As usual, I started the game with conflicting feelings. Then Alex scored, and, um, well, you can figure out who I started rooting for after that.
I was really impressed with the Caps tonight. They managed to hold on to a lead in a game that was 1-0 for the majority of it, and they even managed to kill off lots of penalties late. Holy sweet mother of mercy, Mike Green even played DEFENSE. Like, how does that even HAPPEN? It must have been some sort of Thanksgiving miracle. I’m fully confident he will return to suckiness Saturday night. But it was kind of nice seeing him clear the puck out and do various defensive things. Totally weird to watch, but nice.
Varly, you’s a crazy mofo. ILY even if you do think American girls are really fat.
Lars played a very, very good game tonight. Lars has not been as good as he is known to be as of late, so to see him play so well was quite rewarding. He didn’t get any points, but he looked great out there. Just for that, my dear boy, you can have extra pie tomorrow night. Yes, yes, I know how generous that is. But Thanksgiving is a time for not worrying about our muffin tops.
Christopher Sr. continued to be far too shy to actually score a goal with me watching. Bless his heart.
At one point both of my Christophers were on the ice. It was so nice to have all my beloveds in one place.
The Caps played a great game and deserved the win. Pats on the backs for you, Capitals.
The Sabres, on the other hand, make me think that they will never ever play a decent hockey game ever again. How long has it been since they won? Three weeks? Four weeks? Good grief, they looked awful tonight. THEY DO NOT SHOOT THE PUCK. How many times do I have to tell them? SHOOT THE GOSH DARN PUCK, YOU ANTI-PUCK SHOOTERS!
Ryan Miller is keeping this team alive right now. He had absolutely NO support on the Fehr goal. Guys, one of these days he’s going to get hurt again or burn out or have a nervous breakdown, and then what are you going to do? How will you even make it on to the ice if he’s not there to bail you out every two seconds?
The power play sucks so bad I’m not even going to say anything else about it.
Except this: OMG Craigory when you have a five minute power play taking a penalty is so not cool.
(On the flip side, it was totally B.A. how the Caps killed off almost a five minute power play.)
Timmy K’s dad is a cutie-pie.
Ok, so, I guess it’s time to get to that hit. Here’s the dealio, guys: Alex hit Patty K. Yes, he did. Patrick’s head definitely got hit, but he kinda sorta saw him coming. And I don’t think it was a vicious head-hunting hit. The ejection was probably more deserved than not, but I’d be kind of surprised to see a suspension. And not just because of who he is.
Alex also always scores pretty goals against Buffalo. Buffalo seems to bring out both the best and the worst in him.
Andrew Peters tried to kill someone tonight, apparently. Petey, Petey, Petey. New Jersey has changed you. I miss the cute, cuddly body guard you used to be.
Vanek must still be hurt. He’s got to be. It’s the only explanation for why he’s been so bad lately. Oh, Thomas. Just get your booboos fixed so you can return to being an awesome goal scorer.
The anthem singer tonight looked like a mini Mike Grier. It was rather adorable.
Henrik Tallinder was on the ice for Alex’s goal. I totally called that.
Finally, before I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and thank you all for reading, I’d like to pass judgment on Alex’s new haircut. Well done, Mr. Ovechkin. Usually your haircuts are pretty tragic, but this one looks great. It’s not too short, but you’ve taken care of that sloppy mess on your head. I love it.
But please, sweetheart, next time refrain from picking your nose while the camera’s on you.
One of the complaints I’ve been hearing a lot lately is about the condensed schedule we’ll be seeing this year due to the Olympics. Um, the Sabres don’t play again until Thursday. That’s not condensed.
Last year, the Sabres beat Montreal in the shootout at the home opener. I was there, and it was one of the most fun games I’ve ever been to just because of the excitement and the fact that after a disappointing season, they started off the new year by winning.
