Monday, December 31, 2007



1:00 PM


It is cold as balls.

Happy New Year

Last Post Of 2007

What a year.
We'd recap it.
But you remember it.

If you don't.
[The Sweater Ted] takes a look at the top ten moments of the 2007.

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We have been wrapped up in Icebowlblog, but there will be a storm brewing in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Precedent:

During this past baseball-playoff season, the Boston Bruins were inconvenienced when they were pretty much forced by the Red Sox to switch their game at 7:30 to 3:00 so as not to interfere with a Red Sox game on the same night.

This upcoming Saturday:

Invasion of Florida

Jacksonville @ Pittsburgh -- Heinz Field -- 8:00pm
Florida Panthers @ Penguins -- Mellon Arena -- 7:30pm

Good God Almighty

WE DARE YOU

It'll be a fine line between being angry about it...and coming off as whiners.

It could get interesting.

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Every cloud that kicks you in the balls or ovaries has a silver lining.

We're of the school of thought that Marc-Andre Fleury being injured is good for the Pens.

Off the top of our head, the Pens have gone 9-4 since MAF went down.
That means we've got some depth at goaltending.
Or it means the Pens defense can clamp down when it has to.

But MAFer is up for a new contract following this season.
His 40 wins last year will never be erased, but unless he comes out with guns a-blazin' when he returns from injury, he's gonna turn in an average season, statistically speaking.

Would this give the Pens some leverage when it comes time to negotiate?
Maybe.

Then again, if the Pens decide not extend his contract, he's gonna be an unrestricted free agent.
There are teams out there who will pay MAF some bucks to play goal for them.

Hopefully, MAF's injury followed by an average comeback scares away some bidders, but probably not.

We may even be talking out of our ass.

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Hebrew Hammer sent this along



Screen cap from Lemieux's first game back in 2000.

At least one of your computer screen's pixels has died by now.

Speaking of Roberts.
Why do we wear wristbands that says "WWGRD?"

From [ESPN] report of Roberts breaking his leg.

"As Connolly fell in the left circle in Buffalo's end, the 41-year-old Roberts went down with him and struck his left leg hard on the ice, breaking his fibula."

"A stretcher was brought out but Roberts did not use it."


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When we posted the pics of Sabu's pads for the Winter Classic, which it looks like he won't need, someone in the comments wondered what Sabu thought about switching his equipment for the game.

In last season's playoffs, the Canucks had a big-time Game 7 against Dallas and decided to go with their then-new blue and green uniforms, meaning Luongo would wear those colors in the game.

Vancouver ended up winning, but you can't help but think the red and blue equipment was more worn in to Luongo's liking.

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Due to the time off during the holidays,
trade rumors and crap had the chance to kick into high gear. [ Ottawa Sun ]

Pens may be interested Ray Emery. Blah blah blah.


A lot of other cool stuff at that link.

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In news that prompts you to high-five the closest person,
some dude in the ECHL is accused of slapping a male flight attendant and exposing himself to passengers. [ Fanhouse ]
Reports say the plane was en route to Ottawa.
Or Ben Eagers house.



Reminder plenty of good Photoshopping days are still available.
So send anything along.

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Columbus says they want an outdoor game. [ Columbus Dispatch ]
The rest of the NHL tells them to make the playoffs first.

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Make no bones about it.
Ovechkin won't be in Washington next season unless he gets the salary-cap maximum.

That Ottawa Sun article above mentioned that the Caps recently offered him a 5-year, $37.5 million deal.
Ovechkin responded by giving Capitals management a powerbomb.

AO fired his agent, and he is representing himself,
which means he's gonna be brash and probably not negotiate.

We want Ovechkin to go somewhere else for a plethora of reasons:

1. We would like him a little more.
2. Capitals fans suffering.
3. Hopefully he goes to the West because we don't want to play him in the playoffs, nor do we want to hear the "OMG Sid vs. AO" four times every season.

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We pondered a month ago about starting a Winter Classic-specific blog for everything there is to talk about.

But there is simply way too many links.

If you feel inclined, just go to Google news and search "Winter Classic".

