Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The Day After Tomorrow. PENS WIN.

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Any foreword that we type here would not do this game justice.

Just unreal.

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Lord Therrien prepares his team.

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We had a solid view of the teams walking out of the endzone tunnel.
Daryl Sydor said he got chills. Had nothing to do with the weather.





Watching the players come out of the tunnel was about as surreal as it gets.

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Look at those people. Unbelievable atmosphere.

They came out with "O Canada" to start the anthems, which wasn't bad at all.
Anyone who likes hockey knows Canada is the sport's motherland, and it should be respected in a game like this.
You can couple that with the fact that the Ralph is about 20-30 minutes from the border.

And then, to stun the world, the NHL brings in that dude who sings "God Bless America" at Yankee games.


joke

Maybe we have tunnel vision. We know they're honoring U.S. troops.
But, wow, no national anthem.
Jeff Jimmerson wouldn't have stood for this.

After the anthems, there was a flyover, which is noticeably absent from the AP pictures of the game.
[PittsburghPenguins.com] had a nice one.



They had to do a helicopter flyover.
We're gonna make something up and say that using fighter jets would be dicey considering it's so close to Canada air space.

Then again, aren't Canada and the U.S. together in their air-force business or something?

We pulled that reason out of our ass, but it sounds good to us.

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FIRST PERIOD

Well, that didn't take very long.
We've jobbed Sidney Crosby relentlessly for not being able to deliver the "Lemieux moment."
He gave us two reasons in the Winter Classic to take that label and distinguish it...until he doesn't bury a wrap-around in the third period of a 2-2 game in March.

He comes out flying down the left wing 15 seconds into the game, drives the net, Colby Armstrong is there to pick up the trash. 1-0.



It was almost a moment of disbelief.
All the hype surrounding this game, and a goal is scored off the opening faceoff.
Pens fans were pinching themselves.
You literally could not believe it.
Our section was full of Pens fans.
It was bedlam.
Top 10 moment in our lives.


( Jason G. )

After all the trash talk in the parking lots, after all the chants back and forth between Sabres fans and Pens fans, after all the cheers for Sabres players, after all all the Pens players' cheers being drowned out by boos from Sabres fans...

All of a sudden, there wasn't a Sabre fan to be found.

Bing reacts to the stench permeating from Sabres fans

We usually type these recaps during games just for the sake of time.
Going to games really jobs these recaps, but thankfully there wasn't all that much to write home about, besides, you know, the outdoors thing.

The Winter Classic was the only time when it was imperative to go the men's room in pairs.

Someone accused a Pens fan of writing "Ron Paul" on a bathroom door, and then they threw some anti-Pittsburgh sentiments out into the air.

There's nothing more degrading in the world than when you're trying to take a piss and some other dude starts bumping you and pushing you and telling you that Crosby sucks.
If that bathroom was this blog, Pensblog Adam would have turned around, pissed on the dude's shoe, and gave him the Razor's Edge.
But this was the real world, so he finished up, did a quick jiggle, touched the back of a Sabres fan "to gently push through the crowd" in order to clear his hands of any residual urine, washed his hands with the tears of Sabres fans, and went back to his seat.

The obligatory shot of a fan with his hands raised in a touchdown signal with the rink in the background.
Tocchet jersey. Nasty.

The first period essentially belonged to the Pens.
They had a couple power plays and they were controlling the action.

Sabres fans were getting excited when their team was finally able to carry the puck through the neutral zone.

Sabres fans love the "Let's Go Buffalo" chant.
And they find nothing better than exclaiming "Welcome to Pominville!"


It was sometime during the first period that the first problems with the ice surface became apparent.
They were many extended stoppages in play, because that's what happens when the NFL is involved in any way, shape, or form.


People who cover the NHL and find nothing better than to kick it when it's down...they'll tell you these sporadic ice repairs were a travesty.

On the TV side, it may have been annoying, but in the Ralph, it gave you time to look around and take in the whole atmosphere, which Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said he was doing during the breaks as well.
They were not a big deal at all. It comes with the environment.

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Who wears eyeblack?


Stupid.
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The other huge moment in the first period came later on, as the Sabres started mounting some pressure.
Someone made a sick pass. It looked like the Sabres had a goal.

But in pure Grant Fuhr fashion, Ty Conklin lays his life on the line by doing a ninja flop across the crease and gets a piece of it with his stick.
Upon further review, the puck hit the crossbar.
But he still looked sick.


