Lemaire touts success of 6-on-5 offense

NEWARK, N.J. — Jacques Lemaire’s radical new 6-on-5 approach to offense is paying dividends early and the New Jersey Devils coach says it won’t be long before other teams begin mimicking his strategy, much like the neutral zone trap in the 1990s.

“I’m amazed no one thought of it earlier,” Lemaire said ahead of Monday night’s game with the Philadelphia Flyers. “Six skaters on the ice at a time. It’s so simple and effective. It’s overpowering.”

The Devils will be vying to tie a league record 10th straight road win to start the season Monday and are riding an 8-game winning streak overall, which Lemaire largely attributes to having more players on the ice than his opposition at any given time.

Lemaire acknowledged that there have been some growing pains to playing the unorthodox style of hockey. The Devils have taken a league leading 647 too many men on the ice bench minors just 18 games into the season.

“Yea, the refs, they don’t really know what to do with it. They’ll come around though,” Lemaire said. “That’s what happens with every new idea though. Soon everyone will be doing it. If that happens, I might have to start throwing another goalie out there. Maybe send Arlette out to sing during penalty kills. There’s a lot of options with this.”

Devils leading scorer Zach Parise said it was tough to get used to a new system and a new coach, but believes the players have really bought into the system.

“It was weird at first,” Parise said. “At first, if you were the extra guy, Jacques would have you kind of hang back near the bench and act like you were talking to [Devils backup goaltender Yann] Danis, you know like you didn’t even realize you were on the ice. Then when the refs weren’t looking we’d just act like we’d been there the whole time.”

The Devils will skate without Patrick Elias on Monday, who is still nursing a bottle over the fact that Martin Brodeur didn’t invite him on his private jet to Lou Lamoriello’s Hall of Fame Induction. Additonally, center Travis Zajac will miss at least six months after farting without leaning and tearing both his MCL and ACLs, further compounding the team’s injury woes.

The team also put out a press release Sunday stating that the ban on Patricia Greuter, who has been repeatedly caught attempting to swap Martin Broduer’s MB30 mask for his old one, remains in effect and have asked Devils fans who see her near any games to report her whereabouts immediately.

Editor’s note: On the off chance anyone took this seriously..don’t. It’s fake. Get a sense of humor.

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!!!!

Devils @ Panthers LIVECAP!!

10:06 PM: So a five-game winning streak for NJ after nearly losing the game in a poorly-played few minutes in the third. Nothing like a little tension to head into turkey day. That’s it for me tonight. Check back in the next few days for the launch of a major initiative from the 2ma! Goduya! Happy Thanksgiving!

10:01 PM: Johnny mothereffin’ Oduya!!!!! After botching a 2-on-1 just minutes ago, the reborn defenseman rips one through Anderson to win the game for New Jersey! Devils win! 3-2 in OT.

10:00 PM: Penalty killed, Devils on the attack. Thankfully the Panthers are still playing like little more than an AHL squad.

9:56 PM: OT underway and hot jesus on a hammock, they throw the puck over the glass and draw a penalty. Would somebody please find the Devils from 90 minutes ago?

9:53 PM: Damn. David Booth puts one home with 7.8 seconds left. We’re going to OT folks! Major Buzzkill is undoubtedly laughing from the bench, twirling his evil mustache. I completely blame this on my girlfriend, who wished against the shutout so her fantasy team would do better.

9:52 PM: Stop by Clemmer. Good pressure by the Panthers though, under 30 seconds left.

9:51 PM: Buzzkill pulled. Less than a minute to play.

9:49 PM: Ooof. Out of nowhere the Panthers put one in on a quick bang-bang play to Bouwemeester in the slot. 2-1. Two minutes to play.

9:43 PM: Major Buzzkill strikes again. Anderson stones Parise on a great breakaway chance. I feel like Anderson was stroking his Snidely Whiplash mustache under his helmet after that one.

9:41 PM: And now what it would have looked like if it were 1943! Anyone else getting sepia-tone replays?

9:38 PM: The Panthers look like the mighty mites on the 5-on-3 and Clemmer shuts them down when they get their act together for the subsequent 5-on-4. Still 2-0 in the second half of the 3rd.

9:35 PM: Ooooh boy. Now it gets interesting. Gio takes down a Panther and is called for tripping in what was a far more legitimate infraction. 5-on-3. The Panthers have “Right Now” by Van Halen on in the arena to boot. This sh*t’s about to get intense, hair band style.

