Devils Can’t even Beat Awful Isles

The New York Islanders (5-12-5) gave themselves something to be thankful for and snapped a 14 game losing streak  with a 2-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils (7-13-2) in hockey action on Friday afternoon.

“You know what I’m just happy for the guys. I thought we played extremely well in Atlanta and against Columbus, and we didn’t get rewarded the point. It’s a good feeling for the boys,” said head coach Jack Capuano when asked how his first NHL victory felt.

In a feisty, hard hitting game between the two Metropolitan rivals as the hits as it didn’t take long for fireworks to ignite between these two teams.  Then it was Jesse Joensuu (1) who tallied the first goal of the game at the 1:32 mark.  The winger connected on his first goal of the season with some nice passing from Frans Nielsen (10) and Michael Grabner (3) to give the Islanders the early advantage.

“I actually lost the puck in the neutral zone there. I got it back and gave it to Martinek.” Joensuu said of his first goal of the season. “He gave it to Grabner, and I just thought about skating to the net, and then Grabner gave it to Frans. I saw I was open at that point in time and called for the puck. It was a great play. I think it went right through the legs of one of the d-men.”

Eventually tensions boiled over between the two teams and the first fight broke out at the 11:49 mark of the first period. The fight happened right after Colin White laid out a huge hit on P.A. Parenteau that was eventually ruled as a boarding call by the officials. Bruno Gervais took exception to White’s hit and eventually decided to drop gloves with the veteran blue-liner, something that can be found with online betting at Bet US.

White didn’t take very long to be victorious in the scrap taking just two punches before being victorious.

The scrape along with the boarding gave the Islanders their second power play opportunity in the game, but the Islanders could not cash in on the three minute opportunity.  Joensuu took another good shot at the 17:48 mark of the first period, but the snap shot was saved by Devils keeper Johan Hedberg.

Islanders keeper Rick DiPietro was strong early in the first period making several impressive stops, including a glove save on a wicked 17 foot slap shot by Jason Arnott at the 18:29 mark, holding his team to a 1-0 lead. The Islanders also out shot New Jersey by a tally of 13-5, while also out hitting the Devils, 14-3 in a strong first period of play.

New York continued to keep up their offensive momentum along with playing a very good defensive side of the ice. New York was able to kill off the Devils first power play of the game at the 2:19 mark, as the Islanders were able to keep the Devils out of their offensive zone.

Rob Schremp (2) then netted the second Islanders goal at the 5:15 mark in the second period. Connecting on a 13 foot wrist shot that was assisted by Blake Comeau (7) and James Wisniewski (12) to give the Islanders the 2-0 lead.

Both team had some stellar opportunities as at the 10:04 mark David Clarkson let off a 25 foot snap shot that was saved by Rick DiPietro. The Islanders had a golden opportunity at the 11:54 mark as John Tavares was inches away from netting the third goal, but the puck was saved by Devils keeper Johan Hedberg.

The scrapes and hard hits would continue on into the second period as the Islanders skated into the locker room with the 2-0 lead much to the delight of the 10,897 in attendance. The Islanders also held the shots advantage by a tally of 19-16.

New Jersey was able to gain the offensive momentum in the third period of play, but could not cash in on any goals as DiPietro was stellar in his shutout bid and New York skated away with the 2-0 victory. The keeper, who was awarded with the first star of the game ended the night with 29 saves. On the other end of the ice Devils keeper Johan Hedberg made 18 saves.

“Ricky’s played extremely well since I’ve been here,” said Islanders coach Jack Capuano. “He’s done real well in practice and it’s carried over in the last few games that he’s played.”

DiPietro would have this to say on the victory, “I think it’s a culmination of a lot of hard work over the last couple of weeks. The hard work was there, but there were a lot of mistakes. Today we ended those mistakes, created some chances and had a huge win.”

One of the biggest keys to the victory for the Islanders was killing off a 5-on-3 opportunity for the Devils in the third period of play.

“It was huge for us. We talked about it going into the third: stay out of the penalty box and limit turnovers,” Blake Comeau said of the penalty kill. “It was just a tough break. Wiz (James Wisniewski) was going for the puck and got his stick up, but you get a 5-on-3 kill like that and kill off the whole four-minute power play. It goes to show that we’re battling hard and it’s good to finally see the results.”

DiPietro also had this to say of the 5-on-3 penalty kill,” It was huge. It is kills like that, that can turn a whole season around. I could feel the energy in the building and the energy on the bench. I think that’s a big thing for us. Our team feeds off energy.”

The next test for the Islanders is to see if they can take that energy and convert it to a couple of victories in a row. New York will now enjoy a few days off before hosting their next Metropolitan Rival in the New York Rangers for a home-and-home series. The Islanders will host the Rangers on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. then will go to Madison Square Garden for a 7:00 p.m. face-off.

“We can’t be satisfied with just one win. We can’t act like we’ve won 14 in a row. We have to realize on what got us success tonight,” said Blake Comeau on what needs to be done next. “Moving forward we have to play three hard periods.”

Coach Capuano also had this to say of the steps the Islanders need to take now, “There’s a lot of ground to make up. For me, it is just one practice at a time, one game at a time. That’s all I’m looking at right now.”

Charity note: Prior to both Wednesday night’s game against Columbus and Friday afternoon game against the Devils the Islanders hosted a food drive with Island Harvest to help put a big hit on hunger this Thanksgiving. Fans were encouraged to bring three or more non-perishable food items and received one ticket voucher for a future Islanders game.

Thoughts from snowed in Roselle Park: USA vs Finland, Olympic Semi-Finals!

Hey looks like they finally got the Canadian girls off the ice (and CMON guys you know it’s hot to see a bunch of hockey girls partying and lighting stogies, screw it if a few are under-age ;) )…but now it’s time for what everyone wanted to see….the right to fight for the right to wear Olympic gold (and make Kurt Angle jokes all summer… it’s true, oh it’s true!!), you’re all snowed in anyway, so LET’S GET OLYMPIC, eh??

  • How they got here:
  • We mostly know the US Story by now… unless you live in a ditch…. or South America (but she ain’t gonna read this anyway, it’s over 25 words)… so it’s pretty simple… Ryan Miller… timely goals and away they went! The Finns are similar but different, they play a more smothering old-school NJ Devils type of hockey, defense, defense and more defense (but yet no player EVER in Olympic hockey has more points then their own Teemu Selanne)…4 goals allowed in 4 games and 2 shutouts… yeah that’s pretty tight, and Kipper is maybe the best goalie in hockey that no one talks about…. so this should be an epic battle today!!!

  • First Period
  • (I like this way or writing a little better… it adds some flow and the jokes make a bit more sense this way… opinons??)
    – Slow start to the game but loved Ryan Miller coming out and putting a courtesy check on a Finn to clear the puck, I love when goalies do dumb things like I do!…. and just as I talk about dumb shit that I do in goal….

    (1 – 0, USA) Malone[3] (should be Kipper, and Kessel deserves one too… but no one gets one) {2:04}
    Malone chips it out and off goes Kessel to come fetch it….Kipper comes WAY out to get it and makes a TERRIBLE pass that goes right to Malone… sweeps the shot past and it’s one-zip just like that!!

    – and the next few shifts after, the Americans turn up the heat (Rafalski all over the damn place)… not a good sign for the Finns when you NEED to answer the bell after such a gaffe!!
    – and people PLEASE stop texting me that Kipper pulled a Scott… I’d have cleared the zone on the bonehead pass, thanks!!
    – the Finns look VERY nervous here… alot like the US Women did last night….
    – Man the US speed and forecheck is all over the Finns and it drew an interference call…and right off the faceoff!!

    (2 – 0) Parise[3-pp] (Statsny, Rafalski) {6:22}
    AAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rafalski’s shot is blocked, but the Finn who gets a stick on it kicks it right to Statsny who waits and cuts the pass through three people and right on Parise’s stick… holds… flips… TOP SHELF and the Finns are in it and DEEP already!!!!

    – and the Finns now doing their best team Russia impression and US right back to the pp

    (3 – 0) E.Johnson [1-pp] (Pavelski, Malone) {8:36}
    Kipper can’t handle the dump in and punches it to the corner…Malone hustles and gets to it… pops it behind the net… Pavelski to it… throws it in front.. and in American fashion it’s KICK/WHAM/STUNNER!! 3-0 and time out Finland… and maybe bye-bye Kipper!

    – 6 shots on goal…. 3 goals… WOW
    – and keeping with the every other shot thing…

    (4 – 0) Kane[2] (none) {10:08}
    Patrick Kane is dominating the play here….Kane the shot… Brown kicks it back to him…. cuts around everyone… looks.. dump… SCWWWAAAARRRR…. and this is a beatdown!! KIPPER TAPS OUT AND RUNS FOR THE BENCH!!!

    – the only way the US could beat them down so savagely would be simply to invade them and take over :p
    – Enter the Backstrom!!!! And he actually makes a successful save without letting a goal in!!
    – Err nevermind what I said!

    (5 – 0) Kane[3] (Rafalski) {12:31}
    He just walks in, wide open… cuts wide, shoots far side… and I think they can put BOTH goalies in net and we’d still pound them!!

    – I CAN’T KEEP UP!!!!

    (6 – 0) Statsny[1] (Langenbrunner, Parise) {12:46}
    2 goals in 15 seconds… and they had to change goal songs now it’s so ABSURD!!! Parise to the corner… leaves for Langs in the faceoff dot… across to Statsny… and BAM… can … you…. dig… that… SUCKA!!!!!!!! I’m running out of catch-phrases!!!!

    – the Finns would run off the ice and go home right NOW if they could …. really…..’
    – by the way… fuck you NBC, your exclusive crap with the highlights made seeing what happened in the late games impossible and it was a damn near needle in a haystack finding your crappy scoreboard!!!! It’s been annoying me all Olympics and now I can say it!!!
    – Great line from no-longer-cousin Rob… “programming note: the role of the Finnish goalie is now being played by Vessa Toskala”… sure looks it don’t it??? I think Rafalski may shatter Selanne’s scoring record in this game alone!!
    – Shots were 13-4 in the period… and holy God that was just a brutal beatdown!!

