Right now, it’s that magical time of the school year when it’s not close enough to finals to start studying but the teachers have, for the most part, given up on teaching. As a consequence I have had very little to do as far as constructive activities, giving me much more time to ponder things of lesser significance.
Like how the Flyers are revolting, the Sharks are proving that at the end of the day they don’t want to let me down, the Canadiens (I can’t believe I’m saying this) are kind of cute once you get past the fact that they’re the Canadians and that Scott Gomez plays for them, and how this whole hissy fit between the IIHF and Hockey Canada is hilarious when you think about it. Did Crosby experience a disappointing end to his season? Yes. Should he still have considered going to Germany since, you know, he scored the gold medal clinching goal back at the Olympics and it’s positive exposure? Yes. Is everyone involved being immature and suffering from feeling of overinflated self-importance? Absolutely. But it’s funny.
Just as funny as watching Philadelphia lose. Which goalie are they on now?
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.
However, it has to be said:
1.) I picked Montreal. Yep, I did. I can’t link it because I’m on my phone but you can go see it for yourself.
2.) Karma’s a bitch, huh, Pittsburgh?
Something I previously had trouble doing was give Montreal credit. The Habs played out of their minds in both series and I won’t be surprised to see them in the Finals. Which is crazy, but something clicked with them.
Halak is going to be a really, really rich guy this summer.
The Caps may have choked away their series (although like I said, you have to give Montreal credit), but Alex statistically had a better series than Crosby (I’m pretty sure he had more points than Crosby and Malkin combined, but we’ll leave that for another day), so enough from you Pittsburgh homers/Ovechkin haters. Alex also didn’t board anyone in the first minute of his game 7, so, yeah.
I could be a lot meaner and a lot more of a homer than I already am being, but those people piss me off so I’ll stop.
I just have to say this: Gonchar looked like Mike Green on that one goal. He just gave up. Yikes.
And I have to admit: Halak it! Halak it a lot!!
The Canadiens are making me so incredibly mad right now. I can’t believe they’re doing this.
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.
Ever since we found out the Sabres would be playing the Bruins I whined and moaned to everyone that it would be the most boring series ever and we could all just watch highlights to see the few goals we missed. The game might have ended with the predicted score of 2-1 (calling it now – this will be the final of every game this series) but it was decidedly NOT boring. It was FUN! Like, good, old fashioned, haven’t seen this here in years playoffs fun. What a feisty bunch those Sabres are, even if Lydman did sort of turtle a little.
Vanek picked the RIGHT time to wake up. We missed you, kiddo.
I could get used to a few more games like this. Not too many (ifyaknowwaddamean!) but a few. I’m still not totally convinced about these guys, but they’re starting to win me over.
I didn’t even want the Caps to sweep anyway, so, you know, whatever Montreal. *tosses hair*
Indulge me for a moment and allow me to be the 800th person to comment on how it seems like the season just started. I really can’t believe the playoffs are already here, but they are. Woo!!
The Sabres went out with a bang, pulling Lala who proceeded to crash into the ref and go right into the boards. That seems somehow fitting for what will most likely be his last game in Buffalo. Good luck, Patty. You always seemed like a nice guy.
Buffalo did, however, lose, which means they get Boston in the first round.
1.) This will most likely be the most boring series in the history of the world.
2.) I know that Boston hasn’t been too good this year but Raask has been playing really well and I am a little worried for Buffalo. Miller will be fine barring some sort of meltdown (please God, NO) but it seems like the Sabres just can’t seem to score against Boston. This could be problematic.
I’d like to think that the Sabres will win and I’m trying to be optimistic, but this is the Sabres. I think it really could go either way.
I’m totally over the whole Richard thing. For Alex to keep it that close while missing ten games is really impressive in and of itself. And the season for the team was so magical that it really just would have been extra frosting on the cake, and even I, the frosting queen, know there is such a thing as too much frosting.
The Capitals will be playing the Canadiens in the first round. Montreal has had a few really good stretches this season and Halak had been awesome and I seem to recall Theo having a meltdown in that one came up in Montreal, but I feel like the Caps should be able to get this one done.
