Hey Look!!!! We gots us a Devils game!!!!

But damn I miss the Olympics already (curling… women’s hockey, and not to mention the fun of the men’s tournament… it was all great, but hey all good things must end, and we’ll get it again in 4 years right??)… I just feel I picked up some momentum from the Olympics (I’d love to say the site did, but it’s painfully obvious at this point that I’m two-man all alone ain’t it?)… and I just wanna keep the flow going here…. but I’m not recapping tonight’s game…. tonight’s my favoritest of bar nights and all…. I ain’t giving that up, and my deal was always the home games :p…. not to mention I feel there is too much me going on here anyway as is…. so I figured I’d remind you of my “Guest Host” concept…. you write it… I post it here… just keep it about the Devils…. hell I don’t care if you write 1200 words saying what a douche I am (a certain ninja turtle fan out there will say I welcome it!)…. but I want a second voice, at least, speaking up on this damn site…. so CMONNNNN!!!!!

However that rant aside, I have almost a year of pent-up anger to shoot off at old coach prune-face in Calgary so I can see me doing some kinda write-up to shoot off on him now ruining my second favorite team as well….. but if you got something to say… holy hell… just SAY IT, I’d say email it to the 2man email…. but… umm…. I don’t think I know the username and password (again if you knew the awkwardness of being handed the keys to the site but I can’t check under the hood or even open the trunk, it’s kinda weird)
so if you want…. email through the facebook site ( http://www.facebook.com/twomanadvantage ) or just [email protected], I tend to check that enough on my cell phone…. so it’s all good…..

And oh yeah… get the hell back out there Paul Martin (and CMON LOU, we need a defenseman!!!)
Let there be NHL Hockey again!

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 😀

Wait, the Sabres are good?

So who’d have thought that this stretch of games against the Rangers, Penguins, and Sabres would prove to be an early-season measuring stick?  I mean, Penguins, of course.  Rangers & Penguins?  Okay, maybe.  But where the HELL did the Sabres come from?

The Sabres sit at 6-1-1 coming into tonight’s game at The Rock.  This means that the Devils last three opponents will have had a total of FIVE combined losses on the season before the Devils got their hands on ’em.

The win over the Penguins Saturday night was costly, however.  As you may know by now, both Paul Martin and Jay Pandolfo will be out 4-6 weeks due to seperate arm owies.  While Super Jay has been having a great year so far, he’s somewhat replacable in the lineup (Matt Halischuk probably gets regular playing time now).  But Paul Martin?  His loss could suck.  It could suck a lot.

I mean, because Paul Martin’s out, the Devils called up Cory Murphy.  THAT’S how much the loss of Martin sucks.  Granted, Murph was called up as a seventh defenseman, and won’t be in the lineup tonight, but still.  Our D-corps is pretty banged up in the early going, with Mike Mottau coming back from injury and Colin White and Bryce Salvador both puck magnets.  Factor in Johnny Oduya being less amazing than he has been, and our defense is basically Andy Greene and a buncha scrubs.  Lucky for us, Andy Greene = Wins.

The Devils are 5-0 on the road, which kind of sucks because tonight’s a home game.  In the friendly confines of Newark, New Jersey, the team is 1-3.  And the one win came against a surprisingly bad Carolina team.  That’s…not so good.  A win tonight, however, and all early-season home struggles are forgiven.

Come back here post-game for a Scott Mackie-style post-game recap!  Also, I’m not going to PROMISE it, but there’s gonna be a LiveCap coming eventually.  I haven’t forgotten, I just tend to be in class during the games.  I’ll set one up soon and let you, the loyal 2MA reader, know well in advance.  It’ll be a little party, it will!

Mmmm, Victory

Tastes good, don’t it?

That’s a win, kiddies.  That’s a WIN.  Walk into the building of the defending Stanley Cup champions and deliver a good old crotch-stomping to the tune of a 4-1 victory.  Beautiful.

(Side note:  Does anyone else get the feeling that Marty would be pushing 200 shutouts if Chico wasn’t one of our announcers?)

Anyhoo.  Stellar game.  The Devils are now 5-0 on the road (yet 1-3 at home.  Gotta fix that.).  The Penguins came in riding a SEVEN game win streak, and the win was only their second loss on the year.  The first was to the Coyotes.  True story.

Let’s discuss goal scoring for a moment:  Mark Fraser not only notches his first NHL goal, but also the first goal by a Devils defenseman all year.  Bergfors goes from slumping to a hot stick in two games, potting his second in as many games.  Zajac and Parise hook up for a goal and assist each, clearly trying to prove to Lemaire that BFFs on the same line should never be broken up.

