Thoughs from Section 209…. Devils/Avs, 2/26/2009

It’s funny how the more things change… the more they stay the same isn’t it??? For the first time in what feels like forever, the Devils are at 100% full-strength… and kinda just took it out on the Avalanche essentially (and entertainingly) toying with them all game…. it’s 7 years late… but oh well… can’t bitch too much tonight!! And yeah there was an important injury return or two tonight…..

— I had to start with this here because I wasn’t sure where to put it since it’s neither good nor bad nor funny …. so it goes first…. comments on the return of MB30 (and get used to it I will not call him by his name as long as he wears that damn mask which is not only ugly and silly looking but it will drive me INSANE until it’s burned in a fit of roid rage… wait that’s baseball players…. taking off the team logo and putting your own stupid logo is the classic “I am more important then the team thing” (guess the hockey Gods showed him this year :p)…. and it just annoys me… but i’m good at being annoyed)… yeah he looked good and played well… was hardly tested… hell Zach Parise had the best save of the night…. and it was nice to see MB30 get the big pop from the crowd on his return… but geeezeeeee… you’d think this team was the 8-9 seed and fighting for their playoff lives instead of a-top of the conference….

And I guess this leads to part 2 of my whole MB30 time here…. I was kinda worried about this… and in a few ways… kinda sad he’s back… I know… you just spit out your coffee… but here let me explain and no matter how blind an MB30 backer you may be… admit it… the 4 months without him have been FUN and about this ENTIRE TEAM… and not some guy chasing an empty regular season record that NO ONE cares about (well two of them if you count shutouts)…. each night was kinda fun an unpredictable… and it’s why this year has been the most fun I’ve ever sat through as an observing fan… and I guess I’m just bummed out the ride is over… it’s like the teacher is back in the classroom and it’s time to get serious, ya know?

the Good:
— this was the most alive I’ve seen the crowd in the building for a non-Ranger game in a long long long time, and that was kinda good to see people come back to life (and any night you have a 20 minute chant about T-Cells…. it’s fun!!)
— Paul Martin was back too and didn’t seem to skip a beat, hell he even had two assists!
— Zach Parise had a sick game… the goal of the night… the save of the night and kept the play alive in that 2 minute sequence where Zajac FINALLY scored (it looked like an NHL 09 shift where you just keep shooting until there is no surrender!!) MVParise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Elias and Gionta also both looked pretty sharp tonight and it was nice to see Patrik get in the goal column again… if those two top lines are going come tax time, this team is going to be a MAJOR force in the NHL Playoffs
— so now MB30 has a 4 month shutout string eh?? *heh*
— blinking and see 1-0 Rangers, become 2-1 Panthers… I admit I *LOL*-ed a tiny bit!

the Bad:
— Man Colorado is a dreadful team… no life… no effort… less goaltending, some of that was the Devils buzzsawing them
— ummm… it’s kinda hard to find something else out there to bitch about in this one, penalty killing was perfect, power play clicked…. 4 goals, Elias scored… well you can say that the 3rd and 4th lines were kinda
quiet and Holik was not-so-good… but then you’re just pissing on the MB30-party…

the Funny:
— on my way to arena some silly person trying to scam money from people by asking for bus-far since “his brother never came to pick him up”…. I feel the need now to carry a sign “HOCKEY FAN CARRIES NO CASH” just to keep that kinda crap to a minimal level.. and besides… I never DO carry cash (well unless the people I sell my extra tickets to actually pay me that night!)… my poor debit card looks more used and beat up then any level of Sean Avery sloppy seconds… heh an Avery joke in MB30-reunion night….
— as I was walking my laps before the game I saw some fan who looked JUST LIKE Bobby Holik (well just a lot younger and skinnier… poor bastard… well unless it’s his kid… then he’s justa rich, ugly bastard :p)
— I do always get a kick out of some stuck-up hockey mom getting pissy at the over the top and way drunken commentary from our section (and like I said… 209 was ALIVE tonight)… but this silly mom… it’s ok for your 4 year old kid to say that Scott Gomez loves the cock (and he’s in the right place for it… well unless the NHL goes to San Francisco)… but yet you get upset and cover the kids’ ears when they make a silly joke about “T-Cells….. but who’s buying”… CMON HOCKEY-MOM!!!! Parents are weird I tell ya!

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!!!)

The Eve of the Opener

Well folks, it starts tomorrow. Game one of eighty-two. To me, it really feels like Christmas Eve.

A bigger, stronger, and faster Devils team will take the ice tomorrow night at The Rock. Martin Brodeur will don the newly designed mask for the very first time as he resumes his quest to overtake Patrick Roy’s wins record. Brian Rolston & Bobby Holik will make their returns to the Garden State.

I’m drooling. The long off-season is finally over and for the first time in three years, Red & Black will christen the new season on home ice, and against a cross-town rival nonetheless. Home openers are great, but Home season-openers are even better. The Rock will be even louder and more decorated than last season, I’m sure.

I will be in attendance myself — section 122 / Row 12 on the aisle — stop by between periods or before the drop of the puck and we’ll have a beer and talk Devils! It would be great to hear from YOU – the readers – face to face and give me some feedback on what you would like to see more/less of right here at 2MA! While you’re at it, you could print out and bring a copy of THIS with you… I’d be happy to autograph it for you. 😉

Make sure you hunt down Josh as well and tell him how awesome his 90’s Music Blog is and talk live-cap with him!

In all seriousness, tomorrow night can’t get here soon enough. See you all at Fan-Fest!!