ConkBlock city

The Pens got out of the first period with the lead, but you could feel the Sabres lurking.

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Sabres mascot Sabretooth takes time during a break in the action to expose himself to fans.

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SECOND PERIOD

If it wasn't for former Sabres goalie Ty Conklin, the second frame would have been Chernobyl time.

Early in the second, Brian Campbell, solid d-man, takes advantage of getting the puck all by himself in the faceoff circle and fires a wrister past Conklin. 1-1.

What a shot.

Stunned

The rest of the second was Sabresblog. And yet again, without typing as we watch, we can't bring much to the table in regards to intricacies of the game action.

During another break in the action to do some patchwork on the ice, Mario Lemieux issues an Amber Alert for Evgeni Malkin.


Lemieux -- Did you even play today?
Malkin -- Did you get those jeans at Gabe's? Your seat's up in the press box joke.

This was the first game of the season that Malkin wasn't a presence at all.
And except for the first and last plays, neither was Crosby.
Old Man Winter took center stage on this day.

We reiterate that it was the Ty Conklin Show from the first intermission onward.



Due to our lack of game details, it's time again to blast some people.

We were lucky enough to sit amongst a solid contingent of Pens fans in Section 243, the seats from the national anthem pic above.

There was a Sabres fan at the bottom of our section with his girlfriend, and he was mud.
He kept trying to start things with us, knowing there were 60,000 Sabres fans waiting to annihilate anyone who touched him.
Luckily, there was a Pens guy in our section who would stand up and dance and give everyone the finger.

Brett Hull called.
He wants his hat back.

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Intermission


Sam Roberts band plays.
No one has any clue who they are.

It was bad, let;s just leave it at that.

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THIRD PERIOD

Easily the most anticipated 20 minutes of the season.
Snow started dominating the world big-time.
You expect to see Dennis Quaid walking through the Ralph.



Ad nauseam blog, we don't have the skinny on the third-period action.

The Sabres definitely had more of a physical presence than the Pens, and that came centerstage when they showed the "hits of the game," one of which showed Brian Campbell leaving his skates to illegally job Ryan Malone.

There was fire emitting from Conklin in the third, attributing to some more ice patchwork being needed.


Picture: A fan not knowing what to do in a stadium where the home team actually wins AFC Championship Games.

In one of the most awkward moments in professional sports, the teams acknowledge that the clock would be stopping at the 10:00 mark so the teams could switch sides.
Fans who don't read stuff on the internet are stunned.

Old Man Winter and Father Time started making out as the third hit the homestretch.
And the old "at least get the point" thought started popping into our heads.

The Pens survive the third period, but Colby Armstrong goes off at the end of regulation for hooking, giving the Sabres a 4-on-3 for two minutes in overtime.

Pens fans everywhere unite.
Maybe the most nerve-racking two minutes of the season thus far.
This game felt like a playoff game.

Just unreal.

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OVERTIME

Surrounded by 71,000-plus, and Colby Armstrong has never felt more lonely.

With the snow driving, amidst 71,000 screaming Ralph Wilson fanatics, the Pittsburgh Penguins discovered who they were.
On the guts of Hall, Staal, and Scoods, backs against the wall, they stood up for us all.
It was the dance of champions.

Halfway through the PK, the Pens get it out of the zone, giving Pens fans the chance to show their unwavering support of the PK.

The Sabres brought it back in and were able to set it up again.
A couple more scares, and Colby came flying out of the box.
A huge sigh of relief.

We were preparing our exit strategy in the chance that the Sabres got one past Conk.
It would have been devasting.

Although promised, the teams didn't switch ends at the halfway mark of OT, as they did in the third period.
NBC was probably pushing things along.

The OT goes to all zeros, which brings what the NHL and NBC had wet dreams about.
Everyone just turned to each other in disbelief.

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First up for the Sabres was Ales Kotalik.

He beats Conk straight-up. 1-0.

We're hockey fans. In this world, there are few things quite as awesome as hearing the collective "MMMYYEEEAARRRGGGGHHH!" from the 60,000 Sabres fans in attendance when that puck got past Conklin.
Goosebumps city.

Jason S. showed us this unreal site from [ YTMND ] regarding Kotalik and Connolly.
Definitely click that.

Christo was first up for the Pens.
There was a palpable feeling before he even touched the puck that it wasn't gonna be his day.
No dice.

At that point it looked as if we were doomed.

But Ty Conklin wasn't done yet.

Tim Connolly comes down with the weight of Gary Roberts on his shoulders.
He chokes. Wide right.


