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

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

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

    — Well that was quick!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    — sigh so much for feeling good eh….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    — wow this is ass….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ….picked a helluva night to be playing hockey eh???

    …. so as I was out re-proving myself to a bunch of hockey loving fools in Morristown…. I get the news of a little trade….

    ANSSI SALMELA IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    … errrr…. yeah…. right!!!

    Well I played good in goal at least 🙂

    (I know I know, I’m just putting it off now)

    and by now you ALL know the details anyway, so now the Devils have the most dynamic Russian born right handed shot winger this side of Ovechkin in the league… THIS IS GOOD….though to remind some people of the crap I heard today before hand…

    “Lou never makes this kinda trade….”
    You guys forget Doug Gilmour?? Maybe that Moginly guy rings a bell…. maybe trading for Richer and Lemieux don’t count either anymore?? The reason the Devils ain’t made this kinda trade in like…. a decade… they DIDN’T HAVE THE PROSPECTS TO DEAL (Even giving them Oduya, and in the NHL Bergfors… looks like that Parise/Bergie sandwich my friend was hoping on is gonna have to wait now…)… the cup board needed to be refilled before Lou could cook up a deal… pretty simple….

    “what about him walking at the end of the year??”
    Kovalchuk (and damn me I gotta add his name to the spell check now) said he wants to WIN… so lets let him do some WINNING here, and I am talking a serious playoff run … and maybe those contract demands shrink (or he signs a one-year cheapie deal like Hossa did in the Detroit to try at it again)

    “wow… we’re kinda good now… again… huh??”
    Umm… yeah!!! When you can roll out a top 6 of:
    Parise-Zajac-Langs
    Elias-Zubrus-Kovy
    and have Rolston and Clarkson on the 3rd line…. yeah that’s damn good…. and buckle in… looks like we may be riding his horse through May this year (for once)…. it’s gonna be fun tomorrow night ain’t it???

    NJ Devils Month in Review: January 2010

    Well that was a rough month wasn’t it??? Too many games in too short a time… and not enough good healthy bodies….But yet with the major OMG WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE panic fits in Devils fan Universe (we do have fans out there right??)…. I’m shocked the mass suicides haven’t started piling up…. Or do people ACTUALLY realize this team is still pretty safe when it comes to the playoffs (though I often wonder that missing the playoffs one year might actually be GOOD for this team and a re-focus on life)….until then it’s survival time until we get some Olympic Rest…. And I think I’d say “tired and overplayed” for about everyone… so I’ll just say it here and re-reference it later and remember even though the sky is falling, 7-7-1 is still a .500 month :p

    Forwards:
    #9 Zach Parise-A: (15 games: 8g, 7a = 15pts, +6)
    He got his goal scoring touch back and not soon enough!! Back to being a good steady, consistent point-getter on this team… hell at this point he and Travis is all we gots!!! It’s hard to complain about Zach or anything he’s done this year… so I won’t do it and all I will say again is… AAAAHHHHHHH!!! Elite player and PLAYING like one!!
    Grade: A+

    #15 Jamie Langenbrunner-C (15 games: 4g, 9a = 13pts, +1)
    We had been saying for over two months now how Jamie’s play has been spotty but he was still getting points and it covered a lot of holes and mistakes in his game… well the points (least the goals)… are starting to drop a little…. Maybe this whole “Captain America” thing (great nickname BTW) is wearing on him a little… I don’t know.. and ONE goal since January 2nd… that’s just awful….it’s not all him… it’s a collective WTF going on with this team and only 9 and 19 seem immune to it of late…..but he’s one of the guys who can elevate and fix this mess….
    Grade: B-

    #19 Travis Zajac (15 games, 7g, 9a = 16pts, +7)
    Again, like Parise… it’s been a two-man show on the Devils between those two guys… and to make it tougher on Travis… he’s THE ONLY GODDAMN CENTER WORTH A SPIT ON THIS ROSETR… so the pressure is even bigger… but night in and night out there’s no one more valuable on this team then Zajac (and people wanted to trade him two years ago.. nice…..) It’s funny how you can say TONS about the guys who suck but the dudes who got it going on… it’s quiet… well no one like good news… (which is why they get fascinated with my love life right??)… Invaluable player on this team!!!
    Grade: A+

