Back to the EGG

You know it's a good day when your favorite hockey play has his mug on the nhl.com splash page. Patrik's back &em Elias returned to the ice last night at the Meadowlands, reunited with Gomez and Gionta on the EGG line. For all of the excitement in our house, it could have easily been a reunion of the band whose bass man first brought us Back to the EGG.

Patrik looked good, using his body as well as his stick, and he was smiling - one of the things we love best about Elias. It is supposed to be fun, right?

A big night all around - Jamie Lagenbrunner notched his first goal since Thanksgiving. Marty Brodeur got his first shutout since Easter - of 2004. Scott Gomez assisted on the first two goals, giving him a streak of registering 8 points on consecutive scoring plays, a new team record. Paul Martin, who has struggled as a sophomore, looked sharp and picked up an assist as well.

Unfortunately, the good hockey vibes didn't carry up the Turnpike to the Ice House, where the NJ Ice Dragons ended our winning streak at one game, dropping an ugly one 5-3 and putting us at 3-6 just before the midpoint of the season. When I asked "What happened to the easy teams in this division," one of my teammates responded "Hey, we are the easy team now." Ouch. But it's still fun, which is what I keep telling myself as I hobble through mid town on a chilly matinee day.

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