Who's it gonna be? Malkin? Sykora? Crosby?
Nope. Kris Legame hops over the bench.
He comes up huge with a solid backhand that turns Ryan Miller into a woman.


[Ryan P]
1-1.

The final shooter for the Sabres was the only name that strikes fear into your balls simply because he's fast and it's a sick name.

Maxim Afinojokov thought he had a goal, but Conk shows up at 1:00am at your local bar to take the puck home with him.

Right after the save.
Pens fans everywhere know.
Our section, to the man, woman, and whatever else, starts chanting.
We have never chanted another man's name before.
But it had to be done.



It was a fairy-tale story that even Disney would have thought too improbable to tell.

Winter Classic
Shootout.
The game resting on Bing's stick as boos resonate the Ralph.
All game long, Sabre fans had told us the Penguins suck, Crosby is a joke.
Eat it.

This is the moment we have all waited for.


Sid skates down.


He takes his time, doesn't lose the puck.

Quick deke. The puck disappears.
Time stands still.

If you were at the game, you may have been watching for Sid's reaction.
You may have seen the puck go through and began celebrating immediately.
You could have waited an extra 8 seconds for the goal light to go on.

On the TV side, you wait for Doc Emerick's "HE sskeeeeeeeoooooorreeeeesssss!!!!!"

By that time, you're making out with someone.
Penguin fans never see eye to eye on much at times.

But for the briefest of moments, all the disagreements, all the jobbing, all the ill-will....
It disappeared.

All you could do was hug, high-five, and embrace complete strangers wearing Penguins stuff.




GAME.

STATS
  • Bing: 1 A
  • Army: 1G
  • Conk: Just unreal. At least 30,000 saves
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REACTIONBLOG

The Good

-- [ Fanhouse ] has a couple solid posts on the game.
-- David Shoalts dominates at [ The Globe and Mail ]

The Bad

-- Scott Burnside over at [ ESPN ] is never happy.
-- Bib Dicesare at [ The Buffalo News ] acts like the Winter Classic had sex with his wife.

The Capitals Fans

-- The game was rigged so Crosby could net the game-winner. [ Jobber Message Board ]
Are you serious?

[Taking One For The Team] wraps things up nicely.

And for the final time, there are too many links to list.
GoogleNews.

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REACTIONBLOG PART 2


We were stunned by how many A-hole Sabres fans there were.
But we know they do not speak for all Sabre fans.
There may have been a few jerk-off Pens fans as well.

It was an intense scene. Two passionate fan bases.
We would've liked to see a little more presence of security.

But we didn't hear that much anyway.
We have two Stanley cup rings stuck in our ears.

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  • The parking lots after the game were a travesty. Anyone have any idea what happened?
  • Give it up to the NHL, Sabres, and Ralph Wilson stadium for perfectly walking the line between touting this unique game while also maintaining it as a home game for the Sabres.
  • The action was hard to pick up only a couple of times.
  • With outdoor games comes complications of the unknown. The stoppages in play easily attributed to the game's lack of flow, but if that's your reason to shrug this game off, don't come here.
  • A lot of big-name advertisers jumped onto the Winter Classic. Great to see.
  • Sabres fans are in love with Lindy Ruff.
  • This is the start of a New Year's Day tradition. Take it to the bank.
  • In the endzone under the scoreboard, it was not cold at all. We weren't being dominated by wind, and it was, dare we say, comfortable.
  • Opposing teams have to come up with something better than chants that Crosby sucks. We get it. But really does he really suck? Come on.
  • The uniform colors coupled with the color motif of the game was aesthetically pleasing. One of the gayest sentences we have ever typed.
  • Thanks for all the Pens fans we saw at the game, and the Pens fans watching at home for that matter. We may never even know each other. But it was all of us against the world. It was a great day to be a fan.
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UPDATE

A lot of personal videos from Pens fans are showing up online.

Here is one from [LGP] poster "roller81" on youtube.



Chills

CROSBY'S GOAL


WOW
WOW

Some guy sounds like he reached his climax.
Thats how we all felt.


Here a personal video of the Bagpipes.
Credit goes to [LGP] poster "Dr. Boni."


CBC Montage.
Found by Poster [Eaglemorph] on LGP

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Another update.

Dr. of photoshops J Schiff sent this in.

Click to enlarge


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Here is the whole game for those who missed it.

[HERE]

You can download it.
You have to give the three digit code in the right hand corner.

