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Game 2 Impressions: Enigmatic Revenge

1102 EST: Updated with Digger reaction below.

The subtleties.  It’s the subtleties we forget during the offseason.  The little things that we have to get used to again that make the whole viewing experience unique.  Example? Sure.  I’d forgotten about late night hockey and how to prepare for it.  I’d forgotten that a 2030 start time required the type of moderation I hadn’t been practicing on your standard Saturday.

I’d forgotten that dowsing myself with Heineken (yes, I’ve made the switch from Rolling Rock) for 6 hours prior to game time comes real close to ensuring that by the second period I’d be wondering why Greg Stefan was wearing number 39.

So while you may be used to highly technical analysis and factual reaction based on statistics and deep research, today may be a little different.

Because I kinda “fell asleep” with the computer in my lap once the Wings went up 3-1.  My wife woke me up and “suggested” I put the computer on the floor and go to sleep.  I told her, “ok…but they’re going to lose and it’s going to be your fault and I hope you can live with that kind of guilt.” 

So, my impressions today are based on your reactions and those I’ve read…plus a little bit of memory.  I’ve just decided I’m going to live blog my reactions to last night’s loss.  As I sit on my couch today, all day, and reflect,  I’ll add to this post. It will be a live blog of my memory returning.  Sounds like fun for the whole family.  I demand your participation, your assistance if you will.

For instance, two comments already today have jogged a few things loose.


Did anybody else happen to catch him unsnapping his helmet strap at the end of the second while waiting to head to the room?  His body was facing left, he turned his head toward the camera (he always knows were it is) and ripped the strap off with this fiery look in his eyes.  He exhibited more passion in that one act of removing his helmet strap in Chicago than he did his entire time in Detroit.  I get the feeling he’s going to have at least 8 good games this year.

That’s quality. 


I thought their freshly-dead owner getting booed was a nice touch.

Also quality.

Oh, and here’s what we know about the condition of Franzen, from Bruce MacLeod.

After the game, Franzen was limping slightly. He compared the injury to what happened to his left knee last season when Willie Mitchell knocked him out with a late hit. That injury (to his left knee) kept Franzen out of nine games last season.
“I had almost the same kind of thing last year ... (but) that was worse,” said Franzen. “It’s OK right now. It hurts a little bit right now, but I’ve got pain-killers.”

For some reason, I’ve got a bad feeling about this one.  We’ll see.  Back soon.  Prediction: Lions 26, Skins 20

Ok. I’ve tracked the Diggers.  Lots of sentences strung together about R. Lang, Never a Bad Day Bobby, The Enigma.


One of the biggest knocks against Robert Lang during his two-plus seasons in Detroit was his skating ability. But the 36-year-old center displayed a rare burst of speed at the right time for his new team Saturday.


And who tied the game? None other than former Wing Robert Lang at 16 minutes, 20 seconds of the third.


Was Lang’s goal a case of knowing Hasek too well?

“I didn’t give him almost anything,” Hasek said. “He hit the right spot. It was exactly when the crossbar and post touching each other. It couldn’t be a better shot. He doesn’t have a hard shot but he knows where to shoot. He had almost nothing and hit the right spot.”

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