Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Penguins, March 12, 2010

OK, so we were HALF right about the Devils and the Olympic Break…. they needed time off and to get the hell home after a two-week break to come back to what we know and love (anyone else buying this or are we just glad they look like they found themselves again?)….either way you want to look at it, two big statement wins in a row over the Rangers and here the Penguins…. and as always a lot to talk about here (don’t I always?)

  • First Period:
  • — So as I was sitting there for warmups (and good to see Jen getting back to games again, FYI), I decided it would be a cool idea to send my half-sister (yes she’s a full blown Parise girl, but she’s 16 it’s ok… least we’re not fighting over Andy right??)…so I thought it would be cool to send her a few Parise pics from the blackberry… and then as I sent them… I realized…. hey, our father’s gonna pay up the ass for the photo texts…. so I sent a few more (I have years… decades…. of being a pain in the ass to father to catch up on :p)…. and I took an informal poll of my friends…. I was being 40% good brother, and 60% douchebag to my dad (but with a 100% approval rating of the douchebaggery!)
    — Also in attendance tonight with me…. Dave from DC, Tammie (I know she comes a lot… but hey she pays she cheers she gets herself there… a perfect ticket buyer!)… and my ex-fiancee #2 was with us as well, yes she’s a Penguins fan, but hey we all have flaws…. (yes an American one before you asses say it… I do… errr.. maybe did? go after and date American women in my time thank you)… and it was kinda weird to have three generations of hockey fans in my life at one game at one time (maybe generations is a bad word, but I don’t like the term “era” there…. whatever)

    — Well that was quick!

    (1 – 0, NJ!) Elias[12] (Greene, Kovalchuk) {1:43}
    Devils win the draw, greene the shot…misses the net
    ….Langs in front but to flies too fast past him, but
    there’s Elias…kick/wham score!!

    — and just as I was saying that was like the ranger game…..

    (1 – 1) Crosby[45] (Kunitz, Dupuis) {2:25}
    Unscreened shot from the faceoff dot, geesh
    that was playoff-type soft!!! Least it wasn’t 5-hole
    in overtime right?? Someone steal her gloves and stick!

    — least mb30 came back big on the next rush with a huge combo save!!
    –kinda funny moment when Malkin flubbed the puck during the pk, the kill chant politely paused waiting for him to get the puck back…heh
    — damn Fleury is giving some BIG rebounds!!
    — Andrew Greene if you hit that post again you’re sleeping on the couch mister!!! (kinda funny that the Pens came back and hit a post too but louder!)
    — wow, they give beer away at Nashville?? Hot shit!!!
    — and go figure the one night I wanna chat with the people I’m with, 209’s in the mood to be loud, go figure!

  • Second Period:
  • — Mottau with a HUGE tie up of the stick on the spinning penguin in front, three years in and he’s getting it :p
    — not much flow in the second but they ACTUALLY call Craig Adams for a MAJOR for hit from behind!! (Crap shoulda been Cooke)
    And holy shit I want those five minutes of life back and now!!
    ** Barry Meikle: As soon as that 5 was announced, I didn’t know whether to be happy or prepare for embarrassment.
    Lord Krang that’s five minutes of my life i’ll never get back
    (I kinda saw it coming we only have enough forwards to pump out 1 3/4 lines of power play talent after all)
    — wow funny we get better action, on the two minute pp, then the five?!?!?
    — gee Malkin falls down, the devils had a major, something was called….amazing how that happens ain’t it??
    — Kovy got a penalty shit and it was so bad my phone crashed…..fail and end of period!
    ** Lord Krang Andy Greene would’ve scored on that penalty shot!
    (she’s right :p)
    — This period kinda sucked, mostly because the Devils were on the power play HALF of it, and we know how that goes!

  • Third Period:
  • — I guess rob niedermommy is pals with Mark Savard?? That was a pathetic attempt at a fight with Matt Cooke and I only justify it by him fighting for Savard’s honor!
    — I guess Andy got threatened with one of my ex’s sitting with me 🙂

    (2 – 1, Devils!) Greene[6] (Kovalchuk, Salvador) {2:06}
    Kovy with a big bomb, as I was giving him the “Lord Krang treatment”
    (basically yelling no think, you play), Fluery the stop but andy with the
    yummy rebound and andy sleeps where andy wants tonight!!!

    ** Barry Meikle: My Pens buddy Sam is gonna get a faceful of Greene jersey at practice on Saturday if this stands up!
    — Langenbrunner being all Stevens-ish shoving that Kunitz through that open bench door!!! Just another piece of the INTENSITY of ten cities in that arena tonight!
    ** Josh Burnett: Chico gets the epic win of the evening, comparing Langs trip to the Pens bench to tag team wrestling, when you bring the guy to your corner and both people wail on him.
    — wow Fleury opens the whine-o-meter!

    (3 – 1) Kovalchuk[35] (Zubrus, Zajac) {9:59}
    Kovy cuts in and just unloads a BOMB with Zajac
    cutting in front, just enough to distract him
    and Fleury goes whining like his captain….
    he got owned sir!! (I guess I’d be pissed off
    of someone swatted my glove when I went to
    make a save, but I’d be man enough to not let my
    glove be moved AND I’d have punched him in the head!)

    — hhahahaha, the candy guy almost did a rail slide back down the section!
    — Jesus Kovy damn near killed himself trying to one time that bombed shot that was tipped (good to see he’s settling down in jersey finally)
    — nice touch to try to let Kovy get the hat on the empty net but the win works too!!
    — and some post-game comments:
    ** Deanna Tortorello Over: Andy gets first star and you interview Marty? C’mon, Fishface!
    Josh Burnett: Andy Greene is FAR too awesome to be near the geezer. Stan would drop dead of a heart attack being anywhere near the aura of Andy Greene.
    Me: Guess Andy didn’t wanna sleep on the couch after all… awwww 🙂

    Thoughts (finally) from Section 209: Devils/Rangers, March 10, 2010!

    Well this was a long time coming wasn’t it?? No not the win on the Rangers… I meant a freaking Devils home game!!! I guess I can kinda go back to normal here (though normal never was my strong point)… and man this was a fun, but stressful one… first to play defense wins… good thing it was us eh?? Lots to talk about and even more to share and I hope to add some more youtube’s in the morning for it.. meanwhile… just enjoy the rantings of a section that felt like it was a second home opener this year!!!

  • Pre-Game Wanderings
  • — lady gaga sucks…lady gaga on the organ? Legit justificction for murder… please keep the organ music to songs MEANT to be played on one… thanks!!
    ** comments on pre-game rantings:
    Cara Brandenburg OMG ON THE FAT GUY…and LAY OF THE RANGERS!!!
    Scott Mackie: Get out of my building then :p
    Not my fault you can’t afford to sit in your own dump!!
    — fat guys should not wear white us Olympic jerseys, very non-flattering!! The dude looked like he was trying to sneak in three babies…. you’re fat…we get it… you don’t need to assault all with the belly of DOOM!!!!

  • First Period
  • — oh boy Pete’s in “I aint been here in a month” form, already!! Have to admit this feels like the season opener again!
    So like I was saying, he yells “HEY LUNDQVST FACE THE FUCKING FLAG FOR ONCE”….I’ll be damned he did!!
    — hell the Ranger fans got into it….if you guys don’t knock it off I’m calling my wife and you’re going home with her!
    — Pelley/PL^3 and McAmmond, that’s an angry line!
    — well its a good start for Langs-Elias-Kovy at least!
    — well holy shit!!

    (1-0, devils!) Niedermayer[8] (Rolston, Mottau) {4:16}
    Rolston the shot from the bad angle, ol’puffy pads stops it,
    but it rolls right in front, through Clarkson and HOLY SHIT
    …..NIIIEEDDDDERRRRMMMAAAYYEERR!! Buries that fucker
    top shelf, leaving me stunned and confused that he had that
    level of skill even for an instant!

    — sigh so much for feeling good eh….

    (1-1) Prospal[15] (Gaborik, Jokinen) {5:15}
    I’m still typing the devils goal and bang, bang no coverage in front
    Jokin and Gaborik make stupid good long passes across the ice…..
    Gaborik from the corner…. sees Prospal in front and he dunks it home,
    like I said didn’t see much of it, hell be lucky NHL Network had this on
    “On the Fly” as I sat down!

    — but right after Gaborik robbed by quick mb30!!
    — and out come the rangers suck thundersticks…en masse!! (And we killed a penalty in there too)
    — thunder…..thunder….thunder-sticks…. hoooooooo!!!!
    — Mottau makes a nice play chopping down a pass in front, I’m still amazed and it was note-worthy that someone did!!
    — Andy Greene, use the sword of omens!!!

