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Burn Down The West

Syd Crosby earned his first Messier Leadership Award Nomination in 1998 at the tender age of 11.  Naturally, his glorious NHL career wouldn't start for another 3 years, but Gary Bettman felt his future endeavors warranted the nomination.  The fact that the award hadn't been invented yet was inconsequential to the diminutive commissioner.

Ten years later, Crosby lost his "C" after a then-future Red Wing captain emasCulated him.

We used to dig Jonathan Toews.  He reminded us of another former Captain. The number, the demeanor, the commitment.  He was the sole character guy on a team full of peckerheads.

Well.  That's gone, too.  Now he's just a bitch (with a Messier nomination) like Syd.  And you can blame Hank for that one, too.  Now Toews isn't event worthy of that cool-sounding name.  Taves...it just sounded smooth but tough at the same time.  A man's name.  Not a whining bitch's.

So we're taking the W away and he can't have a cool name anymore. Now he's just...Toes.  And you can play with that however you want. Whore style, if necessary.

Oh, the world is in disarray.  The unbeatable Hawks have been laid low. Not just Sunday, either.  The Wings outplayed them in the first period of Game 1 then went nappy nappy because Gary forced them to fly Disney, then back to Hockeytown, then back and all that.  Like 8 times.  Game 2 was pure domination and it was incredible to consider what lies ahead for the Wings (especially if a certain magician decides not to return home to mother Russia in 18 months or so).

Yes, Zetterberg shut down Toes.  Yes, Brunner has miraculously reappeared just when we needed him the most.  Yes, Wally seems to be actually playing.  Yes, Howard has been Howard. 

But this one belongs to Mike Babcock.  It might be one of the most daring, amazing coaching feats in recent history: Bertuzzi, Samuelsson, White, Tootoo...all sitting.  Make no mistake. They would be playing on any other team.  Not Babcock's. No.

You had last change, Joel?  What happened Joel?  Joel? You got on your bike, pedaled home and pulled out a Cosmo.  That's what. 

But that's done.  Game 2 is done and over with and if this were February we'd absolutely expect a total egg tonite.  But here's something interesting.  Where was the collapse?  Huh? Where was the third period meltdown that every single one of us knew was coming?  How does this team implode late against Anaheim, then batten down against a better team in Chicago?

Don't ask questions. Just don't.  The roof is coming off the Joe tonite.  Can you imagine that place with 90 seconds left, a Wing lead, a timeout and Journey blasting?  I know it's a cheesy song, but I love that scene.

Man, man, man. What an opportunity.  Do it Wings.  Burn this conference to the frigging ground.

It's a Live Blog, bitches.  11 to 12.

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MsRedWingFan's avatar

Anybody else watching the CBC feed?  This guy pronounces “Franzen” like it rhymes with “dancin”.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 05/20/13 at 08:20 PM ET

reminds me how Doc pronounces Andersons’ first name   “Yo-A-kim”  LOL ...  I didn’t know he was oriental, I thought he was Svedish

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 05/20/13 at 10:10 PM ET

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....for everyone (emphasis on one) who has wondered what the hell ever happened to scott “mister fister” parker, concern yourself no more….he has been channelled into the person of ? “you talkin’ to me ?’ bickell…..the newest badass to singlehandedly take a run at the wings…..he and his diminutive sidekick “robin” shaw have become penalty magnets, the likes we haven’t seen since the good ol’ days….

...q is now in a vexing quandary…..how can he put these punk-ass bozos on the ice ???....it’s time to show why you’re an adams nominee, joel…..i don’t think you have ability to win a series on your own, against uncle mike….there may be an option, though….while toes and $.20 show off their magnificent playoff scruff, you should buck convention and think outside the box, in order to gain a little playoff mojo…..shave off the caterpiller !!!....that’s right….let’s see the stiff upper lip that is going to be crucial, as this series from the inferno consumes your whiny-ass red wing imitation of a team…

....toes is swiftly supplanting cindy as the whineyest little bitch in the game….

....psssst…the hawks DID NOT save the nhl….it is this series that is going to show what the league is supposed to look like…..redwing hockey being played by the team that owns the intellectual rights….not some third world pirated knockoff that is sold to walmart shoppers, and late night meth heads…..

..p.s…..am i the only one who thinks that $.20 looks like a doonesbury character ??......

