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Oh No He Din’t….It’s a Game 1 Live Blog

Once again, for the second time the last three games, I’ll be missing the live blog tonite, DVRing the game and sitting through an official
function trying not to soil the cloth of our nation.  I’ll be receiving your comments and emails throughout and won’t read a single one.  Don’t
try to send me notes and trick me either, the ones titled, “Your House Is On Fire”.  You almost got me last time but it didn’t work.

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Defeating The Dive: Keys to R2, G1

Hey, how about that?  My cousin, who lives in Nashville of all places, commented on the “There will be blood” rant below.  Bastard won’t call or email me, but when it’s time to stab some Dive fans in the temple, boy, there he is.  For you, cous, we may have a Rocky III reference coming up real soon.

As I write this it’s 6 hours until game time.  I’m ready to present to you the keys to victory, and happiness.

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Oh, There Will Be Blood

Round 1 was a quaint, engaging experience for Wing fans—particularly the 19 readers of A2Y.  Bubba’s fans dropped in from time to time and exchanged a few barbs with the faithful.  Friendships were formed between the two fan bases.  We bid them farewell and wished them the best.  Bubba’s bloggers came by occasionally and a few serious-minded, even-keeled hockey discussions took place.  Children were smiling.  Puppies frolicked as firetrucks waited outside, offering rides. 

Well, you can leave that crap at the door brother.  Leave it.  Because Round 2 is a whole new ballgame, a whole different dynamic.

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Preview Coming

Your fearless leader asked me to inform you that a full round two preview will up tonite or tomorrow morning.

Therefore, this post is yours, comment away if you want to chime in on the Colorado/Detroit series…

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Datsyuk, Stuart Not On Ice For Tuesday Practice

Updated 1344 EST:  See below.  Deep Digger Captain Khan(!) reports that Datsyuk has “the flu.”  Oh.  Ok.

The Anti-Digger says we shouldn’t be alarmed, that Datsyuk is only “banged up.”  But we wouldn’t be standing in line to board the Stress Train three days early if we didn’t obsess over playoff-sucking news like this.

The Red Wings are on the ice for the first time since Sunday’s Game 6 in Nashville. The only two regulars not on the ice are Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Stuart. I’ll ask after practice what the reason was for their absences.

MacLeod also reports Ericsson is skating with the big boys today, giving the Wings 8 defensemen and 3 options for that 6th spot.

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Uncle Mike:  “I Didn’t Like The Long Shots Beating Hasek”

On Toronto’s Fan 590, Mike Babcock discusses goaltending, Lidstrom’s knuckler, Darren Helm, McCarty and the importance of staying patient against a team you know you have the talent to beat. 

Listen here.

On the team’s health: “We’re getting healthier. Looks like Maltby will be back and ready to go.  Not only are we healthy, but they’re all going to be in shape.”

On his contract:  “Very, very fortunate to be the coach of the Red Wings. My family wants to stay. I want to stay.  Kenny and I have a good relationship and I’m not concerned one bit.  I’m not going anywhere.”

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Ten Years Later

Can you believe it’s been a decade since Chris Osgood let in the MacInnis goal, followed by the Langenbrunner bomb?  He was 25 years old and heading into Game 6 against Dallas, in Dallas, the Stress Train was rockin’.  A 2-0 shutout shut a lot of people up.  Mike Heika remembers.

Does he have the potential for greatness, the ability to win a game by himself the way the eccentric Czech does? Of course not. But the Wings don’t need that. They need a guy who is not going to lose them games.

Chris Osgood can do that. He has won a Stanley Cup. He’s 35. He led the NHL in goals against average this season at 2.09.

Ask the Stars if he’s good enough to win the Cup.

They know he is.




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Schneider The Scapegoat?

The LA Times’ Helene Elliott is upset, crestfallen even.  Her Poultry are done and she’s pointing fingers.  At Sasquatch for taking yet another idiotic, but typical, penalty at the end of Game 6 yesterday? Not by name.  Nope, she’s throwing another defenseman under the bus, and that would be Mathieu Schneider.

When Niedermayer returned and General Manager Brian Burke had to make salary-cap space for him this season and next, Burke had to choose between trading center Andy McDonald or defenseman Mathieu Schneider. He dealt McDonald, the team’s top playoff goal scorer last spring, so he could keep his defense intact.

That was the wrong decision, not only because the Ducks lost McDonald’s playmaking and scoring but because Schneider is incurably soft and untrustworthy defensively.

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Buh Bye Bubba.  Next?

422 comments left on the prolific, record-setting Game 6 Live Blog.  It’s the highest number of reactions to any blog post in the history of the internet, according to A2Y research.

Just two of those comments were mine, and neither were essential to the conversation. I feel a little bitter, and a little underappreciated.  But I’ll work that out in my quiet time.

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Late, Late, Late…a Game 6 Live Blog

Just walked in the door golf fans.

It’s a Game 6 Live Blog

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About Abel to Yzerman

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


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