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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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Rumbear's avatar

The ass inside the glass!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 05/12/11 at 11:15 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Jimmah in the face

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/12/11 at 11:15 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I missed the pregame stuff, is Clowe in?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 05/12/11 at 11:15 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Hits after the whistle.  Only enforced in college

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 05/12/11 at 11:16 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 05/12/11 at 09:15 PM ET

Yep

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/12/11 at 11:16 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Pavelski always looks yellow

That’s just the way that team is. They’re all chickenshit.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 05/12/11 at 11:16 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Is this the big SJS push?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/12/11 at 11:16 PM ET

Wingfan191's avatar

Clowe in, franzen out, modano out, hudler in

Posted by Wingfan191 from Bothell, WA (originally from Troy, MI) on 05/12/11 at 11:16 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Clowe in, franzen out, modano out, hudler in

Posted by Wingfan191 from Bothell, WA (originally from Troy, MI) on 05/12/11 at 09:16 PM ET

Thanks.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 05/12/11 at 11:17 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Arghhhhh.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 05/12/11 at 11:17 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

damn Hank

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/12/11 at 11:17 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Cleary and Krons both got good shots in on Chloe

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/12/11 at 11:18 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nice hit Buckets

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/12/11 at 11:18 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Jimmy saves

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 05/12/11 at 11:19 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Pavelski drunk, you say?

Must have a bit of the captain in him

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/12/11 at 11:19 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Nice hit Buckets

Punish Clowe early.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 05/12/11 at 11:19 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Must have a bit of captain in him
Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/12/11 at 09:19 PM ET

Fixt.
The Captain played for the WIngs.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/12/11 at 11:20 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Punish Clowe early.

Make it a drinking game?!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 05/12/11 at 11:20 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Cleary with a ‘forearm shiver” from Murray

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/12/11 at 11:22 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Dats runs Eager….Everybody Russian!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 05/12/11 at 11:22 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Make it a drinking game?!

Posted by Rumbear from the Top O the Hasek sippin rum & waiting on 05/12/11 at 09:20 PM ET


Fuch yes, I’m in.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 05/12/11 at 11:23 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

The Captain played for the WIngs.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 on 05/12/11 at 09:20 PM ET

the captain i was referring to (small c)

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/12/11 at 11:23 PM ET

Bent's avatar

What are they chanting?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 05/12/11 at 11:25 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Abby on Thornton.
Whoa

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/12/11 at 11:25 PM ET

Wingfan191's avatar

What are they chanting?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 05/12/11 at 09:25 PM ET

“BEAT DETROIT”

Posted by Wingfan191 from Bothell, WA (originally from Troy, MI) on 05/12/11 at 11:25 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

breathe…
breathe…
breathe….

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/12/11 at 11:25 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

JIMMAH!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 05/12/11 at 11:25 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Abby nice play on small c there.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/12/11 at 11:25 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Jimmah in the face times 2?

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/12/11 at 11:25 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Jimmah saves

WTF happened?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/12/11 at 11:25 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Look at Kronner close that gap - think Clowe knew it was him coming??

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 05/12/11 at 11:25 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

What are they chanting?

BEAT MY WIFE!

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/12/11 at 11:26 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Clowe got a second exposure to the 55 strain of the flu.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 05/12/11 at 11:26 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

What are they chanting?

“My tech related stock portfolio is better than yours!!”

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 05/12/11 at 11:26 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Ice is already lousy.  Great.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 05/12/11 at 11:27 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Jimmah saves
WTF happened?
Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/12/11 at 09:25 PM ET

Fluky bounce got past the d-man by the benches

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/12/11 at 11:27 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

JIMMAH!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 05/12/11 at 11:28 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Jimmy again

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 05/12/11 at 11:28 PM ET

Bent's avatar

“BEAT DETROIT”

Posted by Wingfan191 from Bothell, WA (originally from Troy, MI) on 05/12/11 at 09:25 PM ET

Thanks.  Couldn’t make that out.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 05/12/11 at 11:28 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

What are they chanting?
BEAT MY WIFE!
Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from gretzky_to_lemieux’s sandy vag on 05/12/11 at 09:26 PM ET

My wife is now taking kick boxing lessons and wants me to “help her work out at home”. Just sayin’... she kinda asked me to punch her.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/12/11 at 11:28 PM ET

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