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!!

    Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Panthers 1/20/2009

    January 20th already?? Holy Shit where does it go??? Well 2 and a half hours kinda slowed down today…. it wasn’t exciting… it wasn’t 96 shots on goal level epic…. but it was a win and a needed (with some spolied asshats Devils fans out who OMG WE LOST THREE IN A ROW were contemplating suicide… for Christ’s Sake… try being a Buffalo fan then whine about Panic… and Chan Gailey… ouch), but the Devils needed some rest and a willing opponent and they certainly got that in the Florida Panthers who looked like the Benoit Family Show on Ice tonight :p

    the Good:
    — Jacques Lemaire… he has the pulse of this team…. he knows they’re tired and it showed on the road trip, and this team needs a break, but the schedule isn’t giving them one… so he’s cutting back on the practices and even cancelled the morning skate:
    “Go back to bed,” Lemaire said…. “They looked different,” Lemaire explained. “What’s wrong? I don’t know. That’s the million dollar question, what’s going on. A lot of things are not going right. It’s how to fix it.” (from my point of view some time off was a good way to do it!!)
    — Nick Palmeri… he was in the good spots on the ice (gotta love a rookie who gives the goalie the ol’stinkface during the pp)… he was in the nasty areas (something the Devils need more of)… and he set up the Devils winning goal… he played good and I was happy to see him get his just rewards today (which is funny because if you remember WAY back in the rookie game I blasted him cause he just sucked with Tedenby)… but like that game this was only one game and he DID whiff on an empty net pp-rebound…. so no one’s perfect but a damn good debut!! (Patrick Davis was far more forgettable and served his purpose in making Rod Pelley be PIST… or perturbed if you have problems with me stealing the butchery of the Enlgish Language and making it good again :p).. and it was good to see Palmeri get rewarded with some first line ice time (and his in your fact style will make room for Zach and Zajac!)
    — Dean McAmmond… he had a nice game, but man that blocked shot and beat the clock empty net goal was again a thing of pretty and good to see hard work rewarded like that!!!
    — Colin White…. had a good smart game and two great knock em down hits in open ice… was good to see…. he covered alot of….ummm… gaffes (I’ll be generous)…..of Mike Mottau tonight, who was certainly gonna play his way out of the lineup this way…
    — Also… how could I miss on my Andy?? <3 … good smart solid game… and a wicked "how do you do" shot that went through everyone and Vokun was lucky to get a leg on!
    — the penalty kill…. barely had time to yell KILL KILL KILL…..not that anyone was paying attention anyway…..

    the Bad:
    — this game was kinda sleepy and lifeless at points… but hey you win ugly to get out of a funk (and the morbid douchebag side of me wanted to see more spoiled Devil-bitch-fan paranoia…. oh well)
    — the power play is STILL O fer Oh-Ten… that's not good… it came close, and I loved the puck possession and most of the pp time was in the Florida End… it's getting there and Palmeri getting his shit dirty was a good thing too…..
    — 27 games in a row for mb30?? Really??? I understand he played good and we go through this shit every year… but it's still an Olympic Year… and a night off Mentally…. it's a good thing now and then….
    — And yeah Vokun played well too… but one goal?? That's still not gonna cut it more often then not…. again it's a win and you take it… but there's gonna be a lotta ugly nights with Elias out (again)

    the Funny:
    — it was quite amusing to see after some big saves and nice play both way to see the only goal scored on the goalie was a simple faceoff dot blast that gets a stick and just squeezes by Vaokun… go figure!!
    — Well where to start tonight??
    The crowd was kinda dead and we were too… though Patrick Davis blowing a tire and damn near smashing into Pando was funny… there wasn't a lot tonight… (hell even poor Clutch was in hiding tonight!!) but we got two gems for ya:
    — Me and her LordShip went to the restaurant tonight to use my buy one get one coupon (was kinda nice to have something good given to me as a STH that wasn't demanded or bitched for by the people who buy tickets from me :p)… anyway… so for some reason the main area was "all reserved" (for a Panther game?? CMON)… so we got stuck in the bar area… by the kitchen… this was a good thing… there was a lil black woman yelling out some GEMS (I called her the kitchen Nazi, her job was to crack the whip and make all the cooks… well… cook and do their job)… and she let out some gems I tell ya!!
    ** "Yo these meatballs need a sista!!"
    ** "oh shit I needed a triplet"
    ** "Get this sista a finger and NOW!!!"
    (I do recommend the bar seats for this amusement alone!)
    — One thing that can't be left out was the standard badgering of Tasha (birthday tomorrow or not) and her Parise/Bergfors curse of not being able to see them score goals when she watches (and no assists don't count, i tried that rationalization… we know how well that works on women :-)… right?)… so we took turns trying to screen HER on the power play… the things we do for team and her sitting in the fetal position trying to cover her eyes… good stuff!! And it did lead to this semi-disgusting line:
    Tasha: I wanna be in the middle of a Parise/Bergfors sandwich
    Me: Well then ya might wanna start learning how to take faceoffs!!
    (not exactly the way she wants the cream filling from a twisted oreo cookie)

    …. well that was a nice easy way to shake off the hockey writing rust and get back to shit… back at it Friday Night!!!!

    Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Penguins: 12/30/2009

    Wow…. the last recap of 2009….(and sadly the end of the “REALLY??? …. in 2009???” comeback…. *sigh* we’ll miss you, but not the jean shorts that inspired them…..)….and what better way to end a decade, then a game like THIS??? Playoff crowd, semi-playoff atmosphere….playoff intensity on the ice… damn it gets ya excited for April doesn’t it??? And oh yeah.. ANOTHER SHUTOUT for those smug douche Pitt announcers to call right… ahhh it’s all good!!!!!

