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'Twas The Night Before Playoffs

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With thanks to the original (unknown to me) author, here is the 2010 Version:

‘Twas the night before Playoffs, and all through the Joe

Not a player was skating, not fast and not slow;

The jerseys were hung from the rafters with care.

Stevie, Sid, Gordie, Terry, Ted, and Alex were there.

The fans in Detroit were all snug in their beds,

While Stanley Cup fever danced ‘round in their heads;

Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, Brad Stuart, you see,

Would star in their dreams of what would soon be.

Next day on the ice there would be such a clatter,

That, for true fans of hockey, nothing else would matter .

Away to the arena, we fly like a flash,

(Unless we can’t get tickets, ‘cause we don’t have the cash).

The laser light show on the freshly groomed ice

Would light up the way as we welcome our guys!

Then, what to our wondering eyes should appear,

But the best of the NHL, as least so far this year.

With a Captain named Lidstrom, and a forward named ‘Tuzzi

We knew in a moment we all could be woozy.

More rapid than eagles, the players they came,

And we whistled and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now Rafalski! Now Kronwall! Now, go, Andreas Lilja!

On Datsyuk! On Zetterberg! And, Valtteri Filppula!

Into the Playoffs! With the best of the League!

There’s no turning back! There will be no fatigue!

As the Coyotes and the Sharks and the Blackhawks all cry,

When they meet with the Wings, and their Stanley dreams die.

As the Penguins do crumble, and Montreal meets with fate,

The Devils and Capitals will just have to wait.

For now, in a twinkling, no rest for the weary

Here’s Franzen!, and Helm!, and Danny Cleary

There’s Meech and Ericsson and Jimmy in net

Drew Miller, Patrick Eaves,The best fourth line yet

Then, dressed up so nicely, in the best they could find,

The coaches line up, with the trainers behind.

There’s MacLean and McCrimmon, and our golden Mike Babcock.

And, of course, Ozzie, the world’s best back up!

Our eyes, how they twinkle! Our hearts are so merry!

With Redmond to comment, or maybe Don Cherry.

With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Mike soon had assured us we had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, these guys know how to win

To The Finals we go, we can do this again.

They spring to the ice, as the referees whistle,

In pursuit of the Cup they will fly like a missile.

And the fans will exclaim, whether they lose or they win,

“Go, Red Wings! We Love You! What a great year it’s been!”


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This truly does feel like Christmas Eve. And what can I say? It's the most wonderful time of the year. That was absolutely fantastic and if it turned into a children's book I would buy it in a heartbeat for my little cousins.

It's crazy isn't it. I have to keep reminding myself its only series 1, game 1. So excited.

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Is anyone just happy we made it? I'm probably not the only one who thought the Olympic break wouldn't help as much as it did, or the fact Calgary melted down as badly as they did. You can't doubt the Wings man, they're gods on skates.

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