Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Penguins, March 12, 2010

OK, so we were HALF right about the Devils and the Olympic Break…. they needed time off and to get the hell home after a two-week break to come back to what we know and love (anyone else buying this or are we just glad they look like they found themselves again?)….either way you want to look at it, two big statement wins in a row over the Rangers and here the Penguins…. and as always a lot to talk about here (don’t I always?)

  • First Period:
  • — So as I was sitting there for warmups (and good to see Jen getting back to games again, FYI), I decided it would be a cool idea to send my half-sister (yes she’s a full blown Parise girl, but she’s 16 it’s ok… least we’re not fighting over Andy right??)…so I thought it would be cool to send her a few Parise pics from the blackberry… and then as I sent them… I realized…. hey, our father’s gonna pay up the ass for the photo texts…. so I sent a few more (I have years… decades…. of being a pain in the ass to father to catch up on :p)…. and I took an informal poll of my friends…. I was being 40% good brother, and 60% douchebag to my dad (but with a 100% approval rating of the douchebaggery!)
    — Also in attendance tonight with me…. Dave from DC, Tammie (I know she comes a lot… but hey she pays she cheers she gets herself there… a perfect ticket buyer!)… and my ex-fiancee #2 was with us as well, yes she’s a Penguins fan, but hey we all have flaws…. (yes an American one before you asses say it… I do… errr.. maybe did? go after and date American women in my time thank you)… and it was kinda weird to have three generations of hockey fans in my life at one game at one time (maybe generations is a bad word, but I don’t like the term “era” there…. whatever)

    — Well that was quick!

    (1 – 0, NJ!) Elias[12] (Greene, Kovalchuk) {1:43}
    Devils win the draw, greene the shot…misses the net
    ….Langs in front but to flies too fast past him, but
    there’s Elias…kick/wham score!!

    — and just as I was saying that was like the ranger game…..

    (1 – 1) Crosby[45] (Kunitz, Dupuis) {2:25}
    Unscreened shot from the faceoff dot, geesh
    that was playoff-type soft!!! Least it wasn’t 5-hole
    in overtime right?? Someone steal her gloves and stick!

    — least mb30 came back big on the next rush with a huge combo save!!
    –kinda funny moment when Malkin flubbed the puck during the pk, the kill chant politely paused waiting for him to get the puck back…heh
    — damn Fleury is giving some BIG rebounds!!
    — Andrew Greene if you hit that post again you’re sleeping on the couch mister!!! (kinda funny that the Pens came back and hit a post too but louder!)
    — wow, they give beer away at Nashville?? Hot shit!!!
    — and go figure the one night I wanna chat with the people I’m with, 209’s in the mood to be loud, go figure!

  • Second Period:
  • — Mottau with a HUGE tie up of the stick on the spinning penguin in front, three years in and he’s getting it :p
    — not much flow in the second but they ACTUALLY call Craig Adams for a MAJOR for hit from behind!! (Crap shoulda been Cooke)
    And holy shit I want those five minutes of life back and now!!
    ** Barry Meikle: As soon as that 5 was announced, I didn’t know whether to be happy or prepare for embarrassment.
    Lord Krang that’s five minutes of my life i’ll never get back
    (I kinda saw it coming we only have enough forwards to pump out 1 3/4 lines of power play talent after all)
    — wow funny we get better action, on the two minute pp, then the five?!?!?
    — gee Malkin falls down, the devils had a major, something was called….amazing how that happens ain’t it??
    — Kovy got a penalty shit and it was so bad my phone crashed…..fail and end of period!
    ** Lord Krang Andy Greene would’ve scored on that penalty shot!
    (she’s right :p)
    — This period kinda sucked, mostly because the Devils were on the power play HALF of it, and we know how that goes!

  • Third Period:
  • — I guess rob niedermommy is pals with Mark Savard?? That was a pathetic attempt at a fight with Matt Cooke and I only justify it by him fighting for Savard’s honor!
    — I guess Andy got threatened with one of my ex’s sitting with me 🙂

    (2 – 1, Devils!) Greene[6] (Kovalchuk, Salvador) {2:06}
    Kovy with a big bomb, as I was giving him the “Lord Krang treatment”
    (basically yelling no think, you play), Fluery the stop but andy with the
    yummy rebound and andy sleeps where andy wants tonight!!!

    ** Barry Meikle: My Pens buddy Sam is gonna get a faceful of Greene jersey at practice on Saturday if this stands up!
    — Langenbrunner being all Stevens-ish shoving that Kunitz through that open bench door!!! Just another piece of the INTENSITY of ten cities in that arena tonight!
    ** Josh Burnett: Chico gets the epic win of the evening, comparing Langs trip to the Pens bench to tag team wrestling, when you bring the guy to your corner and both people wail on him.
    — wow Fleury opens the whine-o-meter!

    (3 – 1) Kovalchuk[35] (Zubrus, Zajac) {9:59}
    Kovy cuts in and just unloads a BOMB with Zajac
    cutting in front, just enough to distract him
    and Fleury goes whining like his captain….
    he got owned sir!! (I guess I’d be pissed off
    of someone swatted my glove when I went to
    make a save, but I’d be man enough to not let my
    glove be moved AND I’d have punched him in the head!)

    — hhahahaha, the candy guy almost did a rail slide back down the section!
    — Jesus Kovy damn near killed himself trying to one time that bombed shot that was tipped (good to see he’s settling down in jersey finally)
    — nice touch to try to let Kovy get the hat on the empty net but the win works too!!
    — and some post-game comments:
    ** Deanna Tortorello Over: Andy gets first star and you interview Marty? C’mon, Fishface!
    Josh Burnett: Andy Greene is FAR too awesome to be near the geezer. Stan would drop dead of a heart attack being anywhere near the aura of Andy Greene.
    Me: Guess Andy didn’t wanna sleep on the couch after all… awwww 🙂

    ….picked a helluva night to be playing hockey eh???