    #12 Brian Rolston (15 games, 3g, 3a = 6pts, -1)
    Might as well have been put on the fucking IR with Elias… he’s pretty much worthless without him now… I was defending him earlier in the year based on getting shots on net and doing things… but man that’s gone… he’s a virtual zombie (minus the nifty Indy Pro Wrestling gimmick and costume)….I’m trying to think of anything good he adds to the team and I ain’t sure I got anything for ya… *sigh*… 3 more years…..
    Grade: F

    #18 Niclas Bergfors (14 games, 0g, 1a = 1point, -4)
    OH MY GOD!! One point in the WHOLE MONTH… I knew it was bad… but Jesus….He didn’t hit the wall he smashed into it at like 250 MPH, forgot his seatbelt and the airbag was defective…. Rough month for the kid and don’t wanna shoulder the blame on him when there’s stiffs like Rolston, tired legs like McAmmond and Niedermayer on the team, and I know he’s been messed with playing with the Pando’s, Pelley’s and other no-offense guys…. But man, gotta be better then that kid…a big reason the offense is drying up is the kid’s outta gas… hurry Olympics, hurry!!!
    Grade: D (it’s not all his fault though)

    #26 Patrik Elias-A (7 games, 2g, 3a = 5pts, +3)
    What a coincidence…. Elias gets hurt and the whole team goes to shit….without Patty in the lineup, teams just line up and defend Parise/Zajac and the team is cooked… I’m not gonna sit and piss and complain about the hit, it was clean, it was legal, it was HOCKEY, but damn it was DEVASTATING to this Devils team….if only he had lined up Rolston we’d be in a lot better shape now….hopefully he’s back soon, the team will benefit from it in so many ways…..
    Grade: B+

    #21 Rob Niedermayer (15 games, 1g, 3a = 4pts, -2)
    Getting 18 minutes a night, and this number is going UP as his performance level is going DOWN… what?? I know there’s not a lot here and I know he looks like Scott… but Jesus, the minute totals are going in reverse… he still does some little shifty things, but there is more “few and far between” moments on them… and frankly he just plays too damned much and could use a night or two off also… but it doesn’t seem like it’s gonna happen….especially with our “all-IR team” growing in numbers….he’s not been good, but he’s still being asked to do too much, and dammit all to hell, the idea of a checking line is DEAD in the NHL… even more so when 21 and 20 are on it, which means “offense is futile…..”
    Grade: C –

    #11 Dean McAmmond (15 games, 2g, 1a = 3pts, -1)
    Ah what a wonderful world it would be if we could rotate him and Nieds each game wouldn’t it??? This is really what these guys should be doing… but we ain’t got the bodies to make that happen (though sitting Pelley and playing these guys makes me PIST too)…the production is about what you expect, but when you think on average HALF THE GAME that Nieds or McAmmond is on the ice… that’s frightening…..
    Grade: C-

    #20 Jay Pandolfo (15 games, 1g, 1a = 2pts, -4)
    Ah, back to the old school bashing Pando days… but still…. Stiffer then a tragic Viagra accident in an old folk’s home… he’s WORTHLESS on the offensive side of the ice, the whole shut down thing is dead in the NHL… though he is a part of what is a good PK unit, so I guess saying he should be executed… but holy hell….those 15 minutes a night ain’t pretty ones…..
    Grade: D

    #10 Rod Pelley (10 games, 0g, 1a = 1 point, -2, 9 PIM)
    He’s been ok enough in his spot role… has actually grown into a one big hit a night guy and does some things too…probably should be getting a few of those minutes that are being sucked up by McAmmond and Nieds…missing a few games from injury hurt too but again… ain’t his fault, he is what he is… but his legs are younger and it would be nice to see him get a little more ice time… and NOT with Peters
    Grade: C+

    #28 Vladimir Zharkov (13 games, 0g, 1a = 1point, -3)
    I feel bad for this kid… he tries… he puts out a good effort.. his shot’s decent… just the damn thing NEVER goes in (or rolls across the goal line yelling SUCK IT!!).. and his play DID drop in his second month of being a regular player… some of that too is the lack of useful centers to play with, I think he’s just more snake-bit and trapped playing with players that don’t fit his skills more then his own failings here…..
    Grade: C (get a goal already though!!)

