The Night The Lights Went Out In Jersey

So.  That was strange.

Look, I know the PSE&G Power Play sucked tonight, but seriously.  C’mon.

I take full blame for the power outage, by the way.  I was in the arena tonight, and for no good reason whatsoever, myself and my friend Amanda got into a discussion about how there hasn’t been a leak in the roof at the Rock, or a fire in the concession stands, or anything like that since the first year.  Can’t explain why we started talking about that.  But 10 minutes later, the lights were out.

It was clearly our fault.

But you should thank us.

Seriously – there was no way the team was even scoring a goal tonight, but by the time this game is finished?  Who knows!  Could you imagine the uproar in Florida if the Devils come back to win this thing whenever it starts up again?

Interesting thought:  Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond went into tonight without a single penalty minute on the year.  Weird, right?  He fought Zenon Konopka early in the game.  Not so weird.  But yet, as he sits on a plane to Montreal this evening, PL3 still technically has no penalty minutes.  It’s like the hockey gods are saying “No Pierre, you musn’t fight.  You must be a good boy.”

Needless to say, tonight was a very bizarre evening.  Right down to the Devils in-game entertainment folk playing “Dancing In The Dark” by Bruce Springsteen shortly after the lights went out.

‘Least we know they’ve got a sense of humor.

I’ll make sure to update when some kind of annoucement is made as to when this game is finished.  ‘Til then, look up “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” by Reba McEntire, and just change the word “Georgia” or “Jersey” (and maybe “judge” to “Gary Bettman” if you feel so inclined.

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs. Starrrrrrrrrrssssssss, 1/5/2010!

Happy new year and all that to ya! (I know I still owe a month in review… it’s half done, I swear and I’m hoping it’s done tomorrow, but you gotta write the more pressing piece first always….and not to mention I got a little bit of Dallas Cowboys fever right now… and CMON… you know you wanna see another Phily team lose, right?)….but another feel-good night and some very pleasant memories from the 1999-2000 Stanley Cup run and all the crazy stuff I’ll try to get to down below…. all in all a great night and a great win against a VERY erratic STAARRRRRSSSS team……

the Good:
– Patrik Elias…. welcome back to the scoresheet….all those passes that Andy over-shot you to make you skate harder and get in the right place are starting to pay off… yay!
– Zach Parise… my God nine shots on goal!! (I’ll get more into this when I do the month in review but I love how his level of play didn’t drop when he slumped and he keeps playing the same way hat-trick or ten-game drought be damned!!)… pretty good night for our personal “one man Jonas Brothers”… many ‘ginies were tingling (and an evil Mickey Mouse was counting the cash!)
– PL^3… yeah he hit… yeah he did his thing… but I saw some REALLY good board work and puck control and a little finesse to keep the play and the board work going (7:40 and more ice time then Rod Pelley tells ya Jacques liked what he saw too)… and this is a step in the right direction of leaving Andrew Peters in a ditch somewhere near Bayonne HS (it’s a big-ass school, plenty of hiding spots!)
– Bryce Salvador…. I’d swear he was announced as a scratch, but 14:00 from the press-box and he looked pretty good playing from there too… smart plays… and he adds a stability to the blue line that no one else not named Andy has brought to the team this year!
– so I hear mb30 broke the old mask and had to actually be Marty Brodeur for half the game…. I really wish he’d listen when the hockey Gods TWICE tell him something :p…. and yeah shutout #106… it wasn’t as dramatic as the last two were… it kinda felt like the Stars cashed out late in that game, but it’s still a lil bit nice to be a part of more history each time the score goes to zero (and how sick is it that like one of ever 5-some wins… is of the zero variety… that’s just sick to digest….)
– and shame on me almost forgetting to talk about lil Nicky breaking the damn bank with all the stuff he won in the Zamboni race during the first period… good lord our #1 draft pick is well taken care of by this team…always good to see it happen to the deserving fans (and it shut up a fool in 109 who said the good stuff doesn’t happen to those in the cheap seats!)

the Bad:
– there was no bad last night… I’m gonna to use that space for 2000 Cup memories and my Stanley Cup Party story in that old basement apartment back that Saturday night in June of 2000 :-)

the Funny:
– Brian Rolston… first shift… looks like he blew a tire jumping on the ice… and kinda reminded me of the Matvichuk (I think)… getting injured and crawling to the middle of the ice to block shots back in 2000 for the Stars…. I should remember better who it was that was a classic moment in maybe the best, and most exciting Stanley Cup Final of the 4 the Devils had and possibly the most exciting one I remember in my lifetime… but as he was falling and limping to the bench I mumble… hrrmmm… I wonder if anyone reminded him that he got traded for Claude that year and it took him like 18 months and a second trade to mentally recover (and talk about pressure to be traded for Claude… and then be in the trade that brought Andreychuk and ESPN’s first love child, Ray Bourque, that’s a TALL order…)
– so I had what I like to call my personal “moment of Cangelosi” last night (handy link of reference:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOEO4XuQCj4 … just so you know and get what I am talking about)
…. one of my running jokes of late is that when Tasha watches the game, her boys in Parise and Bergfors NEVER score (and even when they do she gets stuck on the escalator to not see it… and I get to yell CLOSE YOUR EYES and STOP LOOKING or GO TO THE BATHROOM, we need a goal!!!)… so on the Zajac goal I saw Bergfors swat at it… I swore he tipped it in…. so i text her and go… look you finally got to see your goal…..so when they announced it was Zajac’s goal… I kinda yelled to myself… “NINETEEN!!”… oops, well at least her Lordship wasn’t there to make fun of me for that and goddamit I am taller then our roaming gnome of parody fame!