Huge thanks to Eric P.

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UPDATE PART 67

Mike Lange's call of the goal. [ WXDX]

64 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it just my computer, or are more than half of the pics not showing up??

christina said...

*starts the slow clap*

unreal recap for an unreal game.

side note on the national anthem thing - right after yankees dude starts up with "god bless america", the nbc feed cut to the pens' bench, and there was a brilliant shot of gonch turning to whoever was beside him with an unmistakable WTF??? written all over his face.

cbc's postgame interview with bing had him mention that the shootout moment reminded him of the movie Gladiator. photoshop anyone?

Anonymous said...

Thank you pensblog! Funniest thing I read all day... The uniform colors coupled with the color motif of the game was aesthetically pleasing. One of the gayest sentences we have ever typed.
You are awesome!

Anonymous said...

One of the most satisfying endings to a regular-season game ever.

Thanks for the recap. Don't worry about the a-hole Sabres fans. They're from Buffalo, after all.

Sinops said...

Best game recap I have ever read.

chubz said...

check out the pics on espn.com via the zoom gallery. go to the last pic where sid has his hands in the air. orange hat above his left glove...thats me.
sabre fans suck ass, biggest dicks alive
then again, all we said after the final goal by bing was three simple letters
M V P

EmDubs said...

If that guy with the cup on his head was sitting in front of me blocking my view, he would no longer be alive.

Doc Steel said...

What a game. I think the playoff feeling had a lot to do with coming in and seeing all of the jobbing Sabres fans were accomplishing, and knowing that you had to win to rub it in their damn faces.

I know I did.

And minus-100 points to Orchard Park.

Not only was there nowhere to park that was paved, but official parking lots were littered with poor signage and direction.

And waiting 2 hours in a parking lot in the boondocks is absolutely ridiculous. I'm shocked that they have 8 of these events actually take place in Orchard Park every year.

Look at what college towns like Ann Arbor and South Bend do. They shut down incoming traffic for 2 hours after games on all of the streets, and have officers everywhere to direct traffic in the parking lots and on the streets. People make it out of there like it's a day at the park.

Ridiculous.

But it was a hell of an experience, and I would happily wait in a parking lot for 2 hours to do it again.

tecmo said...

Gabe's reference...classic.

That game was easily one of the best things I've ever watched

StuporDave said...

Great recap considering the circumstances. Gave me goosebumps all over again. What a game... Sure the stoppages stunted the flow of the game but what a spectacle and great intensity. The guys are definitely playing better. I am giving up on hoping for consistency.

Caramia said...

My personal exodus from Buffalo was that of legend.

20: Number of hours it took me to get from Buffalo to Pittsburgh

5: Number of vehicles it took me

2: Number of hours spent trying to get out of that $@#!#$ parking lot

1: Number of vehicles that made out with a guard rail

1: Number of times my dad lost his way, but got found again because he knew where the pony track was

4: Number of hours of sleep I got on my journey

1: One happy me, that game was unbelievable!

karri said...

WOW, you guys really rock!

Slow clap loudly turns into a full-blown applause.

So psyched for you guys that you were there to be a part of it, and also able to get home safely.

Thanks for this recap....this is huge, legendary.

And totally agree with anon at 3:45...go pb Charlie!

Staff said...

Getting home was a true test of live.


Glad everyone got home safe

Jack said...

Great recap and photos.

As a Sabres fan, I'm sorry some drunks ruined part of the experience for you guys. In my section there were plenty of fans from both sides and I didn't see anything worse than the occasional booing of Crosby. I even sensed a real camaraderie among us for being hockey fans at an amazing event.

Too bad some people didn't see it that way and had to be dicks.

That Brett Hull comment hurt.

Skippy said...

It is funny to hear all the Sabre fans saying that the 1-0 Pens win was a fluke and that in the Winter Classic the Penguins and Conky wouldn't stand a chance. Then they badger that Crosby is a diver, and that he is over hyped and they wanted to see some Sabre player take him out for good. But the Penguins and Crosby showed their true colors in more way then one. Beautiful start to the new year!

Adrienne said...

Amazing, amazing game. The Capital fans are retarded; So many people are on the conspiracy theory that this game was staged. People need to learn to get over it...

Definitely looking forward to next years outdoor game!

some guest said...

rigged? seriously. if the sabres would have scored on the armstrong penalty that would be one of the biggest jobbings in all of sports history. if some one else had scored that SO goal, would it still be rigged?

w/e. we won.

great recap. you guys are awesome.

