Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Leafs, 1/29/2009

Did anyone notice the Full Moon last night?? You should have…it set the tone for that game last night… weird shit was EVERYWHERE, 208/209 was a little too drunk and ran out of gas, and boy so have the Devils… the good news is they played Toronto and the Maple Leafs this year are simply known as “Chicken Soup for the Struggling Hockey Club’s Soul”… and on a FUCKING COLD night like last night, we all need a little Chicken Soup!!!

The Good:
— ZUBBIE!!!!!!!!!!! See why we didn’t pass the Zubbie Counter to anyone else (yes I’m looking at YOU Mike Jeckel!!), Jesus Christ that was his best game since that 5-point one vs Tampa MANY moons ago …..*sigh* I wish he could do that against non-lottery teams, but that could happen if he sticks with Parise and Zajac
— Zach Parise was hungry and attacking all over the place tonight… and DAMN he wanted that hat trick… it was like he realized he’s 12 goals behind Marleau and saw the awful Leafs as a chance to get back into it all at once!!!
— Patrick Davis!! He looks like he’s settling in
— I liked that Lemaire gave Bergfors a night off… he had totally hit the wall and needed a night to get his legs back… I think Niedermayer needs one or two of these two… and with Pelley back we can SPOT THE OLD FARTS ALSO!!!!

The Bad:
— Doc said it nicer then I would have… and I’ll give her credit for it:
** Deanna Tortorello Over “I’m pretty sure Doc just said this is Marty’s eleventy-second start.”
If Martin Brodeur is Canada’s No. 1 goalie in the Olympics next month, as everyone expects, the Devils will probably pay the price in March. Coach Jacques Lemaire said Friday he would have to rest Brodeur if the 37-year-old goalie plays a lot in Vancouver. “If he’s the man to go in all the way through the Olympics, I think we will have to give him some off time after,” Lemaire indicated. “Because that will be intense.”
So WHY THE HELL NOT START NOW??? Ever hear of PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE??? You don’t beat the horse until it fucking breaks!!! You rest the horse knowing it has a big practice tournament is coming in mid-Feburary… and the REAL EVENT comes in April… you have a VERY capable goalie, who will in theory be here AFTER MB30… PLAY HIM!!!!
— Speaking of bad decisions… it’s seems Lemaire has been a little Sutter-ized of late… starting Neids and Pando in overtime?? REALLY… the idea is to score goals, not let the group stiffer then an old folk’s home after a tragic Viagra accident out there!!!
Taking Zubbie off the Parise line (maybe thinking Zubrus needed to come back slow after missing you know.. most of the year and all)… but WAY too much of Nieds and Pando in the 3rd period too….PLAY THE KIDS please!! (nice to bitching they “only” got 8-10 minutes as opposed to the shift and a half under coach prune-face!)
— the defense… 2 goals in the last 5 minutes and COLTON ORR HAD A BREAKAWAY… let me say that again… COLTON ORR had a goddamn breakaway… I almost don’t blame mb30 for the goal he was probably stunned by it like I get when the random fat guy gets a take off and go breakaway amazed that no one can catch up to his rumblin and tumblin ass and stop him…..Mike Mottau was turning the puck over like it was out of style (but yet he was a +2, how??)… and like I was saying before the excessive ice time has guys playing over their head and it’s coming back to haunt them now… might be a good time to get Corrente, Eckord and Fraser some ice time up here and let some guys if not REST, then slow it down some…….

