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You Want A Rivalry? You Got One Now, Sister

It's been a long time since I've seen the Wings dominated like they were opening night.  At one point the shot totals were just obscene...like 24 to 4.  The Wings special teams were so bad that we'd forgotten about our complaints from years past about Whiskey or William Tell on the point.  Those memories were glorious compared to what the Blues wrought two Saturdays ago.

This is a rivalry.  It has all the ingredients.  A hungry young upstart team, built through the draft as a result of consistent shit play over a number of years.  A veteran dynasty man feel are on the downslope. The coaches are friends but highly competitive.  Mike Babcock would probably shoot Ken Hitchcock and claim a hunting mis-identification.  Hitchcock would definitely and literally eat Mike Babcock and make no excuses other than simple hunger.

There is animosity between the fan bases.  St. Louis fans, the bitter little bitches, despise us.  They honestly and genuinely hate every one of us.  That's understandable because their team hasn't beaten ours in anything meaningful since 1991. That bothers them.  They've never had our respect, as a franchise.  We admire their team now, but never the fans themselves.  Konstantinov jokes just don't endear us to their kind of people.

By and large, the Blues fans we've seen are scum.  I'm not judging. I'm just dealing in truth.  I'm sorry.  And because they're scum, we enjoy their pain here at A2Y. 

Unfortunately, though, the odds of dealing that kind of pain over the next two weeks are not good.  Unfortunately, based on last year's records, comparative playoff success, the opening night fiasco...the Blues are just better right now.  And that's ok.  But the dynamic must change. With each game, it must.

And because we're talking about the Wings and the Blues, it will.  Baby Jesus says so.  The gap that was so obvious on opening night must close, and so it shall.

The Wings are playing better. The Blues are very good.  The Wing defense is not as bad as we thought.  The Blues are still very good.  Jimmy Howard is playing as well as any goalie in hockey.  The Blues goaltenders are good, but not better.  They're young and hungry.  The Wings are getting younger and remain savvy.

And they dislike each other.  Which is nice and will get nicer because it's gonna happen three more times in like the next three weeks.

It's a Live Blog, bitches.  It's time to see if these guys really hate losing like we hope they do.

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MOWingsfan19's avatar

Major or minor… the GWG was scored before 2 minutes elapsed.
Suck it long, deep and hard St Lose bitter bitch babies.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/01/13 at 11:14 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

with the risk of getting some hate here, but this win feels dirty and dished by the refs. I dont’t like such stuff…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/01/13 at 10:12 PM ET

Yeah, no question.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 02/01/13 at 11:15 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Blues fans already giving me shit on twitter about shitty calls winning us this game. Suck it Blues fans. Stoked I stayed up! Night all.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 10:11 PM ET

Number one Fan Star tonight.  Happy 5:30 am!

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 11:15 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

Don’t forget to show your wang to the chambermaid in the morning.  They like that kind of stuff.  Nite Bitches.

And rub it on the curtains.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/01/13 at 11:15 PM ET

The Hurricane's avatar

Any word on Mule and Toughskins?

Posted by The Hurricane on 02/01/13 at 11:15 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

The penalty was a message to the scumdouche Backes.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 11:15 PM ET

The Hurricane's avatar

...and how the fuch to they give the 2nd star to Big E?

Posted by The Hurricane on 02/01/13 at 11:17 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Good comeback win. Of course the blows homer gone from the panel on the nhl channel. Bitch. Have a great night all and back here tomorrow.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 02/01/13 at 11:17 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

What was the deal with jimmy?  He looked clearly hurt but then he wasn’t?

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/01/13 at 11:18 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

(besides, I think they’ll call it a blindside hit, which unless I’m seeing it wrong, it totally was)

yeah that’s what rule 48.1 used to read.  but now it doesn’t.  so they must have changed it.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=64063

48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – A hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted. However, in determining whether such a hit should have been permitted, the circumstances of the hit, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the hit or the head contact on an otherwise legal body check was avoidable, can be considered.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 11:18 PM ET

monkey's avatar

I called for two points and Z made it happen with curly friends for everyone. Oh, ye of little faith.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/01/13 at 11:18 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

A win against the odds, great come back.  No one will score 3 straight goals on STL this year very often.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 11:22 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

with the risk of getting some hate here, but this win feels dirty and dished by the refs. I dont’t like such stuff…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/01/13 at 10:12 PM ET

That’s what mouthwash is for.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 11:23 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Just got home after being stuck in Los Angeles City Building department and traffic…saw the score…going to HStreams to watch…stick tap to The Next Captain.

