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 “

Capitals @ Devils LIVECAP!

9:27 PM: So that’ll do it for me tonight.  Hey, I’m willing to bet you’ll see a more traditional Mackie-type Mackie rant later this evening!  A silver lining after all?  Goodnight gang!

9:26 PM: I guess you can’t win them all, of course.  And the streak was something to behold, considering how many of the games were on the road (and in the west, for that matter), and Langenbrunner’s heroics the last handful of games.

9:25 PM: I want January back.  February sucks.

9:24 PM: …and there’s the empty netter.  5-2 Capitals and the eight game winning streak’s officially dead.  Eric Fehr with the goal.

9:23 PM: Clemmensen’s on the bench, six attackers on for the Devils, 1:30 left in the game.

9:21 PM: This is terribly disappointing.  That last power play goal by Washington sucked the life out of the team and the crowd.

9:18 PM: Four minutes to go in the game.

9:16 PM: Too many blocked shots, can’t get anything on Theodore, and the penalty to Brashear is over.

9:13 PM: Brashear goes away for goalie interference.  I missed it.  I’m guessing it was either stupidly blatant so the ref couldn’t ignore it, or an attempt at a pity penalty to make up for the crap call before.

9:09 PM: WEAK.  Nylander scores on the power play that comes as a result of a BS call.  4-2 Capitals.  Now I’m pissed.

9:06 PM: Oh come on now.  Rupp does an excellent job of creating a play for himself, drives on net, stopped by Theodore.  Rupp is tripped up by a stick as he drives, and makes some contact with Theodore…so of course, Rupp’s off for goalie interference.

9:02 PM: Elias with a snapshot on the doorstep that looked like it was in, but alas, was knocked aside by Theodore.  Mine eyes, they deceive me.

8:58 PM: Clarkaround try!  You keep going for it, Clarkie.  One day.  One day.

8:57 PM: I like how “Oduya picks up Langenbrunner at center” when Cap’n plays wing and was against the boards on the blue line at the time of the place.  I miss Doc.

8:56 PM: WOW another shorthanded chance, this time a two-on-one for Zajac and Madden, Zajac can’t bury the shot, however.  Crowd’s woken up, that’s for sure.

8:55 PM: CAPN CLUTCHENBRUNNER!  SHORTHANDED!  3-2 Capitals and we have a hockey game kiddies!  Also, Jamie’s only got one goal so far tonight, he still needs his requisite second goal yet!

8:54 PM: Oh, right, we’re still on a penalty kill.

8:53 PM: We be back yo.

8:35 PM: And that’s the end of two.  Not quite as bad as the first, but still plenty of room for improvement.  3-1 Capitals, stick around for the third.

8:34 PM: Clarkson goes down for hooking behind the play.  We’re also in the last minute of the second period.  We can’t be taking penalties tonight dammit.

8:32 PM: Hard work shift by Gio, sadly with nothing to show for it but possibly some black-and-blues.

8:30 PM: I wonder what Doc does when we play on Versus and he’s not the announcer.  Or what Chico does when there’s a game on Versus and Doc is the announcer.

8:26 PM: The Penguins apparently have a player named Luca Caputi, who has scored in their game.  Tuukaa Rask has some competition for best name in the NHL.

8:23 PM: We finally got that flow I mentioned earlier, end-to-end quickness going on.  Elias with a nice toe drag to pick up Gionta on what was a one-on-two, then breaks his stick going for the shot.  Curses.

8:22 PM: You know, I like the idea of Rupp-Holik-Clarkson, but don’t much care for the idea of Rolston-Madden-Shanahan.

8:19 PM: Elias and Parise get the assists.  With merely a one man advantage, we’re back to not being able to keep it in the offensive zone.  Dang.  And now that advantage is over.  Double dang.

8:17 PM: ROLSTON!  A BLAST from the blue line through a Zajac-ian screen and it’s 3-1.  Still on the PP.

8:16 PM: ‘nother Capitals penalty, and the Devils get a…wait for it…wait for it…2 MAN ADVANTAGE!

8:15 PM: Mike Green’s a hooker.  It’s not a smear tactic, either, the referee says so.  Hence, we’re on a power play now.

8:13 PM: Parise to Zajac on the doorstep and it’s put just wide – maybe off the post.  It’s gonna be one of THOSE nights, eh hockey Gods?

8:10 PM: Couple of nice shots blocked in front and never even make it to Theodore.

