Katebits wrote a fantastic piece over at The Willful Caboose about how she intends to just enjoy hockey, focusing on the bright and beautiful and not getting dragged down by the dull and dullardly. In that spirit we’d love to write a glowing post about the joy and wonder of watching the Devils play their third game of the season. So here’s a list of things that were joyful and wonderful about today’s game:
1. Zach Parise
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, there is no ceiling on this kid. There was a bit of fretting when he was taken off the top line, separated from Zajac and Gionta the minute things looked hairy for NJ. Even Zach looked a little perturbed by this — until it became clear that Sutter’s game plan was to skate him as many minutes as were humanly possible, banking on the idea that Parise’s hard work and tenacity would be infectious. They were, sparking Asham to score and Pando to get his best offensive chance in about, oh, ten years.
2. Just kidding! There is no two!
In the spirit of fairness, and in the interest of stating the obvious, here’s a list of things that sucked about today: