Thoughts from Sun Tavern (yes i do have a home :p): Devils at Flames: 3/5/2010

Well I’ve been wanting to fool with doing one of these off my blackberry, and if you’re gonna test something you try it before you go live at a devils game right?? And few people in life do I hold a bigger grudge for turning chicken shit and running for the hills more then coach prune-face….so let’s bring the hate and watch Brent Sutter perfect the art of choke-coaching and do it in the regular season!!!

And this game has even more meaning tonight, and yeah this story will take a bit to get to properly but here goes: as some of you know I have a zero-type relationship with my father, long story I ain’t looking for pity, it doesn’t give me a reason for anything in my life and it hasn’t turned me into any kinda headcase….but anyway, my sister found him and he found me and in the process I am getting to know my two half-brothers and two half-sisters and its been good….so in that process I was talking and hounding the oldest about watching some olympic hockey, and finally she caved and watched the 3rd period of the gold medal game….and when parise scored she was like, who was THAT?? I’m like oh he’s one of ours and she goes back, you have season tickets right?? Now three of the four are watching tonight 🙂

  • First Period
  • — Nice touch having free falling on for one of the old Scott Stevens light em up hits!!
    — Kovy down in the corner but as he gets up we resort to Ivan Drago type lines for him declaring revenge on svatos!!
    “Brent, I must break you!!”
    –I kinda wish we still had bergfors for tonight so he could score flip off Sutter and yell fuck you and your 45 seconds of ice time ball bag!!!!!! ….though Andy could do the same here!!!

    (1-0) Parise[29] (Langenbrunner, Greene) {13:37}
    Oh andy you’re back!! ….nice play at the point to keep turn and shoot, Langenbrunner in front tips it
    but kicks it over the net…and its ahhhhhh Parise!! Rebound, scwar!!!

    — all in all a fun first period, very high tempo, and it was nice to see Brian Rolston play like he gave a fuck and a half tonight (even drawing a penalty!!)

  • Second Period
  • — second period, not so good a start :p

    (1-1) Langkow[12] (Higgins, Kotalik) {1:43}
    Wow white and Mottau on for a goal against?? Just for you Brent! Higgins
    behind the net….cycles in front….Mottau doesn’t and Langkow spin-a-roonies
    it past mb30 (not his fault)

    – we’re halfway t where we want ’em now, get them up 2-1 with 90 seconds left and we’re GOLD!!
    — so Staios can pile drive kovy into the boards, but they call him on the reacharound?? CMON!!
    — hrrmm, kipper’s pads look bigger, compensating for an American beat down, fuck yea!!
    — well our guy didn’t do too well on the US either…

    (2-1, Cgy) Glencross [15-sh] (none) {5:41}
    Man Kovy got owned at the point and had a breakaway so clean
    he could map 50 ways to score on mb30 on this one and he owned
    him like a blonde drunk with a keg of Coors light!!
    (clearly the turning point of the night)

    — got ’em right where we want ’em kids!! Now we wait!!!
    — clarkson fights for the Clark-a-like behind the bar!!! Two punches a take down and stunner!!!! Now give Sutter double digits!!!!
    — me “dammit kovy you owe us one for the oopsie before”….ten seconds later rob texts “kovy owes us one eh?”
    — man the flames are all over the front of the net, when did Brent learn coaching 101??
    — umm, 15 years of recaps and I’m stunned….

    (3-1) Nystrom[7] (none) {16:04}
    Canada’s favorite punching bag makes a nice poke check to stop the puck,
    has it with his glove but loses his balance and moves, exposing the puck and
    hellllooo empty netter, feeling our age are we mb??

    — wow, they quit on Sutter this time, irony ….least that period is over!!

  • Third Period
  • — things went ok in the third, but not for long…

    (4-1) Stajan[19] (Bourque, Iginla) {9:29}
    Flames not getting much preesure but it only takes one shift….
    Bourque rips a nice shot that mb gets the shoulder on but the
    rebound was beefier and this one’s DONE….

    — seems goalie interference doesn’t exist anymore

    (5-1) Moss[8] (Hagman, Backlund) {10:02}
    Moss all but puts his junk in mb’s mouth while totalling
    busting into the crease, gets the rebound and holy shit….
    Least this goal is Bob Backlund approved, eh?

