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12 Years Later

0321 on a school day and I’m seriously contemplating waking up my six-year old to show her what happened a dozen years ago tonite.

Oh, the Dive fan likes to point out that we’re “living in the past” when we continuously point to this game, that fight, that bit of redemption, that other fight and then that goal.  We like to reply that the impact of March 26th, 1997 is still very much being felt up and down the organ-I-zation.

In fact, we might even say that the momentum generated by that single regular season game still courses through the veins of the Wing franchise, that it is the lifeblood of a dynasty that is very much alive today.  Since the night Igor Larionov decided he’d go ahead and punch Peter Forsberg in the face, the Wings have made a habit of winning Stanley Cups.

Since March 26th, 1997, a pleasant evening in Detroit, the Wings have won more regular season games, more playoff games, more division titles, more conference titles and more championships than any team in hockey.

Since that night, when Darren McCarty dragged Claude Lemieux toward the Wing bench and pummeled him, kneed him, beat him momentarily unconscious then woke him up again with another punch, Detroit hasn’t stopped winning. 

12 years later?  See for yourself.


The Wings sit atop the Western Conference ready to begin a quest for their fifth Cup in 12 years.  Denver?  15 points out of a playoff spot.  43 points behind the Wings.

I can dig that.

Happy Birthday Wing fans.

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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