The Sabres played the second night of a back-to-back tonight. It was against a good team. Ryan was in net again. Their leading goal-scorer (before the game) (who only has five goals, shudder) was out injured. Sounds like the recipe for an ugly loss, right?
Not for these boys!!
After the disaster that was last weekend, the Sabres managed two good wins against two really good teams. Ryan Miller saved their arses, but they still won. Vanek even scored tonight! I had assumed he had forgotten how to do that, although he supposedly has six goals now?
Holding the lead against a good team like the Flyers is huge. They were able to do that for a whole period and didn’t let the Flyers get the momentum when they did score.
Flyers fans are douches.
Beating Ray Emery always makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
Tyler Ennis got his first NHL goal!! Go Tyler!! I was a little surprised when they called him up, but he was great. It’s nice to know we have a whole bunch of players we can rely on for the future. But his being good is not helping our large amount of forwards.
Max is doing wonderfully down in Atlanta. He even got two goals last night, and has six on the season. Oh, Max. We all knew you would explode once you left town. At least you’re playing for a team I like.
It sounds like the Caps game was a mess. Thank the merciful heavens that I didn’t see it. Even though they would have won if I had been home to watch it.
Oh, Sabres. You’re making me like you again. It’s so much fun.
I did not watch the Sabres game last night, even though I could have. Y day sucked yesterday and when I finally got a chance to sit down (around the start of the second period) I was faced with two choices: Watch the Sabres, who were losing 2-0, or watch the Capitals, who were winning 2-0. As much as I love the Thrashers (Ilya!! Congratulations on your goals!!) I simply was not in the mood to tolerate watching the Sabres suck. I chose to watch the Capitals, because even though they almost choked, in the end they won in the shootout.
An aside: My uncle, who’s in from Detroit and is also a hockey fan, came over to watch overtime and the shootout with me. I spent a good five minutes explaining that Alex sucked in the shootout and I’ve seen him score maybe two shootout goals ever and one of them was just in the All Star Game. Then, just to spite me, he scored. My uncle found this amusing.
I did watch a few minutes of the Sabres just to see how they looked. They looked bad. Seriously, guys? Giving up a goal right after you scored one? Not cool. Not cool at all.
Max looks so odd in a Thrashers jersey.
Lindy is never going to play Lala ever again.
I can’t believe Clarkey. He’s leading the team in scoring!!
I have to admit, I’m kind of amused by how thoroughly the Thrashers own the Sabres. It’s funny.
I was QUITE alarmed today when I received a text from Cari informing me that Sergei Fedorov is headed for Russia and the evil KHL. Um, let me get this straight. After defecting to the NHL many years ago, he’s DEFECTING BACK?
I may not talk about Sergei all that much here, but he’s sort of my creepy, inappropriate, old-enough-to-be-my-father crush of the NHL. I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but unfortunately, it’s the truth. I love him and I love the role he’s played for the Caps. They always talk about how he’s a great veteran presence in the locker room and he’s almost like a player-coach (which makes me think of “Slapshot,” which makes me laugh) and he’s been mentoring the Russians a lot. Forget my selfish reasons, if he leaves for Russia then not only will it screw up the Russian Five they could have had in Washington, but they’d be out a mentor/veteran presence!
I also have these images of the Capitals descending into anarchy without him, most noticeably with Alexander Semin sitting in the corner of the locker room rocking back and forth. Which doesn’t really make that much sense, what with Cap’n Clark to hold down the fort.
Then I went online and started checking around. The first thing that I saw was that it was a done deal. Then I saw that Viktor Kozlov was headed back home with him, which didn’t upset me all that much. I’m not Kozie’s hugest fan. Then I saw that it wasn’t decided yet, then it said that Feds’s agent was talking to the Caps, then I got confused. Sergei, just make up your mind. You made a big deal about wanting to stay in Washington and now you might leave. Listen, I get that you’re a greedy player and you want all the money you can get, but dude, come on. You’re 39 years old. You’re a valuable asset to a team, but $4 million? Especially with Michael Nylander’s salary screwing everything up?
Sigh. Maybe if we sent Max over in Sergei’s place…?
So, on the one hand, I’d really like to go down to the Sabres’ locker room and yell at those little bastards for going ahead and beating Washington after losing to Atlanta, because even though their playoff hopes are DEAD, they’re still only FOUR POINTS out of eight place and they’re probably even going to win tonight and then royally screw it up next week.
