Mood: Psyched! It’s warm and sunny out, we’re watching afternoon hockey (that isn’t on NBC, thank heavens), we’ve got plans to grill for dinner tonight… basically, it feels like playoff season. And our matchup today is a game between first and second place against a team we don’t have a lot of baggage with, so we can just sort of chillax and enjoy this one. This is like playoffs lite, and we appreciate that.
Favorite Devil: How to choose just one? We love them all so much*! For brevity’s sake we’ll pick the recently recurring three stars: Zach, Patty and Marty.
*Don’t get any grand ideas Blobby. That was a rhetorical “we love them all so much”.
Least Favorite Devil: Blobby. It’s just a matter of principle.
Sign of Spring representing our hopes for this game: One of the crocuses blooming in the front yard of stately IPB Manor.
It’s getting to be that time of year again. WOO HOO!
AFTER THE FIRST PERIOD (1-0 Boston)
Mood: Complacent. It’s that time of year for spoiled Devils fans.
Favorite Devil: Travis “Leading the League in Plus/Minus” Zajac. Yeah, yeah, it’s a deeply flawed stat… Until your guy’s leading the way!
Least Favorite Devil: Whoever it is who can’t count to five + a goalie. We’re fairly certain Blobby can’t count that high.
Sign of Spring representing this game so far: A standardized test.
Late-season Devils/Bruins games always remind us of taking AP exams and the like. We actually liked taking standardized tests — there’s something kind of wholesomely boring about them. But for all that it seems like a mundane way to pass a few hours on a Saturday when you’re a teenager, if you fuck them up, that’s your whole future down the drain. Just like this game.
AFTER THE SECOND PERIOD (4-1 Bruins)
Mood: Grumpy. Of course, since it’s just not our Devils if they’re not finding new ways to piss us off, it’s grumpiness laced with a sense of relief. The recent juggernaut version of the Devils was messing with our heads.
Favorite Devil: Andy Greene. WE KNOW! Seriously, her?
Least Favorite Devil: Blobby Fucking Holik. Now and forever.
Sign of Spring representing this game so far: Spring cleaning.
On what planet is this a good thing?
AFTER THE THIRD PERIOD (4-1 Boston Final)
Mood: Moving on. Stupid Devils.
Favorite Devil: Zach. He might never score again, but we’ll let him off the hook today for how the Bruins kept brutalizing him.
Least Favorite Devil: The penalty killers, who have completely forgotten how to play hockey lately, and all the guys who are supposed to keep the Bruins from brutalizing Zach. Blobby.
Sign of Spring representing this game: It’s skunk season again.
This game stunk.