snickfic: text: Geno 71, I'm Score (geno)
I ended up writing three things for this exchange. First was my assignment, second was a pinch hit, and third was a treat, because I sent [personal profile] verity the opening fifty words or so and didn't know what to do with it, and she said, "WRITE IT FOR ME AS A TREAT." And I did.

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Marc-Andre Fleury/Evgeni Malkin, 5.1k, rated T, fantasy/curses.
It’s bad enough that Flower can't talk to people without calling them things like poopy butt. It’s worse that Geno isn’t talking to him at all.


condiments
Jack Johnson/Sidney Crosby, 3.1k, rated M, h/c.
“I’ve got some time.” Sid’s voice buzzed a little. Too many satellite connections between Jack and Prague, probably. “I want to get some work started at the house, so I’ll be around for a week or so. You should come.”


Silver Medal Baby
Hilary Knight/Evgeni Malkin, 1.9k, rated T, mpreg (IN THE MOST PREDICTABLE REVEAL EVER KNOW TO MAN)
"You not even win gold! We had loser sex."

Hilary did not point out that at least she medaled. If one of them was going to get knocked up at the Olympics, obviously it would be Geno.
snickfic: Evgeni Malkin, looking up and grinning (geno happy)
* Watched Agent Carter (with [personal profile] lettered!!). It's still good. And this ep didn't even spend a lot of time on the thing from the end of last episode that I was expecting and dreading. GOOD WORK TEAM. I think I'll have to buy this show when it's out, so I can lend it to people and as an expression of my appreciation for its existence.

--

And now some pictures of Geno's face that are currently making me happy. images and gifs, also one of Flower )
snickfic: (fleury)
One aspect of the game where Fleury has not been good at all is scoring. 647 NHL regular-season and playoff games, and not a single goal scored! That's even worse that Zack Sill, our 4th liner who presently holds the NHL record for number of games played by a forward without a goal.

However, Fleury's failure to score is not for lack of trying, as he showed again last night:
gif behind cut )

One of these days!
snickfic: close-up photo of Marc-Andre Fleury (flower close)
Pens 4, Tampa Bay 2. Wow, that was a game. We were SO TERRIBLE that first period, I really wasn't sure we were even going to get a goal. And then we got four, including a short-handed goal for Sutter and two first NHL goals, one for Rust and one for Dumoulin. Good job, kiddies.

But meanwhile in that first period Fleury was SO GOOD. Wow. As soon as a gif turns up of that one really spectacular head-to-post save, I will link. EDIT: Here it is. You finally get a really good look at about the 20 second mark.

I just looked up his numbers, and he's .926 for the season so far, which if he maintains will be his best season EVER - even better than 2007-2008, which all the naysayers call a fluke. There's evidence that suggests we're seeing more this season than statistical variance, however. Mike Darnay at Pensburgh calls it the Mike Bales effect, which includes a graph that shows both how much more consistent Fleury's play has been since Bales was hired as the goalie coach and how his play is on the whole trending upward.

I've seen discussion of the fact that Pittsburgh, cash-strapped as it was when Fleury arrived, never really found him a goalie coach in those early years, and how the guy who eventually filled the position before Bales was not so much a coach as a cheerleader. So what Fleury's getting with Bales may very well be the first NHL-level goaltender coaching he's ever had - and hey, it only took nine years in the organization to get it. It means he finally has someone helping him consciously develop his positional play, his puck playing skills, and similar technical skills to supplement the famous athleticism that even all the detracters agree he has.

(Just think if he could have gotten that kind of instruction five years ago. Ouch.)

So basically, Fleury's best years may very well be ahead of him. Certainly all signs point to him being in one of them right now. As someone deeply invested in the Fleury Redemption Story, I could not be happier.
snickfic: (fleury)
I just got around to watching that time Flower almost got in a fight with the Montreal goalie, and it cracked me up. He's grinning most of the time! He kinda dances around the ref, trying to get down the ice! He's untying the thing that keeps his jersey in place!

I <3 Flower.

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