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The Everyone’s Favorite Goalie Watch – Dany Gets Benched, Curry Gets Chance

Updated at 12:45am

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Curry congratulated on his first NHL win. (Yahoo Sports)

You know you’ve made it when you have a RotoWatch update.

Joe at Let’s Go Terriers (a frequent commenter of mine) has a great piece on Curry’s game.

Jonathan Bombulie, aka one of my fave AHL bloggers (although really they all rock – if you want to see some good sports bloggers, follow the AHL) Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins says in his Baby Pens post-game entry from tonight:

Meanwhile, we were sitting the press box tonight, watching this clunker, thinking how it would be so much more interesting to write the John Curry story tonight on the Island. He came in with Pittsburgh down 3-0, making his first regular-season NHL appearance, stopped all 11 shots he faced and watched as Evgeni Malkin scored three times (and perhaps more remarkably, Brooks Orpik had a goal and an assist) to give the parent Pens a 5-3 win.

That’s it for tonight.  A sports girl’s got to sleep (and write the six articles she’s behind for the Examiner, and the one she’s behind for the HLOG.) Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Updated at 11:24pm

More recaps of tonight’s Pens-Islanders game coming in.  Here is the official highlight video on the Penguins website, including a great Curry save near the middle. (I will continue to try to embed it, but at the moment, I’m not able to.)

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review game review has now been posted: Penguins complete another comeback. Serendipitously, they had published an article today on Curry, Curry’s battle brings him to NHL.

Needless to say, I have had more excited texts in the past few hours than any other two hour timespan since I’ve had a cell phone.  BU fans really adored Curry during his time in Boston, and are genuinely excited that he’s made it to “the big time.”  He’s the first player from the past few classes to make it to the NHL, so he’s the first a lot of current students remember watching in college.

Updated at 9:58pm

Curry gets the win!  He made 11 saves, and the Penguins came storming back to beat the Islanders 5-3. I’ve spent the last 45 minutes texting and messaging with tons of Terrier fans about the game.

I’ll start the linkage now with the official game summary from the Penguins.  Here’s the ESPN game summary – short now, but bound to be longer soon.

In fun trivia notes, the Islanders goaltender tonight was Joey McDonald, the same goaltender Curry faced off against in his infamous goalie fight from last February.

More to come…

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In tonight’s New York Islanders – Pittsburgh Penguins game, Dany “It’s Finalized, No One Can Say His Name” Sabourin was benched after letting up three goals.  Everyone’s Favorite Goalie, John Curry, has been inserted in his place.  As of this writing, he has played 10:33 and has stopped five shots as the Pens are still behind 3-1.

Terrier Fans, rejoice! Screw the fact that the team still seemed a little off in their win last night against Holy Cross.  JOHN CURRY IS PLAYING NHL HOCKEY. Ahead of Cory Schneider, I might add. (But really, I want Schneider to make a splash in Vancouver – the more Hockey East love in the NHL, the better.)

We are enjoying a quiet night of watching hockey (the Boston Bruins – Buffalo Sabres game in particular), so we will be sure to update before the evening ends with how he did.

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Mr. Young, I Have a Problem With Your Hair.

Dear Mr. Young:

You have been the object of my squee since I was old enough to have a celebrity mega crush. Even though I am now older, engaged, and have moved on to other objects of squee like Gabe Kapler and Jason Bay, you will always be my number one.

I try to catch your commentary on Monday Night Football every Monday. (I must say, Emmitt Smith makes you sound even more eloquent than you already are.) Although I had to work late on Monday, I was able to catch your post-game analysis after the Packers-Saints game. While watching, I had one overwhelming question:

What happened to your hair?
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Did you dye it? It looked much lighter. Is your hair negatively reacting to the New Orleans weather? If so, I can point you in the direction of some excellent anti-frizz products. (Then again, so could your ex-model wife.) Are you so busy with your multiple children that you didn’t have time to comb it? If so, that is completely excusable – you have like five now, and not everyone can look as good as Kate Gossalin when running after their multiple young children.

I feel bad for you, and I feel even worse for pointing out in a public forum. However, I just want you to know that I’ll still be a fan, through good hair and bad, through ESPN moving you off Sunday NFL Countdown because they no longer wanted commentators with an IQ higher than 80 and your Samsung HD television advertisements where you are inexplicably wearing shabby flip-flops.

Best wishes,

Sports Girl Kat

Your #10 fan since 1992

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I am off to see the Boston University Terriers take on the Crusaders of the College of the Holy Cross. The Terriers have played very well against non-conference opponents this season – they are undefeated against them – but we know what we’re pretending didn’t happen last weekend. Let’s hope this evening ends well.