  • Second Period
  • – I needed that whole intermission to double check all the goals… and what’s up with no goals in 10 minutes of play?? Really??
    – Rob’s now trying too hard to be funny cause this game is in trash time (though the US is putting the foot off the gas a little soon here)… “who had the worse day… Kipper or Sea World?” Least Kipper only killed himself in this one… Sea World left thousands scarred and I think Finn-Nation is used to this kinda Olympic FAIL
    – Ruttu takes a penalty and a misconduct… at this point it’s for pretending to be a hockey player, totally against the rules on team Finland when medals are on the line :P

    NEWSFLASH… USA DOESN’T SCORE ON POWER PLAY… they’re partying in the streets in Finland I swear!!!

    – Man if this game was somewhat close I’d be raving about Kessler’s block on that play… at this point I’m just trying not to type for the sake of typing…..
    – It’s the second period and Doc is talking about preggo Dogs and pups… oh boy it’s going to be a SLOW third period…..

  • Third Period
  • – Really ain’t much to say here unless something absurd happens right? Least the US is getting some penalty kill practice here…
    – Ryan Miller pulled for Tim Thomas (who should have played one prelim game if you ask me)… I get the move… it’s classy and to protect the goalie and all…but geesh I have issues doing that with a shutout on the board……
    – uh-oh Bobby Ryan (maybe the one guy who didn’t score today) takes a puck to the noggin… that HAS to hurt… save him for Sunday… he should be alright….
    – See what I mean about the shutout ??

    (6 -1) Mettinen[1] (Lepitsto) {14:46}
    The Finns actually pretend they can play some hockey and pass the puck around…. the long shot comes from
    Jack Johnson tries to block it and it hits his knee (OW) and it kinda goes bullet-time Matrix style from going right to going left…Tim Thomas can do not a damn thing about it on that one….. but still kinda sucks to lose the “zero”… an annoyance at best at this point

    – and that’s gonna do it!!! IMPRESSIVE win for the US… not too much fun to watch once the wolves feasted on the carcass but you can bet Sunday’s gonna be one HELL of a slobberknocker!!!!

    Devils @ Stars LIVECAP!

    10:48 PM: Oh, the ZubbieCounterContest, of course.  A big congrats to Kristyn, who’s 27th Goal As A Devil “27 Dresses” Zubbie picture just edged out Kevin B.’s 26th Goal As A Devil Zubmission.  Kristyn, get a hold of us at zubbiecounter at gmail dot com and we’ll get your unidentified swag in the mail.  Congratulations!  Goodnight everyone.

    10:46 PM: Okay, I’m all kinds of frustrated right now.  The site doesn’t wanna load, the Devils won’t wanna win, I give up.  Stars win, 5-3.  First LiveCap of the season = total failure.  Maybe I’ll see about doing one next weekend.

    9:53 PM: Patty Elias has two assists on the night, playing primarily at center.  I have to admit, Zubbie’s probably not putting up any points in that role.

    9:52 PM: Third period on…let’s hope the website holds up!

    9:37 PM: Okay, there’s some issues with WordPress right now apparently.  The website won’t load on a regular basis.  The score is now 3-2 Stars, with Brian Rolston scoring on a slapshot on the power play about halfway through the period (Tyler Eckford picks up his first career NHL point with a secondary assist on the goal).  Second period is now over, and hopefully I’ll be back for a third period LiveCap, I hope.  If the website chooses to load properly.  If this little note even makes it to publication….

    9:11 PM: Apparently Nelson Muntz laughing means we’re going back to the penalty kill.  Travis Zajac is off for tripping.  Our penalty kill has not been stellar tonight.  Gulp.

    9:06 PM: Ott just pushed Andy Greene quite rudely.  YOU DON’T PUSH ANDY GREENE.  Andy Greene will remember Ott’s number, and one evening, when Ott least expects it…BAM!  He goes Greene.

    9:05 PM: Okay, as much as I like him, THE Yann Danis is just not making the stops Marty’s made so far this period.  He got three strong ones on one sequence there and fought ‘em all off.  We’ve a chance in this yet.

    9:01 PM: Good stop by Marty (uhh, our Marty, not their’s) to start off his relief appearance.

    9:00 PM: Game back on, and interestingly, Martin Brodeur is in net.  THE Yann Danis cannot be pleased.

    8:43 PM: Aaaaaand, period over.  I’m gonna go get a stiff drink.  Hopefully the second period proves better.

    8:42 PM: One minute left in the period.  Thank god.

    8:41 PM: Okay, I hope it wasn’t that important.  Power play, not successful.  Sigh.

    8:39 PM: Barch to the box for Dallas, Devils to the PP.  Is it safe to say it’s somewhat important that they score a goal on this power play?  I think it is.

    8:37 PM: …BANANA SHPEEL?  Really, Cirque du Soleil?  Really?

    8:34 PM: Dammit.  Robidas takes a feed and pops one behind Danis, 3-1 Stars on another power play goal.  I don’t want to write off this game already, but scoring four goals is not something this team is primed to do on a regular basis.

