I didn’t make it through last night’s game. I skipped all of the third except for the last two minutes because I really didn’t feel like watching the Sabres lose to the Senators again. The way the Sabres’ luck goes, they’ll end up playing Ottawa at some point. They’ll get swept. It’ll be ugly. Water will still be wet.
Tonight, however, was just a ton of fun. I live for games like this. Yeah, hard-fought, close games are exciting, but there’s nothing more relaxing for me than watching the Sabres beat the crap out of another team. Derek Roy even got himself a hat trick! That was just so cute. I thought Tyler Ennis played pretty well too. I really liked him when he got called up last time too. Good kid. Neither of the Tampa Bay goalies were very good but hey, I’m not complaining.
And Patty Lala got his 200th career win! I honestly thought he would retire with 199 wins. He even looked pretty good aside from the one goal he gave up. That was kind of ugly.
And perhaps the biggest deal about tonight is that the Buffalo Sabres are going to the PLAYOFFS. I still think they’ll get swept in the first round, but at least they’ll be going. I haven’t had this Sabres-related excitement in several years. It’ll be fun. I can’t wait.
Although if any team could find a way to choke out of the playoffs after already clinching a spot, it would be this team right here.
Even when the Sabres play a totally boring game and even when I miss half of it watching 30 Rock (those were two pretty funny episodes. I’d certainly have a threesome with James Franco and a pillow.), they still manage to win it. Royzie is becoming something of a good little overtime player. The Thrashers continue to be bad. I continue to find it adorable.
All in all, a nice strong start to the road trip. I hope they don’t try to pull anything stupid tomorrow night.
Tonight the Caps play the Leafs. I have a pretty decent track record watching my teams play the Leafs on Friday night and I hope tonight is no disappointment. Toronto, despite winning last night, is also very bad. I don’t find tuis adorable, I just think it’s funny.
I’m not that upset about the Sabres game since I went into it anticipating a loss. If anything, I’m glad they at least managed a point. It was almost funny seeing how long it took for their first shot on goal. The Sabres simply cannot play a good game against the Senators, and that’s that. Not really anything else to say.
Derek Roy hasn’t done much of anything this year, but I still hope his injury isn’t too serious. Although it does open up a spot in the lineup if Patty K really is ready to come back.
This team would be so frighteningly bad without Ryan Miller.
The worst part about last night is that my jersey is now 0-1 and got pulled halfway through the second period. Although taking it off looked like it might pay off for a while; right after the Sabres scored their two goals.
We need someone who can score in the shootout.
We need a reliable scorer.
The Caps, on the other hand, won a huge statement game against the Devils. This is the second game in a row they put up four or five goals on an elite goaltender and they didn’t even choke like they usually do when they’re playing New Jersey. Alex had another three-point night so now he’s only four back of the lead league for points. He’s ridiculous. Lars Nicklas had himself a three point night as well, giving him his 200th point and 202 points in 202 games. That’s…crazy. I don’t understand why he hasn’t been re-signed yet and Semin has.
What a nice segway for me to use into Semin’s contract. Um, what?!? One year? $6 million? I don’t get it. GMGM says it’s what the player preferred and gave him more flexibility. I still don’t get it. Players like him don’t sign one year deals. Moreover, how can he sign a deal for $6 million? Can they afford that? Where’s the room to keep Nicki? If there’s one player who needs to stay it’s him. He’s just as important to this team as Alex. Sasha is a great player when he wants to be, but I never saw him as indispensable. Is George just trying to get him a contract so that he can trade him after the season and not have to worry about that? They could get a pretty decent return for him, especially if he’s already got a contract. I’m sure there are plenty of teams who would want him. I’m just perplexed by the whole situation. And a little bit angry. Neuvirth has been really solid the past few games so I’m sure they could trade Theo if they wanted, which would open up more cap room, but there’s still another contract to be signed. And isn’t it contract year for Flash as well?
Hmm. It’s just all a little odd. We shall have to wait and see how it all plays out.
Tonight the Sabres are playing the team of Sir Christopher’s hometown, and hopefully he’ll be able to play. I’m not sure who Lindy benches to make room for him. I know he’s the captain, but I’d almost say Rivet after the way he played the past few days…but he is the captain.