the 2000 Cup run memories:
– the Devils did a GREAT job of reliving that Cup run… hell they even dug up Steve Kelley (I guess he was glad they remembered he was on the team.. he played like one game and 10 shifts in the entire playoff run)… it’s always good to see Claude in the house again too…Larry Robinson (we all remember that locker room beatdown/tirade too of course)…. Patrik Elias in game 7…. Jason Arnott in game 6…. the “six shots on goal game” (I swear I can still hear Sundin and Pat Quinn piss and moan they had more shots on goal then that)… Scott Stevens dominating Pavel Bure and then the world…. and that game 5 in the Cup Finals… the single greatest one on one goalie duel ever seen by human eyes…..It’s been 10 1/2 years it really was the right time to remember, look back, and smile at those awesome memories (and thoughts of a 110-recap season… my God I was burnt out that summer)
– Lord Krang: lol, sherry just listed “sykora getting knocked out” as one of the memorable moments of the 2000 cup run!
(and she’d be right….Petr Suckora only knows FAIL when he is on the ice as a Stanley Cup Finalist… the only two he’s won, he was unconscious in 2000, a healthy scratch last year…. and 3 times the loser when he played)… I love when the professionals think as I do :p
– I still need to recall the party at my house that night…. it was Brian… a hockey princess we no longer associate with, her BF at the time and we’re all just there watching the game…. I remember my “SHUT THE FUCK UP AND STOP POUTING OVER SYKORA WE’RE PLAYING A FOR A STANLEY CUP” rant (one of the reasons I no longer associate with said person… the sick obsession over mediocre to BAD hockey players and not caring about who her friends were… gee, a theme in my life eh :p)…. so I blasted her so bad the boyfriend kinda hid and curled in the corner…. so a few hours later Jason Arnott does the deed… I had one of those old “giant soda bottles of popcorn” wrapped in tin foil and a bowl on top of it to look like a mini-Cup… and yeah we filled it with champagne… I think I drank a whole bottle by myself that night…. and a few more friends came over… I was on the phone with two more… John and Jen walk in (I know the names don’t matter, I think the only person I still talk of all these people is Brian, and that could change as of his wedding in September *whistles*)…. they walk in… I’m already fuzzy and the last thing I remember that night was going “OHHHH, WINE!!!”…. and then dragging the mini-Cup and champagne stinky body to Rex Plex the next day to skate around with our Cup and sweat champagne in goalie pads!! Feel free to add your own memories and comments too… it’s the right place for it!

Captainbrunner = Hattrickenbrunner

Okay, so I gotta work on the name.  I can’t help it if Hat Trick doesn’t fit in as nicely for Langenbrunner as it does Andy Greene (Greenetrick!) or Niklas Bergfors (Bergtrick!) or Patty Elias (Hatrik, of course).

But yes, Jamie Langenbrunner, fresh off his addition to the roster of Team USA as token old guy, goes home to Minnesota and notches a hat trick in a game the Devils absolutely did not deserve to win, yet still managed to.  The win was entirely because of the Captain.  Well, okay, Jay Pandolfo (seriously!) and Martin Brodeur too.  Everyone else kind of sucked.  Even our beloved Andy Greene (we say it ’cause we love, Andy!).

But despite the majority of the team sucking, the Devils still topped the Wild, 5-3.  All because of Captainbrunner’s first career hat trick.  I’m amazed it’s his first.

So a brief jaunt into the Western Conference ends with an abysmal performance in a Chicago loss and a not-much-better performance in a Minnesota win.  But that’s the nice thing about this year’s team – they can still find a way to win even when they suck.  It wasn’t happening that way the last few years.

Now we can look forward to Tuesday against the Stars.  Why would anyone be looking forward to this game in particular?  Three reasons:  1) Stanley Cup in the house (and money raised by selling pictures with it goes to charity, always something we’re down with at 2MA), 2) Claude Lemieux is scheduled to be there, and 3) I’m gonna be sitting in the rich people seats that night.  Hooray for free food and pretending to be snobby in the Ice Lounge!

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Penguins: 12/30/2009

Wow…. the last recap of 2009….(and sadly the end of the “REALLY??? …. in 2009???” comeback…. *sigh* we’ll miss you, but not the jean shorts that inspired them…..)….and what better way to end a decade, then a game like THIS??? Playoff crowd, semi-playoff atmosphere….playoff intensity on the ice… damn it gets ya excited for April doesn’t it??? And oh yeah.. ANOTHER SHUTOUT for those smug douche Pitt announcers to call right… ahhh it’s all good!!!!!

