Both the Sabres and Caps went to overtime. The Sabres lost. (Let’s not talk about it, Tyler.) The Caps won because Lars Nicklas Backstrom is so good at hockey and I don’t even know what words to use to describe him anymore.
For yesterday: the baby pictures made my life, I’m really sorry but I love Pavel Datsyuk, and Jochen Hecht played an amazing game. Too bad he couldn’t look like that more often.
Today: I love Nicki, I love Nicki, Flash and Fehric are really good together, and I love Nicki.
I’m not even going to say anything about Alex’s hit on Campbell. It looked like Soupy toe-picked. In one angle it looked like Alex got his back and from another angle it looked like he got his arm. I really don’t know. There’s no consistency in the NHL so it could go either way. The one thing I don’t like is Alex being compared to Matt Cooke. They are so completely different.
This game was really huge, because if it turns out it is a Stanley Cup Finals preview, I think Washington won the mental war today.
I’m not going to be able to see either game on Tuesday since I have a concert, but I already know what’ll happen for Buffalo: Atlanta will win. MacArthur and Max are probably going to have career nights too. At least the Sabres are predictable.
Not to sound cocky or anything, but I knew they’d win if I was there. And it wasn’t even for selfish reasons. Ottawa has been playing really well lately and Buffalo needs to keep getting two points.
Hecht’s shot in the shootout was hilarious. He schooled Marty. Jochen’s success in the shootouts amazes/amuses me to no end.
The first period was pretty boring, but it was huge that the Sabres didn’t fall behind. New Jersey isn’t exactly an offensive firepower, but they’ve got one of the best goalies ever and it’s harder to come back against them.
Speaking of goalies, I was asked last night by one of the people I was with who “that goalie for the other team is.” I was really patient when I explained the shootout but I had to inform everyone that he’s arguably the best goaltender in the history of the NHL.
I’m still in shock that Ryan let that goal in. Ryan. I thought you would have that one.
My seat was pretty insane. Center ice, club level. I’ve never sat there before so it was lots of fun.
Lindy’s got to go with Lala tomorrow against Boston. Ryan needs a rest and Lala needs to get his confidence back up. Boston isn’t exactly a huge threat so it would be a good time to play him.
Washington won 5-1. I heard it was a great game. They’re pulling away and I doubt the Sabres or Devils will be able to catch them. The ease with which they’ve been winning is kind of scary. There’s so much offense there. Cripes.
On the subject of Ilya Kovalchuk going to Washington, I personally don’t think it’s the best idea (and I also feel like there are other teams that would go after him way more aggressively). Yeah, he’s got a crapload of offense, but the Caps have proven that they don’t really need any extra goals. It wouldn’t be worth giving up what Atlanta would probably want in return and screwing up the chemistry they’ve got going for a rental, and I feel like a line with Alex and Kovy might not work. I know Alex has adopted a “pass first” mentality since being named captain, but that’s just too much offense and too much crazy Russian on one line. If the Caps get one thing at the deadline, I would rather it be a physical defenseman (yeah, their defense doesn’t suck as much as people say it does, but they still could use one). And, of course, that 40-year extension for Lars.
As for Buffalo, Kovalchuk would be the pure goal scorer I still wish Buffalo had (I don’t trust scoring by committee when none of our players has 20 goals. I just don’t like it), but defense is a weak part of Kovy’s game and Lindy would probably put a bullet in his head.
So yeah. There are my thoughts on the matter, for what it’s worth.
Woo!! Yay!! Hurray!! I know it’s been said in several other players, but dude, are the Sabres ever going to lose again? They’re so awesome and lovable and good right now. Sabres, you guys are the bestest.
The first two and a half minutes of the game last night were the best, especially since I was sitting a few rows behind the net where the first three goals were scored. It was pretty cool. Goosie makes the best faces.
I have a confession: When Vinny scored I looked over at a couple friends sitting a few sections over and we all made little hearts with our hands. Yeah, we went there.
Jochen Hecht looked rather zippy. I guess wanting to make the Olympics is really good motivation to play the best hockey you possibly can…Mike Green.
Sometimes low-scoring games can be fun if they’re fast and exciting, but when I’m actually at the game, I judge the awesomeness by how many times I get to stand up and cheer for a goal. I stood up five times last night, therefore it was a pretty awesome game.
The Sabres have won every game I’ve gone to this year except the preseason game. This is much better than last year and the year before that.
My jersey thoroughly enjoyed its first meeting with HSBC Arena. It hopes to become better acquainted with the arena, but understands that twice a year my other jersey gets to head on over for the game.