Lisa said...

If this game doesn't appear as a dvd, hell will break loose. That was the kind of game you could watch over and over again, and still yelp like a hyena when Sid pots it.

Classy move, singing the national anthem. Canadians worldwide beamed in pride.

isa

Spencemo said...

Fabulous recap...couldn't be better...

...those Caps fans are probably still waiting for Elvis in the Jungle Room, because they're taking him along to find the WMD in Iraq...

Meg said...

The parking lots after the game were a travesty. Anyone have any idea what happened?

I don't think anything happened per se. I think that's just the Ralph.

Nice recap. It sounds like you were in a nasty section Sabres fan-wise so I'm glad a number of obnoxious fans didn't prevent the game from being a great experience for you folks.

Pensgirl said...

With the snow driving, amidst 71,000 screaming Ralph Wilson fanatics, the Pittsburgh Penguins discovered who they were.

On the guts of Hall, Staal, and Scoods, backs against the wall.

The Pens stood up for us all.
It was the dance of champions.


That right there is why I visit this blog. Winter Classic blogging for the Winter Classic game.

slush said...

christina- I totally saw the wtf moment from gonch. and I was thinking the same thing, WTF was that about?

Awesome game. I didnt care how long it was. Which was one of the complaints on the X this morning. What else did you have to do on New Years day?? I hope it becomes a New Years tradition.

Great recap staff! You guys rock! (As always)

RJ said...

I'll start by saying that I am a Sabres fan. Now...

-people that say Sid is a diver need to take a look at Derek Roy. Dude acts like he was sniped when a ladybug lands on his arm.

- The Ralph parking is insane.

- It really is too bad your section had a lot of jerks. I sat up in the 300s and there was a good mix of both fans with no trouble. Wish you could have seen the same.

- "Crosby sucks" chants are lame. So is booing the Kid. A lot of people dislike Crosby because of the attention the media focuses on him, but it's such a bad excuse to hate a good player. He was great yesterday, and everyone in that stadium could feel that goal coming. Even as a Sabres fan, I agree: what a moment.

- The moron with the stanley cup hat needs a good kick in the teeth. Blank jersey with autographs? Why not just put your own name on the back? Douche.

- People who think the game was fixed are implying Gary Bettman is good at his job. He is not.

- Game wasn't the best, but that was the most fun I've ever had at a hockey game. I get chills thinking about that Campbell goal. Amazing feeling.

John said...

i hear you on the going to the bathroom alone. i had to take a leak so bad i could taste it, but wearing an Elvis costume kind of singles me out, so I waited. Ha!

My moment was some Sabre fan jackass asking me if I was dressed like Elton John trying to be funny. This is, of course, after Army's goal, so I asked him if his team is losing. Ha! People sitting behind me hated me.

The worst was some chick Sabre fan actually said Roy Orbison sings Sweet Caroline. I enjoy Roy Orbison, but if you don't have your Neal Diamond down, you need to be shot.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing atmosphere, other than the few asshole fans...

Seriously, parking in people's front yards? Are you kidding me Buffalo?? I swear they had more parking in yards than they had actual parking lots and the traffic after the game was nuts...

90 was fine until we hit the PA line and then 79 was atrocious, we saw at least 20 cars in the ditch.

Even after all that, and the 5 and a half hours it took us to get home, I still think it was one of the most incredible things I have ever experienced

stokes said...

well, since i thought you guys nailed it, my only two cents is:

a) you know a city has a HUGE complex when they have to have a cheer for the entire city. "Lets go Buffalo" got really played out. and so did "Crosby sucks."

b) i met a few really cool Sabres fans, but collectively i really thought that they were pretty much assholes and this goes all the way back to a run in saturday night in pgh as well. i'm sorry jack, but thats the way i saw. you can tell when someone's joking and when they are not, and i didnt hear too much joking.

section 137 was not allowed to stand up. leaving on the losing side would have been HELL. if there was a place worse than hell, that might have been it. luckily, they don't have the best player in the universe and we do.

Meg said...

Classy move, singing the national anthem. Canadians worldwide beamed in pride.

O Canada is sung at every Sabres home game regardless of opponent and always has been as far as I know. The Sabres have a lot of Canadian fans who come to the games.

Erica said...