the Good:
– Before I start here (and yes this counts as good)… my friend Rob runs a charity hockey tournament in Woodbridge, NJ.. usually about every six months… and game 1 was today (my team won, and yes this is half the reason I am mentioning it)… and it is a good cause… so if you’re not doing anything tomorrow about 12:30… stop by… heckle… boo… cheer… just DONATE and do whatever the hell ya want… there’s a chance our little Winter Classic, may have some SNOW late in the 3rd Period http://www.fordscup.com/ has all the information…. come see me chase the all-time wins record (and try to lower the lowest GAA in the event’s history.. and pad my goalie scoring stats!)
– NO ANDREW PETERS!!! Instead of skating laps he should be made to tie jerseys down until his hands bleed!!!!! At least he admitted his own idiocy tonight!!!
– it’s funny, Jacques Lemaire bags on Nick Bergfors… and when he does, the fan base FREAKS OUT in fear that Lemaire is gonna “Brent Sutter” the kid… and well NO… there’s no exercise bikes involved, and Lemaire has the faith in his teachings to LET his rookies get REAL ICE TIME… and you know.. he like does that thing called COACHING and GETS THE MOST FROM HIS PLAYERS… and every time he bags on Bergofrs, the kid ANSWERS AND PERFORMS… so again, get off Jacques’ nuts… he shits more about hockey then you know in your little life!! (and 20 minutes of ice time, and he was awesome with Zajac and Parise)
– mb30.. holy shit were you GOOD tonight…. as the game got going more… SO DID YOU… and I bag on you… but this one was most credit worthy (and so was the slash at Rupp’s ankles!!), I just hope this playoff-like effort shows up for a long playoff run, one more time… (please… I might even use your name again!)
– ONE minor penalty taken and it was at the end of the game… that’s a good thing and discipline is HUGE when you play a team that can kill you on the pp like they can (I don’t care what their stats are I do NOT want to be the team that wakes them up and fixes them!)
– Oh Roderick Pelley… how we have a love/hate with you (and ok it’s hilarious to bag on Rob who hates him because he has Sesitito-envy)…. I was going to comment on him tonight… but our Lordship of Krang NAILED this one… so I let her speak:
Poor Pelley… i know he sucks, but he tries so hard and his heart is in the right place. AND he know how to dress himself! Zharky and Clarky have to go SOMEWHERE, and do you want Pelley and Pandolfo on the ice at the same time? hey, i say just enjoy the amusement from the line. Pelley gets a little more practice at center (and with some good players to support him), and it’s not like that’ll be a line for very long anyway! we may never see it again, in fact! (we kinda put this in the GOOD section so he doesn’t GET PIST at us and board us!)

the Bad:
– well I gotta say it… no matter how retarded good Brent Johnson was (and he WAS tonight)…. you HAVE to get more then one fluke goal past him in the game… that’s a kinda worrisome sight….
– Patrik Elias… is he hurt??? He seems slow out there…. is something else wrong?? He DID get 17 minutes tonight… but no shots and he just looked slow and kinda dead out there… something to be worried about… Elias and Rolston are gonna be needed to take the scoring pressure off the top line when the big Silver Cup Tournament begins in April….
– the power play stunk and ANOTHER 5 on 3 was wasted (you know the league knows your pp sucks when they put Cyndy Crosby in the damn box to put you up 5 on 3 and let the Golden Brat cry in the box for 2:00)
– *sigh* Clarkson got hurt again dammit…..Devils right wing David Clarkson reinjured his fractured right leg in tonight’s 2-0 over Pittsburgh and did not accompany the team to Chicago for Thursday’s game, a source said. Instead, Clarkson is to have his leg examined again by team doctors Thursday in New Jersey. Tonight’s game was just his second game back after missing 13 contests with a fractured right fibula. He was injured initially when he blocked a shot by Boston’s Zdeno Chara on Nov. 27.

the Funny:
– Well I had a unique group with me tonight… her Lordship as she does for all Wednesday Games….. Returning again “cover your eyes so Bergfors and Parise can score” aka Tasha (and man it was fun to yell all game long… GO TO THE BATHROOM, we need a Bergfors goal… yes I know he scored tonight… but someone was stuck on the escalator and never saw the puck hit the net… hell I had the row behind her cheering for it :)… and my 3rd… one of the people who’s known me the longest…holy shit was there in 1995 when the old CRASHER Line took off…. yeup… ex-fiancee #2 (and to be honest each and every one of you over her a debt of gratitude for getting me the HELL away from the first one :p)… and again she deserves credit…for an opposing team fan she got NO SHIT from the section….I guess a little coach purse incident kinda squashed that…..but still it’s kinda odd to hear the Beyonce song “single girls”… when you’re sitting with a girl you DID put a ring on it with :p
– Now for a little facebook, stream of conscious conversation……
** Me: Clarkaround sighting!!!
** Kristyn Holleran: how many times has the Clarkaround actually worked lol
** Me: How many goals does Clarkson have? Divide by two for toe-drags!
** Kristyn Holleran: i really dislike mike rupp
** Me: I like rupp, now that he’s in the other jersey!
** Chris McCabe: I like Rupp simply because he can score a hat trick against the Rangers….
** Kristyn Holleran: i’m just bitter than he was useless with us and is now 4th in the NHLfor shot % lol
** Me: Playing with 87 and 71 will do that :p
** Barry Meikle: Of course by useless you mean, scored the 2003 Cup winning goal. Good enough for me.
** Me: Dude if ya wanna be a one game wonder
THAT was the game of choice!
– and I’d be a fool to leave out Pete serenading Clutch to some creepy kinda love song (and even his voice failed him in the try), and not to mention the near-riot cause Pete stepped on a $900 coach-bag (allegedly)… one thing I learned this year… if you’re dumb and whipped enough to buy a girl THAT kinda stupid expensive gift… well then you better be all ready to pump yer fist and go all Guido Beach to defend that bag (really, you coulda had season tickets for THAT much)… but really… treat it like an autographed jersey of your favorite player… DON’T bring it to the hockey game… really, you’re just asking for some idiot to spill beer on it (and then you get stuck in the middle of the fight… and oi vey… whatta mess!!)

