Archives for November 2008

GOBBLE GOBBLE!

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An oldie but a goodie! Nonetheless — Happy Thanksgiving from the 2MA Crew!

…Although after last night the roles should really be reversed. Colin White should be the dead bird.

Devils @ Panthers LIVECAP!!

10:06 PM: So a five-game winning streak for NJ after nearly losing the game in a poorly-played few minutes in the third. Nothing like a little tension to head into turkey day. That’s it for me tonight. Check back in the next few days for the launch of a major initiative from the 2ma! Goduya! Happy Thanksgiving!

10:01 PM: Johnny mothereffin’ Oduya!!!!! After botching a 2-on-1 just minutes ago, the reborn defenseman rips one through Anderson to win the game for New Jersey! Devils win! 3-2 in OT.

10:00 PM: Penalty killed, Devils on the attack. Thankfully the Panthers are still playing like little more than an AHL squad.

9:56 PM: OT underway and hot jesus on a hammock, they throw the puck over the glass and draw a penalty. Would somebody please find the Devils from 90 minutes ago?

9:53 PM: Damn. David Booth puts one home with 7.8 seconds left. We’re going to OT folks! Major Buzzkill is undoubtedly laughing from the bench, twirling his evil mustache. I completely blame this on my girlfriend, who wished against the shutout so her fantasy team would do better.

9:52 PM: Stop by Clemmer. Good pressure by the Panthers though, under 30 seconds left.

9:51 PM: Buzzkill pulled. Less than a minute to play.

9:49 PM: Ooof. Out of nowhere the Panthers put one in on a quick bang-bang play to Bouwemeester in the slot. 2-1. Two minutes to play.

9:43 PM: Major Buzzkill strikes again. Anderson stones Parise on a great breakaway chance. I feel like Anderson was stroking his Snidely Whiplash mustache under his helmet after that one.

9:41 PM: And now what it would have looked like if it were 1943! Anyone else getting sepia-tone replays?

9:38 PM: The Panthers look like the mighty mites on the 5-on-3 and Clemmer shuts them down when they get their act together for the subsequent 5-on-4. Still 2-0 in the second half of the 3rd.

9:35 PM: Ooooh boy. Now it gets interesting. Gio takes down a Panther and is called for tripping in what was a far more legitimate infraction. 5-on-3. The Panthers have “Right Now” by Van Halen on in the arena to boot. This sh*t’s about to get intense, hair band style.

9:33 PM: BS roughing call on Colin White. Nathan Horton comes up high on a hit on Whitey in the corner and he retaliates and gets called for a minor.

9:28 PM: 7 minutes of unremarkable hockey is broken by an absolutely absurd pair of saves by Clemmer! He made a solid save on an initial shot and I think somehow detached his spine to catch the rebound with his lower back. Johnny Oduya backs him up by kicking the puck out of harms way near the goal line. Whew! That woke me up.

9:22 PM: Back at it here in the third. Man, I agree with Josh, this Craig Anderson character is a bummer.

9:01 PM: Clemmer’s looked great during a bit of pressure from the Panthers at the end of the second there. Might be time for Weeksie to find that crossword puzzle book he was working on last year. Devils still up 2-0 after two.

8:58 PM: It even looks like the refs are taking pity on the thus-far hapless Panthers. Jay Leach gets called for a questionable interference minor and the Panthers are on the PP.

8:53 PM:Man, Patty and Gio are playing like it’s ’05-’06. Every shift has just been gold for them lately. A great give and go gets stopped by Anderson, who admittedly has done well to stonewall the Devils here in the second.

8:47 PM: And another powerplay without a goal. Still, as MSG-1294 just flashed up on the screen, the scoring chances are 16-1 at this point, so I’m not going to throw a pissy fit over it.

8:43 PM: Another penalty to the Panthers!

8:42 PM: My girlfriend, who has been affectionate to me in the comments arena tonight, just pointed out that Clemmenson is quite intimidating in net. I never noticed it, especially since there’s been no focus on him whatsoever tonight, but the dude seriously looks Devilish in net with his dark pads and mask.

8:39 PM: Another strong powerplay by the Devils with nothing to show for it. Still, the Devils look like they’re in a different league than the Panthers, who might have stayed a little too long out in the sun today.

