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We Don’t Need That Kind Of Team In Our Lives

60 degrees in your nation's capitol (capital) this morning. All meteorological indications point to a sunny, joy-filled weekend. I'm rested after a long week, energized and all is right with the world. That is if you can forget giving up a three-goal lead, allowing six power play goals, nine goals overall, leaving your goalie in for eight of them, and sprinting to the penalty box like it was a phone booth with free porn and you were a Pred fan. The only saving grace many of us can claim is that we didn't stay up to watch the carnage. Me? I learned of it driving to work. The display on my Sirius radio tuner flashed "Detroit 4, San Jose 9" and I thought it most certainly was a typo. Some drunken shift worker hit the "9" instead of the "0". Nope. Got to work, opened up the Freep's flashy new website, hunted and pecked to find the Wing coverage buried two-third of the way down the page (the print equivalent of placement adjacent to the classifieds) and threw up in my mouth a little bit.

Glanced at the story and came away with a few issues.  Explain them to me if you would be so kind.

*Why was Dominik Hasek asked to remain after the 6th and 7th goals, when the game was so obviously lost?  Forget the ego.  Hasek’s insane so giving up 8 can’t damage his psyche any further.  My concern is injury.  If we’re not going to start him in back to back games, it would seem clear that leaving him in during a blowout is foolish at best.

Mike Babcock, in his Mike Babcock Consolidated Quote of the Day, had this to say.

“I love LA.  I was looking for that midget, Randy Newman, tonite. I’ll bet if I’d asked him, he would have sang that song, ‘I looovvveeee LA!!’  Great town.  Good team. I thought we’d be ready. Gameplanned for them. Gameplanned for the Kings, but the Kings beat us and beat us good.  What? We’re in San Jose?”

*I’ll take a healthy Anaheim, Bubba, last year’s Oilers, a rejuvenated Calgary, anyone…anyone other than San Jose in the playoffs.  As Appollo’s trainer Tony said to the Master of Disaster in Rocky II, “we beat that man like nothing I’ve ever seen, and he…just…kept…coming.  We don’t need that kind of man in our life.”  We don’t need San Jose in our playoff lives.  9 goals and none from Joe Thornton.  We’ve played them four times. Lost three.  Two of those losses were of the humiliating variety.  We don’t need that kind of team in our life. 

*3 goals. I’ve said it before and you guys ignored me.  But I’m going to keep saying it.  We give up 3 and you might as well put the kids to bed because nothing good’s gonna happen.  Detroit has given up 3+ goals fifteen times this year, and lost 13 of those games.

*You haven’t seen links or commentary here to the Chelios situation.  That’s primarily due to the fact that I haven’t been following it. I’ve been out of the loop for a few days here, so I don’t feel comfortable discussing an issue like that without having read up on it.  Here’s what I have to say:  we could have used him last night, and it’s got to be a very difficult time for him.  We all know Chris Chelios as a player fueled by emotion.  You have to think that same emotion is taking a toll on him as he grieves for his employees.

Hey…I see that a Navy vet named Wesley Autrey saved a guy in Manhatten.  Apparently a gentleman slipped on to the subway tracks and America’s new hero saw the episode unfolding, leapt, grabbed the fella just before the train got there and saved his life.

The name of the guy Autrey saved?  Camryn Hollowpeter.

Hollowpeter?  He’ll be trying again.

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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