Man it was a good, but scattered night… and one more time… CLOSE YOUR EYES TASHA WE NEED A GOAL!!! (some people are just NOT team players I tell ya :p)… fun times… fun times… Everyone have a GREAT and smart New Year!! Back at you with a month in Review probably on Saturday!!!!

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Thrashers, 12/28/2009

Howdy!! We’re back and alive again!! Hope y’all got good shit for whatever gift-bearing holiday you celebrated (well unless it was that crappy one from Seinfeld… no show was more overrated after all….)… but like the rest of us the players got back to work… and it looks like Zach Parise got some goal-scoring touch again under the tree, and a nice lil win against those Thrashers…. perfect way to start kicking off the “serious time” in hockey (and be honest… hockey doesn’t get important till the half way point… usually right when football ends)

the Good:
– Zach Parise….. AAAAHHHHHHHH!!!! Welcome back!! 2 goals… the drought is over (and it wasn’t like he sulked or sucked during this drought … hell in fact he was playing just as good NOT scoring as when he was getting goals!), but still it’s damn good to see your best player get back on the goal chart (more so when you went to a customer yesterday who was a Ranger/Giant fan… and damn this Devil/Cowboy fan could NOT stop smirking at his misery :p… now he can’t sit there and scoff about the Devils TV guys “whining” that Parise wasn’t scoring… he wants whining he should watch a St.Louis, Pitt or AvsMonkeys game! And I of COURSE has to wish him and his Giants, the VERY best of luck in their future endeavors since they did not qualify for the playoffs this year… I’m such class and discretion eh?)…. to quote mister Andy Greene on facebook… GOOD DAY!
– Also seeing the White goal on TV again I’d SWEAR Zach tipped it…. he was robbed a hat trick!!!!! They don’t get prettier then that power play tuck-in on the sweet Elias pass!!!
– Welcome back David Clarkson!!!! His game itself was so/so… but he got a fight…a few minutes in… and it’s good to see the bodies starting to return (and see we have a team five lines deep… gonna need that)… the -2 not so good… but you get a pass the first few games as you get used to getting into active duty…..
– Johnny Oduya… he’s been shaky at best all year long… but last night he was noticeable in good ways, and he was playing Andy Greene-type minutes… good to see him using those wheels in the right way…..though PLEASE… don’t EVER punch again when Kovalchuk was covering the point (Colin White bailed your ass out on that one…)
– speaking of… WHITE POWER!!!!! It must always be said when Colin scores a goal!
– Big crowd tonight as the post-Christmas push is on with attendance… and man 216 was all pumped up tonight… what was that about?!?!?!?! And they got a damn good game… Atlanta came out with some pride and attitude after the Devils embarrassed them on the 19th toying with them and coming back from 3-0 and 4-1 down to whip their candy ass…. this game was nasty, physical and a TON of first period fights… damn I LOVED IT!!!

the Bad:
– Andrew Peters… you’re a fucking idiot!!!! What am I talking about?? You have three jobs on ice… play physical… FIGHT (which he did and well tonight I must say)… well he fought…he played physical… but the MORON DIDN’T TIE DOWN HIS JERSEY and got tossed from the game when it got pulled over his head in the fight…..so he plays 18 seconds and get kicked out of the game.. MORON!!!! Not the best way to get back on the ice after a month of sitting in the luxury seats in the halo!! And then to make it worse on him…. Clarkson showed him how to fight without a thirty second time delay!!! Though I think we all have a right to be jealous of him… he gets paid a FULL salary to play 18 seconds and get punched in the face… WRONG!!!
– Mark Fraser and Mike Mottau were a -2… you can give them a pass on the first goal because it was a Kovalchuk BOMB and the second goal was a little soft from mb30, but they won so I’m not hammering him for it… but that’s not exactly a defense pair that inspires confidence in life and one of the two is gonna be sitting if/when Paul Martin comes back
– OK the last minute of the game was SCARY, it felt Carolina-like… thankfully Atlanta ain’t that good yet… but there was some angst out there…..

the Funny:
– so we get Arlette for the National Anthem… YAY!!! But there was some dumbass that during the national anthem was standing up waving a Czech Flag up and down during the entire anthem!!?!?!?!!? Like really?? What the hell does the Anthem have to do with the Czech flag or nation!?!??!
– Andy Greene gets called for playing with a high stick on the power play “Andy wasn’t called for high sticking… the refs were overwhelmed with how amazing the stick play was and stopped play to admire it!!”
– Speaking of Andy… he had two wanna-be’s in front of us who thought THEY knew how to worship Andy!! First off they kept calling him ANDREW…. Andy NEVER lets you call him Andrew… he’s too modest asshats!! I don’t know if I should be mad, proud that his legend is growing…or jealous cause some other fag is steppin on MY MAN!!!!!!
– it was a weird night where there wasn’t that much funny to share and the game kinda took charge for ONCE… and we just enjoyed the damn game… mostly drama and Bayonne wise cracks… kept to a minimal level!!! Don’t worry I think Wednesday’s game is gonna have some topics of conversation… more so with my blast from the past coming out!!!

