10:27 PM: That’s going to do it for me tonight. Don’t forget Devils @ Stars tomorrow night, 8:30 PM eastern. If I don’t get here to say it before then, Happy New Year Devils fans! Goodnight!
10:26 PM: Wow, that’s a funny stat. Since November 15th, Scott Clemmensen has 13 wins. That gives him the most wins in the NHL in that time span. Hot diggity!
10:25 PM: Jeeeeeebus that was close. Clemmer and the Devs weather another late flurry but come away with the 4-3 win. Phew.
10:23 PM: Ugh. Clemmensen with one of his usual ginormous rebounds, and Alex Steen pops it home. 27 seconds left and it’s 4-3 Devils.
10:22 PM: Err, with Gionta unable to put it into the yawning net, I’ll just take any Devils goal now…
10:21 PM: Empty net for St. Louis. Anyone else looking for a Zachtrick?
10:20 PM: I…I don’t know how to explain what I just saw. A beautiful play…by Mike Rupp…to Jay Pandolfo…for a goal! I’m highly confused, but I’ll take it! 4-2 Devils!
10:18 PM: I’m sorry, but the St. Louis crowd sounds so funky chanting “Let’s go bluuuuues”. It just doesn’t roll off the tongue right.
10:13 PM: Bryce Salvador picks up the secondary assist against his old team. Parise’s goals are his 21st and 22nd of the year.
10:12 PM: GOAL! I have no idea how it wound up in, but Zach fights for a loose puck in the crease off a Langenbrunner re-direction of a Salvador shot. 3-2 Devils!
10:08 PM: Need I say the PP ended with nary a decent chance? I need not.
10:07 PM: Halfway through the PP we find out that it’s a too many men on the ice call against St. Loo. And our PP, again…not so stellar.
10:06 PM: Devils are on the power play, but we have to hear John Davidson talk instead of find out what happened…I’m not liking Versus tonight.
10:03 PM: NOW we’re waking up…good pressure by the Devils in the offensive zone, then a few up-and-down rushes each way. Nothing doing in way of goals, but more entertaining at least!
9:59 PM: Oduya with a wide open shot that flies high and wide. We’re pressuring now at least…
9:57 PM: Five minutes into the third and not a whole lot by way of action. It’s like the Devils are sitting on the lead, but…well…there’s no lead to sit on.
9:55 PM: Wow, Clemmensen just had WAY more trouble that he should have with a Hinote/Janssen scoring “chance”. Meep.
9:51 PM: Third period is on. Let’s pick up some goals, yes? The Blues are 13-2-1 when allowing less than three goals according to Versus’ little graphic deal. And currently we’ve scored less than three.
9:33 PM: Second period = over. Score = tied. I = back in a few.
9:32 PM: The last few minutes of the second period are always Clemmensen’s time to shine, apparently. Another good stop tonight, as Clemmer again remembers that scene from Willy Wonka.
9:30 PM: This game’s getting kind of boring now. Not good, seeing as it started an hour later than I’m used to, and work tomorrow does NOT start an hour later. Sigh.
9:37 PM: Parise swipes at the puck as he’s going down face-first. Nothing comes of it as Legace makes the stop, but still. If that went in, it would have been a pretty sight.
9:22 PM: …and by I feel sick, I mean HOLY GOD TWO ON ZERO SHORTHANDED CHANCE. It’s a good thing BJ Crombeen doesn’t believe in, y’know, passing or anything. That could/should have been very bad.
9:21 PM: This power play, thus far, is not particularly impressive. And by not particularly impressive, I mean I feel sick.
9:20 PM: David Perron goes to the box for interference, and the Devils hit the power play again.
9:16 PM: Again, a penalty coming, but Versus again feels the Whopper Virgins are more important than letting us know even what team the penalty is against.
9:16 PM: Holik tries to take out Janssen but Janssen wound up taking out Holik. It amused me some at least.
9:15 PM: God Zach Parise is awesome. Just sayin’.