Ottawa is playing Pittsburgh, which is convenient because that means one will go home. I can’t decide which team I hate more but I feel like it would be better if the Pens got knocked out first. Thomas Vanek OWNS the Sens now!! The Sabres can beat them!! Their mindtricks will work no more!
I have faith that San Jose will perform their annual chokejob, and I feel really bad that Phoenix has to play Detroit. If they beat the Wings then they truly are blessed.
DID YOU KNOW THE CAPITALS ARE PLAYING THE PENGUINS TOMORROW? ME NEITHER! IT’S SUCH A HUGE REGULAR SEASON MATCH-UP, I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY HAVEN’T BEEN HYPING IT AT ALL!!
And there’s my important news announcement for the evening.
I feel really bad about the crummy posting job I’ve been doing lately. I love this little blog and I hate how I’ve neglected it, but I’ve been so busy that whenever I get a minute I’m too tired to come up with anything to say. I’m sorry. I suck. I promise I’ll post six times a day over the summer and then you’ll all be sick of me.
The Sabres game tomorrow is pretty big against Montreal. They could really get business done between tomorrow and Ottawa on Friday, however, I try to be realistic about this team so I know it’s foolish. Sigh. Sometimes they play awesome games like on Sunday, and sometimes they make me think they’re the worst first-place team in hockey.
I know a lot of people have already mentioned it and it’s not like I’ve got anything earth-shattering to add to the discussion, but from where I’m sitting in March, this whole Torres thing seems like a little bit of a bust. Maybe things’ll change in the playoffs. Maybe he’ll just be another awful rental. Sighx2.
This game wasn’t too exciting, but I think a 1-0 win over those yucky Canadiens is just what the doctor ordered. A shutout will go a long way in helping to fix Ryan’s GAA and save percentage, and it was nice to see the Sabres score first for once.
Dear Timmy K,
No worries about those penalties, man. My mom still has a crush on you.
If you guys didn’t see Vanek ROB the Hab formerly known as the Caveman, look it up. Seriously. You won’t be disappointed.
I don’t want to talk about the Caps because they are now a legit pile of crap and they will never win again. And it’s all Bruce’s fault. (Is it really true that he never connected with Chris? Because if that’s the case I will never forgive him ever again.)
The Sabres spent much of their game down 1-0 to the Hurricanes. The Caps scored two goals and then gave up three in a row to the Canadiens. Thankfully, both of my teams ended up winning.
The Sabres looked like a pile of poop for the first two periods. The game was boring and they couldn’t get anything going and Tyler Myers was trying to kill me. Ryan Miller appeared to be the only player on the team who seemed to care about the collective sanity of Buffalo, and it’s a good thing that he does. He needs to be in the Vezina talks to this point of the season. I don’t understand how he couldn’t be. He’s been the best player on the team, end of story. Yes, I did think Lalime should have played tonight, but Miller has been beyond fantastic. RJ was right; we are not worthy.
In the fifth period the Sabres finally figured things out and remembered that they’re playing the Hurricanes on the road, a place they have not yet won a game. Losing at home to the Hurricanes, especially via shutout, is about as embarrassing as it gets. You might as well go home after that. Vanek finally got around to scoring a goal, and it’s always lovely to see Mike Grier contributing. Yo, the Sabres even scored on the POWER PLAY. That doesn’t happen very often.
The Caps game went like this: Alexander and Eric score, Canadiens score (let’s not talk about the traitor formally known as the Caveman), Caps score on the power play with eleven seconds left, Michael DOESN’T completely screw things up in overtime, Lars is a hero in the shootout, Caps win.
1.) I got pretty scared when Michael was allowed near the puck in overtime. I’m very proud of him for not killing anyone or gift-wrapping any goals.
2.) Alex looked much more like himself tonight – aside from that one part where he tripped over himself six times in a row – which is reassuring. I think he’s finally getting back to his pre-injury state.
3.) Lars has been a bit off this month. He looked awesome Wednesday night, and a shootout winner might not boost up his point totals or anything, but I think our dear little Swede has gotten his game back. Yay!!
P.S. The Thrashers beat the Flyers 1-0. I would just like to remind everyone that I loved them even back when they sucked.