One away from greatness?

It’s been a tough season for Mr. Martin Brodeur.

Taken out by a bum elbow, “MB30” had to take a back seat to witness his boys claw back from the pits of adversity and skate towards one of the NHL’s best records this season.

Yeah, Marty ain’t used to that.

We’re talking about a netminder who plays 8593 contests out of an 82 game season here. It surely could not have been easy.

Fast forward to March, where the three-time Cup winner is now one win away from shattering Patrick Rooooooooooooy’s record of 551 career wins.

Fancy.

It wasn’t easy, sure, but Marty’s almost there. He has his shot, Tuesday, against the surging Chicago Blackhawks. Cue dramatic orchestra music here.

…wait, what? The Hawks are good this year?

This really is a weird season.

Anyway, the stage is set and the leading roles have been assigned. Starring for the Devils, of course, Brodeur along with his comrades Zach Parise, Patrik Elias, and Jamie Langenbrunner. For the Hawks? Eh, who really cares. It’s Marty’s night, right?

Nine million years in this league, it’s his time to shine, his time to show us what he’s really made of, yadda yadda yadda.

…oh…no. I think all the Vezinas, 40-plus win seasons, and Stanley Cups already proved to us that Marty is the man.

So when Marty laces ’em up and settles in between the pipes on Tuesday, forget about the numbers and records. We don’t need 552 wins to tell us something we don’t already know.

#30 already is the best.

Weighing In on Mottau & Nielsen

By now I’m sure we’ve all seen it — Mike Mottau broke Franz Nielsen. In the face. For those of you who missed Mike Mottau learn to fly, here’s your chance to catch up: (Watch the whole video, there are numerous slow-mo captures of the hit from various angles.)

*****

Brutal.

Well, maybe not so much. First, allow me to offer this bit of shocking news: I am a Devils fan. Go ahead, take it all in. However, when it comes to the seemingly endless amount of head-shots around the NHL, I try to offer the most unbiased stance that I possibly can. With that being said, here’s my breakdown of the two-game suspension Mike Mottau received from the league. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

== WAS THE HIT DIRTY? ==

No.

At first it appears that Mottau came across ice — Scott Stevens-esque — and went Chris Simon all over Franz Nielsen. Then the slow-mo replays and alternate angles come into play. If you really analyze the play, Mike Mottau found himself out of position. (I know, what a surprise.) In an attempt to cover his tracks, he came across the ice at the streaking Nielsen and attempted to lower the boom — one that I felt all the way up in section 232.

There is a split second right before Mottau makes contact with Nielsen that Franz realizes he is in trouble and tries to dodge the hit by angling his body back and to the side. By doing so, he actually caused more of a problem for himself. If Nielsen had braced and took the hit rather than trying to avoid it, Mottau’s elbow would have made contact with Nielsen’s shoulder and not the side of the head. It looks as though Mottau, in a reaction to Nielsen’s quick movement, over-corrected himself and came up way too high, thus causing the blow to the head. Intentional? Absolutely not.

== THE INSTIGATOR RULE NEEDS TO GO ==

As if the wuss-ification of the NHL hasn’t run rampant enough, it’s becoming almost impossible to stand up for a teammate nowadays. Trent Hunter did what is expected of a tough-guy after your teammate gets knocked into the ninth dimension — go right after the guy who hit him. It was clear that Nielsen was injured and Hunter took things into his own hands. It’s something I’m sure Mottau expected to deal with as soon as he laid the hit, and to his credit he manned up and even took down Hunter as well. I’m glad Hunter stepped up as too often you see guys shy away in fear of facing disciplinary action themselves.

== THOUGHTS ON THE SUSPENSION ==

At first I was relieved to hear it was only two games. But after watching the replay over and over and taking in all the different camera angles, I began to feel maybe a fine would have done just as well.

In the same sense, I understand why the league handed down the suspension. The amount of head-shots has been staggering in the past two or three years and if this is their way of sending a message to players league-wide, then I’m okay with Mottau being used as an example. At least they didn’t spin that big wheel-o-discipline they have in Toronto and hand out a ten-gamer.

== ALL-IN-ALL ==

Given the nature of Mike Mottau’s game and his character on and off the ice, I fully believe the hit was not an intent to injure. Although Mottau did come up high on Nielsen, it was a result of read-and-react to an unexpected reaction…if that made any sense. Mottau will serve his suspension honorably and thankfully nothing else came of the incident — except Bill Guerin running his mouth last night. But we’ll forgive him.

From everyone here at 2ManAdvantage.com, we wish the Islanders the best of luck in the remainder of the season and a speedy recovery to Franz Nielsen.

