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.
I only have one more day of school to get through before I’m free. Yes, vacation will be considerably less awesome now that I have TWO major tests the first two days back, but I’m going to try to enjoy the first few days of it without thinking about the hideous amounts of work I have to do.
(An aside: For reals, who assigns a major test the first two days back and who reschedules one a week and a half later after a week straight of no school? Ridiculous. I don’t like it.)
I was unable to watch the Sabres game last night, as I was hiding the body cramming for the test we were lead to believe was today. From what I’ve read, it sounds like the Sabres played a fairly crappy game, Ryan Miller was outrageous, Derek Roy won it all for them in overtime. The crap and Ryan Miller parts sound about right.
Um, did Tyler get hurt last night?!?! Not cool, Tyler. I don’t like when you’re hurt. Fix that discomfort and heal up.
It’s nice to hear Sir Christopher was skating again. I miss him ever so much and hope he returns soon. Poor dear, he hasn’t been able to help any old ladies cross the street in ages!
Just in case you had all forgotten, THE SABRES PLAY THE CAPITALS AGAIN TOMORROW!! WEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! So exciting. Not much to report on the Caps front other than they took four of six points on their road trip, Varly won’t be playing tomorrow night, and Alex has gotten even FATTER. Dude, for the love of all that is holy, lay off the nachos. Fat does not sit well on you. I know you want to work Lars’s babyfat look, but trust me, the abs were bad.
And that’s all I have to say for now.
I was out to dinner and consequently missed the first period. I hear it was wonderful. It certainly sounds as though it was. They finally scored on the power play? Wooooo!! The second period was fast, but I was not at all pleased with the lack of shots and the plethora of penalties taken by the Sabres. Then Sir Christopher had to stand up for Ryan, as he’s a chivalrous soul and protecting his goaltender is one of his money duties. Then the Flames tried to beat up Clarkey, then Goosie beat up Phaneuf. I liked the last one a lot. I don’t like Phaneuf, and I do like Goose, so I enjoy seeing the latter punch the first. Serves you right, Dion.
It was really great getting to see Jarome Iginla. He’s an incredibly talented player and we don’t ever get to see him because he’s aaaaallll the way on the west coast.
The Sabres took sixteen too many penalties tonight. Good heavens, they looked like last year’s box-loving Caps.
I thought RJ was going to stroke out in the last thirty second of overtime. Rick, you are not as young as you used to be. Don’t overexert yourself.
The game ended up in the shootout, and, miracle of miracles, the Sabres pulled out the win. Oooh!! Aaah!! Weee!! Good job, Sabres. You ended up with a grand total of six shots on goal (going from the two periods I saw), but you managed the win. Excellent, excellent. I know this is asking far too much of you, but a win tomorrow night would be superb. Philly is a scary, intimidating team, but I have complete faith in you. Put your mind to it, boys, and you can do it. All in all, though, tonight you played a highly entertaining game. Much better than Wednesday night. Thank you.
There’s no way Lala starts tomorrow night.
The Caps played the Wild. Perrault continued to be badass. Mike Knuble broke his finger and is out 3-4 weeks and I am very sad. I love Mike Knuble. Mike Knuble is a good leader and he’s good at killing penalties and he liked my sign. Poor Mike Knuble. Varly is slowly working his way back into my good graces. The Caps have issues to work out, but they’ve looked pretty darn good over the past few games (aside from giving up 3 quick ones to the Islanders and then borderline choking in the final minute against them and taking eleven rounds of the shootout to beat them). I like it.
The Hurricanes lost their 14th straight game. It used to be really funny when everyone was wondering if they’d make it to ten. Now it’s just sad. Should we send in aid? Is there something we can do to put them out of their misery?
The Thrashers beat the Kings 7-0. This is totes awesome. Thrashers, you rock. I love you. Ilya, Evander, AND Zachity Zach all scored. That’s what we call an awesome game. I should have watched it. I’ve never tried watching three games at once before. I mis try this some time. Atlanta is certainly worthy.
I got tapped last minute for babysitting gig tomorrow night. I’ll be able to watch the Sabres after the kiddies go to bed and they get CBC, but I will be unable to see the Capitals. This pretty much guarantees that Alex will come back and score a hat trick. Awesome.
Um, Adam Mair got traded. That came out of nowhere. Darcy, are you up to something? Are there plots being plotted? I sincerely hope so, because I always sort of liked Adam and just waiving him for the sake of waiving him makes me sad. I realize that now that Danny is gone and he didn’t have to babysit him anymore there really wasn’t any point in keeping him around, but still. Best of luck in the world, Adam. I hope you find a loving home somewhere.