Getting out of the parking lot took forever because after the game, most of the fans just went right back to tailgating and you couldnt get out. My family sat in line for about a half hour until my dad realized there was an opening out back. We went that way and got onto the highway with no problem. What was really sweet was that when we got onto the highway, the pens were behind us with their police escort. We all stuck our jerseys our of the car and the bus honked the horn in the lets go pens tune. So sweet. We then caught up with traffic and decided to eat a red robin.

Great night and great post guys.

Oh and we sat in another big pens nation area with some sabre fans scattered with us and they were big jerks but whatev, thats just afew not them all.

King Gorilla said...

The parking lot situation was due to a Sabres bon fire in lot B holding everyone up. Security, attendants, Roberts was no where to be found to break this up. They had no cares about the traffic bottle necking up the whole place, and it took me 2 hours to move from my space, and get f-Crosby yelled at me every 3-4 feet.

jim said...

i just re-watched OT on Tivo to confirm that the teams did, in fact, switch sides at the 2:30 mark.

sot said...

no mention of sid's mighty duck-esque move where he flipping the puck up and juggled it with his stick over 3 defenders?

easily one of the coolest moves i've seen in hockey

baggamis said...

First, great post, as always. A few personal shots at the Sabres fans:

- the asshole who checked me coming out of bathroom, then running. (I am 6'5" 215 lbs and would have loved to get my hands on him)
- the "go back to the rust belt" from a fan in front of us (to which I replied, "Buffalo is in the rust belt, asshole")
- the "husky" woman after the game who gave me a hard time for wearing navy windpants with my black and gold jersey. (my reply was too vulgar to share)
- my brother got shoved walking back to the lot and we got hit with snowballs (pussies)
- and there was one guy who cornered me just inside the gate who I have seen before at the Mellon (he has darker skin and several facial piercings-cant miss him) he started a fight at the Mellon, with a middle aged woman. I would tell what he said, but I couldnt understand it.

The game was legendary. My Sid jersey got quite the workout. Our section of Pens fans ruled. I didnt meet a single Buffalo fan that didnt suck. And Buffalo is a shithole city (we were there for 4 days).

Glad to be home with another "W" and a new year of Pens hockey and Pensblog posts to look forward to!

wilsmith said...

Yes, Christina.
I also noted the "wtf" look from Gonch, and it seemed like there may have been more than a few of them.
The Star Spangled Banner has to be played, unbelievable.

Epic game. Epic, epic, epic. The atmosphere totally overcame any problems with the play caused by the weather. I wasn't even acknowledging the shitty play as I was watching, I was just too impressed that it was actually happening. This needs to happen again, but not too often for fear of wearing it out.

Oh, and why don't they play games in a dome like in Minneapolis or St Louis? The Wild could probably play their entire regular season in the HHH-Dome and still sell them all out.

How hard must it have been to be MAF, Roberts and Eaton up in that press box yesterday?

Also, to those complaining about parking -- imagine what it would be like to do this at PSU in the middle of winter. Pretty much all of the parking is in fields which would likely be snow covered, and a lot of them are damn far away from the stadium. Another reason I can't see that happening any time soon.
Two of these for the Pens?
And besides no one, and I mean NO ONE is allowed on the Beav's turf.

bluzdude said...

Dance of Champions line = instant goosebumps.

Fleury29 said...

Looks like I was able to answer my own question about ratings. This is good news.

This means we will probably see a Winter Classic next year at least. I'm hoping for a Pens/Flyers Beaver Stadium match and I will be in attendance.

NEW YORK (AP) -- More people tuned in on New Year's Day to see the NHL play outdoors than any other regular-season game in more than a decade.

The Penguins-Sabres game in snowy Buffalo -- the first regular-season outdoor NHL game in the United States -- drew a 2.6 overnight rating and a 5 share on NBC. Those were the best numbers since a six-game regional telecast on Fox drew a 3.0 overnight rating and a 7 share on Feb. 3, 1996.


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Awesome post, Pensblog staff. Almost, almost as awesome as the game.

To anyone watching on TV, what did you think of those Ryan Miller AMP "yo momma" commercials? I thought they were pretty damn funny, myself.

Staff, I love the "HE sskeeeeeeeoooooorreeeeesssss!!!!!" Totally Emerick... I can hear his annoying voice in my head now but it was the most beautiful sound I had ever heard yesterday evening.

Winter Classic? Yes it was.

stokes said...

YTMND is probably the best website i've ever been on.

Anonymous said...

loved the amp commercials...i think it was goalie miller who said: "yo mamma so ugly she made an onion cry." (something like that...in another language) hahaha def my favorite.

Staff said...

