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You Don’t Have To Call Him Mister, Mr.  The Whole World Calls Him Hank.

Talent isn’t going to win this series, because talent alone gets its face plowed into the glass by a brain-dead Pronger disciple.  Talent gets bent over by a guy who used to have heart and guts but now gets slapped around by Mo Greene.  Talent alone doesn’t win jack squat in this league. Not anymore. Not when forces beyond talent’s control dictate so much.  Gary Bettman doesn’t appreciate talent unless he’s allowed to fawn over it.  Talent means exactly nothing unless it bows at the fuzzy slippered mid-afternoon feet of the shrew joke of a commissioner who runs this farce of a league.

Anger wins.  It won in ‘97 when the Wings reared up and slapped down a team of true cowards.  It won again in ‘98 when an *#$%@& ruined the life and career of Vladimir Konstantinov.  Anger won the day in ‘02 when it looked like Vancouver had gained an edge and then it boiled over in Game 7 of the ultimate Denver humiliation.  Pure anger drove this team to victory in 2008 when it was disgustingly clear that Gary Bettman’s true life work was handing Sid Rosby a Cup.

All it takes is a moment to get that anger back, you know.  Just one episode can bring it back in spades.  A gutless head shot can stir it.  A $2,500 fine can bring it to a simmer.  And the right word from the right coach can remind the right men that it has to be anger that brings them back to the frame of mind that wins Stanley Cups.

Uncle Mike Babcock has leveraged Shea Weber’s stupidity and Brendan Shanahan’s cowardice.  He’s capitalizing on it as we speak.  He’s reminding the Wings that had that been Rosby’s face plowed into that glass, a suspension would have been handed down before 40 hit the ice.  And I’m betting that nothing gets to the Wings like a reminder of their status as second-class citizens in Gary’s World.

So it will start with Babcock, because it must.  But if this thing gets turned around tonite, and it must, it will be because Hank Zetterberg is burning with hatred.  If the Wings are to win tonite and then again and twice more, Hank will be the one to lead and he’ll lead with the kind of anger that wins playoff series. 

This series would have been won on talent alone five years ago, even three years ago.  The Wings skill would have been the difference.  Not anymore. Gary won’t allow it.  It has to be hate and pure, raw anger. 

Hank Zetterberg takes this thing over tonite.  Watch.  And hell’s coming with him, motherfuchers.

It’s a Round 1, Game 2 Live Blog.

16 to 12.  12 in 12.

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SYF's avatar

I’m on a CBC Feed though I don’t think it’s going to be any better than CNB-friggin-C.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/13/12 at 09:35 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Game on bitches

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/13/12 at 09:36 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I’m drunk bitches…. er I mean evenin. Let’s steamroll these assclowns.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 04/13/12 at 07:34 PM ET

Well spoken.  Pure prose.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/13/12 at 09:36 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

In the pantheon of A2Y, Jeff cemented his place with that image. Congrats,

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/13/12 at 09:37 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

man, woke up today, with a phone call at o’dark thirty this morning, that just rocked my world. turned all upside down and am just getting back after taking care of things. asked thumper(my wife) to pick up some refreshments for the game today as i would not be able to.

got dropped off from placing band aids on all the wounds of the day, get the computer fired up, and say, Mmmm a Guinness sure would taste good now, open the fridge and no dark frothy drink is to be seen, instead there are these cans from something called ‘busch light’

what the ‘ell, i can see through it, is this stuff even beer?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/13/12 at 09:38 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Posted by SYF from fashionista dougie’s newly violated Droid 4G on 04/13/12 at 07:35 PM ET

CBC’ll do a much better job of COVERING the game, but they’ll still have their bias.

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/13/12 at 09:38 PM ET

SYF's avatar

“Heroes Play Here” sign outside of the SoGay Center.