    8:33 PM: I would be enjoying this game a lot more if it were in high def.  Also, if we were doing as well in the last 14 minutes was we did in the first.

    8:31 PM: Tyler Eckford is not making a good first impression.  Penalty the other night, ‘nother penalty tonight.  Stars back to the power play, they scored on their first one.

    8:27 PM: Elias/Rolston/Langenbrunner is one of the lines.  You know our team is getting old when Patrik Elias is the spring chicken of the line.

    8:24 PM: I feel so bad for Matt Corrente.  It’s gotta be rough being a defenseman and playing forward in your first career game.  He’s wearing number 32, by the way, which looks so weird on a Devils jersey these days.

    8:21 PM: Dammit.  I sat Riberio on my fantasy team, hoping we’d shut him down.  He scored, it’s 2-1 Stars, and I don’t even earn fantasy hockey points for it.  WEAK!

    8:20 PM: Clarkson goes to the box and feels shame, y’know.  Hooking and all, shameful business.  Devils go to the PK.

    8:17 PM: Ooof, BIG rebound off the pads of THE Yann Danis.  Zajac with some good backchecking to prevent an easy goal.  Clarkson about to get a penalty…eventually…if we ever touch the puck again…

    8:16 PM: Morrow’s out of the box, Devils power play only gets one shot on goal.

    8:15 PM: I am way out of LiveCapping shape.  Sorry.

    8:13 PM: Matt Corrente, the young defenseman, makes his NHL debut…as a forward on his first shift.  This is gonna be an interesting game.  Brendan Morrow takes a penalty and the Devils hit the power play.

    8:12 PM: Well it didn’t take long to give it back either.  Stephane Robidas with a sinking shot that was probably tipped, and it’s a 1-1 tie.

    8:10 PM: That didn’t take long at all.  Assist to Mottau, and possibly someone else too.

    8:09 PM: WHAT?!?!  BRIAN ROLSTON…ON A BREAKAWAY…WITH A GOAL?! 1-0 Devils!

    8:08 PM: The puck, she hits the ice in Dallas.  Game on, baby.

    8:05 PM: Anyone else sick of the Nissan Altima “Love Hurts” commercial yet?  (Side note:  Still not sick of the “The Most Interesting Man In The World” Dos Equis commercials.)

    8:02 PM: OH YEAH!  THE Yann Danis is in net tonight!  This could be fun!  La Grenouille!

    7:56 PM: So Zubbie’s out (I don’t know what this blog would do if we hadn’t found a second mascot in Andy Greene).  Pelley’s scratched (and not happy about it).  The Devils are dressing seven defensemen: Greene, White, Mottau, Salvador, Fraser, Eckford, and Corrente).

    7:46 PM: Why is it that every time I LiveCap, we’re on MSG+2×7/28-(-12)=?

    7:45 PM: Okay, so.  I know there’s some stuff I’ve been not doing.  Namely, naming a winner in the ZubbieCounterContest.  I’ll do that at the END of tonight’s game, in this very LiveCap.  That’s what’s called “enticement to stay with me and enjoy the LiveCap.”  (Okay, so you can read it whenever you want, but still.)

    7:43 PM: Ha!  I like how they showed a Rod Pelley hit when talking about the Olympics.  That’s as close as you’re ever getting, Roderick.

    7:41 PM: OMG2MALIVECAP!  Sorry it’s taken so long to make this happen, but I’m actually sitting in my room, on my computer, at the time of a Devils game, so why the hell not?  Put on a pot of coffee (light & sweet for me, thanks) and join me, will you?

    Thoughts from Section 209: Devils/PondScum, Nov. 11, 2009!

    Ahhh… man oh man… Anaheim…. the not so Mighty Ducks, the anger… the hatred… the awful ESPN coverage back in 2003 (oh CMON, you remember it… Gary Thorner botching every name on the Devils roster…. Sergei Bree-land? Oleg Tver-door-sky… Jeff Friesen NO GOAL, THE LIGHT’S NOT ON…puck in the net be damned!!! And how can we ever forget that fast nasty disgusting couple from Anaheim, where the boyfriend knew his woman was the ultimate in fail and told that unhairy mule he was dating that “if the Ducks ever win a Cup I’ll marry you??” (back then the odds on the Red Sox and Cubs breaking their curses was more likely… this was this fuckers way of never having to commit to the land-whale)…. and then they FLUKE their way to the Finals, and the media picks up on the story and they bring TEAM LARDASS INTO NEW JERSEY, take 3-4 seats away from good DEVILS FANS (hell they probably needed a row :p)…. and then as we are about to win OUR CUP…. OUR MOMENT and we have to see this loser have to suck up and propose to that beast??? Oh well, guess the joke’s on him because he’s stuck with that disaster… how’s that working out for ya??)