    …. so as I was out re-proving myself to a bunch of hockey loving fools in Morristown…. I get the news of a little trade….

    ANSSI SALMELA IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    … errrr…. yeah…. right!!!

    Well I played good in goal at least 🙂

    (I know I know, I’m just putting it off now)

    and by now you ALL know the details anyway, so now the Devils have the most dynamic Russian born right handed shot winger this side of Ovechkin in the league… THIS IS GOOD….though to remind some people of the crap I heard today before hand…

    “Lou never makes this kinda trade….”
    You guys forget Doug Gilmour?? Maybe that Moginly guy rings a bell…. maybe trading for Richer and Lemieux don’t count either anymore?? The reason the Devils ain’t made this kinda trade in like…. a decade… they DIDN’T HAVE THE PROSPECTS TO DEAL (Even giving them Oduya, and in the NHL Bergfors… looks like that Parise/Bergie sandwich my friend was hoping on is gonna have to wait now…)… the cup board needed to be refilled before Lou could cook up a deal… pretty simple….

    “what about him walking at the end of the year??”
    Kovalchuk (and damn me I gotta add his name to the spell check now) said he wants to WIN… so lets let him do some WINNING here, and I am talking a serious playoff run … and maybe those contract demands shrink (or he signs a one-year cheapie deal like Hossa did in the Detroit to try at it again)

    “wow… we’re kinda good now… again… huh??”
    Umm… yeah!!! When you can roll out a top 6 of:
    Parise-Zajac-Langs
    Elias-Zubrus-Kovy
    and have Rolston and Clarkson on the 3rd line…. yeah that’s damn good…. and buckle in… looks like we may be riding his horse through May this year (for once)…. it’s gonna be fun tomorrow night ain’t it???

    Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Leafs, 1/29/2009

    Did anyone notice the Full Moon last night?? You should have…it set the tone for that game last night… weird shit was EVERYWHERE, 208/209 was a little too drunk and ran out of gas, and boy so have the Devils… the good news is they played Toronto and the Maple Leafs this year are simply known as “Chicken Soup for the Struggling Hockey Club’s Soul”… and on a FUCKING COLD night like last night, we all need a little Chicken Soup!!!

    The Good:
    — ZUBBIE!!!!!!!!!!! See why we didn’t pass the Zubbie Counter to anyone else (yes I’m looking at YOU Mike Jeckel!!), Jesus Christ that was his best game since that 5-point one vs Tampa MANY moons ago …..*sigh* I wish he could do that against non-lottery teams, but that could happen if he sticks with Parise and Zajac
    — Zach Parise was hungry and attacking all over the place tonight… and DAMN he wanted that hat trick… it was like he realized he’s 12 goals behind Marleau and saw the awful Leafs as a chance to get back into it all at once!!!
    — Patrick Davis!! He looks like he’s settling in
    — I liked that Lemaire gave Bergfors a night off… he had totally hit the wall and needed a night to get his legs back… I think Niedermayer needs one or two of these two… and with Pelley back we can SPOT THE OLD FARTS ALSO!!!!

    The Bad:
    — Doc said it nicer then I would have… and I’ll give her credit for it:
    ** Deanna Tortorello Over “I’m pretty sure Doc just said this is Marty’s eleventy-second start.”
    If Martin Brodeur is Canada’s No. 1 goalie in the Olympics next month, as everyone expects, the Devils will probably pay the price in March. Coach Jacques Lemaire said Friday he would have to rest Brodeur if the 37-year-old goalie plays a lot in Vancouver. “If he’s the man to go in all the way through the Olympics, I think we will have to give him some off time after,” Lemaire indicated. “Because that will be intense.”
    So WHY THE HELL NOT START NOW??? Ever hear of PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE??? You don’t beat the horse until it fucking breaks!!! You rest the horse knowing it has a big practice tournament is coming in mid-Feburary… and the REAL EVENT comes in April… you have a VERY capable goalie, who will in theory be here AFTER MB30… PLAY HIM!!!!
    — Speaking of bad decisions… it’s seems Lemaire has been a little Sutter-ized of late… starting Neids and Pando in overtime?? REALLY… the idea is to score goals, not let the group stiffer then an old folk’s home after a tragic Viagra accident out there!!!
    Taking Zubbie off the Parise line (maybe thinking Zubrus needed to come back slow after missing you know.. most of the year and all)… but WAY too much of Nieds and Pando in the 3rd period too….PLAY THE KIDS please!! (nice to bitching they “only” got 8-10 minutes as opposed to the shift and a half under coach prune-face!)
    — the defense… 2 goals in the last 5 minutes and COLTON ORR HAD A BREAKAWAY… let me say that again… COLTON ORR had a goddamn breakaway… I almost don’t blame mb30 for the goal he was probably stunned by it like I get when the random fat guy gets a take off and go breakaway amazed that no one can catch up to his rumblin and tumblin ass and stop him…..Mike Mottau was turning the puck over like it was out of style (but yet he was a +2, how??)… and like I was saying before the excessive ice time has guys playing over their head and it’s coming back to haunt them now… might be a good time to get Corrente, Eckord and Fraser some ice time up here and let some guys if not REST, then slow it down some…….

