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Bring The Bitterness. Live Blogging The Boys Of January.

So I guess it’s on then.  Another chance for another baby brother to flex and stomp and spew their bluster.  January hockey for another wannabe and a game that for them is the “most important of the season”, yet for the Wings is just…January hockey.

I don’t have to point you anywhere to tell you just how pumped Blues fans are.  We know they’ve been lifting all day and choking down Pall Malls in between sets.

Most of them—statistics show—have been raised, and even conceived, by first or second cousins.  Literacy, hygiene and electricity are frowned upon.  Few even realize where the city of St. Louis is and even fewer have actually attended a hockey game.  But, for some reason, they’ve latched on to this train wreck of a franchise and have refused to let go. 

They deserve substantial credit for that, for this loyalty to a team that has brought them nothing but statically transmitted losing seasons of Blues hockey.

Most of all though, and this is frequently discussed in the dark corners of The Hasek, where Voox refuses to let the youngsters frolic, Blues fans live to hate you, Red Wing fans.  Even in times like these, the cold months, when double rainbows make them quiver along with winning records and disgustingly misguided hope, they reserve a spot in their pointy heads for a very legitimate brand of bitterness.

It’s legitimate because we have custody of them.  Physical, legal custody.  The Blues laugh when Detroit lets them.  Blues fans smile when we allow it.  If the sun shines on that shithole of a city it’s because Ken Holland gave the swaddled gift child a nod and a wink.

Oh, but now they’re competitive.  Now they have a big eater at the helm and all is well.  All. Is. Well.  Right up there with the big boys: Detroit and the middle brother in Chicago.  If the playoffs started today, they’d be the 4 seed.  Oh the chills.

But, alas Babylon, it’s only January.  And if Blues fans have learned one thing over the last twenty years…it’s that January means exactly jack shit.  Nonetheless, here they are and good for them. The little tykes. Good for them.

We’re wondering though, Blues fans.  Oh yes. We’re wondering when the fall will come, because it always does.  We’re wondering if maybe it won’t start tonite in cozy little Joe Louis, where the bad men play and the noises hurt, where the memories are brutal. 

Sooner or later, because history and providence and everything else that is holy decree it, the wheels are coming off.  And just like every year since 1997, we’ll be there to remind you that talking shit about Vladimir Konstantinov guarantees you nothing but earned sadness.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.  And if you’re a Blues fan, just dropping in…Fuch Detroit?  Oh no my friends. Oh no.  Fuch you.

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SYF's avatar

Pietrangelo with a slash, gets punched by JH and skates away to let Berglund and Backes deal with Howard, what a pansy.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 01/23/12 at 09:59 PM ET

Yup.  A gutless sack of shit player on a gutless sack of shit team.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/24/12 at 01:04 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Detroit didn’t match their effort in the first, but came roaring back after that.  The final forty minutes are the blueprint.  More of that please.

And I’ll say it again, James Fuchin’ Howard is an inspritation from the crease.  How can a team not bust ass playing in front of this guy?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/24/12 at 01:04 AM ET

MarkK's avatar

So what does a misconduct mean in the last 5 minutes of the game? Or is that just a major?

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 01/24/12 at 01:04 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

  I love me some jimmy.

  Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/23/12 at 10:01 PM ET

I’d heard that about you…. tee hee

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 01/23/12 at 10:02 PM ET

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 01/24/12 at 01:04 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

And done in regulation, no bonus point for the losers.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 01/24/12 at 01:05 AM ET

MarkK's avatar

Milbury ” They’re so frustrating even to watch them…”
Unsaid “... when you’re rooting against them with every ounce of your soul”

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 01/24/12 at 01:05 AM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

How did Berglund get nothing, I saw a replay that he yanked the mask straight down.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 01/24/12 at 01:06 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/23/12 at 10:03 PM ET

Backes and Piehole are both up for instigator suspensions?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/24/12 at 01:06 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Jimmy Howard Golden Gloves/Vezina nominee.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/24/12 at 01:06 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Backes and Piehole are both up for instigator suspensions?

you really think so? they aren’t wearing red

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/24/12 at 01:08 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Are we lovin’ our team?  I think we’re lovin’ our team.  And we are really lovin’ our goalie.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/24/12 at 01:08 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

56,000?

My first data service was a steaming 300 baud dial up bulletin board service. All text, all the time.  Mostly looking up the previous night’s red wings score.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 01/24/12 at 01:09 AM ET

MarkK's avatar

I don’t know who the scrawny host is, but he just listed three points as “A”, “B” and “B”.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 01/24/12 at 01:09 AM ET

Wings_Fan_In_KC's avatar

Jebus, the entire Blows team is a bunch of gutless sucker punching losers. 

Backes?  Pussy.  Pietrangelo?  Pussy.  Colaiacovo?  Idiot goon.  Stewart?  Idiot goon.  Arnott?  Concussion prone, idiot goon.