But on the other hand, all the back-and-forth and the penalties (well, the part of me that was wearing a Caps jersey found the penalties entertaining. Seriously, Buffalo??) and the goals were a lot of fun. I had a good time sitting there watching that game. And then Pommer ended it in overtime and there was a huge group hug over against the boards and Ryan Miller even skated down and it kind of looked like he was shouting, “Hey, guys, let me hug too!!!” and they were all so happy and even though they lost the Caps clinched the division.
So I really don’t know how I feel about it. I’ll see what happens tonight and Monday.
It makes me kind of sad that Simeon Varlamov got scored on in OT. He’s such a cutie-pie. He was a total badass when he got called up in December and I got excited because I thought the Caps would actually have a really good goalie going into the playoffs but then there were cap issues and he got hurt and we were stuck with Jose and then Jose looked good for a while and then Simeon got called up again. And he doesn’t know a word of English but the media insists on interviewing him, so Sergei Fedorov always has to translate for him.
The Nissan Shift Tracker was tracking Nicklas last night. Woo, Nicky!
It appeared to me as though Max actually scored his goal with his stick. Dear Readers, during the game last night I started getting this sinking feeling that on opening day next year, Max will be in a Sabres jersey. This really bugs me.
I really hate to be such a kill-joy, but while Washington’s power play is fantastic their 5-on-3 play isn’t so great. When they scored a two-man advantage goal against the Islanders on Wednesday, it was their first 5-on-3 goal in 56 games. So, unfortunately, it wasn’t so much that the Sabres were just insanely good at killing those last night but rather that Washington isn’t too good on them.
I know I’ve sent this letter before, but I’m sending it again. WHY DO YOU INSIST ON LEAVING ALEX ALL ALONE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE NET?!?! I tell you ALL THE TIME that he is VERY GOOD at scoring from there, but you refuse to listen to me. It’s your fault, teams of the NHL, that he scores on you from there because you always leave him alone. Do you even watch tape on him?
Even though Caveman took that dumb penalty after Royzie’s I still love him.
Ryan Miller getting extremely pissed off after Alex ran into him? Hilarious. Ryan Miller getting extremely pissed off after Alex ran into him and punching him in the face? Not so cool. Ryan, as my mother kindly pointed out, apparently Alex “isn’t that attractive to begin with,” so punching him in the face isn’t the best idea.
If Buffalo is going to try to make another – ugh – playoffs run, they’re going to have to work on discipline. Those penalties last night were not the best idea against the second best power play in the league.
Atlanta won!!! Their empty net goal was hilarious. One Thrasher (I can’t remember who) stole the puck from a Panther at center ice and shot it down just as Vokoun (I think?) was skating to the bench. He literally went, “Oh, crap, there’s the puck,” before leaping toward the net and throwing his stick. Unfortunately for Florida and fortunately for Atlanta, it was too late.
Devils won last night, but it was against Tampa Bay. I have no idea what the final score is going to be tonight, but I really do think the Sabres might win. If they do win, they’re going to collapse (again) next week. If they don’t win, well, they don’t win.
I won’t lie; seeing the Sabres win last night was INCREDIBLY refreshing. I get to use my winning tag! I got a happy Sabres text! Max scored an empty netter! A backup goalie ACTUALLY WON!!!
Last night put me in a good mood and made me soften a bit towards the Sabres again, but after sleeping the win off I still realize that the Sabres aren’t going to make the playoffs. This win was kind of like their swan song for the season. The Sabres gave us one last win, one last good game and one happy memory, before going home for the summer. It’s okay. I’m okay with it. I’ve been saying for weeks how chill I am with the Sabres missing the playoffs, but now I realize just how cool with it I am. It wasn’t meant to be, and who am I to mess with karma?
Seeing Craigory standing up for his teammate like that was awesome, if I may quote Lindy. If that’s not a suspension I have no idea what is. The hit on Max was so uncalled for, not to mention dangerous.
Speaking of Max, no one is EVER allowed to get on my case about Alex and his English. Did you hear that interview with him last night? It basically sounded like “you know” sandwiched between a couple weird noises.
Trendy Euro’s interview, on the other hand, was wonderful. He has become so team-first and it’s adorable. What happens to him Friday when Miller comes back(!!!)? I haven’t really looked into the situation, but does he get waived or sent to Portland or scratched? I hope he’s just a healthy scratch. I want to keep him around.
Richard Zednik should be allowed to skip every game played in Buffalo from now on. The hockey gods are trying to send him a message.
