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I’m reminded of a ditty we wrote earlier this week.  If you’re not a Wing fan, I’d recommend you just stop reading now.

Or you’re going to get irritated.  Again.

A2Y, 30 December

And, man, wouldn’t it suck if the bastard Wings, the bit players in this farce of an NHL carnival, kicked some Hawk ass tonite, then did it again on Thursday?  Whew.  All those wasted headlines.  So many plots down the drain if a four point lead turned into 8 and the “best team in the league” was suddenly put back where they belong.

Statement made. 

Reaction and the cooler imagery I can find will be placed here on this post.  Let’s start with some great stuff from Guralnick.

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Dana Wakiji

I think despite being the defending Stanley Cup champions, a lot of other teams have gotten more attention this season. This stage gave the Wings an opportunity to be back in the spotlight and show why they are always the team to beat. It’s very tough to repeat in this league. A lot of things have to go your way, in addition to playing well, but the Wings aren’t going to let go of Stanley that easily. And the Blackhawks are a good, young team, but the Wings basically took them to school today.

More Guralnick.

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Malik

Late-game, rabbit-ears penalty and goal included, the Detroit Red Wings roared back from a 3-1 deficit, scored five straight goals, and “made a statement” to both the Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL, which wanted the Winter Classic II to be the Blackhawks’ two-nation-wide and international “coming out party.”

The statement? In the words of “The Dread Pirate Roberts” in The Princess Bride (I never thought I’d use this to describe a hockey game): Get used to disappointment.

Courtesy of Mirtle.

Jonathon Toews, in his postgame presser.

“They just kept coming.”

Eric McErlain’s all over Wrigley.  He talked to a couple of geniuses during the first intermission.  Wonder how they’re feeling right now?

Guralnick again. Hide your bitches.

 

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Patrick Kane, in his presser…and looking about 12.

“They’re the best in the world.  They’re a team that can just take over when they want to. You’ve seen it when they beat the Sharks, then us, then they took it to us today.  You win nine in a row then the Wings handle us with ease.  It’s frustrating and it seems like they continue to keep proving to everyone in the league that they’re the best in the world.”

Guralnick, following Oompa’s first goal.

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McErlain in the Wing lockerroom. Talks with Conk, Lidstrom, Draper.

Pierre LeBrun during his live blog with Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Pretty quiet now at Wrigley. A realization, I think, that not only is the game over, but perhaps the sobering thought that their young team isn’t ready to challenge the Red Wings for supremacy. The Hawks entered the week with a chance to tie the Wings for the division lead with a home-and-home sweep. The opposite will happen, leaving the Hawks eight points back and needing to pick up the pieces moving forward.

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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