I really don’t have much of anything to say because there’s really not much of anything going on. Kovalchuk still hasn’t signed anywhere and I honestly have no idea if this means he’s more or less likely to end up in LA or the KHL or who knows where. Personally, I want him to end up back in Atlanta for less than the original contract they offered him. But that’s just me.
Chicago continues to have HILARIOUS cap issues. Like, I’m happy for their fans that they won and all, but I certainly wouldn’t want a team I cheer for to go through this. However, if they want to send Patrick Sharp to Buffalo or even Washington (SECOND LINE CENTER) I’m sure the fans would be happy to adopt him and love as one of their own.
Is it just me, or is this offseason more dead than usual?
Over the past few years I’ve come up with a rule for myself. After my favorite teams are eliminated, I don’t wear their apparel until the playoffs are over. I just don’t want to be that guy in the Sabres shirt in the middle of the conference finals, you know? This usually is highly inconvenient, because my weekend attire when I’m hanging around the house is quite frequently a hockey shirt. This year was particularly rough because all of my hockey shirts except one got knocked out in the first round. Now that Stanley has been awarded and I’ve spent the day out and about and sitting finals in a Toews shirt, I can go back to lounging around in my Backstrom shirt. (And thank the hockey gods for that, because it’s the most comfortable tshirt I own)
So, congratulations to the Blackhawks for winning. It’s all quite exciting and it was only a matter of time. I’m of the opinion that they should just not carve Hossa’s name on the Cup to piss him off. I’m also a little sick seeing Campbell and Huet get it, but like the case of swine flu I had last June, it’ll pass eventually. It kind of felt like a now-or-never situation for Chicago since their cap is a mess, and I like enough Hawks fans to be the bigger person and congratulate them. We’ll get Stanley next year! (I hope)
In regards to my prediction, I personally believe that I had a pretty good chance of being right. Philadelphia managed to keep it close in several games and looked great in the games they won. Kane’s goal was a fluke and if Leighton wasn’t so bad he might not have even scored it. So whatever. I have no regrets.
But seriously, guys, it makes for a nice story and all, but sometimes waivers goalies AREN’T the answer.
Sorry for the lack of posts recently (again). Today was the last day of classes so I’ve been spending the past week sitting around watching TV. Now, however, I need to study for finals, but then I’ll be done!!
The Stanley Cup might be awarded tonight. I hope it isn’t. I’d love a Game 7 just for fun. I think Philadelphia can win tonight because they’ve been owning at home but I don’t know how they could win a game in Chicago. And that’s pretty much the extent of my commentary on the series at this point.
Chelsea Dagger is 100% stuck in my head. It’s pretty annoying.
I figure we’ve got plenty of time so I won’t talking about the Stupid F***ing Ice Bowl that’s being announced later today (typical NHL, so desperate to work Crosby in that they’re announcing an event featuring him [and Alex] the day before the Cup Finals are starting, which don’t include him. But I can’t be too made that the Caps are visitors because as everyone has been pointing out, the visitor goes to the Cup Finals. Fair trade off.), but I would like to present my worthless well thought out predictions. And I would like to talk about the in-studio guest NBC is hosting during the game tomorrow night.
First, the pick. This is hard for me. Everyone is picking Chicago. Chicago is so trendy and they’re so good and everyone just loves them and thinks that even if it takes six or seven games, they’ll win. First of all, I think the problem I have with Chicago is that while I like quite a few of their players on an individual basis (Toews is so good, and, I mean, I own a Toews shirt for a reason), when they’re assessed holistically they make me think of that stuck-up jock at high school who knows he’s all that and knows he’s talented and attractive and somewhat funny and just assumes that everyone will love him. I’m not saying they’re not a really good team, because they are. Don’t get me wrong, I realize they’re talented and they do have a really good chance of winning it all this year. But they’re the star quarterback, and that gets on my nerves a little.
Then there’s Philadelphia. Philadelphia has essentially flipped off the hockey community by winning the Eastern Conference because everyone figured they were done for back in December when they switched coaches and celebrated by getting spanked by the Capitals, specifically one Lars Nicklas Backstrom (10 YEARS!!!!). Then when they finally snuck into the playoffs, everyone wanted to play them because they knew it would be an easy win. I was included in that list as far as the Caps’ first round matchup was concerned. I didn’t want the Sabres to play them because I knew Richards would score at least 16 shorties during the series.