    the Good:
    — Before I start here (and yes this counts as good)… my friend Rob runs a charity hockey tournament in Woodbridge, NJ.. usually about every six months… and game 1 was today (my team won, and yes this is half the reason I am mentioning it)… and it is a good cause… so if you’re not doing anything tomorrow about 12:30… stop by… heckle… boo… cheer… just DONATE and do whatever the hell ya want… there’s a chance our little Winter Classic, may have some SNOW late in the 3rd Period http://www.fordscup.com/ has all the information…. come see me chase the all-time wins record (and try to lower the lowest GAA in the event’s history.. and pad my goalie scoring stats!)
    — NO ANDREW PETERS!!! Instead of skating laps he should be made to tie jerseys down until his hands bleed!!!!! At least he admitted his own idiocy tonight!!!
    — it’s funny, Jacques Lemaire bags on Nick Bergfors… and when he does, the fan base FREAKS OUT in fear that Lemaire is gonna “Brent Sutter” the kid… and well NO… there’s no exercise bikes involved, and Lemaire has the faith in his teachings to LET his rookies get REAL ICE TIME… and you know.. he like does that thing called COACHING and GETS THE MOST FROM HIS PLAYERS… and every time he bags on Bergofrs, the kid ANSWERS AND PERFORMS… so again, get off Jacques’ nuts… he shits more about hockey then you know in your little life!! (and 20 minutes of ice time, and he was awesome with Zajac and Parise)
    — mb30.. holy shit were you GOOD tonight…. as the game got going more… SO DID YOU… and I bag on you… but this one was most credit worthy (and so was the slash at Rupp’s ankles!!), I just hope this playoff-like effort shows up for a long playoff run, one more time… (please… I might even use your name again!)
    — ONE minor penalty taken and it was at the end of the game… that’s a good thing and discipline is HUGE when you play a team that can kill you on the pp like they can (I don’t care what their stats are I do NOT want to be the team that wakes them up and fixes them!)
    — Oh Roderick Pelley… how we have a love/hate with you (and ok it’s hilarious to bag on Rob who hates him because he has Sesitito-envy)…. I was going to comment on him tonight… but our Lordship of Krang NAILED this one… so I let her speak:
    Poor Pelley… i know he sucks, but he tries so hard and his heart is in the right place. AND he know how to dress himself! Zharky and Clarky have to go SOMEWHERE, and do you want Pelley and Pandolfo on the ice at the same time? hey, i say just enjoy the amusement from the line. Pelley gets a little more practice at center (and with some good players to support him), and it’s not like that’ll be a line for very long anyway! we may never see it again, in fact! (we kinda put this in the GOOD section so he doesn’t GET PIST at us and board us!)

    the Bad:
    — well I gotta say it… no matter how retarded good Brent Johnson was (and he WAS tonight)…. you HAVE to get more then one fluke goal past him in the game… that’s a kinda worrisome sight….
    — Patrik Elias… is he hurt??? He seems slow out there…. is something else wrong?? He DID get 17 minutes tonight… but no shots and he just looked slow and kinda dead out there… something to be worried about… Elias and Rolston are gonna be needed to take the scoring pressure off the top line when the big Silver Cup Tournament begins in April….
    — the power play stunk and ANOTHER 5 on 3 was wasted (you know the league knows your pp sucks when they put Cyndy Crosby in the damn box to put you up 5 on 3 and let the Golden Brat cry in the box for 2:00)
    — *sigh* Clarkson got hurt again dammit…..Devils right wing David Clarkson reinjured his fractured right leg in tonight’s 2-0 over Pittsburgh and did not accompany the team to Chicago for Thursday’s game, a source said. Instead, Clarkson is to have his leg examined again by team doctors Thursday in New Jersey. Tonight’s game was just his second game back after missing 13 contests with a fractured right fibula. He was injured initially when he blocked a shot by Boston’s Zdeno Chara on Nov. 27.

    the Funny:
    — Well I had a unique group with me tonight… her Lordship as she does for all Wednesday Games….. Returning again “cover your eyes so Bergfors and Parise can score” aka Tasha (and man it was fun to yell all game long… GO TO THE BATHROOM, we need a Bergfors goal… yes I know he scored tonight… but someone was stuck on the escalator and never saw the puck hit the net… hell I had the row behind her cheering for it :)… and my 3rd… one of the people who’s known me the longest…holy shit was there in 1995 when the old CRASHER Line took off…. yeup… ex-fiancee #2 (and to be honest each and every one of you over her a debt of gratitude for getting me the HELL away from the first one :p)… and again she deserves credit…for an opposing team fan she got NO SHIT from the section….I guess a little coach purse incident kinda squashed that…..but still it’s kinda odd to hear the Beyonce song “single girls”… when you’re sitting with a girl you DID put a ring on it with :p
    — Now for a little facebook, stream of conscious conversation……
    ** Me: Clarkaround sighting!!!
    ** Kristyn Holleran: how many times has the Clarkaround actually worked lol
    ** Me: How many goals does Clarkson have? Divide by two for toe-drags!
    ** Kristyn Holleran: i really dislike mike rupp
    ** Me: I like rupp, now that he’s in the other jersey!
    ** Chris McCabe: I like Rupp simply because he can score a hat trick against the Rangers….
    ** Kristyn Holleran: i’m just bitter than he was useless with us and is now 4th in the NHLfor shot % lol
    ** Me: Playing with 87 and 71 will do that :p
    ** Barry Meikle: Of course by useless you mean, scored the 2003 Cup winning goal. Good enough for me.
    ** Me: Dude if ya wanna be a one game wonder
    THAT was the game of choice!
    — and I’d be a fool to leave out Pete serenading Clutch to some creepy kinda love song (and even his voice failed him in the try), and not to mention the near-riot cause Pete stepped on a $900 coach-bag (allegedly)… one thing I learned this year… if you’re dumb and whipped enough to buy a girl THAT kinda stupid expensive gift… well then you better be all ready to pump yer fist and go all Guido Beach to defend that bag (really, you coulda had season tickets for THAT much)… but really… treat it like an autographed jersey of your favorite player… DON’T bring it to the hockey game… really, you’re just asking for some idiot to spill beer on it (and then you get stuck in the middle of the fight… and oi vey… whatta mess!!)

    Man it was a good, but scattered night… and one more time… CLOSE YOUR EYES TASHA WE NEED A GOAL!!! (some people are just NOT team players I tell ya :p)… fun times… fun times… Everyone have a GREAT and smart New Year!! Back at you with a month in Review probably on Saturday!!!!

