I'm crying big tears for the Blackhawks, NOT. Breaks are breaks. Whatever.
Personally this is awesome watching! I love this. The Wings are playing more calm and cool and with nothing to lose. The Hawks and their fans are so tightly bunged up right now they're booing, they're mad, let's really really give them one more kick in the nads on our way out, you know, for old times sake.
Oh, and the winner will come from Franzen on a dish from Datsyuk.
If I had told you at the beginning of this abortion of a 48 game in-conference only schedule that you'd get a one game winner takes all game vs. Chicago at the United Center to play the Kings in the WCF we'd ALL have jumped at that chance.
Well tonight we have it. And we're going to take it. And we're going to win.
Interesting nugget from John Niyo if you're one of those who believes in numbers:
So history suggests they've still got this one locked up, even after Saturday night's clunker in Chicago. In fact, in those 11 previous 3-1 scenarios, the Wings were under .500 (5-6) in Game 5, with all sorts of forgettable flops — a 6-0 shutout loss to Patrick Roy in Colorado in 1997, Jamie Langenbrunner's 70-foot OT softie on Chris Osgood in '98, even the triple-OT loss to Pittsburgh in the '08 Cup Finals. But they were 6-0 in the Game 6s that followed, never allowing a series to get to a winner-take-all seventh game.
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said he was not sure how the Detroit Red Wings are cheating in leading the favored Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 in the Western Conference Semifinals. "I'm not sure how it's being done but I know the outcomes have been wrong thus far for the most part, and don't appear in any of my directives on the playoffs."
I beg any of you lucky enough to be going to the Cathedral of Hockey® for tonight's game to never let the Blackhawks hear. Anything. All night. From warm ups to however many overtimes it may take tonight is YOUR night. Raucous is a word thrown around a lot. "This crowd at the Shark tank is raucous tonight," like that's even a real sentence. Yes, the night the Shark Tank or Vancouver or Eric Cartman presents Kingsland is raucous unicorns will be keeping time in the penalty boxes.
Now Joe Louis Arena is known throughout the lands as a loud building. It needs to be louder tonight. All night. Raucous. Bring it. Turn it up to 11. All in. No passengers.
All Points Bulletin: If you see Patrick Kane wandering around the streets of Detroit after the game or the next couple days, get a drink in his hands STAT!! Keep 'em coming. Send me the bill. I'll cover it. Get him going and separate him from other Blackhawks if you can. Wait until he's good and drunk until you whip out the cell phone cameras, we don't want to scare him.
OH NOES! Another Chicago Tribune writer needs his bottle and a nap. The headline?
Wings play extra tough with Toews
Awwwwww, they're playing hockey against us. That's not fair. We're the #1 seed and we've spent months calling this team invincible. We should get every call in every game. It worked for Jordan. HEY LEAGUE, stop letting them check our players. The writer gives Toews a chance to fill his diaper:
"It's just tough to understand sometimes why we get roughing penalties and hooking penalties, whatever it is, and it doesn't go both ways," Toews said. "If that's the way it's going to be, well, we need to understand that and play more physical and be tougher on them. We'll know that going into the next one.