May 8 :: I See It Now

Old Blue Eyes is looking for a sixth game...

WHAT’S ALL THIS THEN?!
Game 5. Win or go home. The Wings have survived one elimination scare, and the next test comes tonight in SanJo. We’ve been in this situation before, with this entire series feeling like the five gamer we had with the Sharks last season. The Wings will look to finally break the comparisons tonight.

THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS
8:00pm Eastern :: SAN JOSE vs. DETROIT, GAME 5

WATCH IT
Versus/TSN/RIS

EXPECTED LINEUP
By special request, the TPL Glossary is ready to jailsex your eyes.
Franzen — Datsyuk — Holmstrom
Cleary — Zetterberg — Bertuzzi
Abdelkader — Filppula — Hudler
Draper — Helm — Eaves

Lidstrom — Stuart
Ericsson — Rafalski
Salei — Kronwall

Howard
MacDonald

SCRATCHES
Chris Osgood [groin]
Mike Modano [healthy]
Jakub Kindl [healthy]
Drew Miller [healthy]
ACES: Jordan Pearce, Doug Janik, Brian Lashoff, Derek Meech, Brendan Smith, Cory Emmerton, Ilari Filppula, Jan Mursak, Tomas Tatar

The TPL Name Game ”Three Stars”
Disch: Jonathan “There Were Times, I’m Sure You Knew, When I Bit Off More Than I Could Chew”
Petrella: Darren “Come Fly With Me” Helm
Hollis: Ryane “Let’s Keep This Party Polite” Clowe

*Now it’s up to you! Think up your best names and throw them in the comments — the best one will be shared for all to enjoy on the
TPL Facebook Page. The best of the best will be pitted against one another at season’s end, and the winner takes home a TPL Shirt of their choice.*

TIDBITS
::
The big news emerging just hours before puck drop is that both Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen will be gametime decisions tonight. Franzen has been bothered by a sore ankle pretty much since the playoffs started, and it’s a sore wrist that’s potentially keeping Datsyuk on the shelf tonight. It goes without saying that losing Datsyuk would be a disastrous blow to the Red Wings, undoubtedly putting a huge damper on their hopes at taking this series back to Detroit. Mike Modano and Drew Miller are standing by in case one or both can’t play.
:: Good to see Bert and Helm get back on the scoresheet with some goals in Game 4, and add to that Patrick Eaves’ goal in Game 3 and the Wings secondary scoring looks to be rounding into shape. That said, we are putting out an APB for Dan Cleary, Valtteri Filppula, Tomas Holmstrom and Jiri Hudler. Sure would be nice to see those guys make their mark in a pivotal matchup.
:: After looking pretty darn stout in SanJo, Antti Niemi started to show some chinks in the armor when the series shifted to Motown. Look for Detroit to take low shots from the point to try and generate rebounds for crashing forwards, something that has cost Niemi on a number of occasions this series. In tight, the Wings will continue to try and go high on Niemi, who’s looks to be vulnerable from the shoulder up.
:: On the other hand, the Wings D needs to be much better in front of Jimmy Howard. They haven’t looked good during those 50/50 battles in the corners, and responsibility covering the slot and crease has been an issue on a number of San Jose goals. Pack it in tight and clear a path for Jimmah to see the puck.
:: You just get the feeling that special teams will win or lose this one, and while looking better, Detroit still has plenty of work to do. It’s been an emotional series and it looks as if the intensity is getting ratcheted up even further now. Cool heads must prevail for the Wings if they want to avoid testing fate with the PK, while the PP units need to continue peppering Niemi and finding rebounds in the slot.

WHAT WE LEARNED IN GAME 4
:: Nick Lidstrom is a straight baller and may have a future with the Detroit Tigers when he hangs up the skates. Hand-eye coordination like that doesn’t come cheap though.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN GAME 5
:: It’s going to be a total dogfight. Get ready to have about five or six heart attacks per period during this one. Every game in this series has been tight, and the Sharks are going to be out to finish this thing off in their home rink. Detroit won’t win this one without a full 60 minutes and some puck luck, so as Frank would say “Luck Be A Lady Tonight.”