The only downsides to this game:  Both Jay Pandolfo and Paul Martin go down with unspecified injuries.  And some might argue the former may not be much of a downside (sorry Super Jay).

Edit 10:47 PM: Tom Gulitti reports that Paul Martin may have a broken forearm and that Jay Pandolfo’s right shoulder popped from the socket on a hit from behind by Mike Rupp.  Both could potentially be lost for awhile.  That could suck.

So the Devils come home to rest and relax for a few days before taking on the Sabres at The Rock on Wednesday.  A good game to head home to.

Devils vs. Thrashers, 10/16/09…Thoughts from Section 209

Sorry about not doing this last night (but hey, so much other stuff to read on 2ma, right??)…. sometimes ya just wanna go out and let the awful game settle in and think about it…. 14 years of experience will do that to you and your writing… and sometimes ya gotta say fuck it and go out and grab a few beers (oh NO… bad language and now he’s endorsing drinking some alcohols, welcome to the Rated R Recap indeed…. I should pull an Edge and do a “Live Sex” gimmick too :p)…. and not like the Devils gave me a helluva lot to talk about right??

the Good:
— I thought Bryce Salvador had an excellent game and always seemed on the ice… and then I get home and see he played 14 minutes??? Hell I thought he had that in the first period…..
— Paul Martin (looked good with Salvador too)…. and more and more each game he’s jumping into the play… he’s doing things offensively… a +2 last night… and he’s the ONLY guy on the blue line who’s gonna be able to be that extra guy to make the difference on certain plays… he’s got the green light to GO and he’s been doing good with it!
— Again Jamie Langenbrunner makes a total HOLY SHIT pass to feed Parise for the goal, that actually woke the arena up for all of …. 3:49 (hey least the fail is taking longer to happen then the 82 seconds from last year…)
— the first period was simply a fantastic domination (but they didn’t score…. if there was more good to mention I’d have chopped this one on the editor’s floor, but I am working from a VERY limited canvas here)

the Bad:
— David Clarkson had a breakaway late in the first but was totally gassed on a long shift…. this turned out to be kinda important because a goal in the first period coulda been a back breaker the way the can of whoop ass was being enjoyed!
— Andrew Peters…. you can’t score, you don’t hit, you can’t skate and even YOUR FIGHTING SUCKS!!!! (I hate to say it… but the blonde was right… he should use his skate blade next time, it might be more interesting :p)
— the power play… WHAT?? Can’t score… WHAT???…. Gives up a game killing shortie….WHAT!!!!! Good Lord are special teams are killing us……
— ….. as much as the GOALTENDING is… Not only were 2 or 3 of those goals BAD last night… but a bad goal is something I am growing to get used to, but that shortie where he just kinda stood there like a Deer with Down’s Syndrome into the headlights… I’m really starting to think something is WRONG with mb30 (he wasn’t doing ANY of this in the pre-season and he’s giving up Andrew Raycroft level of bad goals now…. really it’s time to free the Denis!!)
— Ryan…. Alex (let’s see who gets the reference :p)….Cory…. Murphy whatever the hell your first name is… go away and go away NOW!!! WE WANT THE LEAN MEAN GREENE MACHINE DAMN YOU!!!!

the Funny:
(don’t worry there was some!!)
— There was some pre-game amusmements tonight still…..we’re sitting down there watching warmups… and one of the Devils does the nice guy thing and tosses a puck to some kids in the front row…. one of those lil fellas goes to grab the puck but misses it and takes it to the head (no I am NOT that cruel… this is not the funny part)…. the funny part is one of his little friends grabs the puck and goes running to mommy and daddy about the puck… they go… shouldn’t you give that back to the kid who took it to the face?? and like ANY good friend… he’s like … NAH!!! Now there’s a friend for ya…. point and laugh at a friends fail AND keep the trophy to remind him!!!
— 209 was as dead as the rest of the place… but damn a whole period of J-E-T-S… SUCK SUCK SUCK!! That’s the kinda stuff that gets ME through the night!!!
— I did spend way too much time being an asshole on facebook last night since I was oh so bored in the game….. don’t worry I had a moment of thinking about the kids and wasn’t gonna mention someone’s sick and twisted… for lack of a better term… Cangeliosi-gasm…. sometimes ya just… gotta… be… there!!!
— nice to know we can still yell… SHANAHAN…. 19… ZAJAC… fuck my life, when Zajac scores!! (thank you your Lordship!)
— Here just this 3rd period sequence on facebook deserves it’s own social commentary :p
Scott Mackie Wow, looked like mb30 was playing dodge ball on that one…..

Lord Krang that was actually a great shot… Cory Murphy got beat on that play. he’s your dog.

