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Saving Both Barrels For Captain Farrell

I've decided I don't like Marian Hossa.  I never blamed him for leaving Hockeytown for the starched collars and wine coolers of Chicago.  Well, I did because I'm me and I'm always looking for someone to blame for something.  But, I kind of understood it.  Our man with the plan Tick Tock made his choice and Gary wouldn't let us keep them both, so...it's history.

I don't like him now, though. Not one bit.  

I didn't like the goal celebration Wednesday.  The Superman thing with the mouth wide open, yes...say it.  That's ok though.  Not full-on hate.  Just a lot of bit of dislike.

And you know I've never liked Kane. Ever. He's Corey Perry with talent. I don't like Joel Quenneville because his mustache is dumb and he was a Dive then a Blue and now a Hawk and that's a toxic combination, like mixing baby shit with Blue Moon and Thai food.  

I don't like the song, or the arena or that fact that during the National Anthem people are not just screaming (which is ok but not recommended), but they're chatting and looking all over the place. Hats on.  Texting. Eating things.  

I can't stand the White Sox.  I know that AJ Pierzdouchebag isn't there anymore and Ozzie Guillen is producing Nicaraguan porn.  So, they're gone but still...

Not a fan of Great Lakes, either.  I went to boot camp there and there was this mean bastard of a Chief who didn't like me. He picked on me and made me sad.  Naturally, I like him now. But back then he put underwear on my head and made me march around and chant things.  

I hated Michael Jordan and loved it when Bill Laimbeer gave him bad visions.  I loved that rivalry until it wasn't one then I stopped watching the NBA, kind of like how I don't post anything when the Wings lose.  Weird.

It's desperation time.  Today is critical, just like the last month has been critical. Every night.  From what I've read, the Wings were...tired.  That's why they came out looking strong like bull in the first period then went fetal the final two.  Ok.  Well, Gary's given them plenty of rest.  And then there's gonna be a lot more.  But rest won't matter a bit if they lose today because there is no way baby Jesus lets us win this thing down 0-2.  That's just science.  

There is whiskey in that there jar.  It's important that it flows. Freely.  Often.  

It's a Live Blog bitches.  LGRW.  12 to 12. 

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dougie's avatar

Well, I agree with Toews. I wasn’t happy with the nature of physical play, either.

Kane’s head is still attached to his shoulders.

Posted by dougie on 05/18/13 at 05:13 PM ET

Primis's avatar

BTW, because I (shamefully) didn’t catch the Chief’s reference before and it shouldn’t just pass without acknowledgement:

Musha ring dum-a-doo, dum-a-da

Motherf***er.

Posted by Primis on 05/18/13 at 05:40 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Did anyone catch the commercial for the Kings/Blues Game tonight during the broadcast today? Good one NHL/NBC.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/18/13 at 05:43 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

BTW, because I (shamefully) didn’t catch the Chief’s reference before and it shouldn’t just pass without acknowledgement:

Musha ring dum-a-doo, dum-a-da

Motherf***er.

Posted by Primis on 05/18/13 at 05:40 PM ET


That’s because he forgot to put the whiskey in the” jar-o.”


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/18/13 at 05:50 PM ET

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I want to see Martin Frk play. He has no vowels in his last name.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 05/18/13 at 04:31 PM ET

.....if you like frk, wait until you get a load of mr. mztlplyx…..

Posted by dingus from the salty great lake on 05/18/13 at 05:55 PM ET

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.....being a carpenter, i have learned that if you’re not paying attention while you’re driving home them nails, you end up with a swollen, throbbing thumb….

....cue rw bill…..i set this one up on a tee for ya….

Posted by dingus from the salty great lake on 05/18/13 at 05:59 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Thin Lizzy. Linky.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M2jSzLBzK4

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/18/13 at 06:01 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Did anyone else notice the GORGEOUS Lidstrom-esque pass by Big Rig to set up that Franzen goal? I rewound the highlights on that one like 8 times. Holy jumpin.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 05/18/13 at 06:18 PM ET

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.....swollen, throbbing,blood engorged appendage…..that’s better….....fore !!!

Posted by dingus from the salty great lake on 05/18/13 at 06:20 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Did anyone else notice the GORGEOUS Lidstrom-esque pass by Big Rig to set up that Franzen goal? I rewound the highlights on that one like 8 times. Holy jumpin.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 05/18/13 at 06:18 PM ET

Per Bugsy, Full CBC Coverage of Game Two.

I’m watching it at that link and it’s a thing of beauty.  Yes, I’m channeling some Ken Daniels there.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 05/18/13 at 06:23 PM ET

Primis's avatar

That’s because he forgot to put the whiskey in the” jar-o.”