    The Funny:
    — ah, and where to begin… I think it’s become my new mission in life… I’m sick and tired of the douchey attitude from people in the lower sections where I’ve been going to watch warmups for FIFTEEN YEARS…. and until this year it’s NEVER been a big deal.. stand in a row, watch them warmup, get a feel for the team and LEAVE, your seats BLOW for a full game experience and I hate them… so fuck you I don’t want your seat…. but my God… EVERY game this year it’s attitude about their seats… don’t you have nachos to buy??? So I started standing in the aisle to not deal with it… and last night this rotten little midget who hates life (I swear he was Steve Cangelosi’s KILLER ACCOUNTANT, cause you know those little people hang out together)…. sends his mistake child in like a retard missile barreling and cutting through everyone and clips me in the knee (and I’m still aching from my hockey game last night, so I’m annoyed already), then his dad pushes through me and I snap… YOU KNOW AN EXCUSE ME ACTUALLY works….. he claims he said one, but then again those people in the emails from Nigeria claim I have 50 million sitting there for me….and then the lil accountant starts screaming and cursing at ME because I called him on his douche-ness, which pissed the guy behind me off cause now he’s dropping F bombs like he’s me on here :p….he tells me to go to my seat and I tell him loudly that I have EVERY right to be here cause I’m a season ticket holder and been doing this for FIFTEEN YEARS….and I ain’t going nowhere!!! The lil fella actually went to the usher and whined at her… and I told her … I ain’t going… and going I didn’t!!! Though on sheer principle I let EVERYONE in the area politely and with a smile leave the aisle and the section in front of me… ok on principle to further provel Cangeliosi and Goldberg’s #1 CPA that it was his idiocy that caused the whole thing…. fuck you one time a year person and I HOPE YOU DIE!!!
    (talk about setting the tone eh??)
    — Oh man was 209 a little extra drunk last night… and the full moon added to it I’d bet :p…. poor Pete… he’s got so drunk he got QUIET… that was a weird third period seeing him NOT yell and holler and pester Clutch all game… but hey he got Gustafsson AND Toskala’s names right…. good for him… he’s fucked on Sunday since the guy’s name is QUICK… he doesn’t do one syllable names well….gonna have to coach Dee on advising him since I’ll be here making food for the Royal Rumble!!
    … the KILL chant was off all night too… first it was too fast, like an old record player on 44 instead of 33 (oh wait.. none of y’all know what a record IS… *sigh*)… then it got WAY TOO SLOW… in fact it was so slow it was at a Chris Benoit-level rhythm… what do I mean… a Kill so slow it takes all weekend to finish it off……
    — …. going with the weird of last night…. when Parise (AAAAHHHHH) scored (and what a goal it was)… the dude behind me had a Stone Cold moment…. thumbs on the beer bottle… shakes them beer goes spewing EVERYWHERE… and yeah I got doused… but you know what… I thought about it… this shit washes off… he just wasted $16 on a beer bath… so he’s pissing more money away then I am…. so go him!!!!… and it set up a great line from mister Barry:
    “Barry Meikle: Wow, he’s paying nearly as much per goal as the Rangers did on Gomez.” (since I did comment on it for the facebook thread)
    — one last funny moment I got glimpse of….puck gets chipped out of play and pops some dude in the front row…. he’s wearing a Leafs jersey (sadly it was not our favorite accountant of DOOM)….and he’s wobbling… as he wobbles… I catch the number… he’s wearing a Gustafsson (whatever his name is) jersey…. I kinda sit and think…”shit that was the best save the big Swede made all night!”

    …. So like I said… programming note… Scott’s gonna be HOME for Sunday’s game… so no thoughts about the Kings, well except for the fact that I fucking HATE the city of LA and I hope it dies!! But I do have a month in review to do soon… so Fret not … 2 man shall NOT go into a coma again this week…. and I’m open and willing to take suggestions on what you guys would like me to do to give Olympic Coverage??? Should we adopt a team??? (I say Sweden, no major Devils on the team, so we get rest and we let Lundqvst burn out his puffy padded self in the Olympics so the Rangers suck more, and the Devils get some NEEDED rest)….you guys read this crap… lemme know what ya want!!!!

    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 Caps, Nov. 4, 2009

    Hey!! It seems I find a way monthly to really piss someone off in this place….
    first it’s bad language, then I’m just a fat douchebag (from a chump in Buffalo
    who has to hide behind a fake name, but it is Buffalo… if any sports fan has
    the right to be bitter at the world it IS a Buffalo sports fan :p)…. so anyway…
    love it… or hate it… YOU’RE READING IT and I’ll be in your face either way 🙂
    (more so to mister Buffalo since I will be at the Devils/Sabres game in Buffalo
    Dec 7, I ain’t afraid a mouth to mouth confrontation, hell ask Gina :p) ….Anyway
    on to tonight, and a feel good win…. and WAH.. the Caps don’t have Ovechkin….
    we don’t have Elias, Martin. Oduya (well Pando too but he don’t count)…
    we still keep winning… so there!!!!

