That Was A Close One.

October 31, 2009 at 9:36 am | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Drew Stafford, Losing Sucks, New York Islanders, Ryan Miller, Tim Connolly, Tim Kennedy, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

Both of my teams went to overtime last night, but only one of them came out alive.  In the grand scheme of things, I think it’s worse to lose to the Maple Leafs in overtime than it is to lose to the Islanders.  But I’m still mad at you, Caps.  You don’t play defense, Tom Poti still sucks, and you greatly angered me last night.

Okay, now that I got that out of my system, on to the Sabres!

They managed to win in overtime.  This is a good thing, as Little Ryan probably would have lost his head if they haven’t.  Dudes, how many times do we have to go over this?  YOU CAN’T GIVE UP GOALS TO REALLY BAD TEAMS IN THE LAST MINUTE OF THE PERIOD.  IT IS GENERALLY FROWNED UPON AND IT WON’T GET YOU ANYWHERE IN LIFE.

Drew got a goal for this birthday, so happy birthday again, little buddy!  He also informed us, via Twitter, that swine has wreaked havoc on their team Halloween party.  That’s a major bummer.  Do you think I could get some quotes for my article?

Timmy also continued to be a badass and scored two goals, including the OT winner.  I especially liked the one in overtime.  You’re a good player, Timothy.  You’re a really, really good player when you’re not hurt.

Timmy K continued to further embed himself in my heart by being awesome and gritty and too cute for words.  He’s a good one, that Timmy.  I like having him around.

Ryan Miller saved the Sabres’ collective backsides last night.  He’s be great to this point in the season and I don’t want him getting tired out.  That would be bad.

I’m fairly confident the Sabres will lose tonight for several reasons:

1.)  It’s the second night of a back-to-back.

2.)  Lala will hopefully be starting.

3.)  It’s the Islanders, and therefore we can’t count on the Sabres to win.

4.)  The Islanders will be riding on the “emotional high” of beating a team that was on a six-game winning streak in overtime.  Argh.

Happy Halloween, kids.  Enjoy the game if you stay in and watch it, enjoy the candy if you go get some.  Make sure you check every piece before you eat it!

Hurray For New TVs!!

October 30, 2009 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Derek Roy, Drew Stafford, Jason Pominville, Lindy Ruff, Olympics, Paul Gaustad, Players, Randomness, Ryan Miller, Tim Connolly, Tim Connolly must be made of toothpicks and chewing gum, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, What Is Up With All These Injuries? | Leave a comment

As I’m sure you inferred from the title of this post, we got a new TV.  It’s big and beautiful and I am salivating at the thought of watching hockey tonight.  Both of my teams are playing really bad teams, so I’m sure both the Caps and Sabres will lose.  It’s bound to happen at some point.

Everyone’s feeling the love for Ryan Miller (as am I), and rightly so.  The dude’s been on fire lately.  He’s going to be pretty BAMF for Team USA in February.  I’m choosing not to think about what will happen after the Olympics, when he’s too tired to even make it to the crease.  We’ll get there eventually.

(And just for the record, no one believes my theory that Lindy keeps playing Ryan to exhaust him in an attempt to sabotage Team USA.  Yes, I know Lindy doesn’t like backups and trusts Lala about as far as he can throw him, but still.  He’s the coach of Team Canada.  Ryan is the presumed starter for Team USA.  It’s always possible.)

Jason is one of the several Sabres leading the team in scoring.  I like this.  It made me really, really sad last year when he sucked.

Poor, poor Goosie has the flu.  I hope it’s not swine, Paul!  Feel better soon and beware the pig!

Timmy sat out practice with “minor bumps and bruises” (according to The Buffalo News), which means he’ll be out for the next 6-8 weeks with an undisclosed upper-lower body injury.

Derek Roy needs to get on that whole “I haven’t scored a goal yet” thing stat.  Not scoring goals is BAD, Royzie.  You must fix this immediately, or else.

Happy birthday, Drew!  I always thought it was fitting that he’s an almost-Halloween baby, since he’s kinda, well, out there….and reminds me of Halloween…uh…this sounded better in my head.  I apologize.

I have absolutely no intention of watching the game tomorrow night.  I will be trick-or-treating, because anyone who has an awesome costume and passes up on free candy is lame.

I’m afraid to wear my Caps jersey because last time I did, they were in the midst of that awful, painful losing streak.  They’ve won six straight and I don’t want to jinx that, but like I said.  I want to wear it.  Bad.

I wish my stupid Lars t-shirt wasn’t backordered.  The hockey gods seriously do not want me to own this shirt.

I’m really excited for the first game of the Tyler Myers era.  I sincerely hope that his play over the first nine games had nothing to do with him having to impress the coaches and everything to do with how he normally plays.  (Does that sentence even make any sense?)  I don’t want him to be a fluke.  I want to know that he’s actually a really talented player.

I’m writing an article for the school paper on the swine flu and I’m interviewing my dad for it.  Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but after his brief appearance on Channel 2 Monday afternoon, he keeps telling me I have to call public relations to get an interview with him.  I plan on hiding the remote right before the Sabres game starts and blackmailing him into giving me some quotes on how the oink-oink can affect a high school environment.

