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Abel to Yzerman

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While there are several issues with the Wings this season, a couple stand out above the rest... and one in particular on the flatli -- I mean, blue line:

Didn't know he had a street in Wisconsin SoCal named after him, did you? Neither did I.

(sticktap to Alan for the picture, and stoney for the correction)

So here we sit, battered, bruised, broken - and if you're like me, soiled - watching our beloved Detroit Red Wings press on through the meatgrinder that is the Western Conference's current Playoff lineup. They've battled through ridiculous injuries, questionable coaching and roster decisions, and generally poor play from those whom better should be expected (I'm looking at you, Quincey, Howard, Cleary, and Samuelsson), and tenuously cling to a Wild Card spot thanks to a couple of surging teams in the East. I don't expect a win tonight. Nor do I expect a win tomorrow. One or two points out of this trip would be nothing short of miraculous at this juncture.

But we'll be here, glued to our televisions, computers, or other devices, gluttons for punishment; 19 in all, from across the globe, and all walks of life. Disagree if you will, argue if you must, but batten down the hatches, because the second half of the season is going to be a test for one and all.

As Kate would say, We're All In.

It's a Live Blog, Bitches.

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What did I just see?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/12/14 at 02:03 AM ET

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Buckets?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/12/14 at 02:03 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Oh, hey. Cleary still remembers how to score.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 02:03 AM ET

Trish's avatar

Bucketzzzzzzzzzzzz   ?????

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 01/12/14 at 02:03 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Wow nice play, good finish by Cleary!!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/12/14 at 02:03 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Cleary pooped in the box.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/12/14 at 02:03 AM ET

SK77's avatar

Danny Fuchin Cleary. Nice.

Posted by SK77 on 01/12/14 at 02:03 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

I had no idea Cleary was even on the ice tonight until…


NOW!!!


LOL

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/12/14 at 02:03 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Too bad about Tatar’s father.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/12/14 at 02:03 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Blind nut finds a squirrel

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/12/14 at 02:03 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Quick dropped to 3rd goalie for Olympics.

cool grin

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 01/12/14 at 02:04 AM ET

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CLEARYYYYYYYYYYYY!

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 01/12/14 at 02:04 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Budd Lynch four minutes

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 02:04 AM ET

Alan's avatar

Cleary!!

Still think he should be suspended, but hey, 3-1!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/12/14 at 02:04 AM ET

SK77's avatar

Howard with maybe game of the year in Dallas two games ago and right around 40 stops tonight. Does he still suck?

Posted by SK77 on 01/12/14 at 02:04 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Uh-oh. Buckets is gonna expect something…....... Wait, Buckets! Yay!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/12/14 at 02:05 AM ET

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Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 01:04 AM ET

I told my wife to delete that pic

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/12/14 at 02:05 AM ET

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so I was thinking, (odd I know) with Alfie out the average age of the wings is probably like 25 something.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/12/14 at 02:06 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Missing about 100 goals worth of scoring total season wise due to injuries yet winning 3-1 in La La land, wow.
FSD girl should have song playing when shown: she wore a pearl necklace by ZZ Top.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 01/12/14 at 02:07 AM ET

Trish's avatar

Uh-oh. Buckets is gonna expect something…......

Here ya go Buckets

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 01/12/14 at 02:07 AM ET

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Buckets with the broken clock is right for 2 minutes out of 1440 in a day.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 01/12/14 at 02:08 AM ET

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Sharon dies, Cleary scores… end times?

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 01/12/14 at 02:10 AM ET

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Sharon dies, Cleary scores… end times?

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 01/12/14 at 01:10 AM ET

What?  You need proof?  grin

Posted by calquake on 01/12/14 at 02:12 AM ET

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so I was thinking, (odd I know) with Alfie out the average age of the wings is probably like 25 something.

then divide that by the sum of Cleary and Samuelsson in dog years and it rounds off to zero.

weird

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/12/14 at 02:12 AM ET

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Jimmy Dong

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 02:13 AM ET

Alan's avatar

Oh Gord, what a stop by Jimmah.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/12/14 at 02:13 AM ET

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Nice win… good job Jimmy.

Posted by calquake on 01/12/14 at 02:14 AM ET

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So we’re back in the playoffs?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/12/14 at 02:14 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Hell of a game. Nice to be on the fun end of a trap game for once.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 02:14 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 01/12/14 at 01:07 AM ET

I was thinking aboot that scene the other day.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/12/14 at 02:14 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Great game tonight, strong goaltending by Jimmy, and Tatar with the game winner.  Great stuff.  See everyone tomorrow.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/12/14 at 02:14 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Good for Tatar.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/12/14 at 02:14 AM ET

Alan's avatar

Winners is us! Woooo!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/12/14 at 02:14 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

The last three goals were HUGE! Bitches. wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/12/14 at 02:15 AM ET

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Unbelievable.  great game Wings.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/12/14 at 02:15 AM ET

SK77's avatar

Great showing by Howard, winning goal by Tatar, and Cleary with the icing on the cake. Love it.

Posted by SK77 on 01/12/14 at 02:15 AM ET

VooX's avatar

Nice.  They are horrible defending the empty net but managed to squeak out the W.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/12/14 at 02:15 AM ET

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Goodnight, bitches, stay warm.  See you around the Olympics.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/12/14 at 02:16 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

The kids a joy to watch again. Tatar and Sheahan.
Like to see Sheahan stick around and Jurco but salary cap some of Holland’s signings making that difficult.
Howie mental toughness answered again for those that doubt him and Smith haters been awful quiet lately for good reason.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 01/12/14 at 02:17 AM ET

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Great win on the left coast. Another tomorrow?  Later 19.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 01/12/14 at 02:18 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