Thursday, February 12, 2009

The best game we lost all year! Thrashers vs Blackhawks

I didn’t have a lot of hope going into this game. The Thrashers haven’t had the best of seasons. They did just beat Tampa Bay…but that’s Tampa Bay. Chicago came to town and kicked off our “February Taste of the Western Conference.” Including this one, the next 6 games are against Western Conference teams. Scary!!
I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve been to every home game but 1 and 2 road games and let me tell you, I’ve seen some stinkers. The first games against Boston and Philly leap to mind. I’ve left Phillps Arena feeling like I’ve been punched in the stomach. Not tonight! Tonight was exciting! The Thrashers played well and they played the full 60 minutes. We even outshot them! The one problem…Khabi threw up the Bulin Wall. There was a reason he was the #1 star of the game.
Also last night Kovy had TWO goals waived off. AGH! Completely frustrating. The first goal was waived off because the ref said it went in a nanosecond after the time was up. The second goal was waived off when the ref blew the whistle when he lost sight of the puck, but it was still bouncing around.
Great game! It would have of course been better with a win, but to see the Thrashers playing that level was exciting and promising.

On to Warm Ups.

Welcome to the Khabibulin show! Everyone knows how I love the goalies! I always get extra excited when one comes through that I don’t get to see too much. Since Khabi has been out west, he doesn’t come through as much, so I was super excited to see him.

Others were excited to see Khabi, too.

Khabi does some fun warm ups. This is the Khabity Hop. He squats down like this and bounces up and down.

The Khabi snake

Warming up "the Wall"

Khabi is very twitchy in goal. He constantly does this "chicken head" thing.

Here comes Khabi, back to the net for more warm ups.

Fear the Wall.

Good shot of the front of his mask

Oh yeah, they have a back up goalie, too. France's own Cristobal Huet. LOVE his mask and pads.

Warming up Huet

During the Winter Classic we noticed that Huet was grinning like a fool when he let in all of those goals in. We thought maybe it's nerves, maybe it's the cold, hell...maybe he's nuts. He did it several times during warm up so I'm guessing maybe it's some nervous habit or maybe it's the mask.

Look at me! I'm 4 and I'm captain. How freaking cute is Toews??

Ilya and Oysters are watching the Hawks.
Ilya: Oysters, stop gawking.
Oysters: Dude, that's Patrick Kane.
Ilya: So??
Oysters: But it's Patrick Kane!
Ilya: I'm so glad you're scratched tonight.

What has that bounce in Moose's step tonight? He just found out that his favorite and #1 fan got herself a new Hedberg jersey!

What's happenin' hot stuff? I was glad Bye-foog-lee-uhn (yes, I know how to say it for real) warms up with no helmet.

Crashing the net

Hi! I'm Patrick Kane and I'm 4 years old and I'm the cutest baby ever.

On to the game.

Picture FAIL. I had great seats in the corporate section, affectionately known as One Oh Douche. It was a douchebag parade there last night. Great seats, not great for pictures. The net and the top of the glass goofed stuff up. Forget about pictures in the corners.

Pevs and Army trying to stop Kane

Some discussion

Imagine that, Boultsie involved in some discussions.

Toews vs Pevs in the face off

More discussion. This time Baby Bogo was in the middle of it. Good night for him.

Khabi hits the ice again after a stopage in play. He rarely went to the bench during stoppages.

There's my Moose yelling instructions! He's such a team guy. Or, maybe he's yawning.

And the best part of last night was I got a new Jersey! My sweet husband bought it for me for Bobo Day a/k/a Valentine’s day. I was debating between getting a Bobo jersey or a Hedberg Jersey. I have my Manitoba Moose jersey that I wear, but I wanted a Thrashers one. So I was thinking “I have one Moose jersey, I could get Valabik on the back of the new one.” In the end I went with the Moose. I know he was thrilled when he found out.
Thanks to my sweetie-pie husband.


Candace February 12, 2009 at 8:41 AM  

Awesome pics :-) as usual. Love the one of Pat Kane...too cute.

And awwww...what a cutie in your new Moose jersey.

Laura February 12, 2009 at 10:19 AM  

Huet looks INSANE in that one pic of yours. My God, what a creeper.

Anyway, I'm convinced that the reason that we did so well last night was because I met a dude in a Blues jersey - it screwed up the Blackhawks' mojo. It's a shame it didn't work for Khabby's.

Janet O. February 12, 2009 at 11:33 AM  

AWESOME. Huet creeps me out too...I wish they would ship him off and let Khabi play full time.
Love your jersey!


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