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And lastly

We are on our way to Buffalo.
So we won't be by a computer until late tonight

With that said.

We would just like to thank everyone who has stopped by in the past year.
We couldn't do this without you.

Happy New Year.
Be safe.




Sunday, December 30, 2007

Nice

Demondg1 is already up in Buffalo.


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2 - 0

[NHL.com recap]

It looked like a normal game.
Everyone was getting pumped for the Winter Classic.
Then all of sudden Gary Roberts is laying on the ice.

We wish him the best in recovery.
Mark Eaton and Gary Roberts in the press box.
Beware.

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National Anthem

[Thanks to "Go Pens"]

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Pregame

Shero gives Roberts something for his 900 point.
Roberts almost trips on a camera cord.
A camera man is reported missing later in the evening.

[Derek Ausk]

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FIRST PERIOD

Therrien stayed true to his philosophy and started the hot hand, Ty Conklin.

The biggest excitement early was Sydor getting the puck out of the Pens crease after the puck was going crazy.
Crosby was the one who deflected it in on Conklin.

The early frantic pace was finally stopped with a whistle.

That didn't deter the pace at all once the puck was dropped again.

Out of nowhere, there was 6:00 left in the first.
Both teams were beasts in the offensive zone, playing puck-possession hockey while getting some nice chances.

The Pens ended round 2 with Colby hitting the post, and then trying to Lemieux it off of Ryan Miller.

And then crap. The next segment last about 8 seconds, as the Pens headed to the box.

The Pens kill the penalty, and the rest of the period disappears faster than the Little Ceasars franchise in Western Pennsylvania.

Big time Pizza
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SECOND PERIOD

Before you know whats going on.
Crosby walks down.
Saucer pass city.

1-0.

The second period was going along swimmingly.
The Pens had the lead, Conklin was making saves, the Pens were getting chances.

Then an eerie silence enveloped Mellon Arena and most of the tri-state area.
Roberts is down. Repeat. Roberts is down.

WWGRD. Break his leg.

Tough times.

Ryan Malone was heading to the box later for tripping up some guy.

The Pens survived the Buffalo power play, and then had to weather some more before Conk was able to freeze that.

Konstantin Koltsov/Afinogenov flies down and pounds Sydor into the boards.
Questionable.
Guess they don't call boarding anymore.

He got what was coming to him later on the play though, and the Pens jumped on the power play.

The power play was mud.

That was it for a second period that will resonate throughout history.

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THIRD PERIOD

Three minutes into the third, you simply realized that this game was gonna be a big win or an awful defeat.

Errey drops a bomb on the world with the news that Gary Roberts broke his left fibula.
Half the world Googles "fibula" to see what it's all about.

After some extensive searching, we find a broken fibula takes a good 6-8 weeks to heal.
That brings us to the playoff push in March, which is when Roberts has earned his bread throughout his career.

Well, the third period was heading down the homestretch.
The Pens took another penalty.

The Pens had a golden opportunity on the shorthanded side of things.
They forget what's going on.

Where's the jokes this season, dicks

Scoods gets high-sticked/stuck in the mouth, and the Pens eventually jump on the PP.
Nothing doin' on the PP.

9:00 left.
Conklin had something special going.
You know what that means.
Conk blocks everywhere.

Staal had a chance later on a breakaway, and Derek Roy hooks him up.
Staal is a midget, so it's better that the Pens were able to take another two minutes off the clock instead of Staal getting a penalty shot.

The Pens don't get anything going on the PP.
And then it was crunch time.
Father time rolls in and things start to get crazy.

Daryl Sydor played a big time hockey game.
He cleans up the mess.

The Pens survive one more scare late with Miller pulled, and then Malkin lays it up into the empty net. 2-0.

Game.


STATS
  • Bing: 2A
  • Army: 1G
  • Conklin: Shutout

MISCELLANEOUS
  • If you would've told Ty Conklin in September that he'd be starting the Winter Classic, he would have banged your girlfriend.
  • last game of '07, what a year.
  • Buffalo looked tired.
  • Sykora was out with a illness.
  • Defense was solid tonight
  • See you in Buffalo



Saturday, December 29, 2007

Broken Fibula



God help us all.