Deanna Tortorello Over I take nothing away from the shot. I just felt it would be a shame letting Chico’s fantastic color commentary go undocumented. 😉 “Just in case you were wondering, the name of that goal was the “toe-drag snapper.” I know this because Chico told me so.”

Scott Mackie Still, looked the goalie was down and praying on the play
Fucker :p

Lord Krang you sound like a grumpy old man. don’t worry, andy greene will EVENTUALLY play a home game and all will be good again. 🙂

Scott Mackie I AM A GRUMPY OLD MAN :p (I’m gonna regret saying this here…)
(then Parise scores….)
Its amazing how this team can look like soggy donkey balls but yet make one absurd play like that parise goal and it all changes!!!

Lord Krang WELL FIND YOUR INNER 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thoughts from Section 209…. Devils/Rangers… weekend of sports hell…..

So let’s see….Devils lose twice… the only athlete who looked more pathetic this weekend then mb30, was that dumbo-looking idiot quarterback of mine in Dallas… the Hell Cell PPV was an organized train wreck that looked like it was booked by the Cowboys coaching staff… and now captain douchebag Brett Favre is walking over the team he played more retirement games then Roger Clemens!!! Oh holy shit I am in a warm and peppy mood for THIS game tonight…. if you don’t like bad language… GET THE FUCK OUT NOW!

The lines:
Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner Rolston-Zubrus-Bergfors
Pandolfo-Niedermommy-Clarkson Peters-Pelley-Pikkachu (the P’s are for PISS POOR PLAYERS)

Martin-Oduya, White-Mottau, Salvador-Murphy

the Good:
— Bryce Salvador… he had an excellent game… smart plays… good D and some nasty shots….
— Johnny Oduya you get a complete and total free pass for tonight simply for turning and making Chris Drury into hamburger after he did his best Flozell Adams impression damn near taking Paul Martin’s leg off his body… good sign number two in this is the simple fact that this team would NEVER do this last year under Mister Roboto!!
— Danius Zubrus… he’s been flat out AWESOME so far and well he’s been… oh… we’re 0-2…. yeaahhhh, well dammit he’s still been good!!!
— Also gotta say Robbie Niedermommy is warming up to me (maybe it’s the number 21)… but that shifty dive to draw a penalty to negate what seems like the one penalty we DID kill, that was A Plus little thing stuff there! FB Commentary: “Rob was just an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire.” ….. my reply: “But I was fed a bad scouting report on him for years by a big-mouth stars fan now living in LA!!”
— Jacques Lemaire… he used his timeout wisely (TAKE THAT BRENT!)… he’s fooling with the lines… like I said before this team is a puzzle that has not been figured out (please play Zubrus with Rolston and Clarkson)… but I see difference in offensive plays… passes are a bit more creative… Martin and Oduya are up the ice….Oduya damn near scored on that shortie 2 on 1…. and I like the fact that we have a superior HOCKEY MIND behind the bench and a row of Hall of Famers in Support Structure!! This team will get figured out (and getting your all time leading scorer HELPS too), if these two losses were Montreal and Washington no one would be freaking!
— That Zajac goal speaking of passing and creative plays… that shit was as pretty as it get!! And since we still have our little Napoleon the announcer… least even HE knows it’s ZAJAC… no more yelling Shanahan mister!!!!!

the Bad:
— ok so right as the first period ends… I get a call from my sister (I usually go there for dinner on Monday Nights and bonding time with my three nieces.. YES I AM GOOD WITH SMALL CHILDREN… deal with this :p )….so my sister ended up making me feel like the sweatiest, nastiest ballbag on the planet (not on purpose mind you)…. but my nieces take turns on the phone
UNCLE SCOTT… where are you?? We miss you!! We love you!!! Why did you not come to dinner??
I had a hockey game …. oh… you were playing goalie??? (they don’t understand the whole pro sports thing… my family is kinda sport retarded until I get them into the NHL)… so I told them I was and they told me another hundred times they love me and miss me (hey least it’s a female saying it and meaning it :p)…. and I basically felt like scum the rest of the game…. NEXT TIME I have Dana put the game on and tell them Uncle Scott is the puffy guy wearing #30 (right now I might be better….)
— the power play… when you get a 5 on 3 and the other team gets called for ramming your goalie… YOU MUST SCORE A GOAL… period… no excuses.. I don’t wanna hear about players on ice or any of that shit… GET IT DONE!!
— the penalty kill…. yes Oduya got douched when he MANNED UP and pounded Drury into soft veal, but still again YOUR TEAM MUST GET YOUR BACK THERE AND KILL THE PENALTY and not pull a “34 second Flaming TODD” (sorry only 3 people get that… it’s epic funny! One of them WAS on facebook though…. “Steve LaFlamme Todd lasted loner than that…”)… not to mention… two of the three goals were let up on the power play…
— again when a team is struggling and trying to find itself (and this one IS do not doubt this)… the GOALIE HAS TO BE BETTER, the “best goalie in the world cause you can ask him and he’ll tell you”…. HAS TO BE ABOVE AVERAGE… hell average might be NICE now, though if this keeps up Team Canada is gonna laugh him off the roster, 2003 was a LONG LONG time ago… time to start playing to the level you THINK you’re at… ASSHOLE!!!!! My MB30 tolerance is THIN now….