9:12 PM: The Pandolfo/Madden/Elias thing apparently is over, as Rupp is back out with Pando and Maddog now. Weird.
9:08 PM: Rolston springs Clarkson on a sorta-breakaway, but Clarkson fires high and wide. If he was behind the net, he would have known what to do. But coming straight-on like that, I think David was confused…
9:04 PM: Long-reaching Clarkaround actually provides some offense! Clarkaround itself doesn’t work, but Rolston shovels home the rebound and we’re tied at 2!
9:03 PM: You’re killin’ me, Smalls. And by Smalls, I mean Langenbrunner. Another tap pass easily picked off by the Blues.
9:01 PM: Aaaaaand we’re back.
8:44 PM: 2-1 Blues heading into the first intermission. See y’all in seventeen.
8:43 PM: Cam tries to cream Mottau as time runs out on the period, and who should be first to Mikey’s defense? Why, Brian Gionta of course! It’s a good thing it was just a run of the mill scrum and not a fight…
8:42 PM: Elias is out there with Madden and Pandolfo. Hmm…
8:39 PM: Gio gets a nice jump on a loose puck but is stoned by Legace. Parise can’t get a handle on the rebound. I kind of wish Legace was mic’d up for this game like he was for the All-Star Game last year. He’s a funny dude.
8:36 PM: Zach Parise in the sin bin, St. Loo on the PP.
8:34 PM: Shot by Cam Janssen. Awww. Devils penalty, but Versus feels it unnecessary to tell what it is until after Jose Cuervo advertisements.
8:33 PM: Ohhhh what a move by Parise, only to catch the post. Langs and Martin both got pretty heavily creamed by hits just before and just after Zach’s post shot, respectively.
8:29 PM: Power play over, and we’re still down 2-1. Lame I say, lame.
8:28 PM: For not yet scoring a goal, it’s not a bad power play so far. This may not be the awesomeness of our power play so much as the lameness of the St. Louis penalty kill.
8:25 PM: Our…uhm…thrilling(?) power play gets to go to work, as a hooking call goes against Bergland. The Blues apparently play an organ version of Love Potion Number Nine when they get penalized. Odd.
8:22 PM: Ugh. Two-on-one for the Blues results in a goal for David Backes, and it’s 2-1 Blues. A bad defensive breakdown in the offensive zone as Salvador tried to shoot a loose puck and missed. We got schooled.
8:19 PM: Zubbie with a little razzle-dazzle. At least as razzley-dazzley as Zubbie gets anyway. A nice rush up the middle of the ice, gives to Gionta for a shot handled by Legace.
8:15 PM: The lead? Short lived. Someone finally capitalized on Clemmensen’s ginormous rebounds, and Brad Boyes jams it home. In fairness to Clemmer, the initial shot from the point was a rocket that was probably very hard to control. Score’s tied at 1.
8:13 PM: I know I always complain about the other team’s jersey, especially when it’s a third, so I’m going to shock everyone tonight: I actually REALLY like the Blues’ third jersey! It’s very nice, and involves no vertical piping or shorthand spelling on the team’s nickname. I approve.
8:11 PM: That was quick! Zach Parise darts in along the boards, fires it from the left face-off dot, and squirts one through Manny Legace. 1-0 Devils 1:02 into the game, and our Versus goal drought is over!
8:10 PM: Puck’s on the ice in the Gateway city.
8:06 PM: Not playing tonight: Colin White. In his place, Bryce Salvador. This is Sal’s first game back in Saint Loo since the Salvador/Janssen <s>swindle</s> trade. While I love that we got a top-four defenseman for a fourth-line-at-best goon, I still miss Cam.
8:04 PM: So tonight’s game is on Versus. This does not bode well for us. In two games on Versus thus far this season, the Devils have lost both and scored a grand total of…ZERO goals! God I’d very much like it if we broke the Versus Curses tonight.
8:01 PM: Yes, I feel tonight is a very good night for a LiveCap! Here goes nothing…