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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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RWBill's avatar

The thought of the pens dropping the first 2 at home, warms me immensely.

8 - 5 bitches.  Flyers.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 04/13/12 at 10:17 PM ET

Ken Kal said Philly has never lost a series when up 2-0.  May that hold up.

Posted by RWBill on 04/14/12 at 12:26 AM ET

Sal's avatar

Z just did an interview with NHL Network wearing Helm’s sweatshirt—43 on his shoulder.

Posted by Sal from the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains on 04/14/12 at 12:27 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

sorry about the double post, the first one kinda disappeared into the ether so I re-posted it, but then, of course, now there it is twice.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/14/12 at 12:28 AM ET

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Posted by jimathor from Southampton, UK. on 04/13/12 at 10:19 PM ET

You know…I’ve had enough to drink tonight that I actually had to watch that twice

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/14/12 at 12:28 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Hierarchy of Hate.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Orego

n on 04/13/12 at 10:21 PM ET

That is side bar material right there.

Chief, its 29:30 hours, CVST, you must be getting up to the good news.

Posted by RWBill on 04/14/12 at 12:29 AM ET

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I know this isn’t a surprise to everyone, but NHL.com is a fuching joke.

Top Headlines.  Rosby scored 15 seconds in.  No mention of the fact that Couturier and Gerieux scored hat tricks or that Gerieux scored six points.  But Baby Boy scores.  That’s must see.


Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/14/12 at 12:33 AM ET

BrendonTO's avatar

Screw Weber and Suter, let Kenny spend that FA money on Parise.  Go Wings!!!!!  This is going to be a deep run….the only thing separating the Wings from #12 in ‘12 was some real motivation, and now Weber has given them all they need.  Lets go DRW!!

Posted by BrendonTO on 04/14/12 at 12:34 AM ET


Irony, Jagr with the GWG.

Posted by Alex on 04/14/12 at 12:36 AM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Nighty night bitches. See ya on Sunday. Be there or be square.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 04/14/12 at 12:37 AM ET

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There we go. Someone above just said Z was wearing Helm’s shirt under his jersey.

Four things to win it all for-



Shoving the Cup up Weber’s ass

The Perfect Human

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 04/14/12 at 12:40 AM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Best of 5 now bitches .Buckets playin on pure guts now. fighting and jousting with anyone in the paint. He has my utmost respect now. Good road playoff game by the good guys.
Won’t be able to blog on Sunday as I will be in the mountains. Will be with you in spirit listening to Ken and Paul on the sattelite radio.

Why don’t they just throw toothbrushes on the ice in Trashville? I mean they don’t ever use em GO WINGS

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 04/14/12 at 12:48 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

I know this isn’t a surprise to everyone, but NHL.com is a fuching joke.

Top Headlines.  Rosby scored 15 seconds in.  No mention of the fact that Couturier and Gerieux scored hat tricks or that Gerieux scored six points.  But Baby Boy scores.  That’s must see.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 04/13/12 at 10:33 PM ET

What?  No mention of Cindy coughing up the puck leading to the Philly shorthanded breakaway goal that turned the game around?  nothing about Malkin’s minus -4?  Weird.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/14/12 at 12:53 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Although the Wings since 1998 rarely go after retribution, don’t you think somebody will insist on dropping gloves tomorrow early in the game?  Bertuzzi isn’t really an accomplished fighter but is big enough to grapple for a few seconds and pull Weber to the ice, which is the closest this generation of Wings can come to winning a fight.
And if anyone is going to do anything you do it early in the game tomorrow, as that is the first opportunity to respond.  You do not wait like a little bitch for Game 3 to get in front of a home crowd.
Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 04/12/12 at 11:17 PM ET

This went larely as I envisioned, but well done Bert.



Posted by RWBill on 04/14/12 at 01:39 AM ET

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Posted by RWBill on 04/14/12 at 01:41 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Rumbear and Gabe should be happy enough to go Jackin’ It in San Diego !


Posted by RWBill on 04/14/12 at 01:50 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Babcock, “I thought Bertuzzi was huge for us early.”

Keating, “Did you know that was coming from Bertuzzi?”

Babcock,“Oh Yeah.  ..................”

Posted by RWBill on 04/14/12 at 01:58 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Sheeit.  I’m playing with fire here bitches.  The old lady is sitting three feet away from me playing something on her phone.

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 04/13/12 at 09:50 PM ET

She’s browsing A2Y to see what you’re posting.

Posted by RWBill on 04/14/12 at 02:16 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Okay one more for good measure
Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 04/13/12 at 09:36 PM ET

Damn, that’s near perfection. I’ve got something you can measure, but you’ll need a yardstick.

Posted by RWBill on 04/14/12 at 02:24 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

mmm MMM!!!  Catfish!  Smells just like my cousin/sister’s vagina!


Posted by RWBill on 04/14/12 at 03:15 AM ET

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Your Deee-troit muthafuching Red Wings, bitches.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/14/12 at 12:54 PM ET

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