the Funny:
— yes there was a lot of fun tonight…
— Lil Nicky did provide a lot of it:
1. “Is that crazy lady coming tonight?? She was funny!!! I want to know next time she’s coming!!”
2. Watching him cover his ears at the cursing towards Ranger Fans!
3. Waving the RANGERS SUCK thundersticks at the 500 pound Ranger fan (you ever see a guy so fat you can smell a stink on them? that was this dude….)
— My comment on the Niedermommy goal (did I mention the name STAYS??)
“We don’t need a hero… WE NIDERMOMMY!!!!! SCCCARRRRREEEE!!!!”
— Personal note to self and other guys…. its great to be a big fan and love the team and wear the red and black, but if you’re a guy and you wear the flashing devil horns…oh no, you’re gay dude!!
— Hey it could be worse…. we could be Oiler fans!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVEC4rNIiUA here…. go feel better!!!
— and hey… Sean Avery did miss the game with a torn and inflamed vagina… that always bring a chuckle!!!

Sorry guys… looks like 2man takes a nap until Oct 16 now…. If I did these road games as they went on with me watching them I’d get back into my OCD addiction issues I had in the pre-lockout CRASHER LINE days… I ain’t doing that no more (don’t worry there will be a random ROAD thoughts from a Section in Buffalo Dec 7th though!)… Comment away and let the shit fly!!

Devils @ Senators LIVECAP!

10:19 PM: That’s gonna be it for me tonight gang, thanks for hanging out.  See you at the Rock on Saturday!

10:14 PM: Devils win the Atlantic Division and are locked into the number three seed – both of these determined before the game was even over.  The win tonight gives the team 50 wins on the year, a franchise record.  Montreal earned a point in Boston by sending the game to overtime, and now all eight playoff spots in the east are secured, it’s just a matter of seeding now.  Your elite eight of the east:  Boston, Washington, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Carolina, Pittsburgh, New York, Montreal.

10:13 PM: Spezza denied by Brodeur and the Devils win the shootout 2-1 and the game 3-2!

10:13 PM: Langs stopped glove side by Auld.  Still 2-1, Spezza up for Ottawa.

10:13 PM: Fisher misses to the left, remains 2-1 and if Langs scores we win.

10:12 PM: Shanahan roofs it over Auld’s glove, 2-1!

10:12 PM: Alfredsson snaps it past Marty’s glove.  1-1.

10:11 PM: Zach Parise just completely undressed Alex Auld and it’s 1-0 Devils.  Remember the goal earlier this year against Washington?  It was like that.

10:10 PM: I predict Parise, Elias, and John Madden’s stick as shootout contestants.  Also, I think I just heard the TV change to NHL Network at Scott Mackie’s house.

10:09 PM: Seriously though, I can’t remember the last time we played in a shootout, let alone the last time I LiveCapped a shootout.  Interesting.

10:08 PM: Game over, 2-2.  Wait, what’s this?  Shoot-out?  What is this…shoot…out you speak of?  Surely you jest!

10:06 PM: Zach’s never gonna score again (with deference to the -Ookies once again).  Can’t tip Oduya’s shot, nor can he pull home the rebound.  A minute to go in OT.

10:05 PM: Capitals beat Tampa, and now the Devils are officially locked into the number three seed for the playoffs.

10:03 PM: Ooooooh man Marty with one of those magician-like glove saves – entirely too flashy with that previously-injured arm, but it shut up the Sens fans for a second there.

10:01 PM: Man, I’m tired, I just wanted to go to bed.  Stupid Senators.  Overtime on.

9:59 PM: Going to overtime now.  Life isn’t fair.

9:57 PM: DAMMIT!  Sens fire one off the post that looks like it’s in, White with a good defensive play to prevent a goal, then Dany Heatley manages to pound it home.  God-friggin-dammit.  Tie game, 30 seconds left.

9:55 PM: Alex Auld on the bench for the Sens now, timeout Ottawa…A minute and a half to go and it’s still 2-1 Devils.  Meep.