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How Not to Panic When Your Favorite Team Drops Three of Four

‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold

You’re yes then you’re no

You’re in then you’re out

You’re up than you’re down

You’re wrong when it’s right

It’s black when it’s white

-Katy Perry’s Hot n’ Cold

This song perfectly represents the past two weeks in Boston University hockey. I now understand why the fiance and I heard it four times while running errands before Saturday evening’s hockey game against the University of Vermont. It is so the unofficial theme song for this team, who has lost three of their last four games after starting out the darling of the college hockey scene.

But if I’ve learned anything in my twenty-some-odd years, it’s how to be a good fan of bad sports teams. And so, this morning, when the partner-in-crime asked if I wanted the sports section of the Boston Globe, I uncharacteristically replied, “No. The key to not panicking as a sports fan is not to acknowledge what happened.” Continue reading

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Doing It Old School – 1951 Boston University Hockey

After hearing from several online sources that a nice chunk of the Life magazine photo archive has been made available via Google Images, I took a minute this evening to go online and check it out. I easily spent 45 minutes this evening looking at photos. The photos are in wonderful quality and are a great resource of American life from the mid 20th century.

There are a ton of photos in the archive that I found interesting – including a bunch of awesome gymnastics ones that I’ll share in an upcoming post – but since hockey is my first sports love at the moment (after the Bills have done the Mexican Hat Dance on my heart once again), I figured I would first share my three favorite Boston University hockey photos.

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The Everyone’s Favorite Goalie Watch – Recalled to Pittsburgh

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In this edition of “The Everyone’s Favorite Goalie” watch (insert overly dramatic TV news graphic here), news out of Wilkes-Barre this morning is that John Curry is on his way to Pittsburgh, where he will back up Dany “Still Can’t Find Anyone Who Can Pronounce His Last Name” Sabourin.

This is the first regular season call-up for Everyone’s Favorite Goalie.  He spent the pre-season with Pittsburgh, and technically was on the roster when they played their first two regular season games in Europe, but did not dress.

The Penguins take on the Minnesota Wild tonight at 7pm on Versus.  No word yet as to when the Curry 36 Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys become available on NHL.com (just kidding.)

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You Take The Good, You Take The Bad…The Facts of Hockey

Monday morning, I was mentally planning a blog entry about how Everyone’s Favorite Goalie’s status in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was quickly becoming that of a backup to the suddenly amazing journeyman goalie Adam Berkhoel. After Berkhoel recorded his third shutout of the season against Binghamton on Saturday, Curry let up four goals to the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday for the loss. Eeek.  There are ups and downs to every athlete’s career, and this looked like Everyone’s Favorite Goalie was going through a rough patch.

Dan Bylsma, coach of the Baby Pens, said to my all-time favorite AHL blogger, Jonathan Bombulie, that he doesn’t believe in coaching emotionally and seems to believe in his ongoing goalie rotation:

“I don’t think coaching emotionally is a great way to coach. We had a plan going into the weekend and stuck with the plan. John played well in his game on Friday night, didn’t play poorly. Adam Berkhoel played well in his game on Saturday. It wasn’t a question of going with one guy who was hot and one guy who was not. Both were playing well.”

Still, a true Boston or Buffalo sports fan (of which I am both) always exists in an Eeyore like state of constant pessimism, and as such, I took the performance of Berkhoel to mean that Everyone’s Favorite Goalie may be spending more time on the bench in the near future.

But wait. Will that bench be that of the Big Pens?

Word out of the Steel City today was that Penguins franchise goalie Marc-Andre Fleury – one of the best Quebecois names ever, in my opinion – is out of Tuesday’s game due to an undisclosed lower body injury. Dany “I don’t know anyone who can really pronounce his last name” Sabourin will get the start.

If the Pens decide to call up a goalie, they would call one of the two goalies in the Penguins organization with two way deals, which my Twitter buddy QuickFacts was quick to remind me of. And those two would be Everyone’s Favorite Goalie and David Brown, who is currently playing with Wheeling of the ECHL.

It’ll be interesting to see if the Pens believe Fleury’s injury is bad enough that he can’t dress, and they decide to call someone up, or if he dresses and just doesn’t start.  The Everyone’s Favorite Goalie call-up watch is on (I feel like I should make a graphic, like when the local news make the “Economy in Crisis” or “Storm Watch 11” graphics)….

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Calling Out the Superfans and the Tsongas Arena Shopping Cart

Oh, the Superfans.

Oh, the Superfans.

They wear mustard colored cheap t-shirts with burgundy writing, either given out or sold by their bookstore.  Maybe 2% of them own hockey jerseys.  And if the hockey team is playing at the same time as their football or basketball team, they magically dissapear.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Boston College Superfans.

The Superfans, or Stuperfans, or whatever you wish to refer to them as, are oft-complained about.  I really don’t dislike them, I’m just amazed at their…indifference? Lack of jerseys? Bandwagon jumping? Pep band’s rendition of Ridin’ Dirty by Chamillionaire? (You have not lived until you’ve heard a tuba blast out the first few lines of that song.  Really.  It’s made my Beanpot the last two years.)

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