Thursday, October 23, 2008
No Fun and No Fans in NJ
I decided to follow the Sean Avery Circus around the New York area after Sean's triumphant return to MSG on Monday. That meant that I had to head to Newark on Wednesday for a rematch between Avery and Mmmmaaaarrrrttttyyyy. After last seasons' battles forced the NHL to implement a new rule, I figured that it would be a fun match to attend between two rivals.
How wrong could I be?
What resulted was a clinical dissection of Dallas by Jersey's regimented offense in front of maybe, maybe 7,000 fans. The Dallas Stars that beat the Rangers on Monday were nowhere to be found, as were the Devil fans, who stayed away in droves. On the ice, the Marty Turco that was there to stop every Blueshirt break through the Star defense didn't show up. The Turco who made it to Newark pulled himself grossly out of position twice to allow a pair of amateurish goals on his way to being yanked for a Swedish kid who had 110 minutes of NHL time before taking the Rock ice.
As someone who showed up in a Brendan Morrow Dallas shirt, I was embarrassed for the effort. Morrow was completely ineffective, as was Brad Richards and the rest of the Stars offence. As for Avery, Sean had one first period shift where he was able to open up shop near Mmmmmaaaaarrrrtttyyy and that was it. The rest of the time, he was kept to the fringe by the Devils system and had no chance to create an attack. In fact, his best moment came during warmups. He acknowledged a few Ranger fans before attempting to get two provocatively dressed Jersey girls to lose their shirts. Mike Ribeiro, adorned with his ridiculous cock-of-the-walk mohawk got a kick out of it but also tripped over his own feet while skating around the ice.
I should have taken that as an omen.
Ribeiro and the Dallas offense worked to get all of one true offensive chance the entire game. They were a shell of the team that defeated the Rangers, which - of course - disgusted me. Tomorrow will see them face the blue and orange of the Isles and I can only hope for a better result. I will likely be covering the game with my camera so hopefully I will be able to pantomime my opinions through photos so stay tuned!