    (2-1, Devils!!) Salvador[4] (Greene, Langenbrunner) {18;17}
    Man I screwed this one up live… I saw Niedermayer in front
    and assumed he was the one who tipped it through the PuffyPads!
    MY BAD!!! Devils pass it around the point… Andy blesses the puck
    as he passes to Salvador…. Bryce shoots… Ranger stick… delfection
    … and a GOOOAAALLLLL!!!

    — and PL^3 and Shelley beat the living fuck out of each other for like two minutes!!!! Full Mortal Kombat song!!! (I will comb youtube again in the morning and post it if/when I find this 5 bell slobberknocker!)
    — not a bad first period, but didn’t seem to have that extra level that the asses in the seats are bringing…

  • Second Period:
  • — devils come out strong and holy shit does mb30 made TWO ABSURD FUCKING SAVES AND THE SPIN-A-ROONIE COVER AFTER!! Wow!!!!
    — well that was ugly, but was it a goal??

    (2-2) Christensen[6] (Dubinsky, Girardi) {5:01}
    Christensen comes in….dekes one…dekes two…left to right and right
    past mb30 but did it ever cross the line?? Geeessshhh
    (ok I watched it four times on the DVR replay… yeah it crossed the line.. oh well)

    — we kill a power play….they don’t!!

    (3-2, Devils!!) Parise[31-pp] (Zubrus, Zajac) {8:38}
    Hey look!! Kovy got it done with his shot!!! He takes the big point shot….
    it bounces and rolls all the hell over the place….Zubbie kicks at it… so does Zajac
    … finally rolls wide… Parise scoots in… goes wide… and right past puffy so we all
    can yell AHHHHHHH in POWER PLAY UNISON!!! (shame on us though we never did
    say fuck you Sam Rosen!)

    — wow this is ass….

    (3-3) Prust[2] (Shelley) {9:15}
    Every time they take the lead, they let them come right back and make 3-4 really
    good plays in front and this is what’s gonna happen, holy shit!! And this one’s ugly….
    Fraser wipes out by the net… bad enough…but he kicks the puck out right into the
    slot… where even no-talent Jody Shelley (maybe he’s PIST too cause he got face
    pounded by PL^3 before)… and he takes a shot…. mb the lunging save… but rebound
    to Prust who cut through the crease and stuffed it home… really guys I know the NHL
    hates defense… BUT PLAY SOME!!!

    ** Tammie Hamilton: really okay devils we are playing hockey not watching it from the ice
    (goes with my play defense comment eh?)
    — the score is 3-3 and shots are 14-11 Devils, somethin ain’t right there….
    — and the oohhh la la sassoon chants break out in honor of this old commercial
    ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNjntNHHUs0 this is not something to watch with a weak tummy!)
    — hey!! What the fuck!??!?

    (4-3, Devils) Langenbrunner (Mottau, Greene) {13:06}
    Mottau a sweet shot/pass thrown in front ….Langenbrunner looks and waits….
    swats and man it don’t get tipped no better then that and puffy was PIST and
    she launched the puck to center ice!! (since we missed it before)…. Its an even strength goal….
    FUCK YOU SAM ROSEN!!!!!!

    — hey we kept the puck in their end for a minute after!!! And remember that 8-5 game last year??

    (5-3) Rolston[18] (Niedermayer, Clarkson) {15:19}
    DOWN GOES HENRIK!!!! DOWN GOES HENRIK!!!!!!!!
    They totally blow this three on one and STILL make it happen!! Clarkson almost offside,
    olston flubs the puck twice and still dekes redden silly…shot in front I think Clarkson gets
    it (he doesn’t but neither did Puffy!) …and OFF TO THE THRONE GOES THE QUEEN!!!
    Quite possibly the most pathetic effort ever seen on a 4 on 1 …. to actually score a goal!
    The only thing worse was Redden trying to defend it!

    ** Barry Meikle: That was the worst 3 on 1 success I’ve ever seen.
    Doug Mecca: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    (funny how I was saying the same thing eh?)
    — God it was awesome as hell to see him run like a scalded bitch from the crease to pout, sulk, feel shame, hate life and attack towel boys too!!! 5 goals on 17 shots, that’s an Olympic like effort…. if you’re called Kiprosuff!
    — and man the anti-puffy pad chants are flying, not to mention the jersey shore reject rangers fan who’s oddly quiet now!!!
    — its an ALL YOUR FAULT chant at Callahan for the Olympics?? Nice!!!

  • Third Period:
  • — ok, I’m exhausted, feel like hell but the horn from shortsguy making the ranger fan in front of me wince squirm and get a tension headache is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen!! The perils of road-fandom eh asshat!!
    — go figure the game is insanely intense for two periods, they pull puffypads and both teams accept this as over…..its almost no fun to kick on silent ranger nation in the arena!! Hell you’d almost say the rangers are as dead as Corey Haim, guess that boy’s really lost now eh??
    — well that was a pretty nail in the coffin!!!

    (6-3) Zajac[21] (Zubrus, White) {16:21}
    I mention corey haim and we see a death blow, nice!!! Zubrus over
    the line, stops and spins giving to Zajac and holy shit he’s can’t get
    no more alone…Zajac controls, shot….SCAWR! And the rangers
    suck confetti runs amuck!!

    — and man the mock rangers goal song was kinda fun!! (So was the Sweet Caroline followed by RANGERS SUCK!!)
    This dude in front of me is gonna kick his wife kids and dogs I swear!!

    (GUEST HOST COLUMN!) Delaying The Game: A U.K. Perspective

    … and now for something different!! As I had hoped for, people have begun to step up in the “Guest Host” project I am trying to take, just to mix it up and give you guys something ELSE to read… so please… send more!! And for all those who wanted to complain about the Edmonton, Calgary and San Jose games… here check out THIS story from the other side of the Ocean!!!! So I step aside again and hands the keys over to Barry Meikle…. GO!!

