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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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24 Hours Off

I’ll be MIA today and tomorrow, right up until game time and the Game 6 Live Blog. 

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Live From The Hasek Club Car…..It’s A Game 5 Live Blog

“I can’t be bothered with hygiene issues right now.”
—IwoCPO to his wife 7 minutes prior to Game 5.

It’s on.

Whoa…Legwand and Arnott both out tonite. 

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Helm In For Hartigan; Tootoo Needs A Beatdown

Four games too late in my opinion, but Mark Hartigan finally finds a seat tonite.  Abbadabbadoobiedoo?  No.  Darren Helm.


Update from Friday’s morning skate: Rookie Darren Helm will make his playoff debut debut in Game 5 vs. Nashville, replacing Mark Hartigan. The fast-skating Helm will center the fourth line with Darren McCarty and Dallas Drake.

“Really excited and nervous at the same time,’’ Helm said. “There’s a lot of young guys up, being one of the first guys to jump in definitely means a lot to me, gives me some confidence that they believe in me.’‘

Oh and Kris Draper has gone ahead and confirmed for us that Jordin Tootoo is a piece of trash.


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Downriver Puck Bunnies Rejoicing

Well, it took eight months and it featured a humiliating admission from Dominik Hasek, and a two-game collapse that could have organ-I-zational consequences.  But Chris Osgood’s your starter and if there’s one thing I know it’s this:  nothing about this should make you feel anything but really frigging sick.

Does that mean the decision’s wrong? No.  Does it mean the Wings can’t win this series? Nope.

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Put The Pipe Down…It’s a Game 4 Live Blog

Those of you watching Versus will, all together now…thanks Gary. Ass….join the game in progress.  I’ll be here for the LB at 2100 sharp.

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Beating Bubba: Keys To Game 4

Yes. I know. Tardy today.  How about some early afternoon intrigue for you?  Lebda in. Lilja out.  Saw that coming, did you?  Yeah, you probably did.  Gramps is all fired up. He’s been Lilja’s greatest defender for two years so that’s no surprise.  But Uncle Mike’s throwing another wrench in the works.  All the Diggers are united in saying Darren Helm’s got a chance at suiting up tonite.

For who(m)?

No clue.  But we can guess, eh?

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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


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