Abel to Yzerman
Updated at 2057 PST because I forgot something really important at the end of this post.
Right now the Blackhawks are the hammer and the Red Wings are the nail. That will not change during the duration of these Western Conference semifinals.
The Blackhawks are too fast for Detroit. They're too deep. The Hawks are much more experienced, especially at the blue line. They're too well conditioned.
Chicago is too everything for a Wings team that appeared out of gas after going a full seven games against Anaheim in the first round.
Syd Crosby earned his first Messier Leadership Award Nomination in 1998 at the tender age of 11. Naturally, his glorious NHL career wouldn't start for another 3 years, but Gary Bettman felt his future endeavors warranted the nomination. The fact that the award hadn't been invented yet was inconsequential to the diminutive commissioner.
Ten years later, Crosby lost his "C" after a then-future Red Wing captain emasCulated him.
Jonathan Toews is a broken little boy. The past couple of days he has gone to bed muttering to hiimself, when not biting his pillow, and waking up needing to change his sheets. He is haunted by his personal boogeyman, Henrik Zetterberg, whose defensive coverage of Toews has been so suffocating, the lack of oxygen affecting "Tazer's" brain and emotional stability so badly, that he finally snapped.
As time expired in Detroit’s win, Jonathan Toews took the faceoff and immediately began to cross check Henrik Zetterberg. Again and again as the seconds ticked down, he went after Zetterberg who was trying to actually play defense.
As expected, the Red Wings weren’t too happy. Zetterberg went right after Toews, Bertuzzi got a couple of requisite shots in and then Jimmy Howard stepped in and did his part.
Who are these guys? After getting skated into the ground and taken to the woodshed in game 1, DET pawned CHI in game 2. The Wings were so damn good, the 'Hawks Captain, having no excuses for his teams ineptitude, accused them of cheating: “I’m not going to go off and complain about some calls that I thought should have been called or whatever,” Toews said, before essentially doing just that. “If that’s the way they’re going to play, we need to play the same way." That - is - just - embarassing.
Zetterberg has been a freaking beast, and quite obviously is in Toews head (and determined to stay there). Dittys like this are priceless, Hank, discussing his physical play in game 2: “It’s part of playoffs,'' Zetterberg said. “I think he plays better when it’s more physical and I play better when it’s a little more physical. It’s a give and take.'' If I didn't know better, and I do not, I'd say the gauntlet has been thrown.
Said Babcock: “It was great we had an (extra) off day. It's unbelievable how well that worked out for us. Now we're freshened up. Series on.'' Indeed. LGRW.
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.
Matinee tilt today boys and girls. Captain Obvious, reiterating his comment from the LB: "Color me pessimistic, but after the 1st period, I kinda thought DET got taken to the woodshed. But for Jimmy, it’d been a whole lot worse."
Seems I'm not the only to notice that fact: Babcock said it boils down to this: His team didn't skate. “If you don't skate better, you have no chance,'' he said. “We were very poor, we didn't execute at all, we didn't skate, so we're all spread out. There was no one for the D to pass to. We didn't play fast. We played fine in the first 20 minutes, after that we got skated into the ice.''
CHI have won 8 straight - - DET are due, right? LGRW
The Detroit Red Wings have been in the Western Conference for like, I don't know, 30 years. Something like that. The specifics escape me and most of you know the weight I give facts, anyway.
Well, there are a few--facts, that is--that I like to fall back on. They help me sleep. They make me feel warm, almost like the Speed Racer footy pajamas I wore my freshman (and only) year at Northern Michigan.
One of those facts is this: the West has belonged to the Wings. It is ours. We own it. I can say "we" because "we" have filled the western arenas. Every game. Every time Detroit's in town. You've raised prices. You've whined. You've written letters. And we still...kept...coming.
The "Pierre McGuire is a Douche Canoe" Ticket Contest is back.
This contest is open anytime the NHL plays a regular season or playoff game and Pierre McGuire is on TV in the building. Get a sign behind Pierre's head on a TV broadcast saying "Pierre McGuire is a Douche Canoe" and win two tickets to a Maple Leafs home game of your choice next regular season and two tickets to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada.
To ensure you get credit for this incredible public service, email email@example.com in advance so I can award the tickets to you once successful. All emails will be strictly confidential, good luck.
Pierre McGuire, our beloved Douche Canoe, is an Emmy winner. I feel this contest now has to honour McGuire throughout the regular season in addition to the playoffs. Just like the Emmy selection panel.
W 2-1 (OT), W 5-2, L 2-3 (OT), W 3-0, W 5-1 - - - apparently, by laying waste to Minny (see below).
In the first round, a few prognisticators gave the Wings a chance. Not so in round 2, everybody and their dog have the 'Hawks winning this series (oh, just stop looking in the mirror); statistically you can readily see why. Little brother are a freaking machine. But, as some of you remember (all too horribly well), the machine doesn't always win.
The Wings are playing with house money this series - - and maybe that'll give them a chance. If so, Jimmah will have to be amazing, and some of the skaters will have to play - - at least to expectations, if not outta their minds.
The 'Hawks are rusty and under pressure - - the Wings steal game 1.
And he deserves your apology. You ragged him and you ripped our Uncle Mike. It was unseemly of you and you all should be ashamed. In fact, read what you wrote and consider yourselves admonished.
Is this some fairy tale I'm living through? Am I in Denver?
So...forget putting Tatar--arguably the most creative offensive player on the Wings the last month or so--on a line with Datsyuk. That's just crazy talk. You NEED Abdelkader on that line, Mike.
That's sarcastic and it was inappropriate. One of you needs to step forward and take responsibility for your childish, short-sighted blasphemy.
Oh, that was me. Nevermind.
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