    When you live somewhere 5 hours behind Eastern Standard Time, following American sports and the NHL in particular can be a demanding pastime. Sure the internet has made things a little easier, but there is still the little detail of a 7pm face off time translating to Midnight BST.
    I first got into hockey in 1989. My dad, a big NFL fan since it had hit UK television in 1982, was keen to do something different on a Sunday evening the weekend of the bye week before the Super Bowl. “Ice Hockey” was suggested and off we went to the local pre World War II rink, one of only a handful or so fit for semi-pro hockey in Scotland at the time, to see a match between the Murrayfield Racers and the Ayr Bruins. I was immediately hooked. The arena was around two-thirds full and I had no idea how much noise 2000 people could make. Through buying programmes at subsequent matches I attended, I realised there was a league in the US and Canada. The match programme would feature results from the NHL. No dates, no match reports, no standings even, just results.
    Getting information about a league over 3000 miles away back then was not easy. There was no internet and very little TV coverage. Ice hockey is very much a minority sport in the UK and unfortunately the old clichés about the sport being boxing on ice still exist here today to a certain degree. Newspaper coverage was minimal, almost non-existent with only the broadsheets carrying 2-day old results daily with standings once a week. There was Teletext* which I’m led to believe is a little like Telidon in the U.S. which gave results and standings. That was the best way to keep track of the season and work out the playoff format from seeing which teams played each other in the first round. (*Teletext was how I found out that the Devils had lost Game 7 of the Conference Finals to the Rangers in 1994. “New York 2 New Jersey 1, OT (New York win the series 4-3)”. That was all the information I got. No details, just the horrible news in a blunt, primary colour format.)
    As cable and satellite TV became more widely available in the UK in the early 1990’s, the potential for seeing NHL games increased. Before that time we only had 4 channels available and they closed down after midnight. The only TV exposure I had to hockey before that had been Saturday afternoon re-runs of ‘He Shoots, He Scores’ featuring the Quebec Nationals, a fictional team with a distinctly non-fictional logo. Eventually we started to get an NHL ‘Game Of The Week’ which would be a one hour show of highlights from a game from the previous week. My first live TV NHL experience came in the 1990/91 season, a Saturday afternoon face off between the Devils and the Flyers from the Meadowlands with Doc Emrick commentating. Whether it was the novelty of seeing a ‘proper’ live hockey game on TV, even at a time when live soccer games were rare, or the fact that Kirk Muller scored after just 12 seconds, who knows. My decision was made. “That team, the Devils, I like them”.
    The 1991 and ‘92 Stanley Cup Finals were broadcast on cable and I prayed in vain for the series to go 7 games so I could keep watching (which is probably why I have an irrational hatred of Mario Lemieux to this day). In 1993 we were down to a one hour show 24 hours after each game of the Finals and by 1994 TV coverage had disappeared altogether (hence the Teletext story above). My dad discovered the NFL on the Armed Forces Radio Network broadcasting from Germany on an old 80’s style hi-fi system he had. During the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals, I decided to try my luck and was rewarded with play-by-play of Game 1. I had to turn the whole thing South-East to get the best reception and for some reason the already unpredictable reception used to fade gradually as the sun came up. The 1am starts during the Finals combined with a 4:30 sunrise during June conspired to make the reception fade completely before the end of the 3rd period. Consequently, I missed the last 3 minutes of the deciding Game 4.
    The NHL moved to ‘Terrestrial’ TV in the UK in 1999 which showed 2 live games a week (on Wednesday and Sunday nights) and all the Stanley Cup Finals games live. Great, until you reach game 6 of the Finals between Buffalo and Dallas. Because the game overran its time slot by a good 2 hours due to triple overtime, Channel 5 had to cut away for good at 6am to revert to regular programming starting with the News, resulting in UK viewers missing the Cup winning goal by Brett Hull. The reason for the cut-away was because the two programmes used the same studio.
    In 2000, I managed to see every second of the Cup Finals involving the Devils and the Dallas Stars including the marathon game 5 which ended at around 6:00 am BST. That was until I decided that the intermission between the 1st and 2nd overtimes of Game 6 would be a good time to ‘rest my eyes’. I woke up during the player celebrations with Scott Stevens about to be handed the Stanley Cup and I still can’t watch Jason Arnott’s Cup-winning goal to this day. One of the best moments in Devils history reminds me what an idiot I am. I think I must be the only Devils fan in history who has said, ‘Oh no!’ on discovering his team had won the Cup.
    Finally in 2003 I got to see a Devils Stanley Cup win. Third time’s a charm. In 2002 a channel completely dedicated to North American sports (NASN, now called ESPN America) started up on cable which now shows live games virtually every night and 2 on Saturdays for Hockey Night In Canada. We can now also access espn360’s NHL Center Ice package online (for around $140 a season), so it is now possible for me to see every Devils game in a season, something which seemed unfathomable 15 years ago (hell, even 5 years ago).
    In my 20 years of following the Devils, I have visited the States and Canada 6 times, taking in a dozen Devils games in the process, meeting some really cool people and having some fantastic times. The highlights include:
    • Getting tickets to a Private box in the Air Canada Centre after a chance meeting with the President of the Devils fan club at the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2001.
    • Sitting beside and chatting to Mrs Pandolfo and Mrs Mottau during Opening Night at Prudential Center in 2007.
    • Sitting 9 rows from the glass during the 2003 banner-raising ceremony in the same corner of the arena that the banner was raised from.
    • Being chased through the streets of Toronto by irate Maple Leafs fans for waving a Devils banner after the Devils eliminated the Leafs from the 2001 Playoffs.
    • Having an irrational hatred of Michael Nylander after he scored the winning goal in Calgary’s 2-1 win at the Meadowlands in November 1995, ruining my first Devils game.
    • Meeting Scott from this very site in December 2009 and sitting in the legendary Section 209.

    Thoughts from Sun Tavern (yes i do have a home :p): Devils at Flames: 3/5/2010

    Well I’ve been wanting to fool with doing one of these off my blackberry, and if you’re gonna test something you try it before you go live at a devils game right?? And few people in life do I hold a bigger grudge for turning chicken shit and running for the hills more then coach prune-face….so let’s bring the hate and watch Brent Sutter perfect the art of choke-coaching and do it in the regular season!!!

    And this game has even more meaning tonight, and yeah this story will take a bit to get to properly but here goes: as some of you know I have a zero-type relationship with my father, long story I ain’t looking for pity, it doesn’t give me a reason for anything in my life and it hasn’t turned me into any kinda headcase….but anyway, my sister found him and he found me and in the process I am getting to know my two half-brothers and two half-sisters and its been good….so in that process I was talking and hounding the oldest about watching some olympic hockey, and finally she caved and watched the 3rd period of the gold medal game….and when parise scored she was like, who was THAT?? I’m like oh he’s one of ours and she goes back, you have season tickets right?? Now three of the four are watching tonight 🙂

  • First Period
  • — Nice touch having free falling on for one of the old Scott Stevens light em up hits!!
    — Kovy down in the corner but as he gets up we resort to Ivan Drago type lines for him declaring revenge on svatos!!
    “Brent, I must break you!!”
    –I kinda wish we still had bergfors for tonight so he could score flip off Sutter and yell fuck you and your 45 seconds of ice time ball bag!!!!!! ….though Andy could do the same here!!!

    (1-0) Parise[29] (Langenbrunner, Greene) {13:37}
    Oh andy you’re back!! ….nice play at the point to keep turn and shoot, Langenbrunner in front tips it
    but kicks it over the net…and its ahhhhhh Parise!! Rebound, scwar!!!

    — all in all a fun first period, very high tempo, and it was nice to see Brian Rolston play like he gave a fuck and a half tonight (even drawing a penalty!!)

  • Second Period
  • — second period, not so good a start :p

    (1-1) Langkow[12] (Higgins, Kotalik) {1:43}
    Wow white and Mottau on for a goal against?? Just for you Brent! Higgins
    behind the net….cycles in front….Mottau doesn’t and Langkow spin-a-roonies
    it past mb30 (not his fault)

    – we’re halfway t where we want ’em now, get them up 2-1 with 90 seconds left and we’re GOLD!!
    — so Staios can pile drive kovy into the boards, but they call him on the reacharound?? CMON!!
    — hrrmm, kipper’s pads look bigger, compensating for an American beat down, fuck yea!!
    — well our guy didn’t do too well on the US either…

    (2-1, Cgy) Glencross [15-sh] (none) {5:41}
    Man Kovy got owned at the point and had a breakaway so clean
    he could map 50 ways to score on mb30 on this one and he owned
    him like a blonde drunk with a keg of Coors light!!
    (clearly the turning point of the night)

    — got ’em right where we want ’em kids!! Now we wait!!!
    — clarkson fights for the Clark-a-like behind the bar!!! Two punches a take down and stunner!!!! Now give Sutter double digits!!!!
    — me “dammit kovy you owe us one for the oopsie before”….ten seconds later rob texts “kovy owes us one eh?”
    — man the flames are all over the front of the net, when did Brent learn coaching 101??
    — umm, 15 years of recaps and I’m stunned….

    (3-1) Nystrom[7] (none) {16:04}
    Canada’s favorite punching bag makes a nice poke check to stop the puck,
    has it with his glove but loses his balance and moves, exposing the puck and
    hellllooo empty netter, feeling our age are we mb??

    — wow, they quit on Sutter this time, irony ….least that period is over!!

  • Third Period
  • — things went ok in the third, but not for long…

    (4-1) Stajan[19] (Bourque, Iginla) {9:29}
    Flames not getting much preesure but it only takes one shift….
    Bourque rips a nice shot that mb gets the shoulder on but the
    rebound was beefier and this one’s DONE….

    — seems goalie interference doesn’t exist anymore

    (5-1) Moss[8] (Hagman, Backlund) {10:02}
    Moss all but puts his junk in mb’s mouth while totalling
    busting into the crease, gets the rebound and holy shit….
    Least this goal is Bob Backlund approved, eh?

    — well least Clarkson whipped some ass, to think I almost went to this :p
    — speaking of blowing even a Brent Sutter team can’t blow this!
    — well I guess we can make em squirm…

    (5-2) Parise[30-pp] (Langenbrunner, Zajac) {16:08}
    Heh, seem familiar kipper??? Parise the long pass across to
    Langs who bombs it, unlike in a Finn jersey, Kipper stops it
    but beefy rebound du jour is there for Zach to tip home…aahhh??

    — well it IS Brent Sutter!!

    (5-3) Kovalchuk[34] (Elias, Zubrus) {17:26}
    Well I was about to say if they get one here they can make em sweat….and Kovy walks over the line…shot…squeaks….through…Kipper and stops just over the goal line!!!

    — make em sweat fuckers!!!!
    — and our best goalie’s in there….empty net!! But it was not meant to be….oh well, they did make it interesting at least…..

    (well unless anyone wants to guest host the Oilers game…. no more recaps till the Wednesday Ranger game… but i’ll try to pop up something to give some kind of discussion on the board…. wanna keep the place active after all!!!)

    Hey Look!!!! We gots us a Devils game!!!!

