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#2598458 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Lightning 3 at Red Wings 2 (OT) - Series Tied 2-2

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 23 April 2015 - 09:00 AM

I think the fans could really help us.  I think the Wings feed off that energy and in Game 3 the fans were really into it.  They were cheering for every little thing, chanting for any player that did anything.  I can't remember the fans being that involved in a playoff game in years.  I don't think whomever wins this game, wins the series.  I could easily see the Wings winning this in 6, if they lose this one.  That being said, I think we win this one and go up 3-1.  Abby and Smith (yeah, I know) were solid additions to the lineup for Game 3, it'll be interesting to see how Tampa adjusts this time around.

#2598442 ECQF : (8) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (1) New York Rangers

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 23 April 2015 - 06:32 AM

The more I post Herr the better the pens do, but I almost want them to win, because they'd be wayyyy easier to beat then NY because Sydney can't keep his team controlled.


We actually have a good record against the Rangers this year, so I wouldn't mind playing them.  I just want the Pens out.  They're a streaky team and if they would somehow come back and win this series, they'll be a pain to knock out.  And as much as I'd like to listen to NBC praise the greatness of Crosby, I'd rather just see the disappointed look on his face during the handshake after Game 5.

#2595177 Post-GDT ECQF Game 1: Red Wings 3, Lightning 2 (DET leads, 1-0)

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 17 April 2015 - 06:33 AM

Great win for the Wings last night.  Mrazek is pretty much going to be our starter for the rest of the series unless he completely falls apart.  "Our 23 year old rookie goalie had 44 saves in his first NHL playoff game and won" are words I thought I'd never say.  I know a lot of people are freaking out about the lopsided shot totals, but isn't it nice to be on this side of it for once.  I mean, over the years, how many times have we seen the Wings dominate, completely out shoot the opposition by a wide margin and lose the game?  This kind of loss puts the Lightning in a tough spot now.  They did pretty much everything right and still lost.  What adjustments do they make for the next game?  Uhh score more goals?  Not really a strategy.  They're probably just going to come out the same way they did last night and hope its good enough this time around.  The Wings on the other hand have an opportunity to adjust.  Adjust strategies, lines, personnel.  


Datsyuk was his usual self.  You knew Helm would be a force in the postseason like he's always been.  Luke Glendening reminded me of Yzerman in this game.  Hardworking, never give up, score the big goal.  In those final 12.8 seconds, he lost the critical face off in his own end, but then blocked the shot and kicked the puck out of the zone with his skate, then blocked any easy re-entry into the zone.  If everyone plays like that, we'll win this series, hands down.

#2592973 Babcock: Petr Mrazek is starting Game 1

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 13 April 2015 - 02:03 PM

I understand the move, but I can't imagine a scenario where Mrazek wins this series for us.  He's been better than Howard down the stretch for us and did shut them out recently, however, 23 year old goalie with zero playoff experience and consistency issues throughout the year doesn't give me confidence.  Howard hasn't been good, but the playoffs are a whole different story, he has playoff experience and if can get back into his usual form, we could go pretty deep.  I hope I'm wrong, but I bet we see Howard in this series at some point. 

#2582481 3/15 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Penguins 1

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 16 March 2015 - 10:18 AM

Great win yesterday.  Its always fun for me to see the Wings beat the Pens and even nicer when its 5-1.  I'd be mad about all the crap the Pens pulled yesterday, but honestly, that's all expected.  When you play them, you know you're going to get that kind of sportsmanship or lack thereof.  They've developed a reputation as being this whiny, emotional, uncontrollable team that loses their composure as soon as things start to go south for them.  What's really tough for them is the type of coach they need is the type of coach Crosby, Malkin and others won't want to play for.  Its a tough spot.  


Fortunately, for us, we have a great group of guys, good mix of young and old.  Mrazek was great yesterday, but he was terrible the last time he played in Pittsburgh, so let's all keep that in mind before we go banging the drum for Howard's departure.  As far as I'm concerned they both need to work on their consistency.  Pulkkinen should never wear a GR Griffins jersey again and we need to find Zidlicky the fountain of youth and keep this guy around as long as we can.  On that 3rd goal, I think he broke the space time continuum.  I thought I saw the puck hit the back of the net before he actually shot it.  I was kind of whatever when we acquired him, but now I can't imagine our blueline without him.


If you're having a bad day or just need a smile, ask Siri "Who won the Red Wings Penguins game?"  I've done it like 10 times yesterday and today, it never gets old hearing "The Red Wings crushed the Penguins by a score of 5-1."  :lol:

#2577691 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 02 March 2015 - 03:08 PM

Fingers crossed Dats, Z, and Kronner stay healthy a couple more years though. 


I think the transition is going pretty smoothly.  Tatar and Nyquist are coming along nicely.  Pulkkinen shows a lot of promise, DeKeyser is getting better every day.  I think the vets will stay healthy long enough that when they leave these younger guys will be superstars.  I'm more optimistic about this transition from Datsyuk and Zetterberg to these young guys than I was 10 years ago when Datsyuk and Zetterberg were taking over for Yzerman, Fedorov, Shanahan and Hull.   