But I digress. All of a sudden the Flyers are playing for the Stanley Cup and aside from the part where they’re on like their eighteenth goalie, they look like the team everyone picked before the season started. I hate the Flyers with a passion, but they’ve got something good going too. And as much as I detest them, I honestly think they have a legitimate chance of winning. That’s why I have a problem just picking the Blackhawks in six, because I think if Philadelphia plays the way they have for the past few rounds I think they could actually win the Cup. And if that happened, I’d have to kill myself and then cancel my subscription to the Buffalo News.
So now I don’t know if I should just pick Chicago anyway, because their goalie isn’t so high risk in the “complete meltdown” category, or pick Philadelphia because I think they could do it and I wanted to be able to say I picked them. I feel like this is one of those things where you have to see how each team plays against each other but that’s a cop out.
I think I’m gonna go with the Flyers because of all of the above reasons and also because Hossa plays for Chicago. I may have made it this far without mentioning him and his curse, but it clearly plays some significance. Don’t ever piss off the hockey gods. So, yeah. Philadelphia. I’m certainly not rooting for them, I just think that they could actually do it. Dare to be different!
I’m going to need a long shower when this is all over with.
NBC must realize, however, how I feel about these teams, because they’ve added some intermission entertainment to the game tomorrow night. None other than Buffalo’s own Ryan Miller will be taking the stage with Pierre and Mike to wear one of his uber trendy suits, discuss the game, and hopefully diffuse the tension that will surely build between Pierre and Mike. Personally, I’d rather just see him in between benches instead, but I realize this won’t happen.
As I would just like to remind everyone, I have an amazingly excellent track record with my favorite players doing intermission reports on NBC.
I actually haven’t watched this interview in quite some time, so I had forgotten how magnificently awkward it was and how deep and insightful it got with the learning stuff. If Ryan Miller’s appearance is half as epic as this one, I will consider it to have been a success.
See, guys? NBC can get it right every once and a while!
In the East…..
First of all, I’ve been on the bandwagon since the beginning of round two, so there’s really no reason to stop now. Second of all, how can you possibly pick against them after the way they’ve played? Third of all, part of me desperately wants to see what the city would do if they make it to the Finals. I mean, they set cars on fire up there to celebrate wins.
(Fun activity I highly recommend: stopping whatever it is you’re doing and just saying to yourself several times, “They set cars on fire when they win. Actual cars.” You won’t be disappointed.)
In the West….
Chicago’s been on my bad list since the whole Hossa thing (poor, poor Nashville) but I haven’t picked San Jose in a series yet, dammit, and I won’t now.
Besides, every single person watching hockey at this point knows that Marian Hossa guarantees getting to the Finals then losing. I wouldn’t want to bet against history.
The second round is upon. Let’s see who’ll win, shall we?
They’re not getting eliminated any time soon and besides, they’re playing the Sharks. Those poor Sharks won’t know what hit them.
I’m really, really on the fence about this series. If Luongo plays really well and those creepy Sedins keep the offense going, I think the Canucks will win. But Chicago could win easily too.
1.) They have to win. Like, my sanity is riding on this.
2.) Holy crap, have you SEEN Halak? It’s crazy. I don’t know how he does it.
I really could not care less about this series. There’s no way I could be less disinterested. The only redeeming quality this series has is that it’s one giant middle finger to NBC. That being said, I feel like Boston might not have the upper hand. It’ll change if/when Savard comes back and Rask has to play really well, but I feel like the Flyers are trying to seek revenge on all of us for making fun of them.
Now, everyone always talks about an East Coast Bias in this league….and I’m no exception to it! Keeping that in mind, I will proceed to pick the winners of the Western Conference first round series. They will all be wrong. I won’t say how many games because I’m always more wrong with those.
Because let’s face it, the Sharks are never getting out of the first round.
They’re a pretty darn good team from what I’ve seen, and besides, the team that will beat them is….
Phoenix, I’m really, really sorry. This sucks. You deserve so much better.
I’m basing this solely on Henrik Sedin. Like, that is the only thing affecting my choice. Whatever.
I’ll do the east later today/tomorrow. Because those predictions will be just as valuable as these!
Both the Sabres and Caps went to overtime. The Sabres lost. (Let’s not talk about it, Tyler.) The Caps won because Lars Nicklas Backstrom is so good at hockey and I don’t even know what words to use to describe him anymore.