One Step At A Time

(Ed. Note: With all of Team TPL travelling, there’s no analysis tonight. Just enjoy the fact the Wings will play another day and enjoy a tall, stiff drink wherever you may be.)

He deserves having his picture added to the post...

Final
Red Wings 4 Sharks 3

Sharks lead the series 3-1.

Thoughts
See you Sunday.

May 6 :: If I Should Lose You

Professor Billy Ocean Still Has Faith...Now Get Out of His Dreams

WHAT’S ALL THIS THEN?!
Game 4. Win or go home. Which is only a short car drive away for the Red Wings, but it’s still home. Personally, I’ve set up shop in the California Bay Area in order to inflict the maximum amount of pain and suffering on myself should the season wrap up tonight.

THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS
7:00pm Eastern :: SAN JOSE vs. DETROIT, GAME 4

WATCH IT
Versus/TSN/RIS

EXPECTED LINEUP
By special request, the TPL Glossary is ready to jailsex your eyes.
Franzen — Datsyuk — Holmstrom
Cleary — Zetterberg — Bertuzzi
Abdelkader — Filppula — Hudler
Draper — Helm — Eaves

Lidstrom — Stuart
Ericsson — Rafalski
Salei — Kronwall

Howard
MacDonald

SCRATCHES
Chris Osgood [groin]
Mike Modano [healthy]
Jakub Kindl [healthy]
Drew Miller [healthy]
ACES: Jordan Pearce, Doug Janik, Brian Lashoff, Derek Meech, Brendan Smith, Cory Emmerton, Ilari Filppula, Jan Mursak, Tomas Tatar

The TPL Name Game ”Three Stars”
Disch: Willa “Ah She Said I Was a Tiger She Wanted to Tame” Ford
Petrella: Jonathan “Get It While You Can, Your Non-Stop Miracle” Ericsson
Hollis: Jiri “Touch My Bumper” Hudler

*Now it’s up to you! Think up your best names and throw them in the comments — the best one will be shared for all to enjoy on the
TPL Facebook Page. The best of the best will be pitted against one another at season’s end, and the winner takes home a TPL Shirt of their choice.*

TIDBITS
::
No lineup changes tonight, which means both Mike Modano and Chris Osgood could watch their NHL careers come to an end from the Leino Lounge. It seems more likely that Modano will hang it up and Osgood will give it another go, but if this is truly the end of a hockey career for Mikey Mo, it sure leaves a bitter taste in the mouth seeing him finish it from the box and not on the ice.
:: The Wings are saying they won’t change the gameplan from Game 3, which is all fine and good as long as they don’t go into the equivalent of a football “prevent” defense if they get a lead. At this point, it’s time to let it all hang out and take a few more chances. There’s no room for complacency.
:: A number of you have pointed out to me the fact that I “called” Jonathan Ericsson’s involvement in the GWG on Wednesday night. Not even my most fervent apologies can make up for the fact that his suckitude makes him the obvious choice for any potential screw up. I was just playing the odds.
:: While we know Modano and Osgood are both facing the end of their respective careers, here’s a few more guys who are free agents at the end of the season and may be playing their last game in the Winged Wheel: Kris Draper, Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller, Nicklas Lidstrom, Ruslan Salei, Jonathan Ericsson (PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE) and Joey MacDonald.

WHAT WE LEARNED IN GAME 3
:: It comes after Game 2 and before Game 4. Also, it sucks watching the same thing happen two years in a row on the exact same day.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN GAME 4
:: Take your pick. A win to send the fans at the Joe home happy one more time? A win to start a four game winning streak? Another heartbreaking loss driving the stake right through the hearts of Red Wings fans everywhere? It could all happen. Personally, I just want to see 60 minutes of complete effort, and let the chips fall where they may.

Loss Candy :: Whitney Has Forsaken Us

This guy likes scoring in the Joe...

FINAL
Sharks 4, Red Wings 3 (OT)

Sharks lead the series 3-0.

