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Digging Game 2:  Krupa Channels Puzo, Uncle Gramma Talks Daddy, Custance and Climer Talk Sense

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.

On The Forecheck

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.

CBC

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.

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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.

And…

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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MOWingsfan19's avatar

Top of the mornin’ Master Chief.
I love the smell of a solid road win in the morning.
Keep the coal coming, this train is gonna pick up speed.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/14/12 at 08:50 AM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

“Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day….”

Posted by Rdwings28 on 04/14/12 at 09:43 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Todd Bertuzzi just earned himself 12 months of late-skate liberty here at A2Y.

You know else did, Charley Buckets.  He was a one-legged warrior last night.

Hank might not have found the score-sheet last night, but he kept NSH penned in their end late in the game.

I admit that I was seriously questioning the leadership on this team during their late season slide to mediocrity;  wondering aloud if they had any grit to them, any sandpaper at all. 

I was wrong, dead wrong.  Hearts of lions on this team, many of them.

Except for one.  I just heard an APB out for someone name Moose(!)

He should be down on the 3 or 4 line.  But I finally realized why Uncle Mike has him paired with Pavel - - because he is such a huge defensive liability Uncle Mike must figure that is the safest place on the ice for him.  Someone needs to bitch-slap the Moose.

Excellent post Master Chief - -the Navy must know what their doing.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/14/12 at 11:08 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

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.
“It’s a hockey play,” he answered. “It’s part of the game.”

That is just brilliant.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/14/12 at 11:20 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

15 to 12 in 12.

Mornin’ Skipper.

What a great win last night, and no better way to mete out justice.

I’m ready for tomorrow.

Bring the Mo’ back to Motown boys!

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/14/12 at 11:28 AM ET

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Everyone in Nashville now has been a fan since “Day 1” but they only sold out 24 times this year, the most ever for the franchise.  I’m transplanted to this area, and yes they have increased the fanbase, but the Titans are down somewhat so now they latch on to what the winning team is in the area.  The minute this team starts taking a nosedive, that wagon empties out in a heartbeat.  Lets accelerate that nosedive for them , to be knocked out by the nasty RedWings again would be devestating to the city and the franchise.  I will be a gentleman and hand out Kleenex’ from a special Predators edition Kleenex box when that happens !

Posted by Jim from Nashville on 04/14/12 at 11:44 AM ET

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Hank might not have found the score-sheet last night, but he kept NSH penned in their end late in the game.

I assume it got mentioned in the LB, but Zetterberg had one of the key plays of the game, IMO.  it was when Big E(rror) pinched in at the exact wrong moment, leaving Lidstrom alone on a 2-on-1.  Zetterberg busted arse to get back, and with Lidstrom managing to delay the puck carrier to the outside for just a moment, Z made a brilliant hit completely breaking up the play.  Nashville scores, at home, on a play like that…and we’re in trouble.

so Vancouver and Pittsburgh are both down 2-0?  oh joyous day!

I just noticed something quite interesting about the playoff seedings this year.  look at the low seeds in these series…Detroit, Chicago, Washington, New Jersey, and Philly?  seems like the Wings aren’t the only “been pretty damn good for pretty damn long” team who had a tough regular season.

I predict lots of upsets this year in the playoffs.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/14/12 at 12:27 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

God, that game was beautiful last night.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/14/12 at 12:32 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

“It’s a hockey play, It’s part of the game.”

Bertuzzi.  Takes the law into his own hands, does the job shenaniganhan didn’t have the balls to do, and mocks them all on the way out the door.  Well played.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/14/12 at 12:38 PM ET

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Side note—

Someone needs to ask that little shit-stain they call the commissioner how come it’s okay for Uncle Grandma’s Klan to throw fish onto the ice, but it’s a greivous offense subject to arrest and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law for Detroit fans to toss octopi?

I mean since the midget czar was in attendance for game one and witnessed it first-hand, I naturally assumed there would have been a “zero-tolerance” edict handed down by the league similar to last year when it was announced that the league would no longer stand for such things.  But unless I missed something, it never happened.  Weird huh?

Gosh, it almost seems like there might be a double standard.  Maybe it wouldn’t be okay for a Red Wing player to smash one of a trashville player’s face into the boards after all?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/14/12 at 12:53 PM ET

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Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/14/12 at 10:53 AM ET

I had this exact discussion with a friend last night during the game

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 04/14/12 at 01:21 PM ET

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by JBoogie22 on Apr 13, 2012 10:33 PM EDT via iPhone app reply

That guy’s a fuching droog, a shit-stirrer of the lowest order.

There are a lot of them over there.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/14/12 at 01:49 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Yes West Wing, you must be one of those whiny Red Wing fans that expect impartiality and consistency instead of brazen, in-your-face there’s-nothing-you-can-do-about-it-because-I’m-the-commissioner bias and preferential, double-standards.

There is no honest broker to protect the fan and the integrity of the game and the league.  Gary Bettman is not just the sheriff, he also runs the Saloon and the Brothel.  There is no possibility of checks and balances.  It is a stacked deck with rules applied on a sliding scale.  Fair and objective outcomes are not part of the plan, predetermined goals of NHL, Inc., will be dragged along, hook or by crook to their completion.

“My teams are going to get every advantage, and there is NOTHING you can do about it.”
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Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/14/12 at 02:02 PM ET

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Penalty?  I didn’t see no stinkin’ penalty!

