Thoughts (finally) from Section 209: Devils/Rangers, March 10, 2010!

Well this was a long time coming wasn’t it?? No not the win on the Rangers… I meant a freaking Devils home game!!! I guess I can kinda go back to normal here (though normal never was my strong point)… and man this was a fun, but stressful one… first to play defense wins… good thing it was us eh?? Lots to talk about and even more to share and I hope to add some more youtube’s in the morning for it.. meanwhile… just enjoy the rantings of a section that felt like it was a second home opener this year!!!

  • Pre-Game Wanderings
  • — lady gaga sucks…lady gaga on the organ? Legit justificction for murder… please keep the organ music to songs MEANT to be played on one… thanks!!
    ** comments on pre-game rantings:
    Cara Brandenburg OMG ON THE FAT GUY…and LAY OF THE RANGERS!!!
    Scott Mackie: Get out of my building then :p
    Not my fault you can’t afford to sit in your own dump!!
    — fat guys should not wear white us Olympic jerseys, very non-flattering!! The dude looked like he was trying to sneak in three babies…. you’re fat…we get it… you don’t need to assault all with the belly of DOOM!!!!

  • First Period
  • — oh boy Pete’s in “I aint been here in a month” form, already!! Have to admit this feels like the season opener again!
    So like I was saying, he yells “HEY LUNDQVST FACE THE FUCKING FLAG FOR ONCE”….I’ll be damned he did!!
    — hell the Ranger fans got into it….if you guys don’t knock it off I’m calling my wife and you’re going home with her!
    — Pelley/PL^3 and McAmmond, that’s an angry line!
    — well its a good start for Langs-Elias-Kovy at least!
    — well holy shit!!

    (1-0, devils!) Niedermayer[8] (Rolston, Mottau) {4:16}
    Rolston the shot from the bad angle, ol’puffy pads stops it,
    but it rolls right in front, through Clarkson and HOLY SHIT
    …..NIIIEEDDDDERRRRMMMAAAYYEERR!! Buries that fucker
    top shelf, leaving me stunned and confused that he had that
    level of skill even for an instant!

    — sigh so much for feeling good eh….

    (1-1) Prospal[15] (Gaborik, Jokinen) {5:15}
    I’m still typing the devils goal and bang, bang no coverage in front
    Jokin and Gaborik make stupid good long passes across the ice…..
    Gaborik from the corner…. sees Prospal in front and he dunks it home,
    like I said didn’t see much of it, hell be lucky NHL Network had this on
    “On the Fly” as I sat down!

    — but right after Gaborik robbed by quick mb30!!
    — and out come the rangers suck thundersticks…en masse!! (And we killed a penalty in there too)
    — thunder…..thunder….thunder-sticks…. hoooooooo!!!!
    — Mottau makes a nice play chopping down a pass in front, I’m still amazed and it was note-worthy that someone did!!
    — Andy Greene, use the sword of omens!!!

    (2-1, Devils!!) Salvador[4] (Greene, Langenbrunner) {18;17}
    Man I screwed this one up live… I saw Niedermayer in front
    and assumed he was the one who tipped it through the PuffyPads!
    MY BAD!!! Devils pass it around the point… Andy blesses the puck
    as he passes to Salvador…. Bryce shoots… Ranger stick… delfection
    … and a GOOOAAALLLLL!!!

    — and PL^3 and Shelley beat the living fuck out of each other for like two minutes!!!! Full Mortal Kombat song!!! (I will comb youtube again in the morning and post it if/when I find this 5 bell slobberknocker!)
    — not a bad first period, but didn’t seem to have that extra level that the asses in the seats are bringing…

  • Second Period:
  • — devils come out strong and holy shit does mb30 made TWO ABSURD FUCKING SAVES AND THE SPIN-A-ROONIE COVER AFTER!! Wow!!!!
    — well that was ugly, but was it a goal??

    (2-2) Christensen[6] (Dubinsky, Girardi) {5:01}
    Christensen comes in….dekes one…dekes two…left to right and right
    past mb30 but did it ever cross the line?? Geeessshhh
    (ok I watched it four times on the DVR replay… yeah it crossed the line.. oh well)

    — we kill a power play….they don’t!!

    (3-2, Devils!!) Parise[31-pp] (Zubrus, Zajac) {8:38}
    Hey look!! Kovy got it done with his shot!!! He takes the big point shot….
    it bounces and rolls all the hell over the place….Zubbie kicks at it… so does Zajac
    … finally rolls wide… Parise scoots in… goes wide… and right past puffy so we all
    can yell AHHHHHHH in POWER PLAY UNISON!!! (shame on us though we never did
    say fuck you Sam Rosen!)

    — wow this is ass….

    (3-3) Prust[2] (Shelley) {9:15}
    Every time they take the lead, they let them come right back and make 3-4 really
    good plays in front and this is what’s gonna happen, holy shit!! And this one’s ugly….
    Fraser wipes out by the net… bad enough…but he kicks the puck out right into the
    slot… where even no-talent Jody Shelley (maybe he’s PIST too cause he got face
    pounded by PL^3 before)… and he takes a shot…. mb the lunging save… but rebound
    to Prust who cut through the crease and stuffed it home… really guys I know the NHL
    hates defense… BUT PLAY SOME!!!

