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As we did last year after the PITF, we’ll take a final spin around the Flame ‘sphere and give you their reaction. Mostly classy, as usual.
I like the Wings’ chances going forward. If they can stay out of bad penalty trouble against the Stars or Sharks (and that mainly amounts to Schneider and Lang keeping their sticks to themselves), they’re going to make the WC finals.
Agreed Matt, especially if we play San Jose. That’s going to be all about the special teams, without a doubt. They’ve killed us in that area. Killed us.
No matter who they play (Dallas…please), John Niyo reports that it looks like Round 2 begins Thursday for the Wings.
It’s not official yet—it won’t be until after tonight’s Dallas-Vancouver game—but it looks like Games 1 and 2 in Detroit will be Thursday and Saturday this week, regardless of the opponent. Then they’ll play Monday-Wednesday in San Jose or Dallas, with Game 5 the following Saturday.
Uncle Mike Babcock, on WDFN, told Stoney and Big Bob that neither Brett Lebda or Tomas Holmstrom would play tomorrow if a Game 7 had become necessary. But, neither are ruled out for Game 1. Apparently Homer had blood in his eye.
When asked about Calgary’s “good tactics”, Babcock said he wasn’t going to comment. Wojo said, “we will.” Babcock’s response?
I'd thought of a more distinguished title for this post, but I've never been a distinguished kind of guy. So, we'll let that stand. Notice I didn't say the Flames can suck it. I think their behavior Saturday would have warranted a recommendation that they do, but it wasn't directed to them. I didn't say the fans can suck it, because I respect those fans just like I do the Oil fans. And I didn't say the bloggers can suck it, because--even you Kyle--I like that group, too. No, only the ghosts. Only those bastard ghosts who threatened to Punch Us In The Face again.
Oh, what the heck. Supersitions aside. Predict the OT winner. Me? I’ll say Cleary, despite the fact his slapper off the post probably sealed our fate. Anybody but me consider how sweet it would be to win a series-clinching Game 6 in front of that crowd?
The NHL has suspended Jamie McLennan 5 games. Whatever. Of larger concern is the condition of Brett Lebda, who appears to be out for tonite…at least.
Wings defenseman Brett Lebda (concussion, knee?) skated briefly, for a couple of minutes, Sunday morning at the Saddledome. He left the ice limping noticeably. There is no official word from the Wings, but it’s highly unlikely Lebda will play in Game 6 tonight. Kyle Quincey was recalled from Grand Rapids and was scheduled to fly in from Winnipeg, where the Griffins played Saturday night.
Anyone wonder what Don Cherry's reaction would have been if an evil Euro goalie, Dom Hasek for instance, had tomahawked a golden Canadien boy? Oh, I'm sure the torches would be lit. Don Cherry's a buffoon, an idiot with a soapbox. Unfortunately, he's got a following...kinda like Don Imus did. Yeah, I'll compare the two. Why shouldn't I? Explain to me what the difference is between Cherry's blatant anti-Euro biases and Don Imus' comments that got him fired from two separate media organizations? McLennan slashes a Swede and Cherry shrugs his shoulders and says, literally, "so what?". Whatever, the guy's Dwayne Klessel without the wedding singer gig.
As you know, I went ahead and decided to miss Game 5. So that was nifty. Actually, the Emperor emailed me updates from the second period during a layover. He wrote something like, “cleary, shorthanded, penalty shot, goal”. My reaction, of course, was mild. A slight nod of the head, or a shriek…I can’t remember. A few minutes later, “2-0, Zetterberg, pp”. Sitting on the tarmac, waiting for the plane to taxi, plane full of people. So, I’m wary, cautious. Just a double fist pump and a sharp kick to the seat in front of me. No big deal.
Then…radio silence. Check the blackberry as we go wheels up. 2-0 Wings. 9:35 left in the second. And there it stood for three hours until I landed back here in DC.
I hinted at this last night during the live-blog torture session but was already too stressed to address it fully. I’ll be missing Game 5 altogether….no tv, radio, blackberry, telepathy, nothing but the friendly skies.
In fact I’ve been out of the loop all day and will be until tomorrow night. Feel free to use this as a conversation thread, as if I had to tell you that.
And, remember, there is nothing fun about the playoffs. Nothing. All they do is suck.
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