8:36 PM: 17-4 is the shot total right now in favor of New Jersey. 17-4! Clarkson takes a spill (which I’m convinced has more to do with the fact that his skating ability is akin to Happy Gilmore than a trip) for a penalty and we’ve got another Devils powerplay!

8:29 PM: Back again for the second to find that Thomas Voukon has made a hasty exit in lieu of Craig Anderson. That’s two games straight that the Devils, the New Jersey Devils mind you, have chased goalies in consecutive games. What’s going on here? I ain’t about to question it.

8:11 PM: Hahaha. Doc ends the period with the most uncomfortable “whoohooo” ever to announce the Devils next Nathan’s hot dog night.

8:09 PM:Wow! A beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play from Parise to Cap’n Langs on over to Zajac and it’s a 2-0 game. All four lines are looking great heading into the final minute of the period down in Florida.

8:06 PM: Man, the boys are buzzing tonight. I’m almost terrified at this point that Rolston and Holik coming back will upset this magnificent chemistry that’s been stumbled across.

8:03 PM: Some good puck movement on the powerplay but nothing to show for it. The Devils are outshooting the Panthers 9-2 so far this period, so I’m not gonna complain. Are we on MSG-153 tonight? This looks like it’s being filmed in a cave.

8:01 PM: Penalty on Florida! Looked like a hook as Elias is taken down. Devils PP!

7:55 PM: Back and forth hockey here, nothing too spectacular. We could invent some Devils drama in the process I suppose. Bryce Salvador totally just rejected Parise’s stick after he broke his in the defensive zone. Is there trouble in paradise?

7:51 PM: The Devils really have a zip to their game again tonight. I dunno what Grumpy McMonkey Ears behind the bench has been saying to them lately, but he better keep it up. Is it injuries? Is the road to Lord Stanley paved with sports hernias? No probably not.

7:47 PM: Gionta scores!! The streak continues! Five straight games with a goal for Gio on another beautiful deflection setup by Mr. Johnny Oduya, who has looked freakin’ phenomenal this year.

7:45 PM: Elias just barely fans on an opportunity in front. Chico points out that this is in fact hockey and not soccer and Elias would not have been able to kick the puck into the net. Whew, that’s a load off.

7:43 PM: Penalty killed. Jesus, are the Devils really only 68 percent on the penalty kill at home? WTF? Devils powerplay as the Panthers take a minor!

7:40 PM: After figuring out some dual live-cap madness we’re underway! And less than 2 minutes in we’ve already got a penalty to Elias. Devils on the PK early.

7:35 PM: I think this truly must be a 2ma first.

7:32 PM: Oh! Dueling livecaps!!!! Damn you Burnett!!

7:30 PM: P.S. I had some trouble finding the game tonight on my cable. If you’re having the same problem, this is where I found the info on what asscrack of television the devils broadcast is on tonight.

7:25 PM:So Scottie Clemmensen gets the start tonight as we continue to work through the weird and wild post-Brodeur apocalypse. We’re still working on fixing the Zubbie Counter after last night’s explosion, but those repairs could be helped along by some continued stellar play (ahem).

7:19 PM: Hey all, it’s been a while I know. I’ve been giving a little too much love to my other wordpress baby lately (i sorta get paid for it), and I apologize. But OMG, two livecaps in a week?! We’re totally spoiling you. Let’s go Devils!

ZUBBIECOUNTERMELTDOWN!

Devils @ Lightning LIVECAP!

7:36 PM: Alright, so I’m gonna go get something to drink, then start my 2MA overtime shift, updating the ZUBBIECOUNTER four times over. See everyone soon!

7:34 PM: Final statline:
Zubrus – four goals
Elias – three asists, eleven points in the last five games
Salmela – two assists
Leach earns his first NHL point with an assist
Rupp notches his first goal of the year
Gionta has scored in four consecutive games

7:32 PM: And that’s the game! 7-3 Devils – save for a harrowing couple of minutes late in the second, a very well played game all-around.

7:30 PM: One minute remaining in this splendid game.

7:28 PM: Lost in the ZubbieMadness is the fact that Elias currently sits with three assists, adding to his insane point totals in the last five games.