8:06 PM: We’re not winning very many loose puck battles this eve, and as such, the majority of the play this period (and in the game) has been in the defensive zone.  And as if that’s not bad enough, they’re playing Red Jumpsuit Apparatus at The Rock.  This game’s getting worse and worse!

8:04 PM: Terribly sorry for the delay, got caught up at the store.  Second period is on, and it’s…3-0 Capitals.  Dammit.  Nylander.  What the hell is going on here?

7:45 PM: That’s the end of the first – 2-0 Capitals.  Back in seventeen.

7:44 PM: Two straight post shots for Washington – for god’s sake, let’s just get out of this period alive!

7:42 PM: This is why I miss Doc & Chico – at least one of them would have told us that the Old Guys Line was not just a practice thing – Rolston, Madden, and Shanahan are skating together.  Meaning Clarkson’s been dropped to a line with Rupp and Holik – Crash Line 2.0 if I ever saw one.

7:39 PM: I think I’ve figured out what’s wrong with tonight’s game – besides the score, of course.  There’s no flow to this game.  So many whistles – offsides, puck out of play, that sort of thing.  It’s kind of annoying, really.

7:38 PM: Clemmensen’s scaring the crap out of me tonight.  Again.  As usual.

7:33 PM: The game’s kind of lagging.  Devils having issues even getting the puck into the offensive zone.

7:31 PM: A surprisingly loud Rangers Suck chant.  Perhaps referring to what we will never speak of again?

7:28 PM: Power play over, and I’m not so sure that we even got a shot on goal during the course of those two minutes.  Poop.

7:26 PM: Paramount to making something happen and being awesome, however, is puck possession, which we seem to be having issues with so far on this PP.  Sigh.

7:25 PM: Nylander to the box for Washington for high sticking, so we’re on a PP.  Making something happen here would be all kinds of awesome.

7:24 PM: Oh for chrissakes.  Tic-tac-toe passing play right off the faceoff and Brooks Laich has basically the entire net to tip in the power play goal.  2-0 Capitals, and where the HELL did our recently awesome penalty kill go?!

7:23 PM: Cap’nbrunner in the box for hooking.

7:22 PM: …did the world REALLY need a reality series about horse jockeys?

7:20 PM: Zubbie wants to continue the world-famous ZubbieCounterContest, but loses the handle on a drive in the slot.  ZubbieCounter remains at 24.  Penalty coming, apparently to the Devils because the fans are booing, but Versus won’t tell us until these words from their sponsors.

7:18 PM: Oh dammit.  Great penalty kill wasted, Mike Green sneaks down and pops one above Clemmer’s glove.  1-0 Washington.

7:17 PM: Niiiice bit of penalty kill by Captainbrunner, getting the puck deep into the Caps zone and not forcing a shot – just hanging on to it for awhile.

7:15 PM: Brashear gets to be a one-man show of puckhandling behind the Devils net.  BRASHEAR.  Eesh.  Devils take a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty, being served by Zubbie.

7:14 PM: The crowd doesn’t look so hot so far.  I hope there’s a bunch of stragglers on the way because of the weather.

7:11 PM: Parise/Zajac/Langenbrunner are buzzing early.  Elias/Zubbie/Gio with an early chance too.  Weeee.

7:10 PM: Aaaaand the puck’s finally on the ice at The Rock.  Jose Theodore’s in net for the Caps, Clemmer for us.  I like it when Theodore’s in net, I seem to recall the Devils lighting him up on numerous occasions.

7:08 PM: There’s some sort of jersey retirement ceremony going on on the other side of the Hudson.  Again.  Now let us never speak of it again.

7:01 PM: Last time these teams met, the Devils broke a four game losing streak by winning 6-5 in the shootout, after allowing Alex Ovechkin to score with one second left.  I remember that game – I was at that game.  As I recall, every time I was not in my seat, we scored.  Every time I was in my seat (or even anywhere NEAR my seat), they scored.  By the end of the night I was watching the shootout on a TV set near the Fire Lounge on the main concourse.  The sacrifices I make for this team!

6:58 PM: So here’s what we got: The Devils ride into this game on an 8 game winning streak.  The Capitals, as of this very minute, sit one point ahead of the Devils for 2nd in the conference.  Win in regulation, and the Devils leap-frog the Caps.

6:57 PM: Why do I love you guys so much?  It’s ’cause you’re awesome, yes…but the things I put myself through just to please y’all…Devils/Capitals coming up on Versus…not only does this mean no Chico…it also means, once again, NO DOC!  Sigh.  I’ll LiveCap it anyway.  Because 2MA is all about the love.