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Sasquatch? Let Him Play

I honestly don’t care if LG suspends Pronger.  In fact, I hope he doesn’t.  I don’t want to read the alibis and I don’t want to hear the complaints from the Poultry.  I want Pronger in there Thursday night; spinning and sputtering and seething. 

And I’m betting Babcock isn’t too concerned about it either (if he was he wouldn’t have let Homer play the third. He would have kept him in the room to give the NHL more to think about when they decide whether or not to suspend Pronger today).  The way the Wings played last night?  Let him play.  Let ‘em all play and let’s watch the chips fall.


I’m not going to do too much pointing to the MSM today.  You’ve all read their stories, their demands for justice.  Bob MacKenzie and Darren Dregger and Scott Morrison? Suspensions. Now. 

Me? Nah. Let the big punk ass play and watch the chips fall.

The worst thing about last night, other than the original anxiety over a long-term injury to Homer?  The fact that Pronger and Niedermayer’s dirty play overshadowed Mike Babcock’s most impressive 60 minutes as the Wing coach. 

Guts?  Yep.  It took some to break up the top line and spread the wealth. 

Reward? Definitely, as 9 different Wings all registered points. 

Without question, Babcock took a chance splitting up the only line that was even close to a threat even strength.  Game 3, with a series tied, Conference Finals…doesn’t typically equal a recipe for wide-scale lineup changes.  But there was Uncle Mike…with a surprise gift for us all.  A little creativity went a long way and it may have sealed the series.  Paul pointed it out last night…the Swede line? Pure Bowman.  Maybe the off day featured a conversation?

Too many choices made the big man start swatting at flies.  Datsyuk on one line, Zetterberg on the other.  Cleary and Filpulla. Draper and Franzen.  So many forwards.  His head short-circuited, then got fried when Homer starting calling him dirty names.  Confusion swam around Pronger’s head until he couldn’t take it anymore and snapped.  He lost it and ran the Wing who’d damaged his ducks the most.  He didn’t pay last night, but he will because that’s his track record.  We’ll see that temper again, guaranteed. 

Pronger’s a destructive kind of insane.  Violent and prone to damaging his own cause.  Hasek? His type of imbalance is eccentric.  Oh, don’t get me wrong…he’s completely insane and most likely sociopathic, but in a funny way.  Quirky, but crazy.  And he’s playing out of his mind.  And, yes, he’s playing better than ‘02.

Here’s the deal.  This team is so confident right now, so completely comfortable with Hasek in net, that’s it’s hard to imagine them losing another game to Anaheim, much less the series. 

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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