9:54 PM: Two minutes to go.

9:53 PM: Lots of pressure on the Sens goal…really nice shift there.  Zach Parise must be the hardest luck 45 goal scorer in history.  Okay, probably not, but still.  Boy can’t buy a goal lately.

9:48 PM: All penalties are up now.  Six minutes left in the game.

9:43 PM: …and now the power play’s totally done.  Andy Greene takes a tripping penalty and it’ll be four-on-four for a minute, then Sens on the PP.

9:42 PM: First minor is done, two minutes to go on the PP.

9:41 PM: Gio got smooshed again.  Gio’s too easily smooshable.

9:39 PM: Ooooh, Daniel Alfredsson got pissy with a ref over a penalty and now is serving two minutes for interference (I assume) and another two for unsportsmanlike conduct.  Four minute power play for the Devils!

9:36 PM: Welp, Rangers win so they’re in the playoffs.  Sigh.  BUT, it does mean that the Devils are officially 2008-09 Atlantic Division champions!

9:35 PM: Jebus.  Marty can’t hold onto the puck and gets creamed by about 20 Devils and 14 Senators.  …I may be exaggerating a little.

9:32 PM: Ruutu takes a hook and we’re back to the PP.

9:25 PM: To borrow a line from the -Ookies of Interchangeable Parts, ZACH’S NEVER GONNA SCORE AGAIN!  Hits the post on the power play.  Shortly afterward, Martin with a drive, breaks his stick, and then breaks up an ensuing Sens breakaway WITHOUT A STICK.  Paul Martin is a defensive machine!

9:23 PM: Devils have a full two minutes of PP time to start the period.  Fresh ice, fresh legs, full length power play…surely we have to score, right?  Surely…?

9:22 PM: I love the Chuck the Duck season recap.  Almost more than the actual season recap.

9:05 PM: That’ll be the end of a much better second period.  Penalty on the Senators as time expires and it’ll be the Devils on a full two minutes of PP time when the third starts.  Yay!

9:01 PM: I wonder if John Madden’s hockey stick is also an unrestricted free agent this year, and how much it’ll cost to lock it up for three years.

8:59 PM: BRILLIANT!  The pass bounces off of John Madden’s stick – which Madden was not holding – and out of the zone.  LOVE IT!

8:58 PM: And now John Madden has no stick.  Crap.

8:58 PM: Yep, Whitey’s in the box…again…

8:57 PM: Colin White (I think) takes a hooking penalty.  Even if it wasn’t him, I’m gonna blame Colin White anyway.  Just for the hell of it.  Someone, because of Colin White, takes a hooking penalty.  So the Sens head to a PP.

8:52 PM: Leblond with a Cam Janssen-like heat-seeking missle type hit.  Awww.

8:51 PM: Nearly a two-on-one for the Devils but Zajac is a step slow and Langenbrunner misses the net on the shot.  Two-on-one the other way and Marty stones ’em.  Phew.

8:45 PM: White and Chris Neil get pissy with one another and start bitchslapping each other – Colin won’t drop ’em ’cause of the eye injury, and Neil won’t drop him ’cause he’s Chris Neil.  Two minutes each for roughing.

8:42 PM: Alex Auld plays another puck behind the net.  He didn’t just give it to one of the Devils this time, though.  Drats.

8:39 PM: That was Gionta’s 20th goal of the season.  Kind of sad when we’re looking at that as a milestone for Brian Gionta.

8:34 PM: WHOO!  Auld with an awful giveaway to Clarkson, who attempts the world-reknowned Clarkaround – misses terribly, but the puck slides straight out to Brian Rolston and it’s 2-1 Devils!  Also, Gionta’s goal did not come at the tail end of the power play, it came just after it ended.

8:33 PM: GIONTA!  Gio tips-in Shanahan’s shot at the very end of the power play and we’re tied!

8:32 PM: Ugh.  Terrible giveaway by Andy Greene.  On the plus side, at least he recovered and was able to play some decent Greene-fense to prevent a shot on goal.

8:30 PM: Senators take a very stupid too many men on the ice penalty while in the offensive zone, after a nice save on a very impressive drop-pass-and-shot from…a pair of Senators.  God I’m not very good at LiveCapping tonight.

8:29 PM: We be back yo.

8:12 PM: And that’s that.  1-0 Senators after one.  Sigh.  See ya in seventeen.

8:11 PM: The time remaining in the period and the power play are exactly the same.  Funky.

8:10 PM: …not a very GOOD power play, mind you, but a power play nonetheless.

8:09 PM: On a long delayed penalty, Gionta gets the puck to Zubbie, who drives, protects the puck, cuts for the goal…and falls and collides heavily with the boards.  Oh well, at least we’re on a power play now.

