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 🙂

    Devils Vs. Sharks LIVECAP!

    5:41 PM: Stats:  Clarkson with two goals.  Parise, Rolston, and Gionta with two assists (Gionta with the first goal, as well).  Four game winning streak – including two in a row over the two best teams in hockey.  What a weekend.  That’s going to do it for me today.  Goodnight everyone!

    5:39 PM: Stars of the game:  Clarkson, Langenbrunner, Elias.

    5:38 PM: GAME OVER!  DEVILS WIN, 6-5!  Devils give the Sharks their first regulation loss when leading after two periods.  Good god what a game.  You coulda had this on national TV, NBC.  Bite me!

    5:36 PM: Empty net for the Sharks.  Also, Clarkson gets credit for the last goal, not Rolston.  Thirty seconds to go in the game, the penalty is over!

    5:35 PM: Minute and thirty to go in the game, a bit over thirty seconds to go in the power play, and the Sharks take a time out after Clemmer gloves down a shot.  Holy hell this is gonna be one hell of an ending.  Have I mentioned that NBC totally BLEW IT?!

    5:34 PM: This. game. is. NUTS.

    5:33 PM: Oduya gets called for…something…on Setoguchi.  Sharks to the PP.  Meep.

    5:31 PM: ROLSTON!  GOOD GOD, every time he scores on a shot like that, the money we’re paying him becomes more and more worth it.  BIG blast from the top beats Nabakov, screened by Clarkson.  6-5 Devils and three minutes left in regulation.

    5:30 PM: Parise has done ust about everything offensively save for score a goal.  I’d wager he’s at seven or eight shots and some great passes.  Only a matter of time, I think.

    5:29 PM: Clemmensen is NOT having a good game.  Gets mixed around behind the net trying to play the puck.  Joe Thorton gets whistled for a cross-check, though, so…opportunity is there now.  Let’s get the lead kids.

    5:25 PM: Thorton pulls a Lyle Odelin and passes to the goalie.  Haha.  Probably not as intentionally as Odelin, but still.

    5:24 PM: Less than eight minutes to go in the third.

    5:21 PM: Gio with a rocket of a shot that bounces off the post, and the PP is over.  That…was not so good.

    5:20 PM: Oh for christ sake.  Pavelski picks it up on a turnover in the neutral zone and beats Clemmensen with a backhand, and we’re tied again on a shorthanded goal.  Dammit.

    5:19 PM: Joslin dumps a puck over the glass – that’d be a delay of game, and the Devils get themselves another PP.  Let’s try and extend the lead a little, yes?

    5:16 PM: Parise and Zajac with the assists on the Cap’n’s goal.

    5:14 PM: YES!  Parise with a drive, big rebound to Captainbrunner who jams it home!  5-4 Devils with the lead, 12 minutes to play in the game!

    5:13 PM: Not a great start to the power play, as Johnny O can’t hold it at the point.

    5:11 PM: And there’s our make-up call for the bad penalty against Colin White at the end of the second – at least I assume so anyway, because Mike Rupp drew it.  I’d like to see a replay, but MSG+ would like me to see that guy who talks about how great the local teams are instead.

    5:10 PM: And that’s the end of the power play.  But we’re tied.  And that’s pretty awesome.

    5:09 PM: Devils still on the PP for another 35ish seconds.

    5:08 PM: WHOO!  THAT’S what the power play should look like!  Hard-working all around.  Parise hammers a shot in on Nabokov that’s stopped, Parise throws the rebound through the crease at Elias jams it home! Elias with the goal on the 2 Man Advantage, because Patty loves us.  Tie game!

    5:06 PM: Clarkson gets whomped into the boards, crumbling in a heap.  Ehrhoff gets the penalty, Devils get a 2 MAN ADVANTAGE for 30 seconds!

    5:05 PM: Devils are really buzzing on this power play – a handful of shots already and even more chances.  A minute and change to go.

    5:04 PM: Penalty to Thorton for a hook – a legit call, which means we’re still owed some makeups from previous bad calls dammit.  Regardless, it’s a power play.

    5:03 PM: Okay, penalty to Captainbrunner over, we’re back to full strength.

    5:01 PM: Third period on.  Devils still on the PK, and still down by a goal.  The Sharks have yet to lose in regulation when making it to the third in the lead.

    4:42 PM: Setoguchi scores on a nice pass from Thorton, and it’s 4-3 Sharks to end the second.  Devils will still be on the PK for the start of the third.  See y’all then.

    4:40 PM: Oh for eff’s sake.  Captainbrunner goes down with a trip and now it’s a five-on-three for San Jose for 1:17.  Dammit gang.

    4:39 PM: Mike Rupp with a shot on net, which surprised me because this is the first I’ve heard of Mike Rupp playing this afternoon.  Colin White takes an interference call and now it’s the Sharks on the PP.

    4:35 PM: And the inability to convert that opportunity may prove costly, as Cheechoo scores with a blast, re-directed by the stick of Andy Greene on defense.  Game’s tied at 3.  Sigh.

    4:34 PM: JEBUS!  Elias gets a one-on-one with Rob Blake, waits for Zubbie, Zubbie manages to get Nabakov to wind up way out of net, and then can’t get it to anyone in the slot – because no one would get to the slot.  Dammit.

    4:33 PM: Kerry “The Hair” Fraser says it was inconclusive, so the call on the ice stands, and it’s no goal.  Phew.