Team Sweden announced their roster. I hope Henrik Zetterberg is back in time to play for them. They always put together a good team and this looks like another one. I am a little surprised Henrik Tallinder made the team, but I guess now that his rape case is all cleared up he’s a valuable asset.
Aside from that crapfest on the power play, the Sabres were not half bad tonight. 97% of that was Patrick Lalime. For the second start in a row, he was insanely good. Some of those saves were Miller-esque, which is high praise these days. It’s the rest of the stupid effing team that couldn’t pull off a win. It would have been huge to beat Pittsburgh on the second night of a back to back, but that didn’t happen.
Derek Roy, I’m looking at you.
The Sabres lost 5-2 to the Flyers. This is pukey and disgusting and gross and yucky and I don’t ever want to talk about it ever again. End of story, goodbye.
Well, no. I’m just tired and by extension, I’m not in the best of moods. I wanted the Sabres to compete tonight and play hard and at least make it a close one. Yes, Tyler scored to make it 4-2, but I didn’t see that goal and they still ended up losing. Not cool, Buffalo. Not. Cool.
After the second period I kind of gave up on them and flipped over to the Capitals game. Whatever. At least they won.
Ryan Miller has been really good so far this season, but if he’s in net tomorrow night I will flip shit. Lindy, STOP PLAYING HIM. OMG HE’S GOING TO BREAK.
Jose has been really good too. This makes me happy, but this confuses me. Jose, you’re supposed to suck and make me want to hurt people. What is this?
I’m glad Derek finally started scoring. Thank you, D. I appreciate it.
Tim Kennedy is just good at life. He and Mike Grier are so awesome together.
I wonder how many posts I’m going to write this year that involve the sentence “Timmy K and Mike Grier rock my socks when they play together on a line.”
I’m a bit perplexed by the Flyers. First, they’re so good and they’re amazing and they could ever win the Stanley Cup! Then they’re a one-line team. They certainly have a few injuries, but I don’t like using that as an excuse. It seems like such a copout. Half the players are going to be injured by the time you get to the Cup finals; you need to suck it up and be able to get past injuries during the regular season.
I like Mo the Second.
The Capitals are all breaking one by one. If something happens to Lars I don’t know what I’ll do with myself.
This post is very rambly. I apologize. I’m watching last night’s “Project Runway” and I’m really worried that Christopher is going to make it to Fashion Week.
As I’m sure you inferred from the title of this post, we got a new TV. It’s big and beautiful and I am salivating at the thought of watching hockey tonight. Both of my teams are playing really bad teams, so I’m sure both the Caps and Sabres will lose. It’s bound to happen at some point.
Everyone’s feeling the love for Ryan Miller (as am I), and rightly so. The dude’s been on fire lately. He’s going to be pretty BAMF for Team USA in February. I’m choosing not to think about what will happen after the Olympics, when he’s too tired to even make it to the crease. We’ll get there eventually.
(And just for the record, no one believes my theory that Lindy keeps playing Ryan to exhaust him in an attempt to sabotage Team USA. Yes, I know Lindy doesn’t like backups and trusts Lala about as far as he can throw him, but still. He’s the coach of Team Canada. Ryan is the presumed starter for Team USA. It’s always possible.)
Jason is one of the several Sabres leading the team in scoring. I like this. It made me really, really sad last year when he sucked.
Poor, poor Goosie has the flu. I hope it’s not swine, Paul! Feel better soon and beware the pig!
Timmy sat out practice with “minor bumps and bruises” (according to The Buffalo News), which means he’ll be out for the next 6-8 weeks with an undisclosed upper-lower body injury.
Derek Roy needs to get on that whole “I haven’t scored a goal yet” thing stat. Not scoring goals is BAD, Royzie. You must fix this immediately, or else.
Happy birthday, Drew! I always thought it was fitting that he’s an almost-Halloween baby, since he’s kinda, well, out there….and reminds me of Halloween…uh…this sounded better in my head. I apologize.
I have absolutely no intention of watching the game tomorrow night. I will be trick-or-treating, because anyone who has an awesome costume and passes up on free candy is lame.
I’m afraid to wear my Caps jersey because last time I did, they were in the midst of that awful, painful losing streak. They’ve won six straight and I don’t want to jinx that, but like I said. I want to wear it. Bad.
I wish my stupid Lars t-shirt wasn’t backordered. The hockey gods seriously do not want me to own this shirt.