9:33 PM: BS roughing call on Colin White. Nathan Horton comes up high on a hit on Whitey in the corner and he retaliates and gets called for a minor.

9:28 PM: 7 minutes of unremarkable hockey is broken by an absolutely absurd pair of saves by Clemmer! He made a solid save on an initial shot and I think somehow detached his spine to catch the rebound with his lower back. Johnny Oduya backs him up by kicking the puck out of harms way near the goal line. Whew! That woke me up.

9:22 PM: Back at it here in the third. Man, I agree with Josh, this Craig Anderson character is a bummer.

9:01 PM: Clemmer’s looked great during a bit of pressure from the Panthers at the end of the second there. Might be time for Weeksie to find that crossword puzzle book he was working on last year. Devils still up 2-0 after two.

8:58 PM: It even looks like the refs are taking pity on the thus-far hapless Panthers. Jay Leach gets called for a questionable interference minor and the Panthers are on the PP.

8:53 PM:Man, Patty and Gio are playing like it’s ’05-’06. Every shift has just been gold for them lately. A great give and go gets stopped by Anderson, who admittedly has done well to stonewall the Devils here in the second.

8:47 PM: And another powerplay without a goal. Still, as MSG-1294 just flashed up on the screen, the scoring chances are 16-1 at this point, so I’m not going to throw a pissy fit over it.

8:43 PM: Another penalty to the Panthers!

8:42 PM: My girlfriend, who has been affectionate to me in the comments arena tonight, just pointed out that Clemmenson is quite intimidating in net. I never noticed it, especially since there’s been no focus on him whatsoever tonight, but the dude seriously looks Devilish in net with his dark pads and mask.

8:39 PM: Another strong powerplay by the Devils with nothing to show for it. Still, the Devils look like they’re in a different league than the Panthers, who might have stayed a little too long out in the sun today.

8:36 PM: 17-4 is the shot total right now in favor of New Jersey. 17-4! Clarkson takes a spill (which I’m convinced has more to do with the fact that his skating ability is akin to Happy Gilmore than a trip) for a penalty and we’ve got another Devils powerplay!

8:29 PM: Back again for the second to find that Thomas Voukon has made a hasty exit in lieu of Craig Anderson. That’s two games straight that the Devils, the New Jersey Devils mind you, have chased goalies in consecutive games. What’s going on here? I ain’t about to question it.

8:11 PM: Hahaha. Doc ends the period with the most uncomfortable “whoohooo” ever to announce the Devils next Nathan’s hot dog night.

8:09 PM:Wow! A beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play from Parise to Cap’n Langs on over to Zajac and it’s a 2-0 game. All four lines are looking great heading into the final minute of the period down in Florida.

8:06 PM: Man, the boys are buzzing tonight. I’m almost terrified at this point that Rolston and Holik coming back will upset this magnificent chemistry that’s been stumbled across.

8:03 PM: Some good puck movement on the powerplay but nothing to show for it. The Devils are outshooting the Panthers 9-2 so far this period, so I’m not gonna complain. Are we on MSG-153 tonight? This looks like it’s being filmed in a cave.

8:01 PM: Penalty on Florida! Looked like a hook as Elias is taken down. Devils PP!

7:55 PM: Back and forth hockey here, nothing too spectacular. We could invent some Devils drama in the process I suppose. Bryce Salvador totally just rejected Parise’s stick after he broke his in the defensive zone. Is there trouble in paradise?

7:51 PM: The Devils really have a zip to their game again tonight. I dunno what Grumpy McMonkey Ears behind the bench has been saying to them lately, but he better keep it up. Is it injuries? Is the road to Lord Stanley paved with sports hernias? No probably not.

7:47 PM: Gionta scores!! The streak continues! Five straight games with a goal for Gio on another beautiful deflection setup by Mr. Johnny Oduya, who has looked freakin’ phenomenal this year.

7:45 PM: Elias just barely fans on an opportunity in front. Chico points out that this is in fact hockey and not soccer and Elias would not have been able to kick the puck into the net. Whew, that’s a load off.

7:43 PM: Penalty killed. Jesus, are the Devils really only 68 percent on the penalty kill at home? WTF? Devils powerplay as the Panthers take a minor!

