Thursday, April 19, 2007

Detroit Liveblog: Playoff edition

Well...dunno when another liveblog will happen. Times like playoffs, I miss having a laptop...thanks for hanging out as always. It will be done again!

Sometimes I wonder who will lose their voice/black out first, Peter Maher, or Beasley the PA guy.

12:08 AM: Ahhh. They're playing Johnny Cash in the rink where he belongs.

Awesome.

12:07 AM: AND....YOU CAN PUT IT IN THE WIN COLUMN!

12:06 AM: Iggy! That's the most exciting play in hockey! You can't miss that! Especially when Hasek coughs it up like that!

12:05 AM: There you go. Now my pulse is accelerating. 1:45 left to go...

12:04 AM: Icing the puck repeatedly with 3 mins left in the game is going to make for a long night.

12:01 AM: Ok, actually... can I rant about the kind of pressure Detroit's putting on us? Why does this have to be all Kipper?

12:00 AM: Kipper. He is the man. I have (I suspect) little to do tonight besides worship the goaltender.

11:57 PM: Bit of a scrum. I'm really hoping Draper will go off for something. Like, (borrowing HG's word of the night) for being an asshat.

11:55 PM: Goddamn. Longest PK ever. Kipper, you're a god. Friesen...you're forgiven for that penalty at the start of the period.

ALL HAIL KIPPER!

11:54 PM: Yelle's been so crazy good today. Good work on the PK so far, guys...

Isn't this so much better than this time last week?

11:52 PM: Oh, Rhett. Good call in taking the penalty, but you want a time out, just go back to the dressing room to get stitched up again, eh?

11:50 PM: It occurs to me that I've been doing this for two hours, and I haven't screamed at my computer once. What is it about TV that's so stressful?

11:47 PM: Juice! You're alive! Now, I hope the next one doesn't go off the post.

11:45 PM: Ooo...another PP (drawn this time by crazygood Lombo)? Zyuzin gets a shot at the goal? What's next?

11:43 PM: Langkow tries for the boot trick. Gworgeous setup from Iggy. No dice. Awwwww...

11:40 PM: A boring period wouldn't be that horrible a thing for us. Yawwwwwn. Can I just say that my commentators are better at telling me what's happening than yours are? Screw all that moving-picture business.

11:37 PM: Mostly all Wings this period...but wait, Amonte steals the puck? And Lebda is back, I see. Wait, I can't see anything...

11:35 PM: Stuart's had another good game, I think. We're not missing Regehr nearly as much as I feared we might, overall.

11:34 PM: Susan? Did you make a play to clear the puck? And it worked?

11:32 PM: I make incoherent gibbering noises. I know Detroit's PP isn't strong this series, but let's not throw them any frickin' bones, eh?

11:31 PM: Oh, Friesen. It's been a while since you were a dumbass. Not a good way to start the third...

11:30 PM: Here we go... finish strong, guys! (Peter Maher just pimped Intellibed, for those of you keeping score on the advertising front. Remember when we talked aobut his sideline as a mattress salesman?)

11:23 PM: Well. They're not stumping the Schwab in the intermission interview. He thinks hockey is all about "what have you done for me lately?" He's probably got a point...

11:16 PM: Nobody on the team has a "personal services" contract Gretzky style, do they? 'Cause I just had the thought that maybe they were threatened with having to do the dishes at Flames Central 'till playoffs are over if they didn't shape the hell up...

11:12 PM: Buzz

11:07 PM: FORTHELOVEOFGOD CLEARTHEDAMNPUCK

11:06 PM: Lebda heads to the dressing room? Let's see if they can come back for the rest of the game the way our guys can...

11:04 PM: Oh, Iggy. The radio guys thought it was going to Chelios. Tricky man.

11:03 PM: Our PP starts. Langkow... come on... please?

11:02 PM: What did I tell you about Yelle? Didn't I say something like Who lets him go on breakaways? already tonight? And he draws a penalty. Good man.

11:00 PM: We're on the PK. Dangerous. Yelle's had a strong period though. So underappreciated, is ol' Sandbox.

10:57 PM: Peter Maher's put Langkow on Boot Trick alert. I guess Alberta Boot hasn't been giving too many pairs away.

Shit, did I just crash Blogger?

