Things that are good:
- Ryan Miller got a shutout! And not just a Ryan Miller Shutout, but a real one. Oh, Ryan. Your shutouts make me so happy. I may be freaked out about this spring when you’re so tired you can’t even get your skates on, but I have to admit that I’m completely in love with your badass play right now.
- Timmy K scoring! And Jochen scoring! And Henrik scoring! Look at all that scoring love right there!
- Beating the Leafs. Hahahahaha.
- Lars getting a three point night. Larsiepoo, I love you.
- Jose playing a solid game after having a lot of time off. Jose, I sincerely hope that you’ve been able to work through your personal issues. And I’m glad you’re playing well.
- The Thrashers winning. I love them.
Things that are bad:
- OH MY GOD ALEXANDER MOTHER EFFIN’ OVECHKIN WHY DO YOU INSIST ON HURTING ME LIKE THIS??? KNEE-ON-KNEE? REALLY? THAT WAS A DIRTY PLAY. THERE, I SAID IT. IT WAS DIRTY AND I’M MAD AT YOU AND IF YOUR ACL IS TORN I’LL NEVER TALK TO YOU EVER AGAIN I WILL BE VERY SAD. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE IN BUFFALO IN A WEEK AND A HALF, MISTER. I LET IT SLIDE ONCE LAST YEAR BECAUSE YOUR GRANDFATHER WAS SICK AND I LET IT SLIDE IN THE PRESEASON BECAUSE IT WAS THE PRESEASON, BUT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS EVASIVE BEHAVIOR ANYMORE.
- Now that I’ve worn out my caps lock, let’s continue in a rational manner. Oh my good golly gosh, that was awful. I’ve never seen him in so much pain before ever. This is so bad. The Capitals are in deep shit without him. Team Russia needs him. I want to see him play live. Lars needs him. I can’t believe he would do something so dirty. Stupid, stupid Alexander.
I’m going to go hang out with Little Ryan, because he isn’t pissing me off right now. Looks like it’ll be time to get the bobblehead bandaids back out again.
Ryan Miller’s not actually starting tonight, is he? I mean, I know that he kept us alive in that Carolina game (as he does in every game), but you’ve gotta give the guy a break. Their schedule is hellish for the next couple weeks and it’s just Toronto tonight and Lala really needs to get in there again because it’s been –
Wait. Miller is starting tonight? You’re kidding, right? Lindy, are you TRYING TO KILL HIM?
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.
First I was happy when the Sabres scored the first goal. Then I was concerned when the Flyers scored two quick ones (Dear Sabres, Work on actually playing for twenty full minutes, not nineteen and a half. With Love, Frostee). Then I was cautiously optimistic when they came back, and then I was happy again when they won 4-2. When you start and end happy, consider it a good game.
Score aside, that was one big chippy chipfest. Wow. So much fighting and hitting and players writhing on the ice in pain and me having mini panic attacks. All in all, I think the Sabres alone ended up with 13 3 casualties? Patty getting kicked out, Goosie hurting one leg and Craigory hurting two? Then there was Tyler Myers, but thank the merciful and great hockey gods, he came back.
Both Paul and Craig’s injuries looked serious. The Sabres will miss having their captain around, but Paul Gaustad has been one of the best players for the team aside from Ryan Miller. They’re going to miss him a lot.
Mayhaps we can call up Tyler Ennis? If he’s not too busy with other things?
Tim Connolly had a spectacular night afternoon. Good on ya for finally doing something, Timothy.
Mike Richards is the slimiest of all the slimeballs in the land, and I don’t like him. He’s so dirty, and he’ll always get away with it because he’s Mike Richards (cue Pierre McGuire). I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Patty got suspended for his hit, but no one’s going to do anything about Richards.
Ray Emery is not a very good goalie. I don’t know why everyone kept thinking he’s the reason the team could actually make a deep run this season.