This year, the Sabres lost to Montreal in overtime. It was a pretty fluky goal, and it was just the first game of the season, and the Sabres still got a point, but I’m disappointed. Ryan Miller seemed positively chipper about the game (oh, how I have missed Ryan Miller post game interviews), and while there were definitely some positives, the fact still remains that after Timmy scored a power play goal they didn’t get any offense going. (Um, did Thomas Vanek do ANYTHING last night? At all?) The grit was definitely there – especially Timmy K, sticking up for hisself!! – but I expected a little more from the offense. That’s all. I just don’t want the Sabres to fall into bad habits, like that one they had last year of being the better team on the ice and then losing. That habit was supremely annoying.
One thing I was really impressed with, however, was Tyler Myers. And not just because he reminded me of Napoleon Dynamite. (“Yeah, I had fun. God.“) He was playing in all sorts of situations and I didn’t see him making any glaring mistakes. I thought he played really well for a 19 year-old making his NHL debut. There’s no way Lindy can send him back to juniors.
It hurt me that Sir Christopher was in front of Miller for Montreal’s game winning goal.
It seemed to me like Steve Montador got a lot of ice time.
Ryan Miller looked pretty good for most of last night. So did Carey Price.
Petey got all sorts of fighting-related penalties in his debut with the Devils.
Don Cherry cracked me up last night. Last year he and I didn’t get along very well, but I decided to give him a second chance this season and he hasn’t blown it yet.
BROOKS GOT THE HARD HAT! The Caps game was pretty sweet, what with five players scoring six goals and Alexander being a badass and getting the scoring started straightaway. The Monster wasn’t all that impressive, in my opinion. This is what I like to see, Washington. But let’s not see the brainfart that was the third period again.
Two things from Brooks’s interview:
1.) Notice GMGM wandering around in the background not once, but TWICE! First at the 58 second mark, the next time at the 2:10 mark. You can also see Ted walking around at the 1:22 mark. I love when people are randomly wandering around in the background during interviews so much.
2.) Which player is that hanging out with a baby at the 2:02 mark? I can’t really tell. Is it Mo the Second? It slightly resembles him, but I can’t say for certain.
We have to wait until Thursday for the Sabres to take on Phoenix, but on Thursday Philadelphia is playing Washington. That’s going to be a really good game, especially since Ray Emery decided to make it seem like his time in Russia actually did reform him.
I’m really sick. Last week my brother had a mild case of swine flu virus and he passed it on to me. He assures me that after one day of feeling kind of crummy and another day of feeling like a piece of crap, I’ll be back to normal. I can’t wait until tomorrow. This complete lack of motivation/total exhaustion is annoying. For example, it took me four hours to work up the strength and drive to drag myself out of bed and downstairs, and that was only because after 24 hours I was finally a little hungry and because my friend wanted me to send her a picture of Alex’s dye job. But coming downstairs tired me out so I’m thinking I’ll have to rest a few more minutes until I dig up some crackers.
Since I feel as though I’ve neglected the Sabres over the past few, erm, months, I thought I’d watch a few Sabres-themed videos to lift my spirits. I started with Odd Jobs.
In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have watched this while I was sick because it made me laugh and then I started hacking/weezing again. It was really sexy.
Then I watched this for the eight millionth time:
Don’t let his kind smile and love for children trick you, parents of Western New York!! Sabretooth is a vicious, vicious animal!!
Then I remembered that the tenth anniversary of No Goal very recently passed. As you probably know, I’m a high school student. I was rather young when No Goal happened, so I didn’t exactly stay up to watch it. I do remember how sad everyone was, and I do remember that as soon as I was a bit older, I realized that Buffalo was colossally screwed over. I’m sorry I couldn’t commiserate with you, Fans of Buffalo. If it had happened more recently, however, rest assured that I would have been appropriately enraged.
Then I went looking for a good picture of Alex for my friend. I found this one.
This picture makes me very sad. That’s all I have to say about it.
This picture, on the other hand, is actually really cute. Oh, Sid. You lead such an exciting, action-packed life.
So, Darcy, did ya sign Jaro to a ten year deal yet?
My head hurts and all this typing has me tired again. I hate being sick.
Peace out, yo.
