Tuesday, October 23, 2007

GameDay (8) -- Rangers @ Pens




7:00

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MAF
Christensen in the lineup.
Laraque scratched.

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We get our first look at Homez Gomez.
And Chris Drury, who will undoubtedly score a goal.


And Jaromir Jagr comes back to the Mellon again.
Some people boo him, some don't. Whatev.


Career Stats

Jagr: 622G -- 914A -- 1,536P

Lemieux: 690G -- 1,033A -- 1,723P



We'll never go poll-crazy, but some questions deserve a quick poll.

28 comments:

Hooks Orpik said...

I don't boo Jagr; never have, never could.

Throw out even the Cup years, the man on a hurt groin put the under-dog Pens on his back (with no Lemieux and no Francis) and willed the team to beat the Devils in the playoffs at the height of the trap-nysty.

Jagr might have cried and whined at the end of his tenure; but I think that was because he knew if the Pens kept him, they couldn't have kept the core of the team (Kovalev, Straka, Lang, Kaspar, etc were all RFAs) and knew the team would suffer and he would be blamed either way.

I respect him for his play for all those years and can overlook the moodiness.

PittHockey said...

Yes I boo Jagr. who in their right ind wouldn't?

I'll continue to boo him until he isn't paid by the Caps anymore. And I'll boo him after that, until the end of time.

Speaking of the end of time, Christensen is playing tonight. There are shots. There are lasers. And then there's Erik Christensen.

PittHockey said...

If Erik Christensen was on Heroes, every episode would end with a shootout.

The Hebrew Hammer said...

Booing Jagr makes me physically angry, I want to punch everyone in the Mellon when they boo him. So many great moments and all the great things he did for this town and franchise and we boo him because he went out the door the wrong way. Like it or not, right now he's the 2nd greatest Penguin ever. Remember all the great times with Jagr like this: Amazing Jagr moments What a fucking player, i'll always remember him fondly.

Anonymous said...

If Erik Christensen were on Heroes, he'd be an extra -- because he's not good enough to take time away from people that actually matter.

wilsmith said...

Anyone that boos Jagr just doesn't get it.

wallflower said...

How about an "I don't care either way option"?

I understand why those who do boo do and I understand why those who don't boo don't. I don't care. To me, he's just another player on another team. *shrug*

Anonymous said...

I used to boo Jag-off, but it's past time to get over it. There are plenty of other things to boo if you wait for them to come up.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate what Jagr did for the penguins and the city. But the way he left was as ugly as AO’s uni-brow so I see why ppl boo him.
Personally I boo him b/c this isn’t 1994 anymore

Brett said...

It doesnt apply to anything else in the post nor the commentatorblog, but i just saw a commercial featuring Recchi on vs during Syd Revealed, and he said "They're gonna have to pry the stick from my dead hands" or something like that and I laughed.. i just thought about all you guys jobbin him and it was like he was saying it to you guys.

To the Crusher hater a few posts up, you dont know what you're talking about.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what I'm talking about?

Right, Christensen's been super effective this year. He's impressed the coaches enough that he was given a night off on Saturday.

His best value to the Penguins comes in the form of a trade. He's a shootout specialist, that's it.

Mike said...

If Joe whatever his name is on VS. calls Malkin EvGAINI one more time, I'm going to put a bullet in my tv.

I hate this guy. Thank god for Edzo.

The Hebrew Hammer said...

Fleury has been the man of the match so far tonight.

Jonny V said...

If I could make over a million dollars a year playing a game, I'd care less who booed me. I'm sure it doesn't keep him up at night when he's banging hot chicks and spending his millions. And gambling. And cross-dressing.

Maybe Mee-shel is taking umbrage to Crusher's unwillingness to meet his sexual advances (someone's gotta replace Oullet), or maybe he's just getting sick of listening to all of the death metal Crusher plays in the locker room. But seriosly, I forget where I heard it (maybe Ellis Cannon), but word on the street is Therrien thinks he isn't working hard enough on the ice or in practices. Wow.


And I forget who commented in the last post about the old Blackhawks team and Pavel Bure. It brought upon another moment where u realize how old you're getting. I remember the first wave of the Russians. Fedorov, Bure, Makarov, all of those -ovs that played for the Red Wings. They've come and gone, shit I still remember being amazed at Selanne scoring 76 goals his rookie year. Now he's pretty much retired. Shit, I wish the second period would start already...

Loser Chris said...

You wanna talk old...