7:26 PM: Anssi Salmela with a pretty blatent trip and the ‘Ning head to the power play.

7:35 PM: ZUBBIE AGAIN! Holy ZUBBIECOUNTERMELTDOWN BATMAN! 7-3 Devils, FOUR goals for Zubrus!

7:21 PM: Not much going on right now. Probably a good thing, my heart can only take so much.

7:19 PM: I’ll take Tampa’s use of Ole! by Bouncing Souls as a good sign for us. Because I liked Ole! as our goal song, I don’t care what anyone else says.

7:15 PM: My goodness, this game oughtta be like 10-3 right now. Elias with a wide open net, can’t get much on the shot and Ramo gloves it down.

7:11 PM: ‘nother Clarkaround try, nothing doing. Man the ZUBBIECOUNTER is gonna be back in full force tonight.

7:09 PM: ZUBTRICK! ZUBTRICK! ZUBTRICK!!! Beautiful breakaway backhand and DAINIUS ZUBRUS HAS SCORED A HAT TRICK!!

7:06 PM: Oh jebus. Langenbrunner with a rather wide open net, sends it high.

7:02 PM: We’re not looking good this period. Luckily, however, neither are the ‘Ning.

6:59 PM: Okay, we’re back for the third period. Again, we’re pretending the last seven minutes of the second period were a terrible nightmare and nothing more. Let’s get it on.

6:42 PM: Okay, end of the second period. I’m willing to act like the last seven minutes didn’t happen if the Devils are as well. Let’s just keep in mind that it’s still a two goal lead going into the third period. I’ll be back then.

6:40 PM: I miss Kolzig.

6:37 PM: Another goal would be REAL nice right now. I liked Tampa Bay as a place better when the building was silent.

6:35 PM: …who scores on it. 5-3 Devils. Uhm…this ain’t good.

6:34 PM: Pando! That was not kosher! Pando breaks up the breakaway, but not in the usual Devils manner, and now it’s a penalty shot for Malone.

6:31 PM: Oh dear. St. Louis with a goal on the 4-on-4 and now it’s 5-2. Okay guys, that’s enough feeling bad for Tampa now…

6:30 PM: Devils penalty now, Zajac for interference. Sigh. Four-on-four now. for about a minute and twenty.

6:29 PM: Hey, penalty on the Bolts. Good deal! Too many men on the ice.

6:28 PM: Damn. Radim Vrbata taps one in and it’s 5-1 Devils. Oh well.

6:23 PM: We’ve still got over seven minutes to go in the second. Gionta’s goal is his sixth on the year and makes it four straight games that he’s potted a puck.

6:21 PM: 5-0 DEVILS! Beautiful screen by Zubrus and Gionta gets the goal. Kari Ramo is now in net for the ‘Ning, as the red n’ black have chased Olie the Goalie.
6:19 PM: Clemmensen with a couple of good saves. Actually, our D looks real good tonight too. We just look good all around. Weird, huh?

6:17 PM: Salvador goes to the box for hooking. He feels shame.

6:15 PM: Couple of nice stops by Clemmensen. I’m rather impressed with Clemmer’s play since Marty’s injury. But his amazing play almost makes me sad, because I feel terrible for Kevin Weekes. However, I’ll take a non-sucky Clemmer over a sucky Clemmer any day.

6:12 PM: Penalty kill’t.

6:10 PM:Devils PK hits the ice as Colin White (who got an assist on the second Zubbie goal) goes off for tripping.

6:07 PM: Oh. My. God. ZUBBIE AGAIN! Zubrus fights the puck past the pads of Kolzig and it’s 4-0 Devils. ZUBBIECOUNTER is working overtime today.

6:03 PM: Zubbie! ZUBBIE! CRAP I DON’T HAVE THE COUNTER READY! 3-0 Devils and the World-Famous ZUBBIECOUNTER will notch up one more when this game has ended!

6:02 PM: They’re reviewing it, though it’s pretty clearly no goal.

6:01 PM: Oh myyyy some beautiful passing on the PP but Kolzig stones Zajac with his stick. Good looking power play so far.

5:59 PM: Devils remain on the power play to begin this period.

5:58 PM: We’re back y’all. Second period, underway.