    But damn I miss the Olympics already (curling… women’s hockey, and not to mention the fun of the men’s tournament… it was all great, but hey all good things must end, and we’ll get it again in 4 years right??)… I just feel I picked up some momentum from the Olympics (I’d love to say the site did, but it’s painfully obvious at this point that I’m two-man all alone ain’t it?)… and I just wanna keep the flow going here…. but I’m not recapping tonight’s game…. tonight’s my favoritest of bar nights and all…. I ain’t giving that up, and my deal was always the home games :p…. not to mention I feel there is too much me going on here anyway as is…. so I figured I’d remind you of my “Guest Host” concept…. you write it… I post it here… just keep it about the Devils…. hell I don’t care if you write 1200 words saying what a douche I am (a certain ninja turtle fan out there will say I welcome it!)…. but I want a second voice, at least, speaking up on this damn site…. so CMONNNNN!!!!!

    However that rant aside, I have almost a year of pent-up anger to shoot off at old coach prune-face in Calgary so I can see me doing some kinda write-up to shoot off on him now ruining my second favorite team as well….. but if you got something to say… holy hell… just SAY IT, I’d say email it to the 2man email…. but… umm…. I don’t think I know the username and password (again if you knew the awkwardness of being handed the keys to the site but I can’t check under the hood or even open the trunk, it’s kinda weird)
    so if you want…. email through the facebook site ( http://www.facebook.com/twomanadvantage ) or just [email protected], I tend to check that enough on my cell phone…. so it’s all good…..

    And oh yeah… get the hell back out there Paul Martin (and CMON LOU, we need a defenseman!!!)
    Let there be NHL Hockey again!

    Thoughts (again) from Sun Tavern, NJ: USA vs Canada..where are YOUR Gold Medals?

    OK, so who else has simply LOVED these Olympics this year?? I know I have…. Hell I even got into the curling, and all that wacky stuff (I almost even know all the rules)….and the hockey what can I say?? The women’s tournament was a ton of fun (and I’ve made the Lady Finn goalie with the best eyes EVER into an international STAR…. now if only I could bring her and her power left hook home… hrrrmmm….go ahead, bring on the jokes about me and foreign women… I can take em!)… I’m actually kinda sad to see them go this year… but if you’re going to end an Olympics… THIS is how…. US invading Canadian soil…. one game… winner takes all…. “one shall stand…. one shall fall” (if you guys can whip out Princess Bride quotes I can go with the ONLY acceptable Transformer movie ever made!)… and in a few short hours if Kurt Angle walked up to one of these teams and said “where are YOUR gold medals??” they can turn and go “RIGHT HERE BEATCH!!!!”

    And since I have some time here… and while I did like the Olympics… time to air some annoyances here…..
    — I DON’T CARE ABOUT POLITICS or any crap show on MSNBC I’m only watching your shit channel because you MADE ME and no matter how many times you shove the ED show commercials down my throat I ain’t watching…
    — in this trend if I see one more commercial for the goddamn census I am going to stab a kitten…. we get it… it’s important … we need fill it out… stop shoving Tina Faye in my face!!
    — Though in some happy news, hockey fever is running wild in the Sun Tavern, this is gonna be a damn near football Sunday crowd 🙂
    — and since I already took one shot at Michael Bay here… the only thing scary about the new Elm Street is that it’s Michael Bay’s awful dream :p

  • First Period
  • — Wow Doc looks OLD… and just when you think it… they show Al Michaels circa 1980… now THERE is a dude who looks old now :p (though as much as NBC annoys me and pushes shit down your throat… that Ice Vision thing is hella awesome!)
    — Both goalies make the first saves in the game and no Kipper flubs!!
    — No real advantage in play back and forth by either team… but some SERIOUS one-liners going back and forth at the bar!
    — Orpik SLAMS Heatley HARD AND HEAVY into the bench… no truth to the rumor that Ron Wilson offered him a US jersey and a chance to turn heel and join team AMERICA (fuck yeah!)
    — Crazy scramble in front and it’s PUFFY PAD SAVES OF DOOM BY LUONGO…and a stick save and cover… for extra drama-flavor!
    — They showed the replay of the puck on the line and I swear to God if that was curling the US would have won!!!
    — Dammit.. so much for the American burger helping :p

    (1 – 0, Can) Teows[1] (Richards) {12:50}
    Richards gets through two US defenders and works hard to get the shot through… Miller the good save, but the rebound to his left and there’s Teows and he grabs and fires the rebound up and over…. and a nation up north exhales!!!

    — Seems 18,000 people want a beer all at once since they’re yelling Miller!!!!
    — And they call Bobby Ryan for CHECKING… really… he CHECKED the dude!!
    USA kills the penalty pretty easy… they didn’t respond after the goal, but hell they didn’t pull a Finland at least!
    — Callahan a mini-break with time running out… but he’s a Ranger…. he sucks… two more periods and we can hate them again!!

  • Second Period
  • — the people behind us are getting a little bit too much into EVERY time a US player comes down the ice (and representing the US in a Scott Stevens jersey… really?? )
    — Ryan Malone to the box for FACE-CHECK!!! (Hell they might call that in the NHL too!!)
    the people oversell the Miller save like it was a gunshot…. I be happy no points for Cindy!! And I’m busy talking US beer va Canada beer with my Ottawa friend Sara!
    — WOW WHAT A SAVE BY MILLER…. oops as I was gonna say it was Richter-like… the result might be :p

    (2 -0, Can) Perry[4] (Getzlaf) {7:13}
    Getzlaf makes a centering pass… Marleau to the net…..Whitney gets a stick on it, but bad luck… good bounce…. it goes right to Perry and he turns and just FLIPS it… and Miller had NO CHANCE

    — US gets another pp but when you put Langs, Parise and Rafalski on it… YOU GET DEVILS RESULTS SUCKS… EVERYONE KILL EACH OTHER!!!!!!!!!!!
    — Team USA is getting with it now… J.Johnson the rush.. around the d… in front… KICKED OUT LUONGO !! DAMN YOUR BLOATED LIKE WOMAN ON PMS PADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    — Doc sets Olympic record… most times mentioning Cherry Hill, NJ … that’s gotta be some kinda first!!!
    — KEEP MENTIONING CHERRY HILL DOC!!!

    (2 – 1) Kessler[2] (Kane, Rafalski) {12:44}
    Simple play but damn it worked… Raflaski leaves for Kane… across to Kane… centers and Kessler swats at it… and Luongo doesn’t….
    see it’s off the ice… this is a good thing… FUCK YEAH!!!

    — HERE COMES PARISE…AAAAAAHHHHH!!! But Luongo comes out and gives him the logo-buster on a Rob Tonnesson level!!!
    — USA off side on the goal?? Well that call seems random in the Olympics now :p
    — Good Lord people it’s a fucking shot on goal… STOP SCREAMING… hockey idiots!! (see why I like hockey being a cult sport???)
    — Nash with the WRAPAROUND BUT THAT’S MUH-TOE MUH-TOE even a Devils fan can cheer!!!!!
    — Stretch pass and RANDOM NUMBER 21 CUTS IN BUT MILLER MAKES THE SAVE AND JOHNSON SACRIFICES HIS STICK BUT HELPS GET IT OUTTA THERE!!! END OF SECOND PERIOD… wow… we gots us a GAME peopless!!!

  • third Period
  • — Wow, that was a good play for Canada… why is she cheering this… doesn’t she…..
    I instantly cut her off and say NO…. no really the woman behind us can’t tell a hockey puck from a curling stone (thanks for the setup Tasha!)
    — Team Canada starts the 3rd period with a nice start…. if we were playing GOALPOSTS!!! HAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!!
    — Ohhh Drury’s hurt!!! 11 minutes until RANGERS SUCK time anyway!!!
    — WHAT A SAVE BY MILLER ROLLING THE RIGHT LEG OUT ON THE REBOUDN CHANCE!! How come that NEVER works for me dammit!!!!!
    — Fuck Drury’s back…. well we only need him 9 more minutes anyway, right??
    — Malone a shot… people behind us scream like it’s Parise…. but it’s not to be!!
    — OK the save was LESS epic because it was on Thornton and Heatley… the only time Heatley hits the target is when driving kids :p
    — “I never watched a full hockey game before” (from behind us)
    me “WE NOTICED”
    — Rafalksi pounces on a loose puck… but BLOCKED BY BOYLE… if only he kept his house from burning with that passion….
    speaking of… WTF is with the random goal horn?!?!?!
    — FUCK YOU CROSBY POKE CHECK MILLER!!! All I yelled was ANYONE BUT CINDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    — Wow, the hockey geniuses want us to pull Miller with 2 minutes left… CMONNNN!!! (again this is why I love that no one loves hockey :p)
    — I wish I could tell you what happens, but the front run idiocy is killing him…. “Hey Luongo can’t catch”… ummm… asshole, he’s a butterfly goalie… ALL HE DOES IS CATCH asshat!!!!!
    — Miller to the bench… people freak out that the puck WAS NINETY FEET FROM THE EMPTY NET!! Good god!!!!
    — DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES… AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

    (2 – 2) PARISE[5] (Langenbrunner, Kane) {19:35}
    WHO GIVES A FUCK HOW IT HAPPENED.. ZACH PARISE TIES IT UP WITH 30 SECONDS LEFT!!! THAT’S ALL YOU NEED TO FUCKING KNOW BITCHES!!!! BRING ON OVERTIME!!!!!!