    the Good:
    — THREE GOALS… no sitting on the lead… two goals on the power play… this is all good! And the 3rd goal was HUGE when the Devils had their moment of Sutter letting the lead get to 3-2 with 96 seconds left… but that was gladly just an annoyance more then reason to be annoyed….
    — Nick Bergfors!! The kid is making those steps… you know… from nifty player to kid you expect to see good things from with the puck (two power play goals don’t hurt…. neither does playing with Zajac (SCAAWWRRR!) and Parise (AAAAHHH!!!).. that can help your game too… ) but he also plays like he BELONGS there!
    — Did I mention the power play?? Two goals…. FUCK YEAH!!!
    — ROD PELLEY FOUGHT…. ROD PELLEY WON!!! He was actually kinda good tonight…. guess he didn’t like what I said!
    — Brian Rolston!! OK, so what it was a Clark-a-round?? SCAWRRRREEE!!! And it’s a start…. 6 more this month and he might be alright!
    — And hooray!! The Murphy AND Tammie curses are broken… she can come to games now and hope for WINS!!! (Now if only we can get a soccer playing Ninja Turtle to see a win this year…..)
    — and how can I write a “Thoughts” without singing about ANDY GREENE!! 208/209 randomly chants for him on the power play and he trans-morphed into Sandis Ozlinish… he was all over the damn place…. was funny too that we all chanted… he winds to shoot and WE ALL STOPPED in awe and hope of Greene goodness!! (and we had 26 minutes of goodness too!!)

    the Bad:
    — I guess I could call this in the funny, but since I really HATE stupid people… this goes in the bad category…..
    Why is it, the lower you sit the more retarded you are?? This fucking woman next to me is staring at her ticket and then her seat incapable of the simple task of reading both and sitting where the numbers line up!!! And you know of course… excuse me ain’t an option… let me barrel through ya… which ain’t gonna work with the “fatass” who jogged five miles today, walked another three and you know… still plays goalie at 36… just fucking say EXCUSE ME… you won’t die… you won’t get the swine flu and people might actually MOVE!
    — PL^3 I love ya… you play hard… you hit… but dude… really… stop swinging your stick on the forecheck like you’re a Jamaican man in heat scoping for chicks on a nude beach by waving his mammoth junk to wow them! Control that thing!!!!
    — I’m kinda worried a bit about the monster minutes some of our guys are logging again (Langenbrunner 22 mins? Rolston 17? Guess that ain’t so bad…)…. but still we’re gonna wear out our older guns… I know the 4th line sucks and the 3rd line needs work… but damn….this is not good when the schedule tightens…..
    — I’m bitching off ice again… but how come they can re-pave East 22 in like an HOUR but the right lane on West 22 is out FOR
    A MONTH… CMON JERSEY!!!

    the Funny:
    — The devils just asked me to do the pre-game game day rant (the one from the Verizon booth)…my answer “no thanks I do one after!” …. nice comment from Rob when I sent out the text to a few people…. “Oh DEVILS!!”…yes silly silly Devils!
    — the premature goal horn as the Russian Vermin made a save that blooped over the net after Rolston fired… it was pretty funny cause it was obvious from our seats that ain’t going in!
    — and no (GINA :p)… I was NOT talking to myself in facebook… I usually make some notes and comments I use here later… and USUALLY people chirp in and I add funnies to the recap here (remember I’m not allowed to write blogs… good thing I was doing them before they got named as such)… damn that Yankee (and for one person… soccer)… fever…*sigh* what a bad night to not care about baseball eh??
    — speaking of… remember how they yelled at us for FUCK YOU SAM ROSEN last game (Obama-Palooza hit the Rock last week and everyone spazzed out… not like it helped ya Corzine!! I’ve hated him since he shook down the state to raise the sales tax!)…. so well we can’t say “It’s a power play goal…..FUCK YOU SAM ROSEN”…. but we can say it twice!!!
    — and since I am dropping F-Bombs anyway…. would anyone else buy a team USA Jersey that said “AMERICA…. FUCK YEAH!!” on the front???

    Wow, better get used to me sooner or later here… the home games are starting to pile up, 5 more this month… and then… oh boy….10 in December (I will miss 2 going to Buffalo, but you get one FROM Buffalo)… better hope someone else picks up the keyboard and gets to it!!!!

    Devils vs BUFFALO, Oct 28, 2009… Thoughts From Section 209!

    Well you kinda had this feeling it was gonna be UGLY without Paul Martin in the lineup (am I going to trivialize the loss of Pandolfo? Probably… and he’s nowhere NEAR as important to this team…. I’d say on Elias, Zajac and Parise mean more to this team then Paul Martin… but Scott… you mean the goalie too right?? I point to last year’s record and scream NO!!)….. Damn weird too ain’t it that we ALWAYS seem to play them damn Sabres after a MAJOR injury…..though a few years ago I had my oldest niece (hey if Vince McManon can be a loving GRANDPA… can’t I be a loving and awesome uncle?? Hells yes I can!!)… was on the phone and yelled BUFFALO STINKS at a friend of mine before the Bills-Cowboys game… ahh… memories…. tonight the team played like a bunch of goddamn two year olds!!!

    The Good:
    — Yankee fever took over the building again… and honestly I like the place a lil emptier… it’s easier to get around and you can have more fun stretching out and enjoying the space!!!
    — We called up “Lord Krang” Murphy (hey at least Murphy’s point shot on the power play makes it to the net *ahem*)… but we didn’t dress him… that’s a win right there (though with 24 minutes a game to be made up for… why not Eckford or Corrente?)
    — The legend of Andy Greene GROWS even in defeat!!! Doc kinda paused and was like… really? …. hell he even called sir Andy’s goal “Pairse-ian!”
    — Rob Niedermayer….. it just seems EVERY game he does one little…. hard to notice… but smart and slick as hell little play that does something good in each game…. and holy hell with as much hate I have for his brother and damn mother too…. and I was given a bad scouting report from some Stars fans…. he’s really changed my views!
    — Rod Pelley…. damn he doesn’t do MUCH… but holy hell he can give you on LIFE ENDING body check a game… hey I have the bar set low… and there ain’t much good to talk about in this game….
    — We had a POWER PLAY GOAL…. and more on THAT later…..
    — it was good to see 208/209 FINALLY in the mood to make some noise tonight… but I’ll get to this later also……
    — We got candy for showing up!!! Though I did give the candy away wanting no part of extra calories :p

