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!!!)

    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 Mickey Mouse Club, 3/12/09!

    Well that was a fun little beat down last night wasn’t it?? kinda what the doctor ordered!! And anytime we can shit on Wayne Gretzky for 2+ hours and be RIGHT… it’s all good!!!

    the Good:
    — Zach Parise in 14 seconds… and it’s over?? Holy Shit even Todd lasted longer :p
    — all 4 lines scored, nice to see this team flex it’s depth!!
    — mb30 had to WORK some in the 3rd period (it was like Gretzky had bet the over and had to work to get the 6.5 over/under!)… but again the last game goal was annoying (Clemmy scared the shit out of me but his only reward this year seems the Jennings Trophy and as much as I HATE regular-season awards I wanna see mb30 go up there and have to thank Clemmy for being the reason we got this!)
    — Bryce Salvador… great all around game (seems to be liking like with Havelid) and he was ROBBED of the 3rd star last night!
    — oh the fights were 5-stars tonight… a LOUD and clear message… DO NOT FUCK WITH THE TIME HONORED TRADITION OF FIGHTING IN THE NHL!!!!!!!!!!!

    the Bad:
    — Brett Russo and our National Anthem… it’s like almost as bad as letting Wayne Gretzky be a hockey coach!!! (that team should be WAY better then 14th, admit it!)
    — not too much… taking it easy after scoring 2 goals on 3 shots and letting the Mouseketters get back in the game off a power play goal… mere annoyance!
    — umm… feel bad for the girl who brought the WE BELIEVE IN WEEKES sign… poor kid… never again :p
    — my laps have sped up to the point around the arena that the bored to death vendors think I am somehow cheating because I can walk a quarter mile in 3 minute 30??

    the Funny:
    — and was there!!! Changing the chant from PHOENIX SUCKS… to GRETZKY SUCKS (my little moment of fun and boy was it amusing!!!)
    — as per 209 tradition… Pete gets nice and sauced before each game and likes to heckle the other team’s goalie…. but he’s sauced so tough names like… AULD… becaome hard for him… so it’s usually… hey Scott… who’s the goalie??? he asks me tonight… and I’m like… fuck…. ummm… I don’t know!!!!!
    So he pauses for a second (this has never happened in my 2 seasons of going….)

    “HEY GOALIE YOU SUCK SO BAD EVEN SCOTT DOESN’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    (you knew it was a matter of time before I jumped into other things besides wanting to see $2000 a night shirt tossing douche boy die painfully!!!)

    I think called him Torchbag once too???
    — and of course… the old 99 heckling…. all osrts of goodness came out…
    mouse ears…..”Mickey Mouse song fests with angry Gretzky comments”
    “HEY GRETZKY YOU SUCK AND I HOPE YOU BET ON YOUR OWN TEAM!!!!”
    … and of course the 3rd period serenade of “It’s a small world after all”… that was nice!!

    man I hope that arrogant prick really hates coming to our building!!!! 🙂
    — and what’s scarier is with the NJDevs Bar Crawl and St. Patty’s day… oh … my… god is Tuesday gonna be a cluster fuck!!!!! (can’t wait!!)

    Thoughts From Section 209, Weekend of 2/28 and 3/1/2009!

    Ah I had to say something about this nice little weekend of hockey we had here (though I still contest whoever thought it was a neat idea to have back to back home matinee games on a Saturday and Sunday… he should be pistol-whipped to a near-death state… or be forced into a Weekes-like exile!!) … but when lack of sleep is all you got to bitch about…. it’s a hell of a weekend!!!

    The Good:
    — Me thinks Andy Greene had one HELL of a game on Sunday here (I’ve been talking about to the Greene-Machine to people I trust the hockey knowledge about…. and to be honest, people give Greene a lot of shit because he’s an average player on what looks like a VERY special team, and people don’t get it! Lyle Odelein…. HE was a bad Devil…. Ken Klee…. BAD DEVIL…. Kevin Dean… BAD DEVIL… Phil Housely… HORRID Devil…. Andy Greene… you’re ok buddy!!!!)
    — MB30… what can I say… he was FINALLY tested in the Flyers game and came up big, more so in the 3rd period… and boy did he shut up the Phailure Phans en MASSE, I did like the WHY SO QUIET chant too!)… I still would have felt better if Weekes had played on Saturday… i’m paranoid… deal with it!
    — 2 games and a 10-2 win margin… yeah we likey!!
    — Zach Parise… man the MVParise wagon is GROWING, and those Zajac and Langenbrunner guys are pretty good too!!
    — Power play and pk clicking… defense… offense… goaltending… this team seriously has it all! it’s scary to think how far this team CAN go this year…..hell even attendance is awesome (too many people in the place for MY liking :p)

    the Bad:
    — Cameron the shirt tossing pile of AIDS is not only still alive but it was tossing shirts on Saturday and I will not be happy until it dies savagely! (OH MY GOD I just found we pay it $2000 a game FOR THIS… fuck meeeeee)
    — There was an awful lot of players falling on that blue line all weekend… I’d almost swear they greased that bastard up for the game!

