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Two Bones Left To Be Chewed And Then All Bets Are Off

The interns were excited yesterday.  Little tykes. Children really.  On loan from institutions like Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley, Northern Michigan and Ferris (oddly, the only schools willing to take a chance in 1987 on a young Irishman fresh off a straight C career at Saginaw’s Arthur Hill High School). They knew the import of last night’s game, how critical it was to the psyche of the 19…a fragile thing during the best of times.  The interns met early, shook off their wine cooler hangovers and refined their pitch.  By 2pm they were unified and rosy cheeked, gathered in the A2Y outer office, waiting for their moment to convince the Chief that the time had come to discard the doubts.

One by one I chastised them.  It wasn’t the time for optimism. Happiness had no place in our hearts yesterday.  Beating the ferocious Blues in St. Louis was too tall an order and one that shouldn’t be entertained by the likes of level-headed us.  But they wore me down and by 6pm the live blog had posted and we’d danced on the limb.  Mule would be the Moose.  James Tiberius MF’ing Howard would return to form. Our swirling saucer of magic would lead us and even a tall boy named Jonny would remind us of the hope we had for him back in 2009, or was it ‘08?  Somehow, the interns saw all this and they promised me that if I’d just show a few phrases of faith, I’d be rewarded.

So the LB went up and the Stress Train left the station for what we hope will be a long Spring journey into a Southern Michigan Summer.  Predictions were published and that’s always a hinky proposition.  We said that game 80 was precisely the kind of game the Wings would win because they’re, well, the Wings.  We predicted a victory because the Blues are, well, bitches. 

When the Wings gave up the inevitable shorty I fired every intern in the building. I told them to pack their miserable sacks of shit and banished them from A2Y headquarters.  Two minutes later I posted every one of their resumes on St. Louis Game Time, declaring them fit for duty on that piss pot of a blog.

But then Moose became Mule again.  Twice.  The Wings tied it up and I brought the interns back in and gave them milk.  We went to OT and baby Jesus told us we’d have our 12th (yes…12th) consecutive 100 point season.  And then a Killer on the Road took a slow ditty to the crease and delivered a backhanded bitch slap to Blues fans everywhere and that was good.

And now, like Gordo told us, there are bones left to be chewed. Two of them.  Just two and then the torture starts.  Stay healthy. That’s all we can hope for. We can’t expect a dramatically improved power play because that’s just not going to happen.  We can hope the offense picks up, that Franzen will somehow stay hot (and holy Hell he looked good in the third).

The interns are less optimistic today, of course. They tell me that after last night, tonite is exactly the kind of games the Wings lose.  We know that’s just raw logic. 

It’s a trap game of a Live Blog, bitches.  Your emotions are now allowed to get the best, or worst, of you.  Start now.  Work your way into it, because in less than a week we’re all going to be worthless.

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RWBill's avatar

Franzen nails that dude. Does he even play to half his ability?

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/05/12 at 08:44 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

i missed that last night e52 played more minutes any any other wing. that can’t be right is it?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/05/12 at 08:44 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Thanks Mick, for pointing that out to E52.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/05/12 at 08:44 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Wally - - why no shoot?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/05/12 at 08:45 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Zata’s line sustaining pressure.  Gots to finish, gents.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/05/12 at 08:45 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Hate this playoff switch. Hate it.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 04/05/12 at 08:45 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Aren’t we due to face a goalie that isn’t on his A-game?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/05/12 at 08:46 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Hudler crashing the net… hahaha

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/05/12 at 08:46 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Eh?  White with Q?

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/05/12 at 08:46 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

i missed that last night e52 played more minutes any any other wing. that can’t be right is it?

By “right” I assume you mean correct, as opposed to right vs. wrong.  If you mean the latter we might have to consult the morel authority.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/05/12 at 08:47 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Aren’t we due to face a goalie that isn’t on his A-game?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 04/05/12 at 07:46 PM ET

Steve Mason.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/05/12 at 08:47 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Am I nuts or Nyquist called out Quincey ?

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 04/05/12 at 08:47 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Abber nearly finishes again.  Great energy, Wings.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/05/12 at 08:48 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

we might have to consult the morel authority.
Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/05/12 at 07:47 PM ET

Whoever kept putting E52 on the ice that much last night was under the influence of shrooms?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/05/12 at 08:48 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Wow.  E52 with a great defensive play.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/05/12 at 08:49 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Great play Big E

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/05/12 at 08:49 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Zebras have the whistles up their asses again tonight, eh?

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/05/12 at 08:49 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Aren’t we due to face a goalie that isn’t on his A-game?

Steve Mason seems like a lifetime ago, huh?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/05/12 at 08:49 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Magic - - missed?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/05/12 at 08:49 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Dangles!  Off the post.  No go.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/05/12 at 08:49 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Do you believe in Magic?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/05/12 at 08:50 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Steve Mason.
Posted by SYF from fashionista dougie’s newly violated Droid 4G on 04/05/12 at 07:47 PM ET

Seems so long ago.

Dats hits the iron gulp

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/05/12 at 08:50 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

I <3 Pasha ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/05/12 at 08:50 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

pav almost makes a highlight reel goal.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/05/12 at 08:50 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Steve Mason seems like a lifetime ago, huh?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/05/12 at 07:49 PM ET

More like a dream ago.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/05/12 at 08:51 PM ET

Trish's avatar

Hey RWBill, have you checked the Live site?  Not sure how, but it’s up and running again.

Posted by Trish from Tampa/Clearwater FL on 04/05/12 at 08:51 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Zebras have the whistles up their asses again tonight, eh?
Posted by RedMenace from the darkest recesses on 04/05/12 at 07:49 PM ET

And they still won’t toot.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/05/12 at 08:51 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Wow.  E52 with a great defensive play.

Posted by SYF from fashionista dougie’s newly violated Droid 4G on 04/05/12 at 07:49 PM ET

Great play Big E

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/05/12 at 07:49 PM ET

He’s been playing REALLY well since coming back from injury, and if he can keep this up throughout the Playoffs (and into next season), I’ll gladly om nom de crow.

Damn Dangles, had Tubs beat…

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/05/12 at 08:51 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I love that!  FSD showing Dangles goalpost shot four times in a row.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/05/12 at 08:52 PM ET

SYF's avatar

He’s been playing REALLY well since coming back from injury, and if he can keep this up throughout the Playoffs (and into next season), I’ll gladly om nom de crow.

Damn Dangles, had Tubs beat…

Posted by RedMenace from the darkest recesses on 04/05/12 at 07:51 PM ET

I felt uneasy about that.

Jimmah!

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/05/12 at 08:54 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

we dont need no stinking lead

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/05/12 at 08:54 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

leaving jimmy out to dry. nice d by the wings…

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/05/12 at 08:54 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Damn.  Right after Jimmah made a great save and the Devils score.  Fuch….

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/05/12 at 08:54 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Jesus, after dominating 10 minutes.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/05/12 at 08:54 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

UGH!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/05/12 at 08:54 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

gREAT DEFENSE

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 04/05/12 at 08:55 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

cOOL. wE’RE bEHIND. gOT tHEM rIGHT wHERE wE wANT tHEM.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/05/12 at 08:55 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Dammit, James bailed himself out at first, then Amstelhater lets his man go… gotta tie up his stick, Justin.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/05/12 at 08:55 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Just checking in.  How they looked so far?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/05/12 at 08:56 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

we dont need no stinking lead

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/05/12 at 07:54 PM ET

A lead? I plum forgot what that is.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/05/12 at 08:56 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