    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 “

    Devils… Panthers (Game 4-10/10/2009)… thoughts from the Gas Light grill?

    I felt a little road trip in me… and doing all 82 games just ain’t gonna happen ever again in my life but I did want to practice a little for when I take my politically incorrect thoughts on the road for Buffalo… and friend wanted to go out… it all.. just… fell… into…. place… so after the fact from the Gas Light Grill in South Orange (thank you Mike Jeckel for intro’ing me to the joint)…. here we go!! But first… a much-advertised public statement… almost a “State of the Union” or at least “the State of the Devils From Section 209” (get yo popcorn ready!)

    It has come to our attention that …. certain people… over at NJDevs… Facebook… and of course… our flagship publisher…. two man advantage….complaints… emails… heck, golly gee even unhappy comments all over that place. Seems there are certain “standards and practices” people are supposed to hold up to when they recap hockey games with hearts on their sleeve….

    So in response to this, us here (ok… well just ME… no one else is posting :p)..have come to an agreement… during our pre-game and the “bad” comment… we will only use the words… “Ass”…. “Damn”… “Hell” (of course we’ll use hell… WE’RE THE FUCKING DEVILS… aw shit watch your godamn mouth Scott… holy shit… I forget how easy it is to fucking curse…. hey… knock it off!!… well fuck me!!!!) … and “bitch” (in reference to our goaltender or crazy Drunks pointed out by Lil Nicky!)…. we will NEVER however… use the words “shit… fuck…. god damn…. Jesus Christ (again… we’re the Devils… not the Arizona Cardinals… THEY love Jesus!).. faggit (then again I never used that… I’d just called shit *oops* as simply “gay”…

    As for the “Good” segment of our writeups…. no will we use racial or sexual slurs… though Kevin Weekes shall still be referred to as “our homeboy”… also in the reference of my clusterfuc…. ahhh… gotcha this time…. I will try to make less ex-GF references in my writing (why not since I have new victims to bag)….We also promise to make less jokes about recently dead celebrities (though Billy Mays STILL says YOU WILL SHUT YOUR BITCH WHORE MOUTH WHEN I’M RECAPPING!!!)

    During the ever-popular “funny” segments….since you can’t hold back funny… your ass is on your own!! Sorry about yo’damn luck!!!!

    Gotta love when WWE 24/7 puts something timely on that I can turn into my own hockey thing, right?? Anyway……WE GOT A WINNING STREAK!! Gimme a fuc…errr… whoops… GOLLY GEE YES THAT’S SUPER!!!!

    the Lines:
    Parise-Zajac-Langs, Pandolfo-Niedermommy-Rolston
    Halischuk-Zubrus-Bergfors, PL^3-Pelley-Clarkson

    Martin-Oduya, White-Mottau, Salvador-Greene (the offense machine!)

    the Good:
    — Travis Zajac… seriously… he’s on the cusp of going from “good” to STAR, and its been great to see! (17 shots….COMBINED for that line… that’s almost PG-13 language worthy!!)
    — Also liked seeing our little, Forsberg-spelled-sideways, Nic Bergfors getting some shots at the net tonight… damn I’d love more points from him (IS IT OK TO SAY DAMN, DAD??)
    — Rob Niedermommy… again the right place at the right time and the right way (you can say that about David Clarkson’s goal too… it’s those little things they do not they didn’t do under Captain Quitter)
    — Add some love for Clarkson too.. gets stuck in the abyss with Pelley and PL^3 and still finds ways to add to the team!!
    — A WIN IN REGULATION!!! Praise Jesus… after all it IS Sunday now :p
    — the shot total pro-Devils was simply awesome and it was good to see them overwhelm a lesser team that was beat down the night before so badly and not let them catch themselves…..
    — the Andy Greene love is even spilling over on to NJDevs… I am getting really close to being able to said I told you again, just like I did with Johnny Oduya… respect muh AUTHORITYYYY!!!!!

    the Bad:
    — the shot total while being pro-Devils and owning most of this game, this game in NO WAY should have only been 3-2
    — maybe I’m nitpicking and I expect the “best in the world” to always square to the puck, but the amount of net he left open on that second goal was just atrocious… and he only did make 19 saves… guess we’ll see when we travel to see the Ovenchicken eh?
    — Well the penalty killing failed again (least they got three out of four right)
    — and yeah Zajac’s been awesome… but man that gaffe with the gimme from Langs at point blank… that’s not cool…..
    — PL^3 didn’t hit ONE SINGLE PERSON… WTF??? That is of course… what the FUDGE mister…. take those dirty thoughts elsewhere bucko!!! He’s still better then Peters though

    the Funny:
    — how many phone books did Cangelosi need to actually sit at eye level with David Clarkson in that interview??? Also introducing more people to the term Five-head (for his overdone crainal region)… and simply calling him a tiny troll gnome… that was also gratifying!!
    — Seeing a really large woman (I admit I am no tiny fella but I am in the best shape I’ve been in maybe ever and still working to improve… while this woman’s thyroid excuse went out with the Regan years)… trying to sit in that one and a half chair… and the typical rude/doesn’t give a DARNED PEANUT about anyone else mister…. come over and squeeze her tiny self into the chair, making Orca-ette sit in one chair… damn it’s always funny when it ain’t you!
    — Almost starting a race riot as the one black yelled YEAH DEVILS as we left and his white friend using language a I DARE NOT REPEAT… or I will get a scolding mister (don’t worry I’ll curse again on Friday…. gotta show how DUMB the bit it until it bleeds first!) going back… HELLS NO ISLANDERS BABY!!! I just didn’t wanna be there when the guns came out!
    — and sorry girls… I seen it enough times… the “I’m gonna be really cute and pouty blonde” technique… I seen it WAY too many times in my life… it has ZERO effect on me (past, present or future women… be warned!)

    Thoughts from Section 209…. Devils/Rangers… weekend of sports hell…..

    So let’s see….Devils lose twice… the only athlete who looked more pathetic this weekend then mb30, was that dumbo-looking idiot quarterback of mine in Dallas… the Hell Cell PPV was an organized train wreck that looked like it was booked by the Cowboys coaching staff… and now captain douchebag Brett Favre is walking over the team he played more retirement games then Roger Clemens!!! Oh holy shit I am in a warm and peppy mood for THIS game tonight…. if you don’t like bad language… GET THE FUCK OUT NOW!

