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As Big Freighters Go, Franzen’s Bigger Than Most. He Might Want To Consider Playing Like It.

Two things before we get started.  1. Donate.  This is the time of year to do it.  Paul is tireless and he does this for you guys. Donate.   2.  Carolina. If the Wings are done after two more games, you can look back to a Friday game against Carolina as the real culprit.

Rumor has it that Sergei Fedorov was on the training table in some dressing room, maybe St. Louis or even Denver, in '97. Steve Yzerman, a man some would consider the greatest Captain of any team in the history of organized sports, hobbled in and pretty much called him a name typically reserved for felines and 63 percent of all Denver males.

Yzerman, according to lore, informed Fedorov (the original Enigma) that pain is pain and men are men and that pain doesn't stop a man from doing the job other men need him to do.

I don't remember how Fedorov played the rest of that series but I distinctly recall thinking he should have won the Conn Smythe that year instead of Mike Vernon.

Henrik Zetterberg returns tonite. Reports conflict as to how much he'll play but the latest I saw was that we could expect "limited minutes."   Having observed Zetterberg for greater than a decade I'd guess "limited" will equal 18-20.

But what he does on the ice could be minor compared to what he should be doing this minute, and that is establishing residency inside Franzen's head and needling his strange brain with barbs. He should be reminding Franzen what he's capable of and what a shit show he's become. 

Zetterberg needs to pull an Yzerman to Franzen's Fedorov.  The challenge should not be as tall, considering they're most likely close friends. I do not sense Yzerman and Fedorov shared that type of relationship.

Franzen could very well be hurt, as Fedorov probably was in '97, and as Yzerman was in '02 and Shanahan was in '98, as Zetterberg undoubtedly was last year and in '08, as almost every hockey player is during the playoffs. Every single year.  No athletes play through the kind of pain hockey players do during the playoffs. Didn't a hero of Franzen's almost lose a testicle in '09? I don't remember. So, yeah, he's probably hurt. Got it.

So play through it. I know it's easy for me to say but guess what? I don't make the millions Franzen does to be a hockey player who lives up to his potential.

Tonight has got to be it.  And, I'm sorry George, but I'm not buying the glove theory. 

12 goals in '08.  13 in the '09 playoffs.  No more than six in any playoff since then.  Johan Franzen is living off the reputation he established for himself over two postseason years. 

Marian Fuching Hossa.  Jesus, Kenny.

So here we are. This is, indeed, the live blog, bitches.  If you look back about a week and consider who gave the Wings a shot to win, cut that number in half.  This morning on Sirius, Mick Kern and Mike Rossi asked Dennis Potvin if the Wings had even the slimmest chance of winning this series.  Potvin said absolutely not.  Even if Boston falters, the Wings can't compete in any area. None. They're done.

We'll see.  If the Wings lose, this series is indeed over.  But...if it gets all crazy and Detroit pulls this one out? 

We shall see. 

As stated, it's a Live Blog, bitches. Oh..and in the Zetterbergian fervor I almost forgot to mention...

...there will be a serial killer on the ice tonite, for what it's worth.

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stonehands-78's avatar

10 minutes into the 1st and Z already has 5 minutes of ice time

need everyone to contribute.

Make this PP worthwhile, boyz.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/24/14 at 07:29 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

In addition to working on the stretch passes, I hope they focused on the PP.

LGRW

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/24/14 at 07:29 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Was that a lucky break or a Monster save?


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/24/14 at 07:29 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Bs are laying loose. If Wings score first, they’ll get tighter.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/24/14 at 07:29 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Holy hell that was fast

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/24/14 at 07:30 PM ET

Alan's avatar

KRONNER! FUCH YEAH!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/24/14 at 07:30 PM ET

Bent's avatar

KRONWALL!!!!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/24/14 at 07:30 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Kronner!!!!!!!11

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/24/14 at 07:30 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Kronner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  One for the new baby Kronner!

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 07:30 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Kronners!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/24/14 at 07:30 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Just.Like.That.

Kronner with the >>>BOOM<<<

and Bert with the screen.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/24/14 at 07:31 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Bert with the perfect screen.  That’s a fuching PP.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/24/14 at 07:31 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Fuch yes.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/24/14 at 07:31 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Very nice stutter by Kindl to open up a shooting lane. Moar plz

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/24/14 at 07:31 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Sauce getting good looks.  Just gotta finish.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/24/14 at 07:32 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

How Nike and Tatar arent scoring is beyond me.  So many chances

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 07:32 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Damn this PP looks good.  Hope they score again.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/24/14 at 07:32 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Very nice stutter by Kindl to open up a shooting lane. Moar plz

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/24/14 at 08:31 PM ET

Yup.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/24/14 at 07:33 PM ET

SYF's avatar

C’mon, Abber.  You had a man on Rask’s crease.  Shoot the puck.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/24/14 at 07:35 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Helm tripped? Four zebras missed it, but 20k+ in attendance totally called them on their shit.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/24/14 at 07:35 PM ET

SYF's avatar

unbelievably, the Bruins had an open net and…MISSED.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/24/14 at 07:36 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

ugh, Smith

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 07:36 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

gimpy missed again for the Bs

bwahahahahahaha

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/24/14 at 07:36 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

SMITH!?!1!

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 04/24/14 at 07:36 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Smitty hurt again.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/24/14 at 07:37 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Watson being a blind dick again..

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/24/14 at 07:37 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

gimpy missed again for the Bs

bwahahahahahaha

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/24/14 at 08:36 PM ET

It probably deflected off the end of his nose

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 07:38 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

unbelievably, the Bruins had an open net and…MISSED.

Monster miraculously got a stick on that. HUGE save.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/24/14 at 07:38 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

unbelievably, the Bruins had an open net and…MISSED.

Posted by SYF from Zata’s Epic Viking Beard on 04/24/14 at 08:36 PM ET

SWM. No jink.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/24/14 at 07:38 PM ET

SYF's avatar

It was hard to tell for me, Nate, but thanks, man.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/24/14 at 07:39 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

HeYOHHHHHH !

What’s up, Bitches??

Can Z go a hard 18 minutes like Datsyuk and Kronwall did 9 months ago?

Wings got a lot of energy but breaking down a few times.  Settle it down to contained rage.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/24/14 at 07:39 PM ET

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

“smith hurt again”

Hockey Gods reaction to that sh*tty centering pass in the defensive zone. Come on boyz…stop screwing yerselves.

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 04/24/14 at 07:39 PM ET

SYF's avatar

SWM. No jink.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/24/14 at 08:38 PM ET

Busted.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 04/24/14 at 07:40 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

top line getting chances

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/24/14 at 07:40 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Were going to need goals. Lots and lots of goals.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/24/14 at 07:40 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

For those of us stuck with NBC.  At least Olprick isn’t there to cheer on the Bs.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/24/14 at 07:40 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

It was hard to tell for me, Nate, but thanks, man.

So did I real time. FSD awesomeness caught a great replay from the corner.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/24/14 at 07:40 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Iginla is a douche.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/24/14 at 07:41 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

shut-up pee-aire

penalty for what???

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/24/14 at 07:42 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

I’ll only say this once: fabulous defensive play by Q

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/24/14 at 07:42 PM ET

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