Archives for October 2009

He done it again!

You gotta give it to Zubbie.  He doesn’t score much, but when he does, he makes ’em count.  Game winner tonight with under two minutes to play.

Oh, so you want to make a ZubbieCounterContest picture for this, Zubbie’s 3oth Goal As A Devil?  Okay, knock yourselves out.  Send ’em in to [email protected] by, oh, let’s say Sunday night.  I’ll pick a winner Monday morning to be posted on this very site.

Will the ZubbieCounterContest continue for this year?  Not really sure.  But you guys are a creative bunch, so it’ll at least be fun to see what you come up with.  Get going!

Devils vs BUFFALO, Oct 28, 2009… Thoughts From Section 209!

Well you kinda had this feeling it was gonna be UGLY without Paul Martin in the lineup (am I going to trivialize the loss of Pandolfo? Probably… and he’s nowhere NEAR as important to this team…. I’d say on Elias, Zajac and Parise mean more to this team then Paul Martin… but Scott… you mean the goalie too right?? I point to last year’s record and scream NO!!)….. Damn weird too ain’t it that we ALWAYS seem to play them damn Sabres after a MAJOR injury…..though a few years ago I had my oldest niece (hey if Vince McManon can be a loving GRANDPA… can’t I be a loving and awesome uncle?? Hells yes I can!!)… was on the phone and yelled BUFFALO STINKS at a friend of mine before the Bills-Cowboys game… ahh… memories…. tonight the team played like a bunch of goddamn two year olds!!!

The Good:
— Yankee fever took over the building again… and honestly I like the place a lil emptier… it’s easier to get around and you can have more fun stretching out and enjoying the space!!!
— We called up “Lord Krang” Murphy (hey at least Murphy’s point shot on the power play makes it to the net *ahem*)… but we didn’t dress him… that’s a win right there (though with 24 minutes a game to be made up for… why not Eckford or Corrente?)
— The legend of Andy Greene GROWS even in defeat!!! Doc kinda paused and was like… really? …. hell he even called sir Andy’s goal “Pairse-ian!”
— Rob Niedermayer….. it just seems EVERY game he does one little…. hard to notice… but smart and slick as hell little play that does something good in each game…. and holy hell with as much hate I have for his brother and damn mother too…. and I was given a bad scouting report from some Stars fans…. he’s really changed my views!
— Rod Pelley…. damn he doesn’t do MUCH… but holy hell he can give you on LIFE ENDING body check a game… hey I have the bar set low… and there ain’t much good to talk about in this game….
— We had a POWER PLAY GOAL…. and more on THAT later…..
— it was good to see 208/209 FINALLY in the mood to make some noise tonight… but I’ll get to this later also……
— We got candy for showing up!!! Though I did give the candy away wanting no part of extra calories :p

the Bad:
— goaltending… someone wanna tell mb30, the season of giving is CHRISTMAS and NOT HALLOWEEN?? This game was over from the get-go when the goalie lets two gimmies in… and now of COURSE we’ll see him tonight *eyeroll* “gotta play out of the funk”…. well it’s been a goddamn MONTH and you’ve had THREE good games….. Hell a big difference in the game was Ryan Miller not only outplayed “our boy” but he made two or three BIG MOMENTUM KILLING SAVES that turned the play for them….*ahem*
— Brian Rolston… it’s funny I actually get happy when he hits the net now… but really… what the HELL are you doing out there? He’s the ONE guy who has the ability and track record to step up and be Elias in his absence… but we’re gettin NOTHIN from him….
— again as much as I loved the “Rod Pelley hit of the day”… if the 4th line wants to be a -2 in 7:00 of ice time… the fuck with them too……
— and nothing like an Obama-paranoid security staff being an extra pain in the ass and damn near Meadowlands like… I know my good ways in and out of the arena and wanted to use my no-line bathroom (no I am NOT telling you where it is… suck it!) and my little steps to the right to get out… but security REFUSES to let us know… Jesus Christ at least TELL US why I can’t go to the bathroom I’ve been using since the damn place was BUILT… what an annoying night all around…..