Thoughts?
It’s obviously just not meant to be. The Wings had another lead in the third period, squandered it and wind up losing in OT. Say what you want about it. Blame Ericsson. Blame Howard. Blame Babcock. Blame the special teams. It doesn’t really matter because this team just doesn’t know how to close out important games when it counts. I know I’m not the only one who feels like the Phoenix series was years ago, but let’s not forget how bad the Wings struggled to close out games in that series either. They’ve struggled all season, and it’s gotten no better during the postseason. San Jose, on the other hand, has the poise, ability and confidence to fight back and do the little things the right way, and that’s why they are all packed and climbing on the bus for the Western Conference Finals. I know, there’s always a chance. The Wings could pull off one of the greatest comebacks of all time and do what Philadelphia did last year. Are you buying it though?

There were flashes of brilliance tonight for sure. Darren Helm was outstanding all night long, save for the missed pickup on Dan Boyle for the tying goal. Jimmy Howard continued to play well, although many will say not as well as he’s played up to this point in the series. Pavel Datsyuk continues to show why he’s one of the elite in this league and Patrick Eaves continues to be one of the most underrated players on this team. But for all of the bright spots, there are flaws that run deep and problems that just don’t seem to be getting better. Ruslan Salei has all but played himself off the team, and one hopes that he might not even be on the ice in Game 4. Same goes for Jonathan Ericsson. If this guy is back next year, it’s because he’s got dirt on someone in the Wings front office. Brad Stuart was pretty much abysmal tonight, and it was painfully apparent that Johan Franzen needs to be shut down for the rest of this season. A guy that “loves” the playoffs this much doesn’t go missing if something isn’t really bothering him on the injury front. When it’s all said and done, this Red Wings team will likely get the dreaded “underachievers” label, which holds water on some level. The simple fact is that they just can’t find a way to get it done against a good San Jose team, and two years in a row means that this is no fluke.

The Wings played their best game of the series tonight. It just wasn’t enough. Sometimes, it’s just not meant to be.

Loss Candy
Now that the Whitney Charm is broken, it’s time to retire her broke ass once and for all. It’s nothing but heartbreak tonight in Detroit, and no candy will fix that. Stare the ugly truth in the face, take a deep breath, and let’s move on. We’ve got a long day and a half of crappy Babcock quotes and false hope to get through. No sugar coating it from TPL tonight.

And why not Bobby Brown while we are at it…

May 4 :: We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming…

WHAT’S ALL THIS THEN?!
Wings and Sharks. Game 3. As we mentioned during the podcast, who better than Billy Oce…………………..

Fuck it. Dire times call for dire measures, and this is the dreaded MUST WIN situation. We all know how Game 3 against the Sharks turned out last year and TPL is committed to doing everything in our power to help the cause. And we all know that when the going gets tough, TPL busts out one person. One individual who has led us through the desert to certain victory THREE times this season. So sound the klaxons. Blow the ballast tanks and put the periscope up because this thing is about to surface and hit Jaws on it’s way to the surface……….

WHAT’S ALL THIS THEN?!
Game 3. Sharks and Red Wings. Sharks lead this thing 2-0 and the Wings need to hunker down and make shit happen tonight.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE
Fuck practices, let’s get to the good stuff:
7:00pm Eastern :: Philadelphia vs. Boston, Game 3
7:00pm Eastern :: Washington vs. Tampa Bay, Game 4
8:00pm Eastern :: SAN JOSE vs. DETROIT, GAME 3

WATCH IT
The game will be on Fox Sports Detroit, CSN Bay Area, TSN2, RDS and will be joined-in-progress on VERSUS after Bruins/Flyers. Center Ice and Gamecenter Live fans rejoice!