Posted by dingus from the salty great lake on 05/20/13 at 10:11 PM ET

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Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 05/20/13 at 10:57 PM ET

I never came out and said so Capt D, but having watched Seth Jones play in Portland this season (I’m watching the start of game 2 of the Memorial Cup on local TV even as I type this), every time you mentioned him wearing the winged wheel, there were many times that all I could think of was how perfect that would be.  That kid is going to be hell on ice for years to come.  But in spite of that, and in spite my well-documented disagreement with how the team was managed during the final years of Saint Nick, while I wouldn’t have been against the Wings somehow ending up with Jones, it just wasn’t in me to openly root for it,

I don’t have any animosity to those who did openly root for this to happen though.  As a fan, I totally understand the temptation of seeing a player of that caliber end up in your team’s lap.  But I also know that as many times as it happened, it never quite worked out for the Lions either.

I don’t think this qualifies you as a bandwagoner though.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/20/13 at 10:11 PM ET

calquake's avatar

because I don’t know shit.

That makes you an expert in here. cheese

Posted by calquake on 05/20/13 at 10:15 PM ET

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Pavel Datsyuk must sleep well at night.

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 05/20/13 at 10:16 PM ET

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Wow what a game.1100 posts in a L-bee. Had to work late and just caught up.

Your compassion for your compadre Okie, and your passion for this wonderful hockey team make this the best blog with the best fake friends on the planet.

2 goals by the bottom 2 lines and another exemplary outing by Jimmah make for another glorious win.

I think we have exposed this shitcago group for frauds. If all your momentum is shot after a disallowed goal, you ain’t worth a squirt of piss.

On to Thursday 19. Have a happy Tuesday and Wednesday. I know I will.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 05/20/13 at 10:19 PM ET

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THE SUPER STUDDED FLYING SNOWTIRE FROM HELL

Posted by dingus from the salty great lake on 05/20/13 at 10:19 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

remember, the Wings weren’t supposed to even have a chance in this series.  the handshake line was gonna be after game 2 in Chicago.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/20/13 at 10:59 PM ET

Remember, the Wings weren’t supposed to make the Playoffs.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! wink

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/20/13 at 10:23 PM ET

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.it is this series that is going to show what the league is supposed to look like…..redwing hockey being played by the team that owns the intellectual rights….not some third world pirated knockoff that is sold to walmart shoppers, and late night meth heads…..

You Sir, are a poet.  This team reminds me of the ‘08 Wings in that they seem to be succeeding by playing defense first and look for scoring opportunities and then finishing.  If they can continue to play this way and Chicago doesn’t respond?

Posted by calquake on 05/20/13 at 10:23 PM ET

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Not sure if anyone else is watching, but this Swiss vs. Sweden IIHF is a good game. Hockey is still on TV and I don’t have shit to do, hooray for me.

Posted by Tony Perkis from Drinking at Robert's Lounge with Billy Batts on 05/20/13 at 10:25 PM ET

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The time is now 10 till 12. Good night.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/20/13 at 10:26 PM ET

MsRedWingFan's avatar

Wings need Dangles to score, too.  Now would be a great period.

Best of all—The roof would come the fuch off that place

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/20/13 at 09:00 PM ET

AND IT DID ....  great call !!!  ... what a shot that was

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 05/20/13 at 10:26 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Night all. smile


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/20/13 at 10:27 PM ET

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  Wings need Dangles to score, too.  Now would be a great period.

  Best of all—The roof would come the fuch off that place

  Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/20/13 at 09:00 PM ET

AND IT DID ....  great call !!!  ... what a shot that was

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan on 05/20/13 at 11:26 PM ET

He scares me sometimes. smile

Posted by calquake on 05/20/13 at 10:29 PM ET

MsRedWingFan's avatar

You bitches ever wonder what the games would be like if they were called evenly?

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 05/20/13 at 09:49 PM ET


  that is all any good hockey fan would want ....  but what do we get instead”=  Butthead’s NBA version of hockey

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 05/20/13 at 10:52 PM ET

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This team reminds me of the ‘08 Wings in that they seem to be succeeding by playing defense first and look for scoring opportunities and then finishing.  If they can continue to play this way and Chicago doesn’t respond?

Posted by calquake on 05/20/13 at 11:23 PM ET


.....where have you seen wally score a goal like that before ?????.....yup….


....i am truly astoundaghast at how well this team is gelling…..they are truly getting stronger, tougher, smarter…...better….as they get more experience…...there really is no precedent in my redwing experience…...the rest of the league must be soiling itself as yet another incarnation of the redwings is born before it’s collective eyes…..

....reminds me of a line from butch cassidy and the sundance kid…...“who are those guys ????..why won’t they go away ??...”

Posted by dingus from the salty great lake on 05/20/13 at 10:52 PM ET

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Thank you, Wings.  I needed something good to happen today.  I believe!