5:42 PM: And a very good first period is in the books, Devils lead 2-0. See you in seventeen.

5:39 PM: Devils hit the power play, holding on…a Bolt. Less than a minute left in period #1.

5:38 PM: BIG save by Kolzig on Langenbrunner.

5:36 PM: Whoo! Clemmensen makes a wicked save on a deflection, play comes up to the other end. Clarkson draws a penalty, passes to Salmela who threatens to shoot multiple times but dumps it off to Leach, who passes to Parise coming off the bench. Parise with the blast and it’s 2-0 Devils! A beautiful play from beginning to end.

5:33 PM: I think Clarkson just tried a Clarkaround without even having the puck on his stick…

5:27 PM: Clarkaround try! Missed entirely. You keep trying though Clarkie. Someday…Someday…

5:25 PM: Big blasts from the defense by Martin and Salvador. We almost look like we’re on a power play right now. It’s kind of weird, seeing a team not called the Devils play like we usually do.

5:23 PM: Ten minutes in, and not much interesting going on since Rupp’s goal. A nice chance for Zubrus/Elias, but the pass was not on target, so nothing doing there.

5:21 PM: Bryce Salvador is a defensive BEAST. To think, we got this guy for Cam Janssen. I love-ed Cam Janssen, but…man did we ever win on that trade.

5:19 PM: I would LiveCap a game that MSG+ seems to have issues with broadcasting. Eesh. All is well now though. I think

5:17 PM: Scott Clemmensen’s been wearing 35 this year, but the back of his helmet still says 40. This amuses me for some reason, that he hasn’t bothered to get it re-painted.

5:14 PM: Third jersey rant time: If you’re gonna go with writing out your name, write out YOUR TEAM’S NAME! NOT SOME LAME NICKNAME! I’m looking at you, “Bolts” and “Sens”. Thankfully we’ll never have to see a third jersey that says “Devs” on it.

5:11 PM: Holy crap Mike Rupp scores! Deflects a shot/pass from Anssi Salmela five-hole through Kolzig. Beautiful tip. 1-0 Devils.

5:09 PM: Puck meets ice and we’re underway. Olaf Kolzig’s in net for the ‘Ning.

5:07 PM: Oh, and Jay Leach is up to replace Mottau. Yippie.

5:02 PM: To get us all up to date: Mottau’s suspended for tonight’s game as well as Wednesday’s. Madden remains out with a sore foot. Clemmensen’s in net after Weekes posted the win Friday. The Lightning’s third jersey is muy ugly. We good? We good.

4:43 PM: Devils take on the ‘Ning, 5 PM eastern. Stick with us!

Weighing In on Mottau & Nielsen

By now I’m sure we’ve all seen it — Mike Mottau broke Franz Nielsen. In the face. For those of you who missed Mike Mottau learn to fly, here’s your chance to catch up: (Watch the whole video, there are numerous slow-mo captures of the hit from various angles.)

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Brutal.

Well, maybe not so much. First, allow me to offer this bit of shocking news: I am a Devils fan. Go ahead, take it all in. However, when it comes to the seemingly endless amount of head-shots around the NHL, I try to offer the most unbiased stance that I possibly can. With that being said, here’s my breakdown of the two-game suspension Mike Mottau received from the league. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

== WAS THE HIT DIRTY? ==

No.

At first it appears that Mottau came across ice — Scott Stevens-esque — and went Chris Simon all over Franz Nielsen. Then the slow-mo replays and alternate angles come into play. If you really analyze the play, Mike Mottau found himself out of position. (I know, what a surprise.) In an attempt to cover his tracks, he came across the ice at the streaking Nielsen and attempted to lower the boom — one that I felt all the way up in section 232.

There is a split second right before Mottau makes contact with Nielsen that Franz realizes he is in trouble and tries to dodge the hit by angling his body back and to the side. By doing so, he actually caused more of a problem for himself. If Nielsen had braced and took the hit rather than trying to avoid it, Mottau’s elbow would have made contact with Nielsen’s shoulder and not the side of the head. It looks as though Mottau, in a reaction to Nielsen’s quick movement, over-corrected himself and came up way too high, thus causing the blow to the head. Intentional? Absolutely not.

