Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Who Wants A Mustache Ride? Thrashers vs Ducks

Tuesday the Anaheim Ducks came to Blueland for the first time in 3 years. I was excited to see the whole team, but especially Jonas Hiller, JS Giguere and George Parros. I really wanted to see Teemu Selane, but alas, it wasn't meant to be.


I think George Parros is awesomeness on ice. He's hot, has a ridiculous mustache, is Princeton educated, kicks ass on the ice and cuts his hair for charity. Is their really anything NOT to love? I stopped at Party City and got a pack of fake mustaches for me and my buddies. I also made him a sign that said "Nice Hair Cut George" and had the orange ribbon (Leukemia Awareness) on it.



Warm ups!


Me and my buddies, Kerry and David. The Ducks are Kerry's 2nd favorite team and he's been jacked up for weeks about this. He loves Giguere so I made him a sign that says "Jiggy Kicks..." then it has a picture of a donkey (ass) kicking. Michelle got our picture.





Mustaches are on! Randy got this picture from the other side of the ice.





George approves! Kerry got this picture. George gave us a stick tap.





Just for Candace, a little Brookbank love.





Gum chewing and ass kicking, that's what it looks like George has on his mind.





And of course how awesome I am!!





Evgeny "The Tank" Artyukhin and Nick Boynton stretch it out.





H-O-T! Ryan Getzlaf. Ryan, as a fan, as a FEMALE fan, take my advice...SHAVE YOUR HEAD. You are losing that battle my friend and unless you buy some GOOD hair...buzz it.





Jiggy: Hey Kovy, how's it going?
Kovy: Pretty good. So, how do you like living in California.
Jiggy: It's awesome. Gorgeous weather, phenomenal fans, no hounding by the media.
Why do you ask?
Kovy: No reason. Does your wife like it? What do you know about living in L.A?
Jiggy: The wife loves it. L.A. is awesome. Why, you thinking of moving?
Kovy: Just wondering.





Jonas Hiller looking around. This was his first trip to Blueland. I'm sure he was surprised at how empty it was, although it was a decent crowd for a Tuesday.





Hiller in the net. I don't like his mask. It looks like a bowling ball.





Jonas seeing some shots.





Hey cutie!





The boys getting ready to fire some shots.





The Whiz, James Wisniewsky.





Some more Brookbank.





Gettin' Jiggy with it. (I bet he hates that song)





Jiggy seeing some shots.





Jiggy is an intimidating goalie to face in net. He's a big guy at 6'1'' and also wears some of the largest pads in the league. He always seems to go so low when he squares up. I really wish we could have seen him play.





A nice close up of the Duckenator on the top of his mask.





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Jiggy: At-elle appelez-moi seulement un âne?
No Jiggy, we didn't call you anything! It says "Jiggy Kicks Ass!"





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Jiggy: Oh, okay. That's cool.





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Jiggy: Hey guys, did you see my awesome sign??





Cutie-pie Bobby Ryan is having a heck of a season with 24 goals (10th in the NHL)





What's up, Whitney? I still forget he is here. I still think of him with the Pens.





Swarming the goalie.





Every time George would skate by, I'd bang on the glass and yell, he seemed to ignore. No eye contact, no smile no nothing. George was the last one to leave the ice, THANK GOD I waited around. He picked up a puck, motioned to me and tossed it over to me. AGH!!!! *swoon* Thank you George!!!





Well the good times didn't end there! For Kerry's birthday, Randy got his ticket rep to hook them up with some glass seats and they were nice enough to invite me along. MOST phenomenal seats I've ever had. Though sometimes not the best for pics, these seats were incredible. You can see where I was in the picture Mr. Fred took of Army's goal.



First Period!


Look out, Moose! Goalie Girl behind you.





Moose was wearing a different mask tonight (more about that later) This one had a bird with a moose head and an old school goalie mask. My favorite part is the little quote "Trust Your Instincts."





Moose loves to put on a water show.


It reminds me of this video. Moose in the water!

First Period! Face off looks a little different in these pics.





Taking some action to Hiller.





Moose made a stop.





