliminated the minute Sochi sunk its Putin-smeared teeth into Hank. 

If Toronto had the injuries Detroit does now? They'd be getting their asses kicked by Bay City John Glenn, instead of clutching the final spot with less than ten left. 

But we're not Toronto.  Tomorrow they'll wake to their 8th straight loss. Us? We'll wake tonite, after too many warm PBRs and a big Wing win, to the sound of thunder.  Southern Michigan summer time is not far off. Puppies, children laughing, green grass and the playoffs await for us? The Leafs?  The chill will remain because baby Jesus likes it that way, and so does Murph.

This might as well be the playoffs. You know it and so do I.  I'm back for this one, and maybe a few more. We'll see.  Whore style. 

It's a Live Blog, bitches. 

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Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Just shoot the fuching puch!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 06:29 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Ahhhhh Lashoff and Kindl both going to play the same puck *facepalm*

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 03/29/14 at 06:29 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Nice stop.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 06:31 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

GOTTA stop those unforced turnovers

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 03/29/14 at 06:31 PM ET

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Another lost faceoff, and a goal

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/29/14 at 06:33 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 06:33 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Who could have seen THAT coming?

Posted by dougie on 03/29/14 at 06:33 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Figures.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/29/14 at 06:33 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Damn it! Get it back right fast. And then some. Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 06:34 PM ET

WingFanFormerlyInLA's avatar

Yeah, shocking…..not quite.  They really need to start Monster tomorrow.

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 03/29/14 at 06:35 PM ET

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Nice to see the veterans got the message from last game and are playing with so much more effort tonight…......  shut eye

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/29/14 at 06:35 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Thanks Chief (?) wow - thanks for input.

Hi 19+

Two Points, Wings!!!!!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/29/14 at 06:35 PM ET

AxeMaster9's avatar

Anyone with a decent feed?

Posted by AxeMaster9 on 03/29/14 at 06:36 PM ET

monkey's avatar

I am disappointed.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/29/14 at 06:38 PM ET

WingFanFormerlyInLA's avatar

It’s to the point that I feel the Wings have to score 4 goals to have a chance to win a game with Howie in net.

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 03/29/14 at 06:38 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Need more time in the Toronto zone, wings losing the possession battle.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/29/14 at 06:39 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Yeah, shocking…..not quite.  They really need to start Monster tomorrow.

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 03/29/14 at 07:35 PM ET

As long as they shooting the puck ON him ,,we are good grin  tongue wink

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 03/29/14 at 06:39 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Columbus & Carolina tied zero zero after the 1st.

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 06:42 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Scoring first is HUGE in the NHL.  Only Anaheim has a winning record when the other team scores first; most teams’ percentages are pathetic.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/29/14 at 06:42 PM ET

dougie's avatar

I am disappointed.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/29/14 at 07:38 PM ET

https://www.enzyte.com

Posted by dougie on 03/29/14 at 06:42 PM ET

monkey's avatar

I said I am disappointed, not disappointing.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/29/14 at 06:44 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

James

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 06:45 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Good stop. Team looks like shit.

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 06:45 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Good stop. Team looks like shit.

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 07:45 PM ET

Yep. Disappointing.

Posted by dougie on 03/29/14 at 06:46 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Nice, crispy bacon.  Just serve that shit on a platter.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/29/14 at 06:47 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Yep. Disappointing.

Someone told me recently they make a pill for that.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/29/14 at 06:48 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

pucker up

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 06:48 PM ET

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If that’s starting on time, I’d hate to see how bad starting late looks.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/29/14 at 06:50 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Getting outshot by the Leafs.  Embarrassing.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/29/14 at 06:50 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

I’m not sure that was a “fast start”.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/29/14 at 06:51 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Don Cherry is such a raving piece of shit.

I know we’re not tight, God, but please let the Wings put up 7 in the 2nd period and have Cherry stroke out on live TV during 2nd intermission.

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 06:57 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Cherry stroke out on live TV during 2nd intermission.

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 07:57 PM ET

Yes

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 03/29/14 at 06:58 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Holy hail… checking in after 3 games of tournament baseball from Tulsa Olkafreakinghoma and there’s a Chief sighting.
Howdy sailor.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/29/14 at 07:01 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

HeYoHHHHHH !!

What’s up, bitches?  What’s up PBR MasterChief?

Another RSV first period goal given up.  Huge opportunity tonight for the winner of this game with the losses last night and today by Columbus.

Been in the land of hookers and craps, no, not Flint, only caught some of the MTL game live 3 time zones early.  We looked like a bunch of young players trying to overcome blunders with hustle.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/29/14 at 07:01 PM ET

Chet's avatar

cherry already sounds like he’s had 3 strokes.

still, he’s right: the wings are not hard to play against if you’re talking about dirty penalties on the forecheck. maybe they could be tougher without being dirty? sure.

they have not played as cherry thinks teams should for years, with…4 cups?

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 03/29/14 at 07:02 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Ready Bitches?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 07:08 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Don Cherry is such a raving piece of shit.

I know we’re not tight, God, but please let the Wings put up 7 in the 2nd period and have Cherry stroke out on live TV during 2nd intermission.

Posted by SK77 on 03/29/14 at 07:57 PM ET

Amen !!!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 03/29/14 at 07:08 PM ET

WingFanFormerlyInLA's avatar

IMHO, you had chemistry with Sheahan, Tatar and Goose.  I would put Jurco up with Franzen and Helm, keep the hot trio together.

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 03/29/14 at 07:08 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Zebra suckage.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/29/14 at 07:11 PM ET

monkey's avatar

IMHO, you had chemistry with Sheahan, Tatar and Goose.  I would put Jurco up with Franzen and Helm, keep the hot trio together.

No, no, no, obviously if you want to demote one guy you blow up and reconfigure every single line.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/29/14 at 07:11 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