== THE INSTIGATOR RULE NEEDS TO GO ==

As if the wuss-ification of the NHL hasn’t run rampant enough, it’s becoming almost impossible to stand up for a teammate nowadays. Trent Hunter did what is expected of a tough-guy after your teammate gets knocked into the ninth dimension — go right after the guy who hit him. It was clear that Nielsen was injured and Hunter took things into his own hands. It’s something I’m sure Mottau expected to deal with as soon as he laid the hit, and to his credit he manned up and even took down Hunter as well. I’m glad Hunter stepped up as too often you see guys shy away in fear of facing disciplinary action themselves.

== THOUGHTS ON THE SUSPENSION ==

At first I was relieved to hear it was only two games. But after watching the replay over and over and taking in all the different camera angles, I began to feel maybe a fine would have done just as well.

In the same sense, I understand why the league handed down the suspension. The amount of head-shots has been staggering in the past two or three years and if this is their way of sending a message to players league-wide, then I’m okay with Mottau being used as an example. At least they didn’t spin that big wheel-o-discipline they have in Toronto and hand out a ten-gamer.

== ALL-IN-ALL ==

Given the nature of Mike Mottau’s game and his character on and off the ice, I fully believe the hit was not an intent to injure. Although Mottau did come up high on Nielsen, it was a result of read-and-react to an unexpected reaction…if that made any sense. Mottau will serve his suspension honorably and thankfully nothing else came of the incident — except Bill Guerin running his mouth last night. But we’ll forgive him.

From everyone here at 2ManAdvantage.com, we wish the Islanders the best of luck in the remainder of the season and a speedy recovery to Franz Nielsen.

Hey, if anything this has the potential to spice up a dead rivalry. 😉

Devils/Islanders (Nov 21)….. Thoughts from Section 209!

Damn.. I just did this a day ago :p (it’s not like anyone had much to say about it… guess it’s hard to comment when they WIN eh?)… pretty darn good win against a lesser team (I told you there is a lot more suck in the East then the Devils… amazing how people can’t see past the wise-ass, and see there is HOCKEY TRUTH in there too, I get that alot in my section because GOD FORBID my goal at a hockey game is ENJOY MYSELF right??)

Sadly I’m kinda short on pre-game banter… it takes more then 24 hours to re-charge pre-game wackiness… the cigar girls were sick of me and I only got one free soda for my lap motivation… ah well, least no one did Batman songs… or that weird moment…”Hey I’m a friend of Lynn’s… errr we like broke up in Feburary” (awwkkkwwwaaaarrrrddddddddddddd)… so anyway this game was fun… sooo

the Good:
— The Crowd was into it (a few too many people here for my like) and I don’t hate the Islanders… in fact.. I feel nothing but apathy for them and like I said when they came into our row and they booed them… Hey I’ve BEEN to their building… I’d come here too!!!
— the offense has COME TO LIFE (Lord knows how), but it’s good to see Elias and Clarkson and Salvador and Martin (2 games in a row) getting on the damn scoreboard!
— ZACH PARISE… OMMMMMGGGGGG… AAHHHHHH!!!! THREE ASSISTSSSSSSSS!!! (ok you need to be near 209 for that one :p)
— Langenbrunner also with the 3 helpers, he’s very quietly FIXING shit!
— Weekes was solid and nice to see him off mothballs… didn’t make any big saves but with the Islanders you shouldn’t have to!
— the Devils are starting to dominate play in chunks and entire periods of play… maybe this team is “getting Sutter hockey” (or the damn coach is figuring out his team!)
— MIKE MOTTAU 3:16 SAYS I JUST LINDROS-ED YOUR ASS!! WHAT A HIT!! (and ensusing fight, again proving how flamingly homosexual the instaigator rule is)
— Brian Gionta… short guy… shorter goal (had to do it once)… again good to see him come to life with Elias and Zubrus
— that 5 on 3 was the most hilarious thing I think I’ve ever seen…. the whole damn team was collapsed to under the faceoff dot… shot shot miss shot shot miss… Parise missed the layup… but Witt lost his stick making that kick save (I swear the Islanders D had more saves then the goalie), then Langenbrunner damn near breaks the other D-s shin with that bomb… and FINALLY Martin finished it off in a near 2:00 of comic gold!!!
— Paul Martin had SIX SHOTS… and it’s no coincidence this team got going with the best defenseman on the team starting to look borderline all-star out there!

