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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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MarkK's avatar

think Clowe knew it was him coming??

That’s not the first time he’s heard that phrase. Hint: it involves Logan Couture and assless chaps.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 05/12/11 at 11:28 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Bert turnover. Jimmy tracking.

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

MOWingsfan19's avatar

JIMMAH.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/12/11 at 11:29 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Early whistle.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/12/11 at 11:29 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Jimmah saves - -

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/12/11 at 11:30 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

The breakout needs to be better, too many turnovers so far tonight and that’s all San Jose has been able to work with.  Clean that up and we dominate this game.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 05/12/11 at 11:30 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

I see Shark legs wiggling…I giggled.  Hope its Clowe.

Aww who cares…Cheers!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 05/12/11 at 11:30 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

she kinda asked me to punch her.

I think you’re reading that in reverse LOL

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 05/12/11 at 11:30 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Bertuzzi looks extra slow tonight, like he’s skating on slush.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 05/12/11 at 11:31 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Posted by ChrisinA^2 from the switch is a lie on 05/12/11 at 09:30 PM

Cheers on that.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/12/11 at 11:31 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Who the fuch makes “GAME 7” towels.  Jeebus.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/12/11 at 11:32 PM ET

KY-Winger's avatar

S’up 19!  Anyone got a feed?  Can’t watch on tv.  *this is killin’ me*

Posted by KY-Winger on 05/12/11 at 11:32 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I sure would like to see Niemi tested here.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 05/12/11 at 11:32 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Too much cylce.

Clear please

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/12/11 at 11:32 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Jimmy, wake the fuch up everyone else

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 05/12/11 at 11:32 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

wow - - dont see the circus penned in too often

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/12/11 at 11:33 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

thanks E-52

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/12/11 at 11:33 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

fuch fuch fuch, big kill here

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 05/12/11 at 11:33 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Bert to the room

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/12/11 at 11:33 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

oH COOL, bERT IS OUT.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 05/12/11 at 11:33 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Dammit Biggie.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/12/11 at 11:33 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

shorty shorty shorty

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/12/11 at 11:34 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

KILL. KILL. IT.
DEAD. FISH.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/12/11 at 11:34 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Kronner is a stud in this series

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 05/12/11 at 11:34 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

KILL. KILL. IT.
DEAD. FISH.

I recommend dynamite.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 05/12/11 at 11:35 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

That clear is the first time the puck got out of zone in 2 minutes

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 05/12/11 at 11:35 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

What happened to serial killer?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/12/11 at 11:35 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Shorty please.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/12/11 at 11:35 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

TPH out on the kill

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

MOWingsfan19's avatar

FAUX

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/12/11 at 11:36 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

fuch

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 05/12/11 at 11:36 PM ET

MarkK's avatar

Fuch. Well we’ve been down in every other game why not now?

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 05/12/11 at 11:36 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

good grief

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 05/12/11 at 11:36 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I fuching hate coochy.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 05/12/11 at 11:36 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Fuch me.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 05/12/11 at 11:36 PM ET

kayl's avatar

What happened to serial killer?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 05/12/11 at 09:35 PM ET

He had to go eat a baby shark in the locker room…

Posted by kayl from Brewtown on 05/12/11 at 11:36 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

UGH - Answer WiNGS, Answer, Answer NOW!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 05/12/11 at 11:36 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

saw that comin.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 05/12/11 at 11:36 PM ET

Wingfan191's avatar

Was anyone really surprised they weren’t gonna score on their first PP?  I predicted this 12 hours ago.

Posted by Wingfan191 from Bothell, WA (originally from Troy, MI) on 05/12/11 at 11:36 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

That’s OK.  They’ll choke.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/12/11 at 11:36 PM ET

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