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James Neal's dig at NJ

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It obviously wasn't 100% serious, but I figured I'd throw it up here. I guess our lack of fan support does some good things to lulling opposing teams to sleep? :P

But is it possible to play “Penguin hockey” night in and night out during the regular season? Can you always get up to play such a physical system?

Let’s say a Sunday afternoon in New Jersey, when the only people there are 12 [Devils fans] and Ben Lovejoy’s relatives in their Lovejoy jerseys — that’s one where it’s tough to get up to play Pittsburgh Penguin hockey. That’s one you need to dig down deep and find a way to get up for.

http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/March-2012/The-Real-Deal-With-James-Neal/

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Which is really ironic since most of our games against the Pens have sold out the last few years (other than the Super Bowl game and the Columbus Day one early last year).

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o god... it looks like we, in some way, have our own intimidation of home-ice advantage

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I can take a joke but I mean that shot kinda comes out of nowhere.....unless someone knows something I don't?

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Oh boy. Here comes the overreaction.

That being said, KILL HIM VOLCHENKOV! SIC EM!

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Oh boy. Here comes the overreaction.

That being said, KILL HIM VOLCHENKOV! SIC EM!

Haha my thoughts exactly.

Even after all these years many Devils fans are still pretty fragile about these sort of things.

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This guy obviously wasn't in Pittsburgh in the post-Mario, pre-Sidney era. In those days, the Igloo made any Devils home game look like a three-ring circus.

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I forgot, does anybody know the Penguins attendance before Crosby? I pretty sure it was like 11,000 average before 05/06 which was the worst in the whole NHL. :whistling:

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I forgot, does anybody know the Penguins attendance before Crosby? I pretty sure it was like 11,000 average before 05/06 which was the worst in the whole NHL. :whistling:

It was pretty much the same as the Devil's attendance is now, except for 2003-04 which was 11,877.

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It was pretty much the same as the Devil's attendance is now, except for 2003-04 which was 11,877.

yeah but atleast it didnt take the best hockey player in the world to bring me to the arena.. hah ahh whatever. **** this

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Probably my favorite moment being at the Rock was the first throwback game on St. Patrick's day vs. the Pens. Too bad he wasn't there then with 17,625 screaming "YOU CAN'T BEAT US," as loud as possible.

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You know, now that i think about it, it''s kind of a compliment. I mean why didn't he pick the Islanders? It's almost like a, "I'm thinking about you, you're in my head kind of thing." The attendance jokes never bothered me either. I always felt like it was the only thing other teams could find negative to say about us back in the day. When Rangers fans used it a lot 5-10 or so years ago it was so pathetic. It was like there was no way to argue which team was better, so let's go to home game attendance.

The exchanges would go like this:

Rangers fan: F you Devils fan

Devils Fan: (smiles)

Rangers Fan: Devils suck

Devils Fan: standings bro...check 'em...

Rangers Fan: Well...no one's there (to see you kick our asses)

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Probably my favorite moment being at the Rock was the first throwback game on St. Patrick's day vs. the Pens. Too bad he wasn't there then with 17,625 screaming "YOU CAN'T BEAT US," as loud as possible.

I dunno about that. There was that game a couple years ago, I believe it was in January of '09 where we came from behind to beat the Pens. That was probably the best game vs the Pens that we've had since we moved to the Rock. I think it was the day we honored Doc for winning a couple NY Emmy's and being inducted into the HOF as well or something along those lines.

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Yeah, that was a hell of a game, I think Langs tied it late. I wasn't at that game though I was talking about games I was in house for.

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James Neal's record in NJ as a visiting member of the Pittsburgh Penguins:

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gfy Neal

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James Neal's record in NJ as a visiting member of the Pittsburgh Penguins:

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gfy Neal

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not only are the devs in his head, hes complaining about having to play "penguins hockey"

right in time with jumping them in the standings

only penguins confuse smack talk with whining

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Penguins hockey = riding the coat-tails of two of the greatest players in the world in order to get a contract extension.

See Dupuis, Pascal; Kunitz, Chris; Neal, James.

*addendum: okay, yes, Neal is a very talented forward capable of scoring goals - but he didn't put up these numbers as consistently when he was in Dallas, even when skating with Richards, Ribeiro, Benn, etc.

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The Pens lose at the Rock - it's simply easier to say it's tough to "get up for it" than to admit they can't beat us.

And that St. Patty's Day game was epic :) That was my son's first Devils game

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What a twat. Every game he's played in NJ has been a sellout. His next game here will be st patty's day at 1pm, saturday afternoon - another sellout and raucous atmosphere. Hes barely been in Pittsburgh a year and he's talking about Penguins hockey and attendance? He came from Dallas! And, does he know the Pens almost moved because they werent drawing flies?

I was going to post this in the Leafs GDT thread but I often think our fanbase doesnt get enough credit. Yeah we dont fill the barn every game but our fans are loud.

In comparison, the ACC is a funeral home (like most canadian rinks)! What a sterile, quiet, soul-less arena that is. Sure, its full, but seats are empty half of the period, there are few chants, people dont even stand up when a goal is scored, the PA guy sounds constipated with his accent, theres no organ, suits everywhere, etc...I'm sure the Rock is a much better atmosphere.

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