I’m really excited for the first game of the Tyler Myers era. I sincerely hope that his play over the first nine games had nothing to do with him having to impress the coaches and everything to do with how he normally plays. (Does that sentence even make any sense?) I don’t want him to be a fluke. I want to know that he’s actually a really talented player.
I’m writing an article for the school paper on the swine flu and I’m interviewing my dad for it. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but after his brief appearance on Channel 2 Monday afternoon, he keeps telling me I have to call public relations to get an interview with him. I plan on hiding the remote right before the Sabres game starts and blackmailing him into giving me some quotes on how the oink-oink can affect a high school environment.
Go Sabres/Caps! Woo!
To say I was apprehensive going into this game would be a pretty accurate statement. Yes, the Sabres hadn’t lost yet in overtime, and yes, Detroit hasn’t looked quite as lethal as they have in years past, but still. I’m a Sabres fan, therefore I’m realistic.
That game rocked.
Like, it was so enjoyable to just watch the Sabres completely manhandle the opponent. As I’ve already said, the next week and a half are crazy for me. It was so nice to be translating Latin passages and to look up after each sentence to find that the Sabres weren’t playing with their eyes closed. They actually looked really good, specifically in the second period. Ryan Miller was pretty solid and he stopped a penalty shot (the most exciting play in hockey!). We got offense from the players who were supposed to provide offense. Tyler Myers continued to look great. I know it’s WAY too early to start thinking about things like this, but would it completely shock me if he at least challenged for the Calder? No. It would not.
Thomas Vanek’s health is definitely a concern, and I hope keeping him outbqas just precautionary. We really need him. The world without Thomas is a scary, scary place.
Patrick Kaleta was just so darn cute after his goal.
Derek pleased me tonight. I hope he has another killer season.
As a bit of a Chris Osgood fan, I’m a little sad we chased him. But not that sad.
The next game is against the Islanders. 1.) They better beat them. 2.) I probably won’t be able to watch, and after seeing how they handled a good team, I would love to see them play a crappy team.
Then again, they might do a typically Sabre thing and play an absolutely horrific game. It wouldn’t surprise me if that happened.
So. The time has come to prepare a post previewing the Sabres. Where to begin? The Sabres were a mess last season, to be perfectly honest. Playoffs two years in a row, then no playoffs two years in a row, then they beat the Red Wings and the Caps in the preseason. Yes, I know we lost Drury and Briere, but seriously, dudes? Get over it. They weren’t the only players on this team.
The thing with these Sabres is that I can never decide if any of them have individual talents, or games like that 10-2 win over Edmonton are just a complete fluke. Yes, Thomas Vanek is good at putting the puck in the net. Yes, Tim Connolly is fabulous when he’s not lying in a hospital bed in a full body cast. Ryan Miller is frustratingly inconsistent, but when he’s on, good grief, is he on. Patrick Kaleta isn’t half-bad at throwing hits. Sir Christopher has a bright future ahead of him.
But I’m not sure if these Sabres are good enough to take the next step. Yes, if Gomez hadn’t taken out Miller we probably would have made the playoffs. But after seeing how the other teams played in the postseason, there’s an excellent chance that the Sabres would have been slaughtered in the first round. It would have painful, and it would have been ugly.
Darcy promised big changes this summer, so he let my Caveman go and signed Steve Montador in his place, and he brought back Mike Grier. Woo. Way to go, Darcy. Grier will (hopefully) be able to keep the whiny brats on this team in line, but that’s about it. He also signed about 27 enforcers and “gritty” players, so, you know, watch out, league. (I actually have a theory that Darcy watched Slapshot one too many times before free agency started and he wanted to be like the Chiefs and just beat up every team. If it’s old time hockey we’re going to be putting up with, I at least want a Killer.)
One thing Darcy didn’t do that we were all expecting was dump some of our dead weight. Yes, Max is gone, but we still have Hank and Jochen. Man, did those two frustrate me last season.
You know who else frustrated me? Jason Pominville. Jason effing Pominville. He was all cute and adorable and point-producing two years ago and then last season he completely sucked. It was awful.
