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Game Day? If You Say So Then We’ll Live Blog It

Well. Yesterday (for me) I posted an “off day digging” ditty even though it turned out to be game day for you which is practically obscene.  Now, we have a game starting at 9pm Thursday night EST, I think. That means it’s 6am Friday and I’m pretty sure I’ll be awake which is nice.

Top spot in the West is the Wings’ to grab tonite and very few things in our lives are more important than securing it, holding it, nurturing it.  That top spot must be cupped and fondled and there is no place anywhere on earth better suited for that than in the palm of one James F. Tiberius Howard.  Craig Custance, the best hockey writer in Detroit, told us so this morning and it’s a personal decree of mine to believe everything Custance writes.

“Howard is growing into one of the league’s elite goalies and the fans in Detroit are starting to realize it. During the final 90 seconds of Monday’s shutout win over the Sabres, they filled the rafters of Joe Louis Arena with chants of his name. It was almost as if 20,000 people realized at the same moment that their goalie has matured into one of the game’s best.”


You, Mr. Custance, are gloriously correct.  And this is a Live Blog, bitches.

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TheRealYooper's avatar

spin-o-Rama bomb!

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/20/12 at 01:46 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

>>> BOOM <<<<

best in the west

sweet

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/20/12 at 01:46 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

There’s some strong hate for this team…I love it the serial killer ended it.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 01/20/12 at 01:46 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

#1 in the WC

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/20/12 at 01:46 AM ET

monkey's avatar

The Killer kills it.  Good night, bitches.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 01/20/12 at 01:47 AM ET

VooX's avatar

Bert is your huckleberry.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/19/12 at 11:44 PM ET

That word takes me back a couple of years aboard the Hasek.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/20/12 at 01:48 AM ET

SYF's avatar

I don’t know how to celebrate a Wings win when it goes to the SO.  I just don’t.

Hats off to Mike Smith in denying Dangles Signature Deke.  He’ll probably be the only NHL goalie to do it.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 01/20/12 at 01:48 AM ET

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

The Serial Killer Does It Again!!! Fuching awesome Spin-o-Rama.

Wings #1 in points in the NHL.

Winner winner…

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/20/12 at 01:48 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/20/12 at 01:48 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

What a fuching beautiful Killer-o-rama. Rammed that one home!

Happy for all the Wings fans in Hockeytown West.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/20/12 at 01:51 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

I just keep waiting for Bert to ramble off

“...and by the way the body is buried out behind the wood shed…”

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/20/12 at 01:51 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

First in the Western Conference…and how many bloody shootouts and OT games have they had in the past 2 weeks?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 01/20/12 at 01:52 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Nighty nite. Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/20/12 at 01:53 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

“Earlier in the game you scored your career 299th goal, what does that mean to you at this point in your career?”

Bertuzzi - “Nothing, really, we’ve got bigger goals in mind.”

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/20/12 at 01:54 AM ET

VooX's avatar

First in the Western Conference…and how many bloody shootouts and OT games have they had in the past 2 weeks?

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 01/19/12 at 11:52 PM ET

We are leaking points, simply leaking them away unnecessarily.  Leaking like a burning member.  Gotta hate the drips.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/20/12 at 01:55 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Bertuzzi - “Nothing, really, we’ve got bigger goals in mind.”

Posted by RWBill from Jerry Sandusky’s defense team. on 01/19/12 at 11:54 PM ET

Classy that serial killer.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/20/12 at 01:55 AM ET

VooX's avatar

“Earlier in the game you scored your career 299th goal, what does that mean to you at this point in your career?”

Bertuzzi - “Nothing, really, we’ve got bigger goals in mind.”

Posted by RWBill from Jerry Sandusky’s defense team. on 01/19/12 at 11:54 PM ET

He’s still trying to make that smoking jacket out of human flesh, isn’t he?

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/20/12 at 01:56 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Sully should be taking his pants off about now.

Posted by calquake on 01/19/12 at 11:45 PM ET

Damn, I can never be in the right place at the right time.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/20/12 at 01:56 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/19/12 at 11:48 PM ET

Excellent use of the visual metaphor.  But shit, now I’m hungry.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/20/12 at 01:56 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

which shot by burt was better

the slap shot goal

or

the spin-o-Rama bomb!

don’t care, got the win.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/20/12 at 01:57 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

I’m waiting for this episode - Sweet Dee gets Banged by Bertuzzi.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/20/12 at 01:58 AM ET

calquake's avatar

See y’all at the sandbox on Saturday… BJ’s for everybody!

Posted by calquake on 01/20/12 at 01:59 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

The race in the Western Conference is thin as Dick Skin.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/20/12 at 01:59 AM ET

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

Thx WestWing. G’Nite all. Awesome sharing time with ya’ll. LGRW!!!

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/20/12 at 02:00 AM ET

VooX's avatar

  Sully should be taking his pants off about now.
  Posted by calquake on 01/19/12 at 11:45 PM ET

Damn, I can never be in the right place at the right time.
Posted by RWBill from Jerry Sandusky’s defense team. on 01/19/12 at 11:56 PM ET

I’m not sure you meet specifications, Bill.  As a mining engineer, Sully is into a lot deeper holes than you likely are able to provide.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/20/12 at 02:01 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Youtube user, paustn31634, has posted the Wings/Yotes shootout vid.  We can get a look at how Dangles Signature Deke was finally beaten.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 01/20/12 at 02:01 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

This is no place for a…oh wait…what time is it?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 01/20/12 at 02:03 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Jimmy Fn Howard your number one star tonight

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/20/12 at 02:03 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

He’s still trying to make that smoking jacket out of human flesh, isn’t he?

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/19/12 at 11:56 PM ET

With hands like that, pure craftsmanship without a doubt.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/20/12 at 02:05 AM ET

VooX's avatar

Jimmy Fn Howard your number one star tonight

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/20/12 at 12:03 AM ET

Not elite enough for some, though.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/20/12 at 02:05 AM ET

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

BTW, from Yahoo.com\NHL: Stamkos is “NHL’s Most dangerous scorer”

I think Nick Cotsonika needs to re-evaluate his post after ‘Tuz’s performance tonight. Real combination of danger, skill and timely production in Motown.

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/20/12 at 02:06 AM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

“He’s still trying to make that smoking jacket out of human flesh, isn’t he?”

He was going to wear you like a Joe Dirt trenchcoat.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 01/20/12 at 02:06 AM ET

VooX's avatar

BTW, from Yahoo.com\NHL: Stamkos is “NHL’s Most dangerous scorer”

As a family friend, I am very happy for Stamkos’ success.  He really has handled the pressure of being checked tighter and goalies scouting his style very well.  Often, young scorers slump as they have to redefine strategies as what worked last year isn’t this season.  To his credit, Stamkos has done that exceptionally well.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have players dishing him the puck like Lecavalier and St.Louis, some of the most dangerous passers an any team.  Of course, I’ll happily keep Dangle and Zetterman as our setup men.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/20/12 at 02:09 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

“We got to the shootout and were able to win the Skills Competition.”  hahahahahahahahaha James F. T. Howard.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/20/12 at 02:12 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

lolz…Jimmie called it the Skills competition

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/20/12 at 02:13 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Stamkos sure is the real deal.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/20/12 at 02:13 AM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Not just first place in the West, bitches.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 01/20/12 at 02:16 AM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

“We got to the shootout and were able to win the Skills Competition.” 

New sidebar material.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 01/20/12 at 02:17 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Jimmy showing snark.  I love it.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 01/20/12 at 02:20 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Viewers come up with the new, best name:  The Spintoozzi

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/20/12 at 02:36 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