I was really happy when I saw Teppo got nominated – because coming back from open heart surgery to play when you’re 40 years old is quite an accomplishment – but let’s be honest. Richard Zednik had his artery sliced open and almost died. He has this award locked up, and I really don’t have a problem with that. (Although Brian Pothier’s story is pretty heart-warming too…)
I just thought you should know that all day I have been going up to people and reminding them that the Funnest Week of Hockey Ever starts tonight. The Sabres are in Atlanta to play the outrageously frustrating Thrashers tonight, they face my beloved Caps on Friday, and then Sunday afternoon the Caps and Thrashers play each other. I have told you this before, but I’m saying it again. I have also said before that if I was a true, diehard Thrashers fan (but does that species even exist?) I would be so effing mad at this team. They sucked royally for the first three or four months before turning it up. Thrashers, there is absolutely no point in losing the first thirty games of the season and then winning five straight. That does nothing but screw over your chances of getting the first pick. Either be good for the entire season, or be bad.
And please don’t trade Ilya to LA. I could handle a trade to Montreal, because then he’d be in our division, but do not trade him to LA. I will never see him again if you do, and that would make me very sad.
My friend’s dad is going to be on Jeopardy Friday night but we’re DVRing it so I can watch the Caps. I decided if for some odd reason the Sabres should lose (5-3) tonight I’ll have to root for the Caps because at that point the Sabres’ season will be over and the Caps need to take advantage of New Jersey’s current skid; but if Buffalo squeaks out a win I’ll cheer for them. To start.
I entered to win tickets to the Washington/Atlanta game Sunday but didn’t. I’m a little upset.
Trendy Euro is backing up Miller because poor Lala has some sort of hip ailment. Frostee’s Mom is very excited.
While I’m definitely (and inexplicably) attached to Trendy Euro, I find myself not feeling the same way about Harvard. I’m sorry. He just seems to be like a lot of the other Sabres: completely ineffectual. I know he’s been taking faceoffs and killing penalties and bringing grit to the lineup, but I’m kind of sick of seeing that. My apologies, Mr. Harvard, but in my humble opinion you don’t seem to be worth $3 million.
I just broke the news to my friend that Petey is a UFA this summer. It did not go over too well. I love Petey, but if the Sabres sign him before they sign Caveman we are going to have some serious problems.
When they were scrolling the lines at the bottom of the screen last night I thought it was a mistake when it said Paetsch on the wing. I was even more confused when he wasn’t listed in a defensive pair, and then I saw Pie and Petey were scratched so I was quite perplexed. Then RJ or someone else said something about Patches playing on the wing and I wondered if Lindy was on crack. Sure, it’s a really smart idea having a seventh defensemen dressed in case Jaro got hurt again, but Patches? Playing the wing? Ever since that New Jersey game in December I have disliked Nathan. Maybe he’s been playing better these past few games, but he was so craptastic that night that I just didn’t ever want to see him play again. I would have rather seen Pommer go back on D for a few shifts. (I’m still waiting for that, Lindy. Why must you taunt is by telling us Pommer might play defense but then keep him on offense? It’s cruel.)
Patches proved that he actually could play a good game of hockey. On offense. And he scored a lovely goal. Sure, it wasn’t like the Timmy goal, but that pass was great and the one-timer was awesome. Woo, Patches! Lindy said in the postgame press conference that he might just keep Nathan up front. I realize he might have been joking but that line last night was probably the best one out there.
Ryan Miller is certainly justifying his contract, if you ask me. He has been ridiculously good. I’m glad we decided to keep him.
Tim Connolly is amazing at hockey. End of story.
Heh. Jaro’s goal made me happy. See, Sabres? Just take a shot! You never know when you’ll catch the goalie by surprise and get a goal! (The picture on the front of the Sports section today in TBN made me all fuzzy inside. Jaro looked so happy!)
I really wish the Sabres would just shoot on the freaking power play. Did they have any shots with the man-advantage last night? I really want to just make them all sit down and watch footage of a team that actually SHOOTS THE PUCK on the power play. That’s really my only complaint from last night.