Just watch this. What a doofus. I love them all. Except maybe Mike Green. Um, Michael, what were you doing with your legs when you were sitting down there?
I also finally watched that NHL Network special on Alex’s goals. Guys, that’s pretty much why I fell in love with him. He is RATHER good at hockey, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed.
I hope the Sabres blow out the Leafs tomorrow night. That would be fun. I would also appreciate it if the Caps actually win the second game in a row tonight, since losing three straight is enough losses for now, thanks very much.
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.
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!
You know what? It sucks that the Sabres lost last night. I fully expected them to, but a tiny part of me thought maybe, just maybe, they could win the second game of a back-to-back/beat Ottawa.
I did, however, get to watch last night’s game with all the lady bloggers and oh what fun we had. If the Sabres are going to suck, I appreciate that they at least wait until I’m watching the game in good company so I don’t feel the need to jump out a window.
I had tweeted about it but kept forgetting to mention it here, and I feel bad saying something after last night’s game, but if the Sabres trading for Tellqvist wasn’t indication enough that Miller’s done for the season, this is: my uncle also happens to work at Roswell and saw him there with the children last week (let’s all say, “awww!” together!). He went up to him and asked how his ankle was doing and how long he thought he’d be out, and Miller said he was at least two weeks away from even getting back on skates. So, yeah. I hope Telly gets the start on Tuesday to rest Lala, and hopefully Patty’ll get back into top form.
Honestly, though, you want to know what the worst part about last night’s game was? JOCHEN HECHT scored and the Sabres lost. I didn’t even think the poor guy knew how to score. When he does, the Sabres should win.
Embarrassing is the only word I can really think of to describe that game. Getting shut out is bad enough, but getting shut out to the Islanders? Really?
It makes me sad that the Sabres can’t get a win for Lala. He’s been really reliable these past few games and has been making great saves, but apparently it’s way too much to ask the Sabres to actually score a freaking goal. I don’t care how many good chances they had in the first period tonight, Harry. Chances mean absolutely nothing when the team can’t actually score.
Trade deadline is Wednesday. I love the trade deadline because GMs can always be counted on to make completely wacky-doodle trades. There’s been a lot of talk surrounding a Connolly trade but I actually don’t think Timmy’ll get traded. He’s too important to this team right now and I get the feeling that Darcy will at least try to resign him. I definitely expect to see Tallinder shipped out (sorry Heather), and even though I tear up just thinking about it I worry about Pie. MacArthur has done absolutely nothing memorable lately and I really want Jochen Hecht to go away. Tallinder, Hecht, and MacArthur might seem like a good package to some of those wacko GMs who go wild on deadline day.
Semin’s OT winner in the Caps/Bruins game today was fantastic. I feel really bad for Timtom but when goals like that are scored you can’t help but laugh.
TV is supposed to be back by Wednesday. If the hockey gods have any mercy at all he will.
Don Cherry seems to think Alex’s goal celebrations make him like Sean Avery. Huh. I really don’t see where he gets that from. I do know that part of what makes the Capitals so fun to watch is their obvious love for the game and their excitement when they score. Watching them get incredibly fired up by goals makes me really happy.
Speaking of the Capitals, uh, there’s still room on the bandwagon. I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer but I’m just puttin’ it out there…
It’s ridiculously slow, so before it stops working again a few quick things:
- There was an article in TBN today about Jochen and how he needs to step up. I agree. When we were discussing the Sabres during the Ottawa game last Wednesday my mother mentioned at one point that it really didn’t seem like I disliked any of the Sabres. I told her that if I had to pick one Sabre I really didn’t like, aside from Max of course, it would be Jochen Hecht.
- Pommer updated his blog. Oh, Pommer. I really, really want to take him to the zoo and by him cotton candy or something. I want to babysit him and watch “The Wonder Pets.”
- I fell in love with the Atlanta Thrashers last night. I feel terrible, but I can not control the heart’s desire. They’re just so lovable. I always had a soft spot for Kovalchuk, but now it extends to the entire time. My love is actually based on three major points: 1) I’ve always had a thing for Ilya, 2) It’s really okay that I love them, because they kind of suck and they’re not really a threat to the Caps or Sabres, and 3) I desperately want to know why they call their goalie “Moose.” We’ll have to see how long this relationship lasts.
- Speaking of the Thrashers, while we don’t get Hurricanes hockey here we get Thrashers hockey. I watched their game last night but I conked out after the first period. (I’m pretty sure it was after the first. It’s was 4-2 Atlanta and “Sex and the City” had already ended.) When I woke up Clare informed me via Twitter that the Thrashers won 7-6 in the shootout. Why do I ALWAYS fall asleep before the exciting comebacks!?!?!?!