EXPECTED LINEUP
By special request, the TPL Glossary is ready to jailsex your eyes.
Franzen — Datsyuk — Holmstrom
Cleary — Zetterberg — Bertuzzi
Abdelkader — Filppula — Hudler
Draper — Helm — Eaves

Lidstrom — Stuart
Ericsson — Rafalski
Salei — Kronwall

Howard
MacDonald

SCRATCHES
Chris Osgood [groin]
Mike Modano [healthy]
Jakub Kindl [healthy]
Drew Miller [healthy]
ACES: Jordan Pearce, Doug Janik, Brian Lashoff, Derek Meech, Brendan Smith, Cory Emmerton, Ilari Filppula, Jan Mursak, Tomas Tatar

The TPL Name Game ”Three Stars”
Disch: Jiri “I Wanna Feel the Heat With Somebody” Hudler
Petrella: Johan “This Love is Strong, Why Do I Feel Weak” Franzen
Hollis: Todd “I Learned From the Best” McLellan

*Now it’s up to you! Think up your best names and throw them in the comments — the best one will be shared for all to enjoy on the
TPL Facebook Page. The best of the best will be pitted against one another at season’s end, and the winner takes home a TPL Shirt of their choice.*

TIDBITS
::
Kris Draper makes his way back into the lineup tonight after sitting out the first two contests, where he’ll replace Drew Miller and try to provide a spark to the forecheck. Still in the lineup is what appears to be an ailing Johan Franzen, which was cause for much discussion on TP:60 this week. A healthy Mike Modano will sit yet again in order for Franzen to stay in the lineup, and it’s fair to say that the pressure cooker is turned up on both #93 and Babcock.
:: Not to bring up the bad memories, but a year ago to the day, the Wings dropped Game 3 to the Sharks in Joe Louis Arena in OT, 4-3. Patrick Marleau had the winner, which you may remember came after Jason Williams blasted a slapper wide and high, starting a breakout that basically sunk the Wings season. Never forget and please don’t repeat tonight (Looking at you Shitbox.)
:: The Eurotwins have finally been split up in an attempt to spread the scoring across multiple lines, which (from where I sit) seems like a solid play. Babcock will have last change tonight, and will be looking for production from each and every shift. I’m liking the Cleary-Zetterberg-Bertuzzi line tonight and think they could prove to be the difference if they can get clicking.
:: JUST. FUCKING. WIN.
:: JUST. FUCKING. WIN.
:: JUST. FUCKING. WIN.

WHAT WE LEARNED IN GAME 2
:: The power play still sucks. Keep your stick on the ice Abdelkader.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN GAME 3
:: Well, the Wings have been looking for offensive production in this series, so I’m expecting more players to the net and some ugly, workmanlike goals.

HOW WILL I KNOW?!

Dear Stripes: Mind Your Damn Business

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I’d like to start with a disclaimer. The direct inspiration for the following diatribe is not Red Wings-related, although there is enough to bitch about when it comes to the officiating in the Red Wings/Sharks series (for a second year in a row). No, the instance that sent my poor brain over the edge occurred in Tuesday night’s Game 3 between the Canucks and Predators: an emotional, exciting hockey game completely ruined by a whistle that — as early as five years ago — would have made Osama Bin Laden cringe.

Tied at two in Nashville, the top-seeded Canucks were reeling in overtime. The Predators had all the best chances, all the best follow-through, all the poise. There’d be an occasional Canuck shot on goal, but it would quickly transition into a full-blown scoring opportunity for the Predators. That is, until the midway point of the period, when Predators captain (and badass penalty killer) Shea Weber was called for hooking. Veteran of 700 NHL games Shjon Podein even chimed in via Twitter.

Back in the day… and I don’t mean the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, I mean relatively recently… you had to murder someone to get called in overtime of a playoff game. It was kind of an unwritten understanding between players and officials that the men playing the game would be allowed to police themselves a little bit more than usual, and they would absolutely take advantage of that freedom — clutching a bit more, tugging on a jersey, slashing down on a stick with a tiny bit more force. By all accounts, pushing the limits of cheating. As the old adage goes, if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.

Everyone on Earth loved overtime in the playoffs. Everyone, it would seem, but the stripes.

Let’s get to the heart of the matter. Everyone knows that the officiating in our League is spotty and inconsistent AT BEST. And you can point the finger all the way to the top of the mountain, where sometimes a hit from behind is a ten-game suspension, and other times it’s not even a minor penalty. There’s no accountability and the referees and linesmen have been given free reign to unleash their half-retarded brand of tyranny onto an unsuspecting and undeserving masses: those who play the game and those who love it.

