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09-19-2003, 12:44 PM
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MattNJD
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Ok, I'm back! Fun game to be at. We lost 5-3... bla! It was 3-3 heading into the 3rd period. Some things that stuck out:

*Lots of notables were not in the lineup. I'm assuming they will be playing in Philly tonight instead of being used this afternoon. Skrlac, Hale, Balmochnykh, Martin, Foster, Nittel, Pihlman, and Pikkarainen were not playing.

*Everything you have read/heard about Steve Karyia being small is 100% TRUE!!! I don't know how he plays pro hockey. I mean he is listed at 5'7"... not a CHANCE. I think me *MIGHT* be 5'7" on skates, and I stress MIGHT. He does have some speed thats for sure. Not blazing speed, but he is quick. He took a nasty high stick to the face and was bleeding pretty bad at the end of the 2nd period. Devils could not score on a 5 minute PP.

*Aleksander Suglobov has the chance to be special. He scored had a great 5-on-3 PP goal, and then a very exciting breakaway goal! He also may have had the 3rd goal. It was either him or Vrana who scored it. There were so many people in front of the net that I don't know who it got credited to. Also, no PA annoucer.

*Vrana is a craft little guy. He and Sug were on a line together for the entire game. He can dance, but he doesn't have any physical game.

*Cam Janssen got into a fight with Les Borsheim with about a minute to play in the 3rd. It was pretty lame though. Neither landed a real punch.


*Eric Johansson and Eric Jensen REALLY caught my eye. Both looked very comfortable about there, they were a nice surprise.

*Clemmensen started and then Kostur came in at about the 9 minutes mark of the 2nd period. Neither looked great, but neither looked out of place.

*Mike Peluso (Phantoms) looked good for philly. He was really hitting. He had at least 2 goals, he might have had another, but again, lots of players in front, and no PA annoucment.

*All the big wigs were there, Lou, Conte, Robinson, Bobby Clarke. You name em, they were there. I able to talk to Conte to introduce myself. I told him he does a great job and that was a big fan of his and that he found us a lot of gems in later rounds. I told him I was glad he was able to get Parise in this years draft and he smiled and told me he was very happy and excited to have gotten him also. Then his cell phone rang and we parted ways. Very cool though. Didn't see Lou up close of I would have said the same to him.

*DeMarchi and Kadeykin looked good. Kadeykin looked better. DeMarchi tryed to really lay a big hit on one of the Phantoms and totally missed leading to a 2-on-1 Philly goal. I thought Kadeykin would play a more physical game... he's a pretty big boy. Both seem to be pretty smart D-men. I wouldn't expect either in NJ for a while though.

So there ya go boys and girls. It was a fun game. Hope you enjoyed my recap.

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