    ** Tammie Hamilton: really okay devils we are playing hockey not watching it from the ice
    (goes with my play defense comment eh?)
    — the score is 3-3 and shots are 14-11 Devils, somethin ain’t right there….
    — and the oohhh la la sassoon chants break out in honor of this old commercial
    ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNjntNHHUs0 this is not something to watch with a weak tummy!)
    — hey!! What the fuck!??!?

    (4-3, Devils) Langenbrunner (Mottau, Greene) {13:06}
    Mottau a sweet shot/pass thrown in front ….Langenbrunner looks and waits….
    swats and man it don’t get tipped no better then that and puffy was PIST and
    she launched the puck to center ice!! (since we missed it before)…. Its an even strength goal….
    FUCK YOU SAM ROSEN!!!!!!

    — hey we kept the puck in their end for a minute after!!! And remember that 8-5 game last year??

    (5-3) Rolston[18] (Niedermayer, Clarkson) {15:19}
    DOWN GOES HENRIK!!!! DOWN GOES HENRIK!!!!!!!!
    They totally blow this three on one and STILL make it happen!! Clarkson almost offside,
    olston flubs the puck twice and still dekes redden silly…shot in front I think Clarkson gets
    it (he doesn’t but neither did Puffy!) …and OFF TO THE THRONE GOES THE QUEEN!!!
    Quite possibly the most pathetic effort ever seen on a 4 on 1 …. to actually score a goal!
    The only thing worse was Redden trying to defend it!

    ** Barry Meikle: That was the worst 3 on 1 success I’ve ever seen.
    Doug Mecca: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    (funny how I was saying the same thing eh?)
    — God it was awesome as hell to see him run like a scalded bitch from the crease to pout, sulk, feel shame, hate life and attack towel boys too!!! 5 goals on 17 shots, that’s an Olympic like effort…. if you’re called Kiprosuff!
    — and man the anti-puffy pad chants are flying, not to mention the jersey shore reject rangers fan who’s oddly quiet now!!!
    — its an ALL YOUR FAULT chant at Callahan for the Olympics?? Nice!!!

  • Third Period:
  • — ok, I’m exhausted, feel like hell but the horn from shortsguy making the ranger fan in front of me wince squirm and get a tension headache is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen!! The perils of road-fandom eh asshat!!
    — go figure the game is insanely intense for two periods, they pull puffypads and both teams accept this as over…..its almost no fun to kick on silent ranger nation in the arena!! Hell you’d almost say the rangers are as dead as Corey Haim, guess that boy’s really lost now eh??
    — well that was a pretty nail in the coffin!!!

    (6-3) Zajac[21] (Zubrus, White) {16:21}
    I mention corey haim and we see a death blow, nice!!! Zubrus over
    the line, stops and spins giving to Zajac and holy shit he’s can’t get
    no more alone…Zajac controls, shot….SCAWR! And the rangers
    suck confetti runs amuck!!

    — and man the mock rangers goal song was kinda fun!! (So was the Sweet Caroline followed by RANGERS SUCK!!)
    This dude in front of me is gonna kick his wife kids and dogs I swear!!

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

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

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

    … errrr…. yeah…. right!!!

    Well I played good in goal at least 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

    Thoughts from Section 209: Devils vs Sens, Nov 25, 2009

    Welll… HI!! Dare I even say HEY YOU… or some witty crap like that… this schedule of too many home games and then not enough… it HAS to stop… it kills your writing flow… but hey I always have plenty to tell… something ALWAYS seems to happen in my in-game experiences that makes it worth while…. and hell I’ll write it so easy, even a South American can understand it! Another nice, take care of business feel good kinda win against the Senators and more to snap a 3-game losing streak!!!

    The Good:
    — Andrew Peters… REALLY… he was damn near Mike Peulso-ian tonight, he hit THE SHIT out of people and I loved it!! It’s funny we were watching him (and the team) in warmups… and man he looked more “emo” then my facebook status (though I still contend quoting song lyrics from a song DAMN NEAR AND DEAR TO ME is not emo… fuckbags!!!)… hell he looked like he had killed mb30’s baby or something last night (I know… I went there…)… but seriously… more games like that and he can stay!!!
    — Andy Greene!!! (of course I know)…. I was worried that my “man” (if you’re not on my facebook you don’t get the comment and shame on you)… and I was beginning to worry that Andy couldn’t score and we couldn’t win without me… and there he is… if we needed to beat a goalie to score… Andy made it happen… don’t worry Andy you will still get your section below <3 (yes I am really running with this sick creation of mine… deal with it!!!)
    — NO PENALTIES!!! Even better… NO TOO MANY MEN ON THE ICE….. yay!!!!!!!
    — Good to see Bergfors score again… and back out there with 9 and 19 again… he belongs there….
    — Hell even Elias-Rolston and Langs looked like they had something tonight… and as we put it to Jen most of the night…."He had a lot of almosts… hell he could lead the league in them" (Rolston).. I’ll even give it to the line of Clarkson, Halischuk and Sestito (SANTANNA!!!)… they looked pretty good too… and I liked seeing Halischuk using some “raise hell in front of the net” instincts… I think he’s finally getting comfortable in the NHL.. amazing what getting more then 3 shifts a night does (*coughSUTTERcough*)