    #14 Patrick Davis (7 games, 1goal, -2)
    He’s been off to an OK start… seems to be more comfortable in the NHL in his last 4 games opposed to his first three…. But playing with Pando and Nieds ain’t gonna get no one Calder Trophy consideration….had a shifty little goal move to get his first NHL tally a week ago… and is showing drive and attack to the net and young legs are gonna look better then old legs at this point of the year…and he’s at least getting 12 minutes a game to do SOMETHING with…I’ve been almost pleased with him on the ice….
    Grade: B-

    #25 Andrew Peters (2 games, no points, Even, 9 PIMs)
    I know he only played two games, but him even being on the team is still a disgrace… though the tie the jersey down so hard that it rips was funny shit at least….still.. the man does nothing right, well except get punched in the face… I think we’d all like to try :p
    Grade: F

    #17 Ilkka Pikkarainen (6 games, no points, Even)
    Well he’s gone… and in case you missed it… we paid him fair tribute on his way out:
    “The Devils assigned right wing Ilkka Pikkarainen to CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League today. We here at two man spent hours upon end compiling FOR YOU, the special THREE DVD, Ilkka Pikachu, GLORY YEARS SET!! In this awe-inspiring DVD set, you will see hit LONE GOAL and botched suicide attempt by Carey Price (the knife bounced off his glove and into the net!)… and SO MANY OTHER 5-Star Classic Pikachu moments!!! For example… THAT HIT with THAT GUY… or his inspired smiles from Jacques Lemaire pep talks!!! Or MORE!!!! The Third Disc is FULLY DEVOTED to his LONE GOAL….EVERY camera angle is presented in this special package and at the end…we have an EXCLUSIVE Bullet-Time Matrix-Style rendition of that MAGICAL goal-scoring moment!!!! How else could such a LEGEND say good-bye to the NHL right????
    Grade: A (if for no other reason then to let me re-hash the Braden Walker bit :p)

    Defense:
    #6 Andy Greene (15 games, 0g, 1a = 1pt, +3, 24:27 TOI)
    The offense has dried up and the Lidstrom-like minutes are catching up to him (GET THE HELL BACK PAUL MARTIN…. Goddamit….)… the defense has still been pretty good, he makes heady and smart type places… gets the puck out of trouble… yeah he can be beat up and taken out physically (go ahead kids… have fun with that comment <3 ), but also possibly having to key all this time on defense is certainly hurting his offense…it’s not his fault really, he ain’t got much help…..
    Grade: A-

    #24 Bryce Salvador (14 games, 1g, 2a = 3pts, -2, 19:16 TOI)
    Not as obvious as an anchor to this team as Greene’s been… but just as important (if not more so because his job in road games is usually to go out there with Fraser and protect him during those bad matchups he can be faced with in road games)… maybe playing a few minutes too many… but WHO ISN’T?? There’s plenty of people to foot the blame for this month… this guy ain’t one of them…..
    Grade: B+

    #5 Colin White (15 games, 0g, 2a = 2pts, -2, 15 PIM, 20:08 TOI)
    Had a rough middle of the month… but he really is what he is at this point a very solid and steady 2nd pair defenseman who can bang, muck and clear the puck and on occasion make a nice pass or get a big shot on goal… and now he’s fighting again a little too… guess he finally mastered that famous “one-eyed kung-fu” style.. could be a little better, but the idiot penalties are more lost in 2000 then the fools idea of bringing Petr Suckora back to this team… and another guy who is in the “not his fault” category….
    Grade: B

    #27 Mike Mottau (15 games, 0g, 4a = 4pts, Even, 22:27 TOI)
    A new-found whipping boy of late… but again his issues are a symptom of the whole damn team right now…the mental tired factor on this team is HUGE, and it’s even worse then being physically tired… it makes you that one step slow that makes you miss that shot with one minute to go in the 3rd period…. It’s that one missed play reversing to a guy on the other team without turning to double check…. It’s that one stride slower that stops you from covering a breakaway… but yet oddly enough he improved from a -7 last month to even this month… sometimes stats are weird man… but there’s no clearer example on this team (well maybe the goalie) then Mottau… in more irony, the 4 points he had this month were also his best numbers of the season….but still the numbers and the minutes are piling up on him… and it’s shown with some MAJOR gaffes in key spots over time…and that odd mix of him and Colin White is just deadly fail against fast lines… still… and always will be…. He wasn’t all that good the last two months… but we got nothing else…..
    Grade: C-