10:54 PM: "Third lead of the game." Just hearing that makes me giddy.

10:53 PM: Has anybody besides Hammer gone after Cleary yet?

10:51 PM: DAYYYYYYYYYYYYYMOND LANNNNNNGGGGGGKOW! Hot stuff. Glad he and Tangs came to play today.

10:50 PM: Another 5-3 caused by Iggy. And colour me biased, but Lidstrom's been not his usual self tonight.

The Doomsday chips are heating things up. I just popped a window open. Just to get cooler.

10:48 PM: Enjoying Steady Eddy, kids, huh?? We're going on the PP, btw. Thanks to Robert Lang, and Baywest Homes, and the Power of the Red Pen.

10:44 PM: Flames need to come back out of the dressing room.

10:40 PM: Kipper is stepping up so far. I think. I was on the phone. Poll: Do I let Dave take over during the third and hop in my car and drive five minutes away to somebody with time-splitting?

10:38 PM: Apparently Maher isn't immune to broadcastitis. We had Same-uelsson for a bit.

10:37 PM: Detroit comes out hard. Iggy hits back. But it's Huselius with the penalty. Sorry Dave, I liked him better when he was being invisible.

10:34 PM: Here we go again...

10:29 PM: I've just uncorked my doomsday device. That's right, Old Dutch chips. The jalapeno cheese kettle chips. You got nothin' on the chips, Detroit.

(Note to people outside of Ontario. They finally started selling them here. You wouldn't understand what it's like...

10:17 PM: Buzz. Well...a strong start for us. Unfortunately also a strong one by Bertuzzi. Damn him.

10:12 PM: As a calibration point, the crowd noise really hasn't changed despite who's scored more recently. It's just always really fucking loud. Good for them. Now if we can convince some of these guys to pick up some Hitmen tix too...

The radio guys lecture on the importance of winning faceoffs. Heed their wisdom.

Thanks, Dave

10:10 PM: Oh, boourns. Somebody hit Bertuzzi harder. Yes, Phaneuf, I'm looking at you.

10:08 PM: Ok... can we step up the play after we score? It makes me nervous when they come back strong after we pot one.

10:06 PM: Oh, the sweet sweet sounds of goalies being heckled.

10:04 PM, II: Conroy! About time you got something for your work up there. Woot!

10:04 PM: Hmm. Who let the Wings wake up? That high-altitude air plus the late gametime was supposed to make them more drowsy than me, at work just after lunch.

10:00 PM: Oh! New commercial on the radio. Though washable leather shoes sounds like ... vaguely infomerical-type material.

Oh, boourns. Bertuzzi? You're kidding me.

9:57 PM: Is it bad of me to get the giggles whenever Yelle runs into the offensive zone with the puck? Or Nilson? But good pressure there. What are the Wings doing, letting them get chances? But who cares... just do it more!

9:54 PM: I grow impati...

WHOO!

The big line finally acts their size.

9:50 PM: Oho! Is that a 5-on-3 Iggy drew? Shwwweeeet. I'm told that it could have been offsetting penalties, but let's hope this is the beginning of Hasek going off his rocker.

9:47 PM: PP. Let's do 'er.

9:46 PM: Awright! I expect this to be the night of people finally showing up, dammit! That's you, Conroy, and you, Tanguay, and you, Huselius, and you, Moss.

9:45 PM: Not a fantastic PK, but we're hanging in there. Don't make me regret writing that.

9:43 PM: Well. That was quick. At least we held off with the penalties a bit longer than when in the Joe, eh? Oh, Davey.

What I said last time about the crowd. Damn you, CBC! So far I haven't had to worry about Regehr still being out. Phaneuf and Warrener are back in.

9:40 PM: Puck drops. Booyeah!

9:33 PM: I receive the first complaint of the night about Drew. Also, what is the deal with all the bloggers getting tickets to the game? At least I won't be competing for liveblog attention with BofA's Fenwick tonight.

9:31 PM: Laughing my ass off at HG's vid...jitters, jitters, jitters. Wondering how my boys are doing with that chick flick they opted to go for instead of internet radio happiness with me.

My tax dollars are apparently not supporting a broadcast of the Calgary-Detroit game on cable where I live....so what better time to trot out the liveblog???

