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Whew…Only Four Hours Thirty Minutes Til Game Time.

Awesome.  The wait is the best part isn’t it?

A few ditties for you:

—Kelly Hrudey on Sirius HNIC said that not only did Brad Watson make the right ball, but that he agreed with the quick whistles. 
Brett Festerling will be replacing the “hunched over” James Wisniewski tonite.  Here’s hoping he’s in a puddle of his own urine by the second period.
—So.  Coyotes to Hamilton?  Nifty.  Chances Detroit ever ends up in the Eastern Conference if that happens?  Zero.  Thanks Gary. Ass.
—Oh…and Dandenault’s #11?  Retired.  You’ll just have to wait and see won’t you?
—Night Moves?  Also retired.  Accepting suggstions.

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Prepare For Nastiness Tonite

Well, I’m glad to see James Wisniewski is healthy. 

Healthy enough to run his yap and sound like a frigging idiot in the process.

St. James

“Shows a little bit of a gutless play by one of their players…

I saw three different replays, and if you look at it, he looks over his left shoulder and just gives a nice little elbow right when I was just hunched over, not even doing anything,” he said, “So, I mean, if he says he didn’t, I’m sure you have to believe him, but … if it was Chris Pronger, I think all you media guys would make this a big deal about how dirty the Anaheim Ducks are. But since it’s the Detroit Red Wings, I guess it’s all OK.”

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GDT - W.C. Semifinals, Game 4: Red Wings (1-2) at Ducks (2-1)  (10:30)

Adversity, nervousness, pressure, and the “screwed factor”; all make for a long friggin day in the Hasek.  Dave Dye, Detroit News, has seen fit to throw a little gas on that fire:  “This game has become seemingly crucial for the Red Wings, trailing 2-1 in the series. NHL teams with a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven playoff have won 91.1 percent of those series (215-of-236), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.”  Here is some more real heartburn for you:  (1)  DET has a series record of 10-18 all-time when trailing a best-of-7 match-up two games to one, (2)  ANA has never lost a best-of-7 series when holding a two games to one lead.

So is tonight a “must win” game?  Will Datsyuk, Homer, or Hossa put something on the scoresheet aside from goose eggs?  Equally important, will the flipping Wings start the game at the opening whistle?  While tonights result won’t decide the series, for the Wings to have a realistic chance of prevailing, they need a win.  If they don’t win, it won’t be for a lack of talent;  Chief:  “If the Wings lose tonite, and lose this series, we will be forever jaded because the only reason for it will be lack of effort and heart.”  Babcock, via the LA Times: “We’re being tested right now,” Babcock said. “We’ve got to find out if we’re mentally hard enough and want it bad enough.” 

I’ve always had a tendency to shine my spotilght on the painfully obvious, biggest game of the season tonight, Bitches.  More below.

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Time Killers

Updated at 1154 EST with a shocking look at what Shark fans do every May and the return to A2Y of one Terry Foster.

A few ditties to help you pass the time. We’ll add to these as the day goes by, so check back from time to time.  Hey. How about his game for the family?  I like to call it “reasons to despise Gary Bettman.”  Ready? I knew you were.

From Snapshots,

The Red Wings-Ducks TV schedule admittedly has confused me, and I’m supposed to know about these things, so, for the record: tonight’s game airs on Versus and only Versus in the United States, and TSN and only TSN in Canada.

Also from a Snapshots pointer…

 

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Don’t Waste This

Time for bluntness: losing this series would be worse than ‘06, worse than ‘03, even worse than losing to these cheating scumbags in 2007.  This would be the biggest waste of talent in NHL history.  This would be the most heinous missed opportunity we’ve ever seen.

Dynasties don’t lose to one-line (plus Selanne) teams.  Dynasties don’t lose to a Swiss boy, a forest myth and a deadhead. 

And Marian Hossa didn’t sign for 5 bucks to lose to this team, in this round.

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Here Come The Kids

Griffs got swept.  Here come the reinforcements.
MLive

Abdelkader, Howard, Kindl, Ville Leino and Aaron Downey next will join the parent club Detroit Red Wings as “Black Aces.”

But not Darren McCarty?  Interesting.

 

 

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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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