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Gdt: Ps Game 1 Rangers @ Devils 9/16/09

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It feels so good to hear Doc's and Chico's voices again after what felt like an eternity.

I feel the same about Matt and Sherry - another season under way!

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Very entertaining scrap between Voros and Fraser, with each guy not holding back at all and throwing them. I'd say slight edge Fraser, he got Voros' helmet off first and seemed to connect on more punches. Good job by both guys though.

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Very entertaining scrap between Voros and Fraser, with each guy not holding back at all and throwing them. I'd say slight edge Fraser, he got Voros' helmet off first and seemed to connect on more punches. Good job by both guys though.

Love your pic

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Clarkson is a UFA after this season??? I thought he was a RFA! They just said he's gonna be a UFA after this year because he was undrafted so he becomes a UFA much younger than the others.

this sucks!!

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Clarkson is a UFA after this season??? I thought he was a RFA! They just said he's gonna be a UFA after this year because he was undrafted so he becomes a UFA much younger than the others.

this sucks!!

He is putting on a good show so far tonight.

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Nice to see Leblond get into a fight, though neither guy was really able to get much going.

I thought Leblond looked terrible in that fight.

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Ughh im missing my Devils sooo much here at penn state!!

I guess im starting to get used to matt and sherry. : ( i hate her so much

happy for clarkson... lets go devils!

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I thought Leblond looked terrible in that fight.

+ 1, he didn't look like a heavyweight.

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I am liking Danis in the nets, he is very poised and seems to smother chances quite well. Nice pick up!

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Danis doing his best Martin Brodeur impersonation

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I've been defending Sal for months, but I'm starting to question that logic...

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Zharkov is intriguing, he could be a 4th liner soon.

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Love the discussion over whom to choose for the shootout that I just saw.

Tremblay: Let's take that guy (pointing to the end of the bench).

Lemaire: (Looks over) Who............... him?

Tremblay: Yeah he's pretty good at it.

Lemaire: (Perplexed) Really?

Tremblay: (writing on pad) Yeah let's put him in.

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Strong performance by the Devils tonight. Danis looked good, some of the young guys like Bergfors showed some skill, and it definitely seemed like the coaches like Murphy on the PP, so it looks there is a chance at him making the roster.

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the players on the ice that caught my attention the most tonight were

1) Gilroy - that guy is going to be really good. he seemed to be everywhere

2) Murphy - just as advertised he was very good and played very natural in the offensive end but was much much better than i ever expected in the d-zone. very happy about that pickup and hope he gets a spot on the roster.

3) Bergfors - best game I have seen out of him. If this was any indication he should mess nicely with Elias and his style of play. definatly liked his willingness to let the shots go.

Honorable Mention: Zubrus who seemed more involved than all of last year combined.

Clarkson was also good but he just played like clarkson, nothing special, nothing different. If he plays his game he is going to get goals like that all season. most likely not at that kind of pace, but he'll get his share.

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Just got back. A few observations.

Ditto to what most have said about Murphy. Aside from a few gaffes - hopefully just chalked up to rust since he hadn't seen a game since March - he played well. Did a nice job of getting his shots through traffic, especially on the PP. If someone like Clarkson had been setting a screen for him, or trying to tip the puck, Murphy would be even more dangerous. Best moment for Murphy tonight that impressed me: bodying Brian Boyle off the puck along the boards in the third period. Boyle is listed at 6'7" 250lbs, and Murphy is more in the range of 5'7" 170lbs (no way he's 5'10", 5'7" is even pushing it) and he angled him right off. That's a testament to Murphy's heart and Boyle's pansy attitude.

Urbom looks like the real deal after tonight, holy crap. He's huge and he's pretty quick. In the third he moved up on a 3-on-2 charging the net and he was moving like a power forward. Didn't quite seem to know what to do once he got there, but hey, it was the smart play. Can't wait to see how he develops as his skating gets even better... he's already got NHL size, but probably a little light on the strength to go with it. Jeez, if he's playing in the WHL this year he's going to beat the hell out of people.

Speaking of quick, Bergfors has got some serious jets. That two-on-one he had in the third was impressive since he was at the end of his shift. Still looked a little lost at times in the defensive zone, but he didn't completely chase after the puck. Had some good offensive chances that just wouldn't go tonight.

Speaking of beating the hell out of people, Fraser destroyed Voros - and then went downhill from there. He was awful on the Gilroy goal. And even before that, in the 2nd period, there was a span of about a minute and a half where the Devils couldn't clear the zone because Fraser made three bad plays in his own end. Maybe he was nervous, but he's a real longshot now. I could see him as a 6th defender in the future.

Zharkov I didn't notice very much, nor Pikkarainen.

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