(People who remember the last one will know I'm doing this using internet radio from the Fan960, chilling with my favourite Flames broadcasters ever. So. No IMing about stuff related to the game till after I post snarky comments about it.)

And without further ado: Just. Bring. It.

97 comments:

  1. AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!

    EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

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  2. The picture quality on the NHL Centre Ice feed is atrocious. Macroblocking, pixelation, and blurryness. :(

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  3. At least I won't be competing for liveblog attention with BofA's Fenwick tonight.

    We won that last time...

    And Tanguay goes to the box. :(

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  4. The picture quality on the NHL Centre Ice feed is atrocious.

    You should see mine!

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  5. We've got Alberta CBC feed thanks to time-shifting and it's a-okay.

    "They wanted to stay away from early penalties."

    Apparently late ones are okay though.

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  6. Just switched to my timeshift CBC...much better. Still much worse than HD. ;)

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  7. But it's better than nothing.

    Come on PP action! No flower play!

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  8. Duncan says, "Who is Phanoof? Is he friends with Giordino? Poor Don Wittman, he's like 88 years old."

    They must also know Joe Maginla.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Hasek! Sucka.

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  9. They must also know Joe Maginla.

    Is that like Kristian Husmumblemumblemumble?

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  10. Langkoowowwwowo!

    WowowowoZahBOOM!

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  11. LDSKFJAOIEFJLASKDMFALSDKFJLDKJAOIWJRO34 C0349UR3[WPELMDFKS3W;RMS,DF9034TT;LDSFMAS

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  12. That "Hasek, Hasek" from the crowd is awfully good right now, though still behind the best-ever "Wamsley, Wamsley" from '86.

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  13. Just switched to my timeshift CBC...much better. Still much worse than HD

    I feel your pain, man. Those PPVs on Centre Ice were particularly bad. I figured we'd get HD throughout the playoffs.

    Oh well, that goal would have looked good on a Philco.

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  14. Just thought I'd give you guys a heads up.

    A spy has informed me letsgowings.com forums are insisting that Calgary is cheating. They are making the refs biased due to the atmosphere at the 'dome.

    I'm not joking.

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  15. Bertuzzi...anyone but him please.

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  16. Oh, come on...you know Phaneuf and Kipper are hooking the refs up with those Cowboys girls.

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  17. Fucking hell. Swear all you want.

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  18. CONNNNNIE!

    WHOOOOOOO!!!! EEEEEEEEEEE!!!

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  19. Hasek probably still had tears in his eyes from the last penalty he took.

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  20. What was wrong with Stuart there? Bertuzzi scoring makes me look bad, because all I write about these days is that he's the reason Detroit will lose.

    Wait a minute: CONRRRROYYYYYYYY!

    Ph, an, for those unfamiliar, here's a Philco.

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  21. Ph, an, for those unfamiliar, here's a Philco.

    Sorry, that was me who messed up Duncan's comment.

    Haaaaaasek
    Haaaaaasek
    Haaaaaasek should be:
    Aaaaaaasshat
    Aaaaaaasshat
    Aaaaaaasshat

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  22. Are you guys sharing a computer?

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  23. Bertuzzi is starting to piss me off.

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  24. Ok... can we step up the play after we score? It makes me nervous when they come back strong after we pot one.

    Apparently not. This is a common problem with the Flames — they score and let off the gas. Drives me nuts ... just like two points by Bertuzzi, making me look EVEN WORSE.

    (Not sharing computers, HG just gets a little excited with her arms when goals are scored.)

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  25. I think he's doing it to Duncan on purpose.

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  26. Two of my least favourite hockey players of all time are Bertuzzi and Chelios.

    That goal is one bad omen.

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  27. Dear Dion:

    Me and you are on thin ice, my friend. You want to go a break? At this time? I think that you really need my support at this juncture.

    Love,
    HG

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  28. I'm not liking the end of this period one bit.

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  29. Oh right... Dave doesn't know...

    :D

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  30. I know everything, I just choose to act stupid so no one suspects...