Go Sabres/Caps!  Woo!

Third Periods Are Problematic.

October 29, 2009 at 9:37 pm | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Happy!!, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, What Is Up With All These Injuries?, Winning Is Totally Awesome, Zach Bogosian | Leave a comment

I think third periods must have slept with the Caps’ girlfriends or something, because this team does not like them and do not play well in them. They’re really lucky that Varly came through for them and managed to prevent Zachity Zach from single-handedly winning the Thrashers.

I wish Alex would just score a hat trick already.

The Thrashers don’t look as good without Ilya. I hope he comes back soon.

Lars is so good at hockey.

I hope this doesn’t happen when they play the Islanders tomorrow night. That would be quite upsetting.

In other, Sabres-related news: TYLER IS STAYING!!!!!!! AAAHHH!!! TYLER! I LOVE YOU!

This wasn’t a surprise to me, but I’m still insanely excited. TYLER YOU SHALL SAVE US ALL!

Not that we’re putting to much pressure on him or anything.

Wee!

October 28, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Posted in Atlanta Thrashers, Buffalo Sabres, Chris Butler, Clarke MacArthur, Happy!!, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jason Pominville, Jose Theodore, Mike Grier, New Jersey Devils, Players, Ryan Miller, Thought-provoking Stuff, Tim Kennedy, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

I know that this was exactly how Buffalo started out last year and I know it’ll all start going downhill soon enough (probably around the time Ryan gets completely exhausted at the Olympics), but for now, I’m completely enjoying the Sabres’ success.  They’re winning, and they’re beating good teams.  This is fun.

Marty Brodeur has not looked good this season.  At all.  I’m ecstatic that Timmy got his first NHL goal (AAAHHH!!!  TIMMY!!!  I LOOOOOOOOVE YOU!!), but Marty did not look good at all.

Ryan Miller will soon hurt himself/get too cranky to play well/get exhausted by the Olympics as I mentioned above, but for now, I’m thoroughly enjoying his awesomeness.  Ryan, you’re not so bad when you’re playing well.

We ended up getting the Devils feed for the game which was annoying in that I couldn’t hear Rick and Harry, but was cool in that I could hear what other announcers (namely, Doc) think about the Sabres.  I agree, boys.  Chris Butler was a wonderful find.

I can’t believe Clarke MacArthur already has five goals.  This is redonk.  He’s got to stop scoring at some point.  It’s not like he could get thirty.

I’m pretty sure Pommer got his third of the season in February last year.

Mike Grier and Timmy K playing together continues to amaze me.  I love the two of them.  They’re so good together.  Their chemistry is spectacular.

Lots of NHLers have been struck with swine (or at least are coming clean about when they had it) today.  I hope none of the Sabres catch it.  And I hope Quintin Laing doesn’t get any of my beloveds in Washington sick.

Tonight was Tyler Myers’s ninth game, but there wasn’t seriously any drama surrounding it, was there?  There’s no way they can send him back to juniors.  No.  Way.  I will jump off a bridge or something drastic and (only slightly) unnecessary like that.

Tomorrow night the Caps play the Ilya-less Thrashers.  It will be in HD, which makes me happy.  I’m sad Ilya got hurt, and in a contract year, no less, but his absence makes the Caps’ job a bit easier.  I would love for them to continue this sick-nasty winning streak they’ve got going.

Speaking of contract years, I’ve been feeling rather warm and fuzzy towards one Jose Theodore as of late.  It’s not secret around here that he and I never really got along very well (scroll down to the earlier ones), so this fondness is a new territory for me.  I don’t think he’s the same goalie that won a Hart trophy a few years back, but he’s been the better goalie for the Capitals to this point in the season.  I just hope that IF the Caps re-sign him, he doesn’t start sucking again.  I really hate  when players only play well in contract years.

If/when Buffalo loses to Toronto, I will cry.  I’m just letting you all know.

Smiley Face.

October 27, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Posted in Happy!!, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

Alex got two goals, Lars got four points, and Jose stood on his head. I think we can consider that a successful game (I can’t bring myself to think about the lack of discipline). Suck it, Flyers.

Ho-Hum.

October 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Chris Butler, Randomness, Ryan Miller, Tyler Myers | 2 Comments

Once again, we’re in the midst of a relatively long stretch without Sabres hockey. Thanks to Saturday night’s game I’m in a very pro-Sabres mood and this is bothering me. Alas, I will have to rely on the Capitals tonight to distract me from studying. (If they lose to Philly again I am jumping off a bridge.)

I guess the big story tomorrow night in New Jersey is it being Tyler Myers’s ninth game, but I really don’t see how he could be sent back to juniors after the way he’s played here.

I can’t believe Mike Richards wasn’t suspended.

It’s my beloved Christopher (Butler)’s birthday today. Happy birthday! (Totally just found that out over at Sabretooth’s House. Thanks, Anne!)

I had a weird dream involving Ryan Miller teaching me math the other night. It was…odd. Very odd.