    #29 Johnny Oduya (15 games, 1g, 2a = 3pts, +3, 21:11 TOI)
    Well at least his offense is picking up… a little.. it’s still not enough and if there is one guy on this team who should have enough in the tank to be able to better himself and help this team get through these struggles, it HAS to be Oduya now… Greene’s gone above and beyond… and no one else has the skill set to do it… his only REALLY bad game was the Toronto one and still seems out of place with Fraser.. I don’t want to say he’s been lost without Martin, because he wasn’t good this year WITH Martin… it’s been a tough year for Johnny, but I do really think and hope he’s starting to pick it up (if not he is a useful and tradable commodity at least)
    Grade: C+ (starting to turn the corner)

    #2 Mark Fraser (15 games, no points, -2, 19 PIM, 12:01 TOI)
    People have grown to like this guy because the coaches have been VERY careful to protect him and he hits people and fights as well, personally I like the guy too… but when he gets caught out there against the top talent… geesssshhhhh…. It might be a small part of the wear-down problem on the Devils defense… things get tight, his minutes get cut and the other 5 can’t handle it… I’m not blaming him, I’m not saying he’s being handled wrong… I’m just saying it’s an issue….like I said I liked the guy years ago when he came up and he will grow into a Colin White-type player (with two eyes mind you), I wish he had inspired more confidence in the coaching staff… the time is gonna come sooner or later though….
    Grade: B-

    Incompletes:
    ** #23 David Clarkson (DNP in January)
    ** #8 Dainius Zubrus (4 games, 1g, 3a = 4pts, +2)
    Just didn’t get enough games in to be rated, but God DAMN his 4 games back have been impressive (time with Zajac and Parise helps though)… next month we’ll get a better feel of what the king of the Zubbie-Counter brings to the table!
    ** #16 Nick Palmeri (6 games, 1 assist, Even)
    Has a good nose for the net and getting his shit dirty, and I love that kinda player, but still probably isn’t ready for the NHL (like most of our wealth of prospects), but still not enough of a body of work to rate him fairly
    ** #22 Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (4 games, no points, -1, 5 PIM)
    Again I like the kid, but didn’t see enough of him… he fights, and probably spent a lot of money on his “healthy scratch suit”… so they wanna make sure he gets VALUE out of it eh?

    Goalies:
    MB30 (7-7-1, 2.35gaa, 91.5%, 3 SO)
    Well you gotta say he was pretty damn good this month… but he’s certainly showing signs of running out of gas (LA game much ??)….it’s hard to rip on him now with this team sorta in shambles around him… but they can’t run this horse into the ground and expect him to get up again… maybe it’s the nature of my job and how I make my money at work… but PREVENTIVE maintenance is the key here… rest him BEFORE he gets tired and it’s too late! And hell he did get the first game off in Feburary… that’s a sign that maybe he is gonna be saved for what matters the most this time….
    Grade: A

    #35 Yann Danis (3 games played, 0-0-0, 0.87gaa, 96.3%)
    One goal allowed in 69 minutes of mop-up work… that’s not bad, and I guess in an odd way it’s a show of faith in Yann, that Lemaire will even pull mb30 to let him in the game at this point and has CERTAINLY earned more starts in the future… I just hope this kid stays around and we have our possible successor here……
    Grade: A

    Coaching:
    Well it’s easy to bag on Jacques…. “He’s playing guys too much”… “He’s fucking with the lines…”… he’s why we had so much snow in January… you name it and he got blamed for it… but to use a poker analogy, he was the big blind who got dealt a 2/9 off-suit hand and just said AW SHIT and is trying to play his way through it… the only thing he could do is maybe rest some vets, but the kids ain’t ready yet…. He’s not been perfect but I don’t think this is a total fail on the coaching staff… though playing 20 and 21 till they bleed isn’t helping ANYONE…..Jacques has a bad hand, but he raised off the flop which was kinda foolish too….
    Grade: C+

    Front Office:
    Lou’s in a weird spot too… we have this pack of 2-3 years away type players that will be good in the future.. just not yet… so he got some stop-gap players… who ran out of gas…. So what does he do?? I do think a trade is coming… or does he ride out the suck and know the team will be better down the road?? Awfully hard to throw away a season from a 37 year old HOF goalie (he’s done enough of that in the past though)… the next few days will be VERY key into what we think of Lou’s job this season…..
    Grade: C-

    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 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!!!