    — Confirmed FACT, they’re even yelling AHHHHHH, PARISE IN ARGENTINA FUCKER!!!!!

  • Overtime!!!
  • — Wow, the woman behind me called Parise the best there is the best there was and the best there ever will be… hey that shit’s Canadian dummy!!!!
    — also that kinda fitting that an Olympics I don’t want to end has an extra session!!
    — Parise comes in 1 on 3… me “so the sides are even!!!”

    (3 -2, Canada) Crosby[4] (Iginla)
    Well we all know what happened and why… dammit Miller should have had this shot too…. and Gary Bettman too busy jacking off in the NHL luxury box… and the fucking golden child does it again :p…. mb30 fakes joining in the Olympic Pile like a Jewish woman on her wedding night…. yay Canada… hate you Crosby and RANGERS SUCK AGAIN!!!!!

    — well back to the Devils grind soon and often!!!!

    Thoughts from snowed in Roselle Park: USA vs Finland, Olympic Semi-Finals!

    Hey looks like they finally got the Canadian girls off the ice (and CMON guys you know it’s hot to see a bunch of hockey girls partying and lighting stogies, screw it if a few are under-age 😉 )…but now it’s time for what everyone wanted to see….the right to fight for the right to wear Olympic gold (and make Kurt Angle jokes all summer… it’s true, oh it’s true!!), you’re all snowed in anyway, so LET’S GET OLYMPIC, eh??

  • How they got here:
  • We mostly know the US Story by now… unless you live in a ditch…. or South America (but she ain’t gonna read this anyway, it’s over 25 words)… so it’s pretty simple… Ryan Miller… timely goals and away they went! The Finns are similar but different, they play a more smothering old-school NJ Devils type of hockey, defense, defense and more defense (but yet no player EVER in Olympic hockey has more points then their own Teemu Selanne)…4 goals allowed in 4 games and 2 shutouts… yeah that’s pretty tight, and Kipper is maybe the best goalie in hockey that no one talks about…. so this should be an epic battle today!!!

  • First Period
  • (I like this way or writing a little better… it adds some flow and the jokes make a bit more sense this way… opinons??)
    — Slow start to the game but loved Ryan Miller coming out and putting a courtesy check on a Finn to clear the puck, I love when goalies do dumb things like I do!…. and just as I talk about dumb shit that I do in goal….

    (1 – 0, USA) Malone[3] (should be Kipper, and Kessel deserves one too… but no one gets one) {2:04}
    Malone chips it out and off goes Kessel to come fetch it….Kipper comes WAY out to get it and makes a TERRIBLE pass that goes right to Malone… sweeps the shot past and it’s one-zip just like that!!

    — and the next few shifts after, the Americans turn up the heat (Rafalski all over the damn place)… not a good sign for the Finns when you NEED to answer the bell after such a gaffe!!
    — and people PLEASE stop texting me that Kipper pulled a Scott… I’d have cleared the zone on the bonehead pass, thanks!!
    — the Finns look VERY nervous here… alot like the US Women did last night….
    — Man the US speed and forecheck is all over the Finns and it drew an interference call…and right off the faceoff!!

    (2 – 0) Parise[3-pp] (Statsny, Rafalski) {6:22}
    AAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rafalski’s shot is blocked, but the Finn who gets a stick on it kicks it right to Statsny who waits and cuts the pass through three people and right on Parise’s stick… holds… flips… TOP SHELF and the Finns are in it and DEEP already!!!!

    — and the Finns now doing their best team Russia impression and US right back to the pp

    (3 – 0) E.Johnson [1-pp] (Pavelski, Malone) {8:36}
    Kipper can’t handle the dump in and punches it to the corner…Malone hustles and gets to it… pops it behind the net… Pavelski to it… throws it in front.. and in American fashion it’s KICK/WHAM/STUNNER!! 3-0 and time out Finland… and maybe bye-bye Kipper!

    — 6 shots on goal…. 3 goals… WOW
    — and keeping with the every other shot thing…

    (4 – 0) Kane[2] (none) {10:08}
    Patrick Kane is dominating the play here….Kane the shot… Brown kicks it back to him…. cuts around everyone… looks.. dump… SCWWWAAAARRRR…. and this is a beatdown!! KIPPER TAPS OUT AND RUNS FOR THE BENCH!!!

    — the only way the US could beat them down so savagely would be simply to invade them and take over :p
    — Enter the Backstrom!!!! And he actually makes a successful save without letting a goal in!!
    — Err nevermind what I said!

    (5 – 0) Kane[3] (Rafalski) {12:31}
    He just walks in, wide open… cuts wide, shoots far side… and I think they can put BOTH goalies in net and we’d still pound them!!

    — I CAN’T KEEP UP!!!!

    (6 – 0) Statsny[1] (Langenbrunner, Parise) {12:46}
    2 goals in 15 seconds… and they had to change goal songs now it’s so ABSURD!!! Parise to the corner… leaves for Langs in the faceoff dot… across to Statsny… and BAM… can … you…. dig… that… SUCKA!!!!!!!! I’m running out of catch-phrases!!!!

    — the Finns would run off the ice and go home right NOW if they could …. really…..’
    — by the way… fuck you NBC, your exclusive crap with the highlights made seeing what happened in the late games impossible and it was a damn near needle in a haystack finding your crappy scoreboard!!!! It’s been annoying me all Olympics and now I can say it!!!
    — Great line from no-longer-cousin Rob… “programming note: the role of the Finnish goalie is now being played by Vessa Toskala”… sure looks it don’t it??? I think Rafalski may shatter Selanne’s scoring record in this game alone!!
    — Shots were 13-4 in the period… and holy God that was just a brutal beatdown!!

  • Second Period
  • — I needed that whole intermission to double check all the goals… and what’s up with no goals in 10 minutes of play?? Really??
    — Rob’s now trying too hard to be funny cause this game is in trash time (though the US is putting the foot off the gas a little soon here)… “who had the worse day… Kipper or Sea World?” Least Kipper only killed himself in this one… Sea World left thousands scarred and I think Finn-Nation is used to this kinda Olympic FAIL
    — Ruttu takes a penalty and a misconduct… at this point it’s for pretending to be a hockey player, totally against the rules on team Finland when medals are on the line 😛

    NEWSFLASH… USA DOESN’T SCORE ON POWER PLAY… they’re partying in the streets in Finland I swear!!!

    — Man if this game was somewhat close I’d be raving about Kessler’s block on that play… at this point I’m just trying not to type for the sake of typing…..
    — It’s the second period and Doc is talking about preggo Dogs and pups… oh boy it’s going to be a SLOW third period…..

  • Third Period
  • — Really ain’t much to say here unless something absurd happens right? Least the US is getting some penalty kill practice here…
    — Ryan Miller pulled for Tim Thomas (who should have played one prelim game if you ask me)… I get the move… it’s classy and to protect the goalie and all…but geesh I have issues doing that with a shutout on the board……
    — uh-oh Bobby Ryan (maybe the one guy who didn’t score today) takes a puck to the noggin… that HAS to hurt… save him for Sunday… he should be alright….
    — See what I mean about the shutout ??

    (6 -1) Mettinen[1] (Lepitsto) {14:46}
    The Finns actually pretend they can play some hockey and pass the puck around…. the long shot comes from
    Jack Johnson tries to block it and it hits his knee (OW) and it kinda goes bullet-time Matrix style from going right to going left…Tim Thomas can do not a damn thing about it on that one….. but still kinda sucks to lose the “zero”… an annoyance at best at this point

    — and that’s gonna do it!!! IMPRESSIVE win for the US… not too much fun to watch once the wolves feasted on the carcass but you can bet Sunday’s gonna be one HELL of a slobberknocker!!!!

    Your Olympic Medal Thread and Preview!

    I’ve been a busy boy since the weekend and I’m going to be out and about for the US game today (and to be honest the only game that is really recap-worthy today would be the Russia-Canada game, but I don’t think I’ll be near a computer for it)…. so instead of writing it up… I’ll just preview it and let you guys talk about it as it happens…. I can think for sure I’ll be doing a period by period write up like I did for US/Canada Sunday… one for the Bronze…. one for the Gold (and for God’s sake people… root on my Finnish goalie as she goes for the Bronze! — tomorrow 2pm, DO IT!)….but this thread’s all about the men, cause it’s all about the NHL here… so let’s get ready for some A-List hockey!!

