7:30 pm What are the chances Paulie gets another gamewinner tonight? Very high, says PaulieMartinNation. Shut up! It could totally happen!
7:35 pm When Gio found out there’s an 6’8″ guy on the other team, his eyes turned into 6’8″ platters. There’s nothing Gio loves more than taking on the giants!
7:50 pm Last night, Clarkson seemed to freeze up in the prescence of his beloved former coach. He looked a lot like the girl on ANTM who completely freezes up when one of the panel judges is in charge of a challenge or photo shoot. Tonight, he looks like the girl who’s edited to be the worst contestant in one episode but then the greatest model ever in the next. He’s been a beast out there, showing off his entire bag of tricks! If this game ends with less than three attempted Clarkarounds, we’ll be shocked.
7:53 pm What is this thing we see on the ice? Is it… pace? Uptempo pace? Whither the “it’s like watching two drying cans of paints play chess” style of Devils/Islanders match we’ve grown to know and love so much over the last few seasons? Someone make it stop!
8:04 pm Salmela tries to play the puck after committing to making a change, and the Devils get called for too many men immediately after killing Salmela’s previous tripping penalty. Pookie: “Somewhere, Larry Robinson is shouting something that would get a coach an bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct.”
8:12 pm Patty has rarely been as fired as he is now, shooting the puck into a defender’s chest when he has a crack at the goal with MacDonald having fallen over way above the faceoff circle. Yes, there were two Islanders blocking the goal mouth, but still.
8:15 pm WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Clarkson has a new move! It’s his “tipping Oduya’s shot while standing in front of the net on the power play” move! Yeah, you heard us — ON THE POWER PLAY!
8:16 pm WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! It’s All-Hotties-Scoring-Goals Night at The Rawk! We barely have time to emerge from our swoons from watching Pando celebrating with Clarkson on the bench when Travis scores on a gorgeous tip, and then he and Zach have an enthusiastic snuggle behind the net. This game is adorable!
8:38 pm Dude, what is with the Islanders trying to injure Weekes? Don’t they realize that it’s probably better for them the longer Lou’s hand isn’t forced to trade for Roloson?
8:43 pm Crap. Andy Hilbert scores by shooting a goal over Weekes’s shoulder, further cementing Pookie’s theory that he’s just too short to be an effective Marty replacement.
8:44 pm WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! The Devils get another back just 23 seconds after the Islanders goal — and from the d-corps no less! — as Salvador decides it’s time to stomp down on the Islanders’ throats with his little Iron Boar hoof. That booming shot from the point was meant for tipping — which is why four Islanders were in front of the net and the Devils were all prancing around the perimeter, just like Johnny Mac taught them in practice.
8:59 pm We decide we really like the cut of this Salmela kid’s jib. When was the last time we had a point guy who is this willing to grip it and rip it? Schnookie: “Sorry, Rolston. You’ve lost your place on the point.”
8:59 pm Poop. The Islanders score again. Let’s see if the Devils can answer in under 30 seconds again.
8:59:30 pm Nope. They don’t.
9:05 pm Now we have it! Now they have it! Now we have it! Now they have it!
9:06 pm We have to cry bullshit on that penalty to Pando. BULLSHIT! There is much gnashing of teeth and rending of garments in the streets of PandoNation.
9:08 pm WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! The rest of the Devils are just as insulted by the call against Pando and put on their most inspired penalty kill in ages. Gio is the one fighting hardest for Pando’s honor, getting an good shot on a shorthanded rush with Patty, then drawing an interference call on a chase for a breakaway loose puck, and then being the guy plugging away in the crease on the delayed penalty and punching home the shorty. Maybe Pando should get called for phantom penalties more often.
9:11 pm Salvador puts his hat in the ring for the title of Henchman with a fight against Jackman.
9:35 pm Applemothefuckingsauce hits Neilson high, with a hit to the end. The entire thing looks like Mottau probably saw that from an almost out of body experience thinking, “Uh… this looks likes a bad idea but… TOO LATE!” But it still sucks. It also seems a little unjust that Mottau easily beats down Trent Hunter who rushes in to defend his fallen teammate. These kinds of hits always deflate the Devils, intentional or no. We hope the two goal lead is enough to fend off the inevitable malaise of the boys when they see a colleague lay a stupid, illegal hit.
9:42 pm Doc canNOT stop talking about how much he loves Pando. He’s been going on all game about Pando’s career penalty totals, and his career playoff penalty totals, and his defensive responsibility, and his all-around awesomeness, and his total dreaminess, and we agree with every word of it.
9:51 pm WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! With the majority of the Islanders’ 5-on-3 PK unit playing without sticks, things are looking bleak for the Devils, thanks to Zach missing on three consecutive wide-open tap-in attempts. But then Paulie — Paulie! — steps up and just cranks a shot right into the net. We’ve been joking all night that Paulie’d gotten a taste of goal-scoring in the last game, but found it too spicy for his delicate palette. It seems we were wrong. He’s a goal-scoring machine! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! And DUNK! (Oh, and Zach is never going to score again.)
10:05 pm Well that was a fun and exciting game! And while it’s not quite the monumental goaltending milestone we were hoping to see this season, we’re super-happy for Weekesie’s 100th win. We’re also super-happy for the huge, adorable hug he got from Patty. That’s just hopelessly cute. WOO HOOO! Yay for hockey making us happy again!