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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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Yzersyuk's avatar

I hope that nosebleeed wakes the mule the *#$%@& up.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 04/13/12 at 08:46 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Franzen in the box for bleeding again.

Low facing.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/13/12 at 08:46 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

How the fuch is Franzen bloody?

Got popped by fisher behind his own net

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/13/12 at 08:46 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

NO call and plenty of blood to boot!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/13/12 at 08:46 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Howard just mouth fuched Radulov.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/13/12 at 08:46 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Time to balls up, E.  If you get a chance to line up Weber, Kronwall him.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/13/12 at 08:46 PM ET

TeamDub's avatar

sHOCKING cALL.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 04/13/12 at 08:47 PM ET

MarkK's avatar

How the fuch is Franzen bloody?

You know those Swedes, they just start bleeding all the time.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 04/13/12 at 08:47 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

How the fuch is Franzen bloody?

Posted by Valek on 04/13/12 at 07:45 PM ET

Indeed

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/13/12 at 08:47 PM ET

VooX's avatar

I hope that nosebleeed wakes the mule the *#$%@& up.
Posted by Yzersyuk on 04/13/12 at 07:46 PM ET

Nobody makes Mule bleed his own blood.  Nobody.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/13/12 at 08:47 PM ET

Avatar

Missed high stick, missed goalie interference…..yep zebra suckage working full tilt already.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/13/12 at 08:47 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

and the bullshit flows…..

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/13/12 at 08:47 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Jimmy is engaged. Getting run too….

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/13/12 at 08:47 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

We’re two minutes into this goddamn game and the Moose is out bleeding and Bert’s had to drop the gloves to answer the call.

Is this really what you wanted Shanaban? Really? I really don’t want to see someone get seriously hurt tonight, but I feel like I may.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 04/13/12 at 08:47 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Radulov aint shit.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/13/12 at 08:48 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Run howard - no call. I’m keeping track of this.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/13/12 at 08:48 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

HEY! CBC showed how Franzen got bloody! Did CNBC?

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/13/12 at 08:48 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Fuch Nashville.  That team’s about as retarded as the B’Lose in the eighties.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/13/12 at 08:49 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Franzen took a high stick before teh penalty call.  Thats four broken sticks for the Wings…. must be quality control issues….

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/13/12 at 08:49 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Radulov aint shit.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/13/12 at 07:48 PM ET

Oh yes he is… Pure Sh*t.

Posted by calquake on 04/13/12 at 08:49 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Shut up announcer. He was past the net and tried to make a bank shot that didn’t work. Stop sucking at your job!

Posted by Yzersyuk on 04/13/12 at 08:49 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Holy Fil

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/13/12 at 08:49 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Lucky bounce and a nice play by Kronwall

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/13/12 at 08:50 PM ET

MarkK's avatar

Did CNBC?

Total frickin mystery.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 04/13/12 at 08:50 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Atta boy White!

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/13/12 at 08:50 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Wings are angry. Good.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/13/12 at 08:51 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

If this tension keeps up I’m going to need new underwear by the start of the 2nd.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 04/13/12 at 08:51 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Dangles.Engaged.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/13/12 at 08:51 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Thief in the night

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/13/12 at 08:51 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

OK, I give.  How did Franzen get all bloody?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/13/12 at 08:51 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I just realized I’m live blogging on a 2 min delay. I suck. -1000 internets to me.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/13/12 at 08:51 PM ET

SYF's avatar

If this tension keeps up I’m going to need new underwear by the start of the 2nd.

Posted by jimathor from Southampton, UK. on 04/13/12 at 07:51 PM ET

Lucky.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/13/12 at 08:52 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Pavs came to play.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/13/12 at 08:52 PM ET

calquake's avatar

OK, I give.  How did Franzen get all bloody?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 04/13/12 at 07:51 PM ET

His Aunt is visiting.

Posted by calquake on 04/13/12 at 08:52 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Great atmosphere, all checks finished.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 04/13/12 at 08:53 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

His Aunt is visiting.

Posted by calquake on 04/13/12 at 07:52 PM ET


You nasty motherfucher.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/13/12 at 08:53 PM ET

SYF's avatar

His Aunt is visiting.

Posted by calquake on 04/13/12 at 07:52 PM ET

Damn, cal.  Damn…

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/13/12 at 08:54 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Lot of dump ins…settle it and run your game

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/13/12 at 08:54 PM ET

calquake's avatar

You nasty motherfucher.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 04/13/12 at 07:53 PM ET

I’ll take it back when he proves me wrong.

Posted by calquake on 04/13/12 at 08:55 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Franzen got high-sticked before the whistle blew on the penalty, when he went into the boards to battle (he lost his own stick as well).

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/13/12 at 08:55 PM ET

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