Delusional fuchwits.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/13/12 at 09:38 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Jeebus ...drop the puck.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/13/12 at 09:38 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Lets go Red Wings!!!!! Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/13/12 at 09:38 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

So with watson reffing tonight, what’s the over/under on goals called back?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/13/12 at 09:38 PM ET

SYF's avatar

CBC’ll do a much better job of COVERING the game, but they’ll still have their bias.

Posted by sjketcheson from Mexico on 04/13/12 at 07:38 PM ET

Word, sjk.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/13/12 at 09:39 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Evening, bitches.  What are you drinking?

CBC Feed for those who spell with a U.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/13/12 at 09:39 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

CBC FEED

pregame song being sung

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/13/12 at 09:39 PM ET

SYF's avatar

OMG.  I love the Star Spangled Banner but really, I’d rather have Karen Newman.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/13/12 at 09:40 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Mine words flow like ill-begotten tigers through the forests of southern Russia in the depths of a winter colder then Babcock’s menacing stare.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 04/13/12 at 09:40 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Man the Stella is flowing wayyyyyyyy too easy tonight.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/13/12 at 09:40 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Posted by SYF from fashionista dougie’s newly violated Droid 4G on 04/13/12 at 07:39 PM ET

But that link is a CNBC cast?

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/13/12 at 09:41 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I don’t have sound.  Don’t ask.  I just won’t have sound.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/13/12 at 09:41 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

In the pantheon of A2Y, Jeff cemented his place with that image. Congrats,

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/13/12 at 07:37 PM ET

Thank you thank you….I’d like to thank all the little people…

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/13/12 at 09:41 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Mine words flow like ill-begotten tigers through the forests of southern Russia in the depths of a winter colder then Babcock’s menacing stare.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 04/13/12 at 07:40 PM ET

A-frigging-men brother.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/13/12 at 09:42 PM ET

VooX's avatar

CBC’ll do a much better job of COVERING the game, but they’ll still have their bias.

Posted by sjketcheson from Mexico on 04/13/12 at 07:38 PM ET

A lot of hate coming from the play-by-play announcer.  Not sure of his name, but he’s black and I think his last name is Weekes.  He was riding Nashville’s nuts all night last game.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/13/12 at 09:42 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Starting the Reffing bullshit early already, just the other direction.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/13/12 at 09:42 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

finally on!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/13/12 at 09:42 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Howdy bitches. LGRW.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/13/12 at 09:43 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

Put a drunk in the back of an ambulance then drove home from work at about two hundred miles an hour.

I’m here and I’m baying for some sweet goal-based revenge.

Evenin’ one and all.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 04/13/12 at 09:43 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

Put a drunk in the back of an ambulance then drove home from work at about two hundred miles an hour.

I’m here and I’m baying for some sweet goal-based revenge.

Evenin’ one and all.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 04/13/12 at 09:43 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thanks for the heads up, sjk.  I was pretty sure it was the CBC feed because I presumed that when I click an alternate link, it would auto-update the url.  It didn’t.

Use Yoop’s and/or VooX’s links above.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/13/12 at 09:43 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Nashville looks like half a dozen short buses on ice.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/13/12 at 09:43 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

GOOO BERT!!!!

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/13/12 at 09:44 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

YES BERT.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 04/13/12 at 09:44 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Angry moose already. Berty getting some revenge.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/13/12 at 09:44 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Get him Bert!

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/13/12 at 09:44 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

*#$%@& him up Bert.  Yea mofo

Posted by Yzersyuk on 04/13/12 at 09:44 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

I fuching love Bert, I really do.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 04/13/12 at 09:44 PM ET

MarkK's avatar

Serial killer.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 04/13/12 at 09:44 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Bert wrapping up with Weber.

Fucher’s gonna be seeing that all day.

Lousy call.  Lousy, lousy call.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/13/12 at 09:45 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

UNIBOMBER!!!!! REturns!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/13/12 at 09:45 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Jeebsus almost another fluke

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/13/12 at 09:45 PM ET

Avatar

How the fuch is Franzen bloody?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/13/12 at 09:45 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

What a crock of fuching shit call on Moose.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/13/12 at 09:46 PM ET

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