For yesterday: the baby pictures made my life, I’m really sorry but I love Pavel Datsyuk, and Jochen Hecht played an amazing game. Too bad he couldn’t look like that more often.
Today: I love Nicki, I love Nicki, Flash and Fehric are really good together, and I love Nicki.
I’m not even going to say anything about Alex’s hit on Campbell. It looked like Soupy toe-picked. In one angle it looked like Alex got his back and from another angle it looked like he got his arm. I really don’t know. There’s no consistency in the NHL so it could go either way. The one thing I don’t like is Alex being compared to Matt Cooke. They are so completely different.
This game was really huge, because if it turns out it is a Stanley Cup Finals preview, I think Washington won the mental war today.
I’m not going to be able to see either game on Tuesday since I have a concert, but I already know what’ll happen for Buffalo: Atlanta will win. MacArthur and Max are probably going to have career nights too. At least the Sabres are predictable.
The Sabres beat the Blackhawks. 2-1. In regulation. With Patrick Lalime in net.
I think we can consider this mission a success.
I was watching a game with a friend, ergo, I did not pay the best attention. However, early in the game they were showing the shots on goal, and were the Blackhawks really leading 12-2? That made me a wee bit concerned. In the end, Thomas Vanek and Clarke MacArthur scored their ninth goals (didn’t TV have like forty at this point last season?) and the Sabres nearly shut out the ‘Hawks.
Chicago is a very good hockey team. Beating them is huge. I’m so proud of our slugs.
My thoughts are with Mike Grier. That’s just so sad.
Did Soupy get booed? I couldn’t hear. I sincerely hope so. Just suck it up, Soupster. Did you really think we were just going to forget everything that happened?
The Caps fell behind 2-0 to the Hurricanes, took the lead 3-2, let EFFING GLEASON score a shorty, then Michael ended it in overtime.
1.) Jose Theodore has me very, very worried. Get. Back. Soon. Varly.
2.) If you did not see Lars’s pass to set up Michael’s game-winner, go watch the highlights right now. Holy moly, that was beautiful. I want to have fat blond slick-handed Swedish babies with him.
Alexander Semin also had an excellent night, but, uh, I really don’t feel that way about him.
I’m sitting on children again tomorrow night, so I don’t know how much hockey I’l get to watch. I do know, however, that the family has CBC, so once the kids have been tucked into bed, I will be enjoying the Caps on HNiC. Of course I’ll watch the Sabres, but the Rangers make me ill for no apparent reason even though I love Hank. We shall see how the night progresses. Another two points are on the line for them, both within the division and the conference.
I can’t believe it’s not even Christmas and I’m already watching the standings. Stupid Sabres, look what you’ve done to me.
P.S. The Blackhawks are now 0-1 with me wearing a ‘Hawks shirt. Sorry about that, guys.
I have no idea why we don’t have school today. Um, it’s not snowing and the roads look fine. Whatevs, I’m not complaining.
Tonight the Sabres play the Blackhawks. Woo. Buffalo’s favorite son returns home, faces off against his favorite childhood team, blah blah blah. The ‘Hawks are really good, this is another big test for the Sabres. After the way they thoroughly manhandled the Capitals I have lots of faith in them…unless Lala starts. Which apparently is a possibility. Oh, lordy lord. I know I go on and on about how he needs to start, but still, the Sabres simply do not play well in front of him. It saddens and frustrates me, but it’s the truth. If he plays tonight and the Sabres lose because of him, I’ll most likely cry.
In the interests of full disclosure, I am wearing a Toews shirt. I’m rooting for the Sabres 110% tonight, but let’s face it: The Blackhawks have a totally kickass logo and this t-shirt is very comfortable.
Speaking of shirts, my Lars t-shirt finally came yesterday! Victory is mine! Suck it, NHL Store.
I know lots of people going to the game tonight, so I hope the Sabres give them a good show!
In other news:
The Flyers were shut out by the Senators, further illustrating that theirs was the most effective coaching change ever. Remember when everyone was SO SURE that the Flyers were THE BEST TEAM IN THE NHL, BAR NONE, and they were definitely HEADED STRAIGHT FOR THE CUP FINALS? That was funny.
I’d say this video is one part hilarious, two parts horrifyingly awkward, one part pornographic.