7:30PM




Lost in all the Ice Bowl hype, the Pens have a pretty important game against the Sabres tonight at the Mellon.

Our good friend in Buffalo, D.O. has a preview from Buffalo's side. [ DieByTheBlade]

Seth from [Empty Netters] has a look from the Pens side.

Ryan Malone returns tonight.

No word yet on whether Sabu or Conkblock gets the call.

It is hard to believe this is the last game of 2007.

What a wild ride it has been.

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The Pens practiced in their Ice Bowl gear yesterday:


Pretty sick pads.

Here is a closeup of Sabu's mask.




From yahoo:

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[Nicholas E.]


Go Pens

Conspiracy Theories



So many times, we forget why the Washington Capitals and their fans are jokes.
Thankfully they have a message board.

This whole mess started after the Caps head coach Bruce Whatever said this:

"It took the doctor so long to get down here (the bench), we couldn't get him back on the ice," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He got a couple of stitches. It is something that you have to get done." [ Canadian Press ]


But today, poster "imau2fan" on [LGP] found a great thread started last night after the game.

Apparently there is growing concern that doctors didn't treat A.O. fast enough after he got hurt.
[Capitals Message Board]


From poster "Rincrt:"

"I was listening to Bruce Boudreau this morning on XM and he said Ovechkin would have been back on the ice if the doctor had got there a little quicker. So isn't that convenient, the Penguins are losing by a goal and the Caps best player gets injured and the Pittsburgh doctor takes his time getting to the dressing room and Ovechkin never gets back on the ice. Is this the ECHL or the NHL? I know at Verizon, the doctor sits directly behind the Caps bench and literally follows an injured player into the dressing room. Yet in Pittsburgh it takes him ten minutes. Now before all you Pittsburgh lovers start bashing me for whining, answer two questions? How long would the doctor have taken if it had been Crosby not Ovechkin with the cut and, secondly, what if that had been a Clint Malarchuk type of injury?"


It is a shame Al Gore didn't figure out a way to let you poop on someone over the internet.

It gets worse.

Poster "In Ahead Of The Play" your thoughts:

"I mentioned the same thing late last night on my website about the potential disaster had it been a Clint Malarchuk-like injury. But this morning, I began thinking that the cut on Ovie's leg could have been just as bad -- if not worse. There is a main artery running through the leg that could have resulted in significant blood loss. Think no further than the death of Redskin Sean Taylor. In a sport as physically grueling and violent as hockey, there should always be AT LEAST one doctor within a stone's throw of the dressing rooms. The league office needs to take a serious look into this and, depending on their findings, issue some sort of fine or commensurate punishment (giving a draft pick to the Caps would be nice!) to the Pittsburgh organization."

The internet shutdown for 45 seconds today after this was posted.
Referencing Sean Taylor?

And lastly

Poster "Absaraka Windholder" brings it all home.

"Oh, if that had been the femoral artery, that really WOULD have been a call to 911. There would have been blood all over the place--arteries sometimes spray when they bleed, and that's about as emergent as it gets." "And I'm not happy about what seems to have been a delay in treatment. As a physician, your first duty is to your patient, no matter who it is. As a sports team physician, your first duty is to medicine, NOT the sweater of your patient." "If they can prove that care was delayed or denied for hockey reasons, not medical ones, that might even be malpractice. If I were in the Caps' front office right now, I'd be on the phone to the AMA and whatever board regulates medicine in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Even the appearance of malpractice deserves a long, hard look in a case like this." "Just my Washington-based $0.02."


Dr. Gregory House, your thoughts?


"Ovechkin Blows"

We'd refute these accusations from Capland, but really does it even need to be done?
It is almost too much to take.

The obligatory "If that was Crosby..." blah blah stuff is all over that message board.

They have such an inferiority complex over there.
Every other thought they have pertains to hating Sidney Crosby.

So stupid.
We wouldn't had even known there was a conspiracy if we didn't find that message board,
which means that no one thought it was a big deal and no one cares.

