Tonight was not the first night I’ve run around screaming “Freakin’ Brylin!” 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs, I was in a hotel room in Boston, and received a call from the hotel manager asking me to talk to “Freakin’ Brylin” a little more quietly. Tonight, though, Sarge gets all the loud mamalushen he can handle direct from our living room.
Hard work backchecking, picking up a puck behind the Atlanta net, with enough speed that Exelby trips him to start the Devils power play. Then Brylin finishes off the second half of the stacked power plays with the game-winning goal. Best moment of the evening was watching Bobby Holik come out of the penalty box swearing at the top of his lungs. Sorry, even I could lip-read that one, proving that “Holik” and “hulakat” (bawl, shout, holler) are sin bin neighbors in the Czech dictionary.
Devils beat Atlanta for the first time in 33 months. and move into 2nd place in the conference. The last time the Devils lost to a cellar-dweller, then came back to beat a team ahead of them in the standings, it was a turning point in the season, when they went on a tear to finish the second half and play deep into June. Take the other hot shot Russian shooters to Dallas for the All-Star game, we’ll keep Brylin here in NJ, spaseeba