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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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Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Let’s Go Red Wings !!!  Clap Clap Clap

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 02/22/12 at 12:17 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

If Datsyuk had played would he have magically improved the lack of effort of so many of the Wings’ players this game?

Magic happens

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/22/12 at 12:18 AM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Lidström is due for a goal !!!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 02/22/12 at 12:18 AM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Low expectations = lack of disappointment.

The secret to a nice, long marriage.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/22/12 at 12:18 AM ET

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Not a terrible game… but not a good game by the Wings.  I still take the Wings in a seven game series with Shitcago.

Posted by calquake from somewhere near the canadian border on 02/22/12 at 12:19 AM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

something nice to watch !!!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 02/22/12 at 12:20 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Lower your expectations you must.

Posted by monkey from here to Timbuktu on 02/21/12 at 10:16 PM ET

Road games give me road rage.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/22/12 at 12:20 AM ET

monkey's avatar

The secret to a nice, long marriage.

NOW we’re on to something.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 02/22/12 at 12:21 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

If Datsyuk had played would he have magically improved the lack of effort of so many of the Wings’ players this game?

Posted by Valek on 02/21/12 at 10:16 PM ET

Only underscores the point.  How many times have we sat through this on the road this year?  Down a goal in the third and the deficit feels as thought it might as well be ten.  Maybe the third line will come up with some of their magic, but beyond that?  I have no expectation that their top two lines will generate anything.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/22/12 at 12:21 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

The wings can’t buy a call. Waived icing - franzen hauled down, etc

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/22/12 at 12:22 AM ET

monkey's avatar

If Datsyuk had played would he have magically improved the lack of effort of so many of the Wings’ players this game?

Magically delicious.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 02/22/12 at 12:22 AM ET

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I guess you only have to get past the blueline for there not to be icing.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/22/12 at 12:22 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Amazing that the Cawks can skate with their butt cheeks clenched so tight.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 02/22/12 at 12:24 AM ET

Bent's avatar

This is pathetic.  I just don’t understand this.  Jimmy deserves a better outcome then this is turning out to be.  Not that it’s over.  But it isn’t looking good.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/22/12 at 12:24 AM ET

monkey's avatar

“Goaltender soon to be pulled…”

So… Hawks win 3-1?

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 02/22/12 at 12:25 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Seven of the Wings last ten games are home games.  Given the way they play like squirts on the road, I take comfort in that.

Low expectations on the road from now on.  I’m now at the acceptance level that the Wings will perpetually suck on the road.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/22/12 at 12:25 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

This is my fault. Sorry guys. I usually wear the Red Wings hat I bought during my first trip to the Joe. Last night I got hammered and lost my hat. I found it late this evening in the linen closet between some towels (?). I don’t know how that happened, but I failed to wear my lucky hat. Whenever I forget, they lose. When I remember, they win. 90% of the time, this works every time.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/22/12 at 12:26 AM ET

monkey's avatar

I’m now at the acceptance level that the Wings will perpetually suck on the road.

Let the resignation flow through you.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 02/22/12 at 12:26 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

More shoot, please.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 02/22/12 at 12:28 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Let the resignation flow through you.

Posted by monkey from here to Timbuktu on 02/21/12 at 10:26 PM ET

Heh.  I don’t even care now if they tied this game.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/22/12 at 12:29 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Bah

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/22/12 at 12:29 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

How was that not icing?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/22/12 at 12:29 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

g’nite

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/22/12 at 12:29 AM ET

TeamDub's avatar

Pathetic.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 02/22/12 at 12:30 AM ET

Bent's avatar

This team on the road pisses me off.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/22/12 at 12:30 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Ahh, expectations met.  Assholes.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 02/22/12 at 12:30 AM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

Bertuzzi didn’t connect on a drop pass?  no way.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/22/12 at 12:30 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Tosh.0 - at least there the comedy is intentional.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/22/12 at 12:30 AM ET

SYF's avatar

The only player that deserves a toast is Jimmy.

Everyone else should stick their heads down a toilet bowl and give themselves a swirly.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/22/12 at 12:31 AM ET

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I must have been watching a different game, as the Cawks announcers were going on and on about the great game Crawford had.  What did he have, three…maybe four tough saves to make?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/22/12 at 12:31 AM ET

Sal's avatar

How was that not icing?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/12 at 10:29 PM ET

Bert shot it down the ice.  Net’s the other way, big fella.

Posted by Sal from the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains on 02/22/12 at 12:31 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Well, that as exciting.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 02/22/12 at 12:31 AM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

why do we pull or best player in the end of the game..just give they guy another stick??

god natt !!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 02/22/12 at 12:32 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

I called it.  Down a goal on the road in the third, against a team that has been giving up goals by the bucket load, and they don’t even mount anything resembling a serious threat.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/22/12 at 12:32 AM ET

SYF's avatar

And now the ‘Nucks at the Joe.

Never too early for several hundred thousand shots of Jameson’s.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/22/12 at 12:33 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Hopefully the jet lag flying home will not impact their play on Thursday.  We all know how they are after a road trip…...

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 02/22/12 at 12:34 AM ET

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Hopefully the jet lag flying home will not impact their play on Thursday.  We all know how they are after a road trip…...

Posted by Rumbear from Top O da Hasek, watching the days go bye on 02/21/12 at 10:34 PM ET

The fact that so many of them didn’t bother tiring themselves out playing tonight it should all just cancel out.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/22/12 at 12:36 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

\the Cawks announcers were going on and on about the great game Crawford had.  What did he have, three…maybe four tough saves to make?

Posted by Valek on 02/21/12 at 10:31 PM ET

Three or four?  I think you’re being pretty damn generous.

It’s really noticable when the third line doesnt score.  The top two lines have been M.I.A. on the road most of the season.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/22/12 at 12:37 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

G’Night all

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 02/22/12 at 12:40 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Wings just can’t win on the road.  When they playoffs roll around, I have the dread that every road game, they’re gonna blow it off and depend on winning the home games almost exclusively.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/22/12 at 12:42 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