I saw that whole Bure, Mogilny, Fedorov group play while they were on the Russian national team. They played a group of scrubs (otherwise known as Team USA) in a pre-Goodwill Games exhibition in Oakland, CA and I was there. Somehow Team USA won. That Russian team was an amazing collection of talent though...

I was also at Selanne's first game (against the Sharks at the Cow Palace) and saw his first goal. My Dad and I thought it was pretty great that the Jets had a Teemu and a Teppo. Yeah we were easy to please, so what?

J.S. said...

nobody in gamedaychat? marty does not approve

Ryan said...

yea pens. MAF with the shutout. (with a little help from the pipes)

booing jagr is stupid. he's the 2nd best penguin of all time. grow up.

with about 2 minutes left in the game, malkin and then sid completely dominated the puck in behind the rangers net for a solid minute. what a solid performance.

Jonny V said...

Teppo Numminen is one of my favorite names to say. And Reggie Lemelin. And Haaken Loob. And I remember in the genesis nhl games, when you'd score at the cow palace, the crowd would do the shark thing with their arms. Now that was cool.

Loser Chris said...

Where are all the MAF haters now?

Jason said...

You can't forget the great moments with Jags, and I still think he's a great player and love to watch him.

That said, I boo Jags and he deserves it for acting like an asshole. If he would have just left without all the childish belly-aching...I'd have no gripe with him.

What sucks is that if he wasn't such a jerk, Jags WOULD be immortalized in the rafters or Ring of Honor or whatever you want to call it...good work

Lady Jaye said...

Meh, boo-ing Jagr is sooooo last year. :)

Stoosh said...

While I always liked the Pens, I didn't become a diehard until about the 1995-96 season. I only really caught the tail end of Mario Phase One, so I never really got to see the Big Guy enough in his prime to truly appreciate him. That being the case, my favorite two Penguins were Francis and Jagr. First Pens jersey I ever bought was a triangle penguin white Jagr jersey. I remember watching him in that Devils series and just being amazed that someone playing at less than 50% was still twice as good as anyone else on the ice. In the late 1990s, he was so much better than anyone else in the rest of the league, it was ridiculous.

So I have a hard time booing him because of that. It was ugly the way he left and while I think we should be over it by now, I can understand why some fans still think so little of him so I don't blame them.

I don't think he wanted to be here anymore, but I do think he just did a bad job conveying those feelings. It wouldn't be the first time his words betrayed him. I'm not sure he really harbored as much animosity as it seemed.

Joshua said...

WE NEED the grave digger pic for each home game at the mellon!

Loving monster trucks FTW!

jammer jagger said...

jammer jagger is a fine human and a insane hockey player. I loved watching jags play for the pens, remember that ridic goal against the flyers? When he spit the d on an outlet pass, got jobbed from behind and scored backhand backhand while flat on the ice. incredible. Not many players in history skated with such power and grace with the stick-handling to match it. One of the greatest talents of all time, hands down. Booing him is disrespect to the game.

props always. Terry Bradshaw had the same deal, people will get over it.

not to mention he had one of the greatest hockey mullets of all time. respect.

Stoosh said...

Bure, Mogilny and Federov played on a line on the Russian WJC teams in the very late 1980s/early 1990s, and that line was considered to be just as dominant as the old KLM Line (Krutov-Larionov-Makarov) from the old Red Army teams.

I sit back and look at some of the names of the guys that I grew up watching - I suppose we can call them the Sega Genesis NHL generations :) - and I realize how many of them are either gone from the game or on the verge of retiring. Like Jonny V said, it's always a nice kick in the teeth when you realize how old you're getting.

As much as I enjoy watching the Crosbys, Ovechkins and Malkins, I do miss watching Bure fly up and down the ice in those black Canucks jerseys. I remember watching Mogilny and LaFontaine in those Sabres whites (growing up in Erie, we caught Sabres telecasts every once in a while). The old Kings black, silver and white jerseys. The old Winnipeg white jerseys (those things always looked more white than most of the other teams' home jerseys). I still like those late 80s/early 90s Flames jerseys, too.

In fact, I saw this mentioned in Bucci's column last week...while some of the new Reebok jerseys aren't bad, it surprises me that none of the teams went with some of their more retro or classic looks, especially with the rise in popularity of that kind of stuff.

April said...

Interesting little math fact/tidbit/whatever.

Tonight's was MAFs 8th shutout in 144 career games. Statistically that's 5.56%.

Not to shabby, IMO...

Jonny V said...

And he's already second all-time in Pens shutouts. We're watching someone who is going to go down as the all-time greatest Pens goalie, frustrating as it may be sometime.

Kicksave said...

By the way, Ryan Callahan is 5'11.

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