Killing off all the power players against the best power play in the league was pretty spiffy, boys. Good work.
Stupid Scott Hartnell felt the need to pick on Timmy K, aka someone half his size. Keep it classy, Scott.
I don’t like Philadelphia. This win was very satisfying.
It was also an important win to get, because I’m already nervous about tomorrow night and to go into a game against Carolina with a five game losing streak is a recipe for disaster.
Sabres, please don’t completely embarrass yourselves at home against the Hurricanes. That would be tragic.
As usual, I started the game with conflicting feelings. Then Alex scored, and, um, well, you can figure out who I started rooting for after that.
I was really impressed with the Caps tonight. They managed to hold on to a lead in a game that was 1-0 for the majority of it, and they even managed to kill off lots of penalties late. Holy sweet mother of mercy, Mike Green even played DEFENSE. Like, how does that even HAPPEN? It must have been some sort of Thanksgiving miracle. I’m fully confident he will return to suckiness Saturday night. But it was kind of nice seeing him clear the puck out and do various defensive things. Totally weird to watch, but nice.
Varly, you’s a crazy mofo. ILY even if you do think American girls are really fat.
Lars played a very, very good game tonight. Lars has not been as good as he is known to be as of late, so to see him play so well was quite rewarding. He didn’t get any points, but he looked great out there. Just for that, my dear boy, you can have extra pie tomorrow night. Yes, yes, I know how generous that is. But Thanksgiving is a time for not worrying about our muffin tops.
Christopher Sr. continued to be far too shy to actually score a goal with me watching. Bless his heart.
At one point both of my Christophers were on the ice. It was so nice to have all my beloveds in one place.
The Caps played a great game and deserved the win. Pats on the backs for you, Capitals.
The Sabres, on the other hand, make me think that they will never ever play a decent hockey game ever again. How long has it been since they won? Three weeks? Four weeks? Good grief, they looked awful tonight. THEY DO NOT SHOOT THE PUCK. How many times do I have to tell them? SHOOT THE GOSH DARN PUCK, YOU ANTI-PUCK SHOOTERS!
Ryan Miller is keeping this team alive right now. He had absolutely NO support on the Fehr goal. Guys, one of these days he’s going to get hurt again or burn out or have a nervous breakdown, and then what are you going to do? How will you even make it on to the ice if he’s not there to bail you out every two seconds?
The power play sucks so bad I’m not even going to say anything else about it.
Except this: OMG Craigory when you have a five minute power play taking a penalty is so not cool.
(On the flip side, it was totally B.A. how the Caps killed off almost a five minute power play.)
Timmy K’s dad is a cutie-pie.
Ok, so, I guess it’s time to get to that hit. Here’s the dealio, guys: Alex hit Patty K. Yes, he did. Patrick’s head definitely got hit, but he kinda sorta saw him coming. And I don’t think it was a vicious head-hunting hit. The ejection was probably more deserved than not, but I’d be kind of surprised to see a suspension. And not just because of who he is.
Alex also always scores pretty goals against Buffalo. Buffalo seems to bring out both the best and the worst in him.
Andrew Peters tried to kill someone tonight, apparently. Petey, Petey, Petey. New Jersey has changed you. I miss the cute, cuddly body guard you used to be.
Vanek must still be hurt. He’s got to be. It’s the only explanation for why he’s been so bad lately. Oh, Thomas. Just get your booboos fixed so you can return to being an awesome goal scorer.
The anthem singer tonight looked like a mini Mike Grier. It was rather adorable.
Henrik Tallinder was on the ice for Alex’s goal. I totally called that.
Finally, before I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and thank you all for reading, I’d like to pass judgment on Alex’s new haircut. Well done, Mr. Ovechkin. Usually your haircuts are pretty tragic, but this one looks great. It’s not too short, but you’ve taken care of that sloppy mess on your head. I love it.
But please, sweetheart, next time refrain from picking your nose while the camera’s on you.