    Oh wow…. it’s almost six years later and I remember EVERY bit of hatred… every SECOND of my Devils fandom being challenged by dickhead ESPN idiocy, Michael Eisner assholery (how did that “we’re in second place parade go fucko??), intolerable ESPN idiocy, and then the DISGRACE of seeing that puffy padded no talent massive overrated butterfly hack goalie crying in his fucking beard as the idiot media in attendance hands him the Conn-solation Symthe trophy in OUR building…. “player most valuable in the playoffs” MY LEFT NUT… he was AWFUL in the Finals, he SUCKED DONKEY BALLS against Dallas, and Mike could have played lying down in the Wild series and gotten three shutouts, that team was DECIMATED with injury and played like 6 games in 9 days including some overtimes too…. so anyway…. fuck Anaheim, the only thing that would have given me more joy to see that puffy padded DOUCHE in net doing the Jiggy Pout each time we scored on him… but he’s too much a pussy to play us ever again!

    the Good:
    – the LEGEND…. and I do mean LEGEND of Andy Greene is growing and swelling by leaps, bounds and the bandwagon is swelling faster then the Yankee one!! Get on board!!! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=170038443324 (and that aside he did have two pretty impressive assists last night, and 26 more minutes of goodness… CMON ALL-STAR NOMINATION!!!)
    – Speaking of Andy Greene… when Andy Greene passes to David Clarkson even the toe-drag wraparound move equals SCARRR!!! Andy Greene seriously could fix the economy and make me like liberals :p… hell Andy Greene’s so awesome he WILLED the deflection and even made the been playing kinda awful Langenbrunner score!!!!
    (and a lil bit more on the Clarkson goal…. as it was happening we were having this discussion:
    ** Scott Mackie: And a nice discussion of how we can the word clark-a-roonian in a sentence and where t would go…and look a clark-a-roonian toedrag goal!!!
    ** Steve LaFlamme clark-a-roonie…like a spinaroonie?
    ** Scott Mackie The clark-a-roonie must be seen to be witnessed!!
    – Wow… watching this game.. this Anaheim team is AWFUL… this makes me happy, I should have known this but the Anaheim announcers are total idiots and make the game unwatchable, and this team’s been there what 15 years? And the Kings in the area longer? and they STILL have to hockey 101 and EXPLAIN ICING?? California… such a waste of time!!
    – I’d say the penalty kill looked good again, but man the rubber duckies were AWFUL…. and Scott Niedermayer is supposed to be the answer to our offensive issues?? oi to the vey!!!

    the Bad:
    – one MAJOR annoyance on the night, no I did NOT get to wear my favorite hockey jersey EVER… back story… back in 2003, my GF lived in Dallas… yes she was a Stars fan, but she liked Nieuwendyk and hated the Ducks like I did…. and we both got REALLY sick of the fluke that was JS Guiguere, and we sniped back… we went 50/50 on a Ducks jersey with #35 on it and OVERRATED on the name plate… here was the deal, she got to keep the thing, but I got it sent to me whenever the PondScum came to New Jersey and I get to have fun with my jersey… and go with it… you know how many times I got the jersey?? ONCE… the time before this when they came to town… it was FUN… I enjoyed my jersey… the one time I got to world tour with it…. but that should tell you something… anytime you do something that’s fun… good ol’Heather L. Ramsey has to come in and SQAUSH that fun…”you ruined the mojo of the jersey last time and I ain’t letting you have it”… YOU OWE ME SEVENTY BUCKS THEN BITCH!!!! (and people wonder why I have women issues)…. I mean really… just another promise unkept there, but I’m damn pissed on this one!!!!
    – Well some people would think the small crowd last night was a bad sign… I didn’t mind, and it’s NOVEMBER… the Devils never draw shit before Christmas (say what you want this area is too clogged with sports teams)
    – boy is the NHL Network behind the curve…. “David Clarkson is growing into a folk hero in New Jersey”… hey mister there is only ONE folk hero in Jersey and it’s ANDY FUCKING GREENE BITCHES … get it right!!!
    – Again with the too many on the ice penalties?? REALLY??? Well I think at this point the refs know we’re getting a reputation for it… and now the refs are looking for it a little more… it’s like watching Pronger’s elbows when he comes to town… or measuring butterfly goalies for over-inflated pads and all that good stuff… it just comes with it….
    – and it was annoying… with as bad as Hiller looked (and he looked like he rolled out of bed hungover)….and we can’t score AGAIN on the 5 on 3… CMONNNNN….our poor namesake is killing us!!!
    – You know it was a bad night for Scott Niedermayer when he has to trip up Rod Pelley!
    ** Tammie Hamilton: Wonder what Niedermayer child is Mom is voting for now?

