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Abel to Yzerman

Do It Gordo, Bring Us The Gales Of November

Teams with “captains” like Joe Thornton do not win Game 7’s after blowing a 3-0 lead.  Those victories are reserved for men.

Leaders don’t target an injured ankle, slash it, then dive like Rosby in a musical.  Men store that shit away and discuss it amongst themselves on long plane rides between midwestern blue collar cities and places like San Jose.

Twenty consecutive years of playoff appearances, highlighted by four Stanley Cups and more “moments” than any franchise on earth.  “Moments” like Kirk Maltby losing his stick, then blocking two more shots to kill a penalty while Chris Pronger sobs in frustration.

As opposed to twenty years of existence with an established tradition of losing at the worst possible time.  And that’s just too bad.  You did it to yourselves when you littered your ranks with the likes of Roenick, Ron Wilson and Joe Thornton. 

And here’s something else:  Wings win tonite and they become the favorites. I mean, THE favorites.  The favorites to beat Vancouver, the favorites to win the whole damn thing.  San Jose wins and nobody with a brain cell picks them to go any further than five or six games against the Canucks.

This is the game the Wings earned and it’s the game they’ve pined for.  It’s the game San Jose has had nightmares about and regretted since Day 1.  The choking label has been whispered and joked about.  But after tonite, it’s a headliner.

And for the Wings, it’s just another chapter.  They were built for this, mentally conditioned for it. 

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.

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Neznarf's avatar

Go Wings

Posted by Neznarf on 05/12/11 at 08:32 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Tonight, destiny calls DET toward the halls of the immortals.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/12/11 at 08:35 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

And for the Wings, it’s just another chapter.  They were built for this, mentally conditioned for it. 

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.

+19 Everything to gain and nothing to lose. Banish the ghosts of 1942,1945

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 05/12/11 at 08:38 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Believe.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/12/11 at 08:39 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Believe.
LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!
Posted by MsRedWinger from Florida, wishin’ I was back in the Mitten on 05/12/11 at 07:39 PM

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/12/11 at 08:41 PM ET

behind the net in G.R.'s avatar

As was quoted yesterday and posted earlier. EXPECT IT.  Nuff said.

Posted by behind the net in G.R. on 05/12/11 at 08:41 PM ET

Crow's avatar

What you chose to do tonight…will reverb through out hockey eternity.

Posted by Crow on 05/12/11 at 08:42 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

swagger.

confident swagger.

will, heart, determination

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/12/11 at 08:51 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.

Evenin bitches. Thanks, Master Chief.

9 to #12. Believe.

Let’s Roll.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/12/11 at 08:53 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

I’m going to throw up. I suspect I won’t be alone.

Please, Wings, don’t make the last week wasted time and effort and lose the series. Please.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 05/12/11 at 08:54 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

LETS GO RED WINGS!!!!!!!!!!! DO IT. And the knots in my stomach just get bigger and bigger.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 05/12/11 at 08:54 PM ET

MarkK's avatar

G’day bitches.  This is the kind of hounding I want to see by the fourth line.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 05/12/11 at 08:55 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

I feel good about tonight, the force is with us.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/12/11 at 08:56 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 05/12/11 at 07:55 PM ET

That kid takes a hit better than Joe Thornton.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/12/11 at 09:01 PM ET

dougie's avatar

I feel good

I love a good James Brown quote to get the game off on the right foot.

Posted by dougie on 05/12/11 at 09:01 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 05/12/11 at 07:54 PM ET

Nice to see you tonite, Ms.B.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/12/11 at 09:06 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Evening, 19, what are you drinking?

Master Chief, I wish I could have your level of swagger but, while conident, I have been involuntarily been oozing bodily fluids all day.  Once again, I’ll be swimming in them all night.

Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 05/12/11 at 09:08 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

I got the shot glasses all lined up. Who wants some tequila?

