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Abel to Yzerman

You Want A Rivalry? You Got One Now, Sister

It's been a long time since I've seen the Wings dominated like they were opening night.  At one point the shot totals were just obscene...like 24 to 4.  The Wings special teams were so bad that we'd forgotten about our complaints from years past about Whiskey or William Tell on the point.  Those memories were glorious compared to what the Blues wrought two Saturdays ago.

This is a rivalry.  It has all the ingredients.  A hungry young upstart team, built through the draft as a result of consistent shit play over a number of years.  A veteran dynasty man feel are on the downslope. The coaches are friends but highly competitive.  Mike Babcock would probably shoot Ken Hitchcock and claim a hunting mis-identification.  Hitchcock would definitely and literally eat Mike Babcock and make no excuses other than simple hunger.

There is animosity between the fan bases.  St. Louis fans, the bitter little bitches, despise us.  They honestly and genuinely hate every one of us.  That's understandable because their team hasn't beaten ours in anything meaningful since 1991. That bothers them.  They've never had our respect, as a franchise.  We admire their team now, but never the fans themselves.  Konstantinov jokes just don't endear us to their kind of people.

By and large, the Blues fans we've seen are scum.  I'm not judging. I'm just dealing in truth.  I'm sorry.  And because they're scum, we enjoy their pain here at A2Y. 

Unfortunately, though, the odds of dealing that kind of pain over the next two weeks are not good.  Unfortunately, based on last year's records, comparative playoff success, the opening night fiasco...the Blues are just better right now.  And that's ok.  But the dynamic must change. With each game, it must.

And because we're talking about the Wings and the Blues, it will.  Baby Jesus says so.  The gap that was so obvious on opening night must close, and so it shall.

The Wings are playing better. The Blues are very good.  The Wing defense is not as bad as we thought.  The Blues are still very good.  Jimmy Howard is playing as well as any goalie in hockey.  The Blues goaltenders are good, but not better.  They're young and hungry.  The Wings are getting younger and remain savvy.

And they dislike each other.  Which is nice and will get nicer because it's gonna happen three more times in like the next three weeks.

It's a Live Blog, bitches.  It's time to see if these guys really hate losing like we hope they do.

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NIVO's avatar

see the blinding flash of 19 in that play by #40?............I sure did.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/01/13 at 11:07 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

CURLY FRIESSSSS!!!!! Goddamn Gamecenter is a LONG way behind.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/01/13 at 11:07 PM ET

calquake's avatar

We officially have a new Captain.

Posted by calquake on 02/01/13 at 11:07 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

That was easily Z’s prettiest goal ever, just narrowly edging out the Fleury ass goal.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/01/13 at 11:07 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! Short handed !

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 11:07 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Z says Fuch you Oshie, Fuch you Blues!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/01/13 at 11:07 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Wow thats gotta be one of the best open net hat tricks ever.

The crashed feed… the rage! JOBU!!!!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/01/13 at 11:07 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Z = Detroit Red Wings’ CAPTAIN

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/01/13 at 11:07 PM ET

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AND the ref was NOT going to call Oshie for interference….what kinda shit is that?

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 02/01/13 at 10:06 PM ET

I was thinking the same thing.  How many times have we seen Bert especially do that and go right to the penalty box.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/01/13 at 11:07 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

19:47 Henrik Zetterberg 5 (shorthanded) (Unassisted)

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/01/13 at 11:08 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

+40? Too soon?

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/01/13 at 11:08 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Back on….12.6 seconds.  Wha happened?

Frickin pirate feed….next time we keep their wimmens!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 02/01/13 at 11:08 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Sweet revenge.  Take that bitches.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/01/13 at 11:08 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

interfered with by TWO players and Zetterberg EARNS that frigging hat trick!

wow

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 11:08 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Man, FU to nhl network.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 11:08 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

AND the ref was NOT going to call Oshie for interference….what kinda shit is that?

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 02/01/13 at 10:06 PM ET

Bullshit

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 02/01/13 at 11:08 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

That was an important win.  Great job Captain Z, way to will a victory.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 02/01/13 at 11:09 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Z = Detroit Red Wings’ CAPTAIN

AGREE!

GO Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 02/01/13 at 11:09 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

says something about the refs that they didn’t call interference.  shmucks.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 11:09 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Captain Z

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/01/13 at 11:09 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Monumental win.  Way to go fellas!


Good night bitches.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 11:09 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Right back at it tomorrow for BJ’s at 7:00

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 11:10 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

God, what a huge win. The Captain willed it!

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 02/01/13 at 11:10 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

Kid stole the stick of that woman. GOOD JOB!

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/01/13 at 11:10 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Good win.  Night all.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 02/01/13 at 11:10 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Monumental win.  Way to go fellas!


Good night bitches.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 10:09 PM ET

My pleasure.  Glad I could help out. 

oh…not me…

 

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 11:10 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Hand Job, bezuk!

Henry the Hand Wash

If I only had one for mouthwash!

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 11:11 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

I’m bringing the box score to Arby’s here in Minot…wonder if they’ll honor it.  smile

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 11:11 PM ET

behind the net in G.R.'s avatar

The blues might look better play better are better than the Wings. but they don’t have the heart.

Posted by behind the net in G.R. on 02/01/13 at 11:11 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Blues fans already giving me shit on twitter about shitty calls winning us this game. Suck it Blues fans. Stoked I stayed up! Night all.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 11:11 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

rack ‘em up,

we’ll do it agian tomorrow, K?

“W” ... g’nite

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/01/13 at 11:11 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Thanks for an amazing night, 19. Luv you.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/01/13 at 11:12 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

goodnight good people, see you all tommorow, same bat time, same bat channel.

enjoy your damn curly fries.

WOO!

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/01/13 at 11:12 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

with the risk of getting some hate here, but this win feels dirty and dished by the refs. I dont’t like such stuff…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/01/13 at 11:12 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Huge Win! Yay!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 11:13 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Worked hard, stl is a tough team, very big and strong and talented.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 11:13 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

tomorrow its on, too bad i gotta listen to the BJ’s play by play uggghhhh

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/01/13 at 11:14 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Oh you beautiful Bitches are amazing. I love this fuching place.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 11:14 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

with the risk of getting some hate here, but this win feels dirty and dished by the refs. I dont’t like such stuff…

Considering the interference call that wasn’t and the bullshit with Buckets at the end there, I’ll take it as an even for the hit to the head that wasn’t (besides, I think they’ll call it a blindside hit, which unless I’m seeing it wrong, it totally was).

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/01/13 at 11:14 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Stoked I stayed up! Night all.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 10:11 PM ET

Don’t forget to show your wang to the chambermaid in the morning.  They like that kind of stuff.  Nite Bitches.

Posted by calquake on 02/01/13 at 11:14 PM 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