the funny:
— Poor Rob… he’s all happy and excited it’s his birthday… and we find out tonight… his celebrity co-birthday dude….. STEVE CANGELOSI… well Robert, you and the lil guy go have a helluva night, would ya’s????
— Ate in the Brick City Grill again, they re-did the upstairs…. gotta say it’s pretty nifty up there and yummy murder-burgers indeed!! But when you sit down at your table and open your menu and see NO MENU… you know you’re in for a bad night!
— so like I said before…. for as long as I’ve been a Devils fan and sitting in the noisy sections… when the Devils score a power play goal… it’s “1…. 2…… 3…. IT’S A POWER PLAY GOAL….. FUCK YOU SAM ROSEN!!” (oh no, the F-Bomb… what about the children?? Well how do you think they got here… mommy and daddy DID get it on at some times….)….we get a security guard to come up and YELL AT US FOR SAYING FUCK??? Really?? Seriously?? CMONNNN, this thing is a tired old tradition!! I mean what are we gonna say… it’s a POWER PLAY GOAL… MAKE LOVE YOU SAM ROSEN??? Good Lord that would be the gayest thing evvvveeerrrrrrr… hell I tried the edited line… and well it sucked on a Murphy-like level!
— Lindy Ruff calling timeout with 30 seconds left… I chuckled!
— ahhh… facebook commentary (always weird when it comes from one of the people sitting NEXT to me)
“Tammie Hamilton: dear tammie stop coming to home game you make us lose ? the entire new jersey devils” … no we don’t blame you Tammy… Tammie… both… neither??? We blame the aura of Murphy… it calls to you, it understands… it talks to thee!
— damn my phone and me slipping on the “A” button while carrying stuff to the seat… it leads to THIS:
“Amanda Schultz: Scott – the golden rule of tonight is – “If it’s in your pocket, lock it!” LOL Thanks for the very interesting phone call this evening. I am now enlightened! :)” …. I’m just glad it wasn’t a customer and it was someone who knows I’m an idiot and can deal and make fun of me for a whoopsie with the blackberry….
— and well a certain Ranger fan from a lesser blog wanted to get mentioned in here… but frankly like his team… the commentary wasn’t good enough!!

Even with no home games for a week… I ain’t done with ya’s yet…. got a month in review for your digesting… and for those who care I do write the NFL Week Preivews on facebook AND NJDevs…. it’s easy enough to find… and CMON… you know you can’t get enough of me 😀

Wait, the Sabres are good?

So who’d have thought that this stretch of games against the Rangers, Penguins, and Sabres would prove to be an early-season measuring stick?  I mean, Penguins, of course.  Rangers & Penguins?  Okay, maybe.  But where the HELL did the Sabres come from?

The Sabres sit at 6-1-1 coming into tonight’s game at The Rock.  This means that the Devils last three opponents will have had a total of FIVE combined losses on the season before the Devils got their hands on ’em.

The win over the Penguins Saturday night was costly, however.  As you may know by now, both Paul Martin and Jay Pandolfo will be out 4-6 weeks due to seperate arm owies.  While Super Jay has been having a great year so far, he’s somewhat replacable in the lineup (Matt Halischuk probably gets regular playing time now).  But Paul Martin?  His loss could suck.  It could suck a lot.

I mean, because Paul Martin’s out, the Devils called up Cory Murphy.  THAT’S how much the loss of Martin sucks.  Granted, Murph was called up as a seventh defenseman, and won’t be in the lineup tonight, but still.  Our D-corps is pretty banged up in the early going, with Mike Mottau coming back from injury and Colin White and Bryce Salvador both puck magnets.  Factor in Johnny Oduya being less amazing than he has been, and our defense is basically Andy Greene and a buncha scrubs.  Lucky for us, Andy Greene = Wins.

The Devils are 5-0 on the road, which kind of sucks because tonight’s a home game.  In the friendly confines of Newark, New Jersey, the team is 1-3.  And the one win came against a surprisingly bad Carolina team.  That’s…not so good.  A win tonight, however, and all early-season home struggles are forgiven.

Come back here post-game for a Scott Mackie-style post-game recap!  Also, I’m not going to PROMISE it, but there’s gonna be a LiveCap coming eventually.  I haven’t forgotten, I just tend to be in class during the games.  I’ll set one up soon and let you, the loyal 2MA reader, know well in advance.  It’ll be a little party, it will!

Help 2MA Support Hockey Fights Cancer!

