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Wings To All Of Us: STFU

What? Us? Worry?



Here were the only games that mattered: the second Pittsburgh game, the two surrounding the Winter classic, the two wins against San Jose and the 4-0 reminder against the BJ’s.

All the rest?  Stat padders and time fillers.  If the Wings do this, if they repeat and give us 12…then we’ll have a whole summer to re-think the way we conduct ourselves during the regular season.

Because if there’s a parade in Hockeytown come June? I’m going to be embarrassed.  Oh, I’ll be happy like a male Californian at a Jonas Brothers concert, but I’ll be embarrassed.

There’s a real good possibility that the Wings can, in fact, “turn it on” for the playoffs.  And if that’s the case?  Then the rest of Gary’s league better just sit down and watch.  If it turns out that the Wings can breeze through the regular season, win 2 of their final 10 games, and then play the way they did last night to open the postseason?  If they can do that, we’re talking about something more than a dynasty here.  We’re talking about a machine.

8 shots in the last two periods?  2 in the third?  Rick Nash neutered?  Third line domination? 

Nash, Mason?  This isn’t about them.  This series has nothing to do with either of them, as long as the Wings play the way they’re capable. 

And, umm, this.


Here’s what SYF said early this morning, one of the last comments in a Live Blog that was so sweeping, so epic, that it can only be described as some sort of community exhalation. 

Osgood was pretty damn good, too.  Holy hell…did he have some serious swagger in the net tonight.  When he was having his helmet repaired, Versus had some serious candid shots of him waiting patiently for his helmet.  He looked like he had business to take care of and man, that gave me chills.

Last night was Chris Osgood’s statement to every one of us who doubted him, and who still aren’t convinced. And here’s something else…the self-confidence that we questioned, even mocked?  Last night may have proven once and for all that it’s legitimate, and it’s rare.  But it’s genuine.


“I don’t doubt myself ever,” Osgood said. “People that don’t know me do. I’ve played for 15 years. I have the most wins in Red Wings playoff history for a reason, not because I’m a bad goalie.”

One game.  Got it.  But this year, maybe more than any other, it meant a lot more.  Breathe bitches.  Breathe.  This thing may turn out alright after all.

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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