    the Funny:
    Some highlights from the weekend:
    — One of the 209ers decided to buy a ton of dollar hot dogs and share them with the section… and he did… and in mocking the 40-year old shirt tossing pedophile, he was tossing hot dogs across the section… which was awesome… until he hit an unsuspecting 8 year old in the face with one… ah screw it… it was hilarious!!!
    — “The Wheels on your house goes round n round…. round n round… round n round… the wheels on your house go round n round….all the daytime long!” Ahhh… it’s been a while!
    — Good God there was so much insanity and I’m kinda winded (and have a month in review to write on my snow day I’ll just say show up at Sun Tavern in Roselle Park on Tuesday Night and just JOIN IN!!!)

    Devils/Leafs… Thoughts from Section 209

    Well seems I’m the only one here who watched this fiasco…. so let me get to it…. but gotta save some stuff for the Month In Review coming soon to a website near you!

    But where to start on this one….

    — I have issues with Brent Sutter… but I’ll get to those probably Friday Night (depending on how nasty work gets to me)
    — Jamie Langenbrunner looks trapped in concrete on ice, and really should NOT have played… forget about having major ice time in the third period… don’t tell me about chasing points in October and WE LOST ANYWAY… let him get HEALTHY (not to mention it’s a dick move to call up Berfgors and let him sit in the XL-4000 Luxury Easy Chair once reserved for Kevin Dean, the all time king of healthy scratches)
    — we call up Halishuk and he looks good… plays with energy and keeps up on the Madden line… and he SITS in the 3rd period… oops…I’m Sutter foreshadowing…..
    — poor Gio… stuff that puck into Toskala a hundred times more would ya?? Thankfully the Zub-a-roonie saved the day
    — this team went into a shell at 2-0… then blew the lead… Clarkson with the best fight of his career wakes them up… they take the lead… and go into a shell… and blow it AGAIN, this team can’t sit on a lead in the THIRD PERIOD… STOP TRYING IN THE FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (go with what is WORKING)
    — Toronto worked their BALLS OFF, and frankly deserved to win this game… Ron Wilson.. you can coach my team any day sir!
    — ANDY GREENE… there is no stopping you my man!!! (he’s even made Mottau look better)
    — Marty, you looked tired and uninterested…. I know it will never happen… you want to light a fire on this team and send a message.. “Kevin… you’re up Saturday”… watch this team respond!
    — Power play.. AWFUL (why are the grinders on the outside and the play-makers like Elias and Parise standing in front… HELLO)… penalty killing… WORSE… geesh

    there was not alot to be happy about here… and for a team at 5-2-2, there’s a LOT to not be happy about…..

    more to come in the next few days!!!

    (oh good I can edit this :p)

    also:
    — Luke Schenn… sounds like a Mortal Kombat fighter!!
    — Faceoffs were AWFUL.. yeah the stats say 45%… but I think 90% of those were in the first period… if I use one more percentage I sound like the guy in the NHL Network commerical giving 110% 100% of the time…..

    Devils/Stars Thoughts from Section 209….

    Hey i noticed no one else wrote something up.. must still be coming back… I see an open rush.. I’m pinching in (which is scary since I’m like… a GOALIE… but I’ve scored goals before :p)….so with that in mind… time to share some good joy from tonight…..

    Things I noticed from this game:

    — THIS is the Stars team I’ve seen all year on Center Ice not the one that showed up in MSG, bad goals, awful plays… and glad to see we pounded a team playing like shit like VEAL (again each game this more and more feels like the Devils of old)… Dallas is one of 5 or 6 teams I watch often on CI, if for their awesome announcers more then anything….
    — Brendan Morrow lost his freaking mind in the 3rd period… and it’s only 3 weeks into the season
    — watching Avery run like a scalded dog from a stickless Clarkson (who then blocked a shot too) was a classic throwback to Wil E Coyote and the Road Runner on ice.. hilarity!!!

    — ANDY GREENE!!!!!! Told y’all last year was a fluke!!
    — Jesus Christ the Zub-a-roonie was something to see!!!
    — Marty, PLEASE save some of this for April and beyond!!!
    — ANOTHER Clarkson sighting… nice shot.. shame most NHL goalies stop it… but I’ll take it!!
    — ANDY GREENE!!!!!!!!!!!!
    — Salvador beating the piss out of the guy who ran Martin (even though Martin bounced off)… this video to be youtubed later!! cool.gif
    — Hard to pencil a Devil who looked BAD tonight

    — one thing I did NOT like… why in a 5-0 bombing are you NOT playing Vrana more… I don’t wanna hear about defense and lessons to a kid… THIS IS THE EXACT TYPE OF GAME TO GET HIM MORE ICE TIME, and he only gets 10:50… WTF !??!?!!?!?

    Comment away folks!!!