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Going Down In The West

You really can't beat that for wholesome family fun. I mean, giving up 9 straight to San Jose was neat, don't get me wrong. But, allowing arguably the league's worst team to storm back and kick your tail in front of hockey expert and King "fan" Sandra Bullock? That's fuzzy and it's warm and it may even purr, so go ahead and pet it because it's domesticated and expects you to. The staunch defense that was allowing 22 shots/game? 33 from the Kings last night, and that average is up to 24.5. A two-goal lead that would appear insurmountable? If teams ever felt intimidated when down to the Wings (and I don't believe that's been the case for a few years now), that's certainly a non-factor after the last two.

How do you lose to LA, 48 hours after getting your teeth kicked in, on a night ripe for vengeance?  Well, start by playing without (a) your number 1 goalie and team MVP, (b) your team’s emotional conscience in Chris Chelios and (c) your brittle, but recently hot, points leader in Pavel Datsyuk.

Oh, and once you realize those three are out?  Just go ahead and suck.

Ted Kulfan/Detroit News

“We’re not playing as good as we can,” goalie Chris Osgood said. “We’ve given up a couple of leads here. We don’t seem to be playing as well as we did earlier.”

Freudian.  Good point, Chris.

Mike Babcock eloquently addressed the true culprit: idiotic penalties.


“There was a few calls there in the third—I don’t know what the calls were for sure, but that’s just the way hockey is,’’ Babcock said.

Thanks, Dr. Phonics.

That’s two down on a five-game trip that is looking a lot like disaster personified.  On to Anaheim tonight to face a team that’s lost 4 straight and will most likely be a little anxious to end that nasty little trend.  Might be a good night for Buckets to get hot again.  He hasn’t scored in four straight, his longest goal-less streak since his joy ride began November 2nd.

And here’s a nasty little theory from Nick Lidstrom.  He’s quoted in both Detroit rags this morning as claiming the Wings are getting a little jumpy at inopportune times.

Helene St. James/Freep

“I think we’ve been guilty of getting a little bit too rattled when the other team gets a goal,” Lidstrom said. “We’re a little bit too hesitant, we’re backing off a little bit, instead of keep laying the way we have, we take a step back and give them a chance to get into the game.”

Also a very good time for another steal from Hasek.  Not out of the realm of possibility to believe he may be anxious to get in there after Thursday’s fun fest. Naturally, I’ve discovered the reason for his last poor performance.


Maybe he’ll wear 39 tonite and all will be well.

Or maybe not. 

The Mike Babcock Consolidated Quote of the Day

“After that puck went in off Danny’s stick I went to another place, a place my mind goes when I’m sad.  Ansar, look at me when I’m talking.  When I got to that place there were balloons and big juicy cheeseburgers.  When I was there I invented a new offense. I call it the Flying V.  You’re going to see it tomorrow night in Anaheim. It’s my invention and I love it.  The boys will love it too ‘cause it’s a V and it flies.  You’ll see.  Everybody spread your arms out…do it now. Ansar…do it.  Now make airplane noises.  See?  That’s the V boys.  The Flying V and I made it up in my happy place after that puck went in off Danny’s wood. Do you have a happy place?”



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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