    — well least Clarkson whipped some ass, to think I almost went to this :p
    — speaking of blowing even a Brent Sutter team can’t blow this!
    — well I guess we can make em squirm…

    (5-2) Parise[30-pp] (Langenbrunner, Zajac) {16:08}
    Heh, seem familiar kipper??? Parise the long pass across to
    Langs who bombs it, unlike in a Finn jersey, Kipper stops it
    but beefy rebound du jour is there for Zach to tip home…aahhh??

    — well it IS Brent Sutter!!

    (5-3) Kovalchuk[34] (Elias, Zubrus) {17:26}
    Well I was about to say if they get one here they can make em sweat….and Kovy walks over the line…shot…squeaks….through…Kipper and stops just over the goal line!!!

    — make em sweat fuckers!!!!
    — and our best goalie’s in there….empty net!! But it was not meant to be….oh well, they did make it interesting at least…..

    (well unless anyone wants to guest host the Oilers game…. no more recaps till the Wednesday Ranger game… but i’ll try to pop up something to give some kind of discussion on the board…. wanna keep the place active after all!!!)

    Pre-Pre Season Rookie Camp Scrimmage… Thoughts from.. ahhh, wherever the hell I was sitting…

    Now I know summer time filler ain’t my thing, but this worked out PERFECTLY…. a Friday Night i was in and fell asleep before 4am…. a new coach… new outlook on life… and time to put the miserable feelings and hatred and anger (not like my personal life mirrored the way the Devils season went… oh no no no no :p)…. Season tickets are all but paid (I got kinda lucky, a customer’s entire network took a shit… and hey it paid the STH bill… I love IT!)… and it’s time to start letting ALL (and I do mean ALL) the miserable feelings and hatred go to the wayside and get re-vamped on life and Devils hockey!!!

    So before I start, I’ve answered it a million times, and lemme steal my mystery friend’s FAQ section:

    — Scott: Aren’t you freaking out because the Devils lost all those players and didn’t sign no one??
    NO… in fact the opposite… I’m jacked up about it… those guys took us as far as they would go, and it’s time to pass the torch as it was from Richer/Lemieux/MacLean and Driver…. and then to Elias/Stevens/Niedermommy… and NOW it’s FINALLY time… it’s time for this THIRD generation of Devils talent (Zajac/Parise/Martin… soon to be Corrente, Eckford, Bergfors and Tedneby) to GET THE HELL OUT THERE and make THEIR mark on Devils hockey now and forever!!!! And that’s just awesome to me… this is how you WIN in the NHL… you maximize your cheap talent… surround it with GOOD talent… keep the team kinda young and enhance your core!!!

    — But Scott, what if the rookies suck??
    … and the vets didn’t?? How many times did Gionta shoot it right into the logo… or Madden not that accurate… and Mister NoGoalik was just a FORCE the second time around right??? I’ll take a young guy who will improve and has UPSIDE over an old fart ready to fall off the cliff ANYDAY!!

    — so, Scott are you past your hatred of Martin Brodeur yet??
    … no… fuck him… mb30 still pisses me off and it’s the ONLY thing I like about Lemaire being here (well aside his teaching ability)… he’s the only coach who made our prick “superstar” sit his ass on some pine!

    Anyway… before this becomes a 500-page tangent… Let’s get to today’s goodness!!
    Instead of the good the bad and the funny, I think I’ll take it player by player and add some overall comments too:

    62: Mattias Tedenby:
    HOLY SHIT was he a man amongst boys today (if you’re on my facebook and if not dammit why not??) you saw me RAVING about him left right and sideways!! The kid is FAST as anything… he’s always making moves (I don’t think there was one shift where he didn’t beat a player one on one and do something with it).. he didn’t score today but he didn’t NEED to… he was the best damned guy on the ice today BY FAR!! I think he gets a legit shot in training camp… I know he was playing lesser talent, but he had the LOOK, the moves, the feel and the swagger of an NHL-Ready player today!

    10: Rod Pelley:
    Bleech… didn’t do much, but then again… I don’t expect much from him….
    he’s been pretty much handed a spot on the roster… so be it….
    Facebook status comment: “rod pelley is the new pandolfo”

    52: Nick Palmeri:
    Me and Rob kept commenting on how much he was dragging the Tedenby line down today… slow… plodding… stone hands all over the place… our luck he plays good defense and makes the team… given it’s ONE GAME and anyone can suck on any given day… but that today was also Pandolf-ian, I don’t think he lasts long in camp

    34: Matt Corrente:
    Did not play shoulder injury… that bummed me… i was gonna focus on him as much as the “MagicSwede” as we named #62 today

    51: PL^3… also looked like you’d expect…threw some hits… raised some hell… ran a goalie (I still get mad when goalies don’t jump up and attempt murder like I would….) had a nice two stuff and tip play in front of the far nets from us and tried to lobby like hell for the goal…. but was not meant to be!!!