    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!!!!

    Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Canes, Dec 9, 2009

    STAND BACK!! There’s a Hurricane comin through!!! And much like said Hurricane in the WWE, this one’s beat-up.. worn down… injured often… and it don’t win too much… though it does get close enough to give you a legit scare now and then…. and with this being game 2 of a 4 in 6 stretch… and two more home games next week… holy shit I might run out of material!!!!

    the Good:
    — Another AWESOME first period… hell this game mirrored the Buffalo first period, except Carolina tried and gave an effort to get back into this one….
    — Each time we mentioned Andy in the game thread on my facebook status…. Andy would respond with a goal… the timing was beautifully hilarious 🙂
    — Colin White… damn he hit the shit out of people… and that one shift in the second period where he took down Ruutu (I think)… and then kept slamming him on to the ice… and then some other Carolina player came to take a run at Colin… and just BOUNCED OFF…it prompted me to just laugh out stupid loud because the whole thing was hilarious! Dare I even say it.. Colin played PIST!! (not to be confused with a FIST or MIST… or even pissed… this is more an I WANT ATTENTION AND I WANT IT NOW kinda angry… who knew Colin was a fake blonde attention whore?? (Salvador also had a nice physical game when he came back from the boarding incident…thank God… we need him!)
    — Rob Niedermayer had another shifty and smart game, and the damndest empty netter you may ever see….
    ditto this on McAmmond… he’s a faster John Madden with a bit more sense in the offensive end… pity he’s stuck with some major slug players on that 4th line….
    — Brian Rolston too… he’s been better and more a part of this team since his “heart palpitations” (a crack I made on the 2ma FB when Rolston missed a game)… but I think playing with that Elias guy helps too……

    the Bad:
    — Hey I am a big fan of low attendance turnouts… and you knew this was a who cares kinda game, but man that whole crowd was comatose tonight… it was like they made that drive with me back from Buffalo….
    — Jamie Langenbrunner… way to whiff on the open net… and it’s weird… he’s putting up numbers… but something seems WRONG in his game now… I can’t place it…maybe he’s just losing a step… this is not as bad as it could be since Bergfors (and Clarkson when healthy) have done well with Parise/Zajac and he’s not needed on the top line….
    — Once again a damn Sutter goes out and screws up a special Devils moment in this building… least this time it was actually his JOB too… and he didn’t run and hide in Calgary after either!
    — the Devils did kinda get a little too happy with themselves at 3-0, but least when the game got scary they got back to what they did…. and this team’s never gonna play “a full 60 minutes” most fans cry for (hell most teams DON’T AND CAN’T).. but they have enough moxie to get back into it and win them more often then not… and the right way too….
    — Mike Mottau was not good tonight… too much time in the box, and maybe all the excessive minutes are wearing on him…..

    the Funny:
    — a random conversation and a story on ESPN (God help me for even gazing at that channel on accident made me think of this)…but hey if Congress… yes CONGRESS… can sit and actually try to PASS A LAW that College Football needs a national championship playoffs (and we thought the steriod hunt was stupid)…. if our govt. wants to waste their time and our tax dollars…. ya think they can spend a few minutes and REMOVE the shootouts from the NHL game…. please?? really?? For my birthday on Sunday?? CMON!!! Or maybe make the NHL have compitent management?? Ah I dream…. I dream… least I’m not dreaming in Spanish :p
    — Poor Cam Ward… the crowd was so dead NO ONE yelled “AND I HOPE YOU DIEEEE” at Cam Ward when Pete would scream “HEY WARD YOU SUCK!!!”…. I guess he gets to live??? Though I did like Lil Nicky yelling “AND YOU’RE HURT!!!”
    ** Rob Tonnesen: what makes ward so special??? why does he get to live??? i guess somewhere clint malarchuck is smiling
    …..i always gotta go the extra mile
    ** Scott Mackie: You haven’t gone the extra mile till you make a brett hull reference in buffalo!
    — this was creepy:
    ** Rob Tonnesen: did zajac piss someone off?? why is he playing with pikachu (8:29pm)
    ** Scott Mackie: Zajac with pikkachu and pelley, who did travis make angry?? (8:29pm)
    ** Scott Mackie: Dude, that’s creepy!! (8:30pm)
    ** Rob Tonnesen: agreed as soon as i saw that i was like oh wtf

    …. still just WEIRD timing….
    — Lord Krang: I wanna see a Rod Pelley goal
    Me: buy the video game…
    Andrew:…and the player editor….