    The lines:
    Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner Rolston-Zubrus-Bergfors
    Pandolfo-Niedermommy-Clarkson Peters-Pelley-Pikkachu (the P’s are for PISS POOR PLAYERS)

    Martin-Oduya, White-Mottau, Salvador-Murphy

    the Good:
    — Bryce Salvador… he had an excellent game… smart plays… good D and some nasty shots….
    — Johnny Oduya you get a complete and total free pass for tonight simply for turning and making Chris Drury into hamburger after he did his best Flozell Adams impression damn near taking Paul Martin’s leg off his body… good sign number two in this is the simple fact that this team would NEVER do this last year under Mister Roboto!!
    — Danius Zubrus… he’s been flat out AWESOME so far and well he’s been… oh… we’re 0-2…. yeaahhhh, well dammit he’s still been good!!!
    — Also gotta say Robbie Niedermommy is warming up to me (maybe it’s the number 21)… but that shifty dive to draw a penalty to negate what seems like the one penalty we DID kill, that was A Plus little thing stuff there! FB Commentary: “Rob was just an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire.” ….. my reply: “But I was fed a bad scouting report on him for years by a big-mouth stars fan now living in LA!!”
    — Jacques Lemaire… he used his timeout wisely (TAKE THAT BRENT!)… he’s fooling with the lines… like I said before this team is a puzzle that has not been figured out (please play Zubrus with Rolston and Clarkson)… but I see difference in offensive plays… passes are a bit more creative… Martin and Oduya are up the ice….Oduya damn near scored on that shortie 2 on 1…. and I like the fact that we have a superior HOCKEY MIND behind the bench and a row of Hall of Famers in Support Structure!! This team will get figured out (and getting your all time leading scorer HELPS too), if these two losses were Montreal and Washington no one would be freaking!
    — That Zajac goal speaking of passing and creative plays… that shit was as pretty as it get!! And since we still have our little Napoleon the announcer… least even HE knows it’s ZAJAC… no more yelling Shanahan mister!!!!!

    the Bad:
    — ok so right as the first period ends… I get a call from my sister (I usually go there for dinner on Monday Nights and bonding time with my three nieces.. YES I AM GOOD WITH SMALL CHILDREN… deal with this :p )….so my sister ended up making me feel like the sweatiest, nastiest ballbag on the planet (not on purpose mind you)…. but my nieces take turns on the phone
    UNCLE SCOTT… where are you?? We miss you!! We love you!!! Why did you not come to dinner??
    I had a hockey game …. oh… you were playing goalie??? (they don’t understand the whole pro sports thing… my family is kinda sport retarded until I get them into the NHL)… so I told them I was and they told me another hundred times they love me and miss me (hey least it’s a female saying it and meaning it :p)…. and I basically felt like scum the rest of the game…. NEXT TIME I have Dana put the game on and tell them Uncle Scott is the puffy guy wearing #30 (right now I might be better….)
    — the power play… when you get a 5 on 3 and the other team gets called for ramming your goalie… YOU MUST SCORE A GOAL… period… no excuses.. I don’t wanna hear about players on ice or any of that shit… GET IT DONE!!
    — the penalty kill…. yes Oduya got douched when he MANNED UP and pounded Drury into soft veal, but still again YOUR TEAM MUST GET YOUR BACK THERE AND KILL THE PENALTY and not pull a “34 second Flaming TODD” (sorry only 3 people get that… it’s epic funny! One of them WAS on facebook though…. “Steve LaFlamme Todd lasted loner than that…”)… not to mention… two of the three goals were let up on the power play…
    — again when a team is struggling and trying to find itself (and this one IS do not doubt this)… the GOALIE HAS TO BE BETTER, the “best goalie in the world cause you can ask him and he’ll tell you”…. HAS TO BE ABOVE AVERAGE… hell average might be NICE now, though if this keeps up Team Canada is gonna laugh him off the roster, 2003 was a LONG LONG time ago… time to start playing to the level you THINK you’re at… ASSHOLE!!!!! My MB30 tolerance is THIN now….

    the Funny:
    — yes there was a lot of fun tonight…
    — Lil Nicky did provide a lot of it:
    1. “Is that crazy lady coming tonight?? She was funny!!! I want to know next time she’s coming!!”
    2. Watching him cover his ears at the cursing towards Ranger Fans!
    3. Waving the RANGERS SUCK thundersticks at the 500 pound Ranger fan (you ever see a guy so fat you can smell a stink on them? that was this dude….)
    — My comment on the Niedermommy goal (did I mention the name STAYS??)
    “We don’t need a hero… WE NIDERMOMMY!!!!! SCCCARRRRREEEE!!!!”
    — Personal note to self and other guys…. its great to be a big fan and love the team and wear the red and black, but if you’re a guy and you wear the flashing devil horns…oh no, you’re gay dude!!
    — Hey it could be worse…. we could be Oiler fans!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVEC4rNIiUA here…. go feel better!!!
    — and hey… Sean Avery did miss the game with a torn and inflamed vagina… that always bring a chuckle!!!

    Sorry guys… looks like 2man takes a nap until Oct 16 now…. If I did these road games as they went on with me watching them I’d get back into my OCD addiction issues I had in the pre-lockout CRASHER LINE days… I ain’t doing that no more (don’t worry there will be a random ROAD thoughts from a Section in Buffalo Dec 7th though!)… Comment away and let the shit fly!!

    Thoughts From Section 209…. Devils/Canes Round 5!!

