Monday, December 21, 2009

The Thrashers vs The Devils

I am always excited to see the Devils and especially Marty Brodeur. They are my 2nd favorite team in the league and I adore Marty. I was excited that my second Blogger Day fell on the Devils game. I was hoping to bump into Marty in the back, no such luck. The team is more than Marty though and I am big fans of Oduya, Elias, Parise and Langenbruner too.

I had some serious things to think about in my goalie rankings. Moose is #1 and nothing can change that, but the battle for #2 is big! I've taken Marty 3 signs and he had not acknowledged any of them. I brought Marc-Andre Fleury (currently #4) two posters and he acknowledge both by tapping on the glass. When I brought Tim Thomas (currently #3) a sign, he smiled, laughed and mouthed "Thank you."

I was convinced Marty didn't acknowledge my other signs because his attention wasn't called to them. After the sister-in-law (now his lovely wife and mother of his new baby) incident, I'm sure he ignored signs. Tim cruised the ice a few times before our banging on the glass drew his attention. I decided that MUST be the case with Marty.

So I made him this sign. A big of a busy eye sore, but I liked it.

And I made this for Doc and Chico because I DO love them.

Michelle took this picture of me waiting for the Devils. I was sooo excited!

Finally it's time for them to hit the ice for warm ups.

A nice close up of Patrik Elias.

Incidentally, I have a friend that looks FREAKISHLY similar to Patrik Elias.

Stretch it out, baby!!

Pelley stretching, he'd get a goal later that night.

Bryce Salvador

Rolston and friends. I was so concerned with Marty, I didn't get any pictures of the absolutely adorable and absolutely goal-dry Zach Parise.

Awww, look at Marty smile! That's what first made me start liking him when I first got into hockey. I asked my husband "who is that, he smiles a lot."

Somebody get Mark some Chapstick!

Travis Zajac taking some shots.

So Marty cruises the the ice a few times, he stands by the bench, he stands across from the bench and he takes shots in the net.

I bang on the glass (with my husband's large ring) and nothing. No head turn, no acknowledgment, no nothing! He did flash a nice smile, just not at me!

Marty chilling and just enjoying the moment of being Marty Brodeur.

Moose cruised by and looked at him. You can tell he is not impressed with Marty. Moose almost always nods and smiles at the posters I make him. He thinks it's horrible that Marty didn't acknowledge my hard work. He totally does, I can tell.


"Hey Marty, what do you think of your fans?"

Next time the Devils come, I am making Johnny a sign. I love Oduya. For the longest time I couldn't hear them call a game with him in it without giggling at his name. He also wears my favorite number. Now I just have to think of sign that doesn't involve the term I usually use for him, "Swedish Hot Chocolate." He is tasty!

Michelle and Jeff in the background. Michelle is taking pictures of Martin The Great.

Marty and the captain chilling.

Johnny and Peters skating around.

So Marty let me down. My husband said "I told you he wasn't going to look." I thought it would be different this time! Surely once I got his attention, he'd smile or wink or something! NO! NOTHING! My sweet Flower taps the glass every time I bring him a sign. Marty does nothing.

Maybe Marty gets in the zone during warm ups. In all the interviews he seems like a nice friendly guy, so I'm not giving up on him until I meet him in person. If he's an ass then, then screw him.

I do think it's time for me to spend some time appreciating other goalies though. My new name for Marty is "tres bon." I got it from the Habs Riot song, about second :52

So I saw this picture and he's looking at me like something he scraped off of the bottom of his shoe. Yeah, I know he's probably thinking about how he didn't like dinner or hell he probably just burped, but the picture is perfect for my Tres Bon.

Michelle got some good shots of Dani's mask. So much more interesting than Tres Bon's.

Here is the back of Tres Bon's mask with the "M" for his new baby boy, Maxime, born last month.

It was blogger day in Atlanta so I got to watch the game from the Press Box. SWEET! It is so cool up there. You are super high and can see the game so well. It sucks not being able to cheer, but it's an amazing experience.

During the intermission I snapped a picture. There's my new buddy, Natalie Taylor on the jumbo tron interviewing Randy Cunneyworth

I remembered my binoculars this time.

Yeah, okay I MIGHT have been checking out Tres Bon.

Since I was up in the press box and couldn't take pictures, we have a special guest photographer for this post, Michelle Rivers.

The guys having some disagreements. Notice Kane and Salvador in the upper right hand. Salvador is probably telling him "you don't want none of this, son."

More discussions.

Kane trying to make something happen behind the net.

HA! Eat it, Tres Bon!

Pavs makes a save.

Face off.

The arena did a nice little run down of Marty's career and the records he had broken and was chasing. He got a nice round of applause. Of course he did!

And then he let another one in! HAHA!

The Thrashers continued a dangerous trend of being BADLY out shot, 24-6 in the first period alone! But, in an unusual turn of events, Marty had a bad night and at the end of the first period the Thrashers were up 3-1. Marty let in 3 goals on 6 shots, every other one was going in! Pavs had a strong first period, too making 23 saves.

The Devils began the second period with a change in net and put Danis in. True to Devils trends, they had a strong second period and scored 3 times, putting the score at 4-3 Devils. The wheels pretty much fell off for the Thrashers. The Devils only put 9 shots on goal and 3 of them went in.

I was hoping for one of our last minute crazy rushes in the 3rd period to battle back, but it didn't come. We ended the game losing 5-3.

Oh and a special shout out to my new friends Allie and Ryan who came up and talked to me before the game. I enjoyed meeting you guys! Thanks for the support!


Michelle December 22, 2009 at 7:22 AM  

thank you for allowing me to be your guest photographer for the night, and as always a great recap, like being there again. Haugh Haugh :-) Also, I love the close up of MOOSE that you got. What a look.

Ms. Conduct December 24, 2009 at 4:53 AM  

OMG, sexy Moose. BTW, looks like a brand spanking new glove and blocker he had on there. Not even a puck mark!

Sorry about Tres Bon being a ninny about your signs.


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