    the Bad:
    — Whoever that non-Arlette announcer was… can she sing the National Anthems any SLOWER??? Christ it was 7:10 by the time she was done!!
    — You know I gotta bring it up… and you know this ain't gonna end with me…. so I see that if you don't have season tickets already and you pay in full by tomorrow you can get a SEASON TICKET IN THE ARENA AT HALF PRICE?? I know they wanna fill the fucking stadium and all (and let he/she who wants to call me for whining… pay for MY tickets then thanks!)… so those of us who scrambled, saved (or even paid in parts) over the summer… yeah we got some nifty stuff… but you know what… I'd MUCH rather have had my tickets at HALF PRICE, thanks much… I'm going to write the Devils a nice well written but to the point letter about this tomorrow… I'll probably post it here too so you guys can see… but really… did we as your LOYAL CUSTOMERS need this kick to the face??? Hopefully this is a plan and they will work this somehow in the future (like you know… letting those of us who pay in installments get in on this)… and you'd have MORE STH ANYWAY and not need to do this and shit on your fanbase who shows up every night anyway!
    *sigh* I'm getting really tired of being kicked by this team….I'd probably have just as good a time moving my shit down the block to Sun Tavern and enjoying the games at a fraction the cost…..
    — Travis Zajac… had a great breakaway chance…. right in front… and he "Cangeloisi's it"… no he doesn't trans-morph into Brendan Shanahan…. he misses short and wide… just like the lil fella!!

    the Funny:
    — (the comments on the life ending Andrew Peters hit)
    Scott Mackie "Wow, now we see why peters was so sad, he was about to committ murder on ice! What a hit!!"
    Josh Burnett "Dear NHL: Please suspend Andrew Peters for that hit. I don't care if it was clean. I'm just sick of Andrew Peters. Thanks."
    Tammie Hamilton "he's oppressed"
    Scott Mackie "Josh, thank you sir! That was an Andy Greene-level contribution sir!!"
    — So as the empty net goal was scored… we heard the best blown goal call ever (even worse then any mess that lil gnome fella makes)… the DEVILS GOAL… scored by number FIFTEEN… Jamieee… LANGENBRUNNER…. assisted by number 9…. Travis Zajac…. and number 19…. TRAVIS ZAJAC?? Really?? Only Andy can assist twice on the same goal!!!

    the ANDY GREENE worship:
    — And yes… when Andy did make that first assist… people did turn look and credit me… I almost teared up, I'm so proud he saved it all for ME!!!
    — Hell the Devils first goal PROVES… even an Andry Green dump in is a SCORING CHANCE!!
    — Josh Burnett: "ANDY GREENE IS SO AWESOME, PATRIK ELIAS NEEDS HIM TO SCORE GOALS!"
    — Scott Mackie "That's two from my honey!!! Go Greene!!! ? ?" (like I said.. the bit is being RUN WITH)
    Tammie Hamilton "? it, oh andy"
    — "Andy Greene didn't miss that pass… he was trying to make Elias skate faster!!"
    — Josh Burnett: "Wow, I just heard "Oh Andy" in my head to the tune of Oh Sherrie by Journey (Steve Perry?). Anyway, extraordinarily disturbing.
    Tammie Hamilton: "Oh Andy, Our Love Holds On, Holds On"

    Two more home games before I take this little freak show on the road… oh Buffalo I am coming… and I bring with me more Championships then your city of fail has not only seen but can dream of!! (then again, one would do that job too!!)

    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/Flyers, a home opener we shoulda left closed!

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

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

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

    Oduya-Martin
    White-Mottau
    Salvador-Murphy

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

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

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

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

    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.

    Thoughts From Section 209… Devils/Flames: 3/10/2009

    Hey, I’m still alive (and I know… I skipped a month in review)…. to coin the NHL Network commercial I’m dealing with “non-hockey related issues” (yes only 5 people really only know what the hell I am talking about but I feel bad enough I’m dragging them into my stuff (especially the one who didn’t know what she was in for, without naming her name)… so I’ll spare the rest of you… just feel better in knowing I write better when angry, so at the very worst the readers win :p)… and I was gonna do a thoughts from 214, but that game sucked as bad as that shithole arena in Long Island!! So anyway… I live… I function… I rant!!!!

    the Good:
    — One shortie, one power play (FUCK YOU SAM ROSEN!) and one even strength goal…. that’s balance!
    — MB30 bounces back nice from the fiasco in Long Island
    — Shanny, Rolston and Havelid on the scoresheet… depth and scoring is gonna take us far come Tax Time….
    — Zach Parise… AAAAAHHHHHH (apparently I do this for any hockey player I cheer for who wears #9, boy or girl :p)…. one step closer to re-writing Devils history… 9 goals to tie and I think it’s 18 points (I have to leave for work soon and I want breakfast so i am not looking it up)… to re-write them all!! And you have to love the constant persistence of that line and NEVER quitting on a play!!
    — Mike Keenan being Mike Keenan and randomly pulling Kipper (who unlike Nabby when he came here did NOT disappoint…. I like to watch Calgary, San jose and Dallas when we ain’t playing)…. so we get to make bad Macarena jokes at the random Flames backup-jobber OF DOOM!!!!