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Some mainstream journalist copied Mirtle. [Bfloblog] via [Deadspin]

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Greg Wyshynski gives out some NHL awards. [Fourth Period ]

Top 10 NHL stories of the 2007. [ KK ]

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Doesn't matter who you are, you pull for Joe Sakic.
So it sucks when you hear he's gonna be out till March 'cause he has to get hernia surgery. [ Yahoo ]

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The Rangers have had some run-ins with Ice Girls.
They've settled a sexual-harassment suit out of court. [ Fanhouse ]

Go to Fanhouse for the whole rundown, but there was a threesome involved.
We thought threesomes only happened in the movies.

Speaking of the Rangers.
Colton Orr is a jerk.
Solid hit, though. No elbow, player had the puck.



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Sabres merchandise sales are off the charts.
They are even outselling every NFL team, except for Pittsburgh and Indy. [ Fanhouse ]



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[ Fanhouse ] breaks down the worst-case scenarios of the Classic.

Sidney Crosby did a conference call about the game.
They're the usual Crosby answers. [ KK ]

We can't keep up with all the Winter Classic stuff.
[ NHL.com Winter Classic Page ]





A lot of talk going on about whether or not Pens fans should bring terrible towels to the game to show a Pittsburgh presence.

We personally won't do that, but hey whatev.
No use in fighting it.

There has been some back-channel internet rumblings of people buying baby blue towels to bring to the game.

We say do whatever you want.
Be smart and buy a huge box of them and sell them.

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Go Pens

Friday, December 28, 2007

Winter Classic Information




If you're taking 79N, then you'll be getting on 90E towards Buffalo.
That red arrow is you.

Once you cross the PENN/NY state line, there's a toll you're gonna have to pay, maybe two tolls.

An hour after getting into New York State, you come across a badass exit called Angola.
It comes out of nowhere and clotheslines you off of 90.
What a rest area.

It has a Denny's, McDonald's, other eating places like a food court, a coffee bar thing, souvenirs, maps of Buffalo, etc.

After Angola, you're about 30 minutes from the Ralph.

Ralph Wilson Stadium has its own exit off of 90.
Just follow the parade.




There's a plethora of people staying at the DoubleTree in downtown Buffalo.
And it seems the place to be on NYE may be Chippewa Street.

We're staying at the Fairfield in Williamsville,
if anyone wants to come and give us a chokeslam.

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AND FINALLY

There's gonna be a crapload of Pens fans there.

But the majority of people we've talked to have already arranged a Pens fans tailgating area in Lot 5A -- The Tundra Lot.

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OT

[ NHL.com RECAP ]


One of these days, this stranglehold the Penguins have over the Capitals will end.

Until then, suck It.
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Before the game, SportsBeat on FSN takes us back 7 years to December 27, 2000.

For the scavenger hunt, it eventually asked you where else on this blog we have used this picture.

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Gary Roberts gets his 14th Dan Potash pre-game interview of the season.

The 99% of Pens fans out there who don't know this blog exists
have no idea why Roberts gets so much play.

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[Thanks to Pensgirl]

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FIRST PERIOD

The game started tepidly, both teams just jobbing around.

It didn't take long for Laraque and Brashear to drop the gloves.
Solid fight.


Nice

A little bit after that, Ruutu went to the box for holding the stick, a penalty that we hope gets called the next time we play the Senators.

Late on the powerplay, Semin had a chance to explode in Conklin's face, but he tried to get it to Ovechkin who was too busy trying to figure out what to do when he doesn't have the puck.

The first period was flying, and then so was Jeff Taffe.
He carried the puck down the left wing on a 3-on-2.
He goes short side, top shelf.


1-0.

Steigerwald piledrives your enthusiasm after the goal by saying Taffe scoring a goal means the Pens are getting "third-dary scoring."

Conklin got the puck later and shimmied it over to Gonch.
Gonch fails 10th-grade trigonometry, and the bounce off the back boards gives Brashear an easy goal in front of the net.


