Haha, Islanders.

January 27, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Posted in Alexander Semin, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Other Teams' Back-up Goalies Kind of Suck, Randomness, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

I probably shouldn’t laugh, because the Islanders beat the Sabres in a shootout not too long ago, but last night’s game was amusing.  The Caps are being rather ridiculous lately, with all this goal scoring and insane power play work and (with the exception of last night) awesome penalty killing.  The Islanders just sort of rolled over and died in that one.

In the manual they give guys when they get signed in the NHL, one of the rules should be to never block a slapshot with your face, especially when the shot is coming from Alex Ovechkin.  Chances are it won’t work out in your favor.

I don’t like Alex Semin, but holy cow, he’s been fantastic lately.

We’re getting the Caps game in HD tonight but I won’t be here to see it.  Frowny face.  Why is it always in HD when I can’t watch it?

The Sabres crapped out near the end of their road trip and tonight they’re playing in what one could definitely argue is one of those “four point games.”  They and New Jersey are right up there behind Washington (who is starting to pull away).  This is a game Buffalo needs to win, and not just because I want to keep the streak with me in attendance alive, and not just because if they lose and I have to hear about how it’s so hard coming back from the West Coast and turning around and playing a game, I’ll scream.  Yes, players, your lives suck.  You make millions of dollars chasing around a little piece of rubber.  It must be awful to be you.

I know Lala was less than awesome in his last start but Lindy can’t start riding Ryan again, especially with the Olympics coming up.

Oh, and I hate Kerry Fraser.  That’s all for today.

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Comcast Was Much Better.

January 24, 2010 at 8:26 am | Posted in Alexander Semin, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey Gods, Jason Pominville, Losing Sucks, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | 2 Comments

Tuesday night, the little I heard of the Sabres game wasn’t very impressive as far as the announcing was concerned. Thursday, I had to listen to FSN and I wanted to put my fist through the TV. I slept through the Sabres game that night but I’ve heard the LA team before and I really like them. Last night we got the Sharks Comcast feed, and it was great. They knew what they were talking about, they had done their research on the Sabres, they were complimentary of Lindy, and they even gave a shootout to the fans watching back here in New York. I only made it through two periods but I hear that when Pommer scored they mentioned the population of Pominville. That’s cute.

I was too tired to form any sort of opinion while I was watching last night, but it seems like the Sabres are sort of falling apart. They haven’t won since Phoenix on Monday and they haven’t been getting the points they needed. Monday night isn’t going to be easy. Vancouver is a great team. I hope this isn’t the hockey gods’ punishment for that whole playoff tickets pricing thing.

The pictures from the Furry Convention are beyond hilarious.

The Caps took down the Coyotes 4-2. Yay!! I figured they’d crap out after the last three games so I’m glad they pulled it together. Phoenix is lucky they could handle Washington’s power play, otherwise they would have been in even more trouble. Washington has been fantastic on the power play lately.

Alex Semin had a really good game. I don’t like him, but four points really isn’t anything to sneeze at.

Ah! It Went In!!

January 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich, Buffalo Sabres, Drew Stafford, Happy!!, Lindy Ruff, Losing Sucks, Mike Green, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Miller, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

I’ve never seen Alex score on a penalty shot before, and I rarely see him score on shootout attempts, so that was highly enjoyable. It was actually a pretty nice goal too. But I’m going to have to agree with Joe B. and Locker that Brooks Laich was the best player in that game. He’s been slumping and he definitely seems like he’s insanely hard on himself so it was great to see him get two goals and an assist. The shortie was magnificent.

Mike Green actually made an awesome defensive play taking Scott Hartnell off the puck. Maybe he’s not hopeless after all.

Sasha also had two really great plays in a row. I still don’t like him, but if he starts playing like that consistently I’d consider my open hate of his new deal.

As for the Sabres, I missed the first half of the game and got home just in time to see Staffy tie it up. Lindy probably would have killed him for missing that. Ryan was less than stellar in the shootout but the team needs to learn that they can’t always rely on him. He’ll bail them out most of the time, but they need a contingency plan.

After tomorrow’s game in Phoenix I probably won’t see any of the Sabres games until Saturday. It’s too late to stay up when I have to go to school in the morning, especially right around midterms. I’m hoping the Sabres get a regulation win tomorrow. They played really well against the Coyotes earlier in the year (I was there!) but Phoenix was a different team back then. The Caps, however, are playing Pittsburgh on Thursday. I’m not sure if I’m more excited or nervous for this game. The Penguins have been off their game lately but this is still an important game for Washington.

Buffalo better play well out west or Ima be pissed at them.

Background Noise.

