I actually forget pretty often that we're still sitting on home ice advantage.
With 6 weeks left in the season, I probs just jinxed that though.
But srsly, we are actually still in 4th.
I feel like NHL hockey has been bad touching me ever since Sid hit IR, yet in reality, we have held shit together.
TSN talked a bit about how awesome we are, it went something like this:
"How have the Penguins stayed up there without Crosby and Malkin"
Panel's Answer: "Work Ethic"
All of our flash and sparkles are on IR with our superstars, but we're still one of the best teams in the league because we are working our asses off.
This is a blue collar team and I'm really proud of that.
Take comfort in our amazingness.
Also in the return of Martin and Kennedy. Which is huge.
Toronto was playing on home ice, which means serious effort from the press.
There is a slim chance the Leafs will make the REAL season. There might be something more important than that, but if so, Toronto has no idea what it could possibly be.
BEST FORM OF INDUCTION
Matt Niskanen is official in with us. He is so in that I even went and checked to make sure I spelled his name right. Early in the 1st period, rifles it from the blue line to earn his first goal as a Pen.
Good boy. You're still our automatic scapegoat, but keep it up none the less.
NO ONE CARES THAT THIS HAPPENED
I think Kulemin is probably one of those guys that wears his pants so far below his ass that he has to walk with his legs spread just to keep them from falling off. He probably also cruises for dames in his mom's minivan.
THAT's what I think of you, sir.
WE ARE DEEPER THAN DEEPAK CHOPRA
This shit storm they call 2011 does have a silver lining. Young guys who wouldn't get these opportunities are being tested, trial by fire style. It's given guys like Conner the chance to step up and fill some fucking huge shoes. Of course, most shoes would be huge for Conner.
HOW ARE YOU SO SMALL
I'm always impressed with guys who can come into this league listed at 5'8" (so probably 5'7", 5'6"...) and hold their own against giants like Phaneuf.
To be fair, Conner didn't just hold his own. He protected the puck and out skated Phaneuf (who was at the end of a long shift, but shut the fuck up) and did THIS:
I'm going to call him Tiny Tim from now until forever, or until I forget I'm calling him that.
Honourable mention to Niskanen who provided the stretch pass that made this possible.
THE KID ON THE SHORT BUS WHO LICKS THE WINDOWS
I guess 8 goals in 8 games is a big deal, but all I saw was a shear luck deflection. Some call it "being in the right place". I call it "being a solid thing that the puck can hit". A wheel of cheese could have done that same job.
NOT EXACTLY THE SAME AS LAST TIME
As we go to OT, I'm hoping for a similar performance to last game. I was looking for something like this:
God IS up there, Tang. So go drown your sorrows in some Herbal Essence conditioner. Tomorrow is a new day.
Props to Phaneuf who pulled off an impressive end to end rush to make that OT goal happen. Credit where it's due.
ALT STARS / THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR
- went 61% on faceoffs tonight
- is featured on this month's Official Penguins Desktop Wallpaper!
- swallowed 29 minutes of ice time against San Jose last week
- is terrifying
- appears to be a ninja (No srsly, look at that photo. NINJA)
- shut Grabovski down over and over again
- is 4th in the league for wins. All things considered, that's awesome
- continually saves lives
3. Factoid: Max Tal and Rupp have more in common than just the powerful man fur that covers their faces. Both have scored a cup winning goal in game 7 of the SCF. (Rupp was 2003 with the Debs)
New Jersey Devils, Friday
I know, Jersday would be more appropriate, but this way you don't have to miss Jersey Shore to watch the game.
Notice how I'm not judging you for watching Jersey Shore? That's how much I love you guys.
Gillies is a champ.
In his first game back from the 9 game suspension he incurred for the shenanigans of our Isles match up, Gillies lays hands on the Clutterstache.
Clear targeting of the head.
Here is Cal getting elbowed in the head.
I'm sure we'll hear about the suspension in the morning.
I don't know why I can't embed video. It's just all gone. My body is dismembered from my mind.
Goodnight, kiddies. See you in the sandbox.
Leafs games are always unpredictable, although I think our newbies (and Kovalev, the Penguin who came back home) would like to play them every single week right now. I went a while without blogging at Cocktails with the Penguins, but I put a drink together for Niskanen last night:
Conner is just so damned cute and determined, and it's hard not to root for him. He looks a bit dwarfish in uniform, although I know he's not. (I always wish the equipment manager would find him gear that fit better.) I was ridiculously happy when he scored.
Gillies is a waste of carbon, and I've been disgusted at the League's (lack of) response and the people who can't bring themselves to say Lemieux had a point.
@GreenEyedLilo In my non hockeyfan friend's words "#16 looks like a cute little turtle in that gear" LOL
Okay, first things first: That cat's human should be reported for child abuse - only excuse for that is if the cat has a metabolic disorder of immense proportions (no pun intended with that adjectival choice).
Second, the placement of the Toronto mascot in that pic of Tanger looking toward the heavens (or toward the Jumbotron - your pick) is too perfect and makes me believe the whole incident was an experiment in mass mind control.
Thirdly, a polar bear? Seriously? In Toronto? I call bullshit.
Fourth, MAF IS a Ninja and also practices mind control, but not the kind that ends in a Toronto overtime win, the kind that steers pucks clear of his net.
Fifth, Gillies and the Islanders coach are delusional if they think that was a legal hit - he totally targeted Clutterbuck's head with an elbow/forearm shiver combination. Doesn't matter if said hit was from the side, not from behind.
Sixthly, GO PENS!
Staal IS terrifying(his best quality in my head), i'm dying to see him and Conner standing next to eachother during the anthems that would not only be hilarious, also my wallpaper forever!
And Jesus i keep hearing that Matt Cooke is a plage to the leage and should die in a fire but what about Gillies, he's not even a regular in the NHL and when he finally shows up he only tries to coldblood murder people (and staches for that matter)
I like posts early in the morning, gives me something to do at horrible math classes :) BUT i cant/have no idea how to comment from my fancy phoneYou bitches need to get a blackberry app and make me the happiest blackberryaddict in the world
Solid freaking recap. You have made my day, and it's only 11 AM. Then again I have a paper due in 2 hours, so I guess my day didn't start out that high to begin with. But that's besides the point. The point is: Thank you.
A Tiny Tim reference? Have I died and gone to heaven? You know Tiny Tim was like 8 feet tall, played the ukelele and he had a unibrow that was the envy of many?
Trevor Gillies needs to take a pee test. Not just to get him kicked the fuck out of the NHL but so the PA will take performance enhancing drug-use in the ranks seriously. Matthew Schneider, you out there? Anybody? C'mon players. It's your game. It's your League. It's your life. Stand tall, now. Don't make women fight the good fight for ya.
@GreenEyedLilo @MouthGuard Exactly. I'm not trying to make empty accusations without proof, of course, but his behavior is beyond textbook batshit - it's psychotic. If he's not self-medicating in a bad way, he still needs significant anger management/psychological counseling and should be prohibited from playing until he is cleared by medical officials to do so. He's endangering himself and everybody else.
Between this, Pat Brisson's interview with La Presse, poor Bob Probert's brain tissue and Bill Daly's moronic response to BU's Bob brainectomy findings... It's been a banner day for bummers all-around. :(
Seeing the Rangers next Saturday fairly close-up as a gift to MouthWash, Cracker. Any advice?
@MouthGuard It didn't occur to me to think of a drug test for Gillies, but that sounds very reasonable. The fact that he thugged it up again *right* after coming off suspension, not to mention how he taunted Tangradi as he was being helped up, are signs that something is wrong. Even the pests have more sense than that.