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If It’s Ok With You…Let’s Just Avoid That Whole Game 7 Thing

As you know, I went ahead and decided to miss Game 5.  So that was nifty.  Actually, the Emperor emailed me updates from the second period during a layover.  He wrote something like, “cleary, shorthanded, penalty shot, goal”.  My reaction, of course, was mild.  A slight nod of the head, or a shriek…I can’t remember.  A few minutes later, “2-0, Zetterberg, pp”.  Sitting on the tarmac, waiting for the plane to taxi, plane full of people.  So, I’m wary, cautious.  Just a double fist pump and a sharp kick to the seat in front of me. No big deal.

Then…radio silence.  Check the blackberry as we go wheels up.  2-0 Wings. 9:35 left in the second.  And there it stood for three hours until I landed back here in DC.

So, I missed Chelios’ first playoff goal in 85 games, Zetterberg and Datsyuk scoring again.  I missed Hasek’s performance, which everyone says was brilliant. I missed the chop from the backup to the gut of the Mule. I missed the wrestling move Bertuzzi laid on Dion and I missed a captain who proved once again that he’s a punk.

But I didn’t see those things, so I’m not going to comment on them.  I’m not going to comment on the fact that the Wings had to win that game or risk the mental meltdown that another Game 5 loss would have caused. I won’t comment on the fact that Jim Playfair is just another asswipe tool of a coach from the lineage of the Crawfords and Hartleys.  And I won’t comment on a great talent who wears the “C” but continues to embarrass his team when he lets his temper get the best of him.  And, yeah, it was planned.  Because, yeah, he was stupid enough to say so in the postgame.

You’ve seen the comments, the “we wanted to get a couple fights going” quotes.  What an idiot. 

This article covers the McLennan and Langkow idiocy pretty well, and has this Iginla mention.

With the Wings aware the Flames would try to stir things up late, they did well to avoid letting confrontations elevate, which was evident as Jarome Iginla ran around looking to fight.

But just like the special teams cost them the game, the team’s efforts to build momentum failed, too.

“At that point it’s about carrying over the energy for Game 6,” said Iginla. “We’re not going away. We’ll be ready for tomorrow.”

Name me another captain in the NHL who’s going to “run around looking to fight,” in that situation. I won’t even bring up The Captain and what he wouldn’t do because to mention these two “captains” in the same post is an insult to the only one of them who deserves to wear the “c”.

I’ll look around later to see if the Calgary bloggers are actually defending what happened in Detroit yesterday.  And, I’ll spend the day really hoping the Wings lay the wood to the Flames tonite.  Hopefully, there will be a handshake line tonite and some smugness…and a little embarrassment. 

Whoa…check out Behind The Jersey.  Christy is all over Game 5.  Diggers, Diggers blogging, Diggers on message board, Wing bloggers, Flame bloggers. 

Christy points to Kyle at The Real Deal.  Considering I’m not the most objective blogger out there, it’s tough for me to call someone else on the carpet for writing something so stupid that it boggles the mind.  So I won’t.  I’ll just show you what he has to say.

Daymond Langkow - Good for you. I thought the hit you took was by far the most intentionally dirty play of the series, and perhaps post season (Burrows slash aside). You weren’t near the puck, weren’t expecting a hit, and definatley weren’t expecting to get clipped on the knees. The irony is that your little sucker punch didn’t do nearly as much damage as the boards did to the Detroit player’s knee. That looked bad.

Jarome Iginla - Pierre asked what you were doing killing off a 5-3 with only a couple minutes to go, but I knew. You were there to start shit, and you did. I have no doubt that you gave Schneider a bit of a butt end, but it was a love tap. And yes, you deserved a penalty for that AND the crosscheck, but lets face it, the physics of that crosscheck were all wrong for him to fall that way. Another embellishment, but thats ok, you had to do what you had to do, and he had to do what he had to do.

Jamie McLennan - what more can be said? Obviously you were told to go raise some hell, I think you were trying to create room for Kipper, and quite honestly, I thought you gave Franzen a love tap. I saw Smytty get a real two hander from Turco to the FACE and he got two games, so either he got a severe underpunishment or you got an overpunishment. It really doesn’t matter either way because you did your job and I’m sure the team is proud of you. Oh, and Don Cherry and the rest of Canada saw you take the jab to the neck which was a cheap shot too, so we know you were at least moderately provoked.

Marcus Nilson - well Pierre said you were unprovoked when you went after Drapes but we all saw the flying elbow he threw at you and missed, so I totally understand what you were doing. Hell, I would have done the same.

The playoffs bring out some strange reactions, as you all know.  But, c’mon. 

BTJ also directs you to Flame bloggers who called yesterday what it was, an embarrassment. 






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