Patty K was hitting everything that moved last night. He’s such a great guy to have in the lineup. I keep forgetting to mention it, but I absolutely love Patty killing penalties. It’s so awesome.
That whole game last night was awesome. Beating Toronto was great because it was their first game back after a long road trip and they needed to get the confidence and momentum, but last night was huge because it was a team above them in the standings. They’re only four points out of fourth place. If Boston beats Philly this afternoon and then Buffalo beats Ottawa, the Sabres will be in fifth place. One point behind Montreal/out of fourth place. Tonight’s game is huge. Absolutely huge. Ottawa is terrible but Buffalo is terrible on the second nights of back-to-backs.
Dallas beat the Rangers 10-2. That. Is. Hilarious. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Remember when everyone thought the Rangers would win the Cup after like two games? That was amusing. There are lots of rumors swirling around that Sean Avery is headed back to the Rangers. Last night no one on the postgame show thought he would go back to New York, but if I were to take an unbiased stance on all this I would say it was an excellent idea. From what I’ve seen of the Rangers, all they really have that keeps them from being a terrible team is Henrik Lundqvist. Sean Avery would definitely add a little pizazz to the lineup. (Did I just say pizazz? In regards to Sean Avery?) They had a better record with him in the lineup than without him last year, and while I think standing in front of goalies and waving your stick is absolutely moronic he definitely knew how to get the team going.
The Caps are playing the Panthers tonight so I have double the reasons to root for Washington. I love it when they win and we need them to do us a favor and keep Florida from getting two points. The Panthers handed the Caps their first regulation loss in the Verizon Center way back when, but I have faith in the Caps. Won’t they be desperate for a win after that LA game?
Pittsburgh won. Boo.
Is Petey coming back in the lineup tonight? This could really go either way because obviously you might want him in there after last game, but I’m thinking Lindy might want to keep in the players that win him the games…
- SNOW DAY! And for once they canceled early enough for me to turn off my alarm before it went off six times and fall back asleep for two hours. Two whole hours. It was fabulous. The October Storm aside, I think we broke the record for the most snow days in the shortest period of time. Three snow days in less than two school weeks? Madness! The only bad thing is that now if we get another snow day they’ll chop days off our Memorial Weekend. Eh. (But why couldn’t this have happened tomorrow? I have to swim again tomorrow, and that pool is disgusting. I scrubbed in the shower last night and I still smell like chlorine.)
- Mats made his debut last night with the Canucks. They won, but Mats was held shotless and pointless. Ah, well. I can’t wait to see him skate on a line with the Sedins.
- Oh, the love that is a new Alex interview! This one is pretty good, Dear Readers. The guy they dubbed it with sounds kind of like a robot, but you occasionally get to hear Alex’s sexy Russian. (Speaking of Russian, I was totally jealous of Andre in the second question on my French quiz yesterday. He had just visited Russia!) I’m not sure which part was the best: the dancing, the lucky scissors, or the eggs. Just for the record, while I would probably camp out on his front step or something, I would never do anything as random as putting two eggs on the end of his driveway. (Kudos to whoever did, however. That’s a pretty spectacular idea)
- Montreal beat New York last night thanks to Robert Lang’s tour du chapeau. The third goal of it apparently came when New York had a 6-on-3? That’s hilarious. The Rangers couldn’t score when they had a three man advantage. Even Atlanta can do that. Buffalo needs the win tomorrow night, because New York is only six points ahead of them. All these teams are starting to fall apart! What is up with that?
- The standings are really close. We at TFF Headquarters were studying them last night and decided that it’s going to come right down to the wire. It’ll be really interesting to see who ends up in and who ends up out. (Washington is not that far behind Boston, guys. It’s actually starting to look like they might have a realistic chance to bump Boston out of the top spot.) We also decided last night that Buffalo has to move up in the standings so that they aren’t playing Washington this spring, because if we are faced with a Washington/Buffalo playoff series, I’m leaving the country. (My first hockey dream is to one day see the Sabres lift the Stanley Cup. My second is to see Alex lift that bad boy.)