January 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Atlanta Thrashers, Brooks Laich, Buffalo Sabres, Ilya Kovalchuk, Losing Sucks, Mike Knuble, Patrick Lalime, Players, Thomas Vanek, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

Sooo last night the Sabres battled from being down two goals twice and after some poor play they managed to make it into the shootout.  It was intense, full of suspense, lasted eleven rounds…and Buffalo lost.  Oh well, I guess they had to lose some time.  It was just good that they got at least one point before hitting the road.  Don’t forget your toothbrushes, boys.

Tyler Myers is still amazing and wonderful.  I love him.  He had Anderson beat and he just sort of lost the puck.  But I forgive you, Tyler.

I wasn’t really sure what Lala was doing half the time in net last night but he still got the team a point so I’ll let it slide.

Mayhaps Thomas Vanek is (finally) busting out of his slump?  This would be marvelous news, because he’s been bugging me.

I might finally get to go ice skating Thursday night.  I haven’t been yet this winter and it makes me sad.

The Capitals, on the other hand, beat the Thrashers 8-1 for Bruce’s 55th birthday.  Yay, Caps!  The game was actually kind of boring which is odd since they scored eight goals, but whatevs.  I’m glad it happened.  Mikey Knuble got two and Sasha got two, which was fun.  I still don’t like you Sasha.  You also happen to eat like a slob (more on that in a second).  The most impressive part about last night’s game was probably that Alex only had one assist.  But I’m a little mad at him for not scoring.  Not cool, man.

It’ll be interesting to see which team Ilya jumps ship for.  I do not understand at all why Chicago is in the conversation, because they’ve already got a bazillion long-term contracts and I don’t see how they can afford another $10 million next year.  And he’s not worth it as a rental.

The Caps’ post-game locker room video once again does not disappoint with the background actions.  We’ve got what kind of sounds like Brooks during Schultz’s interview, naked Brian Pother and naked Eric Fehr, which is GOOD, while Neuvy is being interview, and we also have naked Alex (eww) and naked Sasha shoving food down his throat at an alarmingly fast pace.  Dude, slow down.  No one is taking it from you.

The Sabres don’t play again for a long time, so enjoy your break, Sabres!  Just don’t get too rusty.

As Was Expected.

December 27, 2009 at 11:29 am | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Buffalo Sabres, Chris Butler, Contracts, Derek Roy, Henrik Tallinder, Henrik Zetterberg, Huh?, Jose Theodore, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Losing Sucks, New Jersey Devils, Olympics, Ottawa Senators, Players, Ryan Miller, Thought-provoking Stuff, Washington Capitals, What Is Up With All These Injuries?, Winning Is Totally Awesome | 1 Comment

I’m not that upset about the Sabres game since I went into it anticipating a loss.  If anything, I’m glad they at least managed a point.  It was almost funny seeing how long it took for their first shot on goal.  The Sabres simply cannot play a good game against the Senators, and that’s that.  Not really anything else to say.

Derek Roy hasn’t done much of anything this year, but I still hope his injury isn’t too serious.  Although it does open up a spot in the lineup if Patty K really is ready to come back.

This team would be so frighteningly bad without Ryan Miller.

The worst part about last night is that my jersey is now 0-1 and got pulled halfway through the second period.  Although taking it off looked like it might pay off for a while; right after the Sabres scored their two goals.

We need someone who can score in the shootout.

We need a reliable scorer.

The Caps, on the other hand, won a huge statement game against the Devils.  This is the second game in a row they put up four or five goals on an elite goaltender and they didn’t even choke like they usually do when they’re playing New Jersey.  Alex had another three-point night so now he’s only four back of the lead league for points.  He’s ridiculous.  Lars Nicklas had himself a three point night as well, giving him his 200th point and 202 points in 202 games.  That’s…crazy.  I don’t understand why he hasn’t been re-signed yet and Semin has.

What a nice segway for me to use into Semin’s contract.  Um, what?!?  One year?  $6 million?  I don’t get it.  GMGM says it’s what the player preferred and gave him more flexibility.  I still don’t get it.  Players like him don’t sign one year deals.  Moreover, how can he sign a deal for $6 million?  Can they afford that?  Where’s the room to keep Nicki?  If there’s one player who needs to stay it’s him.  He’s just as important to this team as Alex.  Sasha is a great player when he wants to be, but I never saw him as indispensable.  Is George just trying to get him a contract so that he can trade him after the season and not have to worry about that?  They could get a pretty decent return for him, especially if he’s already got a contract.  I’m sure there are plenty of teams who would want him.  I’m just perplexed by the whole situation.  And a little bit angry.  Neuvirth has been really solid the past few games so I’m sure they could trade Theo if they wanted, which would open up more cap room, but there’s still another contract to be signed.  And isn’t it contract year for Flash as well?