    the Bad:
    — Bad first Period… but I admit I was in as much of a fog as the team then so it was ok!
    — that goal with 9/10 of a second left… yeah they don’t matter in the long run… but I have a sick wanting to see Clemmensen win the Jennings Trophy and those goals kinda hurt that!!!
    — Getting texted by an over-ly dramatic ex-209er who INSISTS on telling us all she’s coming to a game on the 28th… but sitting on the OTHER SIDE OF THE BUILDING… man I’m tempted to sell my tickets that game *eyeroll*, the more you get away from high school the more life becomes it!
    — trying to decide which tastes worse…. cold popcorn or period-old chicken fingers and fries… I’ll leave it at … I ate the damn fries in the second period…yeech, thank God for Sun Tavern post-game (even when Pat forgets to put in my order for the potato skins then blames the kitchen for burning them… least I got a free shot o’Jack from it!!)

    the Funny:
    — The contest people came up to Section 208 tonight to give away a DVD gift set with some T-Shirts and one of the funniest non-summer movies of last year (yes I’m a movie geek what the hell do you think I do all Summer….WWE 24/7 and movies!!)…so if anyone who got the Role Models Prize Pack would love to donate their copy of the movie to their favorite recapper… PLEASE!!!!! 🙂
    Anyway…. so they are setting up…. the go to row 5 I think… whatever… the row is half empty… people see what is going on… they JUMP LEAP and RACE to all the empty seats… CMON FREE STUFF (people hopping on seats like steps was hilarity!)…. and they get ready for it… Sammy starts a PICK B chant for the what we assums is upcoming trivia question…. and of course the normal 209+ Section hijinks ensue… they go to the segment… you can’t even HEAR the PA system…. all you hear is CHOOSE B …. CHOOSE B…. the blond lady is like fuck this… here’s your prize packs I’m outta here… and we will NEVER get free stuff again… GOOD JOB GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    — the Dion Phaneuf razzing was kinda funny too….. more so when I fed him the Celine Dion obvious line and hearing drunken karaoke babbling of their hearts will go on…. niceeee!

    Thoughts from Section 209.. Devils/Sharks 2/15/2009

    Anyone else kinda think NBC screwed up a little bit this weekend??? I mean yeah… the world needed to see Mike Richards (and every idiot on TV call him BRAD at least once.. morons) score that hilarious 3 on 5 shg on the Rangers… hell I damn near fell off my Sun Tavern Bar Stool!!! But even with that in mind… holy shit that was some game in Newark yesterday wasn’t it???

    Again sorry this is so late… when you get any kinda cold it goes right to my asthma… and to say I feel like shit is an understatement… but I didn’t miss one game (I did nothing else all week outside my house)… but I went to all 5 home games…hooray… someone buy me a cookie… or let me cough on you so i can pass this shit on and feel better!!!

    the Good:
    — CLAUDE LEMIEUX WAS BACK!!! And he got to start the game so we gave him a nice cheer (him and Randy McKay are my all time favorite Devils bar none!)… sucked that he wasn’t announced as the starter so he could get a proper ovation!!
    — Secondary scoring… nice to see Rolston, Clarkson and Elias on the scoresheet at last… as great as the top line is they can NOT be getting 3 points a night and we won’t go far that way….
    — Power play goals! Any night we can yell fuck off Sam Rosen three times, I wholly approve of (hell even scoring the RIGHT way on a 5 on 3 was nifty!!)

    the Bad:
    — ….. once the standing ovation was over… Claude… kinda… sucked… maybe the comeback.. not so good idea, pepe?
    — NO DAN BOYLE!!!!!!! We spent weeks planning a Section 209 Frontal Assault on mister’s house was burning down… apparently he was burning up with fever!!!
    — Paul Martin skates in warmups… then disappears?? (thank God he wasn’t traded… I was almost worried Lou did something batty)
    — I was pissed off last year when Nabby was hurt and the ONE GAME he did not play all year was the one in Newark… so finally I get to see him live… and man he was just AWFUL, but I do watch much Shark games and that whole team looks in a funk…. but still nabby and kipper are my two favorite goalies in the league to watch and as a goalie it kinda annoyed me that he sucked… and you knew Clemmy was due for a 5-burger after somehow having a shutout streak… after all.. brian boucher… he… is not!!!!
    — Brian Gionts JUST TOO SHORT to get that gimmie pass from Zubrus on the anti-Clarkson wraparound pass!!! *grrr*, though I milk the Gionta short jokes like NBC does Cindy Crosby!

    the funny:
    — you could tell amongst the season ticket holders that 5 games in what 9-10 days… it’s a bit MUCH… and I think we’re just a little bit sick of each other… it’s like that girl that asks you for a break and some space…. except we’ll actually be ok in 10 days when we see each other again! (wait to see the pissy on the back to back matinee games coming!)
    — Sammy walking up and down the aisle by the two nice looking girls in sharks jerseys holding the banister and yelling EARTHQUAAAKKKKKEEEE …. yeah that was a site!!!
    — We still had our Dan Boyle moments (after all, he’s still the star for having his house burn down!!)… they played Springsteen’s Dancin in the Dark… [i]Can’t start a fire… can’t start a fire without a spark…..
    Dan Boyle’s for hire… even if his house is burning in the dark!![/i]
    — 5 on 3 shorthanded goal!!!! I can’t help it… I literally put my head down on the bar before the game turned to Brian and said dude “I am LOL-ing”… tears were shed … really!!