- Timmy is coming back on Friday. We were also placing bets last night on how long he would last. I’ve got money on him tripping over himself on his third shift and being out for the rest of the season with a broken neck.
- East All Star Reserves getting named today. Tvan will be representing Buffalo, I’m sure of it. If there’s a more deserving player, I have yet to see him. It will be interesting to see who else makes the cut. Other than Alex, of course, because the league needs to have their annual press conference. You know, the one where Sid and Alex sit together and the reporters ask Sid questions for about twenty minutes and Alex politely sits there and then at the very end they ask him a stupid question about what it’s like “getting a chance to play with Sidney.”
- Andrew Peters is one of the most politically correct players I have ever heard. He is saying all the right things throughout this whole bite incident. And he’s absolutely right, too. I don’t care if “cannibalism” (oh Lindy, ILY!) is a dirty part of the game that’s kept hush-hush. Jarkko Ruutu is setting a bad example for all the kids who look up to hockey players. He’s making the sport look bad, and hockey should be on SportsCenter more often than when someone gets bit.
Good grief. I really can’t believe he bit poor Petey. And his texting thumb, too! The only logical explanation I can come up with, other than Ruutu just being crazy, is that he’s a Twilight fan. Trust me on this, I go to high school. I’m surrounded by girls talking constantly about biting. And Jarkko’s post-game comments about Petey’s hand just being near his mouth and all that sounded exactly like five year-old Frostee. I may or may not have bit my brother when we were really little, and when asked about it I said, “I didn’t bite him. I just accidentally caught his hand with my mouth.” (As you can see, I was quick and clever as a child too) That’s basically what Jarkko’s saying, but at least Colin Campbell listened for once. Two games for Mr. Ruutu, his second suspension of the season. He’ll miss Boston and New York, but somehow I think that it won’t make that much of a difference for the Senators. I can’t wait to hear what Petey has to say about the suspension. He’s been so politically correct through the whole thing, talking about how hard it is for the referees and all that other crap. I kind of wanted him to just trash talk Ruutu, but I guess he’s too nice for that.
The biting incident aside, that was a huge win for the Sabres. I had absolutely ZERO confidence in them winning, because all season they’ve shown that they’re cocky and enjoy following wins over good teams with losses to crappy teams. When Matt Ellis scored 15 seconds in (Matt! Call me! I promise, I’ll babysit WHENEVER you want!!!), I was quite surprised. I definitely love the Pommer-Gaustad-Ellis line. It’s been doing some pretty awesome stuff lately. When Spezza scored those two goals I figured the game was over and the Sabres were going to lose. It’s refreshing to see them hold a lead twice. In two games. In a row. It was also really great for the penalty kill to be perfect, because Ottawa somehow manages to have a decent power play. Go figure.
I think Patrick Lalime and Ryan Miller are officially BFFs now. Did you all see the bright yellow skull cap Lala was working?
Craig decided to try and fight in his first game back after the injury. Nice, Craig. Screw your shoulder up again. Teppo played, and Toni was the one out sick.
I cheered for Vanek and his empty-netter because now he’s tied for the lead league in goals again. Woo! Neither Alex nor Jeff Carter were able to light the lamp last night. Alex was, however, about to grind Carter into the Verizon Center ice when he got out of the way and Alex drilled Chris Clark instead. I may or may not have giggled at the sight of it all. My jersey went 4-0 as Kozlov scored the only shootout goal for the Caps and Jose stopped all three attempts. Both Alexes were stopped in the shootout. I thought Semin’s attempt was pretty weak, personally, and Alex just further proved that while he is a spectacular player, he’s not very good in shootouts. I have yet to see him score a shootout goal. Question to any Capitals fans reading this post: Are Bruce and John Stevens in a bitch fight?
Carolina beat New Jersey so they’re still in seventh place, and Pittsburgh won (against Atlanta) to close the gap. The game against the Rangers on Friday is actually really big; New York is six points ahead of the Sabres but with Pittsburgh only a point behind now, the Sabres need both points up for grabs. Boston lost AGAIN to Minnesota…have the Sabres started the Bruins’ downward spiral?
