Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 04/14/12 at 06:37 AM ET
Where to start, where to start. How about with you, Dirk Hoag? How’d you feel about a Game 2 loss to the team you used to love but now hate because you moved away and forgot what loyalty means? Nah, we don’t really care what you have to say. But, that doesn’t mean your readers are any less brilliant than usual. Check out this ditty.
My dad brought up a good point…
Detroit played about as best they could…
Preds kinda sucked tonight….
We still almost came back….
For what its worth…
We’ll be okay guys, lets not act like its 3-0 them
Fan since day 1!
by JBoogie22 on Apr 13, 2012 10:33 PM EDT via iPhone app reply
As he says, JBoogie’s been a fan since “day 1!”, but his institutional genius doesn’t make up for the fact that (a) dads and uncles sound awfully similar down in TN mainly because they often share the same body, meaning they’re one in the same, I mean, well, JBoogie, it might be time for some hard geneological questions, I mean…nevermind and (b) JBoogie’s dad/uncle is a dumbass because what he says is precisely the opposite of what actually happened.
You see, JBoogie, the Wings actually played like overall shit, while your heroes played their best game. Make sense? No? I’ll slow it down for you.
In Game 1, Detroit fired 37 shots on goal - more than the Predators’ 26 shots on goal. In Game 2, it was the Predators who took 26 shots to Detroit’s 17 - a low for the Red Wings against the Predators in their post-season history.
We told you in the LB, though. We told you. The interns and I. Talent doesn’t mean jack squat when it comes to the playoffs. The Wings needed some anger, didn’t have to look too far, and I have a feeling I know exactly where it came from.
It’s one thing to ram another player’s face into the glass at a moment when emotions were really high. It’s a whole other matter when photo badass Dave Guralnick captures evidence that you think the whole thing is a frigging joke. Everything’s all light and airy when you have the little top hat wearing midget cleaning lady of a commissioner on your side. Funny stuff, eh? Todd Bertuzzi obviously thought so. And I dig how Craig Custance pointed out the fact that the Serial Killer took a bit of a personal risk when he made the decision to exact some pre-planned revenge on Pronger II.
After the game, there was a short pause after Bertuzzi was asked if the fight naturally happened or if it was something he was going to make sure happened. Bertuzzi will forever be linked to his hit on Steve Moore in 2004, which makes any premeditated retribution a touchy subject for the big forward.
“It’s a hockey play,” he answered. “It’s part of the game.”
I’ve been to sea a long time. My mind is mushy. I can’t remember the phrase that fits here, two words to sum up what Bertuzzi’s Revenge meant to the Wings?
Turning point. That works. And it did. Todd Bertuzzi just earned himself 12 months of late-skate liberty here at A2Y. You won’t be seeing a negative word about him here for a long damn time and that’s law.
Back to the disgusting hit Weber laid on Zetterberg two nights ago and the impact it had on Game 2. David Climer’s a writer for the Daily Tennessean. He understands that while Weber might have felt a warm urine in the snowmobile suit satisfaction when he blasted Hank after the whistle? A piper needed to be paid. And that payment just might be extended over a four, five or six game span of time. In other words, nice move dumbass…you woke up the Wings.
Responding to the ugly events at the end of Game 1, the Red Wings took matters into their own hands on Friday and beat the Predators 3-2, skating off with the split they wanted.
While evening the score on the ice, Detroit also made a statement. Reading from a predictable script, Red Wings tough guy Todd Bertuzzi confronted Predators captain Shea Weber 1½ minutes into the game.
Let’s face it: Weber got off light. He was on the ice instead of in the bleachers. His actions merited a suspension but Brendan Shanahan, who makes the call on such things for the NHL, gave him the benefit of the doubt.
The decision is out of step with penalties handed down by Shanahan during the regular season. Indeed, the league office generally has taken a hard-line stance against those taking shots at other players’ heads in the wake of injuries to stars such as Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews.
That’s another column you have to read, front to back. Shockingly honest writing and sure to spin up the 7 Tennessee residents who finished it without falling asleep in a puddle of their own drool.
Hey, here’s a fun trick. ‘Member we talked about Fredo Corleone the other night, about how Brendan Shanahan—once he officially admitted to the world that he is now Gary Bettman’s biooootch—reminded us of Fredo? Well, it would appear that—on his own--Gregg Krupa came up with a Godfather metaphor, too.
At the end of “The Godfather,” Michael Corleone tells his brother-in-law Carlo Rizzi, “You’ve got to answer for Sonny, Carlo.”
One Corleone then avenged another.
Bertuzzi made Weber answer for Zetterberg, and the Red Wings were off to the only start that made any sense after Game 1.
Weird. Ahhh, don’t worry about it Gregg. Glad I could help. If you recall, though, Carlo didn’t turn traitor bitch until after Sonny kicked his ass in front of his boys and caved his face in with a trash can lid. That was McCarty-like.
Despite the coincidental reference, Krupa’s column is great.
Perhaps another dozen-and-a-half people ought to walk up to Howard, tell him what a great goalie Pekka Rinne is and ask if he ever thinks he can match up.
It only motivates him.
For the second consecutive game, Howard held his team in it when they needed it, especially when they were short-handed and especially in the third period when the Predators outshot and outskated the overly cautious Red Wings and nearly won the game.
On Friday, the difference on the penalty kill, by and large, was Howard.
His positioning is outstanding in this series, as it almost always is. His rebound control was good. His quickness, especially laterally, was at times scintillating.
His readiness for battle? It matched Bertuzzi’s.
Howard was dominant.
Yes, he was. He was exactly what the Wings needed him to be. He put the F back in JFH last night, and if he hadn’t? Bertuzzi’s opening statement wouldn’t have meant a thing.
So there are some ditties for you. Crazy how I post a collection of them after a Wing win. That’s just strange.
Now it’s back to the glorious Joe and home-ice advantage. Momentum in one hand and a reminder in the other…a reminder to Bubba to go ahead and suck it, a reminder to Weber that you’re still a Predator for another year and that means you’re still a bitch, a reminder to Brendan Shanahan that you’re not welcome anymore and a reminder to the rest of the league that waking the Wings when they’re weary is just dumb.
Back in Hockeytown, unlike places like Pittsburgh and Vancouver and soon to be Bitter Bitch Bag of Shit Blues Land, we’ve got ourselves a series now, 19.
15 to 12 in 12.
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