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Hard Life Lessons For Baby Brother…Live Blog Them

You don’t win multiple Cups when you blow your wad on one year and five players.  You just don’t. You win one, then you fall into mediocrity and 6 seeds.  You make grand claims that your time has arrived to consistently compete for a block of cheese but in reality that wholesome nugget of delicious dairy stays where it is because sustained excellence is all your big brother knows. Sustained. Excellence.

No team can point to Detroit and say “we’re almost there.”  Nobody can say that because nobody is.  Nobody’s done it longer, better or with as much character as the Wings have.  Pittsburgh had to lose a million games over four years to get the picks that landed them their one Cup of the Bettman/Crosby era.  Chicago bought theirs. Bought it outright then sold it a few weeks later.  Anaheim pillaged their way to theirs but only a fluttering puck of sin that somehow knuckled over the shoulder of our insane goalie got them to the dance.  Boston’s a nice team but no pharmacist would ever tell you they have the staying power Detroit does. Not for two years, five, ten or 21.

All is normal. All is well.  The Wings lead everything that matters.  Chicago is fighting for the 6 seed because that’s what you do when Corey Crawford is your number 1 goalie because Stan is no Scott. Not by a long shot, sonny.  It’s big, bad nasty brother and the little tyke that wants so bad to just once prove to the world that they’re right there, shoulder to shoulder.

You’re not though.  You’re just not and there just aren’t any signs that equality is a real possibility tonite, in May or next year. 

So start your chants.  Start them early.  We know.  “Detroit sucks.”  We got it.  But we also get this: you stopped feeling that one a long, long time ago. 

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.

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Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Jimmah!  Sharpe interferes.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 10:35 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Jimmmmmmy.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/21/12 at 10:35 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Taking too long in our end.  Get the puck, Wings/.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 10:35 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Refreshing when Franzen actually uses that frame of his.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 02/21/12 at 10:36 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Whatever happened to just hammering it around the boards on the PK. I hardly see the Wings do that anymore. Sheesh.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/21/12 at 10:36 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Nice interference off that draw.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 02/21/12 at 10:39 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Wally, another great try.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/21/12 at 10:39 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Fils making his line work. Awesome.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/21/12 at 10:39 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Wait.  Someone refresh what Ken Daniels said about most consecutive road wins was under Uncle Mike as well?

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 10:39 PM ET

Trish's avatar

Aloha Bitches.  What # did Q have when he was here before?

Posted by Trish from Tampa/Clearwater FL on 02/21/12 at 10:40 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

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Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/12 at 10:40 PM ET

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Nice interference off that draw.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 02/21/12 at 08:39 PM ET

I was thinking the same thing.  Followed shortly by the interference behind their own net.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/21/12 at 10:41 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Ugh. So far Kindl has been better than Ericsson tonite, no question.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/21/12 at 10:42 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Nice bit of work by Happy there along the boards in the D-zone

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/21/12 at 10:43 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Holy fuch, I hate this chasing the play by the Wings.  Taking too long in our zone at least three times this period already.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 10:43 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

The Loss of Pasha shows on the Face Offs.. Man. How many have we won.. 3?

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/21/12 at 10:44 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Jimmah savin’ our bacon.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 10:44 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Faceoffs - - DET 8,  CHI 8

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/21/12 at 10:45 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

I’ve seen worse periods on the road, those PPs gave the Hawks the momentum so they carried the play for the latter half.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 02/21/12 at 10:45 PM ET

SYF's avatar

nvm, I found it.

Winning streaks:
Overall: 17 games, by 1992–93 Pittsburgh Penguins
Home : 23 games, by 2011-12 Detroit Red Wings (currently active)
Away: 12 games, by 2005–06 Detroit Red Wings

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 10:46 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Not a bad first start back for Howard.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/21/12 at 10:46 PM ET

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I’ve seen worse periods on the road, those PPs gave the Hawks the momentum so they carried the play for the latter half.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 02/21/12 at 08:45 PM ET

Worst part about it one penalty was unnecessary and the other was incredibly weak.  If the other team’s going to get momentum from PP’s it sure would be nice for them to have been worth while.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/21/12 at 10:47 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

So far Kindl has been better than Ericsson tonite, no question.

well i think adding Qman might give some of the dmen a little kick to play harder.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/21/12 at 10:47 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Milbury “Look how Valt.. Foooolpula uses Duncan Keith as a Sceen” Love it.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/21/12 at 10:50 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

So far Kindl has been better than Ericsson tonite, no question.

Kindl had a Horrid turnover in the zone that could have cost em big time.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/21/12 at 10:51 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

well i think adding Qman might give some of the dmen a little kick to play harder.
Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/21/12 at 08:47 PM ET

Any other organization in the league that can claim a talent the likes of Brendan Smith as the #9 D-man on their depth chart? 

I didn’t think so.  Kudos Kenny Holland.

It was less than 48 hours ago that I first heard the rumor that Quincey might be available.  My first thought was “hell yes” and my second thought was “no way the Dive trade him to Detroit”. 

Yzerman sticking it to Denver one more time.  Bwahahahahahahaha!!!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/21/12 at 10:53 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Aloha Bitches.  What # did Q have when he was here before?

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 02/21/12 at 08:40 PM ET


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Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/12 at 08:40 PM ET

He could have his other old number back:  #45.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 10:56 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Ready bitches? Second time.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 10:59 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Yzerman sticking it to Denver one more time.  Bwahahahahahahaha!!!!

Haha! Now that’s funny shit.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/21/12 at 10:59 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Cannot wait for the ALMS season to begin.  Go Corvette Racing!

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 11:00 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Second period.  Own it, Wings.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 11:01 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Cannot believe Kronner opted to pass to Zata instead of going for the shot.  Shoot it, Kronner.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 11:03 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Gawd, I haven’t seen Mule move so fast in weeks

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/21/12 at 11:03 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Flip wants another. Crawford almost gave it too him. What a wreck. They’d be better with Turco back.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/21/12 at 11:03 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Mule is back.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 11:03 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Abber on the crease doing his Homer impression.  My ex-gf (the good one) think Abber is the hottest guy on the Wings.  If I were that guy, I’d agree.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 11:05 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Fourth line up against Hossa’s line.  Acquitting themselves well.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 11:06 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Bad giveaway there.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/21/12 at 11:06 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

4th line pinned and iced. Not good.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/21/12 at 11:06 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I lol’d.  They moved the faceoff to outside the Wings zone.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 11:07 PM ET

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