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I have faith. Wings jersey on all day. We can win game 7s and we can win them on the road

1 year, 6 months ago on Game Day Movie Poster: We Control Our Destiny

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I'm still SUPER nervous.

1 year, 6 months ago on Keep Calm

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Do you think he ever gets tired of being so awesome?

1 year, 6 months ago on Datsyuk a Selke Finalist - In Other News, Water Is Wet and Kane is a Douche

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What a douche. I can't think of a better comment about this. But seriously. Douche in high school, douche in adulthood.

1 year, 6 months ago on Ladies and Gents, This Was Corey Perry As A Child

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After the Catwoman quote, I read the rest of this post in her voice. But I'm so excited for Helm to be back, but I'm at work and will not be able to see his debut. Sad, but pur only win came when I was at work too, so...

1 year, 10 months ago on Wings vs Wild: A Fire Will Rise

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Let's all listen to Tubthumping (which is a word in my phone and I don't know why) in honor of his retirement.

1 year, 10 months ago on Immortal Homer - A Gameday Poster Tribute to #96

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I'm out of the know! What happened to the birthday boy?!

1 year, 10 months ago on Gameday Movie Poster and Live Blog - Back to Basics

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 @marti783 Maybe Holland was being smart after all, I bet his psychic hockey sense told him this was going to happen. Besides, their contract was insane and screwed the Wild over in like 5 years under the old contract anyway.

1 year, 10 months ago on All Coming Together

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I know this isn't a happy comment, but, before the lockout, I do remember reading a rumor that Pav won't return after his contract is up. Don't ask me where, but I distinctly remember reading it. I think the reason was that he and his wife quietly divorced a few years ago and she took their daughter back to Russia and he doesn't see her very much since he's playing over here and misses her.

 

I don't think we'll see a C on Pav. It'll be Z, without a doubt.

1 year, 10 months ago on All Coming Together

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I know that I shouldn't be, but I'm so excited there's going to be some season. I just woke up to read this news. I took the same ostrich approach as you did and just refused to talk about it, or any hockey because talking about it was too frustrating and frankly pointless Unfortunately, sharks fan boyfriend will probably not be as enthused about this miniseason, and I'm going to have to listen to him complain every time I watch again, because I'm sharing an apartment with the enemy now.

1 year, 10 months ago on Hockey is Coming

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As a self-proclaimed Russophile, you have no idea how excited I am. I HOPE Kozlov can get away and my old jersey will have relevance for a little while to all of these baby fans who only know 13 for Datsyuk and have no players in mind associated with #16. Yes, I'm aware that I'm quite young but referred to people as babies lol.

2 years, 3 months ago on The Reunited Russian Five | August

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 @thebiglachovsky верим.

2 years, 5 months ago on Tribute to Vladdy From John Wharton | June

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Perfection. Moving. Emotional. Intimate.Yeah, those don't do it justice individually. You need a whole paragraph's worth of words like those to touch what this is, especially to John and coming from him.

 

I cried a little.

2 years, 5 months ago on Tribute to Vladdy From John Wharton | June

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10:14, Vladdie takes his turn. How bittersweet is it that this may have been the last time he ever skated a lap, and it was with the cup hoisted over his head?

I miss Vladdie. And Russians like these. Ovechkin and Malkin don't even come close to how much heart The Russian Five had.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEaJywJwBx0 shitty quality but it has almost all of the laps with the cup.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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Why do we let Bettman speak ever?

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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 @Twig спасибо!

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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I so wish I could have either been here or in a bar with a group of friends for a game when the Wings win the cup instead of at work or being asleep. In 98 I made a giant Stanley Cup and stayed up to watch it and when we won, my dad took me on Gratiot to the medians to party with everyone driving back up from the Joe and coming out of their houses. A drunk man poured beer into my aluminum foil cup and drank it. Best memory of my life.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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I no longer have any idea where we're supposed to be, friggin window decided to close.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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Crazy relation? My old room mate's dad was one of those police on horseback outside of the Joe.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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Awww, Mac's parents were so proud.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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 @Twig I hope more than just us sent him a tweet so he has awesome positive things to come back to after this legal business is over for him.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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Loudest "SWEEP" chant ever.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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 @Twig wait 10 minutes to twitter bomb@D_Mac25 about how awesome and meaningful this was?

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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:) I don't think anyone else has ever been this happy after a goal

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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Oh man, when Fedorov cared more about the team than his salary... he was so awesome.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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For his penalty, that was such a lame Vladdy hit as far as Vladdy hits are concerned

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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 @Twig I think Kozlov is still in the KHL, maybe he gave him tips during Happy's dark year.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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NICK! PERFECT HUMAN! He perfected this over his career. Hahaha. "You can't win with goaltending like this." Five hole on Hextall

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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 @Twig Hah, oddly Sully is way ahead of me. I'm not sure how this happened, so I feel like I'm on some lagging channel, like it could have happened in 97 with different cable companies lol.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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Flyers had the lead for all of 2 minutes in this series.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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 @brendanksullivan I'm not sure what that stop on Podein was, but holy crap. I agree. Hasek might be my favorite because he's a crazy Czech bastard.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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The Joe still plays the same music as it did then. I'm pretty sure they're trying to evoke how awesome these days were.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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Hit the road jack, and don't you come back no more. Yeah, Lindros, you can't do that to Stevie... or anyone, really.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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 @brendanksullivan If you don't love him, you don't count as a Red Wings fan. It's just a rule.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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lol the replay of Shanny trying to check Hextall and missing completely and falling on his face

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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Vernon with a crazy jump, snatching the puck midair. And now we're on a powerplay. Let's go, boys!