#2570227 2/11 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Penguins 4

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 11 February 2015 - 11:51 PM

Just got back from the game.  Tough to be a road fan for that one.  We didn't have much life in the beginning and when Mrazek gave up that goal two minutes in, I thought "Crap, he's going to have one of THOSE kind of games isn't he?".  He was having issues with the puck, the defense wasn't really helping much at all.  We didn't show any signs of life till the third.  Despite getting creamed by the Pens, I still had a pretty decent night at the game.  The Pens fans gave me a lot of ribbing, but not mean spirited by any means.  The guy behind my 7 year old was very vocal for the whole game and he bought my son an ice cream when the Pens made 4-0.  I met a ton of Wings fans there and they were all cool.  I guess that's how it is when you're a fan of the road team, anyone wearing the same color as you, is now your friend. lol  The highlight of my night was the pregame warm up.  We got right up to the glass and Luke Glendening slammed himself right into the glass and bumped into my son startling him and the look on his face was priceless.  I think Luke did it on purpose too.  So while it wasn't the outcome I was hoping for, it was still pretty fun.  I rarely get to see the Wings up close (this is only my 6th game in 29 years of being a fan) so that's always a treat.  Next game I go to though, I want to be at the Joe.  Surround myself with some Wings fans for a change. lol



#2569806 2/11 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Penguins 4

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 11 February 2015 - 01:00 PM

I'll be there in person to see this one  :cheesy:   I was there for the preseason win, hopefully I'll bring them some luck again tonight.  Go Wings!

#2544158 10/23 GDT : Penguins 3 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 24 October 2014 - 07:21 AM

Not my video, but this is an awesome fan video of the GWG


#2536918 9/22/14 7:00 PM. Preseason GDT - DET 2 @ PIT 1

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 22 September 2014 - 10:14 PM

^Awesome kid! Hopefully he sees some cups soon! If he is 6 I'm guessing he doesn't remember '08 - if he was even born yet - but he has the Pens hate that 08' and '09 bred. 


He doesn't remember it, but I tell him about it all the time.  He was born during that season.  So I always tell him the Wings won the Cup in Pittsburgh the year he was born.

#2536916 9/22/14 7:00 PM. Preseason GDT - DET 2 @ PIT 1

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 22 September 2014 - 10:01 PM

Just got back from the game.  My 6 year old was a very good road fan for us chanting "Lets Go Wings" for every single "Lets Go Pens".  A kid across the aisle from us was waving a terrible towel and he waved it at my son when the Pens scored.  When Datsyuk scored, he goes "Not waving that towel now huh?!"  I was in shock, he's usually pretty mild mannered, but he was really getting into it.  Everyone around us just laughed, except the kid with the towel.  Here are a few good pics I got:













#2536739 9/22/14 7:00 PM. Preseason GDT - DET 2 @ PIT 1

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 22 September 2014 - 01:33 PM

I'm pretty excited, I'll be there in person with my son who will be attending his very first Red Wings game.  Hopefully won't have to deal with too much heckling from the other fans, but its preseason, so it should be fine.

#2529311 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 02 July 2014 - 07:40 AM

Agreed.  I would have been much more confident that Holland was going to do something smart by doing nothing after not being able to land Ehrhoff, Boyle, Stralman, or Niskanen. 


Was it really necessary to sign Q on July 1?  He wouldn't be there July 15th?  Aug 15th?

We weren't worried about getting signed Alfie yesterday?  Q is that important.

No.  Pure Panic Move.


Yeah Holland signed Quincey just to say he did something.  Nobody is snatching him up and if they do, so what?  I'm quite certain you can get someone else to do just as good (or bad).  Alfredsson should have been more of a priority than resigning Quincey.  These types of signings hurt the teams image.  "We didn't get the type of player we wanted, so we re-signed the garbage we were going to let go."  Yeah, watch the UFAs just come sprinting to us now.  :glare:

#2528233 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 July 2014 - 01:51 PM

People shouldn't be complaining about getting fleeced in the Legwand deal. The team got fleeced in losing Yzerman and Nill.


This. Jim Nill and Steve Yzerman are showing everyone how its done.  These teams are showing strides towards improvement.  If you sit there and "stand pat" year after year while the team falls farther down the standings, what motivation would anyone have to go to Detroit?  Why would anyone take less to play in Detroit?  Why would anyone pick Detroit at this moment?  We don't have the "shot at a Cup" shine anymore.  Not when you're barely qualifying for the playoffs and haven't gone beyond the 2nd round since 2009.  At this rate, its only a matter of time before Holland starts looking at his options of trading Datsyuk and Zetterberg for prospects.  If you're not trying to win now, then why keep them around?

#2527855 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 July 2014 - 12:02 PM

Interesting that all of the other defensemen are going before Niskanen.  I figured, he'd go first and then the others would fall.  Seeing the others sign somewhere else, could hurt his value.  Yes, there's less d-men to go after, however, there's less teams in the running for Niskanen as other d-men sign elsewhere.  I think teams are looking at his asking price and saying "yeah right" and moving on.  This could cause his price to drop.