8:04 PM: Paul Martin was a puck-handling, puck-possession machine!  Killed the last 10 seconds on the Senators PP all by his lonesome, forcing his will on the puck carrier and qoinking it away.

8:02 PM: How did Ottawa get two Irish guys on their team?  Shannon and Kelly…I assume they’re Irish, don’t get much more Irish than that.  Also, a Devil took a penalty.  I think Colin White, but I wasn’t paying much attention.  Sorry.

8:00 PM: ‘nother odd-man rush, this time for the Sens, and Marty’s like “NUH-UH!”  ‘least he decided to pay attention tonight.  Much better save there than anything in the Toronto game.

7:58 PM: 2-on-1 with Zajac and Langenbrunner.  No goal.  No surprise.

7:55 PM: PLcubed vs. Winchester (who?).  Lots of grappling, not so much on the punching side.  “How’s your wife and my kids?” kind of affair.

7:51 PM: Elias gets sprung on a mini-breakaway but can’t do anything with it.  Why did you get those days off again Patty?

7:50 PM: All kinds of bad things are happening elsewhere tonight:  Rangers are winning, Panthers are losing…I was hoping we could get a win this evening to guarantee the division, then watch the Flyers sweep the Rangers out of the playoffs and helping Florida in.  Oh well.

7:47 PM: Elias is back too.  Only half as important as PLcubed’s return.  Rupp and Holik take a seat in the press box, much to the maniacal laughter of Jay Pandolfo.  Still no Havelid, which means there’s still a certain level of Greene-fense this evening as well.

7:46 PM: Apparently we recalled Pierre-Luc Letournau-Leblond!  OH JOYOUS HYPHEN-LOVING DAY!

7:44 PM: I rushed a post up for this?  Sigh.  1-0 Senators as Rutuu jams home a rebound.  Maybe we were better off without a LiveCap tonight…?

7:43 PM: Late start for me tonight, terribly sorry.  Game’s already underway, no score, sixteen minutes left to play in the first.  Let’s get this thing going.

Hurricanes @ Devils SORTA-CAP!

9:29 PM: Game over.  I can’t believe this, I thought this team was too good this year for the annual March swoon, but…I don’t know.  2-1 Hurricanes.  Good thing I only did a half-assed Cap tonight.  Goodnight.

9:28 PM: 10 seconds left, Devils on the offensive zone faceoff.

9:26 PM: Less than a minute to go and the Devils pull the goalie.  That missed penalty is brutal, Langs right next to the Carolina net in a goalmouth scramble.  Just brutal.  Timeout Devils.

9:24 PM: Scramble in the goal month and we can’t buy a penalty, despite Captainbrunner getting his feet taken out from under him.  I think that’s probably the end of the game for us now.

9:22 PM: Oh for eff’s sake.  Rutuu pounds home a rebound and it’s 2-1 Hurricanes.  C’mon now, this is sad.

9:21 PM: Paul Martin takes some sort of penalty.  Hooking, I guess.  Four minutes left in the game.  Gulp.

9:15 PM: Goddammit.  Clarkson can’t clear it, and eventually Samsonov bangs home a rebound.  1-1 game, and we can stop holding our collective breath for shutout 102 now.  Sad.

9:08 PM: If Zubbie’s name was Scott Stevens, there would have been a Hurricane on the ice that you’d need a ShamWow to mop up.  Alas, Zubbie ain’t Scotty, and the open ice hit didn’t even knock the other guy down.

9:00 PM: Mike Rupp takes a high sticking penalty.  Rats.

8:55 PM: That woulda been a nice breakaway if anyone but Bobby Holik were the one sprung on it.  Instead of being a breakaway, though, it became more of a one-on-two slapshot-into-the-goalie’s-crest type deal.  Sigh.

8:36 PM: Second period, over.  Remains 1-0 Devils.  Decent period, nothing great, but not god-awful, either.  CRAZY saves on each end of the ice.  Zach should be at goal #43 if not for a crazy shortstop like dive by Cam Ward, while a pair of ho-hum-just-another-wicked-insane-Marty-glove-save keeps it a slim Devils lead heading into the third.

8:25 PM: Marty with another stellar save and then a bunch of scrummy stuff in front of the net.  Some guy named Convoy and Colin White get angry at each other, and MSG+ catches them yelling at each other from their respective penalty boxes.  Funny as hell.   Also, PIERRE CHAMPIOUX SIGHTING!

8:18 PM: Dammit Cam Ward, don’t you know you’re not supposed to make stops like that on Zach Parise?  Goaltender’s duel tonight for sure, sick save for sick save.

