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!!

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/Kings 2/7/2009

(Good God I gotta do one of these things every other day for the next week… eeeppp!!) So where to start last night??? OK so it was a DUD effort all around in a lot of places… but be honest… going into this weekend if you were told they’d win 2 out of 3 and NOT lose to the Rangers you’d be pole-dancing or something silly like that… so CALM DOWN, they can’t win them all or play 110% all 100% of the time (yes I love those damn commercials!)

the Good:
— Close-enough-to-a-Sellout-game-to-annoy-me-walking-the-concourse against the “who cares” LA Kings… no matter what goofy promotion was going on (and yes as cool and fitting a promotion as the heart awareness thing is… it got downright creepy to read the survivior stories as I was eating the restaurant, also a side note for people not seeing me walk laps… when you do an hour of step aerobics on your Wii Fit that afternoon you kinda skip the arena laps :p)
— Despite not scoring, the Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner still had a heck of a game and was the best line all day (OMG YOU SAID SOMEONE PLAYED WELL AND DIDN’T SCORE A GOAL…. talk about my biggest peeve in hockey… when people in the media pick the 3 stars of the game by going down the stat sheet.. CMON LAZY JOURNALISM!!!)
— Jay Leach did not look like a guy who’s not played in a month and they need to find ways to spot him into the lineup… he’s a solid contributor (Sutter even praised him in the post-game which I listen to on my epic 15 minute drive home)
— I could go either way on this one… but I’m gonna call it a “Good” that Sutter upped and benched Holik/Shanny and Rupp after Holik’s standard bad penalty… kinda sends a message if the hitting line is not hitting, they ain’t playing… they were pretty soft tonight

the Bad:
— Puck night idea:
So I walk in at like 5:40, I get up the steps and I see a BIG line hidden in the corner… I see one of my 209-people there…”what’s this for?” … oh it’s the puck thing??? Look at the line… FUCK THAT… it’s not worth it… boy was I right?? Letting people hoard the pucks and only bringing 500… even when the Devils get it right they get it wrong still!!!
— this game felt like it was two weeks long… hell it was about as painfully long as waiting for the government to give you something you’ve been waiting for since like… October? :p
— The team kinda threw their hands up and said OK WE LOSE… once the Zubrus goal was disallowed (how the hell do you distinctly kick a puck when you’re getting knocked on your ass??)
— I’ve noticed a DISTINCT drop in Scott Clemmensen’s play since they announced Brodeur’s return date… is this coincidence… probably not, the guy sees midnight coming and the Cinderella ball is ending….. not to mention how simply OWNED he got on the penalty shot (in a tiny bit of defense… no one knew this was coming… we went from the sopey stick shuffle thing… to WAIT… PENALTY SHOT… we all knew a goal was coming… well except that few that thought Clemmensen was a shootout goalie specialist back in 2006… no really there were people that thought this!! So … Kevin Weekes on Monday??
— the officiating… I HATE bitching about calls live, because if you think you can see the game better from the second to last row in the building better then the guys on the ice whose job it is… well then you are the greatest deluded egomaniac on the planet… enjoy!! But still it was …. well… kinda spotty (this too is a tread across sports, the NFL officiating was as BAD as I can ever remember it also… even them pro rassling refs… how come they never see the guy’s foot on the ropes!!! :p)

the Funny:
— My Favorite 209 chant of the night….
“HEY WHAT TIME IS IT????
“IT’S TEN TO TWO!!!!!!!!!” (it’s funnier when people around you don’t get it!)
— we’re already loading up on Rangers Suck confetti for Monday!
— the EAT A SALAD chant at the obligatory redhead Ranger fan who sat near 209, be honest what else can a Ranger fan cheer for on this weekend?? But we gotta be nice to the guy…. after all mommy only lets him out of the basement once a week before his 10pm curfew and he chose to come here (and nothing is more nasty then a fat guy in a shirt showing a bit too much belly!)
— sadly there was not too much in the funny department… all the side activities and the long feel of the game killed most of the fun

Devils/Bolts (11/5)… Thoughts from Section 209

Before I start… for everyone I keep bumping into telling me stuff about this here… please keep it up… I am a complete whore and will totally pander to my audience… even if they sit in the wrong corner of the building 🙂