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C’mon Shea, if you do that again you know we’ll have to suspend you ( wink wink, nod nod, say no more, say no more )
NHL-STANLEY/

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/14/12 at 02:24 PM ET

dougie's avatar

NHL network is replaying the game at 1 PM today. Imma try a little experiment, and watch the Wings sober.

Posted by dougie on 04/14/12 at 02:30 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

...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.

And therein lies the difference. The league doesn’t consider Hank a “star.” If it did, Weber would still be sitting two games from now. I’m still trying to imagine the furor that would have swept Lil’ Gary’s office if Cindy had gotten the same treatment.

...a reminder to the rest of the league that waking the Wings when they’re weary is just dumb.

As Yamamoto said after his aides told him their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was a success: “I fear that all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill it with a terrible resolve.” Thanks, Weber, for “awakening” the Wings. Much obliged.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/14/12 at 02:34 PM ET

monkey's avatar

NHL network is replaying the game at 1 PM today. Imma try a little experiment, and watch the Wings sober.

You dirty bitch.  I thought we had something special.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 04/14/12 at 03:45 PM ET

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Upcoming milestones:

Henrik Zetterberg’s next goal will move him past Sergei Fedorov into sole possession of fourth place on the Red Wings career goal scoring list.  Only Steve Yzerman (70), Gordie Howe (67) and Nicklas Lidstrom (54) have scored more post seasons goals for the Wings than Zetterberg and Fedorov (50).

Tomas Holmstrom is next on the list at 46.

Pavel Datsyuk (32) needs one goal to tie Brendan Shanahan (33) for 11th place all-time.

In assists, Nicklas Lidstrom is the all-time leader at 129.  Every additional post season assist will extend his own record.  For God’s sake pile it on, Nick.

Johan Franzen (35), Niklas Kronwall (34), and Valtteri Filppula (33) are 15th, 16th, and 17th all time in assists.  They are chasing each other as well as #14 Paul Coffey (36), #13 Slava Kozlov (37), and #12 Igor Larionov (39).

In total points, Lidstrom (183) still needs two points to tie Yzerman (185) for #1 all time.  For God’s sake pile it on, Nick.

Sixth place Zetterberg (100) is closing in on fifth place Alex Delvecchio (104).

Holmstrom (97) and Datsyuk (92) are creeping up behind Z.

Johan Franzen (73) is 13th all time in points, just behind Brendan Shanahan and Norm Ullman (74 each)

Posted by monkey from Finland on 04/14/12 at 04:18 PM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/14/12 at 04:30 PM ET

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How I wish I could be at the Joe tomorrow. I hope the Wings fans create a deafening noise the whole game. Remember how the fans “carried” the team in those Sharks games last year? I want even more tomorrow. I really believe the Wings will win the next two games. I just feel it.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/14/12 at 04:46 PM ET

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Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/14/12 at 10:53 AM ET

If that’s the case, I hope we see lots of them on the ice tomorrow.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/14/12 at 04:54 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Man I am in love with stats right now.  I just figured out that amongst the Red Wings top 12 all-time playoff goal scorers, Henrik Zetterberg is #1 in Goals Per Game at 0.472.  Johan Franzen is #2 at 0.447.

The top 12, listed in order of total goals scored:


Steve Yzerman 0.357
Gordie Howe 0.435
Nicklas Lidstrom 0.208
Sergei Fedorov 0.309
Henrik Zetterberg 0.472
Tomas Holmstom 0.260
Ted Lindsay 0.358
Slava Kozlov 0.368
Johan Franzen 0.447
Alex Delvecchio 0.289
Brendan Shanahan 0.311
Pavel Datsyuk 0.260

Posted by monkey from Finland on 04/14/12 at 04:59 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Monkey, rewatching “our” game meant nothing to me, you have to believe me.

Posted by dougie on 04/14/12 at 05:12 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Monkey, rewatching “our” game meant nothing to me, you have to believe me.

Oh, you’re just “experimenting”, huh?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 04/14/12 at 05:17 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Well, you were out of town, and I am just a man, after all. I didn’t really enjoy it that much. In fact, I slept through most of it.

Staying up all night watching gladiator movies with you, well, we will always have that. No one can take that away from us.

Posted by dougie on 04/14/12 at 05:24 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

monkey? ...
dougie? ...

you two want some privacy?

Paul? can you help ‘em out here?

(sheesh, ‘off days’ are a bummer during the SC playoffs, huh?)

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/14/12 at 07:25 PM ET

monkey's avatar

I’m too upset to talk right now.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 04/14/12 at 11:06 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Some head hunting going on in this Ottawa-Rangers free for all.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/14/12 at 11:08 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Staying up all night watching gladiator movies with you, well, we will always have that. No one can take that away from us.

Posted by dougie on 04/14/12 at 03:24 PM ET

Where was I, Jackin’ It In San Diego?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/14/12 at 11:50 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I think San Jose announcer on CNBC just said StL has not won a playoff game since 2004, Sharks have won 56 playoff games since then.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/14/12 at 11:53 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Where was I

An excellent question.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 04/14/12 at 11:59 PM ET

FranzensMouthguard's avatar

WTF. thanks for the locker room material Preds

http://cmsimg.freep.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=C4&Date=20120414&Category=SPORTS05&ArtNo=204140436&Ref=AR&MaxW=600&Border=0

Posted by FranzensMouthguard from Chicago, IL on 04/15/12 at 12:12 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

San Jose and Blues game breaks out in various fights the last minutes and after the final horn for a couple more minutes.  Bare knuckle fighting.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/15/12 at 12:32 AM ET

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com