Thursday, February 12, 2009

Deep Breaths

by Anne

This week has been not so great. I haven't slept enough and I hate oversleeping and missing classes and I did that on Wednesday, stupid Pirates game.

The game last night certainly did not help. I really tried to not pay attention, and I was very successful. As the game progressed, the power play music became more of an insult than something to get fired up about. I guess the only positive you can take away from that game is that, even though we failed to convert on like 10 power plays, at least we didn't give up any shorties.

What is with putrid losses that boosts sales? We were shut out by the Preds one night this season and I made a killing and last night I did even better.

How ironic is it that we were all saying "Uh-oh, Gaustad and Vanek are our top two guys in front of the net on the power play, this might be a problem." and the very first game without both of them has THAT many penalties. Cruel cruel fate. We would've won that game 5-1 if Vanek or Goose had been there, I feel pretty confident about that statement.

Speaking of Van, Thomas Vanek is an excellent hockey player, there's no question about that, he builds plays, scores goals and plays in all situations, he's a complete player. If he hit more, it'd be even better. However, for all that he brings to the table, he is not this entire team. Although, its hard to prove that he's not a HUGE part of what makes this team work. When he's on, the team is on, when he's off... ::shudder:: You can't say "We've won without him" because the truth of the matter is, we haven't. He's played in almost 300 straight games. Lose or win, he's been there.

Nathan Gerbe was fine last night, I guess, but really, no one was paying attention to him.except for that one really awesome hit. The rest of the team was such a mess, how was he supposed to step up and get anything done? He's a rookie playing in his like seventh game, he needs leadership that he wasn't getting.

Ok, another positive I take away from this is that Matt Ellis is one of the guys being pegged to take the crease on the power play. He's come a long way from being put on waivers twice in his career. He hasn't by any means established a permanent presence on this team, but he's been one of our most consistent players this season, especially since being called back up. After seeing what a d-bag Mike Ryan was the other night, this #37 is my favorite in recent memory. Sorry MJ.

Also, completely unrelated to hockey, this whole Chris Brown allegedly beating down Rihanna thing really bothers me. Unless you're playing hockey, hitting is never the answer. I like his music and I had one of his songs as my default ring tone on my phone. I listen to my iPod non-stop on campus, and everytime one of his songs came on, my stomach would turn, so that constant little "ugh" hasn't been helping my mood. Fortunately I've changed my ringtone and taken all of his songs off my iPod.

Anyway, it was just one awful gutcheck of a game and the team will bounce back. Unfortunately their next opponent is San Jose. We're still in the playoff picture and one loss, no matter how painful is not going to de-rail an entire season. A bad power play doesn't mean bad even strength play. It was bad timing for a game like that with our power play being so slapdash.

Reggie is back and Doof is headed back to Portland. See ya, Doof!

It'll get better. It might get worse first, but it will get better.

ETA: Good. The AHL took notice that what happened in the Pirates game with Gerbe was baloney, and have suspended the other player, Tim Conboy for sucker punching him. Take THAT, crappy AHL officiating.

9 comments:

  1. I celebrated when I saw that Conboy got suspended.

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  2. What is with putrid losses that boosts sales?

    Good question. I almost never buy any food when I'm at the games, but last night I had a crazy craving for chocolate and I spent the entire second intermission looking for some but to no avail.

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  3. glad they did something about it!

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  4. Just for the record, my entire English class was collectively freaking out on Monday. We COULD NOT believe that Chris Brown would do something like that. It broke our hearts.

    And I'm very excited to see how Matt does up by the crease. I'm so proud of him.

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  5. I celebrated when I saw that Conboy got suspended.

    I'm sure Gerbe is happy because he knew it was garbage that he was ejected.

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  6. Good question. I almost never buy any food when I'm at the games, but last night I had a crazy craving for chocolate and I spent the entire second intermission looking for some but to no avail.

    You can get chocolate ice cream, "Dippin Dots" which are called like ittybitz or something and most of the concession stands sell M&Ms. We vendors want to sell M&Ms but they won't let us because the bags tear easily.

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  7. glad they did something about it!

    we were really confused as to where he was and why he was gone because he didn't seem to do anything really all that wrong. glad they tried to remedy the situation a little too late.

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  8. Just for the record, my entire English class was collectively freaking out on Monday. We COULD NOT believe that Chris Brown would do something like that. It broke our hearts.

    When S(h)ara and I were at the game on Tuesday and a song of hers came on we looked at each other all sad. :(

    And I'm very excited to see how Matt does up by the crease. I'm so proud of him.

    I hope he tips in a goal on the first try!! Drew too!

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  9. You can get chocolate ice cream, "Dippin Dots" which are called like ittybitz or something and most of the concession stands sell M&Ms. We vendors want to sell M&Ms but they won't let us because the bags tear easily.


    Yeah I actually thought about getting chocolate ice cream but I realized I was more just in for your good old fashioned candy bar mood. Hah, when I worked in a movie theatre the M&M bags would always break and we'd have to throw out the candy...but I'd just eat them.

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Glossary... Sort of

  • "Ryan Miller" Shutout - A 58 minute multi-goal shutout lead that is blown by Miller allowing one meaningless goal
  • Britney or SabreBritney - Thomas Vanek
  • Butter Snaps - Carolina Hurricanes
  • Craigory - Craig Rivet
  • Full Monty - Steve Montador
  • Greener - MATT Greene (LAK)
  • JBG - Jolly Blonde Giant - Tyler Myers
  • Little Foot - Drew Stafford
  • MK - Anne's sister; often leaves nonsensical comments under her Twitter name Mmmkizzle
  • Noodles - Derek Whitmore
  • Oscar - Anne's cat and STH's unofficial mascot
  • Parsley - Jimmy Bonneau
  • Sir Christopher - Chris Butler
  • Sissy - Jaroslav Spacek
  • Telly Monster - Mikael Tellqvist

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