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12 Hours Out Of Mackinaw City, I Stopped To Have Myself A Bru-In

None of you have been able to really enjoy an Easter in close to 25 years.  Blame the Red Wings for that.  While fans of other teams have stress-free holidays every other year or so?  

You dip your Easter eggs in cheap booze and wait for the puck to drop. 

Today will be tougher.  While the odds of winning Game 1 were low, taking this one is even more unlikely.  You're already girding yourselves.  Once the slaphappiness of Game 1 wore off, you went into a mode we're all too familiar with.  You banished the thoughts of a 2-0 lead.  Oh, they creep in but you bat them away like gnats flitting around a scab on the knee of a Blues fan after a trip through the gutter during a losing bout with Mad Dog on a Tuesday afternoon. 

Like me, you're already thinking, "Golly it's going to be good to go back to the Joe tied at 1."  You have to think that way because it's how we preserve our sanity.  It's a defense mechanism we've honed.  

1. We're steeling ourselves should evil creep in.  Protecting our fragile psyches in the event of a loss.

2. We go into games like this expecting the worst.  We expect Glenn Close to boil the rabbit today.  Of course she will. She's bat-shit crazy. She's going to boil the rabbit and then we're going to have to find a way to kill her before she ruins the rest of this beautiful Spring. 

Only you and I understand that talking about boiling rabbits on Easter is perfectly acceptable.  Many millions of people would find that offensive and, worse, irrelevant.  Not us. You understand that we can't think about a 2-0 lead over a 1 seed.  You and I get it.  We will not allow ourselves that kind of hope, because when you hope you set yourself up for bad visions, the ones Shooter talks about in the hospital, just a day before Chitwood sinks that jumper. 

Don't even think of the insanity at the Joe on Tuesday should the Wings come home after having "stolen" the first two.  Don't.  You must guard your optimism. Swaddle it. Hide it. 1-1 is perfectly acceptable. It's what we wanted. It's all we asked for and now we have it. Take one of the first two and claim home ice.  

Don't be greedy.  Why should we expect more than anyone else? Nobody in the history of hockey would ever expect to go into a 1 seed's building and take the first two.  You know that's true, so why should we be the ones who expect a miracle like that?

Because we're Wing fans, that's why.  When you're a Wing fan, greed is good.  Excess is expected. Parades are the norm. Cups are ours to be had, recaptured. 8 seed? Screw your 8 seed. 

2-0 at the Joe. That's the goal. That's the expectation. Speed and smarts are better than brawn and stupidity. 

It's a live blog, bitches.  Temper yourselves, but, by god, expect the best because these are the Detroit MF'ing Red Wings. 

15 to 12. 

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SYF's avatar

Wings get the first PP of the game.  Make it count, boys.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:23 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Time to make this PP work.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/20/14 at 02:23 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Chara already trying to take out Dangles.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:24 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Hejsan Svejsan allesammans !!

Lets Go Red Wings   clap   clap   clap !!!  tongue rolleye

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 04/20/14 at 02:24 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Gimme a windex neat and a turpentine chaser. Make em pay

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 04/20/14 at 02:24 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Pitiful power play for the Wings.  Just pitiful.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:25 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

dive

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/20/14 at 02:25 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

great—they gain momentum from our power play

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/20/14 at 02:25 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Sauce to the pooper.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:26 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Bad, Tatar, bad.

Posted by SK77 on 04/20/14 at 02:26 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Thanks Chief, Howdy 19+
Happy Easter! smile

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/20/14 at 02:26 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Tatar the lumberjack

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/20/14 at 02:27 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Iginla still slashing people in the legs behind the play.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:27 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Hi all

that was one broke ass PP

Posted by Hootinani on 04/20/14 at 02:27 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Ahhhhh HELMER

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/20/14 at 02:28 PM ET

SK77's avatar

that was one broke ass PP

Posted by Hootinani on 04/20/14 at 03:27 PM ET

I feel like that’s a very positive way to put it.

Posted by SK77 on 04/20/14 at 02:29 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Glennie has the courage of a Marine.  Holy fuch.  All by himself deep behind the Bruins’ goal line to kill more seconds off the Bruins PP.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:29 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Glennie has the courage of a Marine.  Holy fuch.  All by himself deep behind the Bruins’ goal line to kill more seconds off the Bruins PP.

Posted by SYF from Zata’s Epic Viking Beard on 04/20/14 at 03:29 PM ET

Whatever, SYF. Cleary has comparable stats.

Signed,
HiHD

Posted by SK77 on 04/20/14 at 02:30 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

sloppy

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/20/14 at 02:30 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

I feel like that’s a very positive way to put it.

Posted by SK77 on 04/20/14 at 03:29 PM ET

as bright and shiny as I can get about it

Posted by Hootinani on 04/20/14 at 02:30 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Nice bang bang play there.  sick

Posted by SK77 on 04/20/14 at 02:31 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Get it back, Wings.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:31 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Jimmy Howard—not a great puckhandler

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/20/14 at 02:31 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

THANKS HOWARD !!! YOU SUCK

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 04/20/14 at 02:31 PM ET

calquake's avatar

That’s all on Jimmy.

Posted by calquake on 04/20/14 at 02:31 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Howard just cant let us be happy with him

Posted by Hootinani on 04/20/14 at 02:31 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Ohhhhhhh Howie…

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/20/14 at 02:31 PM ET

Alan's avatar

FFFFfffff not gonna say it. Ugh.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/20/14 at 02:31 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

stupid penalty

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/20/14 at 02:32 PM ET

SK77's avatar

stupid penalty

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/20/14 at 03:32 PM ET

stupid player

Posted by SK77 on 04/20/14 at 02:32 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Zebra suckage.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/20/14 at 02:32 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Jimmah Dong was too hard on that pass.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/20/14 at 02:32 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I have the game on mute and I’m sure Olcsux is masturbating ferociously.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:32 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Yep. That was all on Jimmy. Fuch.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/20/14 at 02:33 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

The Wings have let ‘em into their heads.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 04/20/14 at 02:33 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Whatever, SYF. Cleary has comparable stats.

Signed,
HiHD

Posted by SK77 on 04/20/14 at 03:30 PM ET

Awesome.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:33 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

If Jimmah would have gone to the other side, a Wing was waiting. Get it back boys.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 04/20/14 at 02:34 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Even without the hard pass, Jimmah should have gone up the left boards to the OPEN and UNPRESSURED man.

Posted by SK77 on 04/20/14 at 02:34 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Kindl with the stoo-pid interference.  Completely unnecessary.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/20/14 at 02:34 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Kill this penalty then settle down and just play.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/20/14 at 02:35 PM ET

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