    Holy Shit I’m still exhausted from this one… and I’m sure I ain’t the only one…. You could feel it in the air, you could hear it in the fans… you DAMN WELL SAW IT ON THE ICE… My God that was one of the most intense, hard played… passitionate…. energetic and flat out fucking ANGRY hockey games I think I’ve ever seen in my life… so much to say but still pushing the exhaustion aside and the coffee down my throat… here… we … go!!

    the Good:
    — I don’t do this often (cause let’s be honest you don’t read this to see me kiss ass to the opposition, I leave that to Chico Resch :p)… but Cam Ward played ONE HELL OF A GAME LAST NIGHT and I wanted to get that out of the way… he was just as sick tonight (though I did love the attending media shitting on Ward and not naming him one of the three stars of the night!!)… and if that puffypadded douche across the Hudson made that glove save on Parise, Sam Rosen would STILL be creaming his pants!
    — ANDY GREENE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What can I say?? Hearing the thousands….. AND THOUSANDS… chant his name all night long!! (ok that’s a bit much but the whole car ride home was ANDY GREENE … ANDY GREENE… ANDY GREENE… given some of that was to drown out the audio cancer known as the Ducks radio announcers)… kid got put in and do what kids do in the playoffs… played the game of his DAMN LIFE… now this isn’t a knock on Salvador (I think he’s interchangeable with Havelid on this)… but putting Greene with either one of them makes them and that pairing better!! If Andy keeps playing like THIS it matters not how healthy Salvador is, GREENE MUST PLAY!!! (and I expect to have a #6 jersey by the fall!)
    — oh MB30… I’ve been hard on you… and I will be again, I know this…. but good sir… you got woken up with that lame call in game 4 (for the record I would have ruled no penalty, but no goal)… it FIRED YOU UP… it MOTIVATED YOU… and it MADE YOU ANGRY!!! And NO ONE wants to see mb30 angry!!!! (well I do for 13 more games!)
    — David Clarkson…ever since you got called up and started seeing regular ice time… I’ve been a bit harsh on you too… I expected more…. I saw it in you… I even kinda passed the torch to you… I saw Randy McKay, Version 2.0 in you… and now it’s starting to come to life… you raised hell, you were on Cam Ward like a fucking hemorrhoid, you stood there… ok you dove and flopped some… but you also DELIVERED in front of the net when it mattered the most!
    — Man I even left out the biggest and best thing about tonight… THAT CROWD!!! Oh my god… loud, intense, PASSION FILLED FANS SCREAMING THEIR BALLS OFF (or girly parts too :p) … ALL GAME LONG (though I have to admit… my PMS this time of year is crazy… seeing Mindy all but reach over and pick that girl up and DEMAND she stand up for the last 4 minutes of the game…. that was 5-stars… like I said in the car… it was like watching me, but female at work… I got a kick out of it!!

    the Bad:
    — well you ain’t gonna win many games scoring on one goal in 48 shots… but fuck it!!! I don’t think we may EVER see both goalies play this well (except maybe that classic game 5 in the 2000 Finals, where I defy you to find two goalies do it better!)
    — Colin White had a moment of PURE STUPID in the 3rd period where he chased and chased till he got called for it, he’s just DAMN LUCKY mb30 was in a “I WILL NOT LOSE” mode tonight!!
    — Clarkson as good and big a game as he had… only 6:32 of ice time?? Eh?? I know Holik and Rupp suck, but still.. it’s time to give him some time with Parise and Zajac too then… this kid HAS to be out there more!
    — One goalie gets body splashed upon… the other one gets baseball slid into… one goalie gets some back… and HE gets called for a penalty?? WTF!??! Maybe as a violent goalie I should not be one to bitch… but if you are gonna let the goalies get pounded like VEAL you DAMN WELL BETTER let them get some back (and given the goalie who got called got his at the end of the game!)
    — Brian Gionta… lose that damn playoff beard… it just looks silly!!! It’s no Jay Pandolfo “Afro on the Chin” for sure!!

    the Funny:
    — to be honest there wasn’t alot…. this was all about the game tonight… but still… this was worth it!!!
    (though I wonder if I keep making Andrew Speed Racer jokes in here will he get cranky and reply, or just realize I am giving him shit about his claim to fame just like I do with anyone else, and more so when you join the Section 209 EXPERIENCE!)
    — We did have a good pre-game moment… Mindy brought her Brian Gionta BC Jersey to the game and had a moment of puck bunny… kinda (it’s ok it’s the playoffs…. she’s allowed!!) holding and waving her jersey on the boards… a couple of guys looked at it and got… here comes John Madden… looks at the jersey… looks up and goes WHAT THE FUCK… and you can see his mouth moving it too…. always loved that about Madden… the dude is mister fucking cerebral!!!
    — One good little story was the dope in 208 with the PuffyPadded Douche jersey…. while he sat there and took his grief and wasn’t an assclown about it… he did get some in the second intermission… Lil Nicky’s sister (Maggie, right?? it’s hard to remember her name since Nicky is the Super Star of the two… don’t worry I do the same with my nieces… and I badly want to keep lobbying my sister to let Bella meet lil Nicky… yeah she’s four but she can hang with him… hell I allow them to date in like 12 years from now :p)… anyway… Maggie walks up to the Ranger Fan with one of the RANGERS SUCK bumper stickers her mom makes and sells (well worth the $5 people… go get one when you’re by 208!)… and offers it to him as a peace offering…. quite funny!!!!
    — Also in the funny note was lil Nicky’s dance to the music that MIGHT just end up on You Tube this afternoon!!
    — I can’t remember the play but just being able to yell… ZACH PARISE SPINNING NO LOOK BACKHAND PASS OF AWESOME THROUGH THE LEGS …. of DOOOOOMMMMMMM… was worth the re-mention!!

    Thoughts from Section 209…. Devils vs Mickey Mouse Club, 3/12/09!

