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Voox? Line ‘em Up

You want stress? We’ve got it, brother. And we’ve got it on every front.  Injuries, whiskey, rusty goaltending and a very dangerous reality tied to road sadness.

If the playoffs started today…golf would follow and it would follow quickly.  Lidstrom’s alleged “bone bruise” is reason enough to sink us early, but when you consider everything else providence has foisted upon us and ten games seems like a split second.  I’d venture to say that this is the first time any of us have looked at a March schedule and wished for another dozen or so games.  The mood in the Hasek is sour, my friends. 

Ten games isn’t enough time to fix the wrongs that should have been addressed on February 28th. Ten games isn’t going to cure the worst power play we’ve seen since pre-Yzerman.  Ten games won’t teach this team how to win on the road.  And ten games might not even be enough time to remind the Wings how invincible they were for 23 home games that seem like five years ago.

But there is light, oh yes there is.  A glimmer, faint and flickering. But a light it is because there is still all that teasing, tantalizing talent.  A turnaround can happen. Health can improve.  Somehow, some way, the pucks can go in when they should.  It can happen because we’ve seen it. We’ve seen them at their best.  But, holy hell…it’s got to happen soon. 

Confidence is a wacky, dangerous motherfucher of a drug.  It’ll make your head spin and give you wicked, menacing powers when you’ve got it.  But, when it’s gone…drink up and drink early.  This team has got to find it before the Stress-ex begins.  It’s going to take a trigger. A game for the ages, a wreck the season of a “rival” type performance.  Not a gimmick, but a statement. Not a shootout, dammit.  A win. Something convincing and obscene.  A powerful, graceful, dangerous reminder of the possible.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.  For all that is pure and holy in this disaster of a post trade-deadline freefall, it’s a Sunday Live Blog, a St. Patty’s Day Live Blog and a communal prayer to the adorable one that he finally lets our team come out and play.

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Rumbear's avatar

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 03/17/12 at 11:39 PM ET

Indeed sir.  Been a few weeks for me.  Life got serious on the left coast.  Tonight, tell it to the rum.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/18/12 at 12:44 AM ET

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I’m amazed at the number of times lately a Wings’ player has seemed to have no clue what one of his teammates is doing.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/18/12 at 12:46 AM ET

Trish's avatar

Quick whistle much ?

Posted by Trish from Tampa/Clearwater FL on 03/18/12 at 12:48 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Wings got some jump and they seem to be hungry.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/18/12 at 12:49 AM ET

MarkK's avatar

they seem to be hungry.

Hope its for real this time, and not the pretend-hungry we’ve seen a lot of recently.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 03/18/12 at 12:50 AM ET

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Murray with a very Murray-like bearhug on Abdelkader.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/18/12 at 12:50 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I really see a whole lot of “hugging” on the part of the Sharks.  I realize it’s NorCal, but damn…

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/18/12 at 12:50 AM ET

MarkK's avatar

Bad pinch by Stuart…

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 03/18/12 at 12:52 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Stuck with the TV feed.  Drew Remora, that suck egg mule, is in full Hee Haw.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/18/12 at 12:53 AM ET

VooX's avatar

Bad pinch by Stuart…

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 03/17/12 at 11:52 PM ET

Not the first this period.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 03/18/12 at 12:53 AM ET

MarkK's avatar

Stuart got nailed by one in the first, but I’ve noticed a lot of the sharks (this time, winchester) have unusually high elbows with their back arm when swinging back and forth for a puck

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 03/18/12 at 12:56 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Did the Wings just all of a sudden stop playing?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/18/12 at 12:57 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

JF Howard holding his team in.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/18/12 at 12:57 AM ET

Bent's avatar

That was holding?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/18/12 at 01:01 AM ET

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So hold on Fil means free high hit for San Jose after the whistle?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/18/12 at 01:01 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh FSN D feed…..praise Jeebus!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/18/12 at 01:03 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

No Miller time tonight. 

It’s Guinness (for strength!)

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/18/12 at 01:05 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Ready bitches? Lets finish this with two points!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 01:17 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Lets GO Red WINGS!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/18/12 at 01:20 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

if the sharks catch dallas, they go from no.9 to no.3 seed ... wow

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/18/12 at 01:23 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

LGRW !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/18/12 at 01:24 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I like this Smitty kid.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 01:25 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Goon bitch.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 01:26 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

No call twice.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 01:27 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Playing with fire.  Gotta kill this.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/18/12 at 01:29 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

not smart abby

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/18/12 at 01:29 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

sniff, sniff…I smell a shorty.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/18/12 at 01:30 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Suck it, Bitches.  One of those lengthy SJ possessions is going to end up in our net or a penalty.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/18/12 at 01:30 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

We all know Datsyuk IS the best!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 01:31 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Killed.  Lets do this!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/18/12 at 01:33 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Yeah Fil!!!!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/18/12 at 01:34 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Wally bitches.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/18/12 at 01:34 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Way to shoot Flip.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/18/12 at 01:34 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 03/18/12 at 01:34 AM ET

Trish's avatar

FLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIP

Posted by Trish from Tampa/Clearwater FL on 03/18/12 at 01:34 AM ET

Stevis's avatar

FILLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Stevis on 03/18/12 at 01:34 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Flips it in!


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 01:34 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

FLIPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

sweet

2-2

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/18/12 at 01:34 AM ET

MarkK's avatar

It warms my heart so much to hear these Sharts announcers wailing about interference.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 03/18/12 at 01:34 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

08:12 Valtteri Filppula (23) Wrist Shot - Assists: none

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/18/12 at 01:35 AM ET

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