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Bye OLN, Hello NBC and Don’t Try To Pretend It Shouldn’t Be ESPN Because You Know It Should Be

A new year. A new network. The same commissioner which means the same pathetic, tired excuses for not having the world’s only sports network as the true and just host for hockey.

But hey, the house that Costas built can pretend they’re a hockey haven, eh?  Hey, Gary? Did Lorne Michaels tell you we need a shootout in tonite’s game too? Just wondering.

Whatever.  I started writing this Live Blog at 2300, something like 12 hours before the game actually starts because I literally overslept the last one. I picked it up again this morning at 0600, two hours before it starts at 8pm.  I don’t understand it and I don’t expect you to either.  But here’s something to chew on: we used to hate Dallas when they were in our division. That was a nifty little venom-fest for a few years with crazy Eddie and fat Hitch and Choppers and the gang.  Then they went away.  Some of the bile remained and now everybody hates Steve Ott.  But that’s league-wide and I try to avoid lumping us in with fans of other teams because I’m pretty sure we don’t share their…sophistication.

And we’ll hate them again soon, Dallas that is.  Because Gary’s bringing them back to us, placing them in the Konstantinov division with us and Baby Brother and Bubba and the Hummers and the Brittle Bitches and the token Candian(en)s plus Pinky.  So we can be all apathetic and shit when it comes to hating the Stars tonite, but that’s gotta change and we’ll make that transition over the summer.

Meanwhile?

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.

12 in ‘12.

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Nate A's avatar

Sweet. Early O-zone penalty from Bert.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/03/12 at 11:11 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

C’mon Bert… at least make it hard for the ref to whistle you.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/03/12 at 11:12 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Best wishes to you and yours, Kate.  Slainte.

Posted by SYF from “Balls Hill” on 01/03/12 at 08:08 PM ET

Thank you SYF. It takes a lot of (insert anything) to stay married to me.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 11:12 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Holy stupid.  15 seconds in and the Wings PK is on.

My beer, pwease.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/03/12 at 11:12 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

so that’s what holding looks like.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/03/12 at 11:12 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Chief, what were you saying earlier about not defending Bertuzzi? He’s making it very easy to keep that resolution

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/03/12 at 11:12 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Congrats Kate!

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/03/12 at 11:12 PM ET

calquake's avatar

C’mon Bert… at least make it hard for the ref to whistle you.

Posted by bezukov from South of Detroit on 01/03/12 at 08:12 PM ET

Really.  I’ve never reffed and could’ve called that one.

Posted by calquake on 01/03/12 at 11:13 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Man, if not for all the Wings fans that arena would be a ghost town.

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/03/12 at 11:13 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Zebras got the hoses out extra early tonite.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 11:13 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Congrats Kate!

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/03/12 at 11:13 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Congrats Kate. Your husband should bow towards Michigan ever day and thank his lucky stars he has the keeper that you are,  Here’s to a Hasek number more. I just can’t get the crap sandwich taste out of my mouth that we will have to play Dallas and the other dingleberries in the new division 6 times apiece starting next year.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 01/03/12 at 11:14 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Nice work by the PK notwithstanding the 3 SOGs given up already.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/03/12 at 11:16 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Thanks, MsRedWinger, Little Redhead, bezukov, WestWing.

If I forgot anyone, an on going, Thank You all. Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 11:18 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Stars new coach looks like Opie

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/03/12 at 11:19 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

E52 with a 6ft pass to #22 and he puts it in his feet where Commie can get run over. All this after an unforced icing. Brilliant.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/03/12 at 11:19 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Commodore just got drilled damn near a boarding call.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/03/12 at 11:19 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 01/03/12 at 08:11 PM ET

Hey Capt.D.P., Happy New Year to you and yours.  Hope all is well.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/03/12 at 11:19 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

that’s something you don’t hear every day. ‘hudler was robbed.”

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/03/12 at 11:19 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Really.  I’ve never reffed and could’ve called that one.

Posted by calquake on 01/03/12 at 08:13 PM ET

Thats what I was trying to say.  dumb penalty.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/03/12 at 11:20 PM ET

SYF's avatar

FFS, I forgot what a bunch of retards the Stars fans are with the glass banging.

Just stop meatheads.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/03/12 at 11:21 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I <3 Nyquist

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/03/12 at 11:22 PM ET

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Not sure what Kronwall and Stuart are doing letting someone skate right to the middle of the ice uncontested.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/03/12 at 11:22 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Thanks West Wing. All is well here Work and new/old cycling addiction takes its toll on the free time. How’s life in Portland?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/03/12 at 11:22 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

FFS, I forgot what a bunch of retards the Stars fans are with the glass banging.

Just stop meatheads.

Posted by SYF from “Balls Hill” on 01/03/12 at 08:21 PM ET

I’ll take any arena’s home fans over Bubba’s.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/03/12 at 11:22 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Hey Mo, I think I just saw you in a Dodge Ram commercial.

Posted by calquake on 01/03/12 at 11:24 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Fils nearly finish.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/03/12 at 11:25 PM ET

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All day….

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/03/12 at 11:25 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Great hustle by Huds on that chance. Used his tiny body to protect too.

And in the end Flip gets the goal. Awesome

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/03/12 at 11:25 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

hay hay hay!!!

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/03/12 at 11:25 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Fils!  Now he finishes.

1-nil Wings.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/03/12 at 11:25 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Flip with the goal!  Very nice play by the Wings.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/03/12 at 11:25 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Flips it in. Bang on that one.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 11:25 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Fil with the goal!!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/03/12 at 11:25 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

That is what I like to see Mr. Hudler.

WALLY!!!

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/03/12 at 11:25 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

he had half a net to shoot at

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/03/12 at 11:26 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Bert nearly finishes after a Mule run at the net.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/03/12 at 11:27 PM ET

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he had half a net to shoot at

A lot more net than that.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/03/12 at 11:27 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Steve Ott’s a washed up bitch.

Jim.Me.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/03/12 at 11:28 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

08:02 Valtteri Filppula Wrist Shot - Assists: H. Zetterberg & I. White

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/03/12 at 11:28 PM ET

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