Corey Perry must love goalies, too. He hangs out with them in the crease a lot.





Woah! Hey now Toby, what's going on with you and Sexton. I know they call him "Big Sexy" in Anaheim, but there is a time and place for everything.





Reasoner taking it to the net.





This spot on the glass was making me nuts. The camera would focus on it instead of the action.





Moose is looking longingly at his water bottle.





Moose: Oh water bottle, I love you.





Boris yelling at someone.





Thorburn decides to spice it up and dance with Mike Brown.





Getzlaf getting ready for the face off.





Some action in front of Moose.





Moose looks like he's hissing like a cat.

Atlanta out shot the Ducks 14 to 9, but both goalies held the teams off of the score sheet and we went into the 2nd period with no score.


Second Period!


Welcome to my end, Jonas Hiller and your bowling ball mask! Jonas flips his lid a lot. He drinks a lot of water and never drinks it through the mask. He also looked up into the stands a lot.





Hiller makes a stop.





Peek-a-boo, I see you, Jonas!





More water, more looking up.





Doing a little crease keeping.





Time for water swishing.





I'm not sure if this was a goal or not, it looks like it from here. If you look between Thorburn's legs, you can see what looks like to be the puck in the net.





I was shocked at how small Niedermayer was. He looks bigger on TV.





Getting chippy with Chipchura and Boris and about 5 other people.

Thrashers out shot the Ducks again, 14 to 11 and both teams showed up on the board. Army had a nice little wrist shot and Eminger answered with a wrist shot of his own to get the Ducks on the board.


Third Period!


Look out Moose! Here come the Ducks!





Bogo getting a shot on Hiller.


Max scored a nice power play goal and put the Thrashers ahead. Thrashers win! That's all I have for pics in the 3rd. I got into watching the game. The last few minutes were fantastic. I had such a good view of Moose and could really watch him work. Nik and Kovy had a bit of a miscue in the final few seconds of the game that almost cost us. Nik was visibly angree at himself and smashed his stick when they came out to congratulate Moose.





Nik angry, Nik smash.





Nik heading off.





First star of the game, Johan Hedberg!

A puck from Parros and amazing seats, there was still more good stuff to come! It was blogger night and we got to interview the winner of the Fan Club's December Player of the Month. And, that just happened to be...Moooooose! I usually take the pictures for the awarding of the plaque, but Lisa actually had someone there with a REAL camera. I didn't want to blind the Moose, so I didn't take pics. There were lots of good questions. They asked about what it was like to be "in the zone" as Moose has been lately. Johan talked about getting good support and seeing the puck well. They asked him about the goalie situation, with the possibility of 3 goalies soon, does that enter into his play whether it fire him up or make him nervous. As all good players answer, he said he couldn't control that. Mr. Real Photographer (sorry, I forgot your name) asked what I was wondering, what's up with the different mask. Sponge Bob Moose Pants got damaged in practice and he is wearing an old mask, it's actually the one that he wore the season we made the playoffs. Good Karma! That spun off my question, "What was the inspiration for Sponge Bob." He said his artist pretty much has free range. He said he and his daughter were big Sponge Bob fans and that when the mask arrived, his daughter was delighted. We also told him about the Nashville trip, he was impressed. He also said something that delighted me, he said that "even if we don't have the biggest crowds, we have good crowd and great fans and that he hoped those numbers would increase when the fans had something to cheer for.


Seriously, could the night get any better? Uh, yes it could. I hauled ass over to Taco Mac after chatting with my BFF, Johan (joke) for the post game show because guess who the guest was??
Boris Valabik!





I have no idea what Boris was saying, he was very soft spoken and the audio was awful.





Discussing something that I'm sure is greatly important with Darren Eliot.





I guess it doesn't matter I couldn't hear him, lol.


One of my best hockey nights EVER!

1 comments:

Candace January 28, 2010 at 9:03 AM  

Thanks a bunch for the Sheldon Brookbank love!!! :-) I forgot about Nick Boynton, he's a favorite too...but you got him for me, too. :-)

What a night! That must have been even more awesome than it looked! :-)

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