2 Man Advantage supports Hockey Fights Cancer.  And we kinda would like you to support Hockey Fights Cancer as well.  And we’re gonna make it so you don’t have to take a single dollar out of your pocket for you to do so.  AND we’re gonna give you something free at the same time.

Here’s the story (All links open in a new window):

If you don’t know already, we have a Twitter account.  (Follow us:  http://twitter.com/2mablog).  Two of our good friends on Twitter are Carlos, a Devils fan, and Dani, an Islanders fan.  Carlos and Dani made a friendly wager during before the Devils/Islanders pre-season game a few weeks back:  Loser wears the shirt of the winning team at November’s NHLTweetup.  As you may or may not know, the Devils won, dooming Dani to wearing a Devils shirt at said Tweetup.

It could have ended with that, but it did not.  Someone had the brilliant idea of raffling off the shirt (seeing as Dani would probably never wear it again) and donating the raised funds to Hockey Fights Cancer.  Then Dani suggested Carlos wear an Islanders shirt in the name of charity, and he agreed.

If you’d like to get in on this, you can do so by going to the NHLTweetup Hockey Fights Cancer event at ChipIn. (There’s a nifty widget I tried to use, but WordPress doesn’t like it for some reason.  Weak.)

Every $5 donation gets you an entry into the raffle.  They’ve already raised an impressive $850 out of the stated goal of $1,000.

Now I know what you’re thinking.  “Well golly gee Josh, that sounds awesome!  But I don’t have much money, and you said I could support Hockey Fights Cancer without spending a dime, and getting something free in return!”

And you’d be right, I did say that, didn’t I?  Well see, the story doesn’t end there.  Last week, the Twitter user known as StarsScene made an agreement that he’d donate an additional $400 (FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS!) to Hockey Fights Cancer, IF he manages to get 1,000 followers on Twitter and 500 fans on Facebook by the end of the month.  He’s currently hovering around 750 Twitter followers and 150 Facebook fans.  I’m not that concerned about the Twitter followers, I think he can do that.

What worries me is the Facebook fans.  He needs a push.

THIS is where I call on you, loyal 2 Man Advantage reader.  Take pity on the fan of the team we vanquished in 2000 for the Stanley Cup.  Become a fan of StarsScene on Facebook. It’s for a great charity.

Now, as I said, not only will you get help secure a GREAT donation to Hockey Fights Cancer, and not only will it not cost you a dime, but I’M going to give YOU something for doing it.

After you’ve become a fan of StarsScene, go to 2MA’s Facebook page, and click on “Send 2Man A Message” on the left hand side of your screen.  Give us your mailing address, and we will send you a few 2 Man Advantage stickers. SUPPLIES ON THE STICKERS ARE LIMITED AND WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS.  Seriously gang, this is the last batch of 2MA stickers in existence, get ’em while they’re here.  Oh, and I will check to make sure that you’ve actually become a fan of StarsScene before sending out your sticker, so don’t even try it.  All stickers will be sent at the same time, so allow six to eight weeks for delivery yadda yadda and so on and so forth.

So, what have we learned today?

1) Never bet on the Islanders

B) Hockey fans can turn any negative into a huge positive

3.1415) You can donate to Hockey Fights Cancer without spending a dime and still get something free outta the deal.

Never let it be said that 2 Man Advantage doesn’t love every last one of our readers.  And let it always be said that 2 Man Advantage would really like it’s readers to join us in being part of kicking cancer’s ass.  Screw you, cancer.

Mmmm, Victory

Tastes good, don’t it?

That’s a win, kiddies.  That’s a WIN.  Walk into the building of the defending Stanley Cup champions and deliver a good old crotch-stomping to the tune of a 4-1 victory.  Beautiful.

(Side note:  Does anyone else get the feeling that Marty would be pushing 200 shutouts if Chico wasn’t one of our announcers?)

Anyhoo.  Stellar game.  The Devils are now 5-0 on the road (yet 1-3 at home.  Gotta fix that.).  The Penguins came in riding a SEVEN game win streak, and the win was only their second loss on the year.  The first was to the Coyotes.  True story.

Let’s discuss goal scoring for a moment:  Mark Fraser not only notches his first NHL goal, but also the first goal by a Devils defenseman all year.  Bergfors goes from slumping to a hot stick in two games, potting his second in as many games.  Zajac and Parise hook up for a goal and assist each, clearly trying to prove to Lemaire that BFFs on the same line should never be broken up.

