Saturday, December 19, 2009

Marty Turco...Epic WIN!

After the major catastrophe in Nashville of me not getting to see Turco, this day was even more special! I knew that he wouldn't play as he had lost in Carolina. Even Turco takes an occasional day off, not many though. So I knew Auld would be playing, I was just happy to be able to see Turco! What was really nice though was I had probably 5 people come up to me with a worried look on their faces "You know Turco isn't playing, right?" or "Did you hear about Turco?" I thought it was sweet. Thanks for caring hockey friends!

Warm ups!

I of course had Marty a sign. My buddy Randy got a hot-shit new camera and my other buddy Kerry took this picture with it.

As it was getting close to warm up time, I noticed Mike Ribiero milling around by the opening. I yelled "RIBIERO!!" Nothing. I got closer and said "Hi, Mike!" He smile-nodded and went back in.

Neal is wondering if that weirdo with the Turco sign is still out there. What was really funny is when I saw Turco back there I yelled "MARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" He spun on his heels, turned around and went back into the dressing room, lol. My reputation proceeds me.

So Marty comes out, skates around a few times, then meets up with Moose. I knew they would have some stuff to chat about as they played together in Dallas. Fistric photo-bombed my pic, but I still love it because Marty has his glove up by Moose's head like he is hugging him or patting his head.

Marty whispering: So what's up with that chick with the sign?
Moose whispering: She's my #1 fan, she's cool.
Marty whispering: She seems a little...intense.
Moose whispering: Yeah, but she's cool. She makes good signs huh?
Marty whispering: She takes a lot of pictures. She takes a lot of pictures of the visiting teams.

Grossman wondering what my deal is.

The Marty and Moose party breaks up and Marty does a little of his famous puck handling.

And the party is back together.

Someone should just get them some beer and wings.

Eriksson, in about an hour you will be really glad you wear the visor.

Marty figures he better do something worth while. Marty, trust me on this one, you will need to warm up!

Marty shooting the puck.

"Dear God, please let this weird woman stop taking pictures of me, Amen. OH...and please let me get my shoot-out groove back, thank you, Amen.

Marty finally getting his ass in the net.

Gotta love those big gold disco pads.

Damn, Marty is in a hurry, wonder where he's running off to.

Oh of course!

Morrow: Dude, don't you think you ought to warm up?
Turco: I have the night off, Auld has got this.
Morrow: Don't make me go all captain on your ass.

Auld taking some shots.

Marty decides to get back to work.

A nice glove save. Work on your 5-hole, Marty!

My two favorite Stars!

Tonight was all about taking pictures of Turco. I've been foaming at the mouth to see him and take pictures of him. So about 10 minutes before they come out, my buddy Randy comes up and asks me "how bad do you want to take pictures of Turco?" I told him, "pretty damn bad." "Would you like to ride the zamboni?" AGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've always wanted to ride the zamboni. But I can't! I would have had to leave then and go down into the zamboni area and get ready! Apparently you have to be 21 to ride the Moulson zamboni and they didn't have anyone. So see that empty zamboni!!! That could have been me. All for you, Marty!!

I so appreciate Randy for thinking of me, but I'm glad I didn't, because then I wouldn't have gotten this!!

The picture is a nightmare. I was moving to get a closer picture of him and as I was he turned, saw me and gave me this funny smile! The glare was horrible and it's through 2 pieces of glass. I've had some photoshop gurus working on it. Unfortunately I don't shoot in RAW so they were limited on what they could do. At least it was relatively in focus.

Marty doing some stretches. See if I had been in this position for the above-picture, all would have been well!

My buddy Michelle got a few videos of Turco warming up

First period!

I can see Marty from where I am and of course I'm watching him. I think he knew these people. Either that or he was making sure they planned on staying so I couldn't go over there.

Stars score, boo!

Appearnces are deceiving, that shot actually did NOT go in.

Max trying to get a shot in.

Whitey in front of the net.

Pevs and Antropov trying to create some chaos in front of Auld.

The first period was good back and forth action and ended with the Thrashers being down 2-1. Another disturbing trend was also evident in the first period, we were outshot 17-6.

Second Period!

Welcome to this side of the ice, Pavs!

Pavs tracking the puck.

Pavs making a save.

Pevs and Wandell in the face off.

Auld stretches a lot. During every stoppage of play, he did a lot of stretching. Maybe he should ask Tim Thomas about doing some yoga.

The two biggest mouths in the game, Ribeiero and Hainsey have words, and more words, then more words...

Save #2,183,381 made by Pavs. Clear the damn zone, guys!

My boy Ribeiro in the face off.

Dallas scores, boooo!

Incredible sprawling save by Pavs.

The second period saw Slater getting his first goal of the season (unassisted, go on with your bad self) and Antro scored as well. We ended the second period tied at 3-3. Best news...I get to see Turco play!!!! Auld let in 3 goals on 15 shots, so they thought they should yank him. You shouldn't have spent so much time yacking with Moose, Marty!

Thrash getting ready to use his high powered assault T shirt launcher.

Third period!

Welcome to this side of the ice Marty Turco!!!! Yes Marty, bow to me!

Marty is thirsty.

One of the things I love about Marty is his style of play. The blue paint is his, anything near the blue paint is his...hell anything he wants is his. Look how far out of the crease he is when the action is coming his way.

Turco making a save.

Face off to the right of Turco.

Damn, that water is good.

Another thing I love about his aggressive style, he's on the outside of the net challenging the other team and whacking at the puck.

Action in front of Turco.

Marty gets a snow shower.

Afinogenov scores!

Buzzing around Marty.

Marty doing what he does best, puck handling.

Stretch it out, baby!

Thrash was trying to put the voodoo on Turco, it must have worked. Yeah it had nothing to do with Marty's play.

It has nothing to do with the fact that you can drive a dump truck through his 5-hole. Peverley took advange of his 5-hole and got himself a shorthanded goal.

Late in the 3rd period, Eriksson tied the game when he deflected a puck into the net with his FACE. Fortunately he was wearing a visor. It shattered the visor ( as well as the hearts of Thrashers fans) and bloodied his face a bit.


Pevs also went on to get the game winning goal in OT. Thrashers win!!!! Pavs made an amazing 42 saves. Thrashers were painfully outshot 50-25.

Post game show guest, Coach Anderson. WOOO!

After such a devastating turn of events in Nashville, this whole night was a WIN! The Thrashers won AND I got to see Turco play. WOO HOO!



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