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Dealing With 5

Was that the worst? 

Worse than Bird to DJ?  Worse than Weber’s timeout or Evans getting picked off third in ‘87?  Was it worse than last year’s Game 5 against the poultry?

Yes. Yes.  Yes and yes.

It was the most excruciating kick to the nuts possible.  34.7 will be forever seared.  It’s branded.  It will go into the glossary whenever it doesn’t hurt too much to put it there.  You don’t live through something like that and forget it easily or quickly.  A win last night wouldn’t have erased it completely.  And a win tomorrow won’t either. 

But it can be lessened.  It can be learned from and it can be overcome. 

If it isn’t, it’s going to hurt us for a long, long time.  But the pain we’ll feel, the pain that’s haunting you today, is nothing compared to that felt by the Wings.  Because no matter what, it’s not your legacy at stake.  It’s not your name that was 34.7 seconds away from being forever etched.

And we have to rely on that.  We have to insist to ourselves that the crushing disappointment has turned to blind anger.  And that anger will turn to motivation like we’ve never seen. 

I’m not going to talk about the refs other than to say this.  There is no conspiracy.  They’re just terrible.  Across the board and against both teams.  It was pathetic last night, but it’s of absolutely no value to complain.  No one’s listening.

Let the Pen fans rant.  I brought it on myself when I posted that idiotic, jinx-laden Countown to 11 post yesterday.  Ridiculous.

This can be done.  It must be done.  It will be done.  Two games to 11. 

There is no other option because the pain of this will never go away unless 11 is secured.  The Wings, and I have to think they know this today…their lives won’t be the same if they don’t finish this.  34.7 will never really leave them.  Ever.

They have to be greedy.  They have to win it for their own peace of mind. Not for you, the fan.  Not for anything but their own sanity. 

34.7 can not define them.  They have two games to prove it doesn’t.

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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