I knew the Sabres would lose last night, but getting SHUT OUT by Ottawa? Really? That was bad on so many levels I don’t even want to talk about it. When Brian Elliot has a 6-0 record against your team, that’s pretty gross.
Apparently a bunch of the guys had food poisoning. That definitely sucks. Sorry, boys. It’s just further proof that Ottawa wants to do you in.
I am beyond disgusted that Ruutu isn’t being suspended. I had to rewind the hit to show my family when they got home and…it was even worse than when it actually happened. That wasn’t even a guy throwing a check and ending up getting him from behind. That was Ruutu coming out of nowhere and blatantly using his elbow to nail a guy in the head. There is absolutely no need for that in the NHL.
I’m really not too worried about the game against Toronto, but things could get interesting on Saturday. I know how well Lala played against Chicago, but putting him in against Pittsburgh seems awful bold of Lindy. I guess when you’re in his good graces, you’re in his good graces.
- Losing to the Senators. Capitals, you just had to hang out for another minute and a half to at least get one point. Last night SUCKED.
- Jose Theodore. You are not very good, Jose. Bruce, might I suggest calling up Varlamov (or trading for Backstrom) right before the playoffs? I’m sure Jose could “tweak his groin.”
- Alex. Only morons take penalties like that, Alex. I let it slide on Monday because you scored in overtime, but I will not stand for it this time. I am officially giving you the silent treatment, Alex. You better clean up your act.
- Actually, I’m totally kidding in the point above this. I’m pissed, but I won’t give the silent treatment. :) Especially not after that pre-game interview last night. (“Well, when I no score my teammates score, and when they don’t score I do, and when we don’t score Kozie and Feds do!”)
- Twitter. Instead of studying last night I set up my Twitter, and if you felt so inclined I would just love if you followed me. I’m sure you’re just dying to listen to me whine. A warning, however: it might take me a while to figure it all out. It took me a good three months to figure out how Facebook works.
- The Penguins. Apparently they had a FOUR MINUTE POWER PLAY (according to my friend, who watched it) at the end of the game and couldn’t score to tie it up. Ha. That’s…hilarious.
- Schedules. I was the queen of schedule drama this year and was practically a fixture in my guidance counselor’s office, but we finally got it straightened out. It figures three days after I get placed into Intro to Computers (I have a Facebook, a Twitter, three screen names, two email addresses, an iTunes store account, and I write a BLOG, for crying out loud. Why the hell am I required to take Intro in order to graduate?), I get the form to set up my schedule for next year. Blast. Maybe I won’t list alternate electives in an act of defiance, because if they don’t put me in French and Latin there will be hell to pay.
- Jarkko Ruutu. I hope everyone who watched noticed that as soon as the refs called Greenie he popped right back up. It was almost worth the Senators scoring on the power play to see Mr. Green punching Jarkko right in the face.
- Claude Lemieux. But that’s actually a good thing, because the NHL needs a villain.
- The Tampa Bay Lightning. And that, Sabres, is why you absolutely MUST beat them.
There is one thing that is good, however:
- 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.