    Devils Vs. Sharks LIVECAP!

    5:41 PM: Stats:  Clarkson with two goals.  Parise, Rolston, and Gionta with two assists (Gionta with the first goal, as well).  Four game winning streak – including two in a row over the two best teams in hockey.  What a weekend.  That’s going to do it for me today.  Goodnight everyone!

    5:39 PM: Stars of the game:  Clarkson, Langenbrunner, Elias.

    5:38 PM: GAME OVER!  DEVILS WIN, 6-5!  Devils give the Sharks their first regulation loss when leading after two periods.  Good god what a game.  You coulda had this on national TV, NBC.  Bite me!

    5:36 PM: Empty net for the Sharks.  Also, Clarkson gets credit for the last goal, not Rolston.  Thirty seconds to go in the game, the penalty is over!

    5:35 PM: Minute and thirty to go in the game, a bit over thirty seconds to go in the power play, and the Sharks take a time out after Clemmer gloves down a shot.  Holy hell this is gonna be one hell of an ending.  Have I mentioned that NBC totally BLEW IT?!

    5:34 PM: This. game. is. NUTS.

    5:33 PM: Oduya gets called for…something…on Setoguchi.  Sharks to the PP.  Meep.

    5:31 PM: ROLSTON!  GOOD GOD, every time he scores on a shot like that, the money we’re paying him becomes more and more worth it.  BIG blast from the top beats Nabakov, screened by Clarkson.  6-5 Devils and three minutes left in regulation.

    5:30 PM: Parise has done ust about everything offensively save for score a goal.  I’d wager he’s at seven or eight shots and some great passes.  Only a matter of time, I think.

    5:29 PM: Clemmensen is NOT having a good game.  Gets mixed around behind the net trying to play the puck.  Joe Thorton gets whistled for a cross-check, though, so…opportunity is there now.  Let’s get the lead kids.

    5:25 PM: Thorton pulls a Lyle Odelin and passes to the goalie.  Haha.  Probably not as intentionally as Odelin, but still.

    5:24 PM: Less than eight minutes to go in the third.

    5:21 PM: Gio with a rocket of a shot that bounces off the post, and the PP is over.  That…was not so good.

    5:20 PM: Oh for christ sake.  Pavelski picks it up on a turnover in the neutral zone and beats Clemmensen with a backhand, and we’re tied again on a shorthanded goal.  Dammit.

    5:19 PM: Joslin dumps a puck over the glass – that’d be a delay of game, and the Devils get themselves another PP.  Let’s try and extend the lead a little, yes?

    5:16 PM: Parise and Zajac with the assists on the Cap’n’s goal.

    5:14 PM: YES!  Parise with a drive, big rebound to Captainbrunner who jams it home!  5-4 Devils with the lead, 12 minutes to play in the game!

    5:13 PM: Not a great start to the power play, as Johnny O can’t hold it at the point.

    5:11 PM: And there’s our make-up call for the bad penalty against Colin White at the end of the second – at least I assume so anyway, because Mike Rupp drew it.  I’d like to see a replay, but MSG+ would like me to see that guy who talks about how great the local teams are instead.

    5:10 PM: And that’s the end of the power play.  But we’re tied.  And that’s pretty awesome.

    5:09 PM: Devils still on the PP for another 35ish seconds.

    5:08 PM: WHOO!  THAT’S what the power play should look like!  Hard-working all around.  Parise hammers a shot in on Nabokov that’s stopped, Parise throws the rebound through the crease at Elias jams it home! Elias with the goal on the 2 Man Advantage, because Patty loves us.  Tie game!

    5:06 PM: Clarkson gets whomped into the boards, crumbling in a heap.  Ehrhoff gets the penalty, Devils get a 2 MAN ADVANTAGE for 30 seconds!

    5:05 PM: Devils are really buzzing on this power play – a handful of shots already and even more chances.  A minute and change to go.

    5:04 PM: Penalty to Thorton for a hook – a legit call, which means we’re still owed some makeups from previous bad calls dammit.  Regardless, it’s a power play.

    5:03 PM: Okay, penalty to Captainbrunner over, we’re back to full strength.

    5:01 PM: Third period on.  Devils still on the PK, and still down by a goal.  The Sharks have yet to lose in regulation when making it to the third in the lead.

    4:42 PM: Setoguchi scores on a nice pass from Thorton, and it’s 4-3 Sharks to end the second.  Devils will still be on the PK for the start of the third.  See y’all then.

    4:40 PM: Oh for eff’s sake.  Captainbrunner goes down with a trip and now it’s a five-on-three for San Jose for 1:17.  Dammit gang.

    4:39 PM: Mike Rupp with a shot on net, which surprised me because this is the first I’ve heard of Mike Rupp playing this afternoon.  Colin White takes an interference call and now it’s the Sharks on the PP.