    the funny:
    (strap in … there was some GOOD ONES last night)
    – Three things in one two minute swoop as I grab a kosher hot dog before the game….
    1. Gotta love that this own arena’s food voucher cards crash the system (season ticket benefits…. oh fuck yeah!)
    2. I spy a sestito jersey, that’s fucking hard to the core man!!
    3. Dee is smart enough to not ask me to hold her coat when I eat something with mustard on it! (and speaking of… how about that charming discussion about a series of pornos called “mister beaver” ensues….ah, summer memories!!)
    – The greatest speech EVER…. so we had some Duck fans from Anaheim out here in 208 (they actually knew what icing was, I thought that forced you to become King or Shark fans but whatever)….and they had their lil Duck Call with them… oh boy I wasn’t in the mood for this… but I ran into Tasha during the intermissions… and she likes all things Duck… go figure?? So I tell her about the Duck Call…. and she tells me something about this… I’m like “You GOTTA come over and tell them this” (see, setting up the joke)…she comes over… gets introduced… walks over to the dude with the Duck Call… “DUDE, I have an issue with your Duck Call!!!”
    he’s all ready for a shouting match…. she’s like… no… wait “Your Duck Call is for a Mallard-style Duck, and that’s totally wrong! When the Ducks came into the league they were based on the White Peking Duck, and their calls sounds LIKE THIS *she makes the sound*…. dude you gotta represent right!!!”…. this could have been one of the most amazing comments EVER….
    …. and also in an extra moment of funny…lil Nicky walks up to the Duck fans that same period and starts blowing on a faze kazoo in front of them mocking openly their lil Ducky call!!! Could you only imagine Andy Greene for President and Nicky as his running mate?
    – hell it reminds me of an old story from 2003… and yes miss Jersey stealer, I was out with her in LA during the summer of 2003 (and people wonder why I hate LA :p)….. and we went to Disney… and you know me.. the WHOLE TIME in there I wore Devils shit all the way… I was in GLOAT and SUCK IT mode to them…. I had fought with 10 different “Ducks fans” the time I was there and I was LOUD about it too…. so we’re walking around on the way out… this guy sees the Devils jersey…. “DUDE!!” He chases us down…”I GOT ONE THING TO SAY TO YOU”…. Heather’s like… awwwww noooo…..he comes out and extends his hand “I’m an LA Kings fan, you dudes saved my summer… THANK YOU for stopping Anaheim!!!” (I guess LA’s not totally bad….)
    – So dumb whore looks at us with a WTF for the KILL chant, so I stop and yell ITS FOR A PENALTY KILL, duh!!!(Some people :p)
    the look on her face when she turned even more pale on that one… pretty awesome!
    ** Tammie Hamilton wannabee hockey fans sheesh
    – You know… I gotta say for a who cares type game in November that was pretty damn fun wasn’t it???? :-)

    This is worse than a hangover.

    I sit here in my Windy City apartment, fighting back the urge to kick my vibrating fridge, wondering what the heck happened last night.

    We were so close.

    How does a team go from glory to undeniable shame and defeat in the span of a minute-thirty? No heart? No drive? No courage?

    No killer instinct.

    Let’s face it, boys and girls, this team could have easily put this game away last night. There were odd man rushes, two-on-ones, heck, a four minute man advantage and — nothin’. Nada. Zero. Zilch.

    I could go on, but it hurts my heart too much.

    Oh, who are we kidding? My heart was ripped from its casing last night and severed to millions of tiny bleeding pieces by the sharpened skates of 23 men.

    It hurts.

    I do not think this team didn’t have the guts to get the job done. The Hurricanes were simply the better team. Aside from flashes of brilliance and a jewel of a Game 5, Cam Ward was the better goaltender.

    Our defense is mediocre at best — yeah, Havelid, go hide in a ditch somewhere west of the Delaware. You are not welcome in New Jersey anymore.

    While our offense kicked it up seven THOUSAND notches this season, guys like Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik don’t hack it. Thank goodness we weren’t subjected to Holik’s obligatory three stupid penalties last night, and while it’s fantastic that Rolston finally got a goal, I’d really like to give another Brian all the credit for that tally. Thank you, Mr. Gionta. Whether your on-ice awareness succeeded or you merely blindly threw the puck towards the boards and it just happened to bounce right to Rolston’s stick — I don’t care. It was awesome and one of the few things I can actually smile about after last night.

    What do we do? Fire Sutter? Plead for Brodeur’s retirement? Take the entire defense outside and send them into the depths of Newark, just hoping they won’t return safely?

    I’m not sure.

    All I know right now is that I’m sitting in an apartment with an annoyingly loud vibrating fridge, overlooking the glowing red of the Sears Tower as Chicagoans rejoice, for their team has made it to the second round and mine hasn’t.

    Life just doesn’t seem fair, does it?

    Game 5: Devils @ Hurricanes LIVECAP!

    10:02 PM: I’m goin’ to bed.  I think none of us are all that shocked that this series is gonna go seven.  My heart might not make in ’til Tuesday night.  G’night gang.

    10:00 PM: Game 7 is Tuesday night at The Rock.  Let’s just pretend like tonight didn’t happen.  Game 7 is all that matters now, and despite how tonight’s game looked, these two teams are still amazingly evenly matched.

    9:59 PM: And that’s it.  4-0.  I’m sick to death of 4-0 games this year.

    9:58 PM: Gionta can’t stuff it home with a little room in front – one minute left in the game.

    9:56 PM: The Devils are playing without a fourth line right now – apparently both Rupp and Clarkson earned 10 minute misconducts in that little scrum before.  Only Gleason picked up one for Carolina.

    9:55 PM: Three minutes left in this humiliation of a hockey game.

    9:51 PM: And another blatant penalty, this one a trip via Brian Rolston.  Guys, I agreed to LiveCap this game, which means I HAVE to watch it.  At least stop taking boneheaded penalties while I’m still forced to pay attention!

