Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pens vs Isles - Kris Letang Edition

And here comes as promised the 2nd post about the game exclusively looking at Kris Letang. The Pens clearly missed Tanger, the fans missed Tanger, the puckbunnies missed Tanger - we all missed him

Did I miss him? Yeah ... I mean ... I do love watching him skate a LOT. The way he moves on the ice he is showcasing what makes this sport so special and awesome. And he CAN be very good - defensively and offensively.
What I on occasion do not like about him is that he sometimes just does not play really smart. He turns the puck over way too often, he sometimes does not think his actions through and then he can be pretty dangerous and not for the opposing team. I am also a defense fan and I prefer my dmen at my own blue line playing a responsible defensive game (and yes I am aware that the transition game out of the own zone is a big part of it and on a good day nobody takes off better than Tanger). Again ... Letang is very good with that, he sometimes just also isn't. My hope is that he will stabalize again this season and make us very happy. I would really love that. 

The word is that Kris Letang had his 5 Cent in it when the Pens tried to get Scuderi back. Obviously he wanted his linemate back and you could see already on Friday why. The two of them get along very well, and just click - Tanger can rush and Scuds makes sure that behind him all is safe. Scuds also seems to be able call Letang back and remind him on his dman job. 

I saw definitely more of Kris Letang than I thought I would because he stayed quite some time with us back there in double defense.
Sadly we had the pleasure of a Letang / Scuderi line only for 1 game and 1 period only. As the news broke last night Scuderi's injury is a broken ankle that requires surgery. No timetable for his return. The Pens injury bug strikes again. 

While Tanger looked fit and lightfooded he seemed to be on Friday not yet really into the game though, what would be probably a bit too much to expect anyway for a first season game after a long injury. 

But enough talking. Ladies & Gents ... 


Pens vs Isles - Team Edition

Yeah, crap. The Pens lost my "Last night in Pittsburgh" game AGAIN. They really like doing this to me, they really do ... 
And what a stupid loss it was. They played pretty well against the always very fast and nasty Isles, but could not monetize the power play again and lacked some focus on defense especially when Scuderi was not on the ice (a situation we sadly will need to get used to again with Scuds out for a long time with his broken ankle.). 

It was also Kris Letang's first game of the season and everybody was really happy to see him in the line up again, but we'll come to that later in a separate post. 

BUT .. although it was a loss I had SO MUCH FUN, because I had my seat down at the ice. Section 120 Row B (A is  the one at the glass) - double defense, corner seats - the best in the house. I LOVE to sit down there. I know that a bit more up the game can be overlooked better, but the feeling to have  them so close, to have them crushing the boards right in front of you, to be almost able to touch them, to hear them yelling over to each other, to see them exchanging small gestures or quick talks and the chance  to experience the speed and physical impact so directly is .... freaking A M A Z I N G

The best moment of the night was for sure when Sid had his breakaway goal.  Good lord  ... he was so incredibly fast when he flew down the ice towards me (well the goal, but I was right there) and you could phsysically feel that nothing and nobody would stop that man in this particular moment. That is when you witness the best hockey player in the world do his thing. It was breathtaking.

The most entertaining moment was maybe the Engelland goal because nobody could believe it really happened and Engo's face full of disbelief when he skated over to the bench for the congratulations was priceless. Sadly the Pens were as surprised and distracted as we were and we all missed the rush of the Islanders in response and quickly it was a tied and then lost game. Sad but oh well ... that's how life goes sometimes. 

OF COURSE I took many many pics from my fabulous seats and here are the best of them. 

Before the game .... 

Pitttsburgh skyline from the CEC parking lot

Fantastic seat - NO ZOOM

Geno stretching

All the boys


The Captain and his men


Craig Adams lets it snow


Almost there ... 

The one and only Jeff Jimerson

Game shots ...


Defense - NO ZOOM

Action right in front of me - NO  ZOOM



Joey V. - Since Douglas Murray left & Nealer is injured he is MY man on the ice


Sid & Tanger

Duper and wee Jayson Megna



You cannot see it, but it is Joe Vitale


Kunitz, Orpik, Martin

For the last minute of the game the Pens pulled Zatkoff. I could not watch, Iceburgh could not watch ... and it did not help. Sadly. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

A city, a bridge, a mural and an arm

This was the first trip to Pittsburgh with my new tattoos - especially with my new Pittsburgh related tattoo and I think it is safe to say it was a big hit. Everybody, who had a closer look, was pretty impressed. 

1) The bridge - here you can see the pegasus at the top of the David McCullogh Bridge (16th Street)

2) The mural at the corner of 16th Street / Penn Avenue - portraying the pegasus from the top of the bridge

3) My arm

Tattoo by Mac at Kleine Welt Tattoo, Munich.

I love it!!! 

Groundhog Day? Strip District!

"Wait!" I hear you saying. "I am reading this blog every now and then now for quite a while (Thank you! Says the author) And I am ABSOLUTELY sure, that I have seen most of these pictures already!" 

And yes - I have really not much to say in my defense because you are right. This blog is already packed with pictures of the Strip District from the earlier trips to Pittsburgh and especially the photos from last fall are - logically - quite similar. It's just ... I cannot stop it. I love this neighborhood so much, it never fails to impress me again and I never can keep the camera in the bag. 

I just hope you can enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed these bright and sunny last hours of the 2013 Pittsburgh fall trip!

The skyline from the parking lot behind the Produce Terminal - always a great sight!

Walking around on a sunny day like this is so much fun!

Strip District murals - 3 of many