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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So close. Shanny hits the crossbar.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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Ahahaha. Just to make EVERYONE feel old, my parents didn't let me stay up to finish this game... because I was 8 and had to go to school the next morning. But they were really loud and excited about it. So, on behalf of eight-year-old me, I'm going to rewatch/finish this game and be as excited as my mom was.

2 years, 5 months ago on Flyers vs Red Wings: Game 4 6.7.1997 | June

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I decided to comment on this post rather than Chris's. No particular reason, but I really had to write a giant comment about him that I couldn't do via Twitter or Facebook, so sorry for the length.

 

 

Yesterday I got into a fight with my boyfriend about how emotional I was getting over his retirement. He told me that Lidstrom is "just a hockey player." I gritted my teeth and opted NOT to yell at him, because I decided to be classy like Nick. He's from that I've decided is the Yzerman generation of the Wings, and if I had ever said that about Yzerman he probably would have reacted less calmly than I did because he sees Yzerman as a God (that is, in fact, his facebook link name-thing). The nearly 10 year age difference between he and I puts me into the Lidstrom generation, for lack of a better qualification. Nick was drafted the year I was born, and started playing for the Wings when I was three, and I became a fan roughly in 1995 when I was able to understand the game. So, for the last 17 years I have watched Nick Lidstrom on the blue line night after night. I can barely recall games when he wasn't there. Listening to him receive the Cup in 2008 (work made me miss it, thank you 97.1) made me misty-eyed because after he got the Conn Smythe in 2002, he deserved something bigger to hoist before everyone else. He has been the epitome of class and mastery of his position, and we are so lucky to have gotten the chance to watch him play for 20 years.

 

To me, Lidstrom symbolizes the merge between the hockey I grew up with in the 90s, and this new age, which he adapted to beautifully, and his retirement officially ends that era from my childhood; the era that started to come to a close in 2006 when Stevie Y's knees finally completely failed him and he hung his skates up and passed the C to Nick. His endless grace, mastery and determination were the mainstays of our blue line for so long, and symbolized exactly what Detroit Red Wings hockey is all about. His retirement hits me incredibly hard because it does put the final nail in the coffin of the sentiment what that 90s-era hockey means in my life; Nick Lidstrom is not "just a hockey player."

 

Steve Yzerman as captain is the inspirational figure of the Wings; his never giving up (even when his body was failing him), his self-sacrifice and leadership. No one can ever replace what he meant to the team and the fans, and Lidstrom took that title and left his own legacy. To me, Nicklas Lidstrom will always be synonymous with dedication, class and beauty in his skill (or perfection, if you prefer). He represented everything the game is supposed to be.

 

As much as it pains me to say, I'm glad he stepped down when he did instead of forcing another year or two and tarnishing the image I, and perhaps other fans, have of who he is as a player and what he represents to the organization and the sport as a whole. I'm quite biased and will have to agree with Chris, he is the best defenseman to ever play the game, we can't hope to ever replace him and we won't try.

 

 

Again, I apologize for this lengthy comment, I figured this was the best forum to express the extent of how much Lidstrom meant to me, as a fan and a person with an emotional attachment/investment to the Wings, for the last 17 years.

2 years, 5 months ago on Remembering Perfection | May

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 @DetCapC19 I couldn't keep in denial and make jokes after I saw the Andersson tweet. You tried :(

2 years, 6 months ago on Oh God: Lidstrom Announcement Tomorrow | May

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Hakan Andersson named as a source confirming Lidstrom's retirement by a Swedish hockey magazine editor.

 

I know the comments are excessive, but not everyone reading has Twitter.

2 years, 6 months ago on Oh God: Lidstrom Announcement Tomorrow | May

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Helene St. James just announced that her source confirmed that it will be his retirement announcement tomorrow.

Ready the tissues, boys...

2 years, 6 months ago on Oh God: Lidstrom Announcement Tomorrow | May

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Someone also pointed out that Ilitch wasn't supposed to attend according to that announcement, and I think he would be there for his retirement.

But Aaron Ward just tweeted that according to a source, he will be announcing his retirement tomorrow.

 

All I know is that I am massively panicking and I kind of want to cry. Is 11:02 am too early for a drink on a Thursday?

2 years, 6 months ago on Oh God: Lidstrom Announcement Tomorrow | May

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 @DetCapC19  @Lauren H His actual wife is way hotter. Josh, reasoning?

2 years, 7 months ago on Gameday Movie Poster: Icerats | April

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I wonder if sharks fan boyfriend would accept my hanging this up. He has a vintage jaws poster and like $300 in legos on display, I think I'm entitled to an awesome poster.

2 years, 7 months ago on March Movie Poster Madness: Winners! | April

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I'm so glad I'm drunk.

2 years, 7 months ago on Gameday Movie Poster & Open Post: Ping & Pong | April

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That was slow motion and awful...

2 years, 7 months ago on Gameday Movie Poster & Open Post: Ping & Pong | April

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Woah. That never works out in our favor...

2 years, 7 months ago on Gameday Movie Poster & Open Post: Ping & Pong | April

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GET. THE. REBOUNDS.

2 years, 7 months ago on Gameday Movie Poster & Open Post: Ping & Pong | April

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