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 05/20/13 at 10:55 PM ET

MsRedWingFan's avatar

I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but the level of depression in the NBC crew after Pav’s goal was amazing, simply amazing.

The NHL and NBC are doing all they can to will the Hawks on to a later round, but if it happens it won’t happen without a big FUCH YOU from Hockeytown

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/20/13 at 09:56 PM ET

  LOL  cheese  cool grin  LOL

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 05/20/13 at 10:56 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Not sure if anyone else is watching, but this Swiss vs. Sweden IIHF is a good game. Hockey is still on TV and I don’t have shit to do, hooray for me.

Posted by Tony Perkis from Out in the West Texas town of El Paso on 05/20/13 at 11:25 PM ET

I didn’t see it, but know who wins smile

Autographs,
Robbie Krieger
Ray Manzarek, RIP.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 05/20/13 at 10:59 PM ET

MsRedWingFan's avatar

Cawks. Stupid auto correct

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 05/20/13 at 10:06 PM ET

hey Cacks fits ......  look what the cat coughed up :-D

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 05/20/13 at 11:00 PM ET

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If we get past this round, every game of ours will be on NBC at 12pm on a Sunday. And it will be blacked out everywhere…......including NBC.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 05/20/13 at 11:05 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

cacks = chicago accent saying cocks.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/20/13 at 11:07 PM ET

MsRedWingFan's avatar

As predicted on this very blog earlier today, Q is shitting himself.  BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/20/13 at 10:20 PM ET

  or Chiefs thread about Q before playoffs started when we thought we’d be playing the Sqawks in the 1st round   LOL  LOL  LOL

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 05/20/13 at 11:09 PM ET

MsRedWingFan's avatar

.i am truly astoundaghast at how well this team is gelling…..they are truly getting stronger, tougher, smarter…...better….as they get more experience…...there really is no precedent in my redwing experience…...the rest of the league must be soiling itself as yet another incarnation of the redwings is born before it’s collective eyes…..

....reminds me of a line from butch cassidy and the sundance kid…...“who are those guys ????..why won’t they go away ??...”

Posted by dingus from the salty great lake on 05/20/13 at 11:52 PM ET

  LOVE IT !!! 

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 05/20/13 at 11:46 PM ET

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If we get past this round, every game of ours will be on NBC at 12pm on a Sunday. And it will be blacked out everywhere…......including NBC.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 05/21/13 at 12:05 AM ET

lmaooooooooooo hahahahaha

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 05/20/13 at 11:48 PM ET

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cacks = chicago accent saying cocks.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/21/13 at 12:07 AM ET

  LOL  LOL  LOL

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 05/20/13 at 11:49 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Just finally caught up, what a fantastic LB. A few thoughts:

- My good friend from Buffalo who is unbiased in this series, a diehard Sabres fan, originally predicted Chicago to take this and come out of the west, and who refs at the local, minor league, and college levels, said “the hit on Franzen is suspendable yet it was not called by two refs, unbelievable.” He also said “the crease call was a good and immediately called decision.”

- Regarding when Abby had the breakaway with no stick, I was thinking about ways to score in that situation, others mentioned it in here as well. Obviously the rule is you can’t distinctly kick the puck in the net, but a puck IS allowed to ricochet off of a skate as long as there is no distinct kicking motion. What if he kicked the puck with his right skate directly to and off of his left skate and in? As long as his left skate had no kicking motion and was already angled in the proper way before he kicked it with his right food, shouldn’t that theoretically be legal? Just a thought.

- Nyquist better never see the Griffins lineup again.

- Zetterberg has been on fire and carrying this team, starting since the push at the end of the season just to make the playoffs, and he didn’t record a point tonight. That is a great sign.

- We’ve won nothing yet, but given that my expectations were absolutely zero at the beginning of the playoffs, I can not believe we are still getting to sit here and watch our “rebuilding” youngsters currently leading a second round series against the best team in the NHL. There’s something so sweet about it because we’re watching from the underdog position of just being happy to have a few extra Wings games to watch.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 05/21/13 at 04:50 AM ET

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So I’m watching the replay on NBC Sports this morning.  3-1, 5:30 to go in the 3rd.  Man, I hope the Wings can hold on…

Posted by Primis on 05/21/13 at 07:13 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Remember, Bob Cole said the Hawks were “taking this series over” 45 seconds into game one.

The media had the Wings obituary written a week ago. They can’t believe they are so wrong, and will be pulling for the Hawks more than ever now.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/21/13 at 07:51 AM ET

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