Devils @ Blues LIVECAP!

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…


  1. F the Rangers!

  2. Blues.

    We’re playing the Blues.

  3. I know.

  4. Just making sure 🙂

  5. Rangers suck

  6. We’re a terribly one-track fanbase, aren’t we…?

  7. Flyers swallow?

  8. Avery pays for it!

  9. I mean, lookit that goal by Rolston!

  10. Welcome back Bryce

  11. Parise! Nice Nice Nice!

  12. Good work.

  13. Thank you sir. Thanks for reading and commenting and all that good stuff. Hopefully with the holidays mostly done, we can get some more of these in in the second half of the season.

  14. Not to be condescending or anything but I’m pretty sure it was Parise’s 20 & 21st goal tonight.

  15. And that’s what I get for trusting Versus announcers, or any announcer not named Doc for that matter. Good call Dana, you are indeed correct.

  16. Zubbie Counter Fan says:

    Clemmer’s better!

  17. good game, but ugh, the versus announcers are as bad as ever… Well, at least their consistent; though not sure if that is really a good thing. @[email protected]