    3pm EST (ask NBC it’s the only time zone that matters)
    USA vs Team Swiss:
    Yes the US Team got the “weakest team in the pool”… but be CAREFUL with this team… they took Canada to the skills competition, but also in that they needed a shootout for Belarus and let Norway score 4 goals on them… but yet here they are… and I did say to be wary of this team in this spot in my preview last week… Jonas Hiller is good enough to steal any one game on any one night, but an American loss here DESTROYS any good will or momentum (or any chance of NBC showing the games… you know… on NBC, and not showing curling re-runs instead)…. and when you go 3-0, even when expectations were low coming into the Olympics, you GOTTA medal at least… and that means winning THIS game here, from what I’ve seen of both teams I do think the US is going to take this like 5-2… but I’d not be shocked to see the Swiss up 1-0 at sometime in this game and make the Americans EARN it (and damn I am rooting for them, it’s nice to have an American team that is dirtbag-free, yes I look at you Chris Chelios, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Upchuck, and Mike Modano and his $3000 a month dog food :p)… get out of work early… and be sure to tell your West Coast friends EVERY detail since the game will be on tape delay (do they still use tape for that, really?? It’s 2010, CMON!) for the lesser coast!

    7:30pm EST
    Russia vs Canada:
    The REAL Main Event of the day…..it’s Crosby vs Ovechkin version 2.0 (again), it’s the big bad Russians with their stacked forwards against an ENTIRE NATION crammed into a hockey rink, and a stacked team, that maybe had that big exhale and found it’s own hockey game last night in beating German like a bastard child (hell my line of the night last night was Canada let a beatdown on German people not seen since the BearJew from Inglorious Basterds!)… this is a tough game to judge… you have mister choke artist in Nabby for the Russians (the dude never seen a playoff series that he didn’t like to fold in)… against a man maybe playing the biggest game of his life (well until the NEXT game if they win) in Luongo ….and yes you guys know I fully endorse the humbling and benching of mb30 for him… he looked lost and average, something we’re all too used to in even best of 7 tournament-type play. I think people are selling Canada short and ignoring the psychological edge they got in feeling better from an easy win… and that this year while the Russians would love to win now… the NEXT Olympics they get home-ice, THEY get what Canada wants to do this year… and the Canadians seemed more settled with Luongo in net as opposed to being forced to adapt to mb30’s game (this too could be a small issue we’ve had in Jersey the last few years), and I really like the home team to win here and turn the pressure from going against them to being motivated having a passionate hockey NATION in their back pocket!

    10pm EST
    Finland vs team Czech:
    Boy did the Czechs look shaky last night??? (Well Canada aside all the qualifiers struggled and now they play AGAIN 24 hours later, in a way that’s good… no time to think about it)…meanwhile Finland has been quietly dominating sitting in the shadows while everyone pays attention to Canada, Russia and now the US team…. this Fin team is dangerous (unless they play Sweden, then they just roll over and die), and it’s no secret that I am a big Kipper fan (and of his wonderful female counter-part)… Jagr is still feeling the effects of Ovechkin owning his soul in the MORTAL KOMBAT body check of the season! The Czechs are good and solid… but I think it might be one game too many for Vokun here (I can say the same for Hiller above), but I also think their gas tank will be running low…and it’s gonna be tough to follow that Russia/Canada game from a watcher’s perspective….but I do like the Finn’s here

    Midnight EST
    Sweden vs team Slovak:
    Again the Slovak’s struggled mighty (maybe I pissed off Norway slamming them for being a country of ice and not being able to put a hockey player worth a Rat’s damn eh?? Probably not, the only player I ever really unnerved was Bobby Holik…. well Jason Arnott too), but they got there… and Halak’s not gonna be as shaky two nights in a row as he was last night… and the Swedes are deep, talented and rested (and they won their 3 games pretty easily)… and I am putting a big premium on this less deep teams playing that extra game and them running out of gas right here and right now… this again is one of those nights….it’s a tournament designed to favor the teams that do well in the prelims, and this game will be no exception…. Fret not East Coast, you should be in bed about 1am knowing this game’s in hand for the Swedes and with Kenny Albery and Joe Micheletti calling a Henrik the THIGH PADS OF DOOM Lundqvst, the Ranger shill may put you in a coma by the 2nd intermission :p (I had to by rule throw a Rangers shot in there!)

    ENJOY THE GAMES TODAY!! This is why the NHL takes two weeks off for this kind of hockey!!!!!

    Canada vs Team AMERICA (puta si!)… thoughts soon-to-be from Sun Tavern: Roselle Park, N

    I’ve been toying and messing with the ideas of how to change things up in the post-game write-ups since I think we’ll all admit it’s gotten a bit stale… and honestly with no one else LEFT here writing (it’s no fault of mine as much as anyone wants to believe it).. and I’m gonna try to mix it up some and keep things fresh… also one of the other things I wanted to put out there… an open casting call to be a special “Guest Host” (stealing the idea from Raw) for Devils ROAD games… add some more coverage here… you don’t need to follow a style or a format, you don’t need to worry about pissing me off (the whole idea we follow hockey and read about it is we ALL love and enjoy it after all)…. and I do want to get some OTHER voices on here but MINE…. I went way way OCD in the pre-lockout days with the old CRASHER Line days…. and I don’t want that and I want to have a life OUTSIDE of this stuff…. though I’ve been kinda left with the keys to car… I don’t mind someone else driving and adding to the site when things allow….. so all that aside…. this is clearly the biggest non-medal game of the tournament…. so might as well have some fun with it at the bar and with friends (hell it’s 2 hours from now… CMON DOWN if you can!)

    I have no idea how I will be covering this game… or what I will be writing… I’m really just making this damn thing up as I go right here… so please please do chirp in and get involved!!!

  • What’s on the line tonight??
  • The US comes in at 2-0 and with a win tonight they take a top seed in the medal round, and I think only behind Finland over all as the best team in the Prelims, which will give them a nice patsy in the first medal round game they play in… and even with a respectable loss (more so if it goes to Overtime) the Americans will have an excellent shot at the “bonus bye” for the 4th best team in the pools…

    Canada comes in with two not-so-good efforts in their opening games and an inexcusable shootout game against the Swiss who they are WORLDS better then (though Hiller did play out of his skull)… the shootout and the 2 points for the win (you see that NHL… PENALIZE a team for going to the Skills competition dammit!)….and if Canada doesn’t win regulation (depends on the score)…. they may have to play into the event which would be a DISASTER for a team that was supposed to DOMINATE here and not squeak in…. and all the pressure on the world is on them now!

      First Period

    — So far the best thing about watching the game at the bar…. JR and Milbury on MUTE… and the damn car race ended in time so all the NASCAR heads are leaving!
    — Speaking of bad TV Coverage I could totally go into the disgrace job that NBC is doing with these Olympics but I am trying to be a lil kinder/gentler here and enjoying the ride… least the games today didn’t get stuffed in the corner for more curling…..
    — Also damn, those USA jerseys look WAY too Ranger-Like… I get the 1980 Tribute and all… but booooo!! The Blue ones not so much….

    — SCAWWWWRR!!!

    Langenbrunner tips the Rafalski shot pass and it’s … one… NOTHING… NEW… errr.. USA!!!
    Correction… Tip by CROSBY… score unchanged!!

    — Crosby stuffed on the breakaway… MORE pouting ensues!!!!
    — Getzlaf to the box for a cross check to the skull… ouch!!!
    — USA has all sorts of jump and pressing like hell on Canada…. they’re feeling the pressure….San Jose fans, this look familiar to ya’s? 🙂

    — Well Canada ties it up but still looks kinda crappy, but still a NICE tip by Staal (damn that name) on a Seabrook long shot….

    — And speaking of Staal…. mb30 lets ANOTHER Rafalski wrister far side with Langs giving the ol’mb30 stink face!!!!!!
    — 2 goals on 4 shots for the Americans…. wow… that’s the mb30 we got used to in the clutch :p
    — What a hell of a first period for the US team….and judging by TSN on Facebook, the world is mutiny-ing against ol’mb30 here….

      Second Period

    — How awesome would an Olympic hockey fight be, eh??
    — And right as I was about to say how GOOD Miller’s been….

    Teows behind the net… comes to the front… shot… save Miller… juicy rebound and Heatley stuffs it home (and insert bad driving jokes here about Hot Rod Heatley)….2-2 game, blame Canada!

    — good Lord Donald Sutherland looked like cold hard brutal death there didn’t he???
    — mb30 ANOTHER one off the mask… THIS IS THE HOCKEY GODS TELLING YOU SOMETHING!!!
    — Hot damn the game intensity is getting AWESOME….STAAL TURNS HEEL AND TAKES OUT PERRY!!! He’s gonna win the Royal Rumble!!!!
    — did ya ever think you’d cheer THIS???