    the Bad:
    — goaltending… someone wanna tell mb30, the season of giving is CHRISTMAS and NOT HALLOWEEN?? This game was over from the get-go when the goalie lets two gimmies in… and now of COURSE we’ll see him tonight *eyeroll* “gotta play out of the funk”…. well it’s been a goddamn MONTH and you’ve had THREE good games….. Hell a big difference in the game was Ryan Miller not only outplayed “our boy” but he made two or three BIG MOMENTUM KILLING SAVES that turned the play for them….*ahem*
    — Brian Rolston… it’s funny I actually get happy when he hits the net now… but really… what the HELL are you doing out there? He’s the ONE guy who has the ability and track record to step up and be Elias in his absence… but we’re gettin NOTHIN from him….
    — again as much as I loved the “Rod Pelley hit of the day”… if the 4th line wants to be a -2 in 7:00 of ice time… the fuck with them too……
    — and nothing like an Obama-paranoid security staff being an extra pain in the ass and damn near Meadowlands like… I know my good ways in and out of the arena and wanted to use my no-line bathroom (no I am NOT telling you where it is… suck it!) and my little steps to the right to get out… but security REFUSES to let us know… Jesus Christ at least TELL US why I can’t go to the bathroom I’ve been using since the damn place was BUILT… what an annoying night all around…..

    the funny:
    — Poor Rob… he’s all happy and excited it’s his birthday… and we find out tonight… his celebrity co-birthday dude….. STEVE CANGELOSI… well Robert, you and the lil guy go have a helluva night, would ya’s????
    — Ate in the Brick City Grill again, they re-did the upstairs…. gotta say it’s pretty nifty up there and yummy murder-burgers indeed!! But when you sit down at your table and open your menu and see NO MENU… you know you’re in for a bad night!
    — so like I said before…. for as long as I’ve been a Devils fan and sitting in the noisy sections… when the Devils score a power play goal… it’s “1…. 2…… 3…. IT’S A POWER PLAY GOAL….. FUCK YOU SAM ROSEN!!” (oh no, the F-Bomb… what about the children?? Well how do you think they got here… mommy and daddy DID get it on at some times….)….we get a security guard to come up and YELL AT US FOR SAYING FUCK??? Really?? Seriously?? CMONNNN, this thing is a tired old tradition!! I mean what are we gonna say… it’s a POWER PLAY GOAL… MAKE LOVE YOU SAM ROSEN??? Good Lord that would be the gayest thing evvvveeerrrrrrr… hell I tried the edited line… and well it sucked on a Murphy-like level!
    — Lindy Ruff calling timeout with 30 seconds left… I chuckled!
    — ahhh… facebook commentary (always weird when it comes from one of the people sitting NEXT to me)
    “Tammie Hamilton: dear tammie stop coming to home game you make us lose ? the entire new jersey devils” … no we don’t blame you Tammy… Tammie… both… neither??? We blame the aura of Murphy… it calls to you, it understands… it talks to thee!
    — damn my phone and me slipping on the “A” button while carrying stuff to the seat… it leads to THIS:
    “Amanda Schultz: Scott – the golden rule of tonight is – “If it’s in your pocket, lock it!” LOL Thanks for the very interesting phone call this evening. I am now enlightened! :)” …. I’m just glad it wasn’t a customer and it was someone who knows I’m an idiot and can deal and make fun of me for a whoopsie with the blackberry….
    — and well a certain Ranger fan from a lesser blog wanted to get mentioned in here… but frankly like his team… the commentary wasn’t good enough!!

    Even with no home games for a week… I ain’t done with ya’s yet…. got a month in review for your digesting… and for those who care I do write the NFL Week Preivews on facebook AND NJDevs…. it’s easy enough to find… and CMON… you know you can’t get enough of me 😀

    Oh, there you are, hockey!

    Game night.  Devils/Rangers.  Let’s see if Marty can, y’know, win a game at the Garden for a change.  It’s only been TWO AND A HALF YEARS.

    2MA will probably be on radio silence this evening (but you expected that, right?  We’re the flakiest bunch of flakes who ever flaked in from flaketown).  I’ll miss the beginning portion of this game due to my damned continued schooling.  Might try to get up a post-game analysis-type thing afterwards though, so stop in around midnight (or tomorrow, if you need your beauty rest).

    The pertinent info for tonight:  Brodeur in net (a-duh), Pikkachu and PLcubed in the press box, Peters and Halischuk on the ice.  Everything else as it was last game (yes, likely including Zubrus centering Parise and Langenbrunner to start…god help us all.  Though at least we don’t have to change the name ZZPop).

    See y’all at some point after the game.  Oh, and wish me luck on my midterm.  Gonna need it.

    Thoughts From Section 209…. Devils/Flyers, a home opener we shoulda left closed!

    OMG!!!
    OMG!!!
    OMG!!!
    I AM SO FREAKING OUT I WILL ACTUALLY SAY OH MY GOD!!!!
    WE LOST THE HOME OPENER TO THE FLYERS… OH NO… babies are burning… dogs are getting humped by cats… the Cubs will win a World Series!!!!!!!

