(Umm, it's not that kind of fic, so don't get any ideas.)
Then tersa told me she had an extra ticket to tonight's game and I was really tired, but she told me it was Patty's 1000th game ceremony, and... guys, I love him so much and so deeply I can't really talk about it because it makes me cry. And boy did I cry tonight. Doug Wilson gave a speech and it made me so weepy and Christina and Landon and Brody and his parents were there and... some players just personify their teams, and that's what he is to me.
Anyway, just watching that was worth going to the game for me. It seemed for 2 periods that it was all I was going to get from the game, LOL. But then Niemi got pulled, so I got to watch Stalock's NHL debut! He is so very adorable and scuttles around like a little crab. ♥ (Aww, and his parents were at the game!)
We were down 3-0 at this point, but I was pretty happy with just getting to see the ceremony and Stalock's debut and tersa was about to take off when Joe Pavelski scored [ Edit: I noticed that he was smiling all through warm ups and thought it was weird. He's usually all serious business! ] and then she couldn't leave anymore. For the first two periods of the game, it was very clear that the Coyotes were the better team. Won all the battles, first to the puck, kept Sharks on perimeter, etc. But they were playing almost too well and kind of fizzled out in the third. That combined with the Sharks waking up doomed them.
This is the Nolan Schaefer effect, where when someone dubious/incompetent is placed in goal, the team kind of wakes up and goes OH SHIT WE HAVE TO PLAY HOCKEY NOW and become very fearful and play really hard.
[ Edit: My favourite play of the night? Not Wellwood's coordination goal, or even Patty's short-handed goal. It was Devin going down to block a shot with like 20 seconds left in the game. Devin. Blocking a shot. *cries* ]
Anyway, I'm so tired right now, but this was such a great day. joolzie even alerted to me this really cute moment where JMFJ is in the penalty box and a 3-year-old Wild fan STARES HIM DOWN and he tries to be friendly and waves to him and the kid doesn't fall for it. Then they cut to him zoning out on the bench and someone taps him on the shoulder and he's like OH SHIT and hops onto the ice.