    Well that was a fun little beat down last night wasn’t it?? kinda what the doctor ordered!! And anytime we can shit on Wayne Gretzky for 2+ hours and be RIGHT… it’s all good!!!

    the Good:
    — Zach Parise in 14 seconds… and it’s over?? Holy Shit even Todd lasted longer :p
    — all 4 lines scored, nice to see this team flex it’s depth!!
    — mb30 had to WORK some in the 3rd period (it was like Gretzky had bet the over and had to work to get the 6.5 over/under!)… but again the last game goal was annoying (Clemmy scared the shit out of me but his only reward this year seems the Jennings Trophy and as much as I HATE regular-season awards I wanna see mb30 go up there and have to thank Clemmy for being the reason we got this!)
    — Bryce Salvador… great all around game (seems to be liking like with Havelid) and he was ROBBED of the 3rd star last night!
    — oh the fights were 5-stars tonight… a LOUD and clear message… DO NOT FUCK WITH THE TIME HONORED TRADITION OF FIGHTING IN THE NHL!!!!!!!!!!!

    the Bad:
    — Brett Russo and our National Anthem… it’s like almost as bad as letting Wayne Gretzky be a hockey coach!!! (that team should be WAY better then 14th, admit it!)
    — not too much… taking it easy after scoring 2 goals on 3 shots and letting the Mouseketters get back in the game off a power play goal… mere annoyance!
    — umm… feel bad for the girl who brought the WE BELIEVE IN WEEKES sign… poor kid… never again :p
    — my laps have sped up to the point around the arena that the bored to death vendors think I am somehow cheating because I can walk a quarter mile in 3 minute 30??

    the Funny:
    — and was there!!! Changing the chant from PHOENIX SUCKS… to GRETZKY SUCKS (my little moment of fun and boy was it amusing!!!)
    — as per 209 tradition… Pete gets nice and sauced before each game and likes to heckle the other team’s goalie…. but he’s sauced so tough names like… AULD… becaome hard for him… so it’s usually… hey Scott… who’s the goalie??? he asks me tonight… and I’m like… fuck…. ummm… I don’t know!!!!!
    So he pauses for a second (this has never happened in my 2 seasons of going….)

    “HEY GOALIE YOU SUCK SO BAD EVEN SCOTT DOESN’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    (you knew it was a matter of time before I jumped into other things besides wanting to see $2000 a night shirt tossing douche boy die painfully!!!)

    I think called him Torchbag once too???
    — and of course… the old 99 heckling…. all osrts of goodness came out…
    mouse ears…..”Mickey Mouse song fests with angry Gretzky comments”
    “HEY GRETZKY YOU SUCK AND I HOPE YOU BET ON YOUR OWN TEAM!!!!”
    … and of course the 3rd period serenade of “It’s a small world after all”… that was nice!!

    man I hope that arrogant prick really hates coming to our building!!!! 🙂
    — and what’s scarier is with the NJDevs Bar Crawl and St. Patty’s day… oh … my… god is Tuesday gonna be a cluster fuck!!!!! (can’t wait!!)

    Thoughts from Section 209.. Devils/Sharks 2/15/2009

    Anyone else kinda think NBC screwed up a little bit this weekend??? I mean yeah… the world needed to see Mike Richards (and every idiot on TV call him BRAD at least once.. morons) score that hilarious 3 on 5 shg on the Rangers… hell I damn near fell off my Sun Tavern Bar Stool!!! But even with that in mind… holy shit that was some game in Newark yesterday wasn’t it???

    Again sorry this is so late… when you get any kinda cold it goes right to my asthma… and to say I feel like shit is an understatement… but I didn’t miss one game (I did nothing else all week outside my house)… but I went to all 5 home games…hooray… someone buy me a cookie… or let me cough on you so i can pass this shit on and feel better!!!

    the Good:
    — CLAUDE LEMIEUX WAS BACK!!! And he got to start the game so we gave him a nice cheer (him and Randy McKay are my all time favorite Devils bar none!)… sucked that he wasn’t announced as the starter so he could get a proper ovation!!
    — Secondary scoring… nice to see Rolston, Clarkson and Elias on the scoresheet at last… as great as the top line is they can NOT be getting 3 points a night and we won’t go far that way….
    — Power play goals! Any night we can yell fuck off Sam Rosen three times, I wholly approve of (hell even scoring the RIGHT way on a 5 on 3 was nifty!!)

    the Bad:
    — ….. once the standing ovation was over… Claude… kinda… sucked… maybe the comeback.. not so good idea, pepe?
    — NO DAN BOYLE!!!!!!! We spent weeks planning a Section 209 Frontal Assault on mister’s house was burning down… apparently he was burning up with fever!!!
    — Paul Martin skates in warmups… then disappears?? (thank God he wasn’t traded… I was almost worried Lou did something batty)
    — I was pissed off last year when Nabby was hurt and the ONE GAME he did not play all year was the one in Newark… so finally I get to see him live… and man he was just AWFUL, but I do watch much Shark games and that whole team looks in a funk…. but still nabby and kipper are my two favorite goalies in the league to watch and as a goalie it kinda annoyed me that he sucked… and you knew Clemmy was due for a 5-burger after somehow having a shutout streak… after all.. brian boucher… he… is not!!!!
    — Brian Gionts JUST TOO SHORT to get that gimmie pass from Zubrus on the anti-Clarkson wraparound pass!!! *grrr*, though I milk the Gionta short jokes like NBC does Cindy Crosby!

    the funny:
    — you could tell amongst the season ticket holders that 5 games in what 9-10 days… it’s a bit MUCH… and I think we’re just a little bit sick of each other… it’s like that girl that asks you for a break and some space…. except we’ll actually be ok in 10 days when we see each other again! (wait to see the pissy on the back to back matinee games coming!)
    — Sammy walking up and down the aisle by the two nice looking girls in sharks jerseys holding the banister and yelling EARTHQUAAAKKKKKEEEE …. yeah that was a site!!!
    — We still had our Dan Boyle moments (after all, he’s still the star for having his house burn down!!)… they played Springsteen’s Dancin in the Dark… [i]Can’t start a fire… can’t start a fire without a spark…..
    Dan Boyle’s for hire… even if his house is burning in the dark!![/i]
    — 5 on 3 shorthanded goal!!!! I can’t help it… I literally put my head down on the bar before the game turned to Brian and said dude “I am LOL-ing”… tears were shed … really!!

    NJ Devils Month in Review, October 2008

    Back at this again!!! Always fun, always exciting to start a new season and have some expectations to it… and then soon after… it fizzles away by game ….goals… slugfests, all sorts of crazy stuff… but the roller coaster is on a down swing and injuries aside the first month of the 2008-09 season has some things to worry about!!!