The Funny:
— ah, and where to begin… I think it’s become my new mission in life… I’m sick and tired of the douchey attitude from people in the lower sections where I’ve been going to watch warmups for FIFTEEN YEARS…. and until this year it’s NEVER been a big deal.. stand in a row, watch them warmup, get a feel for the team and LEAVE, your seats BLOW for a full game experience and I hate them… so fuck you I don’t want your seat…. but my God… EVERY game this year it’s attitude about their seats… don’t you have nachos to buy??? So I started standing in the aisle to not deal with it… and last night this rotten little midget who hates life (I swear he was Steve Cangelosi’s KILLER ACCOUNTANT, cause you know those little people hang out together)…. sends his mistake child in like a retard missile barreling and cutting through everyone and clips me in the knee (and I’m still aching from my hockey game last night, so I’m annoyed already), then his dad pushes through me and I snap… YOU KNOW AN EXCUSE ME ACTUALLY works….. he claims he said one, but then again those people in the emails from Nigeria claim I have 50 million sitting there for me….and then the lil accountant starts screaming and cursing at ME because I called him on his douche-ness, which pissed the guy behind me off cause now he’s dropping F bombs like he’s me on here :p….he tells me to go to my seat and I tell him loudly that I have EVERY right to be here cause I’m a season ticket holder and been doing this for FIFTEEN YEARS….and I ain’t going nowhere!!! The lil fella actually went to the usher and whined at her… and I told her … I ain’t going… and going I didn’t!!! Though on sheer principle I let EVERYONE in the area politely and with a smile leave the aisle and the section in front of me… ok on principle to further provel Cangeliosi and Goldberg’s #1 CPA that it was his idiocy that caused the whole thing…. fuck you one time a year person and I HOPE YOU DIE!!!
(talk about setting the tone eh??)
— Oh man was 209 a little extra drunk last night… and the full moon added to it I’d bet :p…. poor Pete… he’s got so drunk he got QUIET… that was a weird third period seeing him NOT yell and holler and pester Clutch all game… but hey he got Gustafsson AND Toskala’s names right…. good for him… he’s fucked on Sunday since the guy’s name is QUICK… he doesn’t do one syllable names well….gonna have to coach Dee on advising him since I’ll be here making food for the Royal Rumble!!
… the KILL chant was off all night too… first it was too fast, like an old record player on 44 instead of 33 (oh wait.. none of y’all know what a record IS… *sigh*)… then it got WAY TOO SLOW… in fact it was so slow it was at a Chris Benoit-level rhythm… what do I mean… a Kill so slow it takes all weekend to finish it off……
— …. going with the weird of last night…. when Parise (AAAAHHHHH) scored (and what a goal it was)… the dude behind me had a Stone Cold moment…. thumbs on the beer bottle… shakes them beer goes spewing EVERYWHERE… and yeah I got doused… but you know what… I thought about it… this shit washes off… he just wasted $16 on a beer bath… so he’s pissing more money away then I am…. so go him!!!!… and it set up a great line from mister Barry:
“Barry Meikle: Wow, he’s paying nearly as much per goal as the Rangers did on Gomez.” (since I did comment on it for the facebook thread)
— one last funny moment I got glimpse of….puck gets chipped out of play and pops some dude in the front row…. he’s wearing a Leafs jersey (sadly it was not our favorite accountant of DOOM)….and he’s wobbling… as he wobbles… I catch the number… he’s wearing a Gustafsson (whatever his name is) jersey…. I kinda sit and think…”shit that was the best save the big Swede made all night!”

…. So like I said… programming note… Scott’s gonna be HOME for Sunday’s game… so no thoughts about the Kings, well except for the fact that I fucking HATE the city of LA and I hope it dies!! But I do have a month in review to do soon… so Fret not … 2 man shall NOT go into a coma again this week…. and I’m open and willing to take suggestions on what you guys would like me to do to give Olympic Coverage??? Should we adopt a team??? (I say Sweden, no major Devils on the team, so we get rest and we let Lundqvst burn out his puffy padded self in the Olympics so the Rangers suck more, and the Devils get some NEEDED rest)….you guys read this crap… lemme know what ya want!!!!

Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Lez Habbies, 1/22/2009

Well that wasn’t pretty to watch but it was DAMN FUN to attend…. I gotta say the passion and noise of the Montreal fans that come down to see them play in Jersey… ever since we moved to Newark, these games have been AWESOME… yeah it brings out the worst in the drunken stupid… but that’s gonna happen anyway (I mean yelling Canada sucks… booing their national anthem?? CMON!!!! I’d say we’re better then that …. but most of us ain’t… you’d think the least you’d do is sing your OWN damn anthem *sigh*… but then again these are the same people that “lost” their Eli Manning jerseys and “Mark Sanchez jerseys fell off the truck and into their laps”…. I can rant for days about THIS… but it’s not the place for it….all I’ll say is I have a bunch of real good friends (some of them actually read this)… and I’d love to say good luck and be happy for them… but damned if I can do… and yeah it’s kinda because of the same idiot type fan that like to yell CANADA SUCKS while wearing an mb30 jersey… see I got back on topic :)… and I do have a lot of fun things to get to…..

the Good:
— Mark Fraser… again stood up and fought… and this one energized the building and the TEAM (damn shame he dinged up his hand in doing it… which is why he left the ice)…. but him turning and smacking D’Agostini in the face with the elbow pad was 100-stars awesome!! (it did lead to a nice crack of… oh yeah… you don’t need Laraque with a fighter like THAT on this team :p )
— Even though the game was over late into it.. the young guys kept going and played hard (a lot of teams will coast and not play in the last few minutes when the game is clearly over like this one was)… but the Devils and noticeably the kids: Zharkov, Bergfors and Palmeri of note kept playing and getting some good shots and chances… I kinda liked the feisty!
— Jamie Langenbrunner …. I bag on him alot… but damn… 8 shots and the nice breakout pass that fed Parise (who did have an epic move on the goal)… that was good stuff…..

the Bad:
— this is something that has been annoying the shit out of me all season long… it used to be, and it’s been this way ever since I started going to games back in 1992… you go down… you watch warmups… never a problem…. and it was all good… now this year, those people come to their seats and have bitch fits about their seats and being in them… it’s annoying… but really… I don’t want your fucking seat, these seats BLOW when the game starts… I just wanna watch the warmups… so settle down princess I’ll be outta here in 18:00!!
— This team looked TIRED again…. very tired, White and Mottau were sloppy, Rob Niedermayer looked disinterested (a rare thing on a Devils team ever)… I’d say Pando was tired and off… but his job and role have been useless since the lockout ended (the “shutdown forward” is more a dinosaur role then the hockey goon with lead in his skates and foil on his fists)
— … and not to mention… the absurdly long laundry list of guys on the injured list (and Paul Martin get the hell healthy!!) it’s really starting to show… the guys who had stepped up (Andy Greene for one)… now seem outta gas… and guys like Oduya just haven’t gotten it this year… it’s not good now…
— the PSE&G powerplay has failed the Devils much like the PSE&G technology has failed the building (and my fellow Jersey folk know the shit job they do on a day to day basis anyway…)
— Speaking of… now would be a wonderful time for Brian Rolston to step up and earn his contract instead of mooching off Patrik Elias when he’s healthy… trust me… I know a LOT about life-sucking mooches…. you were mister “oh Lemaire is the best thing for this team”… well get the fuck out there and DO IT, 1 shot and a -2 in 19:00 is NOT getting it done!