    — the Andy Greene worship!!
    ** Rob Tonnesen: i dont think im going to be having a running commentary anymore its been too weird lol…. stan fishler is interviewing andy and called him an all star
    ** Scott Mackie: There is no all-star game this year :p
    ** Doug Mecca: well hes an all star in my mind anyway
    ** Scott Mackie: They’re renaming the all-star team the all-andy team!
    ** Rob Tonnesen: is this before or after they rename the norris trophy the greene trophy
    — Scott Mackie: Andy Greene doesn’t need a hat trick to bne great, the hat trick needs Andy Greene for validation!
    ** Doug Mecca: that was my thinking, maybe they should just call it an andy greene ” player x gets his 1st goal then his 2nd AND GOIN FOR AN ANDY GREENE OHHHHH “

    Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Sens, Nov 25, 2009

    Welll… HI!! Dare I even say HEY YOU… or some witty crap like that… this schedule of too many home games and then not enough… it HAS to stop… it kills your writing flow… but hey I always have plenty to tell… something ALWAYS seems to happen in my in-game experiences that makes it worth while…. and hell I’ll write it so easy, even a South American can understand it! Another nice, take care of business feel good kinda win against the Senators and more to snap a 3-game losing streak!!!

    The Good:
    — Andrew Peters… REALLY… he was damn near Mike Peulso-ian tonight, he hit THE SHIT out of people and I loved it!! It’s funny we were watching him (and the team) in warmups… and man he looked more “emo” then my facebook status (though I still contend quoting song lyrics from a song DAMN NEAR AND DEAR TO ME is not emo… fuckbags!!!)… hell he looked like he had killed mb30’s baby or something last night (I know… I went there…)… but seriously… more games like that and he can stay!!!
    — Andy Greene!!! (of course I know)…. I was worried that my “man” (if you’re not on my facebook you don’t get the comment and shame on you)… and I was beginning to worry that Andy couldn’t score and we couldn’t win without me… and there he is… if we needed to beat a goalie to score… Andy made it happen… don’t worry Andy you will still get your section below <3 (yes I am really running with this sick creation of mine… deal with it!!!)
    — NO PENALTIES!!! Even better… NO TOO MANY MEN ON THE ICE….. yay!!!!!!!
    — Good to see Bergfors score again… and back out there with 9 and 19 again… he belongs there….
    — Hell even Elias-Rolston and Langs looked like they had something tonight… and as we put it to Jen most of the night…."He had a lot of almosts… hell he could lead the league in them" (Rolston).. I’ll even give it to the line of Clarkson, Halischuk and Sestito (SANTANNA!!!)… they looked pretty good too… and I liked seeing Halischuk using some “raise hell in front of the net” instincts… I think he’s finally getting comfortable in the NHL.. amazing what getting more then 3 shifts a night does (*coughSUTTERcough*)

    the Bad:
    — Whoever that non-Arlette announcer was… can she sing the National Anthems any SLOWER??? Christ it was 7:10 by the time she was done!!
    — You know I gotta bring it up… and you know this ain't gonna end with me…. so I see that if you don't have season tickets already and you pay in full by tomorrow you can get a SEASON TICKET IN THE ARENA AT HALF PRICE?? I know they wanna fill the fucking stadium and all (and let he/she who wants to call me for whining… pay for MY tickets then thanks!)… so those of us who scrambled, saved (or even paid in parts) over the summer… yeah we got some nifty stuff… but you know what… I'd MUCH rather have had my tickets at HALF PRICE, thanks much… I'm going to write the Devils a nice well written but to the point letter about this tomorrow… I'll probably post it here too so you guys can see… but really… did we as your LOYAL CUSTOMERS need this kick to the face??? Hopefully this is a plan and they will work this somehow in the future (like you know… letting those of us who pay in installments get in on this)… and you'd have MORE STH ANYWAY and not need to do this and shit on your fanbase who shows up every night anyway!
    *sigh* I'm getting really tired of being kicked by this team….I'd probably have just as good a time moving my shit down the block to Sun Tavern and enjoying the games at a fraction the cost…..
    — Travis Zajac… had a great breakaway chance…. right in front… and he "Cangeloisi's it"… no he doesn't trans-morph into Brendan Shanahan…. he misses short and wide… just like the lil fella!!

