Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Devils Own. PENS LOSE.

1 - 0


" Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on. "

Remember that quote. We're going to need it.

Somehow, lost in all the wheeling and dealing today was the fact that the Pens were playing the Devils tonight.
Maybe it's a good thing it was a lost thought.

If you have been watching Penguins hockey for a while, maybe you had the feeling that tonight just wasn't going to be good times.
Things didn't feel right from the get-go.

The first period was brutal.

The Pens had some solid shifts and were working hard, but it was all for naught.

120 people died of boredom.

Cam Janssen was his normal out-of-control self and he took a penalty.
Let's just say he won't be getting away with this trash any longer.

The Pens did nothing with the power play, and frustration ensued.

Recchi takes a penalty with less than a minute to play in the first.
MAF makes some nice saves. Intermission is on the way.

During the intermission, the Pens break the single-season record of in-game press conferences.

They introduce Gary Roberts, bringing this year's total to 3.

Save this picture for your Gary Roberts photoshops.

The second period started off with the Devils on the power play. Mike Rupp becomes fourth-line Jesus and screens Fleury so Rowengartner can get one past MAF from the point.

If you turned the TV off after that, you didn't miss anything. Seriously.

But for those of you who didn't turn it off, our friend Frustration Frank moved in.
He slept on our couch, kicked our dog, and banged our girlfriend.

The rest of second was a nightmare. Malkin, the only one who looked fresh, hit the post streaking down the left wing.
Brodeur was as solid as ever. He's been motivated ever since his wife left a message for him on the fridge last week.

Towards the end of the period, Homo Scott Gomez took a penalty.
All of a sudden, there was hope for the third.

When playing the Devils, it's hard to tell if your team is not playing well or if they just can't get it going.

" Man we are so awesome "

The Pens came out with some guts in the third, but Brodeur was unbeatable. Gonchar hits the post.
This sucks.
The rest of the way was a little bit of back and forth, but the Devils defense was just suffocating.
Fleury kept the Pens in it, though, making some big saves.

Jay PoopPenis Pandolfo nearly scored 3 goals and must've had 5 or 6 shots. What a joke.
Malkin got called for a hook with 4 minutes left.

Not so fast.

The Pens killed it off and gained some momentum from the penalty kill.
An Armstrong hit and Talbot laying his life on the line brought some life to the team.

No truth to the rumor that Talbot blocked the shot that could've killed Reagan.
Look at that dude with the gun.

The Pens got the puck in the Devils zone.
Johnny I'll Do Ya took a pentaly.
Crowd on their feet, a minute and half to play. Two-man advantage.
This is what legends are made of.
But folks, this is why we hate Marty Brodeur.
Unless this was May of 1999 and German Titov showed up to pass to Jagr, there was no way we were beating Brodeur.

Good times

The Pens get tons of chances.
Brodeur says no.
Time runs out.
Shut-out city.

  • Your mom
  • Would Michel Ouellet be a second-line player on any other potential playoff team?
  • The Devils bring the worst out in everyone.
  • That howling sound over the P.A. late in the third: the ghost of Moore?

The Season starts Thursday.

Get busy living or get busy dying. That's God damn right.


Anonymous said...

Malkin will have a big game against the Devils before this season is over, you can feel it...


tiffany said...

I was wondering what that noise was. I think Errey said it was Gary Roberts....hehe. It could've been Moore, though.

Yeah, Georges IS freakin' hilarious!! After it was confirmed that the Pens had him, I think it was FSN that kept showing the clip of Laraque and Ivanans talking right before they fought.
"You want to? Ok.....good luck man." Haha....

Anonymous said...

so, how many chances did ouellet fucked up tonight?

i mean, you guys should keep track of how many times geno falls a game, with no apparent reason and how many times ouellet screws up.


tiffany said...

I hope so Eric. I thought for sure Malkin, Crosby, or Gonchar was gonna score tonight, especially after Evgeni was put in the penalty box. He looked so pissed and was yelling at the refs. I'm not sure if he was speaking the English language at all, maybe a four-letter word or two, but he was definitely fired up. So was Sid a few times and Sergei had some good shots on goal, but like the staff said, "this is why we hate Marty Brodeur."

Oh well, they can try again March 8th.

Derek said...


Ouellet is awful..just really bad.

I'll cut Malkin a break with the falls..

tiffany said...

I've noticed that Malkin's been falling quite a lot too. I don't know if he's trying to draw penalties or just can't stay on his feet. :)

Andrew said...

fucking army missed at least 3 emptynetters in the game. he's been that way all year. what the hell is wrong with him? he did make a nice play to lay out that gut though. BGL time thursday. can't wait for that.

my hope for the new lines:

rex - sid - staal
malone - geno - roberts
bgl - christensen - talbot
petro - thorburn - jarko

oulet, army, and ekman are the odd men out. also, i just came up with those and paid no attention to right and left wingers. so modify those to make it fit. i think sid to staal could be a hot connection for the rest of the season though. i hope it happens.


tiffany said...

" Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on. "

A couple of things and I swear I'll shut up tonight.
1.) Inspiring quote
2.) That's Laraque doing yoga right??
3.) Rookie of the Year.....haha. "Pitcher's got a big butt!" and "funky buttloving!" What does that mean anyway??

Jon said...

Did anyone hear Steigy's man-crush on Gary Robert's in the first period? He was going on and on about how in shape he was, how chiseled a physique he has for a 40 year old, how the world seemed to stop when he looked into his eyes...It's going to be fun listening to how this develops over the rest of the season.

It's also going to be nice seeing someone worth mentioning in Kovy's old 27 again.

hyzdufan said...

It's amazing how the Devils consistently win year in and year out, but struggle in attendance. Who'd pay $$ to take a nap? They're bad for the league because they are so damn boring.

When Brodeur retires, all that shit will be over. Only 7 more seasons to go!

Derek said...


Yes that is BGL doing Yoga, the quote is from "Blow"

Rookie of the year should of won an oscar.

If you go back to some earlier games this season, Steigy and Errey openly talked about how they loved Gary Roberts. It made me sick.

Who does Gary Roberts look like?
I can't put my finger on it

Gavin said...

The Devils really are a walking, skating cure for insomnia, those boring fuckers are absolutely the worst. A bunch of ass clowns. FYI, the message from Brodeur's wife in magnetic letters on the refrigerator might be the funniest thing I've read on this site thus far.

tiffany said...

Thanks for bearing with me and answering all of my questions. ;)

Speaking of questions, here's another one based on YOUR question:
Gary Roberts = Kevin Costner??

Elizabeth said...

It's ray ferraro...roberts looks just like ray ferraro

Elizabeth said...

It's ray ferraro...roberts looks just like ray ferraro

Dwayne said...

Regarding geno falling...

My buddy is in a b-minor league. He's not the best skater (not that I am - I can't even skate well enough to play on the b minor team >.<), and often just falls down in the middle of nowhere for no reason. The best is when he hits the ice after the whistle is blown and play stops for a few moments. It's hilarious.

After watching Malkin hit the ice for about the 12th time in one game, my buddy turned to me and said "How much did we drink Saturday night? It must have been a lot, 'cos I certainly don't remember giving Geno skating lessons."

The moment we turned back to watch the game, we saw Malkin, a 5 yard buffer between himself and any other player, gracefully pirouette for seemingly no reason, followed by hitting the ice and sliding into the boards. I cringed. Not only was it embarrassing, but my friend did the exact same thing no less than 3 times during the last game.

Crazy fun times.

Anonymous said...

bozo the clown writes another stellar article about the penguins.
(i stress a lot of sarcasm on stellar)

"What only recently had been a full-force assault on first place by the Penguins has turned into a struggle to make the playoffs. The team that was 14-0-2 from Jan. 13 through Feb. 18 has lost three of its past four games in the past eight days. All of a sudden, first place is a distant dream and the playoffs are no sure thing."

yes, it is a big deal sorta that the penguins dropped those games, but to say "all of a sudden, first place is a distant dream and the playoffs are no sure thing" is bullshit.

but then again, this is coming from a guy who has a major hard-on for the pirates and once they/if win 7 games in a row, will protest that "this is the year."

a saying that has been being said since 1993.


Joshua said...

I hate to say it, bid sidney had six unforced giveaways in this game.

Anonymous said...

1992, not 1993.


Anonymous said...

Roberts looks like slider from Top Gun

and Geno is using new skates, he recently switched from Bauer xxx to Nike whatevers so maybe thats it.

Tiffany said...

Aha! New that you mention it, I do remember someone saying that a little while ago. Thanks anonymous.

Justin said...

in that press conference pic you have posted gary roberts looks like michael rapaport

Anonymous said...

I couldn't help but think Roethlisberger when I saw Roberts.

Anonymous said...

gary roberts looks like an old ryan whitney

if you picture ryan whitney when he is 40... i believe you got yourselves gary roberts

Scott said...

Steigy is secretly gay...he has not come out yet for fear of losin his job

pensblog chris said...

the noise was the mic from the referee. he popped it on, it was the feedback from it.

petro and thorburn are out. petro scratched in and out....thorburn down to the farm.

go pens

marc said...

It says on that roberts will be on the first line..... i wonder how thats gonna go

rachel said...

Let's just hope is wrong with these lines...

1st Line: Roberts (wearing #10) - Crosby - Recchi
2nd Line: Malone - Malkin - Ouellet
3rd Line: Staal - Talbot - Armstrong
4th Line: Laraque - Christensen - (Ruutu, Thorburn, Petrovicky)

Why is Staal moved down to the 3rd line while Ouellet and Malone are on the 2nd?!

Ellie said...

geno's been falling since he got here. we used to keep track i think but it was just too big a stat to keep track of.

ugg the devils. it's not like we weren't shooting. it's just that damn marty is between the pipes.

marc said...

yeah thats what lines where on savarn on sportsbeat...... i guess they dont know what they are gonna do... it will probably take a while for them to figure it out unless they have an amazing game tomarrow

Justin said...

man i cant wait til the first time
laraque drops 'em

Andrew said...

Justin, look for that to be tomorrow. say goodbye to Colton Orr.



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