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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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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

J F H

just wow

Wonder if DET are getting tired of getting their asses kicked

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/21/12 at 11:19 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

How is Stalberg not called for that crash?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/12 at 11:19 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Might be a good idea to give James a little help.  I mean we know he’s good and all but shhhhiiiittt!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/21/12 at 11:20 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Wings are so outplayed this period.  Fuching deserve this result.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 11:20 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Looks like another terrible second period.  Wish they could figure this out.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/21/12 at 11:20 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

It seems as they all have 2 left skates on..they are falling to left and right..

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 02/21/12 at 11:21 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Whats the deal with the line changes this year? t

Penalty shot? please?

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

SYF's avatar

That should’ve been a PS.  Gimme a break.

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

redxblack's avatar

Back to the anemic PP - And DC is cawksucking hard.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/12 at 11:21 PM ET

Bent's avatar

What the hell does it take to get a damn penalty shot?!?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/21/12 at 11:21 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

And the crowd boos that? It doesnt get much more obvious.

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

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Helm hauled down. 

DET need to get some damn momentum.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/21/12 at 11:22 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

You know, I think I’d rather have the Helm penalty shot; less chance of getting scored on.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 02/21/12 at 11:22 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

No penalty shot? What a jip!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 11:22 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Hey, NHL, my goalie is better than your goalie.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/21/12 at 11:22 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Alright, burn em down.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/21/12 at 11:23 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I demand a Wings Power Play Goal!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 11:23 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

so that was not penalty shot worthy eh? i think Ndamukong Suh,  has just a good take down.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/21/12 at 11:23 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Ndamukong shu doesn’t have a better take down.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/21/12 at 11:24 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

The Red Wings are making Chicago look much better than they are.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/12 at 11:24 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

PP chances generally require playing inside the opponents end of the rink

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/21/12 at 11:25 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

and I thought our PP was bad with Datsyuk in the line up

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 02/21/12 at 11:25 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Come on Wings!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 11:25 PM ET

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PP of death hard at work again.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/21/12 at 11:25 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

I was hoping all that time at home would give them some practice time to fix the PP.  Guess not.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/21/12 at 11:26 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Flip may have saved the wrong goal there.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/21/12 at 11:26 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Ericsson is so fuching worthless today.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/12 at 11:26 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Wow.  Holy fuching wow.  Cannot gain entry into the offensive zone.  On a PP.  How pathetic.

[sigh]

I want to be sure of these guys abilities to dominate puck possession but I can’t.  I just can’t.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 11:26 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Jimmah!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 11:27 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Gator is having a night to forget

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 02/21/12 at 11:27 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Kill it

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/21/12 at 11:28 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Wings getting outworked - outhustled - outplayed

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/21/12 at 11:28 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

No urgency. This will be another one where they save their effort for the last 3 minutes. No good.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/12 at 11:28 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Calling all Wings, Game has been going on for an hour and a half now. Please come to the front desk.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/21/12 at 11:28 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Really?  Another odd man rush?  Jimmy is the only reason the wings are in this.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/21/12 at 11:28 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jimmy should and must rip his teammates a new *#$%@&.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 11:28 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

can we bench everyone but Jimmy, Filppula, Kronwall, Stuart and Lidstrom for the rest of the night?

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 02/21/12 at 11:29 PM ET

SYF's avatar

*#$%@&. = @$$holes.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 11:29 PM ET

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Wings have looked bad ever since the unnecessary offensive zone penalty by Homer in the 1st.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/21/12 at 11:29 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

FUCHING SHORTY TIME!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 11:29 PM ET

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