    4:35 PM: And the inability to convert that opportunity may prove costly, as Cheechoo scores with a blast, re-directed by the stick of Andy Greene on defense.  Game’s tied at 3.  Sigh.

    4:34 PM: JEBUS!  Elias gets a one-on-one with Rob Blake, waits for Zubbie, Zubbie manages to get Nabakov to wind up way out of net, and then can’t get it to anyone in the slot – because no one would get to the slot.  Dammit.

    4:33 PM: Kerry “The Hair” Fraser says it was inconclusive, so the call on the ice stands, and it’s no goal.  Phew.

    4:31 PM: Pavelski gets ROBBED by Clemmensen.  They’re reviewing the play and it seems similar to the one that went against us in Anaheim.  Clemmensen’s pad is somewhat in the net and there’s no way to really tell where the puck is underneath.  Frankly, I think the puck, if in the net, was kicked regardless in the end.  Of course, as we all know, the one in Anaheim went against us, so…let’s just wait and see.

    4:28 PM: And that’d be the end of another Devils PP.  I think that’s 0-for-3 on the day now?  Not good, guys.  Not good.

    4:27 PM: Zajac’s back on the bench.  Thank you merciful god.

    4:26 PM: Ohhh man Parise with a glorious chance in front but can’t lift the rebound over Nabakov’s pad!

    4:25 PM: Devils head to the power play after a high sticking call against the Sharks.

    4:24 PM: So with Zajac still out, they’re mixing in centers to play with Captainbrunner and Parise, and right now it’s Holik.  Now THAT’S scary.

    4:20 PM: All penalties have expired, back to full strengh for everyone.

    4:19 PM: Johnny tried to dust off last year’s Orr-duya smooth skating rush all by himself, but this time he shoots probably too early and misses the net.  Oh well.

    4:18 PM: And now Rolston goes down for a slash.  Rollie’s picking very bad times to take very bad penalties.  Four-on-four for a minute and a half.

    4:17 PM: Clowe goes to the box for an unintentional trip, but a trip nonetheless.  Devils back to the PP, sans Zajac, who’s yet to return from the locker room.

    4:12 PM: Game sure has settled since the early parts of the first period.

    4:09 PM: Zajac just took a stick to the face by Bryce Salavdor.  Crap.  Zajac to the locker room.

    4:07 PM: And that’s the end of that one.  Not much going on, only one shot on Nabakov.

    4:04 PM: Michalek with a huge slash on Zajac’s stick, and we get our first PSE&G Power Plaaaaay! of the afternoon

    4:02 PM: We be back.

    3:43 PM: Aaaaand that’ll be the end of the first, Devils up 3-2.  Shots are 11-8 in the Sharks favor.  I’ll be back in seventeen, will you?

    3:40 PM: Salvador gets tangled up and tripped, no call though.  Can’t really tell if it should have been a penalty, but everyone at the arena thinks it was.  Devils have yet to go on the PP this afternoon.

    3:38 PM: Hey, what gives, we haven’t seen a goal in like five minutes.

    3:36 PM: Hey NBC, this is what you missed out on this afternoon, when you just HAD to air Rangers/Flyers.  HA!

    3:34 PM: What a wild game.  3-2 and we’re only 3/4s of the way through the first period.

    3:29 PM: CLARKSON! Devils with a breakout, two on two.  Bad pass but Clarkson grabs a hold of it, spins and whips a deceptively strong shot at the net that I don’t think Nabby even saw.  3-2 Devils, assists to Madden and Rolson.

    3:25 PM: At least I picked the right game to LiveCap this weekend, based on early returns, eh?

    3:24 PM: …where they thusly score.  Patrick Marleau tips one in for his 30th on the season, and the score’s tied at 2.

    3:23 PM: Aaaand Rollie celebrates with a hook, and the Sharks – who have scored a PP goal in 9 of 10 – head to the power play…

    3:22 PM: To quote Steve…”Rolston SHAT SCAARR!”  2-1 Devils, Rolston whips a quick wrister down low through Nabakov.  Madden and Gionta with assists.

    3:21 PM: Good looking crowd today.  I’d venture to guess that we may be looking at a sellout this afternoon!

    3:18 PM: We looked real good for like a minute there.

    3:15 PM: Hot damn.  Big drive by Rob Blake beats Clemmensen cleanly, and we’re tied at 1-1.

    3:13 PM: No Doc this afternoon, as he was in NYC calling the very amusing 5-2 Flyers victory over the Rangers – one featuring a four goal second period for Philly, the pulling of Lundy (again), and a five-on-three shorthanded goal by Mike Richards that made me laugh very loudly.

    3:12 PM: Nevermind, Canjo just answered that – Pepe was not listed as a starter, hence a little confusion at the start of the game.

    3:10 PM: Gionta from Patty and Zubbie, 30 seconds in.  Claude Lemieux took the opening faceoff against Patty, btw.  I wonder what kind of reaction he got when they announced his name at the arena pre-game.  Did he get the traditional “(insert player name here) SUCKS!” chant, or perhaps some cheers?

