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Abel to Yzerman

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

Well, it ain’t a typical Wings game if we weren’t playing catch up hockey.

What a stupid, stupid boneheaded play by Jimmy.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:35 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Kindl - not so subtle interference

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/20/14 at 02:35 PM ET

SYF'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 03:34 PM ET

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 03:34 PM ET

Yup.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:36 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Quincey stops the pass and saves a likely goal.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/20/14 at 02:36 PM ET

SK77's avatar

DeKeyser a little too strong on the stick. Oh man.

Posted by SK77 on 04/20/14 at 02:36 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Hate to say I told you so, but…....

Posted by Down River Dan on 04/20/14 at 02:37 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Are you fuching kidding me? Huge zebra suckage.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/20/14 at 02:37 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhxxxxxxxxxxx….

Settle the fuch down, guys.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:37 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

JAMES

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/20/14 at 02:37 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Kind of hard not to call that on Danny boy

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/20/14 at 02:37 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Jimmy atoning for his sins on that 5 on 3.

Posted by SK77 on 04/20/14 at 02:37 PM ET

SYF's avatar

DONG redeems himself.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:37 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Ugh.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/20/14 at 02:38 PM ET

pgoody's avatar

THanks Howie now I remember why we had to claw our way back into the playoffs…

Posted by pgoody on 04/20/14 at 02:38 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Rut Roh 2-0 Boston

Come on Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/20/14 at 02:38 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Get a time out, Babcock.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:38 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Yup. In their heads alright.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 04/20/14 at 02:38 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

That is exactly what Detroit lacks, dmen who can get the puck to the net through traffic

but at least we’ve got Legwand

Posted by Hootinani on 04/20/14 at 02:38 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Let’s give fuching Boston a few more PP’s why don’t we.  Fuch.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/20/14 at 02:38 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Kindl, Quincey, and Lashoff, all on top of Howard in the crease on that goal. I love it.

Posted by SK77 on 04/20/14 at 02:39 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Take this game back, Wings.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/20/14 at 02:39 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Glen has the water boiling and she’s walking out to the rabbit hutch in the back yard.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/20/14 at 02:39 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Gotta hold those rebounds…

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/20/14 at 02:39 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

okay, they didn’t weather the proverbial first period storm, but there’s still a lot of hockey left to be played—one shift at a time

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/20/14 at 02:39 PM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

I think I have yardwork to do

Posted by Rdwings28 on 04/20/14 at 02:39 PM ET

calquake's avatar

If the Wings don’t keep Boston out of the net area this game is toast.

Posted by calquake on 04/20/14 at 02:40 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Kindl has to go. I understand they just extended this guy but FFS trade him for a bag of pucks.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 04/20/14 at 02:40 PM ET

topshelf14's avatar

A lot of game left. Get it back men!

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 04/20/14 at 02:40 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Bonehead penalties dig a deep hole.  Never give up, bitches.  LGRW!!!!!

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/20/14 at 02:40 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Just. Settle. Down.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/20/14 at 02:41 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Leaky Jimmah. Needs a fresh depends. Calm down boys and play your game

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 04/20/14 at 02:41 PM ET

Alan's avatar

....so, dafuq just happened? Two phantom calls and another goal?

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/20/14 at 02:41 PM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

Why do you build me up, buttercup, only just to let me down”

Posted by Rdwings28 on 04/20/14 at 02:41 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/20/14 at 02:42 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Smitty gets boarded and no call.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/20/14 at 02:42 PM ET

Bent's avatar

No call huh?  Did Boston bitch about the officiating last game?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/20/14 at 02:42 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

wow, and exactly how the fuch is that not a boarding penalty?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/20/14 at 02:42 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

....so, dafuq just happened? Two phantom calls and another goal?

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/20/14 at 03:41 PM ET

No, actual calls. That does have to be admitted.

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/20/14 at 02:43 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

So they aren’t calling boarding in this game?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 04/20/14 at 02:43 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

goons

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/20/14 at 02:43 PM ET

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