Tonight the Sabres are playing the Caps in Washington. I’m very excited. I love when these two teams play each other. It’s always wonderful.
Usually there’s a clear cut better team when they play each other. It used to be the Sabres, then the Caps took control. It’s tough to say who will win tonight. Both of them have been playing like crap lately, so it will probably end up coming down to who sucks less. Which could actually be entertaining.
I hope Alex starts a tradition of scoring hat tricks the night before Thanksgiving. Last year’s was pretty awesome.
I hope the Sabres don’t totally embarrass themselves.
I hope Henrik Tallinder doesn’t get any ice time when Alex is out there, because we all know how that ends.
I hope Mike Green doesn’t get any ice time, ever again. Because that would be the best for everyone involved.
Happy birthday, darling Lars!! Oh, the time passes so quickly. You’re growing up to be a big boy. *sniffles*
In honor of you, I wore an American Eagle sweater today. I know how much you love them:
(An aside: If I walked into an American Eagle and he was just standing there, perusing the racks on the guys side of the store, I would most likely either drop dead where I was standing or shriek.)
Thanks to TSN, we can now see what Alex got Lars for his birthday. “Right now my eyes are sore a little, but it’s okay.”
I love them. Best part is when they show Alex and you can see Flash sticking his face in to see if the mission was successful.
In other news…
Not much is happening with the Sabres, for a change. Lindy’s shuffling lines, Mike Grier might be back soon, Patches played at forward in practice. Awe. Some.
I’m inordinately excited for the game Wednesday night. I love when my two teams play each other. However, a word of caution for the Sabres: Last year the day before Thanksgiving Alex got a hatter. Just sayin’. Watch out, boys.
I had some really funny story I was going to tell and then I COMPLETELY forgot about it. Rats. It must not have been that funny.
Is Drew going to be back Wednesday night? Can we call up Tyler Ennis if he’s not? I always liked that boy.
During the Sabres game Wednesday night, my mom and I spent a good twenty minutes discussing Timmy K’s hair. We decided we like it.
Games against Ottawa always end badly. It does not matter who’s in net for the Sabres. It doesn’t matter what kind of streak both of the teams are on. When the Sabres meet the Senators, things get ugly.
When Patrick Lalime is in net, it’s just worse.
I can’t remember which goal it was (they all started to blur together), but there was NO ONE screening Lala and he let the puck fly on in over his glove. It was awful. It was terrible. I’m probably going to wake up in a cold sweat at three in the morning because of it. Oh, Lala. I love you, I do. I just wish you didn’t suck. Sometimes it’s not you. There are rare occasions when it’s the asshats in front of you. But sometimes it is you, and that makes me sad.
I switched over to the Caps game because the Sabres were making me angry. When I checked back a few minutes later, it was 5-3. ?? I guess I missed a Pommer goal. That’s a bummer. I do love when Papa Jason scores.
I hate Ottawa.
The Capitals also played tonight, against the Leafs. Alex scored first and everyone was happy in the land, then they all forgot to play the rest of the game except Varly. He kept them alive and he’s the only reason they made it to the shootout.
Why does Bruce put Fehr out in shootouts? It’s painfully obvious he’s got some sort of shootout jinx.
The Caps play Monday night, but the Sabres don’t play again until Wednesday, when they play…………the CAPITALS!!! WOOO!!! I’m so excited, I’m almost forgetting about how mad I am at them.
But I’m still mad. 5-3 to Ottawa is bad stuff, guys. Pull it together before Wednesday night.
Both of my teams lost. To the Bruins and the Canadiens.
Neither of them showed up in the second period. For the Caps, it was too little, too late. For the Sabres, they need to SHOOT THE EFFING PUCK.
Time to watch the season finale of “Project Runway.” I really hope Irina doesn’t win.
The Sabres are playing the Caps on Wednesday. Wednesday, as in the day in less than a week from now.