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Cheaters, Victims, Dirty Bastards and Paid-Off Refs

It’s 0518 EST and I think Pittsburgh still has like 8 guys on the ice.  Thankfully only three of them are cross-checking Johan Franzen in the head at once.

There. If you’re that intent on blaming the refs for last night’s game go back and read those two lines all day and I’m sure your frustrations will just float away.

It was a good Stanley Cup Finals game.  Good crowd.  Disgusting tension.  And, honestly, the Wings best game of the series so far.

I went to bed last night convinced that if I didn’t wake up this morning that would be ok.  That, of course, is pathetic.  But true. 

Amazingly, when I opened my eyes the Wings had a 2-1 lead and that’s cool with me. 

If we need to bitch about something today (and we will), I have a few recommendations.

The Penalty Kill is this family’s dirty secret.  The Kill is the clepto dad, the dirty sister who hands it out like candy at Christmas, the mom who got a DUI last week, pulled over and arrested in the middle of the day.  Our penalty kill is a problem like that.  It’s not going to just go away without treatment.  And, left to its own devices, it’s going to humiliate us all at the worst possible moment. 

Gonchar’s goal was so predictable that my head was staring at the floor before he even got the shot off.  “Fu**” is what I said as the pass reached him on the point.  No doubt in my mind he was going to score. Speaking of the point, when’s the last time we took it away?  I guess the idea is to just leave it wide the fu** open. 

One more dittie, then it’s up to you guys to discuss this thing….Pavel?  Dude.  If it’s “up to you now”?  I don’t think Uncle Mike would say day after day that it’s getting better, that tomorrow could be the day…if that foot was broken and Datsyuk is literally unable to play. 

I think it’s pain management and pain tolerance.  We’ll see.

It was a good game.  A good playoff game at a critical time.  And now it’s a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. 

2 to 12 bitches.  And that’s a good place to be.

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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