Speaking as a former player, allow me to say that — despite the mutual respect that is clear — 100% of hockey players despise (and I mean, “to the core”) 100% of referees. It was clear to us by the time we turned nine or ten that the blind idiots we have reffing at any level are the spazzes that couldn’t play the game. Nowhere is that as evident as playing in the higher ranks of bantam, midget, and even college hockey. The guys wearing the whistles are approximately four months older than you, meaning that — HEY! — they probably weren’t as good at this game as you are, and they’re pissed off about it. After all, no nineteen year old strives to be the best referee in the whole wide world. Some of the kids I played with in college have ended up becoming referees and — SURPRISE! — they’re the ones that moaned about every play and sulked on the bench after them.

The genesis of the problem at the NHL level, I believe, was giving the referees microphones to speak to the audience in attendance and watching on television — often to explain why a goal was waved off or ultimately allowed. This was an idea that is beyond horrible because the only people that like to hear referees speaking are the referees themselves. If you’d like another example of this, please see: Circles, Faceoff. Have you ever — in your life — seen as many lectures coming from linesmen explaining whose stick goes where, when, and why he hasn’t the dropped the puck yet, all while pointing fingers and gyrating? Shut the fuck up and drop the goddamn puck. I promise you Henrik Zetterberg knows how to take a faceoff.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times: if you’re in a position to be blaming the refs for a loss, you didn’t play well enough to deserve to win. Blind calls aside, you have to put yourself in a position to allow for errors and unfortunate bounces to truly say “hey, we won this game, regardless of all factors coming from third parties.” It’s certainly a game of inches and a bounce here or there could legitimately be the difference between a win and a loss. But if you take to the microphone after a game and say, “ya know what, if we weren’t called for that bogus interference penalty, we would have won,” you’re full of shit. Win the game DESPITE those things, don’t lose them BECAUSE of them.

I don’t envy the referees’ jobs. And, in the grand scheme of it, they get most of this stuff correct. A high-stick in an opponent’s face in overtime from a grinder that’s ax-handling his composite? Yeah, that’s automatic. That’s a call that has to be made, and 90% of the time, I’d think that the refs get ’em right. They don’t have the benefit of seeing it from fourteen angles in slow motion, they have to make calls from ice level when action is moving at 30 mph. The coaches don’t have a challenge (though, if I were a betting man, I’d say they will real soon) and the players whine all goddamn night. It’s a hard gig, no doubt about it.

But the other 10% of the time? We have chintzy “slashes,” and phantom tripping calls. I did worse on the sidewalk coming into the office this morning than some of the calls that have been made against the Sharks, Wings, Predators, and Canucks (and probably the Eastern Conference teams, too, but I can’t be bothered with JV Hockey at this time of year).

The long and the short of it is — the officials are given too much rope to affect the outcome of the contests. Again, teams shouldn’t put themselves in a position to be affected by the officiating, but the stripes are finding ways to inject themselves into it — and that’s bad. The fact that we know more than one official’s name is proof that they’re entering players’ and fans’ consciousness too much. They’re supposed to be blind justice, silent policemen that ensure the safety and integrity of the game. But each and every one of us could pick Dennis LaRue out of a lineup.

You know who loves knowing that? Dennis LaRue.

Example the second: Long-time NHL official Kerry Fraser (you know… the guy that retired a year after they started forcing refs to wear helmets… which he didn’t like because it might mess up his perfectly sculpted hair) is an analyst for TSN now, and I am SHOCKED about that. Never was there a bigger prick on the ice — with a dirty mouth, a massive ego, and a Napoleon complex — than Kerry Fraser. And he broke up Tie Domi/Bob Probert fights. And while it’s interesting to get another side of things, and read his take about certain aspects of officiating, I can’t get through a whole article of his without wanting to smash my head on a desk. And the same goes for other refereeing experts in other forms of new media “explaining” why a call was made or wasn’t — I didn’t want to hear it when I was on the ice and I don’t want to hear it now. We get it, you can quote the exact wording of Rule 31.5.b about where you must officially hypothesize a puck is when it’s obstructed by goaltending gear during the long-change of a shorthanded team on home ice on a Wednesday. The rest of us would rather get back to playing/watching than listening to you explain the minutae while you figure skate back and forth between the teams’ benches and the little hole in the glass on the other side of the ice, all while sucking the life out of the building and draining my will to live.