There’s that fuching heart the Wings have looked to have been missing the past few years.

Fuch Backes with a broomstick while we’re at it.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 02/01/13 at 11:24 PM ET

calquake's avatar

A very satisfying win.  The blueprint for wins… work, work, work and then work some more.

Posted by calquake on 02/01/13 at 11:26 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

4 pm UM MSU hockey

7 pm Red Wings at CBus, will Jimmy need a night off and McCollum in?

9 pm Michigan basketball at Indiana

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 11:27 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

From St.Lose Game Time…..

They gave up a first round pick for Quincey?
Blimey.
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Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 11:28 PM ET

monkey's avatar

yeah, that’s sort of what I was getting at, basically, in England, we’ve spent the last 5 years finding out that everyone from the 1970’s was a peado. It’s been super weird. Glitter was the first.

Soon it will be on the 80’s and Margaret Thatcher.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/01/13 at 11:33 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

On the bright side, DET were outplayed for the better part of the game, and still won.

Special teams is the biggest misnomer of the season.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 11:38 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

in England, we’ve spent the last 5 years finding out that everyone from the 1970’s was a peado.

Since 1964. Sick fuchs. With a cockney accent.(equally sick pun intended)

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/bbc-savile-pedophilia-scandal-most-sensitive-news-investigations-get-upper-tier-review

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 11:50 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Special teams is the biggest misnomer of the season.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 02/01/13 at 10:38 PM ET

Oh…they’re special all right

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 11:55 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

If I only had one for mouthwash!

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 10:11 PM ET

Where’d you get a picture of my gf?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/02/13 at 12:00 AM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

that game was the first time I will sincerely compare Henrik Zetterberg to Steve Yzerman.  but there it is.  he was brilliant.  absolutely *#$%@& brilliant.  imagine if Datsyuk could get going like that, too. 

if a performance like that doesn’t boost the rest of the team, I don’t know what will.

I hope it is not lost on Wings fans what happened tonight, when considering the first game against the Blues.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/02/13 at 12:12 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Don’t look now bitches…but your Wings are in 5th

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/02/13 at 12:12 AM ET

hockeychic's avatar

So pumped after that win.  I thought we gave up in the second period.  So pleased with the hard work and effort in the third. 

WOOHOO!

Z was definitely the Captain tonight!

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 02/02/13 at 02:11 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 11:12 PM ET

Was thinking the exact same thing.  He put his first stamp on this team tonight.  Guys will definitely be stepping out of his way int he locker room.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/02/13 at 02:34 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

4 pm UM MSU hockey

7 pm Red Wings at CBus, will Jimmy need a night off and McCollum in?

9 pm Michigan basketball at Indiana

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 10:27 PM ET


perfect Saturday lineup

Go Blue!

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/02/13 at 10:25 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Some of my favorite memories are my girlfriend getting home at three in the afternoon to find me passed out on the couch.

Posted by monkey from All hands, abandon ship. This is not a drill. on 02/01/13 at 08:36 PM ET

4 pm UM MSU hockey

7 pm Red Wings at CBus, will Jimmy need a night off and McCollum in?

9 pm Michigan basketball at Indiana

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 10:27 PM ET


perfect Saturday lineup

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/02/13 at 09:25 AM ET


Well, according to monkey, the perfect Saturday line up would first be preceded by waking up at 3 pm on the couch to getting a mouth tug from your girlfriend who just got home and found you passed out.

While we are just rousting around, keep in mind it’s already near sunset in the Ukraine where outtamalibu spent the night up with us after driving through the former Soviet Republics.

That is sort of a goal of mine. to drive from Berlin east to Moscow, but based on some of the driving videos in Russia that I’ve seen I’m not sure it wouldn’t be better to take a train.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/02/13 at 10:36 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Driving in Russia.

http://youtu.be/HUsx3VJr6Y8

Why does everyone have a dash cam?

Why do cars and trucks suddenly spin out of control?

Someone can pull heat and start firing at any time.

Malibu, do you have any one documenting your travels and experiences?  I bet it would be memorable.  Would make a fantastic book or movie.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/02/13 at 12:08 PM ET

edillac's avatar

Driving in Russia.

http://youtu.be/HUsx3VJr6Y8

Why does everyone have a dash cam?

Why do cars and trucks suddenly spin out of control?

Someone can pull heat and start firing at any time.

I watch lots of those videos, you should check out ‘‘we love russia’’ on youtube…
dash cams are there to document the insane thing that happened to you,when you want to claim insurance for your car

Posted by edillac from isolation on 02/02/13 at 02:08 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