- The Rangers lost. Heh.
- The Penguins lost to the Islanders. Their new coach must be INCREDIBLE.
- Tonight’s game is on Versus, so we will be drinking root beer by the bottle and eating the best pizza on the planet. I really know how to live large.
Last night’s Sabres game was awesome. Just great. I loved the game against Edmonton because, um, who doesn’t love it when their team scores TEN GOALS in one game? The game against Calgary put me in a poor mood, but yesterday had been going so well for a hockey fan that I hoped the Sabres wouldn’t disappoint me.
Where do I start? With Ryan Miller and his REAL shutout, which was great? I really think it’s all mental with him. People in Buffalo like to beat him up for being a mediocre goalie, but he really just has to flip that switch. He looked great last night. I always got the feeling that he doesn’t do shutouts, but he’s already got four on the year. Woo!
Speaking of Ryan Miller, that article in the paper was really great. The picture on the front was a liiiittttllle creepy, but other than that I liked it a lot. Hearing what his parents had to say about him was nice. I know what it feels like to lose someone really close to cancer, and it really sucks. I think it’s incredible that he managed to turn that into a successful charity. It’s all very cool. I fully expect a call from my grandmother this afternoon reminding me that Ryan really is “a very nice boy,” and that I should DEFINITELY marry him. I absolutely love how my 86 year-old grandmother has a crush on Ryan Miller. It’s even cuter than her crush on Michael Phelps. (And just for the record, Grandma? You know I would marry him! He’s just a little old for me. It would be a lot less creepy if Alex and I got married. Plus there’s that thing Mom has with his eyebrows.)
You know who else is totally amazing? That would be Derek Roy. That pass last night was beautiful. He did a great job just throwing that puck to Pie to set up that goal. He was getting knocked down so there was a really good chance that the puck would go flying the wrong way or Pie would miss it, but the fact that Derek managed to get it to him and Pie managed to score was great. I got all excited and started jumping around after that goal.
Pkaleta came back and got in a fight! I was so excited that he was back in the lineup, but I freaked out when he got in that fight. PATRICK. You have been walking around in a NECK BRACE for the past two months. BE CAREFUL. He lost, but, you know, a fight is a fight, and I’m just glad he didn’t fall apart.
Jaro and Jochen did, however, fall apart. I hope they both get better quickly. I don’t want to hurt Jochen’s feelings, but I’m a little more worried about Jaro. Aside from the fact that our defensive corps consists of like two players at this point, Jochen hasn’t really been a huge contributor out there. He’s kind of been getting on my nerves this season.
Patches’s fight was really cute. That’s the only way I can describe it.
I have a confession to make. Tim Connolly is really good at hockey. See, I have this mental state where it’s easier for me to just loathe Timmy, because then when he gets hurt I can say, “Oh, well, he’s a loser and I dislike him strongly so whatever.” But Dear Readers, Timmy is really, really good at hockey. When he’s healthy and playing like he’s been playing these past few games, he’s such an asset to the team. The Sabres really can’t keep him because there’s such a risk of him getting hurt, but can you imagine if he was always healthy? I get excited just thinking about it. Maybe Darcy could sign him for a lot less? Because If we could get him for a bargain it would be great to have him around…he’s just such a liability. He has to realize that he couldn’t make as much as he’s worth though because of his injury history. Hmm. This will be tough. As it’s the second half of the season, I’ve been thinking a lot about which UFAs the Sabres should keep. Max is gone, but I almost think they should keep Al, even if for no other reason than to have him around for shootouts. Timmy..I don’t know about him. There would be pros and cons if he stuck around.
The Leafs beat the Pens last night (thank you Luke Schenn and your amazing hitting powers), so now there’s a four point cushion between the Sabres and the Penguins. Only three points between the Sabres and the Panthers, and the Hurricanes somehow managed to sneak back in and are only two points behind. It’ll be another huge game in Anaheim tomorrow night. The Sabres need all the points they can get.
One quick question: Why does Wayne Gretzky always look so EXTREMELY peeved when he’s coaching? If he’s not careful, his face is going to freeze with him looking majorly pissed like that.