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/18/13 at 05:50 PM ET

I like the Thin Lizzy/Metallica version best because of the darker story even though it ends poorly for the central figure, but the Dubliners/traditional version isn’t bad either.  There’s apparently another well-known version floating around that just involves the protagonist eventually outwitting the Captain (dunno who does it).  But I personally like someone just unloading both barrels on the Captain.

Posted by Primis on 05/18/13 at 06:25 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Taped the game and just finished watching it. Wow.

Then I come here and see stuff like this…

I wish I could hug them all.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/18/13

My sentiments exactly, Paul, although I might “accidentally” knee Smith in the nuts just to remind him that blind passes up the middle aren’t acceptable even with a three goal lead.

#Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews wasn’t particularly happy with nature of physical play from #RedWings in Game 2.

Then man up, bitch!

Four words that describe both why the Hawks lost and why the Wings won. On Friday Babs told the reporters he couldn’t evaluate the Wings play because they hadn’t started playing yet. Well, I think he (and the rest of us) can evaluate them now.

And as for Toews, take that “19” off your jersey, you cry baby…

So now home-ice advantage in a best-of-five series goes to the team that lost more man-games to injuries than anyone else in the league this year. And the “we-sucked-until-we-got-enough-first-rounders-to-be-competitive” Hawks look like a frustrated bunch of rich kids who just realized that “entitlement” will never beat good ol’ fashioned hard work.

Oh, and just for good measure, F you Marian and your new chicken-hawk style of play. Your Kronwalling is coming. Sooner rather than later.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/18/13 at 07:11 PM ET

monkey's avatar

What happens if you trick Martin Frk into saying his own name?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 05/18/13 at 07:15 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Hey bitches.  I’m sorry to say I missed the game AND the LB today due to this neverending nuke gen…but holy crap I just caught the highlights.

I must say… I like our team!

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 05/18/13 at 07:47 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Your pre-game comments always leave me with a smile. 

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/18/13 at 12:52 PM ET

Just saw this. Thank you!  smile

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/18/13 at 08:02 PM ET

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What happens if you trick Martin Frk into saying his own name?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 05/18/13 at 07:15 PM ET


.....he turns into gary bettman and returns to his own universe….where he’s married to someone named cindy…..

Posted by dingus from the salty great lake on 05/18/13 at 08:10 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Did anyone else notice the GORGEOUS Lidstrom-esque pass by Big Rig to set up that Franzen goal? I rewound the highlights on that one like 8 times. Holy jumpin.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 05/18/13 at 06:18 PM ET

This?

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/18/13 at 08:23 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Couldn’t watch the game today because my little brother is graduating high school tomorrow, open house today.  But man, I am sorry I missed the live blog, it sounded fun.

But but…  I thought the wings didn’t even belong on the same sheet of ice as the hawks!!  The wings were just an annoyance on the hawks way to the next round, right?  EAT IT, CHICAGO!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 05/18/13 at 08:27 PM ET

SYF's avatar

This?

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/18/13 at 08:23 PM ET

The one, stoney.  Great find.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 05/18/13 at 08:40 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thin Lizzy. Linky.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M2jSzLBzK4

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/18/13 at 06:01 PM ET

I much prefer the version sung by John Windsor here in Vegas at McMullan’s.  I like audience participation in an Irish pub.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 05/18/13 at 08:43 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

This?

L.G.R.W.

WOW

I didn’t notice that when it happened.  that’s one of those “screw trying to carry the puck through the trap, let’s just pass it from our zone to theirs” plays that we got so used to for 20 years.

I hope Babcock sends a link of that replay to Big E.  and he looked so calm as he made the pass, like he does it all the time.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/18/13 at 09:39 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

interesting getting an outside perspective on the Wings.  over at committedindians.com the Hawks fans are pointing out that Crawford isn’t very good, and calling Howard elite.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/18/13 at 10:00 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

they’re also pointing out that Quenneville got owned by Babcock today, even though Q had the home-ice last change.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/18/13 at 10:01 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I hope Babcock sends a link of that replay to Big E.  and he looked so calm as he made the pass, like he does it all the time.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/18/13 at 09:39 PM ET

Agree.  Sooner than later, Smitty’s gonna be making plays like that, too.  We as fans just gotta be patient as cal once asked.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 05/18/13 at 10:07 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

HOLY CRAP

http://www.mercurynews.com/sharks/ci_23274883/sharks-fined-100-000-gm-doug-wilsons-comments

Sharks fined $100,000 for GM Doug Wilson’s comments about Torres suspension

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/18/13 at 10:09 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

anyone else watching the late game tonight?

