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St. James:  Rafalski and Draper Still Out

I don’t even know what to say about this anymore.

Update from Honda Center here in Anaheim today: Brian Rafalski didn’t practice and will miss a fourth straight game when the Wings take a 2-1 deficit up against the Ducks tomorrow night.
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Rafalski (undisclosed injury) said he’s doing better, but doesn’t know when he’ll skate.

Mike Babcock said there would be no lineup or line changes for Game 4.

Thanks to Captain D. Polonich for the pointer.

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Brady Gets A Break And Magic From Gabe

I think we’ve stayed pretty true to something over the years.  We’re gonna blast some people, but when they deserve it…we’ll give them credit where it’s due.

Adam Brady has played the whiny bitch role to perfection for several months now, particularly the last few days.  But kudos to him for this.

There are a variety of emotions a hockey fan will experience when his team wins a big game—elation, relief, vindication, etc.

Guilt is usually not one of them.

But I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of it when the final horn sounded last night on a tense 2-1 victory for the Ducks over Detroit in Game 3. And I think we all know why.

He’s got a few other amazingly objective takes on last night’s game in there too.  Us?  Well, I think I’ve calmed down a bit.  I think it’s time to just let last night’s game…drift away. 

 

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Wing Fans: Settle Down, Give Hiller “His Props” And Blame It On Fashion

I’m sure the reaction will be wide, varied and explosive today.  After six hours I’ve mellowed a bit.

Worse call than the ‘99 fiasco.  Completely reflective of the incompetence that surrounds the Bettman regime like a pathetic cloud of horrendous body odor that can’t be scrubbed, washed, sprayed or prayed away.  Oh, and the excuses are already starting from the bone-jobs who claim to represent NHL officials.

Khan(!)

McGuire indicated Watson might have lost sight of the puck because of Anaheim’s uniform colors.

“A combination of the black puck and the black pants may have been a factor,’’ McGuire said. “But when he didn’t see the puck, he blew the whistle.’‘

Not Pierre, but I see how you could be confused.  That’s E.J. McGuire, the “series manager and spokesman for officials.”

 

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Disgusting

If you haven’t seen it, you will.

The officiating in this league is the most pathetic of anything just south of professional wrestling.

But the league’s healthier than ever, eh Gary?  Is this how you want your playoff games decided?

I’m two games away from being done with this whole charade.

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Twelve Hours Out Of Mackinaw City And It’s Time For A Live Blog

One: there’s no frigging way the Chicago game’s over by 2230.  Thanks Gary. Ass. 

Two: I just spent the last three hours walking the sidewalks of my neighborhood, making a list.

By my count there are sixteen domestic pets on the east side of my street.  Twelve on the west.

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Who’s This Mandingo Guy?

Trying to go all high-class and scholarly on us. 

And absolutely drilling the Canadien(an) MSM. 

But watching, for instance, the rest of the Hockey Night in Canada crew’s reaction to the Mike Brown hit on Jiri Hudler—and their barely contained joy that he was left bloodied and dazed on the ice by a guy four inches taller and 30 pounds heavier—you almost get the sense that for them the hit was the realization of some deep-seated revenge fantasy. That Mike Brown is an American doesn’t really matter. He’s not European, and that’s good enough. Whatever your opinion of the Mike Brown hit—I personally think a good argument can be made that it wasn’t suspension-worthy—it’s hard not to be a little disturbed by the way some in the Canadian media seemed to take a perverse joy in it.

More over at the KK Member’s Blog.

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GDT - W.C. Semifinals, Game 3: Red Wings (1-1) at Ducks (1-1)  (10:30)

Two games played (well 2 2/3 games).  Each team has six goals, and the series is tied at one game apiece.  Could it get any tighter, could the stress be any greater?  Following the game 2 loss, Uncle Mike does not seem overly concerned:  “We had a five-hour flight, which gave us the opportunity for consideration,” Babcock said. “We went through the tape and decided we were fine.”  However, he did say this about the Wings shot selection:  “We have to be much harder on him[Hiller],” Babcock said. “I don’t think lobbing shots into his glove is making it hard.”

The trio of Datsyuk, Hossa, and Holmstrom have combined for one assist and are a collective minus-6 with 25 shots through two games. The Highlander was extremely critical of Datsyuk’s play on the OT winning goal:  “Datsyuk looked bad on the winning goal. He waved at Marchant just inside the blue line.”

Gut-check time tonight.  The Wings first adversity, of any kind, in these playoffs.  Who, if anyone, steps up for the Wings?  Babcock believes his “A players” will: “The good thing about those guys is they know what’s taking place thus far in the playoffs and this series and they know they have to be better.”  I hope to hell he is right.

UPDATES in this thread throughout the day (that is, of course, if your diggers actually report anything).  See you tonight, Bitches.

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Cinco De Suck On This Poultry

As you can see, as a means to deal with the stress…I’ve taken the high road.

Plus, there’s this.

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Khan(!): Rafalski, Draper Definitely Out.  Another Quality 7 Minutes On Tap For Chelios.

Nifty.

Update from Monday’s late afternoon practice: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Brian Rafalski (upper-body injury) won’t play Tuesday in Game 3 vs. the Ducks, but he remains hopeful for Game 4. Rafalski did not skate Monday.

Kris Draper (upper-body injury) said doctors ruled him out for Game 3. He will be evaluated on a game-by-game basis.

Babcock said there will be no lineup or line changes for Game 3. Chris Chelios will continue playing instead of Derek Meech.

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Tick Tock: Rafalski Doubtful For Game 3

Kenny Holland, on the Fan 590, just said Brian Rafalski and Kris Draper both made the trip to the hockey hotbed of Anaheim.  He doesn’t expect Rafalski to play tomorrow night but does anticipate him in the lineup at some point this series.

No further mention on Draper, or what the extent of Rafalski’s injury is, or whether lying in a puddle of your own feces for approximately 30 consecutive hours can cause permanent health damage.  I’ll let you know on the latter.

But…what good would it do for Holland to say Rafalski’s in?  Lie to us Kenny.  We dig it.

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