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Helene says it’s unlikely Vanek gets moved in an article extolling his virtues during his hot streak. It still reads like sales copy, but whatever.
I was interviewed for this article and had a lot of fun with it.
BONUS - Food for thought:
1996 (The bad guys won)— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) January 22, 2019
1995 (The good guys lost)
2009 (We blew it)
Special shout out to 2006 as well - Stevie skating off for the last time in defeat to Edmonton was real painful.
07 sucked too, but that was basically 1996-lite in terms of narrative heartbreak. https://t.co/6VWkpAepjv
A lot of the Twitter responses were about 2009 and I get that because it’s recent and real tough, but it’s also a whippersnapper’s answer because I was a whippersnapper in the mid-90s and will tell you very few things affected my outlook on the universe like watching the Red Wings forced to shake that guy’s friggin’ hand in 1996...
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I was all set to dismiss this as whining and talk about how there’s already a crease but I have to admit I kind of like this idea:
“Make the crease six inches smaller and if a guy goes in the crease then blow it down,” Anderson said. “You won’t have guys running into the goalie. Tuukka Rask is out with a concussion right now because a guy went to the net. I missed time because a guy went to the net hard.
[Site Programming Note: The Weekly Red Wings Powerplay Update that you’re used to seeing on Wednesday is going to be delayed by a day so Peter can include last night’s game in the numbers because it doesn’t make sense to wait two weeks for that game to count.]