    9:49 PM: Shorthanded three-on-two but Shanny can’t bury the puck.  One goal would be nice at least…

    9:47 PM: Somehow in the fight, the Hurricanes wound up with a power play.  Great.  Rupp took the extra two for roughing.

    9:44 PM: Hey, a sign of life!  Clarkson pulls Gleason out of a scrum and after a bit of hugging, they finally give us a full-fledged fight.  Hey, it worked for the Penguins.  Problem is, Clarkson waited one goal and one period too many.

    9:39 PM: Jussi Jokinen, 4-0.  Marty had no chance, of course.  Sigh.

    9:37 PM: Someone on TV wasn’t happy.  Dunno if it was a fan or player, but someone yelled pretty loudly “HEY!  WHAT THE F&$% WAS THAT?!”  Immediately afterwards, Madden’s off for roughing.  A long 5-on-3 for the Hurricanes, and if you don’t have ‘em yet, I’d go pick up your game 7 tickets right about now.

    9:36 PM: Travis Zajac with a pretty obvious hook.  11:30 left in the third.  Bad timing, Trav.  Bad timing.

    9:35 PM: Even our chances aren’t actual chances – Shanahan has Ward out of position but can’t get a shot away through the Hurricane defense.

    9:32 PM: So, how ’bout them Mets?  …seriously?  8-1?  To the NATIONALS?  Ugh.  I got nothin’.

    9:27 PM: That was pretty indicative of how this game’s been going:  Andy Greene with a nice run up ice, all by his lonesome, chips it past a defender at the blue line, chases after it…and trips and falls into a massive heap over a random ‘Cane.

    9:24 PM: Well, here goes nothin’.  Third period on.

    9:06 PM: And the second period is over.  Thank god.  3-0 Hurricanes.  Book your game seven tickets now kids, there isn’t even a hint that the Devils can come back from this one a la Tuesday night.

    9:02 PM: A few seconds of serious offensive flurry in front of Cam Ward, but nothing doing.  BAH!

    8:59 PM: The response is not as immediate as it was Tuesday night.

    8:55 PM: I’m gonna try something.  It worked last time:

    Attention Devils:

    WAKE UP!

    Thanks.

    -2 Man Advantage.

    8:52 PM: I was really hoping there wouldn’t be a game seven, because dammit, I have stuff to do Tuesday night that I’m gonna have to cancel in favor of going to The Rock.

    8:48 PM: Hey hey, a shot on goal!  Stopped by Cam Ward, but at least there was a shot within the area of the red pipes, that might have gone into the net had there not be a human being standing in front of it.

    8:44 PM: I give up.  AWFUL two-on-one and Marty’s just left out to dry.  3-0, Staal’s goal again.  I really don’t feel like watching this game anymore at this point.

    8:41 PM: Shots on goal currently sits at 22-5 in favor of Carolina.  THAT should tell you who’s bothered to show up in Raleigh this evening.

    8:38 PM: …dammit.  2-0 Hurricanes, Staal.  Dammit dammit dammit.

    8:37 PM: The Devils just cannot make it to any loose pucks.  It’s scary how much better the Hurricanes look right now.

    8:36 PM: Zubbie outta the box.

    8:35 PM: ‘Canes gotta be up to eight or nine shots on just two power plays so far tonight.  Meep.

    8:33 PM: Not the love I was speaking of.  Zubbie takes a retaliatory roughing call and it’s Carolina to the PP.

    8:32 PM: Second period on.  C’mon Unseen Hand, a little love, eh?

    8:14 PM: And that’ll do it for period one.  Devils start with a two-second power play to start the second period.  Shots on goal:  Carolina 15, New Jersey 4.  Oof.

    8:12 PM: Uhm, guys…we ARE on the power play…That means that, well, the puck should be in the offensive zone and controlled by you the majority of the time.

    8:11 PM: NICE sliding breakup of the two-on-one by Mike Mottau, then Zubbie draws a tripping penalty via Pitkanen with about two minutes left in the first.

    8:10 PM: I hear it’s hot in Raleigh today – it sure is hot here – and it shows in terms of ice quality.  Or it could also be us sucking.  That’s possible.

    8:08 PM: On a happier note, I’m watching this game in HD for a  change!

    8:07 PM: Aaand that’s why I don’t get my hopes up.  Not a bad power play per se, but nothing to show for it nonetheless.

    8:05 PM: Pitkanen hooks Gionta and we’re on the (PSE&G) Power Play.  I’d get excited if I thought we had a chance to score.

    8:04 PM: Or crossbar.  Possibly holy crazy crossbar save.

    8:03 PM: Holy crazy blocker save!

    7:59 PM: And when I say that they’re not trying, I of course am not including Marty.  This game would be 4-0 without him right now.

    7:58 PM: I understand that it’s hard to match desperation when a team’s got it’s back to the wall, but jeez, trying a little would be nice.

    7:54 PM: DAMMIT!  Ray Whitney finally cracks Marty, batting a puck out of mid-air baseball-style.  1-0 Hurricanes, and perhaps more telling, 12-1 shots in the Hurricanes favor, and I refuse to believe the fact that we actually have a shot on goal.