The only downsides to this game:  Both Jay Pandolfo and Paul Martin go down with unspecified injuries.  And some might argue the former may not be much of a downside (sorry Super Jay).

Edit 10:47 PM: Tom Gulitti reports that Paul Martin may have a broken forearm and that Jay Pandolfo’s right shoulder popped from the socket on a hit from behind by Mike Rupp.  Both could potentially be lost for awhile.  That could suck.

So the Devils come home to rest and relax for a few days before taking on the Sabres at The Rock on Wednesday.  A good game to head home to.

THE ZUBBIES ARE HERE!

Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the first annual ZUBBIE AWARDS!

Recall if you will, last season (I know it’s hard, pretend late April didn’t happen, that’s what I do).  Go all the way back to the second weekend of December.  It was a glorious time to be a Devils fan.  The Devils were in the midst of one of the wildest games of the year and possibly the most fun game I have ever had the pleasure of attending – a total 80s-style scorefest against the Rangers that the Red n’ Black took by a final score of 8-5.  During that game, one Mr. Dainius Zubrus notched his 21st goal as a Devil.

That evening, rather than waiting to get home and make a new ZubbieCounter update, I wrote it on a piece of paper, snapped a picture with my cell phone, and sent it along to Steve, who posted it on this very blog.  This started a discussion between Steve, Joe, and myself.  We decided to hold a contest, in which you, the 2MA reader, would submit (or Zubmit) your own ZubbieCounter updates.  We’d pick one for each goal, and in the end, you the reader would get to vote on which one you liked best, with the winner getting undetermined prizes.

The contest was a huge success for us – I didn’t realize how many entries we actually got until I went through the ZubbieCounter e-mail address again a few days ago.  There were some absolutely brilliant entries for each of his goals for the remainder of the season.

And then the playoffs happened.  We spiraled into an uncontrollable funk that we’re only just now finally breaking out of.  I’ve promised you the Zubbie awards for months now, and the time has finally come.

Below you will find each of the winners from last season.  On the main page, you’ll see our nifty new poll feature.  Simply go over there and vote for which one you like the best.  Vote only once please (I’m using an honor system here, but if I suspect monkey business, I’ll suspend voting a choose my own winner.  It’s my contest, I can do that, y’know).  Also, two nominees are nominated twice.  Because quite frankly, the two winners for the last goal of the season were both too funny.  Again, my contest, I can do what I want.  Booyah grandma.

Winner gets still-to-be-determined STUFF.  Said stuff will probably not even be determined until I have a box that I have to fill with something.  You will definitely get the Chico Resch autographed 2MA sticker, though, and probably a bunch of other awesome things.

So, without further ado, I present to you, your 2008-2009 ZUBBIE AWARD NOMINEES:

Steven O's Zubmission Steven O’s Zubmission

Wilson L's Zubmission Wilson L’s Zubmission

Jon C's Zubmission 1 Jon C’s Zubmission (24th goal)

Chris S (Rico)'s Zubmission Chris S (Rico)’s Zubmission

Kevin B's Zubmission 1 Kevin B’s Zubmission (26th goal)

Kristyn's Zubmission Kristyn’s Zubmission

Jon C's Zubmission 2 Jon C’s Zubmission (28th goal)

Kevin B's Zubmission 2Kevin B’s Zubmission (28th goal)

So there you have it.  Get to voting!  Since this is a ZubbieCounter contest, I say we let Zubbie decide when voting ends.  We’ll take votes until the end of the game in which Zubbie scores his 33rd goal as a Devil, or until 4 PM on November 15th.  Whichever happens first.  Probably the latter.  Either way, get your votes in now!

Yes, Virginia, there is a ZubbieCounter update!

I think I like the ’09-’10 edition of the ZubbieCounter.  Whaddaya think of it?

Also, in celebration of the first ZubbieCounter update of the year, I’m thinking it’s finally time for our Zubbie awards.  Look for it later tonight.

Oh, there you are, hockey!

Game night.  Devils/Rangers.  Let’s see if Marty can, y’know, win a game at the Garden for a change.  It’s only been TWO AND A HALF YEARS.

