Once again, it's time for my favorite matchup ever. My current favorite team against my previous favorite team? I CANNOT BE SAD ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF THIS GAME!
As always, before every Pens/Avs game, I give you...
MARY'S MOM'S PREGAME COMMENTARY
"Matt Duchene is over an injury and started to score again, which is encouraging. Ryan O'Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog continue to be the best players on the team, and O'Reilly reminds me of Chris Drury as a clutch player."
"The defense is hardly noticeable, and the recent trades sent Kyle Quincey to the Red Wings (of all places!) and T.J. Galiardi (was one of my favorites) and Daniel Winnick to San Jose for others who have yet to do anything stellar because they just got here. Peter Mueller is back from concussion syndrome, but does not play every game, and Semyon Varlamov (goalie) found his legs and has been playing well as of late. So J-S Giguere gets a vacation. Milan Hejduk does what he does, and still has the magical hands, despite his age (just maybe not as often) - because he was never one to get banged up on purpose (think Peter Forsberg), and has a European work ethic, he has lasted well."
From the Denver Post this morning:
"1. Geno (Malkin) is touted as the best player in the NHL, in Crosby's absence.
2. J-S Giguere will start in goal for the Avs.
3. Gabriel Landeskog was named NHL rookie of the month for Feb, and was nominated for the Calder Trophy.
4. Chuck Kobasew will not play this evening.
5. Pens Kris Letang and Tyler Kennedy will not play, as will not Crosby, although he is on the trip.
6. Malkin is described as a leading candidate for the Hart Trophy."
"Time for Geno to shine." - Mary's Mom
Thanks, Mom! Your thoughts are always welcome, and are helpful.
I can't wait for Mom to be in town next weekend; we're going to the Pens/Bruins game.
Seeing the Pepsi Center makes me nostalgic for Denver. Don't get me wrong, I love Pittsburgh and all the people in it and my awesome house, husband, and dog, but I grew up in Denver and I miss it sometimes.
MOMENTS OF EXCELLENCE
After telling us all about his pre-game napping ritual ("At least a couple hours") Asham pulls a ridiculous fucking snipejob and scores.
About a minute later, Engelland redirects a puck out of the air and straight into the net. That thin mountain air must agree with them.
More of this, please, Mr. Engelland
GORDIE HOWE HAT TRICK REFERENCE COUNT: 1
Asham is not content to merely score, but picks a fight with Cody McLeod and prompts some hand-wringing from Steiggy and Errey over his history of concussions.
Mess with the bull and you'll get the horns
A reference to Cal and Ryan O'Reilly being brothers makes me wonder about the other kind of fraternal drinking games in which we might engage.
Everyone knows about the Staal Brothers Drinking Game. It's our claim to fame.
None of the others are as good as that one.
Michalek Brothers Drinking Game when we play the Senators?
O'Reilly Brothers Drinking Game doesn't have the same ring to it.
STAAL BROTHERS DRINKING GAME FOR LIFE
MOMENT WHERE MAGNITOGORSK OWNS YOUR SOUL
I remember a segment from the pregame where Dan Potash mentioned how the top story on the Wall Street Journal today (or maybe yesterday) was all about the Russian elections and Putin and Magnitogorsk, and how everyone "got to see a little of Geno's hometown."
Geno is the best thing ever and I think we all know it.
Nightmare is not really the word that I would use to describe the perfection that is Geno
I hope Mom isn't too busted up about what's going on right now. I'm sorry, Mom, I know someone has to win and it's not always your team. I promise I will not call you and taunt you (like my dad did to me the last time the Pens and Avs faced off).
SHREWDEST MOVE OUT OF THE PENALTY BOX
Richard Park gets sprung and picks up the puck on a clear breakaway. Erik Johnson fails to catch Park as he makes Giguere look RIDICULOUS and scores to make it 4-0 Pens.
You can replay that a million times, and I will always be happy to see it.
MOST PATRICK ROY MOMENT
Matt Cooke drives hard to the net and clips Giguere a little bit as he goes. Cooke goes down and yells something to Giguere as he gets up. Apparently it was something mean about Giguere's ancestry, or family, or something, because Giguere just LOSES HIS SHIT and starts shoving Matt Cooke around.
Matt Cooke for Lady Byng
MOMENT WHEN ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END
Steve Downie proves that it doesn't matter what uniform he wears, he is a Penguin killer. Although the goal really went to Hunwick.
Is it just me or is this the most lackluster goal celebration of all time?
NAIL IN THE COFFIN
Book 'em, Danno
ALT THREE STARS
1. My mom, for going to all the games she can and never, ever leaving early, no matter how out of hand the score might get for her chosen team
2. Steve Sullivan, for he is tiny and awesome
3. Vinho verde, for being delicious
Up next: BizNasty2.0 and the Coyotes.