This is a good day at stately IPB Manor: Paulie Martin re-signed (for three years) and we finally have a Game To Remember in which Sean Avery does not appear! Can it get better than this? Anyway, we actually don’t remember this game at all, so let’s sit back, relax, and enjoy a journey into FSN’s vaults.
Hm. Our intro includes Doc informing us the Devils were coming into this one on a three-game losing streak. We guess we have now entered that “sucktastic” stretch, which ran from March until… well, technically we guess we’re still in it.
19:31 As Doc sorts us through the lineup, he informs us Gio is out, and Whitey injured himself mysteriously during warmup. Oh, it’s that game? (Seriously, he seemed to do that every single night.) Thanks to Lou’s excellent salary cap comprehension, the Devils have only 16 skaters tonight.
17:22 PaulieMartinNation rejoices as he makes a fairly routine play at the boards. What can we say? We’re just happy about his signing.
16:55 Ah, the Pittsburgh fans were still in the throes of their “we’re so delusional about how good this team might be that we actually think we’re Cup contenders, yes, even with this defense and goaltending” phase. There is the slightest of “confrontations” between Rupp and Laraque after Fleury freezes a puck, and the entire arena leaps to its feet in full roar. Seriously, people. Calm down. We’re from the future, and trust us — Sid alone is not enough to overcome the D and the goaltending.