    3:09 PM: GIONTA!  I didn’t even have time to mention that the puck’s on ice and Gio sweeps on in off a pass from Elias and it’s already 1-0!

    3:08 PM: Apparently Paul Martin is also not playing today due to “upper body soreness,” Jay Leach is in.  Shanny was not a surprise, Martin really is…I wonder what happened there?

    3:07 PM: Shanny’s out for the Devils with general soreness after blocking four shots Friday night with his feet area.  Jay Pandolfo is back in tonight in his stead.  Go Super Jay!

    3:04 PM: On the Devils end, three straight wins.  Clemmensen has posted consecutive shutouts and hasn’t allowed a goal in seven straight periods, over 140 minutes.  Captainbrunner has nine goals in nine games, Elias has a six game assist streak going, and the team is coming off a 1-0 victory over the NHL-leading Bruins.  Yay!

    3:03 PM: So here’s the deal.  First, regarding the Sharks:  Yes, Pepe is playing.  He missed practice yesterday due to illness, but he’s over it.  Passed it on to Dan Boyle, though, who will miss the game with the flu.

    3:00 PM: So there’s about twenty other things I should be doing today, but none of them involve two of the best teams in hockey, so here I am, LiveCapping Devils/Sharks for all you loyal 2MA readers.  Let me know you’re out there!

    Capitals @ Devils LIVECAP!

    9:27 PM: So that’ll do it for me tonight.  Hey, I’m willing to bet you’ll see a more traditional Mackie-type Mackie rant later this evening!  A silver lining after all?  Goodnight gang!

    9:26 PM: I guess you can’t win them all, of course.  And the streak was something to behold, considering how many of the games were on the road (and in the west, for that matter), and Langenbrunner’s heroics the last handful of games.

    9:25 PM: I want January back.  February sucks.

    9:24 PM: …and there’s the empty netter.  5-2 Capitals and the eight game winning streak’s officially dead.  Eric Fehr with the goal.

    9:23 PM: Clemmensen’s on the bench, six attackers on for the Devils, 1:30 left in the game.

    9:21 PM: This is terribly disappointing.  That last power play goal by Washington sucked the life out of the team and the crowd.

    9:18 PM: Four minutes to go in the game.

    9:16 PM: Too many blocked shots, can’t get anything on Theodore, and the penalty to Brashear is over.

    9:13 PM: Brashear goes away for goalie interference.  I missed it.  I’m guessing it was either stupidly blatant so the ref couldn’t ignore it, or an attempt at a pity penalty to make up for the crap call before.

    9:09 PM: WEAK.  Nylander scores on the power play that comes as a result of a BS call.  4-2 Capitals.  Now I’m pissed.

    9:06 PM: Oh come on now.  Rupp does an excellent job of creating a play for himself, drives on net, stopped by Theodore.  Rupp is tripped up by a stick as he drives, and makes some contact with Theodore…so of course, Rupp’s off for goalie interference.

    9:02 PM: Elias with a snapshot on the doorstep that looked like it was in, but alas, was knocked aside by Theodore.  Mine eyes, they deceive me.

    8:58 PM: Clarkaround try!  You keep going for it, Clarkie.  One day.  One day.

    8:57 PM: I like how “Oduya picks up Langenbrunner at center” when Cap’n plays wing and was against the boards on the blue line at the time of the place.  I miss Doc.

    8:56 PM: WOW another shorthanded chance, this time a two-on-one for Zajac and Madden, Zajac can’t bury the shot, however.  Crowd’s woken up, that’s for sure.

    8:55 PM: CAPN CLUTCHENBRUNNER!  SHORTHANDED!  3-2 Capitals and we have a hockey game kiddies!  Also, Jamie’s only got one goal so far tonight, he still needs his requisite second goal yet!

    8:54 PM: Oh, right, we’re still on a penalty kill.

    8:53 PM: We be back yo.

    8:35 PM: And that’s the end of two.  Not quite as bad as the first, but still plenty of room for improvement.  3-1 Capitals, stick around for the third.

    8:34 PM: Clarkson goes down for hooking behind the play.  We’re also in the last minute of the second period.  We can’t be taking penalties tonight dammit.

    8:32 PM: Hard work shift by Gio, sadly with nothing to show for it but possibly some black-and-blues.

    8:30 PM: I wonder what Doc does when we play on Versus and he’s not the announcer.  Or what Chico does when there’s a game on Versus and Doc is the announcer.

    8:26 PM: The Penguins apparently have a player named Luca Caputi, who has scored in their game.  Tuukaa Rask has some competition for best name in the NHL.

    8:23 PM: We finally got that flow I mentioned earlier, end-to-end quickness going on.  Elias with a nice toe drag to pick up Gionta on what was a one-on-two, then breaks his stick going for the shot.  Curses.

    8:22 PM: You know, I like the idea of Rupp-Holik-Clarkson, but don’t much care for the idea of Rolston-Madden-Shanahan.

    8:19 PM: Elias and Parise get the assists.  With merely a one man advantage, we’re back to not being able to keep it in the offensive zone.  Dang.  And now that advantage is over.  Double dang.

    8:17 PM: ROLSTON!  A BLAST from the blue line through a Zajac-ian screen and it’s 3-1.  Still on the PP.