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  31. Wow, I'm obsessed with the Lets Go Wings forums now. Here's the current take from "Echolalia" who has an underwear-only Calvin as an avatar:

    Both their goals were heavily assisted by us
    1st a 5 on 3
    2nd a deflection

    We're earning ours and forcing their defence to break down, and thats exactly why we're going to win


    CRAP! IF ONLY WE COULD EARN OUR GOALS!

    I love forums.

    — duncan the blog snob

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  32. Well, that could have been worse. But that's not saying much. Here's hoping the boys get all up in Hasek's kitchen nice and early next period.

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  33. I'm eating icecream, which means I'm nervous...

    It's going surprisingly quickly

    Oh, Haagen Dazs...

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  34. Highlight of the first period? Hasek getting a penalty. That just made my day.

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  35. Is the Bud Light guy with the hockey hat cute? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Also, I think my boys must be doing a Hugh Grant movie doubleheader.

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  36. Yay! CapsChick came by! She is the poor soul on the other end of a very frantic chat. :D

    *hugs*

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  37. The best part about these kinds of games is when I do my nightly stationary bike riding, third periods are awesome.

    I'm either furious and peddling hard, or I'm excited and peddling hard.

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  38. CC just alerted me that there was some brouhaha in the warm-up of the Ducks / Wild game. Hahahaha Parros and Boogaard started it. We just saw it on TSN. Sooooo funny.

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  39. I've just uncorked my doomsday device. That's right, Old Dutch chips. The jalapeno cheese kettle chips. You got nothin' on the chips, Detroit.

    Now I want chips. This is making me hungry. I had such a delicious dinner of fries and a portobello/swiss veggie burger so there. :P

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  40. Sorry Dave, I liked him better when he was being invisible.

    Me too. You better come up with something quick to take back The Dawning.

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  41. Poll: Do I let Dave take over during the third and hop in my car and drive five minutes away to somebody with time-splitting?

    Time-shifting? ;)

    Duncan says, "Yes."
    I say, "I don't know. Are you taking your doomsday chips?"

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  42. Time-shifting? ;)

    No, the way tonight's going, time-splitting would be good. I'm all for violating the laws of physics.

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  43. True.

    I guess it depends if Dave's going to stick with it under all circumstances and if you are going to be able to comment because um... you started this liveblog, my friend. :D

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  44. I was going to hit the bike for the third, but I suppose I can use voice recognition.

    AND LIDSTROM TAKES AN INTERFERENCE CALL!

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  45. I am giggling now. Awesome.

    Deja vu.

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  46. That's the Langkow we need. Holy crap that feels good. Now don't let up!

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  47. Bored? Read this thread during intermissions...

    http://www.letsgowings.com/forums/?showtopic=42219

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  48. FUCK YEAH!

    In one of my chats:
    HG:
    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY
    FLAMES PPG
    KDFJAOSIEJFA0W34JASDF

    HG's pal:
    NICEEEEEEEE
    Who was it?

    HG:
    DOES IT MATTER?

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  49. Over at Lets Go Wings, OsGOD, with a Todd Bertuzzi avatar, says:

    sooo when two canadians teams play.... they don't call penalties, right? Because you want both to advance.

    This is pure shit

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  50. sooo when two canadians teams play.... they don't call penalties, right? Because you want both to advance.

    Naw, we make them wrestle naked in a vat of maple syrup instead.

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  51. Naw, we make them wrestle naked in a vat of maple syrup instead.

    And throw Canadian bacon at them.

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  52. OMG!!!! THAT PENALTY WAS SUCH MAJOR BULLSHIT!!! I SWEAR I KNOW THOSE REFS ARE FUCKING AMERICAN!!!!!!!

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  53. Kipper just lashed out at Holmstrom.

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  54. What an effort by Primeau. I can't wait to see Lets Go Wings on that penalty. Thanks a lot Dave, I'm obsessed now.

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  55. What an effort by Primeau. I can't wait to see Lets Go Wings on that penalty. Thanks a lot Dave, I'm obsessed now.

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  56. What an effort by Primeau. I can't wait to see Lets Go Wings on that penalty. Thanks a lot Dave, I'm obsessed now.

    Duncan really wanted to say that. :D

    And CapsChick says about Iggy's penalty: "He was framed! CHELIOS NEEDS TO GO TO AN OLD AGE HOME RIGHT NOW

    LEATHER FACE ASSHAT"

    Word.