We're really glad that there is a consensus regarding the Sabres fans douchebagness.

But piling it on everyone would be like someone hating Pens fans because of something we type on here.

As Fleury29 said, it looks like this was a success in the television ratings.

ac

snickerdoodles said...

Awesome recap, fellas! That's why I love reading this blog. I had to watch the game on tv, and my neighbors probably wondered what I was on when I was yelling (and I do mean yelling!) GO SID!!!! at the shootout and screaming like a banshee when he netted that puck.
As for the caps fans, are they serious? The game was rigged? And their evidence is what, exactly? The position of the stars in comparison to the moon? It was Tuesday? Were they reading tea leaves? Or did they consult their trusty magic 8 ball?
I'm beginning to think that caps fans should not be allowed outside to walk around.

Anonymous said...

I was there. It was awesome. I also took a leak alone but luckily was saved by a couple other Pens fans, one of whom shouted "F*** the Patriots!" so that we could make it out alive. Seriously, most Sabres fans were DESTROYED by alcohol before the game even started. I got pelted with snowballs, ran into and shoved by drunks in the parking lot, almost pissed on, etc. It was a joke. Glad Sid made em all cry.

Fleury29 said...

J. Schiff... that new header pic kicks much ass. Totally my new background.

Totally. Kicks. Ass.

Anonymous said...

My friend was in the bathroom and a sabre fan came up to him. This was the dialogue:

Sabre: Sidney sucks!
Friend: Well it only took Sidney 21 seconds to get his point across.
Sabre: Well... it only took him 21 seconds to get me all fired up about him!
Friend: Woah, if that gets you going, i feel really REALLY bad for your girlfriend.

Jonny V said...

On the recap, it was all I was hoping to (finally) read today. Yinz outdid yourselves. Although like sot(?) said, no mention of the juggle move by Sid?

And I was listening to Ellis Cannon tonight, and he was talking about the reasons NBC wanted this game (to fill in for the Sugar Bowl that they lost this year) and other possible sites that were bandied about. One was at Fenway park between the Bruins and another team, and another site was Yankee stadium, presumably between the Isles and Rangers. Like he said, that would have made me puke. Let's count our blessings that this came even happened. And the rest is all wavy gravy.

And to get a little Pensblog Charlie, I definitely sensed the romance of the game, from merely watching on HDTV. Best new year's day I've had in a long time.

The Hebrew Hammer said...

Jim Hughson is such a better announcer than Emrick. I really long for the days of Thorne and Clement.

I really can't add anything else to the comments and recap. Just a superb job of capturing a moment that will live in Penguins' lore forever. Great start to a great year.

LETS GO PENS!!!!!

mary said...

We were in back of section 118, and there were only about 6 of us pens fans. We heard all game how Crosby and Conklin suck, and why would anyone pick up a backup goalie from Buffalo (particularly from a guy cheering for Buffalo wearing Canadiens gear).

The section next to us (the bleachers) had more pens fans, and a few had cowbells. Very cool.

We were so hoping Iceburgh would have shown up and taken out Sabretooth and his drum.

Anyone else at the game notice that pretty much all of the guys without shirts on seemed to be Sabres fans? (And as the shirtlessness multiplied, a Pens fan behind me said looks like drunken stupidness is contagious.)

Great game. Completely worth being wet and frozen all day.

Ryan said...

The only somewhat cool thing I saw a Sabres fan do the entire trip...

As we were walking in the gate, 2 of us in 87 jerseys, a guy yelled "CROSBY'S OVERRATED" at us. We turned to look at him, and laughing, he said "yea I really can't back that up."

Good stuff.

Other than that, total, complete douchebags without an ounce of class.

Oh well, it didn't ruin my trip. What a game.

Great recap guys. Thanks for posting the shootout video. Goosebumpblog.

Loser Chris said...

Perfect recap for a perfect game. Well done boys.

As someone already said, yes they did switch sides in OT.

As for the AMP Yo Mama commercial... the best part of it is J.S. Aubin! Nice to know he's still alive.

Philip Rocco said...

really in-depth post. great blog.

Fleury29 said...

That was Aubin? Holy crap I'm getting lame in my old age. I didn't recognize him.

dewey said...

I love the "One from the Heart" lines you threw in there

Skippy said...

They should have had Barrasso face off against Aubin instead of Miller.

J.S. said...

Do you mean the best part of Aubin his him being alive or (amazingly) still in the league?

Stanley P. Kachowski said...

