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by George Malik on 04/13/12 at 07:10 PM ET
Update: Let’s all be surprised that even TSN’s Kerry Fraser now thinks that the NHL should establish a new “Weber rule,” if you will, to ensure that players aren’t allowed to “Weber” other players’ heads into the glass…
This is why I hate leaving the house (s’okay, the de-facto therapist and I talked about hockey) on game days: between a nondescript morning skate and the afternoon, playoff hockey always finds a way to surprise you with unusual developments.
Before I update the game-day post, I thought I ought to let you know that Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski and MLive’s Josh Slaghter want us to know that Predators fans have been inspired by the Detroit News’s David Guralnick’s photo of Andrei Kostitsyn playfully mocking Shea Weber’s decision to break Henrik Zetterberg’s helmet in an attempt to break his face, and they are now “#Webering” themselves all over Twitter.
Now in Detroit, we have “Kronwalling,” which is a reference to an event that isn’t exactly popular outside of Detroit, we are all familiar with the Datsyukian Deke and the Babcockian Death Stare, and there’s more after that, so I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that fans in Nashville have decided to elbow their way into a Twitter phenomenon by throwing their support behind their captain’s actions, if only in jest.
But what do I think about this as a Red Wings fan who wasn’t exactly happy to see Weber fined $2,500 for a deliberate attempt to severely injure someone (while Paul Gaustad was trying to hack off Pavel Datsyuk’s arms and legs)?
I honestly don’t give a fuc…I mean, “It’s the playoffs, and if fans want to have fun while supporting a controversial action, I happen to be a Niklas Kronwall fan myself, so who am I to throw stones at glass houses with appliances in the front yard?”
Whatever. 97.1 FM’s Mike Valenti has gone so far as to, via RedWingsFeed, demand blood in retribution, and on a day where the Predators are trying to “Get the Red Out” by asking Potential converts to turn in their Wings gear for Predators swag before trying to beat the shit out of an Oldsmobile prior to the game (imagine if that happened in Detroit… All the talk about us violent ruffians and our bankrupt, burned-out town), even Guralnick himself, who you should follow on Twitter, is getting his quips in…
Overheard outside Bridgestone Arena: “Is Nashville in the playoffs for hockey?”
But you know what I’d love to see? The Wings give Barry Trotz reason to substantiate his claims that the Wings are interfering with Pekka Rinne. Shots on goal, as I said this morning, butts in front to screen that big opposing goalie and pounce upon rebounds, a hard-charging, physical but smart forecheck and the kind of intensity, effort, attention to detail and hate factor necessary for the Red wings to deliver a big win tonight.
Regarding the rest of it? I don’t give a flying fuc…I mean, let Predators fans have their fun, and don’t let you get your goat. Or try to sell you one of theirs.
If somebody accidentally went too hard in on Weber on the follow-through of a check or a scrum, I wouldn’t mind that, either, but the scoreboard is where revenge is truly meted out in the playoffs, and for the Red Wings, they’re in a life-or-death struggle to ensure that they’re not golfing and we’re not lamenting almost 5 months without hockey by the end of next week, so it’s about winning four games before the Predators win three more, nothing more and nothing less.
I’m not going to go ape over the Predators’ fans having a little irreverent, if perhaps a little rude playoff fun, and I’m certainly not stupid enough to try to start a flame war over their hockey chops. Weber got fined, the Wings will move on, and Predators fans love their team with as much passion and hockey savvy as we love our Wings, so let’s nip that shi…I mean “stuff” in the bud as well. I just want to see my team defeat theirs, and perhaps piss them off to no end on the way.
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