    8:16 PM: ‘nother Capitals penalty, and the Devils get a…wait for it…wait for it…2 MAN ADVANTAGE!

    8:15 PM: Mike Green’s a hooker.  It’s not a smear tactic, either, the referee says so.  Hence, we’re on a power play now.

    8:13 PM: Parise to Zajac on the doorstep and it’s put just wide – maybe off the post.  It’s gonna be one of THOSE nights, eh hockey Gods?

    8:10 PM: Couple of nice shots blocked in front and never even make it to Theodore.

    8:06 PM: We’re not winning very many loose puck battles this eve, and as such, the majority of the play this period (and in the game) has been in the defensive zone.  And as if that’s not bad enough, they’re playing Red Jumpsuit Apparatus at The Rock.  This game’s getting worse and worse!

    8:04 PM: Terribly sorry for the delay, got caught up at the store.  Second period is on, and it’s…3-0 Capitals.  Dammit.  Nylander.  What the hell is going on here?

    7:45 PM: That’s the end of the first – 2-0 Capitals.  Back in seventeen.

    7:44 PM: Two straight post shots for Washington – for god’s sake, let’s just get out of this period alive!

    7:42 PM: This is why I miss Doc & Chico – at least one of them would have told us that the Old Guys Line was not just a practice thing – Rolston, Madden, and Shanahan are skating together.  Meaning Clarkson’s been dropped to a line with Rupp and Holik – Crash Line 2.0 if I ever saw one.

    7:39 PM: I think I’ve figured out what’s wrong with tonight’s game – besides the score, of course.  There’s no flow to this game.  So many whistles – offsides, puck out of play, that sort of thing.  It’s kind of annoying, really.

    7:38 PM: Clemmensen’s scaring the crap out of me tonight.  Again.  As usual.

    7:33 PM: The game’s kind of lagging.  Devils having issues even getting the puck into the offensive zone.

    7:31 PM: A surprisingly loud Rangers Suck chant.  Perhaps referring to what we will never speak of again?

    7:28 PM: Power play over, and I’m not so sure that we even got a shot on goal during the course of those two minutes.  Poop.

    7:26 PM: Paramount to making something happen and being awesome, however, is puck possession, which we seem to be having issues with so far on this PP.  Sigh.

    7:25 PM: Nylander to the box for Washington for high sticking, so we’re on a PP.  Making something happen here would be all kinds of awesome.

    7:24 PM: Oh for chrissakes.  Tic-tac-toe passing play right off the faceoff and Brooks Laich has basically the entire net to tip in the power play goal.  2-0 Capitals, and where the HELL did our recently awesome penalty kill go?!

    7:23 PM: Cap’nbrunner in the box for hooking.

    7:22 PM: …did the world REALLY need a reality series about horse jockeys?

    7:20 PM: Zubbie wants to continue the world-famous ZubbieCounterContest, but loses the handle on a drive in the slot.  ZubbieCounter remains at 24.  Penalty coming, apparently to the Devils because the fans are booing, but Versus won’t tell us until these words from their sponsors.

    7:18 PM: Oh dammit.  Great penalty kill wasted, Mike Green sneaks down and pops one above Clemmer’s glove.  1-0 Washington.

    7:17 PM: Niiiice bit of penalty kill by Captainbrunner, getting the puck deep into the Caps zone and not forcing a shot – just hanging on to it for awhile.

    7:15 PM: Brashear gets to be a one-man show of puckhandling behind the Devils net.  BRASHEAR.  Eesh.  Devils take a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty, being served by Zubbie.

    7:14 PM: The crowd doesn’t look so hot so far.  I hope there’s a bunch of stragglers on the way because of the weather.

    7:11 PM: Parise/Zajac/Langenbrunner are buzzing early.  Elias/Zubbie/Gio with an early chance too.  Weeee.

    7:10 PM: Aaaaand the puck’s finally on the ice at The Rock.  Jose Theodore’s in net for the Caps, Clemmer for us.  I like it when Theodore’s in net, I seem to recall the Devils lighting him up on numerous occasions.

    7:08 PM: There’s some sort of jersey retirement ceremony going on on the other side of the Hudson.  Again.  Now let us never speak of it again.

    7:01 PM: Last time these teams met, the Devils broke a four game losing streak by winning 6-5 in the shootout, after allowing Alex Ovechkin to score with one second left.  I remember that game – I was at that game.  As I recall, every time I was not in my seat, we scored.  Every time I was in my seat (or even anywhere NEAR my seat), they scored.  By the end of the night I was watching the shootout on a TV set near the Fire Lounge on the main concourse.  The sacrifices I make for this team!

    6:58 PM: So here’s what we got: The Devils ride into this game on an 8 game winning streak.  The Capitals, as of this very minute, sit one point ahead of the Devils for 2nd in the conference.  Win in regulation, and the Devils leap-frog the Caps.

    6:57 PM: Why do I love you guys so much?  It’s ’cause you’re awesome, yes…but the things I put myself through just to please y’all…Devils/Capitals coming up on Versus…not only does this mean no Chico…it also means, once again, NO DOC!  Sigh.  I’ll LiveCap it anyway.  Because 2MA is all about the love.