Yesterday saw the Devils do the absolutely unthinkable and beat the Islanders – we never thought we’d see the day, Gentle Reader. But they put together a good first period, managed not to piss away the entire game in one lousy second period, and then dominated in the third. Can they carry this vigor over now against the Capitals? It’s really hard to imagine emerging from a back-to-back matinees weekend (against the Islanders and Caps, no less) with anything resembling joy, so… we’ll see.
Since we didn’t diarize yesterday, we’d like to take a moment to point out here that we thought Patty, Zach and Madden were utterly awesome against the Islanders. Yes, we’re stating the obvious, but we’re sure the public record was wondering where we stood on that issue.
Today’s goalies are Johnson and Marty. We’re not sure what we think about Marty starting his gazillionth in a row. We actually think we might be ambivalent.
19:47 We get a quick icing from the Devils, and a cut to Boudreau, who is wearing a full-on Devils-colors ensemble involving a monstrously ugly paisley tie.
18:09 The Caps look like they’re not thrilled about having lost to the Canes yesterday, and throw a pretty uptempo, feisty shift in the Devils zone. It ends in an odd-man rush led by Gio down the other way. Unsurprisingly, Gio doesn’t score.