The Best. Ever. Period.

I STILL LIVE, I SWEAR!

The end of the college semester is always tough.  Especially the closer one gets to finally graduating (one semester left – if I’m lucky/good, I graduate exactly 10 years after getting the hell out of high school.  Sad, but fitting).

So sorry I haven’t posted much lately, but with a straight month ’til school starts up again (and about two months before it gets insane again), I’ll be back on a regular basis for awhile again.  Thanks so much for sticking with us.  And thanks to Scott for not letting the site fall into total abandoned disrepair.

I have only been paying slight attention to what’s been going on in the world of hockey.  Martin Brodeur broke another record, this one more meaningless than other recent ones (Games played?  Games started? Something like that.)  Zach Parise may very well never score a goal again.  Travis and Zach have split up, are seeing other people, but everyone knows they’ll be back together soon enough.

The BIG news, though…is that officially, at the end of play last night, the Devils were in first place.

First place in the Atlantic?  Well, yeah, but think bigger.

First place in the Eastern conference?  Keep going.  How about something like…

FIRST PLACE IN THE ENTIRE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE.

Yeah, this team is damn friggin’ good.

So tonight, the Devils look to extend that lead in the league against the perennial-doormats-turned-surprisingly-5th-place-in-the-East Atlanta Thrashers.  The last time the two teams played, I believe we were all in moderate freak-out mode, as the Thrashers thrashed (sorry, hack move, I know) the Devils at the Rock, the third game of a three consecutive home loses to start the season.  Needless to say, I’m a little less freaked out now, as is the rest of the fanbase.  And if you’re nitpicking over bad plays or poor shot selection or the team’s inability to make us proud by kicking ass in the situation that is our namesake, then go back and read the bolded print earlier in this post.

I would be moderately stunned if Martin Brodeur starts tonight, after starting about a zillion consecutive games and then flying to Hotlanta for today’s game.  I think THE Yann Danis deserves the start.  Of course, trying to guess when Marty sits is probably ridiculous anyways.  Edit: And yeah, apparently Marty’s starting again tonight.  Please join myself and the rest of the Devils fanbase in a loud cry of “WTF, I thought this was an Olympic year?!”

But, even if La Grenouille (remember, thus is Yann Danis’ nickname, so says I) does start, Brodeur will be on the ice tonight.  The Senators announced this morning that Mike Brodeur will get his NHL debut start this evening against the Minnesota Wild, who are probably in their own manner of freak out this afternoon after THIS happened.

Note to the NHL: The Senators are really into sabotage.  First seven Sabres get food poisoning after eating at a steakhouse in Ottawa, and now this?  Thankfully the Devils have already gotten through one game up there alive.

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs. Sens, 12/18/2009

HAPPY [insert random gift giving holiday you believe in, just not that stupid Seinfeld "holiday"]TO YOU ALL!!!!
… T’was the last home game before Christmas and all through the Rock… Empty Seats were a-smiling, discounted seats went unfilled throughout….(ok I’m done with the bad poetry)….. though the way the Devils just KEEP WINNING now, it almost is kinda poetic… and some days, things just go your way…. well unless your poor cousin of a fake cousin Rob (he does need a better nickname), and you gotta deal with drunk phonies at work, but I guess when your a bouncer… retard customers are more better then an empty bar right? *smack*… can’t keep focus… it’s been too many home games this month… SORRIE!!!!!!!!

the Good:
– Man when luck smiles on you like this game did… the Salvador goal, mb30 with the gift turnover point blank on the empty net and it rolls off the stick… you just KNOW you’re winning in this one….it’s good to be good AND lucky some nights!!
– the 4th line was damn good again tonight…. and with players talking about players coming back soon… these guys need to add something and be useful in the 8-10 minutes they get a night… and they’re doing that… and getting lucky bounces… the POWER OF PELLEY compels the scoresheet… guess no PIST PELLEY for us!
– Brian Rolston is showing signs of jump (this is of course compared to Langenbrunner who I was skating better then in the practice rink after the game)… and another game with a goal…..OMG, you mean NJDevs is gonna need a new kicking toy???
– You know… if you don’t look at the score sheet, you’d almost not realize the massive scoring funk that Zach Parise is in (9 games without a goal)….how many teams in the league can win without their guy being the guy?? (FYI Zach had a great first period and two breakaways… he just needs to keep at it… he’ll be fine)… and speaking of this….12 different Devils had a point tonight… that’s how you get it done!
– Funny side note…. last 6 games lil Nicky been there he’s had to cover his ears for a IT’S POWER PLAY GOAL… FUCK YOU SAM ROSEN… the one game the parents leave him home… no power play goal…. see this is a lesson to all parents… bad language is good for 9 year olds :-)
– *sigh* I should mention mb30′s games played record right?? I know I bag on him and I will hate that mask until it is burnt to a crisp in our next game with the Minnesota Wild (now that’s squeezing a reference in!)…I’m kinda amazed the games played for a goalie is that low, When Gordie Howe has the other record at 1767 (no wonder MB plays so much…he wants that record too :p)…but to play 1031 games, you need to play 70 games a year for 15 years…. so damn that is a lotta hockey… I just wish he’d play 5-10 LESS games a year still…..then he could start chasing that Patrick Roy PLAYOFF record eh???
– and speaking of being taken for granted… I think 2man-nation has taken for granted that I do this after each home game.. y’all got quiet lately… if it wasn’t for this… you’d still have a pre-season preview on the front page kids :p

