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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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CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Detroit doesn’t fight at all. They’re not tough.

Just about every Russian that’s every played for the Wings is tougher that Cherry or any of his prairie boys. Dats gets hacked and whacked more that any other player in the league. Does that dumbass even remember Vladdie. I’m pretty sure that anyone who played against Vladdy would say he was one of the toughest SOBs ever, if not the toughest.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/21/12 at 09:43 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/21/12 at 09:47 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

I wont be around for this one bitches, unless i get kicked out of a bar again.

Give this live blog the old what-for.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 02/21/12 at 09:48 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Must get the PP on track, or else teams in the playoffs will take more liberties.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/21/12 at 09:48 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Douche Canoe.. Gross. God.. So depressed I can’t get the Wings feed. :( Least I got beer!

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/21/12 at 09:50 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Kane to Trevor Thompson:  “What doesn’t kill you, will only make you stronger.”  I wonder if thats what he told that cabbie in Buffalo?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/21/12 at 09:51 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Must get the PP on track, or else teams in the playoffs will take more liberties.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 02/21/12 at 07:48 PM ET

That will take the Cawks getting penalties called against. Remember the Toews penalty shot?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 09:51 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I’m in. Howabout a good road game?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/21/12 at 09:55 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Kane to Trevor Thompson:  “What doesn’t kill you, will only make you stronger.”  I wonder if thats what he told that cabbie in Buffalo?

Posted by bezukov from South of Detroit on 02/21/12 at 07:51 PM ET

$0.20’s choice in music makes him even more douchey.  If he’s trying to channel one of the cheesiest motivational phrases ever, it’s sure as hell showing in his lackadaisical play on the ice.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 09:55 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

“Those are the guys you win with”

Yup, you win with goons that play 5 minutes a night and score 2 goals per year.  If the other coaches want to match guys that can’t skate up against Miller, Helm, Eaves, Cleary, Nyquist, Gator, Mursak et all, I’m alright with that.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 02/21/12 at 09:55 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Geez, I hate these NBC guys. Bleh.

Wings REALLY need to win tonight.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/21/12 at 09:57 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Ugh - the NBC crew is the worst. Edzo, Douche Canoe, JR, Milbury, Doc.

Bleargh.

Let’s Go!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/12 at 09:58 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Don Cherry and the HNIC crew has literally been saying the same thing about the Wings for 20 years. 20 f*cking years.

Look up “impotent Canadian butthurt” in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of the HNIC logo.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 02/21/12 at 10:00 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

I’m in bitches. So Dats out for 2 weeks for a knee clean out. Better now in Feb than in May.
Quincy back for a playoff run? Maybe he sends E=52 to the pressbox or better yet, take over Conks job cleaning shitters.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 02/21/12 at 10:00 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Not being able to watch Pavel own 20cent is a crime against nature.  Get well soon Pav.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 02/21/12 at 10:00 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Its on FSD if you get it, so glad I can listen to Ken and Mick.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 02/21/12 at 10:01 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Good day for a hockey game damnit! 

How about a good road game?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/21/12 at 07:55 PM ET

Yes. This. Do it.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/21/12 at 10:01 PM ET

SYF's avatar

FSD Feed.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 10:03 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I have “center ice” so that I can watch my team from Akron Ohio. Tonight I can’t get FSD because NBC is dicks.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/12 at 10:03 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Welcome back, Chief, hope all is well!  Hey to the 19+ 

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 02/21/12 at 10:03 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Also, kill off the chatbar on the right side of the screen to help with the streaming from becoming too laggy.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 10:04 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Mickey with the “its like getting a player at the deadline” shtick when talking about Pavel coming back in 2 weeks.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 02/21/12 at 10:04 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

I hate NBC. All the crappy chit chats. Fuch you!

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/21/12 at 10:05 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of form JFH has tonight.

JMac’s game should keep him motivated.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/21/12 at 10:06 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Ugh - the NBC crew is the worst. Edzo, Douche Canoe, JR, Milbury, Doc.

Bleargh.

Let’s Go!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/12 at 07:58 PM ET

It will be like listening to gay porn. A lot of Cawk sucking.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 10:06 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Just way too much damn news today to digest.  And KH hinting that he might not be done yet?  Stay tuned bitches.  This is gonna be fun.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/21/12 at 10:07 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

I’d switch to the Detroit feed.. but seeing this on a 100 inch screen… Fuch you NHL Center Ice.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/21/12 at 10:07 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Awesome Kate! +19~!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/12 at 10:07 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Sidebar material right there Kate.
Love this place.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/21/12 at 10:07 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

pregame song being sung

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/21/12 at 10:08 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Ticky isn’t done yet. I see a forward in the future.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/21/12 at 10:08 PM ET

SYF's avatar

It will be like listening to gay porn. A lot of Cawk sucking.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 08:06 PM ET

Oh jeebus, I should frame that.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 10:09 PM ET

Avatar

Hmm….seems like being in Chicago and getting stuck with the local feed actually is working in my favor not having to listen to Edzo and Douche Canoe.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/21/12 at 10:09 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

You gotta have a sense of humor if you’re gonna make it through this broadcast.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

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

SYF's avatar

Valek, I’m in Vegas so I either turn on NBCSN or watch FSD on the ‘Net.

Easy choice, I believe.

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

Nate A's avatar

Ooh yeah, dimbulbs in Shitcago again. I always forget.

At least we get whiskey nice and early

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/21/12 at 10:11 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Here comes the anemic PP!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/21/12 at 10:11 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Helm tripped.  Wings on the PP.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/21/12 at 10:11 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

game on

with a PP

Do It.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/21/12 at 10:11 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Shock me! A call?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/21/12 at 10:11 PM 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