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  57. Please end the period now, it's NOT looking good...

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  58. Leanne: Are you going and leaving it in Dave's hands?

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  59. Dion getting under Bertuzzi's skin?

    Wicked. :D

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  60. more gems from LGW: "wtf is with all the flames diving"

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  61. I think I'm going to hang in here. The prospect of moving pictures of the boys is not nearly as tempting as staying another period Drew-free.

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  62. Okay good. Since I'm not too sure that Dave really exists yet. ;)

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  63. I'm back and the gammmee's on!

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  64. I make incoherent gibbering noises.

    Me too but I think it's this cold. It's killing me. I'm getting worse as the game goes on. Is it really a cold or allergies or stress?

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  65. . Is it really a cold or allergies or stress?

    Yes.

    How's the Neo-Citran situation?

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  66. It will be coming into play soon. I just yelled, "Fuck be! Cobe ob! Skate Flabes!"

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  67. Langkow robbed by Hasek! nice rush!

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  68. Come on powerplay. Bring it!

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  69. "seriously.. how in the hell is the flames power play so friggin good!??!"

    From LGW.

    Has this ever been said before?

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  70. Giordano's had almost 8 minutes of icetime. Talk about using him sparingly...

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  71. What is it about TV that's so stressful?

    Initials: D.R.

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  72. That was fucking heroic. I haven't seen Flames drop to block shots all year. On that one sequence, Stuart, Lombo and Friesen all made the sacrifice. PLAYOFFS BABY!

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  73. They're definitely all business now.

    Finally...

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  74. GIVE ME A 'K'
    GIVE ME AN 'I'
    GIVE ME A 'P'
    GIVE ME A 'P'
    GIVE ME AN 'E'
    GIVE ME AN 'R'

    KIP-PER
    KIP-PER
    KIP-PER

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  75. Like, (borrowing HG's word of the night) for being an asshat.

    I can't take credit for asshat - I got it from CapsChick. She's aces in my books.

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  76. I'm back on LGW, and apparently Kiprusoff has three goals tonight. From Jdog21 (Avatar = Yzerman with the cup):

    Anyone wanna argue if they had someone other than Kipper that this would be the last game of the series????? The team sucks but Kipper helps more than anything.

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  77. "Our power play makes me emo."

    ...from LGW.

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  78. I guess they're not reading this liveblog. I'm pleased by how many guys showed up and pitched in, though there's still a couple of guys MIA...

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  79. FUCCCCKIIIINN AAAAAAAAA!!!!!!

    That was a glorious final four minutes after a nervous first 14 in the third. Wow, this is just frickin' wicked.

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  80. I CAN BREATHE AGAIN!
    FUCK YEAH!
    NICE WORK BOYS!

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  81. Yeah, I'm enjoying the shoe being on the other foot.

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  82. OK, I'll have more at flames blog, but:

    BIG: Kipper, Langkow, Primeau, Hamrlik.

    And Huselius still hasn't done a thing.

    As Langkow just told Armitage, to win in Detroit, "We have to play the same way we did the past two games." No shit. Now just make it happen.

    Wooooooooo!

    Thanks for hosting the liveblog, Leanne!

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  83. Thanks Leanne, this was top-notch good times. Now, it's time for Neo-Citran and a quick post if I can still see the computer.

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  84. Yeppers...gotta thank both of you and Dave for hanging out all night, and CC for dropping by...

    ...hope WI doesn't get too upset that I didn't warn her this was going down, again...

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  85. I was thinking it might be a good idea to announce it ahead of time.

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  86. Sorry I didn't stop in last night, but I PVR'd the game again...

    I actually got home from hockey at around 11:00, but I didn't want to jinx it, so I watched other stuff instead...

    This conversation happened repeatedly over the course of the evening:

    My brother: Do you want to know the score?
    Me: Is the game over yet?
    My bro: No...
    Me: Then no...

    Until he finally said yes, at which point he mentioned how Bertuzzi got him two points before telling me that the Flames won...

    And I kinda didn't believe him at first...

    10-0

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  87. ..hope WI doesn't get too upset that I didn't warn her this was going down, again... aww ! thanks for thinkin of me... :( i was at ian's watching the game... so i should probably be the one who feels bad... :)

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