    CALM THE FUCK DOWN PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!
    It was ONE GAME… and it’s gonna hurt people to hear this (but hey that is what I do, right?)… the Flyers are a BETTER team then we are… the Penguins… are a better team then we are (least right now)

    Tonight’s Lines:
    Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner
    Rolston-Zubrus-Bergfors
    Pandolfo (lord knows why…)-NiederMOMMY-Clarkson
    Peters-Pelley-Halischuk

    Oduya-Martin
    White-Mottau
    Salvador-Murphy

    The Good:
    — Well hats off to Bill for organizing that pre-game Bar Crawl all over Ironbound…. stir-fried abortion pizza aside, it was a hundred stars and we all had a FANTASTIC TIME… well till we hit the Arena Bar and we all scattered… that die hard U of Michigan fan doing the play by play on the MSU game on the phone was truly one of the funniest things I ever saw (well aside of me turning THAT pizza box into a Hell In A Cell Type foreign object… Gina took more head shots from it then Pacino did in Scarface :p)
    — Rolston on the power play to avenge that horrific 5 on 3 in the first period…. and Langenbrunner on the short handed goal…. shame I didn’t feel like celebrating the goals cause they felt wasted and I’d rather save that for Monday now….
    — Good loud and READY crowd… shame they got NOTHING to cheer for… grrrrr
    — 2 points for the Zubbie monster!! Since he is like the 2ma mascot… gotta cheer for that… also Nick Bergfors getting an assist was nice….

    The Bad:
    — Well.. the game… the GOALTENDING for damn sure… like I said… there are teams WAY better then us now… so that means YOU
    … mister REPUTATION GOALIE… GET OFF YOUR ASS AND ELEVATE TO BE THAT BEST GOALIE IN THE WORLD YOU DELUDE YOURSELF INTO THINKING YOU ARE… instead we get a vinatge Nabakov impressinon and MB30 shits the bed so much that HHH is gonna smell the leftovers during the main event tomorrow night!!!
    — Oduya/Martin and White/Mottau?? How many coaches are going to fail with this top 4?? I love ya Jacques and you are wise… this is NOT the way my friend…..
    — So we fire Cameron the shirt tossing fuckface… and can’t find ANYONE ELSE to embarrass themselves in our arena?? So we bring the walking pile of AIDS BACK? Least now it fit the goaltending effort :p
    — that 5 on 3 for two minutes in the first period was one of the harshest most painful moments of GAME OVER hockey I ever sat through in October…. I’ve seen worse in April…..
    — Ryan Murphy… you are NOT Andy Greene sir.. give him his spot back!!!!
    — Speaking of minuses … Johnny Oduya a -3? oi to the VEY indeed…..

    the Funny:
    — Well besides the bar crawl of course :).. anyone who’s been following my football commentary… I’ve been using this analogy to describe how I feel as a Cowboys fan seeing Terrell Owens being the Buffalo Bills’ problem this year:
    “It’s like you walk down the street… you see someone… aw shit it’s your ex… she gets closer and the closer she gets the more you realize she put on like 50 ponds… and the more you see it.. the better you feel”….well lo and behold … I did walk past an ex coming down the escalator… and well fuck my life… SHE PUT ON LIKE 50 POUNDS…I have to admit I did chuckle!!!
    — BREAKING NEWS, an usher to be unnamed has revealed to me that a certain mister steve cangeolsi has certain issues and does not like to be informed or reminded of his lack of height..yes people, cang has a napolean complex!!!!!!! I am set for life!!! (and anyone who knows me … and why, I’m gonna beat this horse into the tiny little ground the dude stands on!!!)
    — damn I almost forgot this… and I am glad I facebook shit to keep it in mind… seeing Jamie get ID-ed in bar number three…. FOR A COKE… that was funny but sad all in one as well
    — Lil Nicky, you are STILL a star… and that under the radar “cuckoo” message… hundred stars and the lil fella did get it all right again!

    Alright I think I put enough into this tonight… and it’s Hell in a Cell tomorrow… and then Hell with Ranger fans… maybe the shit stink will be GONE by then…….

    Pre-Pre Season Rookie Camp Scrimmage… Thoughts from.. ahhh, wherever the hell I was sitting…

    Now I know summer time filler ain’t my thing, but this worked out PERFECTLY…. a Friday Night i was in and fell asleep before 4am…. a new coach… new outlook on life… and time to put the miserable feelings and hatred and anger (not like my personal life mirrored the way the Devils season went… oh no no no no :p)…. Season tickets are all but paid (I got kinda lucky, a customer’s entire network took a shit… and hey it paid the STH bill… I love IT!)… and it’s time to start letting ALL (and I do mean ALL) the miserable feelings and hatred go to the wayside and get re-vamped on life and Devils hockey!!!

    So before I start, I’ve answered it a million times, and lemme steal my mystery friend’s FAQ section:

    — Scott: Aren’t you freaking out because the Devils lost all those players and didn’t sign no one??
    NO… in fact the opposite… I’m jacked up about it… those guys took us as far as they would go, and it’s time to pass the torch as it was from Richer/Lemieux/MacLean and Driver…. and then to Elias/Stevens/Niedermommy… and NOW it’s FINALLY time… it’s time for this THIRD generation of Devils talent (Zajac/Parise/Martin… soon to be Corrente, Eckford, Bergfors and Tedneby) to GET THE HELL OUT THERE and make THEIR mark on Devils hockey now and forever!!!! And that’s just awesome to me… this is how you WIN in the NHL… you maximize your cheap talent… surround it with GOOD talent… keep the team kinda young and enhance your core!!!

    — But Scott, what if the rookies suck??
    … and the vets didn’t?? How many times did Gionta shoot it right into the logo… or Madden not that accurate… and Mister NoGoalik was just a FORCE the second time around right??? I’ll take a young guy who will improve and has UPSIDE over an old fart ready to fall off the cliff ANYDAY!!