the Funny:
— So were watching warmups and me and Dee are trying to find Andy…and we can’t! it takes a minute of checking the ice to see if we can find him… we look and look….Oh wait he’s next to Pandolfo… That explains it, the light of Andy is drowned out by the darkness known as jay pandolfo! (seems fitting the way Pando is playing… and thank God Andy’s on D and they can keep him as far from the Pando-black hole as possible!)
** Steve LaFlamme Andry Greene=JEsus Jay Pandolfo=Satan
** Scott Mackie HAIL SATAN!!!
— I didn’t know how to react to the three really… and I mean REALLY… two fingered and 4 sandwich kinda FAT dudes who sat in 208… wearing BRUINS jerseys… I mean really… yeah you wanna be random douchebag on the road I get it…. but there’s a small level of respect and yeah I’ve worn Devils jerseys to random LA and Dallas games in their arena (but LA fans are idiot scum anyway and the hell with them… and I saw 20 games in Dallas with my time and relationships there I was almost part of the section)… ya just don’t do it!!! You wouldn’t wear a Devils jersey to a Ranger/Flyer or Islander game would ya?? Well maybe you would, and then you suck too!!
— All that aside we were doomed from second one of this game:
“HEY PRICE… YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!!”
“Hey dummy, Price ain’t playing???”
“He’s NOT… well….. he STILL SUCKS… um Scott… who’s the goalie???”
(poor Pete he can’t remember single-syllable goalie names)
— the Gomez/Gionta reaction (and we’re gonna have more on this) was pretty hilarious… for the wrestling fans they’ll get this one… Scott Gomez was clearly John Cena… when Cena punches the fans boo (somehow it became cool to hate Cena and the idiots all jumped on like sheep trying to be cool with the rest of the idiot mob)… so Gomez gets the puck and it’s BOOOOOO…. he passes to Gionta… and it was like when the guy would hit Cena back… and it was YAAAAYYY… so Gomez/Cena… BOOOOO…. Gionta/opponent… YYAAAYYYY.. all game long… it amused me muchly (hell it was more fun then the ENTIRE Hell in a Cell PPV there)
and one more Gio comment from Rob from TV at home: “side note gio looks like a child molestor with his goatee people above 5’5 should be the only ones allowed to grow facial hair”… thank God I’m 5’7” :p
— this made me smile so I added it:
** “Rob Tonnesen doc said the puck off the omiprescent stick of greene ? ”
— So there was a two-minute sequence when we all thought Gionta had scored that it was a softie (it was a sick deflection and it was too fast to see from my seats… and we were having so much fun with the Habs fans… you guys ROCKED in 209 last night handshakes and all from us…. so we missed a lot of things… but anyway… so we think Gionta scores… and we all turn and STARE at her Lordship since we ALL gotta see how she’s reacting to this… she kinda stares…. and waits…. off comes the BC Gionta jersey and chokeslammed to the floor… but WAIT… she’s a Gionta DEVILS jersey under it… she tries the “but it’s about the TEAM in front”…and the look back shows the FAIL of the comment…. off comes the jersey… CHOKESLAM ahoy!!! I wish we had a camera and could have iso-ed her all game along… that shit was hilarious, and worth the price of admission alone!!!!

I can’t complain too much about this game… it was FUN and that’s the fucking POINT right??? A good time was had and the injuries are catching up to this team… and it looks like we get Denis tonight for the Islanders game… hope you guys enjoyed it from wherever you sat!!

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 Habs, 12/16/2009

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Good News/Bad News

Good news:  I haven’t been too lazy to post lately, just too busy.  Bad news:  That doesn’t change much this week.

Good news:  The Devils attempt to tie the NHL record for consecutive road wins to start the season tonight in Philadelphia.  Bad news:  The game’s on Versus, so if you have DirecTV (like me), you’re boned (like me).

Good news:  The ZubbieCounterContest voting has officially come to a close!  Bad news:  I’m not gonna have an official winner post ready ’til tomorrow at the earliest.

Good news:  Andy Greene is still awesome, and still equals wins (14-1-0 when the Greene Monster is in the lineup!  Bonkers!)  Bad news:  Well, there is no bad news when it comes to Andy Greene.

Good news:  We may be sneaking in our first LiveCap of the season in the near future.  Bad news:  Probably not ’til Saturday.

In all seriousness, enjoy tonight’s game if you’re not on DirecTV.  If you are, I suggest calling and complaining to both DirecTV and Comcast/Versus while the game’s on.  That’s probably what I’ll be doing, between video edits and paper writing.

See Ya, Murph.

The Devils put Cory Murphy on waivers today.  I’m sure you’re heartbroken.