    Forwards:
    #9 (LW) Zach Parise:
    The future of this team and holy shit the future is NOW too… 12 points in 9 games… goals in his last five, a game winner and a game tying goal too… what the hell more could you ask from this kid?? This may be the easiest guy to talk about this month… and it’s a shame… he deserves more time here… but nothing to say besides… awesome!!!
    Grade: A+

    #14 (RW) Brian Gionta:
    Has been bounced around already… and not by opposing forwards…. Victim #1 of the Sutter lines out of a hat shuffle… but really has done pretty well so far…people will bitch and whine “because he only has one goal” (should have had a second last night, but it did become an assist)… and leading the team in assists and second in points… not too shabby, more so for a guy with a knock of being shoot first second and third… shots lead to rebounds which lead to assists…. I like the feisty play and for a midget he really does thrive when he gets his nose dirty!
    Grade: A-

    #19 (Center) Travis Zajac:
    Looks like a bounce back year so far for Travis… he’s bigger, meaner (from my seats he sometimes looks Holik-ish)..killing penalties… and looking like the team’s best center this, again only one goal, but SOMEONE scored on his 5 helpers right?? Last year is LONG forgotten here (and remember this all you dopes that wanted to trade a 25 year old with this much upside… I TOLD YOU AGAIN… be patient with the kids!!!)
    Grade: B+

    #26 (LW) Patrik Elias-A
    5 minor penalties is not a good thing already, and seems to lost a step on his shot and is looking to help and pass first… hasn’t exactly clicked with Zubrus and Vrana, and with the injuries at forwards seems to be looking for a guy to make plays with.. willing to cut him some slack based on injuries and shifting talent around him… but will need more from Patrik if/when Parise slows down….least on the bright side… Elias has 40 shots, which means the effort and opportunity IS there… just a matter of them falling in….
    Grade: B-

    #11 (Center) John Madden-A
    The 3 goals is a nice start, but it seems like Madden may be slowing a bit… look at the goals scored by opponents in the last few games…. 5, 3, 6… a troubling sign and yes the defense has been spotty, but some of that falls on the checking line… blasted in the post game by Sutter as well… maybe it’s a sign that this checking line can no longer be the focal point of this team’s strategy anymore….does have value still as the team’s lone faceoff guy too…
    Grade: C+ (just a bit above average.. seems about the right grade for him)

    #9 (LW) Danius Zubrus:
    Has been a nice surprise this year… the goal stats are a bit eh, but also has been shuffled around… seemed to be more comfortable and physical with Holik as his center… but this physical controlling play seemed to have continued without Bobby One-Brow around…
    Not really in the right mix playing with Elias and Vrana either… but the guy has a skill set and it’s just a matter of finding someone to play with him when Holik and Rolston get back too…. He’s been good so far though…
    Grade: B+ (another much improved from last year folk)

    #15 (RW) Jamie Langenbrunner-C
    Disappointing could be a word… slow could be another… rushed back from an injury when there is NO NEED to (it’s October… play the kids and let the beat up guy you need in the stretch heal) 16 PIMs is a bad sign of being caught behind the play and having to cheat and heal up…. It may be a point in his career where he’s going to need to take some nights off to be effective, but the old boy’s club coach ain’t gonna do that either…then again this could be a “he’s off to a slow start and will get better come January” things… all the MORE reason to sit his ass and let him get healthy!!!!
    Grade: C-

    #23 (RW) David Clarkson:
    VERY frustrating player… has all the skills and tools to be one hell of a power forward… but won’t get his nose dirty…. 2 goals again looks nice on the stat sheet but one was a Marty Turco whiff… the other was a NICE tip-in though… had one hell of a fight last night though… if he’d do more of that and keeping his stuff in front of the net he’d be a million times better, but I guess he’s still young… personally I’d give him #21 and make him watch Randy McKay films until his eyes bled!!
    Grade: C

    #20 (LW) Jay Pandolfo:
    Again seems a bit slow this year… the 2 on 1’s shorthanded are long long ago and probably not coming back… maybe a bit complacent after getting the new contract, but he’s been slow out of the box too… not expected to score, but if this line is gonna get 18+ minutes a night… he HAS to be more then 2 assists, and again when Sutter is calling him out for a bad game (which should be expected when as many goals have flown by as they have in the last week)…it’s a scary thought if these guys wear down this year….
    Grade: C

    #22 (LW) Petr Vrana:
    Has a nose for deflections by the net which I like.. stands in front… get his shit dirty, but doesn’t seem to have any explosion or anything in the play so far… but then again this team demands a lot on both ends of the ice and that and getting used to the league jitters are the norm (playing him on a line with Rupp is a TOTAL waste though mind you), 5 games is a short body of work to judge him on… and not to mention when the coach smells a sniff of shortening the bench he seems to be the first to go, and that seems to be more about his age rather then performance
    Grade: C+ (some of this is fault of the coaching staff still, more on that later)

    #12 (Center) Brian Rolston:
    Looked like he was about to find his way and got hurt… that sucks….
    Grade: Incomplete

    #25 (LW) Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond:
    Nice long ass name… he can fight… he can hit… he’s got an assist… but if he’s playing every night… we got problems… thug-loving fans will call for him to play in Cam Janssen like fashion, but is a spot player for limited minutes and he’ll be ok at that
    Grade: Incomplete (3 games, and probably 10 mins of ice)

    #17 (LW/C) Mike Rupp:
    Still the worst hockey instincts I’ve seen in a human being outside of my pickup games in Short Hills… he’s fighting more which is a plus….but still… he’s kinda eh… tolerable as the team’s 12th forward which he seems to be… loved the fight with Hollweg last night that was 5 stars!
    Grade: C+

    #16 (Center) Bobby Holik:
    Was scrappy and annoying and in people’s faces and backs when he was in the game… but the broken finger came at a bad time when he could have seen more, decent faceoff numbers… will eventually chip in some points and hopefully mentors Rupp and Clarkson along the way….he was decent enough until he went down…
    Grade: C

    Defense:
    #6 Andy Greene:
    Wow what a difference a year made in Andy’s play… more points in the month then all of last year… the shot is improved and two multiple assist games…. And the confidence is showing in his game as well, third on the team and first of all defensemen with a +4, and there’s been a few nights he’s been the best guy on the ice from the blue line…much like Zajac WORLDS of improvement over last year!!
    Grade: A