    Jeff Frazee:
    Looked pretty good even in the losing effort (well aside from the penalty shot… he got deke-man-willied to hell on that one) and was the best of the three goalies today… no clue which one was Long and which was Felice… goalies are not worthy of numbers it seems 🙁

    50: Matt Halishcuk…scored.. was in front of the net alot and did a LOT of good things today… I liked what I saw of him and he’s gonna get a two fingered serious look in camp for sure!!

    66: Derek Rodwell… of the guys I knew nothing about, our 5th round pick impressed the HELL out of me… good size… good hands… plays a bit nasty and scored a penalty shot goal… he’s a guy to keep an eye on…..

    Didn’t really notice our Russians in Zharkov or Vasyunov (though he did have a nice point blank chance to ice it late and blew it!), Jacob Josefson looked overwhelmed and not ready yet, which is ok too… and there was one fight which I am uploading on the youtube as I type this!!!

    Goals:
    (1-0) Eckford.. jumped into the slot and ripped a wrister clean over the goalie… pretty stuff!
    (1-1) Cormier… stuffed home a rebound on Frazee off the near post
    (2-1, white) Halischuk… a sweet move in front where he was given WAY too much time… waits.. looks… dekes.. TOP SHELF… you get served!! (team white’s D was not so hot at best)
    (2-2) Eric Castonguay is ALL ALONE in front again and rips one of BOTH POSTS and somehow in the net… he was this close to blowing it… which would have probably gotten him a roster spot!
    (3-2, black) Derek Rodwell…. who like I said before was impressive… penalty shot goal… to be youtubed ASAP
    (3-3) Griner… a long wrister from the point…hits goalie (not frazee) in the shoulder, then off the stick and in…yeah Chico he’s gonna want that save back :p
    (4-3)Mcintrye a penalty shot goal that can only be called UBER-POWNAGE!! Video to follow (in lieu of penalty calls they get penalty shots)

    Most of the Devils staff and higher-ups were there… saw Stevens on one team… saw Lou and Terreri… and Sergei Brylin too!! (poor Sarge… he looked like he just woke up and had a WICKED hangover too :p)

    How’s that for a lil piece of October in July???
    Once the videos are all up… I’ll let ya know… or just keep an eye on http://www.youtube.com/crashliner

    Open Letter to the NJ Devils:

    (Yes I am still fighting this shakedown and I will until it’s resolved :p)

    I sent this email to [email protected] in response to the “Frozen Price” shakedown… feel free to pass it on to the 209ers and do the same!! And I want as many of us in the $25 seats to make a shit about this so we get done right!!!

    I’ve been a loyal season ticket holder with this club since 2003, I’ve been buying tickets to Devils games since 1993. I’m very distressed with the new season ticket plans you’ve offered me for the 2009-2010 season

    I feel I am being done very wrong by this new plan.
    As a man on a budget and planning a wedding in the next year or so… I’ve been very careful to allocate my money so I can keep my Devils tickets going… as I had planned when I first bought my seats in Section 209, I had bought them with the plans of being the only person to ever see a hockey game in those seats and I intend to keep doing it as so….

    However, I have a major objection to the current payment plans for the season tickets.

    I had planned out all year to make my 3 payments in June, July and August as had been done every year before. I am also self-employed and I take a major hit paying my taxes each and every April.

    With this in mind, and knowing a second playoff invoice is on the way I find this new Season ticket “pay by April 17 to keep my prices plan” to be completely unfair and unacceptable… how am I supposed to pay in full when I don’t know what the full price will be (there will be playoff credits… there always are). I was even planning on expanding to a third ticket as my future wife will also be settled in the area and using my season tickets was my plan to get her hooked on Devils hockey as well.

    But after an almost 50% raise in my ticket prices since the opening of the Prudential Center (and I have researched around the league, NO TEAM charges you $29 a seat to sit in the second to last row of the arena)… I am very distressed and feel I am being priced out of the arena unfairly and I am not the only one who thinks and feels like this in my section. Our little group in Section 209 has become a family
    and quite honestly ourselves and Section 233 are the only reason that arena is not a silent morgue most nights of the year.

    Pricing us out like this under the guise of “well if you pay it now you keep your price” is completely unacceptable…. all we ask for is that you reward our loyalty and be fair to us like I would to any of my customers and let mus make out payments in June, July and August like we have done so loyally year after year.

