Saturday, December 22, 2007

Devils rally for win in Canadian oil country.

The New Jersey Devils evened their Western Canada road run record at 1-1 with a come from behind 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
The winning goals came just 30 seconds apart in the third period,as Patrik Elias tied the game with his seventh goal of the season and then Brian Gionta added the game winner (11) a few seconds later.
John Madden tossed in the empty netter (11) to conclude the scoring.
I missed the game due to work,but I was able to listen to the game via XM radio.
The Devils finish the road trip tomorrow at 8:00 in Calgary vs the Flames.

The game on XM was on the Oilers network,as usually the home teams broadcast team is used.
Rod Phillips was exactly what I expected as the voice of the Oilers.
The Hall of Famer botched some names (GointAY,instead of GiontA),but carried the game well and was entertaining as well.
Very enjoyable!

I didn't mind the Oilers feed instead of the Devils because as good as the Devils TV guys are with Doc Emrick (the best play by play man in the business) and the folksy Chico Resch,the Devils radio team doesn't measure up.
Matt Laughlin is not a favorite of mine dating back to his days as Devils pre-game host and color analyst Sherry Ross is an excellent writer but her commentary is kinda bland.

I had heard rumors of the Reds shopping Josh Hamilton,but was kinda surprised that he was going to the Rangers and more surprised that it was for the package that the Reds have coming their way.
Edison Volquez was a highly thought of prospect at one time,but had lost a bit of luster in 2006 before a bounce back year last year,while the other player in the deal,Danny Herrera will likely start at either AA or AAA this season.
Not a bad deal,but one would think that the Reds could have gotten a bit more.

The Pirates signed three more players to fill out rosters for Indianapolis and Altoona.
Most notable is former Padre hurler Mike Thompson,but none of these guys are threats to make the big club..

In the attention getting move of the week,Floyd Mayweather says he is thinking about a move to mixed martial arts.
This has no chance of happening.
One reason is the money he will make is not worth the risk and this is a guy that runs during fights with opponents with gloves on,what makes one think he will want to take fights with fighters wearing lighter gloves?

Until tomorrow

Photo Credit
Gionta-Jimmy Jeong-Canadian Press

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