7:40 PM: After figuring out some dual live-cap madness we’re underway! And less than 2 minutes in we’ve already got a penalty to Elias. Devils on the PK early.

7:35 PM: I think this truly must be a 2ma first.

7:32 PM: Oh! Dueling livecaps!!!! Damn you Burnett!!

7:30 PM: P.S. I had some trouble finding the game tonight on my cable. If you’re having the same problem, this is where I found the info on what asscrack of television the devils broadcast is on tonight.

7:25 PM:So Scottie Clemmensen gets the start tonight as we continue to work through the weird and wild post-Brodeur apocalypse. We’re still working on fixing the Zubbie Counter after last night’s explosion, but those repairs could be helped along by some continued stellar play (ahem).

7:19 PM: Hey all, it’s been a while I know. I’ve been giving a little too much love to my other wordpress baby lately (i sorta get paid for it), and I apologize. But OMG, two livecaps in a week?! We’re totally spoiling you. Let’s go Devils!

Thoughts from Section 209….Lowell/Rangers 11/12/2008

Well err… that sucked :p

(I really could end it there… but I have some steam to blow off :p)

–Though some of the good stuff… it was funny how the arena staff missed my lapping ways on Sunday… not enough to give me any free stuff mind you… but still nice to feel the love and get cheered on a little!! (don’t ever try to do laps after the hockey outing of your life the night before, hell it carried over and I made a stupid crazy kick save on Becky’s water bottle when she fumbled in 209!)
— the first period was AMAZING… hungry, attacking… controlling…*ulp* dominating….
then the intermission hit… I dunno if the Rangers got their legs or they have AN ACTUAL LEADER in that clubhouse (or a coach with a clue)… but they got some penalty calls (and really TWO 5 on 3’s in ONE period… CMON REFS), but those two power play goals in a row KILLED it….
— Travis Zajac played a DAMN good game too ya know… that will get passed up in the frenzy
— and here’s where it comes down to COACHING…
1. White and Oduya out killing the ENTIRE penalty… I know I went TWICE to Mindy “why aren’t they changing” when they had chances to…. YOU CAN NOT KILL A FIVE ON THREE WITH THE SAME THREE GUYS ON THE ICE… they are called line changes… USE THEM!! (asshole!!)
2. yes the second goal Weekes let in was bad (GET USED TO IT folks… he’s not Brodeur and he’s let in PLENTY of his share of them too)… BUT CALL TIME THE FAROOQ OUT AND SETTLE YOUR TEAM DOWN… then again… he’d just yell at them.. it’s all he knows…and he doesn’t.. and game over goal soon follows….
3. YOUR DEFENSE PLAYS LIKE TIRED EXHAUSTED SWEATY ASS AND YOU BLAME IT ON WEEKES AND PULL HIM?? That’s bullshit… you tip toe around broken glass when he shits the bed in a game, and you’re burning out ALL your key players in NOVEMBER… no wonder any important guy on this team IS HURT… but it’s ok… keep benching Vrana, that’ll show them!!!!

— it’s also horrifying to me that Section 209 is already staring to break down a WEEK after #30 was hurt (and nice to know HE cares enough to be hanging out at a random rink in Montclair watching girls hockey games, and yes I have proof of this :p)
— oh yeah… Ranger fans… amazing how you pop up now (one thing we DO need to give ol’Derek credit for… he only shows up when his team sucks)… congratulations… you beat an AHL team tonight for the most… have a cookie!!!!
— and oh yeah.. Langenbrunner sucked again and a trash goal in garbage time doesn’t fix that or his abyss-fulled 22 minutes!
— and as mad as I am for this… (at least I didn’t stumble out of the building and wobble to a train to go play hockey tonight *whistles*)… I still stayed and yes I still had a good time with friends in 209… and it might come to a point where it’s more about that then the games… least for now… but we’ll still be there… and like Mr. Goomba says… all you can do …. is get out of your seat.. stand up… and yell … LET’S GO DEVILS (even though you are wincing knowing the Ovenchicken is coming!)

— I was also jokingly told I might get the call to be a goalie on this team soon… god could you imagine that after the ripping I’ve done on players and teams over the last 13 years??? They’d stand aside and let me see 8700 slapshots to the face!!!

(I reserve the right to add more to this as it comes to me :p)