I never got to touch on the Caps game Tuesday night. The first two periods were incredibly boring, and then the end of it was incredibly exciting. I’m glad Gerber got suspended; hitting a referee is not cool. The best part was seeing how CuJo came off the bench after sitting all night and saved his team’s ass. Washington had approximately eight kazillion chances to score in the last ten seconds of regulation and overtime, but he was solid.
Tomorrow night’s game will be interesting. I’m really intrigued by if the Sabres can carry the momentum over and then if Miller can have a Brodeur-like return. That would be nice.
So, last night the Sabres lost. They were leading with 3.5 seconds left, and I don’t care if you’re playing the best team in the history of hockey. When you have 3.5 seconds left on the clock and you’re leading, you should win. Especially if Max scored an actual goal. (I know I tweeted about this during the game, but it still blows my mind. I did not know he knew how to score with his stick. I thought he could only score when he’s trying to jump out of the way and deflects the puck in.) I didn’t think the Sabres would win, but when there were 3.5 seconds left I kind of hoped they would. Jason Pominville, you are terrible. I suspected it after I was at the Washington game. Then I watched games at home for two months and became quite sure that you suck. Then I was at the Anaheim game and realized just how awful you are. When my mom came home from the Florida game on Thursday the very first thing she told me was, “Pominville is SO BAD at hockey!” I want Lindy to bench him and put Ellis back in the lineup, but I doubt that is going to happen.
I love Lala and he’s definitely got a lot of great qualities, but he needs to work on rebound control.
When Pie scored I threw up my hands in excitement so quickly I almost knocked a lamp over. I love the man child. I don’t care how bad he plays, if they traded him I would have been heart-broken.
Shootouts make me miss Al.
Even though I’ve accepted that the Sabres will miss the playoffs for the second season in a row and I’m cool with it, I still felt the need for a little Youtube therapy this morning. I have become increasingly aware over the last few weeks that Nicklas Backstrom is incredible. In fact, my whole family seems to have some odd fixation with him. My brother, who doesn’t really like hockey, seems to like him. My mother, who enjoys getting on my case when I profess my love for players with thick accents, said nothing during his interview last night. At the Caps game in December, my father told me I should stop loving Alex and start loving him. My dog stopped barking long enough to watch him last night. Since I was feeling the Nick Backstrom love this morning, I searched him on Youtube. I was rewarded.
There’s the video of them Segwaying around D.C., and if you haven’t already seen that one your life is a little bit empty. It’s classic, especially at the end where Mike Green Segways into an urn. Nick is featured in that one when he complains he’s cold, even though he’s from Sweden and shouldn’t be cold in D.C. weather. ”Ladies’ Man” never gets old, because you get to see all the players ragging on Brooks Laich and Alex is hilarious at the end. I never realized in all the other times I watched it, however, that Nick is incredibly innocent when they ask him who is the biggest ladies’ man. I bet he doesn’t even know what a ladies’ man is. He informs the camera that it is Brooks Laich, because “he is a good man for a woman.” Let’s all say it together now, “awwww!!!!!”
But I’ve already seen all of these. I was looking for something new to watch, and that’s when I found these:
First, I think it’s a great idea to have European players teach fans how to speak in their native tongue. I always thought that would be really cool and I wish the Sabres would do something like that.
Second, I wish you could have watched me watch these videos. I alternately covered my face and laughed hysterically the entire time. I can’t explain it. Look at him! Even when he’s dissing them he’s either doing it with a smile on his face or seems stiff and unused to being to being mean to people! He’s adorable! He’s lovable! He’s wonderful and amazing!! Look at him shake his head hopelessly!!!
Nicklas Backstrom has officially entered the race to be Frostee’s Second Favorite Cap. This is so annoying.
Oh, and you’re all invited to root for the Caps in the playoffs. The more, the merrier!
I’ve been really tired this week, so after the DISASTER that was last night’s Sabres game I hit the hay. I decided that the Caps would understand if I skipped out on the last period of the game to catch up on my beauty sleep. I woke up to discover that my inappropriate Caps crush (Sergei Fedorov is old enough to be my father. I should not be attracted to him) scored in overtime to end the game and snap the losing streak! YAY!
Dear Readers, I hate to be all Nancy Negative, but the Sabres aren’t making the playoffs. They can’t win the key games and they can’t beat the teams that are already in the playoffs. If they can’t be relied on to put together a string of wins, they can’t be relied on. Whatever. Last year I was freaking out by this point, but now I’m surprisingly chill about it all. What will come will come. Maybe next year when we have a healthy Ryan Miller and some major shakeups (SURELY there will be shakeups after missing the playoffs two seasons in a row?) we can try to get back in.