Shut up and let the players determine the momentum and the final score. This isn’t about you, no matter how hard you’d like it to be.

Stay tuned for another installment of Petrella Loses His Mind, tentatively titled “Snow Showers: Quit Being a Bitch.”

Photo Credit: Justin K. Aller, Getty

TP:60 – Episode #17

Don’t forget, you can keep up-to-date on all of the latest TP:60 happenings – including previews for upcoming shows – at the TP:60 Home Page. Miss an episode? Just want more TP:60 awesomeness? The TP:60 Archive has you covered.

Patriotism abounds on the newest episode of TP:60 as we welcome back Greg (@captnorris5)  from The Winged Wheel and also welcome good friend Mike Serven (@mserven) – owner of the @RedWingsFeed news stream – to the show. Nothing is off limits with these guys in the house, and the discussion kicks off with a brief overview of Greg’s wall art before diving straight in to the current state of the Red Wings. We kick around the idea of the Wings rallying back to make this a series again before diving into a plethora of Twitter questions from you, the listeners. Topics include Justin Abdelkader’s stick work, the health of the Mule, breaking up the twins and whether or not Todd McLellan is a better coach than Mike Babcock. Serven’s presence also re-ignites the TP:60 “Night of Enchantment” question series, and there’s even a call to action for all of you listeners out there.

Don’t forget: FREE THE OCTOPI!

As always, send your questions, comments and feedback to contact@theproductionline.us. Looking to subscribe to the show? iTunes has you covered.

Loss Candy: Canadian Teen Soap Opera Edition

FINAL SCORE
2-1 Sharks

SERIES STATUS
2-0 Sharks

TIDBITS
:: The first period was played almost entirely by special teams. The Red Wings had the first power play opportunity, and it must have shared a fork with the penalty kill over the weekend — because it was as punchless an advantage as one could imagine. A few seconds later, Justin Abdelkader and the Penalty Kill picked up right where they left off — with the former high sticking someone, and the latter failing miserably as the Wings would go down 1-0 on an Ian White shot. It seems like Detroit fans are starting to turn on Justin Abdelkader — some calling for Mike Modano or Kris Draper to be inserted into the lineup at Gator’s expense, and at that point I might not disagree with you. Abdelkader would draw a penalty of his own — a four-minute double major — and again, the Red Wings were useless with the man-up. The Sharks would take their one-goal lead into the intermission.

:: More of the same in the second period, as Tomas Holmstrom takes a holding penalty at the 2:27 mark. Darren Helm made something out of nothing, earning himself a clean breakaway — but the shot was turned aside by Antti Niemi. One minute later, Joe Pavelski took a penalty of his own — the 8th of the game after only 24 minutes played. After a clean Todd Bertuzzi hit on Dany Heatley (yes it was, you jackass), Ben Eager goes after Bertuzzi and both end up in the Red Wings bench. Somehow, both were called for roughing, and even the dumbshit announcers claim the refs are calling this one for the Sharks. Shocked — SHOCKED — I am. Later, Eager would get a ten minute misconduct, which doesn’t put the Wings on the power play. Sneaky way of pretending like you’re calling it even.

:: Doug Murray had a great chance with just over four minutes left in the second, as his rebound opportunity snuck through Howard’s wickets and was slowly rolling toward the net when Pavel Datsyuk stepped in and swiped the puck out of danger. Jimmy Howard has played fantastic, and just needed a little help from his backcheckers on that play. Perennial Selke winner/nominee Dangles was happy to oblige. The Sharks would take the same 1-0 lead into the locker room after 40.

:: The start of the third period was a disaster. It was all Sharks early and they made it 2-0 after a tricky shot from Niclas Wallin caught a surprised Jimmy Howard in the left shoulder, causing the puck to pop straight up and bounce behind him. Unfortunate goal against, and the Wings’ hole was dug twice as deep. The Red Wings were clearly frustrated, as Tomas Holmstrom takes a dumb retaliation penalty after the whistle… and Jimmy Howard slashed Joe Thornton following the third snow shower he’d received on the night (there was no call). Things were starting to get ugly, and there was still fifteen minutes left in regulation.

