I took the Dan Paille trade very hard. I know he spent almost the entire start of the season here in the press box and I know that Lindy seemed to dislike him or dislike playing him or something like. But I still loved him and I was still devastated when he got traded.
Enter Chris Butler’s interview from last night.
What a wonderful distraction from Danny. In addition to being a great player, Christopher is an attractive, well -spoken, articulate guy. We already knew that; I was blown away by his first game here. He was amazing during it and his postgame interview was 74 different kinds of cute. He was supposed to be an emergency call-up but he went and blew us all away and now he’s permanent. I’ve always had a thing for him, but last night I decided to go and make it official. Christopher Butler, we’re going to try a little experiment in which you’re my new favorite Sabre. Congratulations. Best of luck to you.
(An aside: I checked Wikipedia and while it has his parents’ names and his siblings names and ages, it doesn’t have his middle name. 1.) Gosh darn it. 2.) Why am I so fixated on middle names? It kind of creeps me out.)
(Another aside: Of course I still like you, Ryan! We’ll aways have something special, especially since I have a bobblehead of you. But for now, I’m trying things with Christopher. He seems more my type. And he’s quite a bit closer to my age.)
Last night’s first period was one of the best I’ve ever seen the Sabres play. I was flabbergasted. It was awesome. They just came out and started scoring and didn’t stop for twenty minutes. They weren’t nearly as good in the second and third period, but the first period was so B.A. that I’m willing to forgive them just this once.
I love Matt Ellis.
I love Tyler Myers.
I love the save Ryan Miller made.
I love the chemistry Timmy K and Mike Grier have.
Seriously, who pulls their goalie a minute into a game? And just for the record, I don’t really think the goalie change jump-started the rest of the players the way they had hoped.
I’m going to miss the first period of the Caps game tonight but after that I’ll be able to watch. I’m really excited. We all know how much I love when the Capitals play the Thrashers.
The family I’m selling my soul to babysitting for six hours Saturday night doesn’t have cable. I won’t be able to watch any hockey. At all. It’s going to be awful. Especially since while I won’t be watching hockey I’ll be having an allergy attack. I am allergic to cats, and putting the cat in your bedroom while I watch your children does not change that fact. I’m sorry.
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.
The headlines in today’s paper (the hockey ones) all basically said how Matt Ellis helped power the Sabres over the first-place Bruins. Huh. Never thought I’d see that, and I can’t help but wonder if Matt ever thought that either.
I think it’s great that he had the first three-point game of his career and that he’s been playing so well here in Buffalo these past few games. I watched the Sabres Show this morning, and he seems like a really nice guy. Danny never told me he and Matt were childhood friends! I hope he sticks around for a while, especially since he’s one of the players we have who really seems to want to win. It’s really great for him to get the chance to play here and I’m glad Lindy decided to keep him instead of Gerbe. (Don’t get me wrong. I ADORE Nate. I just agree that he should get a wee bit more seasoning in Portland)
Apparently Max has a “lower body injury.” Hmm. Sure thing, Sabres, sure thing. I’m not going to question it if it means Max comes out of the lineup. (Just in case there’s any confusion, like there was at TFF Headquarters yesterday, I’m not glad he got hurt. I’m not that mean a person that I would wish him ill. I’m just kind of glad that he might not be able to play) I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday in the first period when Derek was all, “Okay, I’m going to fight CHARA now!” and then Chara just knocked him over. Sure, Chara probably shouldn’t have punched him several times like he had, but it was kind of funny to see. Sorry, D.
Was Harry Neale off his meds again yesterday? Good grief. Poor Reggie gets speared and then he goes, “Well, looks like he’ll be a soprano in the choir now!” or something along those lines. I’m just glad he’s okay and came back out and played. That could have been a penalty though…
I agree with Bruce, Dear Readers. It’s definitely “dumb” that Alex didn’t make the starting lineup, but I don’t agree with Tom Renney that there must be a flaw in the system if he didn’t make it. Those lame-o Habs and Pens fans rigged the balloting, and I like to think that Alex feels the same way that Thomas Vanek does, and that if he can’t be voted to the lineup the honest way, then it’s okay if he’s not voted at all. (Dear Tom Renney, I get that you’re trying to be funny, but next time when they ask you how you plan on defending Alex during a game, I’d appreciate it if you’d refrain from telling reporters that you’d kill him. That’s not so nice. With Love, Frostee)
All I saw of the game last night was Chris Clark’s fight (Chris! You PUNCH Redden, boyfriend, you PUNCH him) and the Caps walking off at the end of the second, so this morning I watched the highlights. First, Alex’s goal was pretty badass and now he’s tied with Carter for the league lead like I knew he would be and now he’ll be the leader in goals again so life is good (haha sorry for that run-on). He was also dropping guys like flies. Dude, you are a beast.
Second, Semin, uh, got in a fight in his first game back. As Joe so eloquently put, he was “playing the bongoes.”
Dear Donald Brashear,
Please teach Semin how to fight. The poor boy looks ridiculous out there.
At least Staal wanted to go with him, unlike a certain Pittsburgh player I could mention from yesterday afternoon.
P.S. Last night while we were watching the football game with the friends we had over we were playing Apples to Apples, and when it was my turn to judge and I got “violent” some idiot gave me the card that said “Russia.” I’m pretty sure it was my brother. He should know better than that at this point.