Apparently Toronto traded a draft pick today for Brad May. Interesting that Brian Burke traded for a player on the team he had just left.
Just for the record, I’m trying really, really hard to be upset about last night’s game. It’s kind of hard.
- The majority of the first period was rather boring. It was just back and forth, back and forth, with Frostee occasionally shrieking, “ALEX!! GOOOO!!!!! SKATE!!!!!”
- Andrej Sekera is officially in my mother’s doghouse. She was less than pleased with his performance last night and announced about halfway through the second period, “I don’t think Andrej Sekera is a very good hockey player.”
- I really don’t like Harry Neale, but I loved him last night for all his, “Alex Ovechkin is spectacular. Alex Ovechkin is the best player in the league.”
- Ha. I LOVE Crunchy’s skull caps.
- I am very worried for Thomas Vanek. I mean, first they had to DRAG HIM OFF THE ICE, and then all the sudden he was back and skating on one leg, and then he scored. Is he becoming the Tiger Woods of hockey?
- I was kind of looking forward to a Petey/Brashear fight, but I guess that’s not going to happen.
- My jersey is huge. I love it, but it is ridiculously large. I will be able to wear it for the rest of my life. (Dear Washington Caps, If you change the logo again, we’re going to have some serious problems. With Love, Frostee)
- I really enjoy hearing RJ get all pissy about the guys who do the sirens after goals are scored. It’s amusing to listen to him talk about how they need to learn to shut the things off when goals are disallowed.
- Am I the only one who found it incredibly ironic that Max finally scored a goal when he was jumping in the air to try and avoid getting hit? He’s such a bad player.
- Lala looked pretty darn good last night. It’s too bad the rest of the team sucks.
- When I went upstairs last night, I had to put Mini Alex and Little Ryan on opposite sides of the room. Little Ryan was giving Mini Alex the death glare and I got worried since they’re on a higher shelf and it’s a long fall to the ground.
- Um, my secret boyfriend is back in the lineup, and I’m assuming he’ll be playing on Tuesday. Uh-oh.
- Jason Pominville really needs to step it up. I feel kind of bad getting mad at him since he’s the nicest, most adorable guy on the team, but this is getting ridiculous. I really need him to just score a freaking goal.
- Ditto for Jochen. He needs to start winning face-offs.
- The Sabres’ plane is kind of awesome.
- That goal Mr. Ovechkin scored? Fabulous. He just skated right through Tallinder (or Lydman, as Harry Neale likes to call him) and then he fell over and still scored. Please, enjoy his post-game interview. I would kill for one of those hardhats. I would wear it everywhere.
- Islanders tonight. Pretty Ricky is back in the lineup and they finally won against the Leafs last night. The Sabres kind of need a win, since I have absolutely no faith in them winning on Tuesday.
The Sabres WON last night!! If there is a more inconsistent, frustrating team in hockey, I have yet to meet it.
- Crunchy must have heard I was thinking about burning my Miller t-shirt, because he came back with a shutout. I HEART Miller shutouts. The real kind. Oh, Ryan. What would I do without you and your badass saves?
- Chris Butler looked really good last night. I was quite impressed. And not only was he incredibly sweet and polite in his post-game interview (he THANKED Rayzor. It doesn’t get sweeter than that), he also was quite well-spoken and definitely knew what he was talking about. I look forward to seeing more of Mr. Butler.
- Speaking of Chris Butler, last night we rewound to watch that shot of him during the warmup. Does anyone here not love Petey? Because, you know, it was kind of HILARIOUS how he just skated by Butler and pushed him into the boards. He didn’t even look up or anything. Petey is SUCH a good teammate!
