Saturday, March 7, 2009

Montreal vs Atlanta...my favorite game this year!

Montreal is coming to town. Cool, whatever. I'm happy to go to any game. I've sat through some really crappy games, it can't be much worse than that first Philly game. Plus, I'm excited to see Carey Price. I wasn't very interested in him at first. He's religious, likes country music and Tiger Woods (whom I despise). Then I saw him. He's such a cute little baby. Then he started struggling. I can't resist a baby goalie in need!! So I was jacked up to go take pictures of him.


Shauna got us tickets from ebay. Section 114, Row E, Seats 10 & 11. I had no idea how good those seats were going to be!


Warm ups



I was just going to take some pictures of Price and head over to the Thrashers side. There were so many Habs fans there, I couldn't leave, I was trapped at the glass!



Tonight was supposed to be the night were a bunch of fans had a big showing of their displeasure with the Thrashers Ownership, The Atlanta Spirit. At the last minute, the Spirit planned a town hall meeting with Don Wadell, our GM so I think many of them were at the town hall meeting instead of at warm ups.



We did have 2 protesters.








Ah, the reason for me being behind enemy lines, Carey Price.






Poor Carey looked shell shocked...kind of out of it.


I like this one because you can see the puck bouncing at him. I'm sure he's tired of seeing that.



A nice close up of all of the country music bullshit on his mask.





Yes, Carey, you have to get IN FRONT of the net.






There ya go! You can do it!










"Dear Jesus, please don't let the Thrashers beat me."




Don't smoke little baby, it's bad for you! I guess if I played for the Habs and wouldn't doing well, I'd need to smoke, too.






This was our first look at Mathieu Scheider since he left the Thrashers. I'm sure Bogo has missed him.




Obligatory Moose shot. He and Halak are chatting.

Moose: Being a back up goalie for Atlanta sucks, I usually see 35+ shots. Our defense hangs me out to dry.
Halak: Being a back up goalie for Montreal sucks more. I could see 45 shots and if I let one in, the fans still call for my blood to run in the streets.
Moose: You got me on that one.
Halak: Isn't that girl taking pictures of us wearing your jersey?
Moose: Shut up
Halak: She seems a little nuts.
Moose: She is. She's cool though. She makes bitching signs for me. Besides, her seats are usually far away. She doesn't sit close enough to freak me out.
Halak: I heard she was sitting behind the players bench tonight.
Moose: Shit.
Halak: Watch yourself tonight.






Hey Andrei, know anyone who can hook me up with some coke and some Russian whores? Oh, that's your brother's friend?





While I was waiting for the Habs to come out, I struck up a conversation with an older gentleman. He asked me if I had a favorite Thrasher, I said Moose. He said Moose was a nice kid. We talked some about him. I asked him if he had a favorite player. It turns out he is Glen Metropolit's father-in-law. We chatted. I asked if that mean his daughter had to move up to Montreal from Philly and he said they weren't sure what they were gonna do. Metropolit and his wife have 3 young children. Metropolit's mother-in-law was going up to help the daughter out while he was getting acclimated to Montreal. We agreed that was a tough crowd to play for. He said that Glen was excited though. He'd spent all of his career in American teams and this was his first time playing for a Canadian team. Glen said he wouldn't want to play for his hometown of Toronto though, too much pressure. When the Habs came out, every time Glen would pass by us, he'd bang the glass.


Good luck in Montreal, Glen! I hope you and your family are very happy. I always have a soft spot for ex-Thrashers.




The guys are warming up Halak. Poor guy has the flu.




So after the warm ups, I make my way to my seats. I knew we were sitting in the row behind the player's bench, but I guess that didn't register. As I got closer and closer to the glass, I was like HOLY SHIT! I checked my ticket like a dozen times to make sure I was in the right spot. I was 5 rows from the glass in the seat bordering the players' tunnel and about 3 rows behind players.
*MELT DOWN OF EXCITEMENT*

THIS IS MY SEAT!!!!!!

The bar got in the way a little, but oh well!




Bobo looking at the action on the ice and waiting to jump in.




Kari making a save. The big Finn would go on to get a shut out and be the #1 star of the game.





Enstrom singing soprano in 3...2...1



Don't worry Toby, it missed you :)





Here I am Bobo! Right back here.





Face off by Kari





You got it Kari! Good job, Finn!




This is what Ex things of the refs. Apparently he accused them of being partial to the French Canadians and the ref gave him a penalty.


Thhhhhhhpppppppppp on you ref!





Another face off by Kari




A good Thorburn fight. More shocking than the fight is his hair. He's sporting an afro.





Hey hotstuff! Don't be alarmed we are so close, there is this metal railing keeping us back.





Woo Hoo! Kaptain Kovy skates by to get congratulated on the games 1st (and only except for the empty netter at the end) goal.





The most amazing thing about these seats was that there was this small window where I was watching hockey close up with no glass. Unbelievable. I've been up high enough to be looking OVER the glass, but watching hockey that close the ice with no glass was amazing.





What up, Pevs?




Action after the face off through my window of open hockey.







Not a great shot, but I like it because you can see the puck after the ref dropped it.






Action





Nice screen, Pevs.





Bryan Little coming off the ice






Open view face off





*waves* Hi Ilya!





Hainsey going to the bench






One would think I'd have excellent views of my Moose, but no :( He was in the corner and this was about the best shot I could get. He's totally looking for me...totally.








Stupid O'Byrne picking on our Baby Bogo. Bogo didn't back down and he gets mad props for that. Unfortunately O'Byrne beat his ASS!






Moose checking on the baby...a/k/a watching Bogo's fight.








Toby: Don't turn around, but that chick that makes the signs is right behind you.
Moose: Really?
Toby: I said don't look!
Moose: Okay. What's she doing.
Toby: Taking pictures.
Moose: Still???
Toby: Yep. She's pretty cute.
Moose: Yeah, she rocks. As long as she stays behind the railing, I'm cool.





Army striking a pose





Baby Bogo in the box for fighting. Slater is there, too.





Carey Price getting ready





Not a great shot, but I like it because I can see the puck.








Action






Thorburn got hurt, or maybe he just can't lift his head with all of that hair. Either way, he's a tough boy and was back out in a few minutes.






Another shot of my fair haired boy.






Another one I like because I can see the puck








Slava!











Second intermission comes and the ice girls are doing their job with the nets. Some fan comes down in a batman suit and plasters himself on the glass. WTF?





Captain vs Kaptain talking to the refs.





Why so serious, Boris? I'm still right here :)






Face off





Another hot stuff shot








Thrashers win 2-0 after the empty net! Kari gets a shut out and is the #1 star of the game. We couldn't even hear him because we were all chanting KARI!!!




Thrashers win and they don't have to fly out the next day, you know what that means....Post Show Guest! Woot Woot.


We were waiting by the post show table and I turned around and saw Boultsie strut in. No handlers or anything. Then again he IS Eric Boulton.

Eric Boulton







Boultsie: Down the came the rain and washed the spider out...








Looking very deep in thought.


Awwwww...huked on fonics wurked for them.



Best game EVER (so far). We won, we got a guest, we got to chant "Go home Habs" and I had phenomal seats. The only thing that would have made it better is if I had remembered to start the Ole chant.

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