In other news:
- The Catwalk for Charity was last night. I’ve already seen lots of pictures, and it looked like a lot of fun. Christopher never fails to make me love him. Tyler looked adorable with the puppy. Paul looked kind of drunk. Maybe he is human after all!
- Butthead that he is, Alex thought he’d be all funny and freak me out and say he’d be 4-5 weeks. So not funny, Alex. And it only reinforced my belief that your sense of humor is lame.
- Everyone I know who was at the games over the weekend said they were even 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 fun.
- Totally unrelated, but that was the same night Chara tried to kill Alex. There’s a freak-out in the post I linked above.
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.
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.
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.
One of the complaints I’ve been hearing a lot lately is about the condensed schedule we’ll be seeing this year due to the Olympics. Um, the Sabres don’t play again until Thursday. That’s not condensed.
Last year, the Sabres beat Montreal in the shootout at the home opener. I was there, and it was one of the most fun games I’ve ever been to just because of the excitement and the fact that after a disappointing season, they started off the new year by winning.
This year, the Sabres lost to Montreal in overtime. It was a pretty fluky goal, and it was just the first game of the season, and the Sabres still got a point, but I’m disappointed. Ryan Miller seemed positively chipper about the game (oh, how I have missed Ryan Miller post game interviews), and while there were definitely some positives, the fact still remains that after Timmy scored a power play goal they didn’t get any offense going. (Um, did Thomas Vanek do ANYTHING last night? At all?) The grit was definitely there – especially Timmy K, sticking up for hisself!! – but I expected a little more from the offense. That’s all. I just don’t want the Sabres to fall into bad habits, like that one they had last year of being the better team on the ice and then losing. That habit was supremely annoying.
One thing I was really impressed with, however, was Tyler Myers. And not just because he reminded me of Napoleon Dynamite. (“Yeah, I had fun. God.“) He was playing in all sorts of situations and I didn’t see him making any glaring mistakes. I thought he played really well for a 19 year-old making his NHL debut. There’s no way Lindy can send him back to juniors.
It hurt me that Sir Christopher was in front of Miller for Montreal’s game winning goal.
It seemed to me like Steve Montador got a lot of ice time.
Ryan Miller looked pretty good for most of last night. So did Carey Price.
Petey got all sorts of fighting-related penalties in his debut with the Devils.
Don Cherry cracked me up last night. Last year he and I didn’t get along very well, but I decided to give him a second chance this season and he hasn’t blown it yet.
BROOKS GOT THE HARD HAT! The Caps game was pretty sweet, what with five players scoring six goals and Alexander being a badass and getting the scoring started straightaway. The Monster wasn’t all that impressive, in my opinion. This is what I like to see, Washington. But let’s not see the brainfart that was the third period again.
Two things from Brooks’s interview:
1.) Notice GMGM wandering around in the background not once, but TWICE! First at the 58 second mark, the next time at the 2:10 mark. You can also see Ted walking around at the 1:22 mark. I love when people are randomly wandering around in the background during interviews so much.
2.) Which player is that hanging out with a baby at the 2:02 mark? I can’t really tell. Is it Mo the Second? It slightly resembles him, but I can’t say for certain.
We have to wait until Thursday for the Sabres to take on Phoenix, but on Thursday Philadelphia is playing Washington. That’s going to be a really good game, especially since Ray Emery decided to make it seem like his time in Russia actually did reform him.
So. The time has come to prepare a post previewing the Sabres. Where to begin? The Sabres were a mess last season, to be perfectly honest. Playoffs two years in a row, then no playoffs two years in a row, then they beat the Red Wings and the Caps in the preseason. Yes, I know we lost Drury and Briere, but seriously, dudes? Get over it. They weren’t the only players on this team.
The thing with these Sabres is that I can never decide if any of them have individual talents, or games like that 10-2 win over Edmonton are just a complete fluke. Yes, Thomas Vanek is good at putting the puck in the net. Yes, Tim Connolly is fabulous when he’s not lying in a hospital bed in a full body cast. Ryan Miller is frustratingly inconsistent, but when he’s on, good grief, is he on. Patrick Kaleta isn’t half-bad at throwing hits. Sir Christopher has a bright future ahead of him.
But I’m not sure if these Sabres are good enough to take the next step. Yes, if Gomez hadn’t taken out Miller we probably would have made the playoffs. But after seeing how the other teams played in the postseason, there’s an excellent chance that the Sabres would have been slaughtered in the first round. It would have painful, and it would have been ugly.