Picture: Some Caps fans celebrate the big goal.
1-1.

We have a pet peeve:
Whenever someone says a stat like "Fleury is 4-1-2 lifetime against the Buffalo Sabres, so we should expect a solid performance from him tonight."

Errey said something like that when he said the Capitals and Pens' old Patrick Division rivalry is alive and well.
Whatever. Stupid.

MAF's hypothetical two wins against Buffalo two years ago means we can assume he'll have a good game against this year's Sabres?

Whatev.
Colby Armstrong scores a Rangers "throw it at the net, F it" goal.


2-1.


Goalie Brent Johnson didn't feel like playing. So he quits.
And the visitor's dressing room door open, and out comes the best goalie in Penguins history.


Oli The Joke

We weren't there, but it sounded like a "Olie" chant broke out.
Good tmes.

And, holy balls, we ranted above about those lifetime stats crap, and then Steiggy talks about Kolzig's career numbers against the Pens and how it may be relevant in this game against the 2007 Penguins.

Ovechkin heads to the penalty box late in the period when he hears that a naked man is in there.

But it is just Pensblog Charlie.

He grudgingly heads to the locker room as his penalty carries over into the second period.

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SECOND PERIOD

Ovechkin returns to his happy place, and the Pens continue their power play.

They got some crap going, with Staal getting a solid chance. No dice.

The Caps ended up getting the next goal.
They came in, held up, got it to a trailer.
Pothier puts it home and acts like it's his first career goal.

2-2.
Solid shot, though.

Ruutu pops some viagra and blasts Semin into the boards in the Caps zone.
Somehow that wasn't an elbowing penalty.

The second period wasn't much.

Towards the end of the period, Taffe almost got another goal which would have got him a spot on Sid's line.

After a flurry of Pens activity, Gonchar makes another mistake.
Ovechkin sharks in from the blue line to get an easy goal.

3-2.
The last Ovechkin sighting for the night.


The classy Pens fans don't boo Ovechkin when his goal is announced.
Actually, Pens fans weren't booing any time AO had the puck.
Capitals fans are classless, booing Crosby.

As the period ended, Malkin goes Malk 6 into the boards after getting tripped.

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THIRD PERIOD
Caps get a powerplay.

The Caps are everywhere, just like the third wheel that won't go away.

Conk block on Nylander on the doorstep.

Big save.

Armstrong gets out of the box, and Sid gets a solid chance splitting the D, but he goes five hole.
Save.

Out of nowhere, there was less than 10 minutes to go in the game.


Ovechkin's sister starts warming up her vocal chords.

The Capitals pressure the Pens late, keeping the puck in the Pens zone for about 8 minutes with the help of 11 turnovers.
Frustrating times.

Jim Morrisson makes a huge mistake late, slamming Malkin into the boards and heading to the box for roughing.

You ask for these chances.

The Pens power play had the perfect balance of sitting back and taking a solid shot when they got their chance.
The big unit went off, to gain some energy for that last-minute burst.

But wait. The Pens win a faceoff and it squirts out to Sydor.
Sydor gets the puck. He shoots like if he doesn't score, his wife leaves him.
Magic bullet into the net.
3-3.


STUNNED

Malkin and Bing almost bring the house down in the last 20 seconds.
But we were going to overtime.

Picture: Caps coach Bruce Whatever trying to escape to the locker room so he can poop.

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OT

Kolzig was in net.
The game was in Mellon Arena.
It was overtime.
You didn't need to know anymore.

Crosby brings the puck from behind the net.
No one knows what Kolzig is doing.

Gonch, demoralized all night, rises from the ashes.




Game.



STATS
  • Ty Conklin: 3-0 as a starter. The world could end.
  • Bing: 2A
  • Sydor: 1G, 1A
  • Gonch: 1G

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Will Scuds get his own photoshop expo?
  • Take what you can get.
  • Pens cement second place.
  • Thanks to Eric P for his photoshops of Taffe and screenshot of A.O.
  • Thanks to Pensgirl for pictures.
  • Thanks to DM for the "Crapital" picture.
  • You can smell the Winter Classic.

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