8:14 PM: I think Zubbie is protesting the 27 Dresses picture.  Between last night and that trip…jebus Zubbie, have a sense of humor, man.  Also, flat out ridiculous save by Marty.  RI-FRIGGIN-DICULOUS.

7:43 PM: Welp, that Elias goal certainly woke me up.  Perhaps I was being unfair on this game because of my own mental state.  It wasn’t that bad, and they seemed to wake up a bit as the game went on.  Only one penalty called, against the Devils, but that’s still an improvement over the last few games.  Big hit by Patty Elias late in the period, knocking Babchuk over, which is cool by me.  Devils lead 1-0 after one.

7:38 PM: Ooooooooh!  Odd-man rush, Madden dashes in as a decoy while Gionta passes to a trailing Elias and we gots ourselves a lead!  1-0 Devils.

7:34 PM: Spoke too soon, Niclas Havelid held someone.  Great.

7:30 PM: Maybe it’s because I’M tired, but the team looks terribly tired tonight.  Marty’s bobbling pucks, passes are off the mark.  No penalties yet, at least.

7:16 PM: See?  It’s a good thing I’m only Sorta-Capping this thing.  Slow start so far.

7:09 PM: Puck’s on the ice.  Doc’s intro was…weird.

6:32 PM (Pre-game): I know what you’re thinking…”Sorta-Cap?!”  Let’s just put it this way – I don’t feel particularly well this evening.  It’s been an exhausting week.  I’m not sure I have the ability to give you a good, insightful, funny-type LiveCap.  But I also don’t wanna just, y’know, do nothing.  We’ve been doing nothing ’round here too much lately.  So, the Sorta-Cap.  I’ll update after each period and occasionally when the fancy strikes.  And if, at some point I disappear, avenge my death.  (Or I fell asleep.  Whichever.  You can still avenge me, though.)

Thoughts from Section 209….Devils/Wild 3/20/2009

One mere section over from Section Two-Oh-Ten (hey I said it I’ll take my shit for it :p)… well at least for now… there’s gonna be some bitching about THAT in a minute… and it just seemed like just another night in the office for the Devils… and an impromptu 2ma reunion in the section too!!!!!

the Good:
— after a first period that was coma-like… Jesus was mb30 in a ZONE last night… willing that game to shutout 101, well once Lemaire gave up and started playing offense
— the penalty killing… yeah the refs got a little too into the “College Basketball chant” coming from 209 and kept calling penalties to see how long they could keep it going… but a 7 for 7.. what can you ask for!!
— It’s amazing how now a bad game for Parise is “only 2 assists” and the record watch is now at 7 goals and 9 points with 11 games to play (not to mention 13 points from a 100-point season… and NO ONE saw this coming this year!)
— then again this team’s offense as a whole is stupid good this year… Parise over 40… Elias at 30 goals
.. Langenbrunner and Zajac over 20 and Gionta, Zubrus and Clarkson close to the 20 mark (not like all of them will get it… but hell, anything is possible with this team… well except reasonable prices up high :p)
— and speaking of… Paul Martin’s diving keep and then shot to the net which lead to Elias breaking the 30-goal mark… as gorgeous a goal as you’ll see with your own eyes!!

the Bad:
— Well my mood was set well before I got to the game tonight, I saw it on NJDevs this morning… and I got the thing in the mail to make it WORSE… now come this time of year when you get a package from the Devils I was like.. ohhh… playoff tix are here… oh no no no NO…. what did I get in the mail you ask??

“Please note your invoice reflects the new pricing for the 2009-10 season….If you PAY IN FULL by April 17th, you will receive your 2008-09 season ticket price of $22 per game, pay in FULL by April 17, or three monthly installments in April, May and June” (yeah you know when the second PLAYOFF invoice kicks in)

yes they give you a bunch of shit like a BBQ and a meet and greet… but you know what I’ll take NONE of that and keep my fucking prices!!!

(and oh yeah, your parking got jacked $3.50 a game too)… more of this to come after a VERY angry phone call on Monday to the Devils front office!!
…. and in case ya cared… my options if they continue this donkey-fuck…
1. move to 208…. 2. I’ll be taking road trips and fuck that arena ever sees my money again!
— Also… by the Way… the Wild fucking SUCK too… thank God I was pissed off and ranting… that first period was TERRIBLE!!!