A few thoughts to add to others' posts here:

- The only bad thing about having it on New Year's Day was the fact that we tore downtown Buffalo up on New Year's Eve and didn't make it out to tailgate early before the game.

- We had some annoying Sabres fans in front of us, and had the occasional 'go back to pittsburgh' yelled at us, but really nothing as what I would term 'classless'. I had some great hockey discussions with a few Sabres fans. Maybe I was in the minority, but I really had no problems, and really was surprised/pleased with the crowd.

- We stayed in Buffalo after the game and came home this morning. We took advantage of parking in one of the private homes' yards (15 bucks) and we got out and into traffic VERY easily. However, I can understand how those in the lots were held up for hours. That place was a mess.

- I don't think the NHL should (or will) turn this into a yearly thing. The anticipation for it was due mostly to the uniqueness of it. While 1 game out of 82 a year is unique, doing this yearly would take away a lot of that quality. Not to mention that while it didn't bother me, and as much as they tried to prep for it, the ice was still an issue. Gameplay was slower/different, in my opinion, due to the snow buildup, etc. I think doing one of these games at 3-4 year intervals is about as regular as I'd like to see it.

- While I personally don't think that a Pens/Flyers game at the Beav will happen (due to many logistics reasons), if people thought the crowds were hostile at the Buffalo game, I really don't think it'd be a good idea to mix Pittsburgh/Philly fans in an almost equal ratio. You better be able to front bail bondsman fees up front at the same time you buy tix, because that is just a disaster waiting to happen.

- Coming back from Buffalo this morning, you could tell that from just outside of Erie (in NY), all the way down 79, they seemed to get more snow than the 90 corridor in NY. I know it snowed fairly hard in Buffalo last night, and they had it completely clear this morning. So, I'm guessing the 79 debacle had to do both with PennDot's typical ineptness as well as the area just got more snow than in NY (but I don't have any actual weather numbers to back that up).

Great recap fellas.

Eric said...

reading that was the best 12 minute re-living (if that's a word) of any day of my entire life.
games like that is what being a Penguins fan is all about.
Great recap, great game, and as always

Let's Go Pens

Steve In Denver said...

Great recap, great comments from the Pens fans in attendance, fucking sweet game. I loved the video you guys put on...it gave a whole different perspective of the sound of the stadium. Especially the boo's when Sid's name was announced before his shootout goal.
And the pictures that are everywhere....holy crap are they cool. Those uni's were just sweet in the snowstorm.

I had at least a dozen co-workers call me or pop in to my office today, beaming, to rave about the game. Keep in mind this is coming from a bunch of depressed Bronco's fans, fresh off of a disappointing season, and bandwagon midwest hockey fans who still think Ray Bourque and Roy are playing for the Avs.

There was an article in the Denver Post as well stating that they want to bring the Red Wings into town for an outdoor game.

Thanks to the staff for the sweet post, and to all the commenters that were there. Worldclassblog.

Can't wait to see what momentum they can build off of this win.

Last, I have a girl co-worker that's from the Buffalo area. She's a big Sabres fan. I'll chop her knees out next time I see her just for all of you that had to put up with crap from the lame fans.

karri said...

ahahahaha...did PB Charlie find that pic of Leafs fans???

...and Army bumped JFK off the flashbar?

PJ Swenson said...

Probably the best game I have watched all year. Great recap.

JDizzle said...

how big of a douche does sabu feel like? he brought out the classic brown goalie equipment for this game and doesnt even get to show it off...a side note he should go with it the rest of the season!
Great Post Gentlemen

neilWorldorder said...

Im pretty sure they did switch sides at the 2:30 mark of OT, unless I was still in awe that I was seeing things.

Anonymous said...

Great game!

-I almost went but had to back out due to logistical reasons. Besides, I would've never made it back to Cleveland alive with the weather.

-"God Bless America" sounded better on the tv than the anthem would've because more people actually sang along... much like the Canadiens actually singing their national anthem. They have us beat at two things: Health Care, and Anthems. I'm sorry, but it's true.

Let's Go Pens!

FAUX RUMORS said...

Very Funny post!
We're not a Pens fans(or haters either), but will definitly have to check this blog regularly!

beaner said...

I'm new to the blog... can someone let me know where "Bing" came from?

beaner said...

I'm assuming it's Bing Crosby, but I'm wondering if it's from the team or from this blog. I haven't heard it before.

beaner said...

I mean, I'm assuming it's Bing Crosby, but I'm wondering if it's from the team or from here? Thanks.

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