Thomas Vanek was on track for fifty goals last season (remember when I was all freaked out that he would score more goals than Alex? Heh.) and then he broke his jaw. He’s definitely our best goal-scorer and I’d appreciate it if he could keep that up this year. I’m also counting on Derek Roy to be our best point-producer. Come on, Royzie. Do it for Kyle.
I’d really like some of the Portland kids to get a chance up here, but I’m not sure if that’ll happen or not since we don’t exactly have loads of roster space to give away. Gerbe and Kennedy might be ready to make the jump, but it really depends on who plays well in training camp and who else undergoes surgery right before the start of the season. Adam Mair.
Another concern is the Olympic Break. Yes, it will give some of our guys a chance to rest up, but not Ryan Miller. It became rather apparent two seasons ago that our fragile little goalie can’t handle playing a long season. The Olympics are kind of intense, and they’re going to exhaust him if he ends up being named the starting goalie.
I’m not going to make any predictions about this team, because I honestly don’t know where they’ll end up in the conference. What I do know is that they really are quite similar to the team we saw last year, and that team didn’t do a whole heck of a lot. Out of the playoffs is out of the playoffs, no matter what place you’re in.
Just a few personal letters to some of the players:
You just keep doing what you’re doing.
We gave you that contract extension because we believed in you, but you were kind of awful last season. Let’s just put the past in the past and move on. You can play better than you did. I believe in you.
Keep the little bastards in line.
Dear Sir Christopher,
I decided to make you my project this year, which means I love you even more and pay extra special attention to you. Not that there’s any pressure, I promise. I thought you were chivalrous and great player last year, and with even more time to grow and develop, you’ll get even better. Good luck, my young knight. May the force be with you.
Don’t forget your toothbrush on the road trips, sweetie!
I’ll be honest: I haven’t exactly been paying that much attention to the Sabres Lunch Express this year. The last time I watched was when Pat Kaleta was on (or Pie, whoever was the second of the two). Part of that’s because I’ve just been so busy, and part of it’s that I keep forgetting to go on the Sabres website. When I got the email reminding me that Paul Gaustad would be on, however, I made sure to clear my schedule.
Anyone who ever tells you they don’t see what’s so special about Paul Gaustad is either lying or lacking a soul, because let me tell you something: this man is perfect. No, he is. In every way imaginable.
Let’s start with that polo. Seriously, Paul? Way to show up EVERY SINGLE MAN in Buffalo, most likely in New York State, and possibly even on the east coast. How does he look that good? I mean, how can a guy who is teammates with DEREK ROY (speaking of him, I have a little story when I’m done with Paul) be that good of a dresser? The wonders never cease.
Then, you know, he got asked about his nickname and he had to be all adorable and say how he “wishes he had a cooler story, like killing a goose or something.” Oh, dear, sweet Paul. Killing geese isn’t “cool,” and I certainly wouldn’t consider it a cool way to get a nickname. Fear not, Women of Buffalo, Paul is not a vicious killer of animals. He is, however, a loving son who had to explain to his mother that he wasn’t being booed, but rather, the fans were cheering his nickname.
I don’t even remember the rest of what he said. All I know is that I haven’t seen the Sabres since, like, March, and I’ve been all concerned about the Jaro situation (if he’s at the Draft Party on Friday, I plan on getting down on my knees and begging him to stay. I might even cry a little), so seeing Paul like this was so nice. Oh, Sabres. I really have missed you.
Whoever found this blog searching “is backstrom’s first name lars or nicklas” is my new best friend, and that’s not an exaggeration.
My brother was spending the day with my grandfather today, and since nothing brings about bonding like a trip to Wegmans, that’s where they went. My brother then called me to inform me that he had seen Derek Roy there. Now, my brother isn’t exactly the hugest of hockey fans, but my grandfather is and recognized Derek and sent my brother over to talk to him. Bless Ben’s heart, he told Derek that his sister is “a huge fan.” Derek told him that’s “cool.”
I was a bit disappointed in my brother when he couldn’t tell me what Derek was getting (only that he was in line for lunch) or what he was wearing or if he was with Kyle. Because, as my kind, loving brother told me, “I’m not a creeper like you are.”
It’s actually probably a good thing I wasn’t the one with Grandpa, though, because knowing him, he’d drag me over to Derek and inform Derek that I’m a huge hockey fan and I just love him, even though “that Russian fellow” is my favorite player. Because that’s the sort of thing my grandparents do.
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.