Hmm.  It’s just all a little odd.  We shall have to wait and see how it all plays out.

Tonight the Sabres are playing the team of Sir Christopher’s hometown, and hopefully he’ll be able to play.  I’m not sure who Lindy benches to make room for him.  I know he’s the captain, but I’d almost say Rivet after the way he played the past few days…but he is the captain.

Team Sweden announced their roster.  I hope Henrik Zetterberg is back in time to play for them.  They always put together a good team and this looks like another one.  I am a little surprised Henrik Tallinder made the team, but I guess now that his rape case is all cleared up he’s a valuable asset.

Yes.

December 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Alexander Semin, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Clarke MacArthur, Happy!!, Jose Theodore, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Mike Grier, Patrick Lalime, Thomas Vanek, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | 1 Comment

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.

Things That Are Good And Things That Are Bad.

December 10, 2009 at 10:48 am | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Buffalo Sabres, Chris Clark, David Steckel, Frostee Loves Way Too Many Guys, Happy!!, Henrik Tallinder, I Was At The Game!, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Losing Sucks, Nathan Gerbe, Other Teams' Back-up Goalies Kind of Suck, Players, Rob Ray, Ryan Miller, Steve Montador, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | 2 Comments

Things that are good:

  • SNOW DAY!!!!!  YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

Thing that are bad:

  • Still having to study for the reading quiz I’ll have if school isn’t canceled tomorrow.

Things that are good:

  • Ryan Miller.  Holy HELL, is that man good at hockey.  It was totally awesome when Sabretooth was bowing down to him.  He’s so good.  My jaw dropped multiple times.  Ryan, I want to thank you for redeeming yourself this year and making it less embarrassing for me to love you (because I don’t really broadcast it anymore, but I do still love him).  You’re so good at being a goaltender.  Just don’t burn out on me, ‘kay?

Things that are bad:

  • Getting shut out by the Sabres.  Um, Caps, you saw tape from their last two games, right?  Yikes, you need to learn how to score on elite goaltenders.

Things that are good:

  • Chris Clark totally looking at me three times.  Love ya, Christopher.

Things that are bad:

  • Fehric trying to flip me a puck and failing miserably.  Things Eric Fehr is not good at:  Shootouts, flipping pucks to dedicated fans during the pre-game skate.

Things that are good:

  • The Sabres killing off that power play the Caps had early on.  Wowzers, Sabres.  I know you have a great penalty kill, but the Caps have a great power play.  Y0u done good, boys, you done good.

Things that are bad:

  • Jose Theodore.  Varly, please get well soon.  (I realize he made some great saves, but all three goals he let in were really, really bad.)

Things that are good:

  • Alex coming over right in front of me and rattling the boards during the pre-game skate.  There were only a couple other fans by me at that time and they all had Sabres stuff on.  Alex, I love you.  I know I said this last December, but you’re HUGE in person.  And your hair is gross.  Yeah, I went there.

Things that are bad:

  • Alex playing arguably the worst game of his career.  First there was missing the WIDE OPEN NET by four feet.  Then there was the dive.  (My mom said Rob Ray didn’t think it was much of a dive and she didn’t either, but it happened right in front of me, and, well, it was pretty embellished.  Oh, Alex.)  Then he whined at the refs, and then he broke his stick.  That was just embarrassing.  I put up with so much crap from him, and then he broke his stick, and then I screamed “I STILL LOVE YOU ALEX” while he was getting a new one because I’m just trying to be a good fan.

Things that are good:

  • The Gerbe Derby got his first NHL goal!!  Yay!  Nate-dogg, I do love you so.  Congratulations, little man.  You earned it.  I’m glad you survived your collision with Tyler Myers, and I have to admit that it was pretty darn adorable.  Also, darling, picking on David Steckel is not the wisest idea since he’s twice as big as you.

Things that are bad:

  • Monty stealing Nathan’s first goal so he only got one instead of two.  Steve, that was not so nice.

Things that are good:

  • Henrik Tallinder’s goal.  Like, when the eff did he learn how to do that?

Things that are bad:

  • The Caps allowing Henrik Tallinder to score a goal like that.

Things that are good:

  • The first period.  That was an exciting period of hockey, folks.

Things that are bad:

  • The third period.  That was a really sloppy period.

Things that are good:

  • Lars’s hair.

Things that are bad:

  • I, uh, nope.  Got nothing.  Just look at that HAIR!