Tonight we will all be settling in to watch the Super Bowl. I am rooting for Arizona for two reasons:
1. I love a good underdog. I rooted for the Giants last year because I wanted the underdog to win. (I also rooted for them because I love the Manning brothers unconditionally and because Tom Brady is a douche, but that’s not important now)
2. Remember the teacher I mentioned a few days ago, the one we all hate? Well, he has a major man-crush on Ben Roethlisberger and absolutely loves the Steelers. To put it in perspective: his love for Big Ben makes me look like I’m mildly interested in Alex Ovechkin. He had tickets to a Steelers game a few months ago and was actually kissing them before the bell rang. His computer desktop is a huge picture of Ben Roethlisberger. (Frostee’s Mom: Well, you have a picture of Alex on your desktop, and you have tons of pictures of hockey players on your walls. Frostee: Yeah. I’m also a teenaged girl. Not a 30 year-old married man. Frostee’s Dad: *snorts on his water*) He even got into a huge argument with one of the kids in class on Monday when the boy suggested that the Cardinals would win this year because they’re the underdogs like the Giants were. My dear teacher spent a good ten minutes yelling about how this Super Bowl will be won by the team with the best defense, and that is OBVIOUSLY the Steelers. It was absolutely hilarious watching him.
So, Cardinals! May the best defense team win! I will be watching the Sens/Caps game working on my debate and helping with the pizza bread until then. (Yesterday’s post game interview was SO CUTE because when Alex was talking about why 12:30 games suck he mentioned “sleeping before…in a bed.” Oh, Alex. What would we do without you always clarifying where and why certain things happen?)
Last night’s Sabres game was AWESOME. I can’t even come up with enough adjectives to describe how much fun I had watching it. The Sabres scored TEN GOALS, and it wasn’t even against a bottom-feeder like Atlanta. Staffy with the tour du chapeau (ever since I watched the French feed of a Montreal game back in December, I have called hat tricks by their french name because it’s funny), Royzie and TV with three point nights, Timmy with two goals, Patches with a goal (!), Spacek with a goal, Hecht with a goal. (And did everyone notice how after Hecht scored last night, they showed Roy sitting on the bench? My theory is that they have absolutely no idea who Hecht is and just showed a random Sabre.) The commentators were all, “We love Buffalo!” the whole night, which was quite nice. I was amused by how even when the score was 6-1 Sabres, they still thought the Oilers could make a comeback. That was cute.
The Sabres game last night was definitely one of my favorite of the season, but that doesn’t mean I’m just going to forgive the hockey gods and forget what happened. You see, as the Sabres game didn’t start until nine, I decided to tune into another game at seven. The Caps/Bruins game last night looked to be a pretty good one, so I thought I’d check in and see what happened. Greenie started the scoring, both teams looked good, it was a fun time. Then, in the second period, Alex came roaring down the wing with Chara right behind him. As Chara could think of nothing else to do to prevent Alex from scoring, he hooked him. Alex then lost his balance and FLEW SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE BOARDS. HE THEN STAYED ON HIS BACK WITH HIS EYES CLOSED FOR A REALLY LONG TIME. Dear Readers, saying I freaked out would be a complete understatement. See, as a hockey fan I realize that getting hurt is part of the job. Injuries to the Sabres may or may not have cost them a Stanley Cup a few years ago, and right now defensemen are dropping like flies. Still, I expect injuries. That doesn’t mean I don’t worry when they happen, because last week when Teppo was lying face-first on the ice I had a panic attack, but it’s not like I’m taken completely by surprise. Um, Tim Connolly plays on my favorite team. I’m used to injuries. See, the thing is, Alex doesn’t do injuries. There’s a long list of games where he got hurt and bounced right back up and kept playing. Seeing him lie on the ice with his eyes closed was really scary. Then, when he slammed both of his gloves on the ground and threw away his helmet – with his left hand! – I got really worried. I was all set to change the pink sheets on my bed to a more masculine, er, purple so that I could tuck him in and give him the ice pack I used after my Gardasil shots and make him cookies and let him flip through old Seventeen magazines and nurse him back to health when he came skating back out in the third period. Alex, if you were fine, then WHY DID YOU SCARE ME LIKE THAT?!?! Good grief.
And in the post-game interview, Alex claims that he forgives Chara. They showed him talking to Chara in the third and Alex just shrugged, but I couldn’t figure out if he was saying, “Hey, that’s hockey, no hard feelings,” or “Yeah, I called the Russian Mafia, but they haven’t called me back yet. I’d lock your door tonight if I was you.”
The hockey gods realized how insanely furious at them I was, so they sent me a good Sabres game. I haven’t forgiven them, but at least the Sabres got two important points and an even more important confidence boost. These Western Conference road trips usually give me nightmares, but the Sabres look like they might actually do good this time around. Woo, Sabres! Just keep this positive mindset going into tonight’s game, and you’ll be fine.
What’s that? Zetterberg signed a 12-year contract? Worth $72 million? Yikes.