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This is pretty much exactly how I pictured their relationship was like

It's been a long time since I've posted or even read LJ. No big changes or anything, I just... stopped doing it. Laziness.

I was wondering what Petr is up to and he's playing in Switzerland, which is probably a good situation. In the process I found an article from his Pens days and I had to archive it somehow, which is where LJ comes in. :P

Sykora answers call for Penguins over and over
'It took me about two minutes to decide this is where I wanted to be.'

April 27, 2008 12:00 am
By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's a good thing for the Penguins that Renata Sykora needed her precious rest when her husband tried to jostle her at 4 a.m. Czech Republic time July 1.

"Do you want to go to Pittsburgh?" he asked her.

"Let me sleep, please!" she groaned.

Petr Sykora took that as a yes.

A definite yes.

"I went across the hall and called my agent," Sykora recalled yesterday. "I said, 'Let's do this. Let's go to Pittsburgh.' "

There's almost certainly no truth to the rumor that Ms. Sykora awoke the next morning and gave her man the business. "You said we're going where??? Pittsburgh???" But even if she did, she's over it by now. The move to the Penguins has been terrific for Petr Sykora.

For the local hockey club, too.

Is there any free agent from last summer who is giving his team better per-dollar value than Sykora?

You can argue that Sykora's two-year, $5 million deal is the best of the many moves by Penguins general manager Ray Shero, who has constructed himself quite a Stanley Cup contender.

"I had a couple of options, and this wasn't one of them," Sykora said. "Then, the call from the Penguins came July 1. It took me about two minutes to decide this is where I wanted to be. I said, 'Forget everything else. I'm coming to Pittsburgh.'"

After getting the missus' blessing, of course.

OK, sort of.

"It didn't matter to me what the deal was going to be in Pittsburgh," Sykora said. "I was coming. I knew this was a team on the way up."

That was a big part of it, sure.

Sykora played seven seasons with the New Jersey Devils, won the Cup with them in 2000 and knows what a championship-caliber club looks like.

But Sykora also had his selfish reasons.

"I need to play with a center who can see the ice and move the puck," he said. "I knew they had Sid and Geno here."

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

For whatever reasons, Sykora didn't really work as the right wing on Crosby's line early in the season. But he has been pure magic with Malkin and left winger Ryan Malone. That comes as no surprise, really. Sykora and Malkin played well on the same line with the Metallurg Magnitogorsk team in the Russian Super League during the NHL lockout in 2004-05.

But as good as Sykora was in the regular season -- 28 goals and 35 assists -- he's been even better in the playoffs.

This newspaper has taken to doing break-out stats after each playoff game on what it calls the Penguins' Fantastic Four -- Crosby, Malkin, Marian Hossa and Marc-Andre Fleury. The boss might want to consider adding Sykora to the mix. Sykora leads the Penguins with four goals in their five post-season games, all wins.

No. 4 was huge in Game 1 against the New York Rangers Friday night. It gave the Penguins a 4-3, third-period lead in what became a 5-4 win. Like Sykora's three goals against the Ottawa Senators in Round 1, this one came after a perfect set-up pass by Malkin. All Sykora had to do was tap the puck into goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's net.

Feel free to say Malkin did the heavy lifting, if you must.

But give Sykora credit for being in the right place at the right time.

While you're at it, give Sykora credit for finishing.

If Hossa ever starts finishing as well, the Penguins will be darn near unbeatable.

"I'm not powerful," Sykora said. "I don't score goals by going behind the net and beating three guys or beating the defenseman around the corner and crashing the net. I have to rely on my shot, on being smart, on reading the play before it happens so I can get in position to score.

"Geno relates well to my way of thinking and my style of play."

Like all big-time goal scorers, Sykora frets about the ones he misses more than he enjoys the ones he scores. He hit a post behind Lundqvist late in the second period Friday night when the Penguins were trailing, 3-2.

"I still don't know how that happened," Sykora said. "In practice, when I have that much time, I put it in the top corner three out of four times. I must have thought about that shot for two hours after the game before I went to sleep."

Here's hoping Sykora didn't keep the wife up.

Man, how fucking weird that Petr and Marian were briefly on the same team. And that Petr and Marty were on the same team. We really do control the league, eh?

I haven't seen JMFJ's big, stupid face all summer so I haven't really thought about him that much. Instead, I've been watching TV like Bates Motel and Under the Dome and swooning over beautiful, beautiful Mike Vogel!

Not that I haven't watched stuff with him in it before. He was in Pan Am but I think he was too pretty and his character was a little irritating so he didn't really register with me. But he was so cute in Bates Motel! I really liked him! Right until [SPOILER]he was uncovered as a pervert with an Asian sex slave in his basement. Then I couldn't wait for him to be killed off.

And he's super, super cute in Under the Dome. Perhaps 50% of the appeal is that his character's name is Barbie, LOL. And while obsessively searching YouTube for him, I found out he was in some terrible horror movie The Deaths of Ian Stone (with Jaime Murray, H.G. Wells from Warehouse 13!) and his character plays hockey!!! I don't know if there were any hockey scenes in the movie, or if he plays hockey IRL, but... *unintelligible noises*

I've also gotten really interested in board games. By interested, I mean my shelves are filled with board games.

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it;s like the IHC hive briefly controlled the universe!

There is so much good-terrible TV on right now. no thinking required, and shirts off. I feel sort of terrible that there is so much good TV around right now (breaking bad et al) and I am watching Teen Wolf and sleepy hollow.

I'm enjoying Sleepy Hollow quite a bit! I love the humour in it, like when Ichabod is struggling to open one of those awful hard plastic blister packs and finally goes, "WHAT IS THIS IMPENETRABLE BARRIER???"

Breaking Bad has lots of acclaim and I'm sure it's good, but I just have no interest in the subject matter at all.

yes! ANd I like that he has great chemistry with the female lead and they don't have sex as their end game.

Yeah, that's what I like about Elementary too. There seems to be interest from fans in shipping them (why???) but the show runners did state before the show started that they would not be taking the romantic path so I hope they stick to their guns.

Welcome back! I'm also just recently back, although I'm not doing too great about regularly updating.

What are your three or four most favorite board games right now?

Thanks, and yay! I'm going to try to post more regularly now. I feel like there's a black hole in my memory from January until now haha.

Most of the board games I like are coop:

I really like Escape: The Curse of the Temple because it involves rolling dice and everyone plays at the same time and you can get curses that make you play with one hand on your forehead or don't allow you to talk.

Pandemic is another fun one because it really does feel like you have to cooperate with your CDC team and fly all over the world to try and prevent disease outbreaks from happening. An iPad version just came out.

I really like Arkham Horror because it's Cthulhu-themed and it's hard. I haven't played this one all that much because it's a long game. Probably 3 hours at least and we played an 8 player game that lasted 7 hours (although that includes a few breaks for food and just sitting around and talking).

For competitive games, I like Lords of Waterdeep and Relic. I have a few games that I'm keen to try, but it's hard to schedule a game day/night. People are so busy!

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