Things that are good:

  • The Sabres coming out after two crappy games and playing a really solid, great effort.  Way to bounce back, boys.  Y’all make me proud.

Things that are bad:

  • The Caps win streak ending.

Things that are good:

  • I got to see the secret handshake!!!!  Guys, it is even cuter in real life.  I laughed for about fifteen minutes.

Things that are bad:

  • I don’t get to see these two teams play each other in person again until March 😦

    What A High Score!/What A Low Score!

    November 11, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Posted in Alexander Semin, Buffalo Sabres, Chris Clark, Clarke MacArthur, Ryan Miller, Semyon Varlamov, This Irks Me, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

    I had asked the Sabres to win in a fashion similar to the one they used to beat Edmonton last year. Instead, they beat the Oilers 3-1, and that’s including the empty net goal.

    I’ll be honest, until the last five minutes I thought this game was pretty boring. The Sabres continued to not score on the power play (OH MY GOD THEIR POWER PLAY IS SO BAD) but they managed to beat a team playing its third game in four nights. They really needed this win.

    Ryan Miller stood on his head yet again. We’re kind of screwed when he finally tires out.

    Scary moment near the end when Clarke sent a player into the boards. Clarkey is by no means a dirty player, but I’m just glad we didn’t see any stretchers.

    The penalty kill resulting from the hit was spectacular. I was worried from experience that the Sabres would completely collapse, but they pulled it together. Magnificent job, boys. Magnficent.

    But can your next game please be exciting?

    As for the Caps, it was already 3-1 five minutes into the game, and it ended 5-4. Thank the merciful hockey gods, this time the Caps won it.

    Semin decided to be all crazy and scored twice. Eric scored a gorgeous goal during the game and then had a brainfart of epic proportions during the shootout. Varly was awesome stepping in for Theo. Christopher (!!!) won it in the 83rd round of the shootout, and we all lived happily ever after.

    The end.

    What A Mess.

    November 7, 2009 at 10:08 pm | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Dan Paille, Detroit Red Wings, Jhonas Enroth, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Losing Sucks, Mike Green, Mike Knuble, Players, Stick a fork in it, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

    The Sabres played the Bruins tonight.  They needed to rebound after a poor showing against the Flyers.  They needed to show they can win in front of their backup.  They needed to show they can play good teams and not just bad ones.  (Although I don’t know if I’d necessarily call the Bruins a “legitimate contender” so far this season.)  They needed two points taken in convincing fashion.

    Too bad no one told them that.

    This game was not fun.  The Bruins were last in the league on the power play and Buffalo let them score more than once with the man advantage.  Jhonas didn’t get a win.  They kept showing Pie and it made me very sad.  The Sabres let an “offensively challenged” team score four.  It was a mess all around tonight and I’m starting to worry that this is where it all starts to go downhill.

    Toronto beat Detroit 5-1.  I don’t even know what to say to that.  I’m speechless.

    The Caps beat the Panthers 7-4.  Smiley face!  The Caps were winning then they were tied then they were losing then they were winning then they were tied then they won.  The Lars-Flash-Mikey line was intense.  They were scoring and assisting and being general badasses.  Supposedly 13 Caps had points tonight.  That’s spectacular, especially considering that Alex is still, alas, wounded.  That’s not spectacular is that Semin didn’t have any.  You suck, Sasha.  I don’t like you.

    Michael and Alexander were unable to play tonight, however, we were provided our fix of them thanks to Michael’s Twitter:

    53287fb703e8db1247190b1b6686cbe1_viewThey’re too cute.

    Michael has his stupid skinny tie on again.

    I always liked that pink shirt of Alex’s.

    He’s looking a little chunky.

    I miss him.

    We’ve got a few days off until the Sabres play again, and I’m really hoping they figure things out and decide who they want to be and all that sappy garbage.  I don’t want them to fall apart.  I like when they’re good.  It’s more exciting.

    A Post Previewing the 2009-2010 Washington Capitals

    September 27, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, David Steckel, Frostee Does Predictions!, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Mike Knuble, Players, Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

    Watch out, Pittsburgh. We’re coming for blood.

    (Also, Michael, get your act together; Sasha, for the love of vodka, don’t get hurt; David, I love you unconditionally and can’t wait to see you win EVERY SINGLE FACEOFF you take; Lars, y’all gonna be crazy good this year; Varly, I have faith that you’ll be the starting goalie; Mike Knuble, I’m counting on you to make the top line [Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble] the most insane line evah; the defense, collectively, please play a teeny tiny bit better [read: learn how to play defense]; Alex, score 60 goals, repeat with the Hart and Maurice Richard trophies, and steal that Art Ross away from Geno.)

    Let’s go Caps!

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