- I’m pretty sure I saw Pommer mouth “thank you” to one of the equipment guys during the first period. I know he said he’d be really interested in blogging after his hockey career, but I personally think he should open a manners school. I’m thinking, “Jason Pominville’s Academy For Impeccable Manners”
- It was really annoying during the Sabres Show when Maria asked Max if it was true that he spoke six languages. Max, why do you have to appear like a sweet guy off the ice? I get that you’re a spy and all, but still, would you please not be so HUMBLE about your knowledge of English? PLEASE stop being adorable. I need you to go steal candy from a baby or something so I can properly hate you. (And I thought it was great when Patty asked what the name of the guy who asked the question was and then looked straight into the camera a la Lala and said, “Well, Chris…”)
- OMG PATTTYYYYYYY. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU?!?!? I do not care at all if he was just “being Patrick Kaleta.” That is NO EXCUSE for Gauthier to try to elbow his head into the glass and then knock him down, take off his glove, and sucker-punch him instead. The worst part is, he should have been ejected from the game but all he got was a roughing penalty. That’s all the proof we need that the referees have been officiating against Buffalo. The officiating was incredibly slanted Wednesday night, and it was even worse last night. Pkaleta is currently unable to SEE, because of a DIRTY, ILLEGAL HIT, and the refs did nothing. Gauthier was even baring his teeth! The guy was a freaking ANIMAL. (Dear Referees, I get that you’re all whiny little girls who couldn’t take Ryan Miller saying that one of you cussed him out and that you did a slanted job officiating that night, but for the love of bobbleheads, PLEASE just suck it up and get on with your lives. With Love, Frostee)
- Petey came really close to scoring, but when Ellis scored he was totally jazzed for him. He also tried to fight Gauthier, but apparently Gauthier is a wuss and didn’t want to drop the gloves with him.
- We at TFF Headquarters totally lost it during Lindy Ruff’s press conference when he said how he hadn’t heard “that Neil Diamond song” in a while. Lindy, we promise to always love you forever and ever.
- Um, is it just me, or has it been approximately three years since Thomas last scored?
Dear Readers, let me remind you that with a win tonight, the Sabres go 4-0. And while the thought of four straight wins to start the season causes spontaneous pommerdoodling, I’m kind of afraid that by thinking about it, I’ll jinx them. I’m not overly superstitious, but I don’t want to be the reason they lose (because if they do win, God forbid, it would totally be my fault). There are actually a lot of reasons to be optimistic about this game, but still. Just because Vancouver will probably go with their back-up (how is he? I didn’t even know Vancouver had a back-up), and just because their game went into overtime (so, technically it was only 27 seconds, but psychologically couldn’t it have been tiring?) last night doesn’t guarantee the Sabres the win. And by playing tonight, couldn’t the Sabres be tired tomorrow night at Atlanta? (But I heard that Lalime will probably play. And it’s Atlanta.)
But I’m not going to dig a deep, dark hole of despair. I’m becoming increasingly confident in the playing abilities of these guys (because after last year I thought I would be emotionally stunted for life).
P.S. to Thomas Vanek, my new BFF: PLEASE score a shortie tonight. That would be so b.a. if you got shorties three games in a row.
P.P.S. Totally forgot to mention, my dad saw Petey at Hyde Park last night when he was there for a dinner meeting. Dad now has a man-crush on poor Andrew, because apparently he was looking very fashionable and cool. He was going to go talk to him but then Petey and the Mrs. went to their table. I told Dad to follow him, and he showed the text to one of the guys he works with. Jay thought it was hilarious that I told him to follow Petey. (Jay is also a huge Sabres fan. He paid to have his finals rescheduled when the Sabres were in the SCF in 1999. But Jay doesn’t get why I love hockey. He appears surprised when I say something about hockey that doesn’t have anything to do with how hot one of the guys is, and was completely underwhelmed when he saw a picture of Mini Alex. But whatever)
Oh, yeah, so, in case you didn’t hear, I’ll let y’all know now. CAPS BEAT THE PENS!!! IN REGULATION!!! WOOOO!!!!! It makes me smile inside to see the Pens, who were previously the kings of the Eastern Conference, losing to the Caps. And then I think about how the Sabres are 4-0, and I just smile wider.
And Alex tried to fight Geno…several times…it’s so cute how they obviously dislike each other very much.