Anyway… just a reminder to those who don’t remember my CRASHER line days….I don’t do shootouts… I don’t acknowledge them… I am only grateful that they get me to my car faster… so I saw and left a bit annoyed at 3-3 tie, and I usually get to my car in enough time to hear the winner of the skills competition… so keep that in mind here (and yes I know he scored in the shootout.. I’m still blasting him tonight :p)

— Was a strange night for me… since I’ve been a fan of this team since 1993… I’ve really only, truly known ONE top goalie on this team and it’s #30 (on his back and please NO MORE on the mask)… and it’s going to be BIZARRE for a while to accept the AGE OF WEEKES… I don’t know how anyone else feels about this
— My pre-game laps are taking a life of their own now.. a dead arena got me 14 laps (yes that’s 3 1/2 miles folks)… and now people are getting into it… least the staff is… hey there was more staff then fans there… a few of them almost joined me… and the highlight (well besides the new cigar girl who replaces… well my favorite… who 14 times asked me if I wanted a cigar, not seeing how counter-productive that is to 14 laps around the concourse!)…. was also the City Girll people seeing me at about lap 12 and yelling YOU NEED THIS and throwing me a soda like a marathon runner… that’s just awesome stuff!

now.. on to the game stuffs…

— Pandolfo-Madden-Elias… oddly enough I tried this combo in NHL 09 this morning not knowing… and hell it worked there too…Elias has taken a step back yes… but he can hang with these guys and adds enough offense to make these guys dangerous again (hence the Pando goal.. more on that to come)
— Tampa is a BAD team folks… with all the offense.. LAST on the pp?? Wow the coaching of Melrose… cmon he took the job so he can pat young boys in the fanny (I even heard he’s so scared of Newark he moved the team outside the city… man up you greasy-goat-lover…. I annoyed two old people dropping Farooq-Bombs about Melrose… ah well!!)… and not to mention it would have been NICE to see the Devils D get more invovled since Tampa’s idea of defense is THROW ALL FIVE GUYS AROUND THE GOALIE AND HOPE ONE OF THEM GETS IT…Melrose may not make it till new year.. so we need to play them soon and often!! (I feel bad for Mike Smith… he deserves better then this group of stiffs in front of him!)
— God Jamie Langnebrunner was BAD tonight (yes he scored in the non-hockey part of the hockey game…. that’s as effective being a rookie and scoring a goal in Sutter’s eyes)… I think I even began calling his shot the LOGO-BUSTER… but it never actually got over the pads…
— Vrana: 7:31, Bergfors: 4:20… Langenbrunner: 21:10.. Least Elias, Madden, Salvador, Mottau and Oduya earned their obsence ice times tonight, Oduy in particular… he was the only D with some drive tonight (Salvador was good… the ppg by St Louis was being Langenbrunner was the Rated R-Tard who couldn’t cover EITHER point or get back to help in front)
— David Clarkson’s goal very well could be THE most important goal scored by a Devil this year… you can see it on the bench… you could feel it in the crowd… it kinda gave you the feeling.. YES WEEKES WE CAN!!!!
— Elias with a BEAUTY on the power play too… that was old school 2000 looking Elias there… we need more please Patrik!!!
— Pandolfo’s goal while HUGE was a comedy of defensive errors we are so used to seeing out of Brookbank (can we get Mark Fraser the hell up here please??)
— Colin White is our top offensive defenseman… like REALLY…oy!
— Gionta and Zubrus… were the awesome again tonight…TRADE THEM RIGHT NOW 1111!!!1111!!!! (yes that IS sarcasm :p)
— Kevin Weekes was again a hundred stars tonight the one thing we need not worry about on this team is goaltending (well until Clemmensen plays a game… but knowing this team Weekes will play every second till number 30 takes his cast off and leaves 209!)
— Crowd was kinda sterile tonight… but I guess we are getting used to #1 being #1
— all in all a gutty gritty effort to get to the skills competition… but here comes Detroit now… oy vey!!!

(and on a programming note… I do not go to home games on Football Sundays, my bartenders would find and hunt me down… so my next lovely thoughts will be for the Ranger game next week… and since I am whoring away again… anyone need a ticket for Nov 20 vs Florida?? I gots ones for sale!!!)