    — so, Scott are you past your hatred of Martin Brodeur yet??
    … no… fuck him… mb30 still pisses me off and it’s the ONLY thing I like about Lemaire being here (well aside his teaching ability)… he’s the only coach who made our prick “superstar” sit his ass on some pine!

    Anyway… before this becomes a 500-page tangent… Let’s get to today’s goodness!!
    Instead of the good the bad and the funny, I think I’ll take it player by player and add some overall comments too:

    62: Mattias Tedenby:
    HOLY SHIT was he a man amongst boys today (if you’re on my facebook and if not dammit why not??) you saw me RAVING about him left right and sideways!! The kid is FAST as anything… he’s always making moves (I don’t think there was one shift where he didn’t beat a player one on one and do something with it).. he didn’t score today but he didn’t NEED to… he was the best damned guy on the ice today BY FAR!! I think he gets a legit shot in training camp… I know he was playing lesser talent, but he had the LOOK, the moves, the feel and the swagger of an NHL-Ready player today!

    10: Rod Pelley:
    Bleech… didn’t do much, but then again… I don’t expect much from him….
    he’s been pretty much handed a spot on the roster… so be it….
    Facebook status comment: “rod pelley is the new pandolfo”

    52: Nick Palmeri:
    Me and Rob kept commenting on how much he was dragging the Tedenby line down today… slow… plodding… stone hands all over the place… our luck he plays good defense and makes the team… given it’s ONE GAME and anyone can suck on any given day… but that today was also Pandolf-ian, I don’t think he lasts long in camp

    34: Matt Corrente:
    Did not play shoulder injury… that bummed me… i was gonna focus on him as much as the “MagicSwede” as we named #62 today

    51: PL^3… also looked like you’d expect…threw some hits… raised some hell… ran a goalie (I still get mad when goalies don’t jump up and attempt murder like I would….) had a nice two stuff and tip play in front of the far nets from us and tried to lobby like hell for the goal…. but was not meant to be!!!

    Jeff Frazee:
    Looked pretty good even in the losing effort (well aside from the penalty shot… he got deke-man-willied to hell on that one) and was the best of the three goalies today… no clue which one was Long and which was Felice… goalies are not worthy of numbers it seems 🙁

    50: Matt Halishcuk…scored.. was in front of the net alot and did a LOT of good things today… I liked what I saw of him and he’s gonna get a two fingered serious look in camp for sure!!

    66: Derek Rodwell… of the guys I knew nothing about, our 5th round pick impressed the HELL out of me… good size… good hands… plays a bit nasty and scored a penalty shot goal… he’s a guy to keep an eye on…..

    Didn’t really notice our Russians in Zharkov or Vasyunov (though he did have a nice point blank chance to ice it late and blew it!), Jacob Josefson looked overwhelmed and not ready yet, which is ok too… and there was one fight which I am uploading on the youtube as I type this!!!

    Goals:
    (1-0) Eckford.. jumped into the slot and ripped a wrister clean over the goalie… pretty stuff!
    (1-1) Cormier… stuffed home a rebound on Frazee off the near post
    (2-1, white) Halischuk… a sweet move in front where he was given WAY too much time… waits.. looks… dekes.. TOP SHELF… you get served!! (team white’s D was not so hot at best)
    (2-2) Eric Castonguay is ALL ALONE in front again and rips one of BOTH POSTS and somehow in the net… he was this close to blowing it… which would have probably gotten him a roster spot!
    (3-2, black) Derek Rodwell…. who like I said before was impressive… penalty shot goal… to be youtubed ASAP
    (3-3) Griner… a long wrister from the point…hits goalie (not frazee) in the shoulder, then off the stick and in…yeah Chico he’s gonna want that save back :p
    (4-3)Mcintrye a penalty shot goal that can only be called UBER-POWNAGE!! Video to follow (in lieu of penalty calls they get penalty shots)

    Most of the Devils staff and higher-ups were there… saw Stevens on one team… saw Lou and Terreri… and Sergei Brylin too!! (poor Sarge… he looked like he just woke up and had a WICKED hangover too :p)

    How’s that for a lil piece of October in July???
    Once the videos are all up… I’ll let ya know… or just keep an eye on http://www.youtube.com/crashliner

    Game 5: Hurricanes @ Devils SORTACAP!

    10:08 PM: I’m gonna call it a night, boys n’ girls.  Thanks as always for hanging with me.  Goodnight!

    10:05 PM: It’s funny how my Sorta-Caps always turn into LiveCaps at the end.  Devils lead the series, 3-2, game 6 in Raleigh Sunday – if the Capitals beat the Rangers tomorrow night, then our game Sunday will likely be on MSG+ at night.  If the Rangers win, our game will likely be on NBC during the day.  I’m pulling even moreso for the Caps tomorrow, ’cause, well, I got work on Sunday.

    10:03 PM: Doc, doing the usual end-of-game TV stuff…”This game is a copyrighted event, you don’t want to monkey with our attorneys, ’cause they’re tough.”  Bwahahaha.

    10:01 PM: Three stars:  3. Andy Greene, 2. David Clarkson, 1. Martin Brodeur.  I love Andy Greene, and I can’t stand the Hurricanes, but Ward should have been one of the three stars.

    10:00 PM: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!  Jesus Christ I could not handle letting one up late again.  Holy god.  Game over, Devils win, 1-0, and there will be at least one more playoff game at the Rock.  Oh god it feels good.