:: Detroit would finally convert on their sixth power play. Henrik Zetterberg scored right from the slot, cutting the deficit in half with six minutes left to play. It would be all they’d get, as the clock ticked away with Niemi shutting the door the rest of the way.

PREDICTION CORNER
:: Henrik Zetterberg did net one in San Jose (mp +1, ch -1)

LOSS CANDY

If you like gals, you'll like Nina Dobrev, Degrassi's Mia

If you dig boys, here's Adamo Ruggiero, the show's Marco

May 1 :: Tell Me What It’s All About

Legends of 80's Synthpop... @NuShoozMusic

GOIN’ THROUGH THE MOTIONS
The Red Wings and Sharks gear up for Game 2 in San Jose less than 48 hours after the Winged Wheelers dropped an overtime decision, with the help of some chintzy officiating. Here’s hoping the refs are a little more hesitant to blow the damn whistle, and keeps the penalty kill unit off of the ice.

I CAN’T WAIT
12:00 local / 3:00pm :: GAME 2 at HP PAVILION
Sunday Post-Game :: Red Wings travel to Detroit
7:00 pm local/Eastern :: Tampa Bay vs. Washington, Game 2
Monday Morning :: Sharks travel to Detroit
Monday 12:00pm :: Red Wings Practice

ARE YOU LOOKIN’ FOR SOMEBODY NU?
Our game will be broadcast nationwide on NBC, and on TSN or RDS north of the border. No Ken and Mick for this one, but NBC’s broadcast team for the game features Dave Strader, the former voice of the Detroit Red Wings. I, for one, can’t wait to hear him calling the game.

YOU PUT ME IN A TRANCE
The Red Wings are hosting another viewing party for local fans. Head over to Hockeytown Cafe for puck drop, and the chance to win some signed memorabilia and mingle with some Red Wings alumni.

DOIN’ ALRIGHT
By special request, the TPL Glossary is ready to jailsex your eyes.
Zetterberg — Datsyuk — Holmstrom
Franzen — Filppula — Hudler
Cleary — Abdelkader — Bertuzzi
Miller — Helm — Eaves

Lidstrom — Stuart
Ericsson — Rafalski
Salei — Kronwall

Howard
MacDonald

DON’T LET ME BE THE ONE
Chris Osgood [groin]
Kris Draper [healthy scratch]
Mike Modano [healthy scratch]
Jakub Kindl [healthy scratch]
ACES: Jordan Pearce, Doug Janik, Brian Lashoff, Derek Meech, Brendan Smith, Cory Emmerton, Ilari Filppula, Jan Mursak, Tomas Tatar

The TPL Name Game “Three Stars”
Disch: Jiri “Hey Baby Tell Me What is on Your Mind” Hudler
Petrella: Nicklas “You’ve Got Something That I Can’t Live Without” Lidstrom
Hollis: Johan “You Know I Love You Even When You Don’t Try” Franzen

THE TRUTH
:: Jimmy Howard played a hell of a Game 1, making 44 saves on 46 shots — nearly stealing a victory in California. The Red Wings are still capable of taking home ice away from the 2 seed. If they win today, they will have split the two in St. Joe’s, leaving three of the five (potential) games to be played in Detroit.
:: While Jimmy Howard may have deserved to win Game 1, the Red Wings certainly didn’t. The calls may have been cheap, but when all was said and done, the Wings were violently outshot (46-25), paraded to the penalty box all night giving the Sharks six power plays, and the biggest stars didn’t shine as brightly as you’d hope.
:: That said, Henrik Zetterberg didn’t look bad at all — particularly for a man that missed the entire first round (alllllll four games, Phoenix). I’m sure he’ll improve every game as he returns to tip top shape and I expect him to get himself off of the schneid quickly.

WHAT WE LEARNED IN GAME 1
:: The penalty kill still sucks.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN GAME 2
:: More of the same from the Sharks: flopping all over the goddamn place to exploit the aforementioned shitty penalty kill of the Red Wings.