the Bad:
– Nic Bergfors… actually it’s kinda ironic, as Pierre McGuire was raving about him in the Buffalo/Toronto game (Center Ice replays FTW… speaking of… go you tube the goals Toskala let in this game if you wanna see comedically bad goaltending!)… so anyway, as PIERRE! was talking about Calder Candidates…he mentioned the top 2… 3rd he mentioned Bergfors… and he’s talking about how great he’s been in New Jersey…. go figure at the same time, Jacques cuts and snips his ice time and he was kinda iffy, 9:26 of ice, -1 and no shots on goal in his last two games….but he is a rookie and still what…. second… third in the rookie scoring… it’s all good, Jacques’ ain’t gonna pull a Sutter on this kid!
– Jamie Langenbrunner …. yeah he scored (but that was ALL ANDY :p)…he still sucks at the point (case in point his goal was scored down low).. he still looks kinda slow at times… and after he got called for that late penalty… the CAPTAIN OF THE TEAM CAN NOT HAVE A TEMPER TANTRUM ON ICE and take ANOTHER penalty (he’s lucky Alfredsson bit on it)… that’s NOT leadership and a sulking Captain is NOT an acceptable thing…. I know he’s only keeping the C warm for Parise… but still….gotta lead by example, the two guys before you would not have done that (and honestly Stevens would have killed him with the FIRST HIT :p)
– you know… random side note as I watch “NHL on the Fly”… can the NHL make ONE commerical that is not rip your eyes out annoying??? The Center Ice one makes my eyes bleed and I want to rip my spleen out for the shop.nhl.com one too… yeah really we really need to know that Cindy Crosby jerseys are for sale on nhl.com…. suck it NHL and get a real PR guy!!!

the Funny:
– Scott Mackie: So Arlette does Canadian national anthem in french…nice touch, and it sounded really awesome… however as the song goes on, she then sings “god keep our land” part …idiot down the row to our right then yells “YOU CAN HAVE IT!!!”… I turn and look, because frankly it’s disrespectful and it annoys me… I love our foreign hockey loving countries (and working on one that ain’t :p) so I’m ticked… and then I see the SAME IDIOT IS WEARING A BRODUER JERSEY…. I think I yelled out, “Hey retard you know the GUY ON YOUR JERSEY IS CANADIAN RIGHT”… not to mention I never got shitting on the anthem… when you PAY MONEY to see a hockey game 58% of the damn lead is from CANADIA!!! It just pisses me off :p
– now for those who don’t know Brian… you just sit back and accept the fact that Mister Paolercio eats like a pregnant woman on crack bitching and craving for both… and on occasion he eats gross shit in public (case in point he put WHIPPED CREAM on his pizza at my birthday party… ewww)…. so when I get this text message, shocked not I was…….
Brian Paolercio: I was dipping sour patch kids in mustard when Rolston scored. Let’s see if that helps again in the o-zone.
… all I can say back is one day he’s gonna knock up that fiancee of his and he’s gonna mock her food cravings and I don’t wanna be around to see that
– Jane sat with us tonight… this is a good thing, because when she sits with us and Colin White makes a good play I can tell WHITE POWER on the top of my lungs, cause she does too…. and having a black lady yell WHITE POWER with you… just makes it funny again… so take that and shove it in your perfectly made BEST SANDWICH EVER OLD LADY!!!!
– McAmmond gets called for hooking… lil Nicky looks around and goes….”But he’s not a hooker”…. he’s 9… it’s cute, accept this!!

the ANDY:
(yes we’re trying not to run this puppy into the ground, but JESUS… that pass was so good even Langs had to finish it off… it was damned near Parise-ian!)
– Doug Mecca: Andy Greene could stop a snowstorm if he wanted to
** Steve LaFlamme: Andy Greene isnt scared of the snow!
** Scott Mackie: Andy Greene can skate over snow and slush..with a STICK!!! (if you don’t know the reference go youtube the new PS3 commercials, they’re as amazing as the game system!)
** Steve LaFlamme: Who are you kidding, he touches the snow and it melts for him so he never HAS to skate over it
** Scott Mackie: So in essence andy skates on water ?
** Steve LaFlamme: In the Bible, Jesus turned water into wine. But then Andy Greene turned that wine into beer.
– Steve LaFlamme: Andy Greene and Mr. T walked into a bar. The bar was instantly destroyed, as that level of awesome cannot be contained in one building.
** Chris McCabe: MOHAWK GRENADE MOTHAFUCKAH!!!!!!!!