the Funny:
— Well trying to tell poor Jamie on the phone I was on the 208/209 side of the section with people wondering why she needed a phone to hear me at that point (when I get loud and people don’t hear me I get confused… I ain’t used to it)… and of course the 5-time slip of saying I’m not on the 2-oh-10 side… ah well… it was amusing!
— AS we all know we have some fine young draft picks up and coming in section 208/209 (well if THEY don’t get priced out of the fucking building!)… we have the biggest star of the lot in Little Nicky… and the ever-famous Beer Plinko Kid
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCIupHdUuVM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erSN2IogQjs and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNwRqPH4-s4 … for reference!) …. Beer plinko kid’s dad buys his boys’ ice cream (I could spend days ranting on the price for a family of 4 in the building)… he goes to his kids and goes “Hey you guys better enjoy this… you ain’t getting nothing else here tonight”…. so I turn and go “Better eat it slow guys”…. lil Nicky picking up his game in superstar mode turns and starts chanting “EAT IT SLOW … EAT IT SLOW …. EAT IT SLOW!!” If I ever fool a woman into being crazy enough to let me have a kid with her… I want a lil Nicky dammit!!!!! (not to mention the same 6-year old giving grief to the guy who couldn’t change his own tire on this car!)

–I might have more later… I’m still pissed that in the middle of a magic amazing season like this I get donkey-punched and blindside like that… and anyone who knows anything about me… when I get attacked in my crease… someone gets fucked up!!!!

MARTY’S BETTER!

This is it children.  It’s been a long time.  Painfully long.  I think I speak for most Devil fans when I say, I’ve been counting down the days.  Waiting, hoping, wishing.  And now the day is finally upon us.  The man is back on the ice.  The myth.  The one simply known as Martin.

Yes gang, Paul Martin returns to the ice for New Jersey tonight when they take on the Colorado Avalanche at the Rock, after missing four games with an undisclosed “upper body injury.”  Wait, what? …You thought I was talking about someone else?

Oh, right, Martin Brodeur’s back tonight too.  Man, sucks to be Paul Martin, huh?

Tonight’s game will actually be the first since mid-OCTOBER that the Devils can say that they’ve had a full, 100% injury-free lineup.  Brendan Shanahan and Bryce Salvador will both be in the lineup after obtaining numerous owies over the course of the recent woebegotten roadtrip that we will now forget ever happened.  I guess Florida, Tampa, and Islander players just don’t like B.S. (get it?).

So, with a full lineup, some people are going to have to make their way over to the healthy scratch list, and surprisingly, Jay Pandolfo ain’t one of ‘em!  Super Jay’s in tonight’s lineup.  In his place in the press box is a (presumably) not-very-happy Mike Rupp.  Jay Leach also sits tonight.  Anssi Salmela was sent back to Lowell the other day with Mr. Scott Clemmensen, who may or may not have seen his last days in a Devils sweater this season – we’ll know the answer to that a little better in about six days.

So with Marty back, the biggest question, of course, is “is he ready?”  Judging from his responses in various interviews over the last few days, I’d have to say that he is.  I would hope he, Brent Sutter, Lou, and everyone involved in the organization realize that he’s coming off major surgery and the first extended injury break of his career and that caution is the key.  I don’t think they’d be stupid enough to allow Marty to dictate when he returns, which makes me feel that yes, he’s ready for NHL-level action today.

Once he’s back, Marty may want to play every day, but it will be imperative that Weekes (and maybe Clemmensen) get some time in to spell #30.  The first test of that will be this weekend, two games against teams in the thick of the playoff race on back-to-back AFTERNOONS.  If Marty plays both of them, I may pop a blood vessel in my frontal lobe.  Kevin Weekes should be playing Saturday, period, and with apologies to those who bought tickets already.

But, that’s another worry for another day.  Tonight, we sit back and enjoy the return of a Hall-of-Famer.  The timing couldn’t be better to get his feet wet, either:  Four days off before this game, against the worst team in the Western Conference.  The Avalanche, while still in the playoff race out west – it’s rather bunched up at the bottom of the conference – are also coming into New Jersey in the midst of a ridiculously long road trip.  Marty should be getting a cupcake team tonight to start his big return (no fat jokes, please).

As a programming note, for those who can’t be there tonight, the MSG network was kind enough to switch this game from MSG+2 to regular old MSG+.  You know what this means – HIGH DEF HOCKEY!  Sucks if you’re an Islander fan tonight.  As usual.

And of course, when one comes back, you lose another.  We’ll miss you ’round these parts, Patty.  Hopefully you’ll be around enough to lend some incite from the land of thick pizza and funny shaped buildings.  Also, I love the full circle-ness of your two big posts this season, covering Marty’s injury in the days after it happened, and now saying goodbye the day he comes back.  Well played, Miss Greuter, well played.  I think I speak for myself, Joe, Steve, Scott and 2MA fans worldwide when I say, this place just won’t be quite the same without ya.  Godspeed in the Windy City P!