By Joffrey Lupul
Updated October 13, 2009
After getting home from our first road trip of the year we got a much needed day off yesterday. The day off for me took a turn for the worse early, when I forgot that my housekeepers were coming at 8 a.m. (I swear you forget what day it is when you're on the road).
Later in the day the movers came over with all of my clothes and furniture from my old house in Philly. The clothes are now in an enormous pile in my spare bedroom, while the furniture all went to storage. They also brought me my favorite guitar, which i used to play the first song in my head -- Turn My Swag On by Soulja Boy (LOL). It was probably time I should have spent unpacking, come to think of it.
Another thing I was excited to get yesterday was my back-up set of golf clubs. I mention this because last week someone stole my set that I use in California out of the trunk of my car! (If you are reading this, GIVE ME BACK MY PUTTER!) Luckily, I have an extra set of clubs and can now use the excuse, "my clubs were stolen" to justify a lousy round. Maybe I'll even get a couple strokes from the boys now.
The road trip started in Minnesota for us and we were eager to get going after losing our first game at home. We came out and played a pretty solid road game. I scored my first goal of the season, which always seems to be a tough one to get. It was a pretty good feeling, but it didn't last long.
The next shift I went to block a shot and was hit with a puck right above the right eye. I was pretty sure when the puck hit me that my eye was okay. It was still scary because the blood was running in my eye and I couldn't see. It must have looked pretty bad though because I had a lot of messages on my phone from people making sure I was okay. I always tell my mom, "It looks worse than it is." She obviously didn't believe that because six of those messages I mentioned before were from her (love you, Mom!). Even more painful than the puck in the eye, was the fact that we somehow squandered a three-goal lead in the last 10 minutes and lost in overtime.
We were still winless and heading in to play the best team in the East -- Boston. In Boston things finally fell into place and we played a solid game and beat them 6-1. Corey Perry
scored the nicest goal of the season and another goal off his head. That is how you earn the nickname "Worm"!
From Boston we went to Philadelphia where I had played the two previous years. It was nice to be back there and see a lot of my friends and old teamates. We had a team dinner at my favorite restaurant there, Del Frisco's.
One of the best parts of being on the road is just bonding with the guys. We are honestly like a bunch of kids on the road and it is awesome to travel city to city with a bunch of friends. That game was an emotional one for me. It was hard playing against some of those guys over there, but I wanted to win soooooooo badly. Luckily, come third period it didn't matter what anyone tried to do -- Teemu took over. He scored twice to tie the game for us and once in the shootout to win it. Safe to say he's still got it. Don't retire. Ever.
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