I decided last night that I will watch the rest of the season, but only with mild interest/emotional investment. I have the Caps to root for in the playoffs, so it’s not like I’ll be a playoffs orphan. Maybe someday the Sabres will be a contender.
One highlight I did take away from last night’s game was Max’s goal. Max has scored three goals this season. I can not tell you how funny I find the fact that 2/3 of those goals were scored when he was trying to get out of the way. For the second time in a row, Max was jumping to try and not get hit by the puck and he ended up scoring. I was cracking up last night. It was great.
I was at the faculty basketball game this afternoon. While I was pleased that our team had all the, err, attractive teachers, I was disappointed to see that they all kind of suck. Seriously? This is what the second draft pick got us? A loss in the first game after leading by seven points with five minutes left? (These games were very low scoring. Seven points was a big margin.)
I’m missing tomorrow night’s game because of religion, but I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am for Saturday night’s game. The Sabres may suck and I may hate them, but they’re still the Sabres. And they’re playing the Thrashers. In case you’ve forgotten, I fell in love with the Thrashers when they were the only games we got in South Carolina. They’re scrappy and adorable. I love them.
I had a really good time watching the game last night. I was tired and cranky and I desperately wanted to see the fun Sabres that we saw Wednesday night. I prefer these Sabres exponentially to the who-really-cares-how-well-Patty’s-playing-we-don’t-feel-like-scoring Sabres. Aside from the fact that the four points they picked up are HUGE in the playoff race, they’re actually making watching them an enjoyable activity.
I was a little unhappy with the amount on Timmy’s contract when he first signed it, but honestly? If he keeps it up it could be a bargain. He may be kind of an asshole and a “selfish dink,” but he’s still an incredible hockey player.
I’m not the hugest Max Afinogenov fan but I admire how not only has he been playing like a man possessed the last two games, but after that hit last night he got back up and kept playing. Good grief. I can’t believe he could even move after that. We’re really lucky that he went back-first into the boards, because if he was going head-first they would have been carrying him out on a stretcher.
I’m really glad Pommer finally got a goal.
It is a GOOD THING that Lala is under contract next year too. I love him. He’s wonderful. He’s everything I could ever ask for in a backup.
I think Stafford was looking for that goal last night. He was shooting the puck and going crazy and was so pumped when he finally got it.
That power play work made me really happy. I love when the Sabres score power play goals.
Wayne Gretzky kind of needed to just shut the eff up last night. Holy crap, he would NOT stop mouthing off to the officials. Maybe I’m wrong, but I could have sworn I heard Rob or Harry or somebody say the refs even told him to shut up earlier on. Jovanovski shouldn’t have taken that penalty late in the game, but the 5-3 was entirely Gretzky’s fault.
My beloved Thrashers shut out the Canadiens. This is why I love them.
Calgary did us absolutely NO help and lost to Carolina. I get that Buffalo is incapable of winning on the second game of a back-to-back/beating Ottawa, but tonight’s points are so critical that if they don’t win I might kill them all. I’m sure Patty’ll be playing because even though Lindy said my Trendy Euro Sabre will get the start tonight, Lala’s been HOT and Lindy loves riding hot goalies.
That Chris Butler interview on the Sabres Show might just be the most adorable one yet. He’s amazing. I want him to stay here forever.
Tonight all the lady bloggers are getting together to watch the game at Tully’s. It should be a lot of fun. I like watching hockey games with other girls who appreciate how good the players are in addition to how beautiful they are.
Scene: Frostee and Frostee’s mom are lounging around watching the third period of the Sabres game. Frostee is sad that Ales has left her, but is thrilled that the Sabres are actually winning.
Frostee: I’m not quite sure which part of tonight I love better, Goosie with his two goals or my little caveman with one. If they don’t re-sign him I’ll kill myself.
Frostee’s Mom [who is half-asleep]: Mhmmm.
Frostee: But now I have to find a new Trendy Euro Sabre. How am I supposed to do this? It’s so difficult. I need a man who designs hats and probably has the same drink preferences of a 21 year-old girl!!!!