I miss Stuie ...

Brad Stuart smokes Justin Williams ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/18/13 at 10:15 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

Stuart is lucky the guy got his head up and reacted before the hit, or it would have a massive shot to the head.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/18/13 at 10:36 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

holy shit Quick just made a ridiculous highlight-reel save.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/18/13 at 10:40 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

nice intentional elbow to the head, only a 2 minute minor.

i LOVE HOW consistent THE nhl IS1111

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/18/13 at 10:50 PM ET

klank's avatar

Gomez should get a call for that elbow.

As for their fine, Wilson may have been to vocal during meetings, then came out in press as did.  I don’t see any issue with what he said.  Teams should be allowed to voice opinion in a civil manner.  Then again, Gary.Ass is from the Stern era. 

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 05/18/13 at 11:10 PM ET

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so.. McLellan coached Burns in the minors for the Wild.  It was he who converted Burns from forward to Dman.  Now he’s brought him full circle.  Burns is a beast.

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 05/18/13 at 11:16 PM ET

Primis's avatar

First comment in this LB:

I think Toews is the only guy on this team that I can respect.  We need to beat them today.
LGRW

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 05/18/13 at 10:10 AM ET

Johnny fixed that for you after today’s game.

interesting getting an outside perspective on the Wings.  over at committedindians.com the Hawks fans are pointing out that Crawford isn’t very good, and calling Howard elite.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/18/13 at 10:00 PM ET

Truth is probably that Crawford is fine, but needs help.  He’s Chris Osgood, basically.  He’s good, but needs lots of help from the d-men and forwards, and if the team can possess the puck more than the opposition it limits his work.  However, for much of Osgood’s career he wasn’t capable of standing on his head when required, and DET would suffer some.

I was talking to someone earlier this season about Howard and the response I got form them was “Howard isn’t good, it’s DET his defense does it all” and there’s still VERY much an attitude of that around the league.  I responded by listing off DET’s d-men and they kinda’ replied “Oh…”.  I don’t think it’s actually sunk in yet with everyone else (in a shortened season) how completely demolished our blueline is/was.  They know LIdstrom’s gone, but they kinda’ forget about losing Rafalski, and many of them STILL don’t know Stuart’s gone to SJ or why.

Kinda’ like how I *still* hear people say “DET’s so old”.  That’s a red flag to me instantly that they haven’t watched DET play at all.

Everyone else is just now waking up to what DET is.

Posted by Primis on 05/18/13 at 11:21 PM ET

Primis's avatar

BTW I find it hilarious that Puck Daddy still has refused to put up a recap or anything relating to the DET win.  If they can just wait until after the LA-SJ game tonight, they can write all about it and maybe just vaguely mention DET-CHI in passing and then boom, they’re in tomorrow and previewing a lame Eastern series.

Posted by Primis on 05/18/13 at 11:28 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

Primis, they were busy writing an article about a bad anthem singer…obviously more important than a writeup of an NHL playoff game.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/19/13 at 12:22 AM ET

Primis's avatar

And as predicted, recap up of LA-SJ almost immediately following that game.  Don’t ever listen to anything they say about not having an anti-Wings agenda because actions speak louder than words.

Posted by Primis on 05/19/13 at 01:20 AM ET

SYF's avatar

I wish I could hug them all.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/18/13

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 05/19/13 at 01:27 AM ET

pgoody's avatar

Think we could get him to change his first name and call him “Mrtn Frk”?

Posted by calquake on 05/18/13 at 04:43 PM ET

Yes.

Posted by pgoody on 05/19/13 at 01:51 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Posted by SYF from the Flood on 05/19/13 at 01:27 AM ET

There are so many things about that image that are classic.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 05/19/13 at 06:23 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Funny that BabyFace Toews is complaining about the Wings’ “physicality.”  The Hawks registered 36 hits to the Wings’ 26.  I guess he just didn’t like getting manhandled by Captain Z.  Damn Z did a super job playing against him.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/19/13 at 08:33 AM ET

Trish's avatar

First comment in this LB:

I think Toews is the only guy on this team that I can respect.  We need to beat them today.    LGRW

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 05/18/13 at 10:10 AM ET

Johnny fixed that for you after today’s game.

You are correct, Primis.  There is actually NO ONE on that team that I can now respect.  I am so proud of our veterans and young’uns.  They need to continue having fun out there, cuz when they have fun, they win.  And the hockey gods know, that pleases our 19 little hearts like nothing else,

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 05/19/13 at 11:15 AM ET

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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