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Habs, 12/16/2009

Sometimes going to a hockey is a lot like going out on a blind date… the profile sounds good… your friends tell you all sorts of good things about her…. you get excited…. you get there… you open the door and you see some hideous beast with psychological issues… and oh look… she has a drinking problem too!!!! (and no this is not meant to fire shots at any people you think I may have dated in the last … oh… 6 months??)…. but man this game felt that way tonight…. two good teams… high flying… Gomez and Gionta (sorry your Lordship!)… and man this game SUCKED… but they won… the hockey cliche rulebook says… take your two points and move the Farooq on !!!!!!

the Good:
– I was commenting on this to Tammie today… and again I like this… and I know it’s weird and people SHOULD and WILL debate this one…. I like that this team can come out and play like COMPLETE ASS for a period or two, and then just get its groove and a pull a game like this out of its ass…it’s also means this team isn’t going to work itself to death to struggle and grind EVERY game and EVERY shift……as much as we love all that and wanna see it… it wipes you out and it could be why this team runs out of gas in the first round all the time (take this as a fuck you Sutter, you can’t coach in the NHL all you want!)… and maybe this team will have not only some gas in the tank… but an extra gear you NEED to crank it up in the playoffs… ya think???
– the 4th line… it’s been a mess most of the season… hell since the lockout! And they only had like 5-6 minutes tonight… but man they gave energy and the GOAL OF THE GAME… ok it was more THE PRICE WAS WRONG BITCH and he sat on it to kick it in… but still… they played well and who know Pikkachu would out-score Gomez right??? They worked hard and smart and got just reward and just to piss off good ol’Rob…ROD PELLEY GETS PIST… ROD PELLEY GETS ASSIST!! (it rhymes boy!)…. and if we can only get ONE GOAL TONIGHT….. Josh Burnett: PIKKACHU, I CHOOSE YOU! (good pic!)
– Elias and Rolston… they looked a little bit off and shaky early on, but you’re really starting to see the chemistry grow and get better and that game winning goal was just a thing of BEAUTY, TIMING and working together!

the Bad:
– Brett Russo… I say this every time… but holy shit do they need to wheel her out there to sing the national anthems??? Really?? it’s like she’s a bad plug to remind you that the goodness of the American Idol’s casting shows and that they ARE coming soon… but my God… she makes cats jump off buildings…. glass and steel shatter and when she hits a high note pro wrestlers go crazy and kill their families… really… MAKE IT STOP!!!! (in closing: Brett Russo is truly the Steve Cangelosi of national anthem singers….my god she botches like Jeff Hardy!!!!!)
– I love offense…. and damn I love creativity… but hot damn guys… really enough with the spin-a-roonie backhand no-look passes to each other… you guys missed like FIFTY of them tonight… and this team goes with its passing…. gotta connect there…
– the Power Play… another wasted 5 on 3…. short handed goal allowed,,,,,and 0 for 5… all just NOT GOOD
– Bryce Salvador… he fell alot tonight… and funny how when the guys behind us started yelling REMEMBER LYLE ODELEIN, and the current #24 starts playing like that Rotted Old Sea Slug with the horse-face… please no more Odelein revivals!!!!
– Jamie Langenbrunner… that shortie was ALL on him today, and again he just didn’t seem “with it” today….

The Funny:
– Poor Clutch…. he took a beating again tonight… my favorite one… Pete joking yells… HEY CLUTCH YOU SUCK… and some random girl in the Clarkson jersey jumps up and does the I HOPE YOU DIE!!!! Right in his general direction!! I chuckled hard at that!
– Hell the whole section was random… different strokes reference… and then a whole bunch of guys singing the old “What’s happening!!” theme (and man… not to go off the board here…but was there ever a compilation of fatter people on one show like that one??)…. it was just a bizarre night of random!! Good thing Rob and Anna moved over so we could focus on being just game-funny!!!
Hell it was so weird tonight me and her Lordship of Krang didn’t have our nightly spat where she chews me down and damns me as a Devils fan :p
– Andy Greene ices the puck… we’re all like.. ANDY!!! And then play stops, and the chicken dance song hits… see Andy is so ahead of his time he KNEW the song was coming and wanted to get pumped up by some RANGERS SUCK chants!!! Such a wise man that Andy <3
– Rob again commenting on our power play: "Asking Andy to do his and langenbrunners job. Is like asking Mackie to do Laflammes job as well as his own at once" (for those who don't know… Laflamme's gimmick is he's kinda employment "challenged")
my comment back: "Untrue I can sit at home all day and play video games AND work too!!" (though I get paid for it because I usually am virus scanning a PC while I do it!)

Hell I worked HARD to get that much into this… I'm kinda done right now, more to come Friday Night… oh … it's Ottawa… time to dig up filler material AGAIN :p

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Flyers Dec 12, 2009

…. so anyone still annoyed about the egg laid in the Panthers game now??? :-)

Well here we are… a few mere hours from year 37 on the planet (thank you Jane yesterday for saying I was gonna turn 25!)… and what better way to kick off more birthday madness then a friendly visit from our dear brethren in Phily eh?? No one seems more appropriate for it… and don’t worry… if you didn’t see what happened in 209, you’ll see soon… it’s amazing how idiocy from drunk blondes full of deluded grandeur is still there to bother me eh?? Anyway…. I got a bar to get to, lets kick this bitch OUT!! (I’ve been doing that lately eh?)