The TV shows us Mikael Tellqvist, Trade Deadline Day acquisition of the Buffalo Sabres. He is standing in the airport wearing a black jacket and a goofy white scarf that is sticking out the way scarves do when they’re not quite long enough to be wound around your neck. Next to him on the ground is a stack of goalie sticks. [But seriously, guys, is the only thing players bring when they first come to their new teams sticks? All Moore and Tellqvist had were abundances of hockey sticks. There will be no shortage in Buffalo] He has a huge grin on his face.
Frostee: Oh my God. I found my new Trendy Euro Sabre.
Frostee’s Mom: WHO is THAT? He is BEAUTIFUL.
Frostee: It’s my new Trendy Euro Sabre! Damn, now I’m attached. I can’t attach myself to a rental.
Frostee’s Mom: Oh my goodness, looks like Teppo’s got some competition!
Montreal scores with a minute left.
Frostee: NO!!! Now all Lala gets is the Ryan Miller Shutout! This is terrible. If any goalie in the entire NHL deserves a shutout right now it is him.
Frostee’s Mom: Poor guy. Can they show us Tellqvist again?
I kind of love my mother. She may or may not be the funniest person I know.
Last night’s Sabres game? Fantastic. All the right things happened. Max was playing like a man possessed. Montreal is probably wondering how long until Halak is feeling better.
Since neither one has played for the Sabres yet and I can’t judge their on-ice skills, I have no problem with saying that both of the players the Sabres traded for yesterday are kind of attractive. Heh. This could get interesting.
(Updates at bottom!)
I carry a backpack to school. It’s a Vera Bradley one and has owls on it and I like it very much. The only problem with this bag is that I can’t easily keep it on my lap and text in school. Now, I normally don’t text in school anyway, but today I made an exception. So, while risking life and limb, I repeatedly checked my phone today, each time holding my breath as I waited for the big deal, aaaaaaannnnnnnndddddd……..
Not much happened from the Sabres’ point of view. Yes, re-signing Timmy was huge. He may be a walking, talking STD, but he’s still a hell of a hockey player when he’s healthy. Therein lies the problem, however. Timmy’s a great guy to have on your team when he’s healthy. The length of the deal – 2 years – makes sense when you take his injury history into account, but the amount is crazy. $9 million? What happened to a hometown discount? That’s $4.5 a year. I started to realize as the day progressed that if Timmy got traded I would be sad, but I’m still not sure about the amount. It just seems like an awful lot for a guy who can’t be counted on to play a full season.
The only trade the Sabres made was sending a 4th round pick to Phoenix for Mikael Tellqvist. My first reaction was to freak out when I saw they got a goalie (because when you’ve got your head stuck in your bag thirty seconds before the bell rings and the teacher is standing right in front of you the only thing you’re thinking about is to not get caught) but once I straightened up I figured this just means Enroth’s going back to Portland. This also might just mean that Ryan Miller is out for the season. *sniffles*
I’m not going to go through each and every deal that was made because other places have already done it well. One thing I did notice, however, was that Calgary seemed to be pretty active. They certainly seem to want to go deep in the playoffs this year. The Chris Neil to Florida deal is pretty interesting too (if it actually happens. Now Ottawa’s denying it?) because the Panthers don’t exactly have a player to fill that type of role. I’m not yet sure if I’ll miss having him up in Ottawa to hate.
There might be a few more deals coming through that were made just before the deadline, but it looks like the Trade Deadline has passed. It doesn’t seem to be as crazy as last year’s. I specifically remember my jaw dropping at several of the deals, most notably the Huet to Washington and the Hossa to Pittsburgh (and I hope Hossa’s okay. I may not like him but I never like seeing players getting taken off the ice on stretchers. Ouch.) and, of course, the Soupy deal. I even remember exactly where I was when I heard about the deal. I was taking a test on the American Revolution when one teacher came in and told my teacher that Soupy was gone for a player that was “Thomas Vanek with an attitude.” I loved Big Bear, but I’m not sure if I would call him Vanek with ‘tude.
So the craziness of Deadline Day has passed. The Sabres got another backup goalie and signed Timmy but didn’t really do anything about all the dead weight on this roster. It’s almost a bit anti-climactic that after all our speculation the Sabres only dumped a draft pick. I REALLY wanted to say goodbye to Max today.
And now the Sabres play the Canadiens tonight. I’m kind of scared.
P.S. I’m NOT thinking about Alex limping off the ice.
UPDATE: It would appear as though the Sabres just acquired Dominic Moore. Huh. Interesting.
UPDATE #2: The Sabres sent Kotalik to Edmonton. I am surprisingly devastated about this. Who’s going to be my Trendy Euro Sabre now?