Thoughts From Section 209…. Devils/Flyers, a home opener we shoulda left closed!

OMG!!!
OMG!!!
OMG!!!
I AM SO FREAKING OUT I WILL ACTUALLY SAY OH MY GOD!!!!
WE LOST THE HOME OPENER TO THE FLYERS… OH NO… babies are burning… dogs are getting humped by cats… the Cubs will win a World Series!!!!!!!

CALM THE FUCK DOWN PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!
It was ONE GAME… and it’s gonna hurt people to hear this (but hey that is what I do, right?)… the Flyers are a BETTER team then we are… the Penguins… are a better team then we are (least right now)

Tonight’s Lines:
Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner
Rolston-Zubrus-Bergfors
Pandolfo (lord knows why…)-NiederMOMMY-Clarkson
Peters-Pelley-Halischuk

Oduya-Martin
White-Mottau
Salvador-Murphy

The Good:
— Well hats off to Bill for organizing that pre-game Bar Crawl all over Ironbound…. stir-fried abortion pizza aside, it was a hundred stars and we all had a FANTASTIC TIME… well till we hit the Arena Bar and we all scattered… that die hard U of Michigan fan doing the play by play on the MSU game on the phone was truly one of the funniest things I ever saw (well aside of me turning THAT pizza box into a Hell In A Cell Type foreign object… Gina took more head shots from it then Pacino did in Scarface :p)
— Rolston on the power play to avenge that horrific 5 on 3 in the first period…. and Langenbrunner on the short handed goal…. shame I didn’t feel like celebrating the goals cause they felt wasted and I’d rather save that for Monday now….
— Good loud and READY crowd… shame they got NOTHING to cheer for… grrrrr
— 2 points for the Zubbie monster!! Since he is like the 2ma mascot… gotta cheer for that… also Nick Bergfors getting an assist was nice….

The Bad:
— Well.. the game… the GOALTENDING for damn sure… like I said… there are teams WAY better then us now… so that means YOU
… mister REPUTATION GOALIE… GET OFF YOUR ASS AND ELEVATE TO BE THAT BEST GOALIE IN THE WORLD YOU DELUDE YOURSELF INTO THINKING YOU ARE… instead we get a vinatge Nabakov impressinon and MB30 shits the bed so much that HHH is gonna smell the leftovers during the main event tomorrow night!!!
— Oduya/Martin and White/Mottau?? How many coaches are going to fail with this top 4?? I love ya Jacques and you are wise… this is NOT the way my friend…..
— So we fire Cameron the shirt tossing fuckface… and can’t find ANYONE ELSE to embarrass themselves in our arena?? So we bring the walking pile of AIDS BACK? Least now it fit the goaltending effort :p
— that 5 on 3 for two minutes in the first period was one of the harshest most painful moments of GAME OVER hockey I ever sat through in October…. I’ve seen worse in April…..
— Ryan Murphy… you are NOT Andy Greene sir.. give him his spot back!!!!
— Speaking of minuses … Johnny Oduya a -3? oi to the VEY indeed…..

the Funny:
— Well besides the bar crawl of course :).. anyone who’s been following my football commentary… I’ve been using this analogy to describe how I feel as a Cowboys fan seeing Terrell Owens being the Buffalo Bills’ problem this year:
“It’s like you walk down the street… you see someone… aw shit it’s your ex… she gets closer and the closer she gets the more you realize she put on like 50 ponds… and the more you see it.. the better you feel”….well lo and behold … I did walk past an ex coming down the escalator… and well fuck my life… SHE PUT ON LIKE 50 POUNDS…I have to admit I did chuckle!!!
— BREAKING NEWS, an usher to be unnamed has revealed to me that a certain mister steve cangeolsi has certain issues and does not like to be informed or reminded of his lack of height..yes people, cang has a napolean complex!!!!!!! I am set for life!!! (and anyone who knows me … and why, I’m gonna beat this horse into the tiny little ground the dude stands on!!!)
— damn I almost forgot this… and I am glad I facebook shit to keep it in mind… seeing Jamie get ID-ed in bar number three…. FOR A COKE… that was funny but sad all in one as well
— Lil Nicky, you are STILL a star… and that under the radar “cuckoo” message… hundred stars and the lil fella did get it all right again!

Alright I think I put enough into this tonight… and it’s Hell in a Cell tomorrow… and then Hell with Ranger fans… maybe the shit stink will be GONE by then…….

Weighing In on Mottau & Nielsen

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

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Brutal.

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

== WAS THE HIT DIRTY? ==

No.

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

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

== THE INSTIGATOR RULE NEEDS TO GO ==

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

== THOUGHTS ON THE SUSPENSION ==

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

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

== ALL-IN-ALL ==

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

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

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