the Good:
– Nic Bergfors!! That first goal he scored looks sicker and sicker each time I see it…. GOD DAMN lil fella, you’re a keeper! (not to mention he’s 2nd in the NHL rookie scoring race… can we PLEASE get a dah dat duh daaaaaaa… BERGFORS!!!! soon ??)
– Patrik Elias … GOAL NUMBER 300!!!! (and 301)… and no more fitting team for him to do it against, he smokes them like cheap cigars, without the unsightly burn marks and stinky smells!
– Brian Rolston… yeah I keep saying it… but he’s putting up points again… and I think we’d have signed up for 11g and 8a in 29 games for him, not to mention he gets 4 shots a night….
– the power play was 2 for 6 and GOOD again… so was the pk… mb30 did let in a softie (which ruined his little shutout thing, which I should take as some kinda birthday gift?? :p)
– I really kinda lost track of the game through all the other stuff that happened in the 2nd period (below), and didn’t have the top end eyes and note taking I usually have, but it was one of those nights it was hard to find someone on ice who sucked either!
the Bad:
– I’m really trying to think of a downer about this game (well beside the incident below)… the only thing I can come up with was the mb30 goal and it was BAD… it was Staal-esque actually…… the rest of the game was damn near perfect… they clamped down on a bad team and slowly executed them!!!
– Though thinking about it… have you ever seen a team change coaches like the Flyers did and get WORSE??
– Seems there was an incident across in the 230′s area… was funny to see security HUSTLE through the concourse was damn funny though… and the amount of Orange and Black (that did leave early… TURNPIKE SOUTH, FTW!!) was wayyy too high but it is what it is!

the funny:
– well I kinda goofed and left out a Lord Krang gem or two from HER facebook on Friday… hey no one’s perfect (no matter how much I act like I am eh?)… so when I yelled at people and called out for more contributions from the facebook’ers (maybe I should move this to the 2ma FB?? Anyone??)…. I got this:
** Lord Krang: hey, i contributed, though the convo ended up in my status. i guess that’s not good enough, you attention whore :)
** Scott Mackie: Fuck me I forgot it :p
I went to sun after the game….oops :)
My bad your lordship!!!
…..speaking of: if you’re an attention whore and no one pays you any, does that make you just a whore?? Not naming names,
jus’askin…
– Damn even lil nicky’s running around throwing punches, we are good to go!!!! (he was wrestling dollar hot dog kid, and he was hammering him with CLUBBING FOREARMS OF DOOM… hell it was WWE-worthy!!)
– A bunch of the usual anti-Flyers chants going on…. some dumb kid in 108 decided to yell back DEVILS SUCK…. and boy they let him HAVE IT…. a “wheels on your house go round n round” chant followed by “get past puberty”…. and my favorite… “PRACTICE FOR ADULTHOOD NOW AND START MAKING OUT WITH YOUR SISTER!!”… there was more and it was harsh and not pleasant, but it did get overshadowed…..
– even ol’Clutch took a nice beatdown for not being in the arena for Friday Night’s game… YOU JUMPED when he yelled CLUTCH STOP SLEEPING and you know it!!!
– Line of the night by Pete too in the first period “YOU KNOW THE FLYERS SUCK WHEN I HAD MORE SHOTS IN THE BAR THEN YOU DID IN THE PERIOD!”

I’m gonna skip the Andy stuff tonight (sorry he was good and played half the game again, as always!)… but I do really want to address and give it the full time it deserves… because it hits so many things I HATE about live sporting events…..don’t get me wrong I love to drink in it’s normal context, but really… why spend the money on tickets AND travel if you’re going to be this stupid dumb fuck drunk that you don’t remember the game (or *AHEM* anything else that may happen that night *whistles*)… or anything else dumb you may do that night.. STAY HOME, it’s cheaper and you only shame yourself and the fans you represent… even when you’re wearing halloween colors…. anyway…..it’s the middle of the second period (the Zajac penalty to reference)… they blow the whistle and let the fans to their seat…. 3 warm and fuzzy Flyers fans who showed up as late as their team did wobble up the steps… they grunt and yell and cheer like they were winning or something… Pete yells something and Nicky yells FLYERS SUCK… I mean yeah whatever… he’s a kid… let it go… but nooooo… the dumb blonde drunk whore (and I KNOW A BIT ABOUT THAT TYPE)… goes back, SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU STUPID TWO YEAR OLD… man Nicky didn’t take it well… his mom took it WORSE (I don’t blame her)…if there wasn’t a row of people between then she’d have bit her head off….. screaming, cursing… and now of course, drunk whore’s BF (or guy she’s using for the ride, the tickets… maybe a blackberry…. could be a trip to AC too, not that I know the type at ALL eh) he decides he has to stick up for her… now it’s a TON of yelling and fuck you’s… and this and that… security takes FOREVER to get there… but they do get there… and people are sorted out… and Nicky’s still crying but now the 3 Phans get taken out as did his parents… the irony in all this… if the morons had gone up the right side of the section for their seats… none of this would happen…

Nicky was ok soon after, he got three chants in his name… ice cream and a hot dog that offically filled the lil fella… and the 4th goal kinda felt like it was in his honor!! You don’t fuck with the guy I tell ya (no I didn’t get involved…. this one was well in hand and to be honest I was kinda too shocked by the whole damn thing to react)

… alrighty… I get a little break here… no game till Wednesday!!! Time to go start enjoy getting older!!!!