I’d like to take full credit for this move, as it comes the day after I go public on this very weblog with my formerly private belief that ANDY GREENE = WINS, but I think Murphy himself had something to do with it as well.

Like that Evander Kane goal in the Thrashers game Friday night, for example.  Yeah, that wasn’t one of Murph’s finer NHL moments.

So what’s this mean?  It means that Cory’s got himself a ticket to Lowell in 24 hours, unless some team in desperate need of a defenseman picks him up.  If he survives the waiver wire and hits Lowell, his contract is such that he wouldn’t have to pass through re-entry waivers to be called back up to the big club, so there’s hope for Murph yet.

The move does come as little shock, though, as Andy Greene has been playing redonkulous (yes, I went there) in the games that he’s been in.  And, of course, Andy Greene = Wins, as previously mentioned here (vote in our poll, by the way.  It’s Andy Greene = Wins related.)

The one sad part of this move?  The Devils went from two good Irish names to none in the course of less than three weeks.

Devils vs. Thrashers, 10/16/09…Thoughts from Section 209

Sorry about not doing this last night (but hey, so much other stuff to read on 2ma, right??)…. sometimes ya just wanna go out and let the awful game settle in and think about it…. 14 years of experience will do that to you and your writing… and sometimes ya gotta say fuck it and go out and grab a few beers (oh NO… bad language and now he’s endorsing drinking some alcohols, welcome to the Rated R Recap indeed…. I should pull an Edge and do a “Live Sex” gimmick too :p)…. and not like the Devils gave me a helluva lot to talk about right??

the Good:
— I thought Bryce Salvador had an excellent game and always seemed on the ice… and then I get home and see he played 14 minutes??? Hell I thought he had that in the first period…..
— Paul Martin (looked good with Salvador too)…. and more and more each game he’s jumping into the play… he’s doing things offensively… a +2 last night… and he’s the ONLY guy on the blue line who’s gonna be able to be that extra guy to make the difference on certain plays… he’s got the green light to GO and he’s been doing good with it!
— Again Jamie Langenbrunner makes a total HOLY SHIT pass to feed Parise for the goal, that actually woke the arena up for all of …. 3:49 (hey least the fail is taking longer to happen then the 82 seconds from last year…)
— the first period was simply a fantastic domination (but they didn’t score…. if there was more good to mention I’d have chopped this one on the editor’s floor, but I am working from a VERY limited canvas here)

the Bad:
— David Clarkson had a breakaway late in the first but was totally gassed on a long shift…. this turned out to be kinda important because a goal in the first period coulda been a back breaker the way the can of whoop ass was being enjoyed!
— Andrew Peters…. you can’t score, you don’t hit, you can’t skate and even YOUR FIGHTING SUCKS!!!! (I hate to say it… but the blonde was right… he should use his skate blade next time, it might be more interesting :p)
— the power play… WHAT?? Can’t score… WHAT???…. Gives up a game killing shortie….WHAT!!!!! Good Lord are special teams are killing us……
— ….. as much as the GOALTENDING is… Not only were 2 or 3 of those goals BAD last night… but a bad goal is something I am growing to get used to, but that shortie where he just kinda stood there like a Deer with Down’s Syndrome into the headlights… I’m really starting to think something is WRONG with mb30 (he wasn’t doing ANY of this in the pre-season and he’s giving up Andrew Raycroft level of bad goals now…. really it’s time to free the Denis!!)
— Ryan…. Alex (let’s see who gets the reference :p)….Cory…. Murphy whatever the hell your first name is… go away and go away NOW!!! WE WANT THE LEAN MEAN GREENE MACHINE DAMN YOU!!!!