Darcy promised big changes this summer, so he let my Caveman go and signed Steve Montador in his place, and he brought back Mike Grier. Woo. Way to go, Darcy. Grier will (hopefully) be able to keep the whiny brats on this team in line, but that’s about it. He also signed about 27 enforcers and “gritty” players, so, you know, watch out, league. (I actually have a theory that Darcy watched Slapshot one too many times before free agency started and he wanted to be like the Chiefs and just beat up every team. If it’s old time hockey we’re going to be putting up with, I at least want a Killer.)
One thing Darcy didn’t do that we were all expecting was dump some of our dead weight. Yes, Max is gone, but we still have Hank and Jochen. Man, did those two frustrate me last season.
You know who else frustrated me? Jason Pominville. Jason effing Pominville. He was all cute and adorable and point-producing two years ago and then last season he completely sucked. It was awful.
Thomas Vanek was on track for fifty goals last season (remember when I was all freaked out that he would score more goals than Alex? Heh.) and then he broke his jaw. He’s definitely our best goal-scorer and I’d appreciate it if he could keep that up this year. I’m also counting on Derek Roy to be our best point-producer. Come on, Royzie. Do it for Kyle.
I’d really like some of the Portland kids to get a chance up here, but I’m not sure if that’ll happen or not since we don’t exactly have loads of roster space to give away. Gerbe and Kennedy might be ready to make the jump, but it really depends on who plays well in training camp and who else undergoes surgery right before the start of the season. Adam Mair.
Another concern is the Olympic Break. Yes, it will give some of our guys a chance to rest up, but not Ryan Miller. It became rather apparent two seasons ago that our fragile little goalie can’t handle playing a long season. The Olympics are kind of intense, and they’re going to exhaust him if he ends up being named the starting goalie.
I’m not going to make any predictions about this team, because I honestly don’t know where they’ll end up in the conference. What I do know is that they really are quite similar to the team we saw last year, and that team didn’t do a whole heck of a lot. Out of the playoffs is out of the playoffs, no matter what place you’re in.
Just a few personal letters to some of the players:
You just keep doing what you’re doing.
We gave you that contract extension because we believed in you, but you were kind of awful last season. Let’s just put the past in the past and move on. You can play better than you did. I believe in you.
Keep the little bastards in line.
Dear Sir Christopher,
I decided to make you my project this year, which means I love you even more and pay extra special attention to you. Not that there’s any pressure, I promise. I thought you were chivalrous and great player last year, and with even more time to grow and develop, you’ll get even better. Good luck, my young knight. May the force be with you.
Don’t forget your toothbrush on the road trips, sweetie!
Apparently San Jose lost? So Washington isn’t the only top seed that didn’t win! I feel slightly relieved.
So, last night I watched the Blackhawks game with Cari and Kim at Clare’s house. The ‘Hawks won, good times were had, and Adam Burish was selected as my new Blackhawks Boyfriend because I don’t love enough guys as it is/I need a Blackhawks boyfriend. I have no problems with this relationship.
I had kind of hopped on the Blue Jackets’ bandwagon when they were trying to make the playoffs, but, uh, I sort of hopped back off after watching the first period of last night’s game and seeing the final score. Sorry, Columbus. It was a lot of fun while it lasted. Better luck next year. (Although I did point out that if for some crazy reason the Blue Jackets were to beat Detroit and at some point face San Jose, it would be hilarious because R.J. Umberger would die from terror. I honestly believe that he got traded to the western conference because he didn’t want to deal with Campbell anymore, and then Soupy signed with Chicago…poor thing.)
Boston beat Montreal, no surprises there.
So, a while back I mentioned how Alex informed us in an interview that he, Michael, and Nicklas had something crazy planned for their hair in the playoffs. I proceeded spending way too much time trying to figure out if they would shave it all off (please, no. All that long blond hair!) or mohawk it (please, no. I wouldn’t be able to look at them without cracking up) or just dye it all red. Then the playoffs started, and other than Michael’s ridiculous mohawk nothing really seemed to have happened. I had noticed, however, that it kind of looked like Michael had some sort of red stripe running down the middle of his head, and sure enough, that’s what they did. Nicklas also has a crazy red stripe. (Thanks to everyone who informed me of this little detail.) Guys, this is what my brother and his friends did when they were all six years old. They would walk around with a stripe of colored spiking gel running down their heads. Nicklas Backstrom, you kill me.
Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 2 is tonight, and if Philadelphia actually remembers to show up for this one, it could be good.
P.S. The article in TBN today about Chris Butler, who has captured the hearts of women across Buffalo, was adorable. I love me a man with impeccable manners.
P.P.S. There’s also an article about Michael in Sports Illustrated this week, complete with a ridiculous picture. Even if you never read this article, there’s one thing you need to know. Michael Green used to be a world class sheep rider. Yes, you heard me right. Sheep rider.