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 05/12/11 at 09:12 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

All nerved up.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/12/11 at 09:13 PM ET

MsRedWingFan's avatar

“Expect it”  - Mr Hockey

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 05/12/11 at 09:14 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Master Chief, congratulations on the possibility of having the Carrier Classic aboard the USS Vinson on Veteran’s Day this year.  This was reported on AOL.  I know it’s not hockey but it ain’t bad either.  And, oh yeah, it’ll be Michigan State vs North Carolina.  Say hello to Tom Izzo for the “19”.  L.G.R.W.

Posted by calquake on 05/12/11 at 09:14 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

This live blog needs some lucky bootleg Zeppelin (it worked for the last two games). 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO_EgW1zxWQ

LGRW, trample the sharks under skate

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 05/12/11 at 09:14 PM ET

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Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 05/12/11 at 09:16 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

FSD’s Keating says Franzen is out, Modano is out and Draper is in.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/12/11 at 09:17 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

FSD’s Keating says Franzen is out, Modano is out and Draper is in.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/12/11 at 08:17 PM ET

So… Happy is in?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/12/11 at 09:18 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nails - - steady leadership.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/12/11 at 09:20 PM ET

The Hurricane's avatar

Something is wrong.The Hasek smells less like stale beer and vomit and more like daffodils and Febreeze. WTH…where’s the bile and long warmed octopi?

Come to think of it….you know why you don’t the dank old spent urine odor yet? Swagger, bitches. This one’s ours…and even No Cup Thornton knows it….

RED - O - LENT SWAGGER

F—-K You Bettman, this one’s for you.

Posted by The Hurricane on 05/12/11 at 09:20 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Draper is in.

Me likey. Very much.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/12/11 at 09:21 PM ET

bobinnocal's avatar

Please, Wings, don’t make the last week wasted time and effort and lose the series. Please.

It would not be a wasted effort!

Remember this post-game comment from last year against Phoenix?

“It was more like a hurricane than a storm,” Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said: “Their top players came out and dictated the pace and we had no answers. They were relentless. They turned it up another level that we couldn’t get to.”

Posted by bobinnocal on 05/12/11 at 09:21 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

CSN Bay Area reports that Clowe is in for San Jose.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/12/11 at 09:22 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

CSN Bay Area reports that Clowe is in for San Jose.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/12/11 at 08:22 PM ET

No surprise there. I figured he’d be back.

Just remember, there is no vaccine for the NK55.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/12/11 at 09:24 PM ET

Hoser's avatar

Can anyone help me out with an FSD stream?

I really need Mick to get me through this . . .

Posted by Hoser from Downer Peninsula, Michigan on 05/12/11 at 09:25 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

The NK55 Strand of Flu needs to get all them bitches.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 05/12/11 at 09:26 PM ET

Avatar

The stressometer will be pegged out tonite.  Not sure what happens if we have OT.

Regardless, a busy nite in the Hasek.

A nice Patti Roy blowout would be nice.

Come on Red Wings, not only do it for you, but do it for Master Chief serving you proudly.

Posted by Jeff from CO. on 05/12/11 at 09:26 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Thank goodness it isn’t the Shark feed tonight.

Edzo and D.C. aren’t that great - but miles better than the SJS crew.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/12/11 at 09:27 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/12/11 at 08:24 PM ET

True.  He can’t be 100%.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/12/11 at 09:27 PM ET

dougie's avatar

This live blog needs some lucky bootleg Zeppelin

Outstanding. You even picked my favorite Zep tune. If I get kicked off the Detroit feed, I’ll mute Versus and listen to this instead.

Posted by dougie on 05/12/11 at 09:27 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I’m in. Today I was remarkably calm. Paying for it now.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 05/12/11 at 09:28 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!  And go some more!

cool smile

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/12/11 at 09:33 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I’m avoiding the pre-game hype once again. I don’t know what is worse.

The scary clowns in my head, or, the clowns on Versucks.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/12/11 at 09:33 PM ET

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