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!!

    The Greene Monster goes down

    The injury bug just won’t leave the Devils alone this season. First Brian Rolston’s ankle. Then Bobby Holik’s pinky. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond’s cracked orbital bone struck a blow to hyphen-lovers everywhere (see what I did there?). And now tragedy has even befallen the man, the myth, the monster…the Mister Andy Greene.

    Andy apparently took a puck off the hand early in the Devils 6-5 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs Wednesday night. The Lean Greene Point-Producin’ Machine managed a career-high three assists despite the broken hand. Hell, maybe it was even because of the injury. Maybe it made Andy angry. You wouldn’t like Andy when he’s angry. Greene celebrated a birthday by getting his hand X-Ray-ed. That’s gotta suck, but Andy’s hardcore like that.

    The puck that befell the Greene Monster came off the stick of Pavel Kubina, no less. Y’know, the guy who knocked Scott Stevens silly with a puck to the head a few years back. Greene’s injury is slightly less scary than Stevens’, though, and will shelve Andy for about a month, maybe more.

    While the Devils must wait another four-to-six weeks to again Go Greene, one Sheldon Brookbank will be paired up with Mike Mottau as the Red n’ Black’s third pairing. Getcha Pepto Bismol ready.

    So besides the terror-inducing duo of Mottau/Brookbank (inducing terror in Devils fans, I mean. Not so much the opposition), what else can we expect tonight? Welp, after taking part in his NHL debut and notching his first-career point with an assist, Matt Halischuk gets to take a cozy seat in the press box, as Niklas Bergfors gets to make his season debut for the Devils tonight. Since Niklas’ only other prior NHL experience was the season opener last year against Tampa Bay, and since he got hurt in that game and never made it back to the NHL, and since last season’s opener so thoroughly sucked – I say that game gets stricken from the record. Niklas Bergfors gets to start anew tonight, in his first ever NHL game. I don’t care what the record books show.

    The Devils ride into tonight’s game on a three-game losing streak (yet still managing the charity point in two of the three), sitting at 5-2-2. The Thrashers come in as the second-worst team in the NHL, one point ahead of the Islanders and sporting a 2-6-2 record. The Thrashers recently fell victim to that evil injury bug themselves, losing No. 3 overall pick Zack Bogosian to a broken leg during a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Philadelphia last week.

    Game 1? Awesome

    Before I begin, I’d like to apologize for the lack of pictures in this post. I have them up and ready to go, but I seem to be having a problem with getting them posted. I’ll try to have this problem rectified as soon as possible. – Josh
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    So it’s in the books, the Devils open the 2008-09 season with a 2-1 victory over the Islanders. It wasn’t all pretty, but it wasn’t all bad either. So, I present to you, loyal 2MA reader…THE AWESOME, THE NOT-SO-AWESOME, AND THE DOWNRIGHT RIDICULOUS of the Devils’ season opener as I saw from my perch in 114:

    THE AWESOME – No more Zombie Nation!

    I’m not going to lie – I’m conflicted with this awesomeness. After Gary Glitter’s arrest and persecution, I was perfectly fine with the Devils’ choice to stop using Rock And Roll Pt 2 as their goal song. When they used Ole! by Bouncing Souls two years ago, even better – awesome band, awesome song. But last year’s song, Kernkraft 440 by Zombie Nation, just sucked.

    So, I guess the annoyance with last year’s song trumps the distaste of the performer of the new/old song. And in the end, Glitter’s paid his debt to society, so maybe it is alright after all to be using his song again.

    It’s still better than Zombie Nation.


    THE NOT-SO-AWESOME – HE’S NOT WEARING A MASK!

    I was in the middle of a conversation with a friend about hockey rules when Marty was run into by Paul Martin and lost his mask. I know hockey’s a fast sport, and sometimes things happen faster on the ice than we notice them on television or in the stands, but can someone please explain to me why someone was allowed to fire a shot even in the general direction of a mask-less goalie before a whistle was blown? Pucks have been frozen by overzealous referees in less time than it took for play to be blown dead after Marty lost his mask.

    Brodeur is on track to shatter records left and right. This should be a huge deal for the NHL. A slow whistle by the referee could have easily ended any chance Brodeur has at taking his place in the record book – and ultimately raising the NHL’s profile on non-hockey friendly outlets such as ESPN. There are some things that are just too dangerous to mess around with, and a mask-less goalie is one of them. Any time a goalie loses his mask, play needs to be whistled dead immediately. Period.


    THE DOWNRIGHT RIDICULOUS – Green men and dancing guy strippers…wait, I’m at a Devils game?

    Look, I know the Devils get a bad rap over their marketing and fan relations and in-game entertainment. Usually I’m one of the ones complaining the most. But if this is what’s in store for this year, I recant all of my prior complaints. Just don’t make me watch these people anymore.

    First is the guy with the multiple shirts. He does some kind of strange dancing stripping routine that was funny at first – especially when he stopped a guy who clearly didn’t want to have anything to do with him. But the next five or six times? Not so much. The enthusiasm is nice. The shirt-removing routine grows old really fast.

    The green guy was less obnoxious, but far more difficult to understand. My friend tells me it’s a reference to It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, which is probably more correct than my guess – an overzealous fan of Andy Greene. Whatever it is, I’m reasonably certain green guy was not wearing underwear beneath his frighteningly form-fitting costume. And I really didn’t need to see that.

    The Final Straight-Away

    Pre-season is officially wrapped up, folks, and it was a fun one. Where else would you get to see Brian Gionta go toe-to-toe with Mike Comrie?!

    We’re officially 5 days away from the season opener on October 10th, and those 5 days will be the most exciting ones. The roster should be primed in the next few days, and we’ll have a bigger idea of who will be taking the ice next week.

    Stick with us as we’ll have analysis from the whole crew here at 2MA, as well as some reader-submitted opinions as well! Details to follow tomorrow.

    I can smell the ice!!

    I smell a LiveCap…

    Dear sir or madam,

    The gentlemen and lady of www.2manadvantage.com request the honor of your presence the evening of September the 24th, 2008.  The occasion marks the first world-famous 2MA LiveCap of the 2008-09 National Hockey…

    Ah screw it, I can’t do high-class.  Let me start again:

    YOU!  ME!  LIVECAPPING!  TOMORROW NIGHT!  BE THERE OR BE…ELSEWHERE!

    In all seriousness, the first livecap of the season will take place tomorrow night for the Devils home pre-season opener against the Rangers.  Be here around 7ish.  I have intentions on testing out what I believe will be a new, improved LiveCapping format.  What will be so awesome about it?  Well, for one, I’ll see your comments in real-time and will be able to approve them the second you make them.  That’ll speed up the conversation.  Also, everything (should) occur in real-time – no more refreshing the page for updates.  If Steve, Joe, Scott, or maybe even Patty happen to be around, they’ll be able to LiveCap right there with me – literal 2 Man Advantage LiveCap!

    In the end though, it’ll be your feedback that will decide whether we move to this new program full-time or revert to the format of years past.  So please, come check it out tomorrow night and let me know what you think.  I’m optimistic that it’s going to be awesome.

    See y’all tomorrow night!