    4:31 PM: Pavelski gets ROBBED by Clemmensen.  They’re reviewing the play and it seems similar to the one that went against us in Anaheim.  Clemmensen’s pad is somewhat in the net and there’s no way to really tell where the puck is underneath.  Frankly, I think the puck, if in the net, was kicked regardless in the end.  Of course, as we all know, the one in Anaheim went against us, so…let’s just wait and see.

    4:28 PM: And that’d be the end of another Devils PP.  I think that’s 0-for-3 on the day now?  Not good, guys.  Not good.

    4:27 PM: Zajac’s back on the bench.  Thank you merciful god.

    4:26 PM: Ohhh man Parise with a glorious chance in front but can’t lift the rebound over Nabakov’s pad!

    4:25 PM: Devils head to the power play after a high sticking call against the Sharks.

    4:24 PM: So with Zajac still out, they’re mixing in centers to play with Captainbrunner and Parise, and right now it’s Holik.  Now THAT’S scary.

    4:20 PM: All penalties have expired, back to full strengh for everyone.

    4:19 PM: Johnny tried to dust off last year’s Orr-duya smooth skating rush all by himself, but this time he shoots probably too early and misses the net.  Oh well.

    4:18 PM: And now Rolston goes down for a slash.  Rollie’s picking very bad times to take very bad penalties.  Four-on-four for a minute and a half.

    4:17 PM: Clowe goes to the box for an unintentional trip, but a trip nonetheless.  Devils back to the PP, sans Zajac, who’s yet to return from the locker room.

    4:12 PM: Game sure has settled since the early parts of the first period.

    4:09 PM: Zajac just took a stick to the face by Bryce Salavdor.  Crap.  Zajac to the locker room.

    4:07 PM: And that’s the end of that one.  Not much going on, only one shot on Nabakov.

    4:04 PM: Michalek with a huge slash on Zajac’s stick, and we get our first PSE&G Power Plaaaaay! of the afternoon

    4:02 PM: We be back.

    3:43 PM: Aaaaand that’ll be the end of the first, Devils up 3-2.  Shots are 11-8 in the Sharks favor.  I’ll be back in seventeen, will you?

    3:40 PM: Salvador gets tangled up and tripped, no call though.  Can’t really tell if it should have been a penalty, but everyone at the arena thinks it was.  Devils have yet to go on the PP this afternoon.

    3:38 PM: Hey, what gives, we haven’t seen a goal in like five minutes.

    3:36 PM: Hey NBC, this is what you missed out on this afternoon, when you just HAD to air Rangers/Flyers.  HA!

    3:34 PM: What a wild game.  3-2 and we’re only 3/4s of the way through the first period.

    3:29 PM: CLARKSON! Devils with a breakout, two on two.  Bad pass but Clarkson grabs a hold of it, spins and whips a deceptively strong shot at the net that I don’t think Nabby even saw.  3-2 Devils, assists to Madden and Rolson.

    3:25 PM: At least I picked the right game to LiveCap this weekend, based on early returns, eh?

    3:24 PM: …where they thusly score.  Patrick Marleau tips one in for his 30th on the season, and the score’s tied at 2.

    3:23 PM: Aaaand Rollie celebrates with a hook, and the Sharks – who have scored a PP goal in 9 of 10 – head to the power play…

    3:22 PM: To quote Steve…”Rolston SHAT SCAARR!”  2-1 Devils, Rolston whips a quick wrister down low through Nabakov.  Madden and Gionta with assists.

    3:21 PM: Good looking crowd today.  I’d venture to guess that we may be looking at a sellout this afternoon!

    3:18 PM: We looked real good for like a minute there.

    3:15 PM: Hot damn.  Big drive by Rob Blake beats Clemmensen cleanly, and we’re tied at 1-1.

    3:13 PM: No Doc this afternoon, as he was in NYC calling the very amusing 5-2 Flyers victory over the Rangers – one featuring a four goal second period for Philly, the pulling of Lundy (again), and a five-on-three shorthanded goal by Mike Richards that made me laugh very loudly.

    3:12 PM: Nevermind, Canjo just answered that – Pepe was not listed as a starter, hence a little confusion at the start of the game.

    3:10 PM: Gionta from Patty and Zubbie, 30 seconds in.  Claude Lemieux took the opening faceoff against Patty, btw.  I wonder what kind of reaction he got when they announced his name at the arena pre-game.  Did he get the traditional “(insert player name here) SUCKS!” chant, or perhaps some cheers?

    3:09 PM: GIONTA!  I didn’t even have time to mention that the puck’s on ice and Gio sweeps on in off a pass from Elias and it’s already 1-0!

    3:08 PM: Apparently Paul Martin is also not playing today due to “upper body soreness,” Jay Leach is in.  Shanny was not a surprise, Martin really is…I wonder what happened there?

    3:07 PM: Shanny’s out for the Devils with general soreness after blocking four shots Friday night with his feet area.  Jay Pandolfo is back in tonight in his stead.  Go Super Jay!

    3:04 PM: On the Devils end, three straight wins.  Clemmensen has posted consecutive shutouts and hasn’t allowed a goal in seven straight periods, over 140 minutes.  Captainbrunner has nine goals in nine games, Elias has a six game assist streak going, and the team is coming off a 1-0 victory over the NHL-leading Bruins.  Yay!

    3:03 PM: So here’s the deal.  First, regarding the Sharks:  Yes, Pepe is playing.  He missed practice yesterday due to illness, but he’s over it.  Passed it on to Dan Boyle, though, who will miss the game with the flu.

    3:00 PM: So there’s about twenty other things I should be doing today, but none of them involve two of the best teams in hockey, so here I am, LiveCapping Devils/Sharks for all you loyal 2MA readers.  Let me know you’re out there!