Saturday, December 29, 2007

Devils rattle Sabres in shootout

In a well played and exciting game,the New Jersey Devils used a late rebound by Mike Mottau to tie the game and then watched Zach Parise earn the game winner in the shootout to help the Devils slide by Buffalo 2-1.
Mottau's second goal of the season was put past Ryan Miller off a Colin White (!?) shot that bounced back to Mottau.
The assist was the first point for Colin White in what seems to be ten years!
I love what White brings to the team,but an offensive presence he is not.
That was enough to get the Devils to overtime and add one point to the standings total,but after five scoreless minutes -it became time to go to the skills competition.
That is also known as the shootout and after the World's Greatest Goaltender stopped Ales Kotalik,Zach Parise scored all that was needed to give the Devils the win.
Marty Brodeur still had to stop two more shots from Tim Connolly and Thomas Vanek before the win was secured,but of course was able to do so.
In the first period,Arron Asham was awarded a penalty shot that Ryan Miller was dispatched.
Asham looked noticeably uncomfortable taking the shot and I tried to recall ever seeing Arron in the position and came up empty with any past chances in either the shootout or penalty shots.
The Devils travel to the Nassau Coliseum for a game with the Islanders tonight at 7:00.
The Islanders always seem to play the Devils tough,no matter how good they are or how bad that they might be playing at the time,so the Devils need to be ready to play!

Bullpen Notes

I only watched the first period as my employers needed my presence more than normal,but did listen to the remainder of the game via the Devils network on XM.
I am not really a fan of Matt Laughlin,although Sherry Ross seems to be improving in the analyst position.
I realize that sentence came out of left field,but Laughlin's habit of screaming about a scored goal for 45 seconds without telling you who scored it annoys me greatly.
Maybe Sherry Ross is growing on me because she seems to be the rare person that hates the shootout more than I do!
Nah,she made several interesting observations during the game and her well done between periods interview with Rod Pelley brought out some stories about Pelley's outdoor experience in the Ohio State vs Wisconsin game at Lambeau Field..........

Rumors abound about a 2008 Winter Classic at Yankee Stadium!
Of course the Rangers would be the home team,but I have heard that both the Devils and Islanders are in the running to be the opposition.
The Devils deserve it-the record speaks for itself!

Speaking of the Winter Classic-2007 version,look at the work that it takes to make ice for the contest.
If it takes that much work in Buffalo,I can imagine the hassle for making it in NYC!

Tomorrow's games are pretty meaningless for the Browns and Seahawks.
Seattle is locked in the 3rd seed position,while Cleveland's playoff hopes are totally in the Hoosier Dome with the results of the Titans-Colts game.

A heard rumor involves Bill Parcells wanting Romeo Crennel to coach the Dolphins and Miami would then sign Derek Anderson as a restricted free agent.
That would give Cleveland the first overall pick in the draft (Darren McFadden!!!) and Miami's 3rd rounder as well.
Then Miami also would have to compensate Cleveland for signing the still-under contract Crennel!
I am not sure that I believe a drop of this,but if this is offered-Do it before they change their mind!!!!!!

Until tomorrow with Devils-Islanders

Photo Credits
Hockey-Rich Schultz-AP Photo

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