    the Funny:
    — (the comments on the life ending Andrew Peters hit)
    Scott Mackie "Wow, now we see why peters was so sad, he was about to committ murder on ice! What a hit!!"
    Josh Burnett "Dear NHL: Please suspend Andrew Peters for that hit. I don't care if it was clean. I'm just sick of Andrew Peters. Thanks."
    Tammie Hamilton "he's oppressed"
    Scott Mackie "Josh, thank you sir! That was an Andy Greene-level contribution sir!!"
    — So as the empty net goal was scored… we heard the best blown goal call ever (even worse then any mess that lil gnome fella makes)… the DEVILS GOAL… scored by number FIFTEEN… Jamieee… LANGENBRUNNER…. assisted by number 9…. Travis Zajac…. and number 19…. TRAVIS ZAJAC?? Really?? Only Andy can assist twice on the same goal!!!

    the ANDY GREENE worship:
    — And yes… when Andy did make that first assist… people did turn look and credit me… I almost teared up, I'm so proud he saved it all for ME!!!
    — Hell the Devils first goal PROVES… even an Andry Green dump in is a SCORING CHANCE!!
    — Josh Burnett: "ANDY GREENE IS SO AWESOME, PATRIK ELIAS NEEDS HIM TO SCORE GOALS!"
    — Scott Mackie "That's two from my honey!!! Go Greene!!! ? ?" (like I said.. the bit is being RUN WITH)
    Tammie Hamilton "? it, oh andy"
    — "Andy Greene didn't miss that pass… he was trying to make Elias skate faster!!"
    — Josh Burnett: "Wow, I just heard "Oh Andy" in my head to the tune of Oh Sherrie by Journey (Steve Perry?). Anyway, extraordinarily disturbing.
    Tammie Hamilton: "Oh Andy, Our Love Holds On, Holds On"

    Two more home games before I take this little freak show on the road… oh Buffalo I am coming… and I bring with me more Championships then your city of fail has not only seen but can dream of!! (then again, one would do that job too!!)

    Devils @ Stars LIVECAP!

    10:48 PM: Oh, the ZubbieCounterContest, of course.  A big congrats to Kristyn, who’s 27th Goal As A Devil “27 Dresses” Zubbie picture just edged out Kevin B.’s 26th Goal As A Devil Zubmission.  Kristyn, get a hold of us at zubbiecounter at gmail dot com and we’ll get your unidentified swag in the mail.  Congratulations!  Goodnight everyone.

    10:46 PM: Okay, I’m all kinds of frustrated right now.  The site doesn’t wanna load, the Devils won’t wanna win, I give up.  Stars win, 5-3.  First LiveCap of the season = total failure.  Maybe I’ll see about doing one next weekend.

    9:53 PM: Patty Elias has two assists on the night, playing primarily at center.  I have to admit, Zubbie’s probably not putting up any points in that role.

    9:52 PM: Third period on…let’s hope the website holds up!

    9:37 PM: Okay, there’s some issues with WordPress right now apparently.  The website won’t load on a regular basis.  The score is now 3-2 Stars, with Brian Rolston scoring on a slapshot on the power play about halfway through the period (Tyler Eckford picks up his first career NHL point with a secondary assist on the goal).  Second period is now over, and hopefully I’ll be back for a third period LiveCap, I hope.  If the website chooses to load properly.  If this little note even makes it to publication….

    9:11 PM: Apparently Nelson Muntz laughing means we’re going back to the penalty kill.  Travis Zajac is off for tripping.  Our penalty kill has not been stellar tonight.  Gulp.

    9:06 PM: Ott just pushed Andy Greene quite rudely.  YOU DON’T PUSH ANDY GREENE.  Andy Greene will remember Ott’s number, and one evening, when Ott least expects it…BAM!  He goes Greene.

    9:05 PM: Okay, as much as I like him, THE Yann Danis is just not making the stops Marty’s made so far this period.  He got three strong ones on one sequence there and fought ’em all off.  We’ve a chance in this yet.

    9:01 PM: Good stop by Marty (uhh, our Marty, not their’s) to start off his relief appearance.

    9:00 PM: Game back on, and interestingly, Martin Brodeur is in net.  THE Yann Danis cannot be pleased.