It’s Never Not Awesome

October 25, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Frostee Loves Way Too Many Guys, Mike Green, Paul Gaustad, Players, Randomness | 1 Comment

One gripe I have always had with the Sabres (and excuse me for being a total girl here) is that after a hard, well-earned win, we don’t get any shirtless player interviews.  Lots of other teams do it, and let’s be honest, ladies (and men, if you’re of that persuasion).  Hockey players have really nice bodies.

We were treated to Paul Gaustad once last year, and it was nice.  It’s always the cherry on top for a great game, and a condolence prize for a crappy game.

However, there’s something even better than a flat-out shirtless hockey player interview, and that’s an interview that has shirtless hockey players wandering around in the background.

It might not be as funny as Rob Ray’s look of horror or Drew trying to suffocate one of his teammates, but it gets me every.  Single.  Time.

And so, without further ado, I present Michael Green’s interview following the Capitals’ overtime win over the New York Islanders.

Tom Poti and I have never gotten along (he pisses me off when he’s on the ice, and I can’t even really explain it that much), but I’m reconsidering.  Whoa.

Alex looks a little chunky, which has me a bit concerned.  And his tattoo looks so, so stupid.  Why would he ever think of doing that in a million years?  Alex, YOU ARE A BOY.

I would have loved to see Paul or Craigory (apparently he’s ripped?) or even Derek if he hasn’t been emotionally eating walking around by Drew last night.  It would have made Drew’s smiley, happy interview even cuter.

Facts.

October 24, 2009 at 10:21 pm | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Buffalo Sabres, Drew Stafford, Frostee Loves Way Too Many Guys, Happy!!, Ilya Kovalchuk, Mike Grier, Paul Gaustad, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tim Kennedy, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

Fact: I love Tyler Myers. I would drop out of high school to marry him if he asked me. He’s amazing. He’s wonderful. He and Paul Gaustad can team up to rid the world of global warming and cure cancer.

Fact: I’m really pissed I missed the Capitals game.

Fact: Alex doesn’t score goals when I don’t watch.

Fact: That was the WORST shootout I have ever seen in my life. And I’ve seen a lot of shootouts and they’re always bad.

Fact: Timmy K and Mike Grier have the best chemistry. Its awesomeness is second only their goal celebration hugs.

Fact: Toronto will not win a hockey game this season.

Fact: Mike Richards’s hit was vicious. Good grief, Mike.

Fact: I hope Ilya’s ok.

Fact: Marty St. Louis confuses me.

Fact: I really wanted Drew to face Ryan in the shootout.

Fact: I am so insanely tired and I couldn’t even muster enough energy to care about this game until Drew tied it. I want to go to sleep so badly but sleeping in the job is the number one no-no when babysitting.

Fact: I don’t think the Sabres were all that mind-blowingly good tonight, but being able to come from behind at the very end and win is huge, even against a team like Tampa Bay.

Fact: Don Cherry’s suit was crazy tonight.

Yay Christopher!!

October 23, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Posted in Atlanta Thrashers, Chris Clark, Frostee Loves Way Too Many Guys, Happy!!, Ilya Kovalchuk, Other Teams' Back-up Goalies Kind of Suck, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome, Zach Bogosian | Leave a comment

Christopher Clark, my secret beloved, scored a goal last night.  It was lovely.  I did a happy dance during the highlights when I saw it.

It wasn’t, however, anywhere near as badass as Jeff Schultz’s goal.  That.  Was.  Hilarious.  Like, seriously, Atlanta.  I love you lots, but goals like that make me want to claw my eyes out.  ‘Cept when Varly assists on them.  Then it’s a-o-k.

The Caps/Thrashers game last night was pretty ridiculous.  I missed the first two periods and my dad was sending me score updates and then when I came home it was 5-2.  Washington ended up winning, but it was by a final score of 5-4.  The Capitals need to work on third periods badly.  I’m a wee bit concerned.

Ilya Kovalchuk is pretty beast.  Just throwing that out there.  I know I say how much I love him, but I never really pay all that much attention to him.  He’s huge.  He’s also insanely good at hockey.  I always knew I liked him.

ZACHITY ZACH SCORED A GOAL FOR ME!!  That is all I have to say about that.

I didn’t look this up for last night in particular, but WHOA, the Capitals took/take a lot of penalties.  It’s redonk.  They must look into this matter and fix this as well.

I’m really starting to regret my decision to babysit for six hours tomorrow night.  I’m totally in the mood for a two-games/Don Cherry Saturday night.

I really don’t know what to think about the Sabres game tomorrow night.  Apparently Tampa Bay beat the Sharks…?  Although from what I’ve seen, the Sharks have looked more like little fishies this year.  They did not impress me when they played Washington.

Just watch this video.  There will never, ever be a time when these three don’t completely crack me up.  I always knew there was a reason I liked the bum in the sweats.

Chris Butler Can Soothe My Aching Heart

October 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Chris Butler, Dan Paille, Frostee Loves Way Too Many Guys, Happy!!, Matt Ellis, Mike Grier, Other Teams' Back-up Goalies Kind of Suck, Ryan Miller, Tim Kennedy, Tyler Myers, Winning Is Totally Awesome | 1 Comment

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.

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