    Bobby Ryan the shot… save…..Backus the next shot… is blocked…rebound comes loose… HELLO CHRIS DRURY and he stuffs it past mb30 for an all-too familair sight eh??? Just this one was kinda nicer to see… 3-2 US… FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    — WELCOME TO THE OLYMPIC BREAKAWAY COMPETITION!!!!! Kane, then Thornton…. then BOBBY RYAN!! Oh what a SAVE FEST!!!!!
    — attaboy Rafaslki….get that back elbow in when Staal tries to ride you like an awful country music song!
    — This game has been all the intensity and fire I was hoping for… ANYONE who’s anti-Pros in the Olympics needs this game as proof!!!

      Third Period

    — Cindy to the box, someone get the diapers and a bottle!!
    — Best thing about being in a half-full bar like this… the Olympics are on and the ice dancing is on… NOT ONE FUCKING PERSON IS WATCHING THE ICE DANCING… suck it NBC!!!!
    — Damn if the US scored on that delayed call, would the broken stick have gotten an assist??? US back on the power play!
    — and Rafalski 3:16 says…..

    I JUST LIT UP YOUR ASS!!!!! Puck to the point….Parise and Langs in front… looks like Captain AMERICA is right there to be AMERICAN PAIN IN THE ASS TIPPING IT HOME!!!

    — And then Ryan Miller is just CLUTCH CLUTCH CLUTCH… SUCK ON MY STICK SAVE CINDY!!!!!!!!!!! And a nice flop and spin-a-roonie… SUCKA!!
    — So ya think with each goal the smile on Luongo’s face gets better??? (as I say this MBxxx makes a HUGE stick save)
    — Canadians on a HUGE pp… missed on who… sorry
    — ok, so we did the KILL KILL KILL chant in the bar… even Andy was involved… he got a kick being on the other side of it 🙂
    — seeing Joe Thornton with the puck makes me think the Canadians have more chokers on the roster then the Benoit family did ……
    — and HOLY SHIT RYAN MILLER MAKES ME REGRET MY BEER CHOICE OF SAM ADAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Least it’s an American beer.. screw your Molsons!!!! (only for tonight :p)
    — but just when you think the game is over…..

    Nash from the corner… sees Cindy in front… the old no-touch rule is in effect…. Cindy taps it home and gets it through the pads of Miller…. well it’s gonna be a FUN finish eh???

    — NIEDERMAYER OFF THE OUTSIDE POST!!!! 3:00 of a hockey game to kill!!!
    — Jesus TWO STRAIGHT MINUTES OF BLITZ BUT MILLER AND THE AMERICANS HOLD ON FOR DEAR LIFE!!!
    (30 years later, Miracle 2.0??)
    — Why did Wilson NOT call tiem out there???
    …maybe cause of this!!

    Kesler jumps OVER THE CANADIAN PLAYER and taps it into the empty net… the goal was so ridiculous and crazy, Parise gets the back door assist!!!

    — Deportations, riots and mb30 sent to the American team out of SPITE soon to ensue!!
    — CMON LET EM FIGHT!! SCREW THE IOC RULES!!

    LET’S GET OLYMPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So by semi-popular demand (and my own need to keep busy during this Olympic Break… and well the fact I hate when this site becomes a Ghost Town… but I am the last one standing here… not by design… believe me one of the reasons I joined here was to be a supporting member not the featured writer… but seems with anything I do I end up running the damn show anyway no matter how much I DON’T want to… so here we go again….)…anyway,…. I don’t think I’ll recap any games till we get to the medal round….so insert quality filler here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and as a reference point… I bolded all players in the NHL)

      Teams that could only win if Tommy Salo made an Olympic Return
      (aka, Dark Horses/the teams that suck!)

  • BELARUS
  • Goaltenders: Vitali Koval, Maxim Malyutin, Andrei Mezin
    Defense: Andrei Antonov, Andrei Bashko, Vladimir Denisov, Viktor Kostiuchenok, Ruslan Salei, Nikolai Stasenko, Vadim Sushko, Alexander Syrei
    Forwards: Oleg Antonenko, Sergei Demagin, Mikhail Grabovsky, Alexei Kaliuzhny, Konstantin Koltsov, Andrei Kostitsyn, Sergei Kostitsyn, Alexander Kulakov, Andrei Mikhalev, Andrei Stas, Alexei Ugarov, Sergei Zadelenov

    Alright… be honest you barely know anyone on this team either (though one or two of the people who love to piss and moan at me, hell they probably blame me for every one else retiring)… the only reason I remember Mezin is I think he was the goalie when Tommy Salo headbutted team Belarus into one of the biggest upsets in Olympic History… they have a few NHL players, and none of them are exactly all-stars…. I ain’t wasting much time on the cannon fodders……

  • GERMANY
  • Goaltenders: Dennis Endras, Thomas Greiss, Dimitri Pätzold
    Defense: Michael Bakos, Christian Ehrhoff, Jakub Ficenec, Jason Holland, Korbinian Holzer, Chris Schmidt,
    Dennis Seidenberg, Alexander Sulzer
    Forwards: Alexander Barta, Sven Felski, Marcel Goc, Thomas Greilinger, Jochen Hecht, Manuel Klinge, Marcel Müller, Travis James Mulock, André Rankel, Marco Sturm, John Tripp, Michael Wolf

    FYI, Thomas Greiss is Nabby’s backup in San Jose in case you wasted time reading this part (no I didn’t need to look it up :p)… Strum and Hecht are functional NHL’ers… but again…. they ain’t got the guns… they are improved from the days of it being the “beat on Ollie Kolzig show”… but they’re stilla LONG way from being competitive in a top-tier way…..

  • LATVIA
  • Goaltenders: Edgars Masalskis, Ervins Mustukovs, Sergejs Naumovs
    Defense: Oskars Bartulis, Guntis Galvins, Rodrigo Lavins, Georgijs Pujacs, Krisjanis Redlihs, Arvids Rekis,
    Karlis Skrastins, Kristaps Sotnieks
    Forwards: Girts Ankipans, Armands Berzins, Martins Cipulis, Lauris Darzins, Kaspars Daugavins, Martins Karsums, Gints Meija,
    Aleksandrs Nizivijs, Mikelis Redlihs, Aleksejs Sirokovs, Janis Sprukts, Herberts Vasiljevs

    Ah… WORLD FAMOUS Latvia (ok you had to read the facebook status to get that), but like I hinted there and the two teams above….. there’s not much here to brag about… and this is one of them teams that will have a parade if they win a game in the prelims and call it a GREAT SUCCESS on a Borat type level (hopefully without the hairy naked man-wrestling scenes :p)

  • NORWAY
  • Goaltenders: Pål Grotnes, Andre Lysenstøen, Ruben Smith
    Defense: Alexander Bonsaksen, Jonas Holøs, Tommy Jakobsen, Juha Kaunismäki, Lars Erik Lund, Ole Kristian Tollefsen, Mats Trygg
    Forwards: Mats Zuccarello Aasen, Morten Ask, Anders Bastiansen, Kristian Forsberg, Mads Hansen, Marius Holtet, Mathis Olimb,
    Martin Røymark, Per-Åge Skrøder, Lars Erik Spets, Patrick Thoresen, Tore Vikingstad, Martin Laumann Ylven

    Funny that a country that is so friggin COLD all the time sucks so bad at ice hockey… but they do…. the only reason I know Tollefson is I grabbed him on waivers in NHL 09 and he was a nice 6th D on the video game… and admit it that’s more then you know about him unless you cheer for the Winged Wheel…. the rest of this team… yeah right, there’s a reason they’re in the jobber category…..

      Teams that can Scare the Piss out of you, but Not Win
      (should clear the prelims and maybe medal but not expected to do much)

  • CZECH REPUBLIC
  • Goaltenders: Ondrej Pavelec, Jakub Stepanek, Tomas Vokoun
    Defense: Miroslav Blatak, Jan Hejda, Tomas Kaberle, Filip Kuba, Pavel Kubina, Zbynek Michalek, Roman Polak, Marek Zidlicky
    Forwards: Petr Cajanek, Roman Cervenka, Patrik Elias, Martin Erat, Tomas Fleischmann, Martin Havlat, Jaromir Jagr, David Krejci, Milan Michalek, Tomas Plekanec, Tomas Rolinek, Josef Vasicek

    See, now we’re talking some teams that can make a little noise!! Vokun is a legit top-tier goalie (but he’s also erratic enough he could implode at any time… he’s been solid to flat out REALLY GOOD of late though)…. the defense corps are solid too, the forwards have some serious talent in them (Elias, Jagr, Erat, etc…)… they can score some goals, the D is a little weak… but they won’t be a walk over for damn sure, and the Czechs are nowhere near as deep as some of the other teams in the tournament….