    8:43 PM: Aaaaaand, period over.  I’m gonna go get a stiff drink.  Hopefully the second period proves better.

    8:42 PM: One minute left in the period.  Thank god.

    8:41 PM: Okay, I hope it wasn’t that important.  Power play, not successful.  Sigh.

    8:39 PM: Barch to the box for Dallas, Devils to the PP.  Is it safe to say it’s somewhat important that they score a goal on this power play?  I think it is.

    8:37 PM: …BANANA SHPEEL?  Really, Cirque du Soleil?  Really?

    8:34 PM: Dammit.  Robidas takes a feed and pops one behind Danis, 3-1 Stars on another power play goal.  I don’t want to write off this game already, but scoring four goals is not something this team is primed to do on a regular basis.

    8:33 PM: I would be enjoying this game a lot more if it were in high def.  Also, if we were doing as well in the last 14 minutes was we did in the first.

    8:31 PM: Tyler Eckford is not making a good first impression.  Penalty the other night, ‘nother penalty tonight.  Stars back to the power play, they scored on their first one.

    8:27 PM: Elias/Rolston/Langenbrunner is one of the lines.  You know our team is getting old when Patrik Elias is the spring chicken of the line.

    8:24 PM: I feel so bad for Matt Corrente.  It’s gotta be rough being a defenseman and playing forward in your first career game.  He’s wearing number 32, by the way, which looks so weird on a Devils jersey these days.

    8:21 PM: Dammit.  I sat Riberio on my fantasy team, hoping we’d shut him down.  He scored, it’s 2-1 Stars, and I don’t even earn fantasy hockey points for it.  WEAK!

    8:20 PM: Clarkson goes to the box and feels shame, y’know.  Hooking and all, shameful business.  Devils go to the PK.

    8:17 PM: Ooof, BIG rebound off the pads of THE Yann Danis.  Zajac with some good backchecking to prevent an easy goal.  Clarkson about to get a penalty…eventually…if we ever touch the puck again…

    8:16 PM: Morrow’s out of the box, Devils power play only gets one shot on goal.

    8:15 PM: I am way out of LiveCapping shape.  Sorry.

    8:13 PM: Matt Corrente, the young defenseman, makes his NHL debut…as a forward on his first shift.  This is gonna be an interesting game.  Brendan Morrow takes a penalty and the Devils hit the power play.

    8:12 PM: Well it didn’t take long to give it back either.  Stephane Robidas with a sinking shot that was probably tipped, and it’s a 1-1 tie.

    8:10 PM: That didn’t take long at all.  Assist to Mottau, and possibly someone else too.

    8:09 PM: WHAT?!?!  BRIAN ROLSTON…ON A BREAKAWAY…WITH A GOAL?! 1-0 Devils!

    8:08 PM: The puck, she hits the ice in Dallas.  Game on, baby.

    8:05 PM: Anyone else sick of the Nissan Altima “Love Hurts” commercial yet?  (Side note:  Still not sick of the “The Most Interesting Man In The World” Dos Equis commercials.)

    8:02 PM: OH YEAH!  THE Yann Danis is in net tonight!  This could be fun!  La Grenouille!

    7:56 PM: So Zubbie’s out (I don’t know what this blog would do if we hadn’t found a second mascot in Andy Greene).  Pelley’s scratched (and not happy about it).  The Devils are dressing seven defensemen: Greene, White, Mottau, Salvador, Fraser, Eckford, and Corrente).

    7:46 PM: Why is it that every time I LiveCap, we’re on MSG+2×7/28-(-12)=?

    7:45 PM: Okay, so.  I know there’s some stuff I’ve been not doing.  Namely, naming a winner in the ZubbieCounterContest.  I’ll do that at the END of tonight’s game, in this very LiveCap.  That’s what’s called “enticement to stay with me and enjoy the LiveCap.”  (Okay, so you can read it whenever you want, but still.)

    7:43 PM: Ha!  I like how they showed a Rod Pelley hit when talking about the Olympics.  That’s as close as you’re ever getting, Roderick.

    7:41 PM: OMG2MALIVECAP!  Sorry it’s taken so long to make this happen, but I’m actually sitting in my room, on my computer, at the time of a Devils game, so why the hell not?  Put on a pot of coffee (light & sweet for me, thanks) and join me, will you?