2MA will probably be on radio silence this evening (but you expected that, right?  We’re the flakiest bunch of flakes who ever flaked in from flaketown).  I’ll miss the beginning portion of this game due to my damned continued schooling.  Might try to get up a post-game analysis-type thing afterwards though, so stop in around midnight (or tomorrow, if you need your beauty rest).

The pertinent info for tonight:  Brodeur in net (a-duh), Pikkachu and PLcubed in the press box, Peters and Halischuk on the ice.  Everything else as it was last game (yes, likely including Zubrus centering Parise and Langenbrunner to start…god help us all.  Though at least we don’t have to change the name ZZPop).

See y’all at some point after the game.  Oh, and wish me luck on my midterm.  Gonna need it.

When the hell do we play again?

I don’t like the schedule very much this year.

I mean really – there’s a two-week Olympic break in February, right?  So what happened to the condensed schedule?  Why did the Devils have a bunch of days off, then two games in a row, and now a bunch more days off?  It’s mighty boring.  Especially if you’re a Met fan like me and am physically disgusted at the baseball playoffs.  And if you’re a Seahawk fan like me and am embarrassed by your favorite football team’s performance week in and week out.  I NEED MY SPORTING DISTRACTIONS, NHL SCHEDULE MAKERS!

I guess in the mean time, since the Devils don’t play again ’til tomorrow, I can always do a little housekeeping with respect to Devils news & notes:

First off, Cory Murphy cleared waivers.  I’m only a touch surprised by this.  He’s already down in Lowell, and we may very well never see him again.  Unless someone gets injured.  Please, no one get injured.  Thanks.

The L-Devs also signed Dean McAmmond.  It’s okay, you can yawn, I already did.  He’s on an AHL contract and won’t be with the big club unless Lou offers him a big boy contract, too.

Patty Elias will see a doctor on Friday as he continues to work his way back into playing shape.  Still no definitive date for his return, but did you really expect anyone with the Devils to say so, even if there was?  My guess is November 7th @ Ottawa.  Dunno why, just a hunch.

Finally, Wednesday night’s home game against the Sabres suddenly has all kinds of crazy goings-on.  Mystery puck night is back – complete with jacked up price!  What was $20 for a puck signed by a mystery Devil last year is now $25.  But the proceeds benefit UNICEF, so you’re a real jerk if you complain about it.  Touche, Devils.  Touche.

I wish I was going to the game Wednesday night, I’d TOTALLY pay $25 for a Pierre-Luc Letourneu-Leblond puck.  Think about it, with a name like that, how’s he supposed to fit it all on one little puck?  It’d be the craziest puck signature ever, more silver marker than vulcanized rubber!

Also Wednesday is the return of College Night.  Irony for me being that I can’t attend, because I have to go to two college classes.  D’oh.

And since it’s Halloween week and the Devils play in the very scary location of Tampa Bay on Halloween itself, there’s a costume contest at the Rock Wednesday night as well.  Winner gets the choice of a catered suite to a future Devils game or four tickets to see Miley Cyrus.  Who’d you rather spend an evening with, Miley or Andrew Peters?  (…on second thought, don’t answer that.)

But since I won’t be there Wednesday, I guess my “Blind NHL referee” costume will have to remain in the closet for another year…

See Ya, Murph.

The Devils put Cory Murphy on waivers today.  I’m sure you’re heartbroken.

I’d like to take full credit for this move, as it comes the day after I go public on this very weblog with my formerly private belief that ANDY GREENE = WINS, but I think Murphy himself had something to do with it as well.

Like that Evander Kane goal in the Thrashers game Friday night, for example.  Yeah, that wasn’t one of Murph’s finer NHL moments.

So what’s this mean?  It means that Cory’s got himself a ticket to Lowell in 24 hours, unless some team in desperate need of a defenseman picks him up.  If he survives the waiver wire and hits Lowell, his contract is such that he wouldn’t have to pass through re-entry waivers to be called back up to the big club, so there’s hope for Murph yet.

The move does come as little shock, though, as Andy Greene has been playing redonkulous (yes, I went there) in the games that he’s been in.  And, of course, Andy Greene = Wins, as previously mentioned here (vote in our poll, by the way.  It’s Andy Greene = Wins related.)

The one sad part of this move?  The Devils went from two good Irish names to none in the course of less than three weeks.