the Bad:
— How the hell come we could never support Brodeur with all this offense on the stiff Islanders?
— no Madden… and Barry Tallackson… blah.. nice story but now they need a linemate with heart problems to finish off the combo of him and Mike Rupp (if you think that was improper you missed my baby seals jokes in 209 tonight!)
— Rupp/Pandolfo/Clarkson?? EEEEPPPPP… that needs to change!
— that pitiful attempt at the wave from 208 to about 212 all 3rd period…. LAME!!! I even got texted about it like it was my damn fault people suck in 213 and beyond!
— Petr Vrana ON THE PP!?!?!? (and still 4:04 of ice time *sigh*)

Programming Notice

Just wanted to drop a note in to say that I’m terribly sorry for the lack of content around here lately (save for Scott’s post-game rants, of course). I’ve been without internet access in my home for close to a week – just got it back yesterday.

I’m planning on LiveCapping Sunday’s game in Tampa Bay. I won’t say it’s 100% going to happen, but do check with us then. And of course, look for Scott’s post game analysis after tonight’s Devils/Islanders tilt.

And yes, if you happened to be at last night’s Devils/Panthers game, that was indeed me you saw shooting first in Score-O. Had I slowed down just slightly, I might have actually hit the net. D’oh.

Devils… Panthers (11/20/2008)… Thoughts from Section 209

(God I can’t believe November is almost done, the NFL is in Week 12… and my birthday is coming… good God the older you get.. the FASTER it goes… really….)

It was nice to actually SEE THIS TEAM WIN A GAME (and hockey played as God, or whatever being you crawl into the corner and beg for more goals from, intended it played)… and actually play kinda well…..
This one had all the feelings and makings of an “aw shit they’re gonna lay an egg here” moment… but it never happened… that first period was pure comatose… neither team wanted to be there… the team was blah, because the place seemed lifeless… the place was lifeless because the quality on ice was bad and it was an ugly cycle!

But it’s kinda funny how things woke up in the second period… two moments of fluke shots (and well me just randomly screaming at Hassan to get the Farooq outta my seat during the intermission… I let them move me out of my seat for the opener and I HATED IT)…but anyway… that only set the pace for one of those great moments in section 209 history!!

We have a habit of booing the late showers (well some of them) just to give them grief and to be punctual! So anyway… I wanted to step it up for the 2nd period… so here he is walking up the steps… 2 beers in hand all ready for some Devils hockey… I curl up a napkin and all I am thinking is… oh god.. .hit the chest… be Jamie Langenbrunner…. right into the logo…the chest, not the beer… hit the logo…. so OF COURSE… I throw the napkin and the damn shot is SO PERFECT it doesn’t even hit the plastic cup part of the beer and just splashes in perfect like a Michael Jordan shot on the Knicks 🙂

(and just to bring it back to the Devils… they took one shot in the second too and it counted just as much!! :p)

At least it was a nice, solid pounding on a crappy, well BAD, Panthers team (though making Scott Clemmensen look like Mary Brodeur was usually what WE do to backup goalies… was nice to see that and going 1 for 1 on shots in the second period happen!)… the Third Period was pretty decent too!

The Good:
— Elias-Zubrus-Gionta….. this line is producing and big time!!! (nice to see Patrik getting going too)
— the MOVE Paul Martin put on for his goal… HOLY SHIT (it’s funny how guys who’s jerseys I wear seem to do amazing when I wear them to games… quick someone get me a White Langenbrunner!)
— I’m not big on cheerleaders… but DAMN these dancing girls we have now… yum!!!
— Scott Clemmensen did play well (I am not taking anything away from him but I am still annoyed at the bullshit way Weekes has been tossed under the bus) and I can’t imagine why I like my Section Chanting my name! 🙂
— JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER DOWN TO REASONABLE MINUTES… hooray!
— the 5 year old kid on his birthday leading the 209 chant in the last minute (and I tell you EVERYONE got into this one!)

the Bad:
— getting dominated in play by this crappy Panthers team… that’s just bad!!
— you could say the attendance and the flat crowd, but the crowd energy was siphoned from the lack of play on the ice (and I really don’t give a shit about attendance numbers i find it BETTER to have a small crowd… you know I can like.. um… DO STUFF in the arena like harass the crazies and stuff)… and you gotta figure… beat up team… AHL jobber as your goalie… and the Florida Panthers… yeah that’s as hot a ticket as Rutgers Football :p

So anyway not really a LOT to say here… so might as well save it for tomorrow… after all IT’S FRIDAY NIGHT (and what the hell ELSE do I have to do right??)

