Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Flyers Dec 12, 2009

…. so anyone still annoyed about the egg laid in the Panthers game now??? 🙂

Well here we are… a few mere hours from year 37 on the planet (thank you Jane yesterday for saying I was gonna turn 25!)… and what better way to kick off more birthday madness then a friendly visit from our dear brethren in Phily eh?? No one seems more appropriate for it… and don’t worry… if you didn’t see what happened in 209, you’ll see soon… it’s amazing how idiocy from drunk blondes full of deluded grandeur is still there to bother me eh?? Anyway…. I got a bar to get to, lets kick this bitch OUT!! (I’ve been doing that lately eh?)

the Good:
— Nic Bergfors!! That first goal he scored looks sicker and sicker each time I see it…. GOD DAMN lil fella, you’re a keeper! (not to mention he’s 2nd in the NHL rookie scoring race… can we PLEASE get a dah dat duh daaaaaaa… BERGFORS!!!! soon ??)
— Patrik Elias … GOAL NUMBER 300!!!! (and 301)… and no more fitting team for him to do it against, he smokes them like cheap cigars, without the unsightly burn marks and stinky smells!
— Brian Rolston… yeah I keep saying it… but he’s putting up points again… and I think we’d have signed up for 11g and 8a in 29 games for him, not to mention he gets 4 shots a night….
— the power play was 2 for 6 and GOOD again… so was the pk… mb30 did let in a softie (which ruined his little shutout thing, which I should take as some kinda birthday gift?? :p)
— I really kinda lost track of the game through all the other stuff that happened in the 2nd period (below), and didn’t have the top end eyes and note taking I usually have, but it was one of those nights it was hard to find someone on ice who sucked either!
the Bad:
— I’m really trying to think of a downer about this game (well beside the incident below)… the only thing I can come up with was the mb30 goal and it was BAD… it was Staal-esque actually…… the rest of the game was damn near perfect… they clamped down on a bad team and slowly executed them!!!
— Though thinking about it… have you ever seen a team change coaches like the Flyers did and get WORSE??
— Seems there was an incident across in the 230’s area… was funny to see security HUSTLE through the concourse was damn funny though… and the amount of Orange and Black (that did leave early… TURNPIKE SOUTH, FTW!!) was wayyy too high but it is what it is!

the funny:
— well I kinda goofed and left out a Lord Krang gem or two from HER facebook on Friday… hey no one’s perfect (no matter how much I act like I am eh?)… so when I yelled at people and called out for more contributions from the facebook’ers (maybe I should move this to the 2ma FB?? Anyone??)…. I got this:
** Lord Krang: hey, i contributed, though the convo ended up in my status. i guess that’s not good enough, you attention whore 🙂
** Scott Mackie: Fuck me I forgot it :p
I went to sun after the game….oops 🙂
My bad your lordship!!!
…..speaking of: if you’re an attention whore and no one pays you any, does that make you just a whore?? Not naming names,
jus’askin…
— Damn even lil nicky’s running around throwing punches, we are good to go!!!! (he was wrestling dollar hot dog kid, and he was hammering him with CLUBBING FOREARMS OF DOOM… hell it was WWE-worthy!!)
— A bunch of the usual anti-Flyers chants going on…. some dumb kid in 108 decided to yell back DEVILS SUCK…. and boy they let him HAVE IT…. a “wheels on your house go round n round” chant followed by “get past puberty”…. and my favorite… “PRACTICE FOR ADULTHOOD NOW AND START MAKING OUT WITH YOUR SISTER!!”… there was more and it was harsh and not pleasant, but it did get overshadowed…..
— even ol’Clutch took a nice beatdown for not being in the arena for Friday Night’s game… YOU JUMPED when he yelled CLUTCH STOP SLEEPING and you know it!!!
— Line of the night by Pete too in the first period “YOU KNOW THE FLYERS SUCK WHEN I HAD MORE SHOTS IN THE BAR THEN YOU DID IN THE PERIOD!”

I’m gonna skip the Andy stuff tonight (sorry he was good and played half the game again, as always!)… but I do really want to address and give it the full time it deserves… because it hits so many things I HATE about live sporting events…..don’t get me wrong I love to drink in it’s normal context, but really… why spend the money on tickets AND travel if you’re going to be this stupid dumb fuck drunk that you don’t remember the game (or *AHEM* anything else that may happen that night *whistles*)… or anything else dumb you may do that night.. STAY HOME, it’s cheaper and you only shame yourself and the fans you represent… even when you’re wearing halloween colors…. anyway…..it’s the middle of the second period (the Zajac penalty to reference)… they blow the whistle and let the fans to their seat…. 3 warm and fuzzy Flyers fans who showed up as late as their team did wobble up the steps… they grunt and yell and cheer like they were winning or something… Pete yells something and Nicky yells FLYERS SUCK… I mean yeah whatever… he’s a kid… let it go… but nooooo… the dumb blonde drunk whore (and I KNOW A BIT ABOUT THAT TYPE)… goes back, SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU STUPID TWO YEAR OLD… man Nicky didn’t take it well… his mom took it WORSE (I don’t blame her)…if there wasn’t a row of people between then she’d have bit her head off….. screaming, cursing… and now of course, drunk whore’s BF (or guy she’s using for the ride, the tickets… maybe a blackberry…. could be a trip to AC too, not that I know the type at ALL eh) he decides he has to stick up for her… now it’s a TON of yelling and fuck you’s… and this and that… security takes FOREVER to get there… but they do get there… and people are sorted out… and Nicky’s still crying but now the 3 Phans get taken out as did his parents… the irony in all this… if the morons had gone up the right side of the section for their seats… none of this would happen…

Nicky was ok soon after, he got three chants in his name… ice cream and a hot dog that offically filled the lil fella… and the 4th goal kinda felt like it was in his honor!! You don’t fuck with the guy I tell ya (no I didn’t get involved…. this one was well in hand and to be honest I was kinda too shocked by the whole damn thing to react)

… alrighty… I get a little break here… no game till Wednesday!!! Time to go start enjoy getting older!!!!

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.