Yeah. Nice Try, Hockey Gods

January 28, 2009 at 9:51 am | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Buffalo Sabres, Derek Roy, Drew Stafford, Happy!!, Henrik Zetterberg, Hockey Gods, Jaroslav Spacek, Jochen Hecht, Nathan Paetsch, Other Teams' Back-up Goalies Kind of Suck, This Irks Me, Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly, What Is Up With All These Injuries?, Winning Is Totally Awesome, Zdeno Chara | 2 Comments

Last night’s Sabres game was AWESOME.  I can’t even come up with enough adjectives to describe how much fun I had watching it.  The Sabres scored TEN GOALS, and it wasn’t even against a bottom-feeder like Atlanta.  Staffy with the tour du chapeau (ever since I watched the French feed of a Montreal game back in December, I have called hat tricks by their french name because it’s funny), Royzie and TV with three point nights, Timmy with two goals, Patches with a goal (!), Spacek with a goal, Hecht with a goal.  (And did everyone notice how after Hecht scored last night, they showed Roy sitting on the bench?  My theory is that they have absolutely no idea who Hecht is and just showed a random Sabre.)  The commentators were all, “We love Buffalo!” the whole night, which was quite nice.  I was amused by how even when the score was 6-1 Sabres, they still thought the Oilers could make a comeback.  That was cute.

The Sabres game last night was definitely one of my favorite of the season, but that doesn’t mean I’m just going to forgive the hockey gods and forget what happened.  You see, as the Sabres game didn’t start until nine, I decided to tune into another game at seven.  The Caps/Bruins game last night looked to be a pretty good one, so I thought I’d check in and see what happened.  Greenie started the scoring, both teams looked good, it was a fun time.  Then, in the second period, Alex came roaring down the wing with Chara right behind him.  As Chara could think of nothing else to do to prevent Alex from scoring, he hooked him.  Alex then lost his balance and FLEW SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE BOARDS.  HE THEN STAYED ON HIS BACK WITH HIS EYES CLOSED FOR A REALLY LONG TIME.  Dear Readers, saying I freaked out would be a complete understatement.  See, as a hockey fan I realize that getting hurt is part of the job.  Injuries to the Sabres may or may not have cost them a Stanley Cup a few years ago, and right now defensemen are dropping like flies.  Still, I expect injuries.  That doesn’t mean I don’t worry when they happen, because last week when Teppo was lying face-first on the ice I had a panic attack, but it’s not like I’m taken completely by surprise.  Um, Tim Connolly plays on my favorite team.  I’m used to injuries.  See, the thing is, Alex doesn’t do injuries.  There’s a long list of games where he got hurt and bounced right back up and kept playing.  Seeing him lie on the ice with his eyes closed was really scary.  Then, when he slammed both of his gloves on the ground and threw away his helmet – with his left hand! – I got really worried.  I was all set to change the pink sheets on my bed to a more masculine, er, purple so that I could tuck him in and give him the ice pack I used after my Gardasil shots and make him cookies and let him flip through old Seventeen magazines and nurse him back to health when he came skating back out in the third period.  Alex, if you were fine, then WHY DID YOU SCARE ME LIKE THAT?!?!  Good grief.

And in the post-game interview, Alex claims that he forgives Chara.  They showed him talking to Chara in the third and Alex just shrugged, but I couldn’t figure out if he was saying, “Hey, that’s hockey, no hard feelings,” or “Yeah, I called the Russian Mafia, but they haven’t called me back yet.  I’d lock your door tonight if I was you.”

The hockey gods realized how insanely furious at them I was, so they sent me a good Sabres game.  I haven’t forgiven them, but at least the Sabres got two important points and an even more important confidence boost.  These Western Conference road trips usually give me nightmares, but the Sabres look like they might actually do good this time around.  Woo, Sabres!  Just keep this positive mindset going into tonight’s game, and you’ll be fine.

What’s that?  Zetterberg signed a 12-year contract?  Worth $72 million?  Yikes.

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  1. “I can take him” yeah right

  2. […] worse in person.  That scares me.  Sabres, let’s fix things for Wednesday night.  Remember when you scored ten goals against the Oilers last year?  That was tons of […]


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