Thoughts from Section 209….Caps/Lowell (almost close to Trenton!)

That was a nice little train wreck tonight wasn’t it?? Lots to talk and share about here

— I’m disappointed in the season ticket sales guys doing a bad nanananana… LAPMAN song to me (though I like having a theme… CMON LAPMAN…. could be SO MUCH BETTER)… they gotta work on that! Kinda funny to see Dave take breaks too look around every 2-3 laps (re: he can’t hack it!)
— Things I liked tonight:
FIVE GOALS !!! Sweet Christ, that was fun and out of control!! The Devils played a bad goalie and made him LOOK BAD… thank God!
LANGENBRUNNER DIDN’T SUCK TONIGHT!
WELCOME BACK Patrik Elias!!!
Travis Zajac….still wanna trade him people?? (like him and Parise with Elias too FINALLY)
Nick Bergfors is gonna play his balls off till this idiot coach gets it!
Can you say the D played good despite giving up 5 goals??? … More on this in the bad…..
I got to beat a sellout crowd to the car because of the skills competition! (I was still pissed it went to OT though)
Power play was good… well despite the shortie allowed…. the Devils as a whole mostly controlled the play, the effort and the tempo which was nice… they kinda NEEDED this one!
Good HOT crowd that showed up (cheap bastards that you are coming for $1 hot dogs!!) close enough to a sell out for my liking

OK, now the BAD:
$1 hot dogs, means up the price on EVERYTHING ELSE 75 cents (my water was up at least), don’t make me have to start smuggling bottles in assholes!!!!!!
Brookbank for Vrana?? CMON BRENT!!! (and even worse how is Bergfors going to add ANYTHING with Brookbank, who is the first graduate of the David Clarkson school of wraparound I see, and Mike Rupp as his linemates??)
Scott Clemmensen… people will forget you were awful all game because of the one on one post-game skills show…. your first period was HORRID and then some… and watching shots come on you scares me much like a Met fan when a call to the bullpen is made….(and it is a FLAT OUT DISGRACE that Kevin Weekes did not start tonight… you bring the guy in to be a fill-in starter and the guy to be the guy if the guy ain’t the guy (tribute to Tropic Thunder much?)…. and then you throw the guy UNDER THE BUS AFTER A WEEK??? Jesus! I still get annoyed at how unacceptable that is!).. just thank God their sieve was more sieve like then ours!!!!
No Pandolfo on the ice (I’ll get Patrik was put in to get the hat trick with an empty net) and the Devils can’t clear the zone… I know the checking line is failing… but that’s kinda telling isn’t it???
And I was kinda disappointed in 209 tonight… the group of regulars seemed out of it… guess none of us like a packed arena eh?
Madden a -3?? Again… the checking line is epic failing…..

Don’t get me wrong I am happy and feeling this team has bottomed out and can turn this around and my God win the next two home games (and maybe in an actual team sport style, please?)…. but I still see so MANY issues with this team… and I’d like to see us beat someone you know who can.. um… tend goal and play defense?? But I will TAKE IT!!

2MA Tip Of The Day (New & Improved Edition!!)

Career changes are good and all, but here’s one I wouldn’t recommend:

Jumping from close-minded ESPN Hockey Analyst right back into the NHL Coaching mix. Turns out you’ll only make it about 15 games into the season.

I guess the ‘Ning couldn’t find any other excuses for their dismal record, given the ridiculous amount of talent on their roster.

Apparently Rick Tocchet is taking over as the Interim head coach. Think the team will turn it around with him behind the bench?

I wouldn’t BET on it… HA! GET IT?!!?!?

I kill me.