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Game 5a

We read the stories, and made our safe assumptions.  We figured that the pain of Game 5 would spur an effort that would leave that disaster where it belonged, in the past.  But, apparently, the hangover was too much.

If you don’t realize that The Kick To The Groin had everything to do with the listless first two periods of Game 6, then you’re misguided.

It stuck with them and they couldn’t shake it until it was too late.  And it wasn’t Lilja’s mistake that will be the wretched memory of this series.  It wasn’t Lilja’s lapse in judgment or the steal from Selanne and that eventual goal.

Nope.  The image that will stay with us like Larry Bird and Dennis Johnson, and like Darrell Evans getting picked off third, will be that bastard of a fluttering puck floating over a suspended Dominik Hasek, moving so slowly that it took us all a moment to realize that it was even real.  The OT loss was almost inevitable.  Allowing Anaheim to tie Game 5, after multiple attempted clears and maybe even one offsides, was the beginning of the end.

Because no matter what Ted Kulfan told us, or Helene St. James or Ansar Khan. No matter the descriptions they gave of a confident plane ride and an upbeat Babcock, it was Game 5 at the Joe that really did us in.

Despite an effort from two kids that came of age in the third period of Game 6, they didn’t have enough to overcome the absolute disaster of Game 5, The Kick To The Groin.

This series wasn’t determined by sixty minutes outside Disney.  The real death blow floated through the air like a damn paper football, right over Hasek’s shoulder. 


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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