So... let's pretend there was no game yesterday. However, for some reason, there were warmups. In which every player wore a #9 Howe jersey. It must have been part of Great Gordie's birthday celebration, because there certainly wasn't a 7-1 loss yesterday...
Lashoff is wondering if Kronners will ever let him in on the joke:
While Filppula wonders if he left the toaster oven on.
Cory and Abby show us their Very Serious Faces:
And Pavel uses his telepathic powers to reach through time and space to turn off Val's toaster oven.
Here's a good example of how TRIPPY it was to see everyone wearing a Howe jersey.
How about some pictures of strapping young Griffins to pass the time? These are from the warm-ups of Saturday's game. Some of the guys are a little hard to identify- I don't know them well enough to see, like, half of a hand in the corner of a shot and be like, oh, that's Mule's glove! But I labeled them as best I could.
Chad Billins, Tomas Jurco, Gustav Nyquist, Francis Pare, Brendan Smith, Jordan Pearce:
Close-up of Jurco talking to a trainer:
Thomas McCollum, Louis-Marc Aubry, and a small portion of Brendan Smith:
Mitch Callahan, Thomas McCollum, Francis Pare, and Brennan Evans:
Thomas McCollum, Francis Pare, Chad Billins, and Jordan Pearce:
Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Brennan Evans, Landon Ferraro, and an unidentified nose-scratcher:
Brennan Evans might get to be my hockey boyfriend this season if the NHL stays locked out.He doesn't cause me the delightful internal flippy-flop feelings like Manny & Conks do, but he is definitely fine to look at. I think I have to see him again in person to make sure.
Oh Loo, how awful! I'll post my pictures from Sunday's game as soon as I get them edited so you'll have those to choose from. I'm about 3 games behind in my editing at the moment. (The Hurricanes game on 3/24, the Panthers game on Sunday, and the Devils game on Thursday. I wasn't planning on going to that one but I realized I couldn't pass up a chance to add to the bobblehead collection!)
Meanwhile, for your amusement, I present... The Story of the Goalie Rump Rumpus!
On Sunday, one of the pictures Casey managed to snap was this wonderful one of Ty Conklin smiling at me.
However, he also managed to catch this one of me evidently checking out Ty's butt.
(I know it holds nothing to Kristi groping Todd, but it still looks kinda funny!)
So on Monday morning I posted the smile picture, and my friends over there were like "Oh, awesome!" The rump-ogling picture came up in conversation, so I posted that one later in the day. And I took some teasing and we all had a good laugh over it.
Well, on Thursday I went to the game by myself, because Casey had clinic until late. I went down and waited in my usual spot, in that sort of "hole" between the glass and the platform for row 1, figuring that like usual I'd have a goalie warming up on either side of me, and it would be lovely.
But then when the guys came out, Ty saw me and kind of smirked:
Then he stretched a little off to the right where he usually stands:
Then went to the net to face a few shots (while Jimmy apparently waves at someone in the rafters):
Then he came back...
and proceeded to "conkblock" my photographic efforts!
Now, this is NOT where he normally stands. And since when does a goalie--even a non-starting goalie--change his gameday routine? Since NEVER, that's when! And he stayed for quite some time.
As you can see, Kronners is not entirely sure he approves of these Goalie Rump Shenanigans:
Yep, Ty & his goalierump are still there:
He took a brief interlude to have some play-wrath with Todd:
But then he came right back:
Until Jimmy made him get back in net!
After I recovered from my swooning at being in such close proximity to such a fine piece of goalie tail, I went to my seat and posted on Twitter from my phone, "OK, fess up! WHICH one of you showed that pic from the other night to the REAL Conks? #NeverSeenSoMuchGoalieButtBefore". But no one fessed up. The cause of the Goalie Rump Rumpus remains a mystery!