Yes, the Caps won 6-3 (and let me tell you something, Alexander Ovechkin looked BEYOND RIDICULOUS in his postgame interview with his ripped off sleeves and his hardhat. Me: “He looks like a gay construction worker.” Mom: “You’re completely right.” [ed. note: I mean this in a really affectionate way, trust me]). That was fun and I’m looking forward to Friday night.
But the Sabres lost in the second overtime because Drew Stafford is a worthless pile of poo and now they’re down 3-1 and there’s no way they’re gonna come back from that and I’m not even going to be able to see the game Friday so I won’t see them again until October and I’m sad and Ryan Miller deserves so much better and at this point he should probably just go on a killing spree or something because it’s not like his teammates care about him.
AND Colorado lost last night. That’s just the sour icing on the overcooked, dried-out cake.
Raise your hand if you think Brooks Laich is a really important part of the team.
Yeah, I thought so.
P.S. I realize that technically it’s “bad” that Vanek and Connolly are out, but Ennis and Gerbe have been playing so well that it might be one of those delightful blessings in disguise. Likewise, I would completely support the current idea going around that Lindy should bench Stafford when one of the injured guys gets back. And that’s only partly because halfway through the second period Saturday night, I turned to my dad and asked him if Drew had been shot a few months ago and the Sabres just never told us. Where is he??
I have my first midterm at eight tomorrow. I have yet to actually make an effort to study for it. This could make things interesting. I will not be watching the game tonight, but I’ll be going to the game on Wednesday so we can try to keep this win streak with me in attendance alive.
Vancouver very realistically could crush them tonight. They manhandled Chicago and Buffalo is starting to get homesick.
I’m glad everyone has covered the Furry Convention. Those pictures were some of the funniest pictures I’ve ever seen. Ryan Miller, Drew Stafford, you’re a couple of funny kids.
I enjoy Drew’s Twitter immensely.
Time to go learn. Yay for oodles of extra credit!
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.
It probably won’t come as a surprise to you that I don’t like the Penguins. At all. I hate them. Part of it is that I don’t like how they were forced down our throats, part of it is that I’m still bitter from the Winter Classic, and part of it is that, hello! I’m also a Capitals fan. No Pens love here.
That being said, I was none too pleased when it was 3-0 last night. The Caps had dug themselves in a similar hole last night, my jersey was about to go 0-2, the players all looked like crap, and even worse, Ryan Miller looked like crap. I’ve reconciled myself with the fact that our team isn’t all that special, but we have an insanely good goalie. When even our insanely good goalie is playing badly, I get a little angry.
Then Drew Stafford got a penalty shot.
I know pretty much everyone else has already said it, but that was huge for both him and the team to go out and score on the penalty shot. And it was even bigger for him to score another goal. And then, after I spent the past few games yelling at Jason, it was big for him to go and score another goal. And, of course, Goosie. It was so ridiculously awesome to watch that game and the comeback. These are the games that are so much fun while you’re watching them, and then weeks or months later it’s fun to bring them up. Yes, I do remember when the Sabres came back and kick the Penguins’ collective asses in regulation! Yes, that was an awesome game!
This might have been the highlight of the game. Tyler, you simply are the best.
Steve Montador is kind of wonderful, guys. I’m just throwing that out there. Maybe Darcy totally knew what he was doing.
Patrick Lalime’s numbers since his “little trip” to Portland (Jason, you’re too cute) have been kind of stellar. It was really cool not having to freak out about the backup letting in sixteen goals after the starter let in three soft ones. Patrick Lalime has been very, very good. I love it.
I sort of feel like this whole “getting pulled and then throwing a temper tantrum” is something we’ll have to tread lightly around with Ryan. After the way he looked on the bench, I certainly would be too scared to ask him about it. Be careful on NHL Live today, guys. This is, after all, the guy who mentioned stabbing Scott Gomez.
This was definitely the best game of the season. It was also my favorite game of the season. And these two points are so important since they will be losing to the Thrashers Friday night.
On the Capitals side of things, Jason Chimera wants me to like him. Sorry, Jason. I like that someone is swearing his head off in the background (Michael?) and I love how stupid Alex is (did you know he collects players’ sticks? He’s such a wackadoodle), but I simply cannot love you. Score the Stanley Cup clinching goal and we’ll talk. But for now, we are enemies.
And don’t you dare hug Karl Alzner like that.
During the first intermission tonight, we were treated to an interview in which Drew Stafford discusses Festivus. I was really impressed by this video for two reasons:
1.) Videos like this are pretty much the norm for a lot of other teams, but one gripe I’ve always had about the Sabres is that after a crappy game or when I’m in the mood for warm and fuzzy Sabre-love, there aren’t any hilarious/ridiculous/cute videos to watch. I like that we get to see a guy’s personality for once.
2.) The biceps. Two tickets for the gun show, please!!
(Lindy didn’t hurt at the end either: “I don’t even know why you would ask me such a stupid question.” Lindy, you’re not so bad.)
On the other side, Alex was dancing along to some techno music at the end of the game. I sincerely hope someone gets it up on Youtube.
While the intermission was rather enjoyable, the game itself was crap for the Sabres. They sucked in the first period, they played a great second period, and then they sucked/spent too much time in the box in the third period. Ryan Miller looked like the Miller of old on the first two goals, and if we’re going to start seeing more of that I will scream. The penalty killing didn’t hold up when they needed it the most. The power play continues to suck major ass. I can’t even articulate how bad it is. I…..it…..nightmares….
AND they play Ottawa next, so, you know, kicks and giggles, sunshine and lollipops. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Lala start after Miller gave up five goals tonight, and also since December 26 is the most popular day for backups to start. (That’s one of my favorite statistics, by the way.)
The Caps, on the other hand, played a really great game. They started quickly, they didn’t lose their heads when the Sabres cut it down to a one-goal lead, and the finally managed to get something going on the two-man advantage. Their 5-3 was horrible Saturday night and their power play wasn’t much better up in Canada, so to see them get two goals with the advantage when they needed it was nice. Unfortunate it had to happen against the Sabres, but at least it happened.
I don’t get to see these two teams play each other again until March. Frowny face.
Neuvy was pretty good last night. He didn’t see any action in the first period, but he was rather solid in the second.
Lars scoring makes me all warm and fuzzy.
It’s about time Tim Connolly tried to make something happen. I really like how he’s been working hard and justifying his contract.
I enjoyed all the faceoffs Goosie and David took against each other. I’d have to check the actual statistics, but I think Paul had the upper hand this time.
Steve Montador is only a little gross without his fake tooth in.
LOL moment of the night: Mike Green saying he likes blocking shots. Sure thing, Michael. Whatever you say.
He’s so cute when he tries to pretend he actually gives a crap about defense.
Have a very safe and happy holidays, everyone, and enjoy Festivus!! Thanks again for reading. You’re all the bestest.
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.
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!
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!
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.