Hey, if anything this has the potential to spice up a dead rivalry. 😉

As the elbow turns…

UPDATE: Can we just give a little shout out to the Newark Star Ledger for quoting us on its website today? Thanks guys, I’m glad our dramatics could be appreciated!

Okay, so let’s all take a breath here.

Yes, it is me, the one and only — coming out of hiding and making an appearance on my lovechild produced with absolutely no involvement of sexy-time activities.

Haven’t you heard, blogs are totally like that nowadays. It’s the Virgin 2MA!

Anyway, that’s neither here nor there.

We have a mess on our hands ladies and gents. Martin Brodeur, as you may recall — he’s that guy that usually plays in net for the Devils — well, he hurt his ‘bow.

(oh snap!)

He dun’ hurt it good, too. The record chaser is out for up to four months. Yes. Four months.

That sound you just heard? That would be the cries of Devils fans everywhere as they step one inch closer to the edge of the ledge, threatening to drop like delicate little flies into oblivion.

Oh, how poetic.

Hey, this is a fantastic time at 2MA. Not that we’re into capitalizing on Mr. Brodeur’s injury in any shape or form, but this totally gives us a chance to break out our arsenal of Kevin Weekes pictures.

Silver lining, how I love thee.

Let’s get fo’ realz for a minute though. Yes, this is a huge blow to an already decimated Devils lineup, but let’s get off that ledge for a minute and give this team a chance. Marty may be out for pretty much the majority of the season at this point, but Weekesie is a capable netminder, right?

RIGHT?! So maybe I need a teeny bit of reassurance myself.

Whatevs. This boys will make do. Can’t win ’em all. Every dog has its day. Et cetera, et cetera.

It’ll be okay.

…ah, who are we kidding. WE’RE SCREWED.

Excuse me, I need to run off and take my Prozac now. Things might get a little dicey otherwise.

Thoughts from Section 209….Devils/Thrashers, Nov. 1 2008

Well we have lots of stuff to get to here… let’s split this up:

the Good:
— we pounded on a shitty team… long and hard… and all over again… never have I been so exhausted from yelling… HEY… YOU SUCK like I did all second period!!
— Zach Parise… maybe stepping up from good… to elite level??
— defense was decent today (ok it’s only stopping #17, and Brookbank did bite the big one on the one goal…but when you’re up 6.. it’s ok! And he whipped some ass in a fight like 3 minutes later!)
— WE SCORED ON THE POWER PLAY… and they didn’t!!!!
— Kevin Weekes played stellar considering the situation and circumstances….
— Patrik Elias… welcome back to the score sheet (yes there is room for you on there too lil G!)
— Section 209… oh my God… between the bitch fight with drunk Kelly and the other madness tonight… (http://www.youtube.com/crashliner to see the beer bottle plink-o videos!), damn that was fun tonight!
— Zubrus was AWESOME tonight.. and it’s a disgrace people look at the stat sheet for the 3 stars of the game!

the Bad:
— AGAIN.. in a BLOWOUT game… 8:04 for Bergfors…. 8:10 for Vrana… PLAY THE GODDAMN KIDS MORE… even more so when your key players are OUT… it’s a BLOWOUT game… and you just saw Brodeur go down…there is NO NEED to shorten the bench up 6-0!!!!!!!!!
— as if Marty’s injury wasn’t bad enough… it was a TOTAL DISGRACE that our FRANCHISE PLAYER is being helped off the ice (and BTW.. going on his body language it’s a KNEE not an elbow people)…. THEY HAD THE IDIOT T-SHIRT GUY RUNNING AROUND AND TAKING T-SHIRTS OFF HIS FAT BODY AND THROWING THEM TO THE CROWD… and then to make it worse… IF YOU WERE A FAN JUMPING UP AND DOWN FOR A T-SHIRT… LEAVE THE BUILDING NOW… NEVER COME BACK… you are a flat out DISGRACE of a sports fan, FORGET HOCKEY and you never belong at a sporting event AGAIN… period!! (I am serious about this… this is a total disgrace on the team and the fans behalf… yes I bash him and want to play less because I KNOW we need him at his BEST in April, May and JUNE) and I’m going mild on this because they want me to keep my swearing down here… I hate you all who jumped up and I was screaming this at the game… HEY ASSHOLES YOUR FRANCHISE IS LIMPING OFF THE ICE AND YOU’RE PANDERING FOR A T-SHIRT!!! UNACCEPTABLE!!!!

Really not much else to say… good luck Weekes on Monday!!!