How the heel are these tools in third place in the Central?

They ought to be down near Columbus…..but then again, it’s hard to suck that bad.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 01/24/12 at 01:10 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, what a game.  I’m so fuching high right now.

Cheers to the mighty Jimmy Howard dong.  Maybe this game will be this team’s 3/26/1997.  The glue game.  The gut check game.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/24/12 at 01:11 AM ET

Sullyosis's avatar

Hate the VS crew but even these retards can’t screw up analysing this game…the tides turned when RWBill and I made those Sandusky comments.

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 01/24/12 at 01:11 AM ET

monkey's avatar

I don’t know who the scrawny host is, but he just listed three points as “A”, “B” and “B”.

Murphy?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/24/12 at 01:11 AM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Not a good night for Pietrangelo, gets smoked by Stu, completely faked out by Pavel on his goal, knocked over like a pylon on Franzen’s goal and then the cherry on top, a punch to the goalie and a skate away.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 01/24/12 at 01:11 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

G’nite bitches.  Catch y’all on Wednesday.  Don’t forget the TPH will be featured on OLN before the game.

A tiny peak into the life of the greatest defenceman of all time.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 01/24/12 at 01:11 AM ET

Wings_Fan_In_KC's avatar

Oh and Berglund with the classless chickenshit move yanking Jimmy’s mask down.  At the last face off I was hoping Bert would just drill however was standing across from him.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 01/24/12 at 01:12 AM ET

monkey's avatar

A full hour of penalty minutes in the game- 49 to St. Louis.  Now THAT is Red Wings hockey- frustrate the other team until they melt down.  HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/24/12 at 01:12 AM ET

SYF's avatar

And Mick noted on that last faceoff in the B’Lose zone that Ericsson, Commodore, Bert, and Abber were on the ice.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/24/12 at 01:13 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

As long as its your Jimmy…love it alk you want.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/24/12 at 01:14 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Man all the Wing love from Vs tonight has me concerned.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/24/12 at 01:14 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Standings, at the moment:

1   * - DETROIT   CEN   49   33   15   1   67  
2   * - VANCOUVER   NW   48   29   15   4   62  
3   * - SAN JOSEPAC   45   26   14   5   57  
4   ST LOUIS   CEN   48   29   13   6   64

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/24/12 at 01:15 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Nite everyone.  Great night!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/24/12 at 01:15 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/23/12 at 10:15 PM ET

Detroit took the keys tonight.  We have to wait and see if they hang on to them.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/24/12 at 01:16 AM ET

MarkK's avatar

At the last face off I was hoping Bert would just drill however was standing across from him.

I Lol’d

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 01/24/12 at 01:17 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Just saw a tweet

“Captain of the new Grind Line : Jimmy Howard”

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/24/12 at 01:18 AM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

I believe Pavel is also third in the nhl with 53 points after this game. He’s got some Hart, no?

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/24/12 at 01:18 AM ET

monkey's avatar

I believe Pavel is also third in the nhl with 53 points after this game. He’s got some Hart, no?

Yes.  Yes.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/24/12 at 01:20 AM ET

Wings_Fan_In_KC's avatar

And Mick noted on that last faceoff in the B’Lose zone that Ericsson, Commodore, Bert, and Abber were on the ice.

Babs isn’t above loading the ice with those who can drop ‘em just in case the loser goon team across the ice has any ideas.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 01/24/12 at 01:22 AM ET

Sullyosis's avatar

Brad Stuart for the Non-Dastyukian-Sub-Jimmy-Howard-Team MVP Award.

*Huge Stu Fan*

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 01/24/12 at 01:23 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Babs isn’t above loading the ice with those who can drop ‘em just in case the loser goon team across the ice has any ideas.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City… on 01/23/12 at 10:22 PM ET

And the B’Lose shat themselves once they saw who the Wings put out there.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/24/12 at 01:23 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Wings were 40% on the (power) play tonight.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/24/12 at 01:24 AM ET

monkey's avatar

*Huge Stu Fan*

I have a huge stu.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/24/12 at 01:25 AM ET

Sullyosis's avatar

I have a huge stu.

Posted by monkey from the morel high ground on 01/23/12 at 10:25 PM ET

When you’re name is monkey, saying “I have a huge” and then inserting a name sounds a lot better than it does when you’re name is “Dick Sandusky.”

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 01/24/12 at 01:28 AM ET

SYF's avatar

I have a huge stu.

Posted by monkey from the morel high ground on 01/23/12 at 10:25 PM ET

Jimmy’s.Dong.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/24/12 at 01:28 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

My favorite line of the night, Commodore centering God and Cleary.  Nearly a goal.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 01/24/12 at 01:28 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

You don’t fuch around with the Jesus.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/23/12 at 09:55 PM ET

ROFL Danny You are out of your F’ing element.

That Jesus was a pederast, just dragging up the Sandusky name.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 01/24/12 at 01:31 AM 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