  • SLOVAKIA
  • Goaltenders:Peter Budaj, Jaroslav Halak, Rastislav Stana
    Defense: Ivan Baranka, Zdeno Chara, Milan Jurcina, Andrej Meszaros, Andrej Sekera, Martin Strbak, Lubomir Visnovsky
    Forwards: Lubos Bartecko, Martin Cibak, Pavol Demitra, Marian Gaborik, Michal Handzus, Marcel Hossa, Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky, Zigmund Palffy, Branko Radivojevic, Miroslav Satan, Jozef Stümpel, Richard Zednik

    Goaltending is questionable here, but for Halak the pressure of carrying his country on his back is probably less then playing in Montreal :p… being able to roll Chara out there every other shift will make up for some shortcomings on D… the Slovacs also have some nifty scorers (who will all look better if Gaborik plays… he’s allowed to get hurt in the last Olympic game 😀 )… and just seeing Ziggy Palffy again made me chuckle a little again! It’s a shame them and the Czechs had to split… if they didn’t they might be a medal worthy combination team… if Halak is on though they won’t go down easy either……

  • SWITZERLAND
  • Goaltenders: Ronnie Rüeger, Jonas Hiller, Tobias Stephan
    Defense: Goran Bezina, Severin Blindenbacher, Rafael Diaz, Roman Josi, Luca Sbisa, Mathias Seger, Mark Streit,
    Yannick Weber
    Forwards: Andres Ambühl, Thomas Déruns, Hnat Domenichelli, Sandy Jeannin, Thibaut Monnet, Thierry Paterlini, Martin Plüss, Kevin Romy, Ivo Rüthemann, Raffaele Sannitz, Julien Sprunger, Roman Wick

    Jonas Hiller is good enough to make this team a contender on his own (hell David Aebischer almost did a few Olympics ago), there’s not much else here….hell only one other NHLer and some almost’s and never-were’s… but if Hiller was good enough to purge Jiggy-Pout from the PondScum… he’s good enough to take the Swiss outta the “jobber” category in the Olympics… and he’s not the guy you wanna face in the first game of the medal round… he’ll make it WAY tough on you…..

  • USA
  • Goaltenders: Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas
    Defense: Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Tim Gleason, Ryan Whitney, Brooks Orpik, Brian Rafalski, Ryan Suter
    Forwards: David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Chris Drury, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, Jamie Langenbrunner, Ryan Malone, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Paul Stastny

    I struggled with making the US an “elite” team in the pool, but maybe as I overrated the Swiss, I may underrate the US team here… but it makes for easier reading to have 4 teams in each bracket… so NYAH!!! One of only two teams to sport an all-NHL roster, the US team is stacked with good young, fast forwards (well and Langs and Drury)… and that youth is a big advantage… sometimes being young and too dumb to realize you don’t belong there is the best thing you can have… the US team also boasts the goalie who’s playing the best hockey in the NHL all-season long, the D is a little soft, but in the Olympics it’s more about speed, movement and recovery then crash ‘n bang… so this too may suit the US team well…. this team is the most likely to make medal noise of the non-elite eight I’ve previewed so far and I am fully aware of that… but with this roster and it’s youth and inexperience… it seems like a “next time” type of team more geared for 2014….

      Teams that if they don’t win Their Country Will Riot
      (aka: the Favorites)



    CANADA
    Goaltenders: Martin Brodeur, Marc-André Fleury, Roberto Luongo
    Defense: Dan Boyle, Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Brent Seabrook, Shea Weber
    Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, Dany Heatley, Jarome Iginla, Patrick Marleau, Brenden Morrow, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Mike Richards, Eric Staal, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Toews

    Well this one is obvious…. not only an ALL-NHL… but a freaking all-star one too!! The Canadians can put two all-star level teams and still have players to spare… after all… it’s their freaking sport man!!! But add that and the intense pressure of home-ice and the high-end demands of their fans and country wanting “gold or don’t come back”… the biggest opponent they could face is their own issues….not to mention EVERY move is gonna be second-guessed as they first happen… Scott Niedermayer… ain’t he too old… hasn’t he sucked this year?? MB30 vs Luongo… hey both have struggled the last few weeks… what about Fleury??? This team may have too much talent for it’s own damn good… and the first line is all-Sharks… we know how they do under pressure and duress, but still… any thoughts of cutting this team down are a reach….anyone who doesn’t think they can win it all and maybe not lose a game is fooling themselves…..


    FINLAND
    Goaltenders:Niklas Bäckström, Miikka Kiprusoff, Antero Niittymäki
    Defense: Lasse Kukkonen, Sami Lepistö, Toni Lydman, Janne Niskala, Joni Pitkänen, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen
    Forwards: Valtteri Filppula, Niklas Hagman, Jarkko Immonen, Olli Jokinen, Niko Kapanen,
    Mikko Koivu, Saku Koivu, Jere Lehtinen, Antti Miettinen, Ville Peltonen, Jarkko Ruutu, Tuomo Ruutu,
    Teemu Selänne

    Strong in goal… finalists last time around… solid defenders… decent enough up front….and Selanne gets hot and they can be dangerous….Kipper’s carried teams on his back before in the Olympics and the Stanley Cup Playoffs….but also in contrast… if Kipper goes ass-up (he’s done that too)… and Selanne and the Koviu’s do nothing… this team is cannon-fodder (no I am not ignoring Jokinen, I’m just stating the obvious on how he is under pressure.. hence him being the perfect Ranger!)…. certainly not a team to be taken lightly either


    RUSSIA
    Goaltenders: Ilya Bryzgalov, Evgeni Nabokov, Semyon Varlamov
    Defense: Sergei Gonchar, Denis Grebeshkov, Dmitri Kalinin, Konstantin Korneyev, Andrei Markov,
    Ilya Nikulin, Fedor Tyutin, Anton Volchenkov
    Forwards: Maxim Afinogenov, Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Fedorov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Viktor Kozlov, Evgeni Malkin, Alexei Morozov, Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Radulov, Alexander Semin, Danis Zaripov, Sergei Zinoviev

    Any team that has a SECOND line with Kovalchuk and Datsyuk on it… you just look and go WOW… not a packed with NHL-talent team… but you can make a case they have more top 10 players in the NHL then anyone else in the event… so what they have is absurdly GOOD talent, the strength of this team is up front (you can say in goal, but Bryzgalov only did it once in the playoffs… and that’s one more then Nabokov ever did…. and Varlamov got exposed by the Penguins last year… so I’ll give the goalies a maybe grade with a chance to stand up and prove themselves)… the D is mobile and finesse which is Olympic-style hockey, so that’s not a minus… and admit it… this is a fun team to watch… thankfully the Cold War is over and we can say that without being called Communists or worse :p.. probably the co-favorite with Canada… not medalling at all would be a MASSIVE fail for this team….


    SWEDEN
    Goaltenders:Jonas Gustavsson, Stefan Liv, Henrik Lundqvist
    Defense: Tobias Enström, Magnus Johansson, Niklas Kronwall, Nicklas Lidström, Douglas Murray, Johnny Oduya, Mattias Öhlund, Henrik Tallinder
    Forwards: Daniel Alfredsson, Nicklas Bäckström, Loui Eriksson, Peter Forsberg, Tomas Holmström, Patric Hörnqvist, Fredrik Modin, Samuel Påhlsson, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Mattias Weinhandl, Henrik Zetterberg

    OMG IT’S HENRIK LUNDQVIST!!! HE REDEFINED THE GOALIE POSITION… HE MAKES SAVES WITH HIS MASK!!! HE’S GROUNDBREAKING!! (sorry I watched the Ranger game on Sunday… and listening to them beat up on Tampa the way the announcer shills were I thought they made the conference finals :p)… but that aside Henrik DID carry this team to Olympic Gold last time around….and like with Chara, when you can put Nik Lidstrom out there every other shift it fixes many flaws….and with the Sedin’s playing out of their skulls good this year, supporting players like Alfredsson, Zetterburg and maybe the biggest wild card in the tournament in Peter Forsberg… this team is dangerous too…. and another team with much medal pressure on them……

    This should be a fun two weeks of hockey… hopefully you get out there and ENJOY IT!! (not to mention when the women’s hockey gets to the medal round that will be good stuff too!!)… We’ll let this sit for a while and once I check the schedules… I’ll decide what games I’m gonna pick, choose and write about… I’d say the first game is likely the US/Canada one…. well unless it’s Sat night, then I’m in Delaware having a life…. we’ll worry about that when it’s about to happen soon enough….