the Funny:
(don’t worry there was some!!)
— There was some pre-game amusmements tonight still…..we’re sitting down there watching warmups… and one of the Devils does the nice guy thing and tosses a puck to some kids in the front row…. one of those lil fellas goes to grab the puck but misses it and takes it to the head (no I am NOT that cruel… this is not the funny part)…. the funny part is one of his little friends grabs the puck and goes running to mommy and daddy about the puck… they go… shouldn’t you give that back to the kid who took it to the face?? and like ANY good friend… he’s like … NAH!!! Now there’s a friend for ya…. point and laugh at a friends fail AND keep the trophy to remind him!!!
— 209 was as dead as the rest of the place… but damn a whole period of J-E-T-S… SUCK SUCK SUCK!! That’s the kinda stuff that gets ME through the night!!!
— I did spend way too much time being an asshole on facebook last night since I was oh so bored in the game….. don’t worry I had a moment of thinking about the kids and wasn’t gonna mention someone’s sick and twisted… for lack of a better term… Cangeliosi-gasm…. sometimes ya just… gotta… be… there!!!
— nice to know we can still yell… SHANAHAN…. 19… ZAJAC… fuck my life, when Zajac scores!! (thank you your Lordship!)
— Here just this 3rd period sequence on facebook deserves it’s own social commentary :p
Scott Mackie Wow, looked like mb30 was playing dodge ball on that one…..

Lord Krang that was actually a great shot… Cory Murphy got beat on that play. he’s your dog.

Deanna Tortorello Over I take nothing away from the shot. I just felt it would be a shame letting Chico’s fantastic color commentary go undocumented. 😉 “Just in case you were wondering, the name of that goal was the “toe-drag snapper.” I know this because Chico told me so.”

Scott Mackie Still, looked the goalie was down and praying on the play
Fucker :p

Lord Krang you sound like a grumpy old man. don’t worry, andy greene will EVENTUALLY play a home game and all will be good again. 🙂

Scott Mackie I AM A GRUMPY OLD MAN :p (I’m gonna regret saying this here…)
(then Parise scores….)
Its amazing how this team can look like soggy donkey balls but yet make one absurd play like that parise goal and it all changes!!!

Lord Krang WELL FIND YOUR INNER 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why don’t you take a seat?

It sucks to be a Devils fan if you have a fat ass.

…what, too blunt?

I apologize.

Let’s be frank here though. The round buns of many Devils fans far and wide (pun partially intended) are wedged between a Rock and a, well, plastic seat.

What the heck am I saying?

Oh, the seats are too cramped!

Or so says the organization and its fans, as Black ‘n Red has outright refused to pay $1.2-million to the Michigan-based seating company Irwin Seating.

Buggers filed a lawsuit against the Devils!

As reported by John Brennan over at NorthJersey.com, New Jersey ain’t payin’ ’cause Irwin Seating “failed to perform its obligations in accordance with the (January 2007) agreement.”

Ouch.

Common complaints across the Rock range from cramped, narrow seats to lack of cupholders (as previously promised, of course). The small seats make for very little arm and leg room between patrons. And forget about it if you’re a bit thicker — there ain’t much space for that derriere.

Some fans also argue the seats to be “too low,” making the sightlines a bit less than favorable. Granted, it won’t be as hard to spot Devils players next season with the departure of four-foot tall Brian Gionta, but STILL! Actually being able to see the game is always a plus, right?

So, what happens? Do we beg for Devils fans to enroll in Jenny Craig or should we unleash the wrath of a couple Newark thugs on Irwin Seating?

I kind of want to vote for the latter. If nothing else, it would at least be funny.

Oh, offseason.

I had a dream last night that the Devils won the Stanley Cup.

Rushing to the computer, in dream form of course, I logged onto 2MA to spill my heart out in sheer jubilation. My team won the Cup, finally.

Of course, my password wouldn’t work and the “publish entry” button mysteriously disappeared so I couldn’t even applaud my team’s brilliant seven-game effort against the Quebec Nordiques.

And then Martin Brodeur turned into Denzel Washington and the rodeo clowns all sang Killing Me Softly as the Puerto Rican Day parade carried on.

I love dreams.