    I’m very upset at this change in policy and I find it unfair that you are doing this to the true hardcore fans and families that choose the NJ Devils as their lone entertainment source for the year.

    Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Devils/Sabres…thoughts from Section 209

    (heh… who knew people READ this crap?? Man posting pressure here too!!)

    But before I even get to the game….
    — Having a home game against Monday Night Football is about as dumb as asking Chris Berman to ask the questions that are going to make ME CHOOSE WHICH PRESIDENT I WANT TO VOTE FOR TOMORROW … oh yeah… that’s happening ain’t it?? (and damn the Devils I’d have stayed for a shootout tonight to miss that softball tossing at half time!)
    — the Devils Den… so I walk in today… wanting to get the jersey I got for donating blood done up… I wanted old school… I wanted the guy who’s goal in game 7 in 1994 sealed the Devils Deal for LIFE… I wanted Valeri Zelepukin…. (if you don’t know who he is…. go away now!)… and it was bad enough I got a “WHO” from the employee…. (not to sound like it sounds… but if he bounced a basketball she’d KNOW)… but they don’t have all the right letters in stock for it… HOW HARD IS IT TO STOCK JERSEY LETTERS??? Anyway… so I go get my annual yearbook…. and show my Devils Legion card…. hey I got season tickets at basically FACE VALUE so I don’t get TEN DOLLAR DISCOUNTS like they had tonight… but I get my nifty 10% discount… OH WAIT… WE DON’T DISCOUNT THE YEARBOOKS!!! No wonder I am still waiting for my best buy coupons!! Thank God the product on ice is so well oiled and deep eh?? (do you really need a sarcasm meter on that one??)
    — the place was SO DEAD before the game the season ticket beggars in suits were timing my laps around the concourse (best time… 3:34 beatches!!)
    — Scott Clemmensen… why so depressed looking… oh it’s cause you’re back in the NHL, but with more of an AHL Team in front of you then you had in Toronto!!!!! I’ve never seen a guy look so sad for someone who had NO business being in the NHL again (well maybe Christian Berglund, but he was pathetic out of the womb!)

    — as for the game….. yeah … they looked BAD… when was the last time a Devils goalie made 20 saves.. in a PERIOD… it’s funny we used to make the other team’s backup look like the Vezina winner… somewhere Marty lit up a cold one or twelve going “thank God I’m off for this”
    — Sheldon Brookbank, keep taking penalties… it means you’re off the ice (we bench Vrana and Bergfors when they SCORE GOALS and this stiff gets more shifts then Patrik Elias)
    — Jamie, I respect you dearly, but you’re slipping and you looked HORRID again tonight… please vacate the point on power plays forever!
    — THE WEEKES WAS UNLEASHED AND IT WAS MIGHTY!!!! (no not the Scum in Anaheim)
    — 6 forwards on the ice with an empty net… and NO ONE REMEMBERS TO COVER THE POINT.. well not Jamie… he’s banned from the point… it’s pointless!!
    — I know I was asked to watch my F-Bombs but when I see a boxscore and see:
    N. Bergfors 04:36, P. Vrana 07:11, J. Langenbrunner 23:47
    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME!!!!! Sutter needs to lose his job just for this bullshit on the rookies ALONE
    — WEEKES!!!!!
    — Oh Patrik… can you miss any better a chance like you did… what.. three times?? *argh* COME OUT OF IT!!!
    — I can’t get on Zubrus, Gionta or Parise… they did their jobs… Zajac was ok until that stick broke (but rant #16 tonight… WHY DO PLAYERS WHO HAVE A PEANUT BUTTER SLOW SLAPSHOT USE THE I BREAK IF YOU FART ON THEM COMPOSITE STICKS… it’s like a .220 hitter taking steroids… you still suck if you hit .245!!!!)
    — Oh I can’t forget my asshole fan line of the night:
    “WE BELIEVE IN YOU RYAN MILLER!!!”
    “YEAH… YOU BELIEVED IN JIM KELLY TOO”
    The painful cringes I got from the Buffalo fans was only matched by my follow-up Kurt Cobain references!!
    — Sorry no Beer Plinko tonight kids…. the family wasn’t there… maybe his wife saw the facebook pics… oi vey!!
    — At least if we have this effort on Wednesday… by golly we’ll make it to a SHOOTOUT and that will be SWELL folks!!!! 🙂

    (hope this was worth you’re time! Then again… no one else is left here to write eh??)