    9:58 PM: Okay, after the icing it was a Hurricanes time out.  Now it’s a Devils time out, after a drive is covered by Brodeur.

    9:56 PM: Oduya without a stick in the defensive zone, Martin picks up the pick and goes all the way up ice, Elias with a blast, Ward loses the rebound way out of the net but no one can connect with Ward out of position.  Eventually, Devils ice the puck, Devils time-out, and there’s 23 seconds left with a faceoff in the Devils zone.

    9:55 PM: HOLY GOD WHAT GLORIOUS CHANCES!  Ward out of the net, less than a minute to go.

    9:53 PM: Wow, shots are 40-39 Devils.  The goalies are by far the stars tonight.  Two minutes to go.

    9:50 PM: Again, Chad LaRose is given room to move.  Again, Marty’s up to the task.  Scary nonetheless.  Four and a half minutes left.

    9:49 PM: Pandolfo sprung on a glorious breakaway and stopped by Ward!  Drats!

    9:47 PM: Andy Greene is playing out of his freakin’ mind.  He’s gotta be at at least a half-dozen shots, as a third-pairing defenseman.

    9:46 PM: Bad defense there.  Rolston bounces it off the boards back to Martin, who’s not really paying much attention…

    9:45 PM: Devils to the PP, Eaves takes…some sort of penalty.

    9:43 PM: We can’t keep thinking Chad LaRose is Chad LaRose and therefore doesn’t require attention.  He’s playing out of his mind this series, stop letting him WALK RIGHT IN ON GOAL UNTOUCHED!  Luckily Marty’s not asleep.

    9:40 PM: Nine minutes left in the game.  That stomachache I had during game 3?  It’s back.

    9:38 PM: HUGE glove save by Cam Ward on Parise.

    9:37 PM: Blue Jackets give up a goal with less than a minute left in their game, after taking a too many men on the ice penalty, and Detroit has swept Columbus.  Shame.  Philly beats Pittsburgh and lives to fight another day.

    9:32 PM: Playoff hockey is hazardous to one’s health.

    9:29 PM: Penalty: Killed.  Phew.

    9:27 PM: Colin White’s out of the box.  Johnny Oduya’s in the box.  He done cross-checked a Hurricane.

    9:25 PM: Game back on.

    9:07 PM: Aaaaand that’s the end of the second.  Hurricanes will start with a minute of PP time when the third starts, and the Devils lead 1-0.

    9:05 PM: White to the box for roughing with less than a minute to go in the second.

    9:04 PM: Must be embarrassing, Chad LaRose, to be thrown to the ice by Brian Gionta.

    9:00 PM: Blue Jackets/Red Wings game is nuts, 5-5 after 2.  C’mon Jackets!

    8:59 PM: Jesus Christ, Mike Rupp.  It’s not often you can get sprung on a breakaway like that from Marty Brodeur.  The least you could do is PRETEND like you don’t have hands of marble and maybe, y’know, not get pickpocketed from behind?

    8:52 PM: Okay, it was tipped by Clarkson.  I was so excited for the Mean Greene Goal-Scorin’ Machine.  Now he’s just a Mean Greene Assist-ing Machine.  I’ll take it anyway.

    8:50 PM: GOAL!  Andy Greene with a rocket from the point!  Possibly tipped by Clarkson in front, 1-0 Devils!

    8:46 PM: Much as I don’t like to give other team’s players affectionate nicknames, particularly pains-in-the-ass like him – but Ryan Bayda needs a nickname.  Ryan VHS Or Bayda?  Ryan Bayda-kerotine?  Ryan Alpha Bayda Parking Lot?

    8:44 PM: Still no score, 12 minutes left in the second.

    8:37 PM: Clarkson got sammiched by opposing sticks.  No penalty.

    8:33 PM: So much for that PP.  Rolston goes down for holding, 4-on-4 for a minute or so.

    8:30 PM: Second period on, it looks like Marty was indeed cut by the skate blade of the Hurricane.  He’s still out there, so I guess he’s good?  Starting the period with the fire that we need, and Tim Gleason interferes with Parise, so the Devils to the PP.

    8:11 PM: No score after one.  Andy Greene is shooting like he wants to keep playing beyond tonight.  I like that.  He’s talking to Stan Fischler now, and looks weird with a playoff beard.  Devils looked good late in the period and might have scored with there were a few more minutes in the period.  Gotta come out with that kind of fire to start the second.

    8:05 PM: Alright.  Alright.  Marty gets tripped, but if the last few days have done anything for me, it’s gotten me intimately acquainted with NHL rule 69.1, and since the dude who took Marty’s feet out from under him was being pushed/trying to avoid contact, it’s no penalty.  Somewhere in the resulting play, Marty picks up an interference penalty, and seems to be kind of hurt, though he’s still playing.  Might have been cut by the skate of the offending Hurricane.

    8:04 PM: I…have no words.  I want to see a replay before I completely freak.

    7:54 PM: THAT was the big save by Marty that we desperately needed.  Great play by Johnny O, cutting out the passing lane on that 2-on-1.

    7:43 PM: Oooooh that’s rich, goalie interference on David Clarkson three minutes into the game.  Is that how it’s gonna be?

    7:34 PM: Anton Babchuk, he of the four goals against the Devils and the cannon of a slapshot on the powerplay, is a healthy scratch this evening for Carolina.  Allow me to ask the same question I’m sure most New Jersey (and Carolina) fans are asking when I say…B-WHAAAAAA?

    7:15 PM: Hey gang.  Can’t commit to being here all game long for a true LiveCap, so I’m going to check in every once in awhile with thoughts and observations.  Consider this an open thread for game discussion.