    7:51 PM: Penalty kill’d.  Thankfully, and not for lack of trying on Carolina’s end.  Eleven and a half left in the period.

    7:48 PM: Oh jebus.  Pandolfo loses his stick during the PP, as does Marty, with chances galore for the ‘Canes, but STILL we finally manage to clear.  Oh man this is gonna be a crazy game, just like every other one this series before it.

    7:46 PM: Well the Hurricanes sure realize that this could be their last game.  And the fans sure realize that this could be their last game as well.  Mike Rupp does not realize this, apparently, and takes a holding penalty on Jussi Jokinen.

    7:45 PM: Oh, right, no Doc tonight.  Blast.

    7:43 PM: I got stuck at work, but I am here now.  Langs back in, Holik’s a scratch, Greene’s still in, still no Salvador, game in 2 minutes old, no score yet.  Get it?  Got it?  Good.

    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.

    YES! THERE’S ONE LEFT IN US AFTER ALL!

    Ladies and gentlemen, the final goal of the Devils 2008-09 regular season was scored by none other than Mr. Dainius Zubrus.  You know what that means.

    We’re up to 28 now.  Get your 28th Goal As A Devil ZubbieCounterContest Zubmissions in now!  zubbiecounter at gmail dot com will be the e-mail address; you have until the very second the puck drops for game 1 of the playoffs, either Wednesday or Thursday.  Let’s end this contest with a bang, shall we?

    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.

    Devils/Tampa Bay 4-3-2009….thoughts from Section 209

    Well I told ya it wasn’t going to be pretty (it NEVER IS when you play in this kinda funk and you come out of it), but hey this is the way things go back to “normal” and things come back on track… add some ironies, and here we go!!!

    (one small update too…I will hit a Devils season in review next weekend after the Carolina game… seems silly to do one with 2 weeks to go… and based on playoff run a lengthy playoffs in review should be on the slate too)

    The Good:
    – SCORING!!! Welcome back to the scoresheet:
    Brendnan Shanahan (if this turn-around leads to the long playoff run I expect still from this team you can thank this man’s penalty shot… to be you-tubed later… for the start of it)
    Jay Pandolfo… never could an ugly wobbling shot be so pretty
    ZACH PARISE…. AAAAHHHHAHAAHHAAHAHAHAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! (5 goals and 6 points in 5 games is NOT out of the question to see Parise still set some recrods despite the late game skid… hell it could happen tonight it Patrick Lalame plays :-) )… good to see him back in the goal scoring column, they need him now more then ever with Elias still out…..
    – We had a goalie go down with an unknown injury and there was NO SHIRT-TOSSING RETARD SWEATING AND THROWING SHIRTS AT FANS… THEY ACTUALLY LEARNED… hooray!!!!
    – THEY WON… and the ship seems righted again… finally!!!!

    the Bad:
    – POOR KEVIN WEEKS!!! Yes I feel for the guy… fucker finally gets a game and yeah the first goal was kinda *ugh* (I think Salvador did get a piece of it)… but he plays well after …. and then one bad shot to the knee… and while some people are saying it was karma to let mb30 play on his little night… I think I could stop 7 of 10 shots on the NHL Level, even after 3 games in 6 nights myself…..
    – Penalty killing… still not so good…. the power play looked and moved the puck a LOT better… confidence is a good thing… but I hope it wasn’t just because of opponent
    – Even the crowd for the most felt out of sync and kinda drifting in this game… yeah they picked it up after Pando’s weird goal, but it wasn’t a golden night for anyone all around….

    – Floor hockey + Paddle down goaltending + concrete floor == one SORE AS SHIT WRIST the day after…. and ensuing lame masturbation jokes :p

    the Funny:
    – Hey at least as a goalie… when I throw the stick blindly at the puck…. it’s actually going in net… and dammit I hit the puck (maybe one of the coolest looking non-saves I ever made!)
    – Lil Nicky, yelling to find out about Wimpy was pretty damn funny… good to see our #1 draft pick back from his suspension for “academic reasons” (I have to wonder why we all get penalized for our lil star’s own misdoings….)… but when you’re in a funk even the fans can act the same… it kinda happened last night… not the best of night for crowd noise… maybe we’re saving it for tonight and ye olde Sun Tavern!!! (no who am I kidding.. they’re all going to see Pat the David Clarkson clone….speaking of… I’m fucked if he don’t work tonight eh??)… not to mention the reaction from the lil guy when his sister screamed something right next to him from bullhorn to eardrum…. a WTF look from a kid that in theory don’t know what the F the F stands for!! (I only say this cause his dad reads this… the rest of us KNOW he knows all the cool bad words!)
    – Well not a hockey thing… but if you’re a wrestling fan and you ever want to disturb your friends (this one is fun trust me)… if you ever watch a Chris Benoit match again … when he goes to chop someone in the corner… yell DANIEL… *crack*… DANIEL!!! Each time he chops yell it angrier and angrier…. I guarantee you will disturb the living shit out of your friends (and damn it’s fun!!)

    See ya all tonight at Sun Tavern… oh this should be fun!!!!!!!!