    #7 Paul Martin:
    Three assists isn’t going to cut it over the course of a month… good thing Andy Greene is picking up the slack… has a nice rapport with Salvador and is playing like a top pair defenseman (though he did look gassed 26 minutes into his ice time last night)…the kid is coming along very nicely and his skating is better then any other defender on the team..
    Grade: B-

    #27 Mike Mottau:
    Less minutes and on the 3rd Pair D is exactly what he needed… seems to have clicked with Andy Greene and the offense is coming from both of these guys nicely (hell look at the point upgrade in defense from this year to last already)… can’t complain much about this guy either… off to a good start….
    Grade: B

    #5 Colin White:
    Spotty… kinda playing with just one eye open (I know that’s awful… but I yell way too much NO PLAY IT WITH THE GOOD EYE COLIN at games)… may never evolve into the next top defenseman the team expected… but he’s ok… he just needs to be more ok then bad, and he’s not been doing it that well this year… it’s only 9 games, but it is troubling… but still he’s a +4, that’s odd… but it also doesn’t account the wet soggy swiss cheese the pk’s been in the last few games….
    Grade: C-

    #29 Johnny Oduya:
    Seems to be okay so far this year… still the mental mistakes are back a little… and he doesn’t seem to know how to use his speed and shot again (then again he’s probably getting scared to death of the Wrath of Sutter…. JOHHHHNNNNNN…. JOHHHNNNN!!)… only one assist is disappointing and may be spending more time covering Colin White’s bad eye then he need be doing….
    Grade: C

    #24 Bryce Salvador:
    Is fast becoming my favorite player on the team… plays smart… sticks up for teammates… hits after the play… fights… you name it and this guy does it… Playing solid with Paul Martin (we call this earning the contract!)… not doing much in offense, but doesn’t need to… I think this keeps up and my next paycheck is getting me a #24 jersey! I have no complaints on this guy!!
    Grade: A

    Incompletes:
    #28 (D) Anssi Salmela, #10 (RW) Matt Halischuk, #2 (D) Sheldon Brookbank:
    Salmela looked not ready for prime time… it’s ok, let him bake and come back in Lowell (though he might be back now with Andy Greene on the shelf with the broken hand)
    Halischuk looked like he belonged with Madden and Pandolfo… this is good…
    Brookbank didn’t kill anyone with his slapshot yet, so we are pleased!

    Goaltending:
    #30 Martin Brodeur
    Stupid, arrogant and ego-centric as the helmet may be (and it annoys me that he is allowed to put something on his mask that so OBVIOUSLY makes him ahead of the team)… he’s really been kinda good this month… well not the last two games (and I won’t go even into the fact that it’s a fucking joke that he played 22 hours after the game on Friday Night too… why waste money on a backup? Came out of the box really good and hellbent on breaking this all time wins record that NO ONE really cares about (well some Devil fans might… I don’t…want to set records that MATTER? Win more Cups… go get Patrick Roy’s PLAYOFF win record…. Until then it’s meaningless stat compilation and I’d rather he not burn his ass out in February again)… looked flat out EXHAUSTED by about shot 40 in the last game (then again that used to be a week’s level of worth… sad this is the only way I say the word WEEKES… free him now!!), but the blips in the defense and goaltending aside (it is a bit troubling that he’s let in some softies against the Rangers and Flyers)… he’s been pretty damn good… PLAY LESS GAMES!!!!
    Grade: B+ (yes I knocked him down some for the helmet and the back to back garbage)

    Coaching:
    Ah Brent Sutter… where to begin?? Now let me say this.. I LIKE the guy… I stress this because it’s going to sound like I don’t and I want him gone… but he’s doing things that piss me off so far……let’s get to those
    ? Rushing Langenbrunner back when Bergfors was called up… Langs has been beat up, injured and showing a lot of age and wear on the tires at this point of his career… letting him take the foot off the gas and rest up would have been wise…
    ? TOO MUCH ICE TIME TO THE OLD BOY’S CLUB!! Yes Elias, Madden and all have been key parts of this team, but how are you going to see what these kids in Vrana, Halishuk and so on have when you DON’T THROW THEM TO THE FIRE IN KEY SCENARIOS (and it’s even a bigger disgrace when you see how BAD Madden, Pando and Langs looked… more so in the last game… instead of bitching them out post game HIT PLAYERS WHERE THEY CARE… put the young legs out there and see what they got…. Every other god damn team in the league does it… not like we’ve been piling up Cups since the lockout!
    ? Lack of creativity in the offense… this seems to have changed a little with the youth… we’re actually seeing speed… flow… people in front… deflections….and not to mention… I’m sorry.. it’s retarded to have you finesse guys in Elias and Parise being the guys standing in front of the net while the Clakrson’s, Zubrus’ and Gionta’s are the ones outside the paint and they NEED to be in the goalie’s face to be able to make plays and finish shit off!!!
    ? Special Teams…. They’re more like from the special Olympics… the power play concepts seem to be good and shots and traffic are flowing from it… just not bounces… I guess that can be injuries and personnel issues now as well (though I’d rather see Greene get pp time as a reward for this resurgence)
    ? Brent is the first second and third guy to kill someone when they mess up.. how come he NEVER comes out and praises the team as much as he kills them… the more you beat on a horse without break or reward the sooner the damn thing is gonna die on you….

    Things I do like though:

    ? This team finally seems to have some balls… re: Salvador creaming a guy who tried to run at Martin….Rupp crushing Hollweg, etc…. this team is taking no shit and won’t be as soft or intmidated as they have been past years….
    ? The defensive pairings… White and Oduya almost by default… but this might change with Greene out… Greene and Mottau have chemistry as well as Martin and Salvador are a nice top pairing… but the minutes may need to be kept in the 22 range

    So all in all…. We’re way better then we were last year, but an alarming sign against the better teams in the East… but the talent and mindset is there for this team to do well… but they’re doing only ok….. like I said I like the guy and I think he can adjust but he better get to it.. CMON BRENT!!!!
    Grade: C

    (no comments on Lou yet, because we have yet to see how his improvements to the team will pan out)