I have come to the conclusion that the Sabres are a bad team with a good goalie, but by the time I turned on the game last night Ryan had already been pulled. That’s awesome guys. Really really awesome. At this point it’s almost a lock that they’ll make the playoffs, but it’s nice to know that they want to go into the postseason on a role.
Don’t tell anyone, but the Caps are really impressive when Alex is out of the lineup. Those kids, they just keep on plugging along. Brooks Laich is awesome.
The NHL is back, guys! Technically it started last night, but tonight the Sabres take on Pittsburgh and tomorrow Washington (AND I WILL BE THERE!! WOO!! I MISSED YOU ALL SO MUCH!!) Buffalo…does not have a very easy start to the schedule. Pittsburgh and Washington back-to-back isn’t going to be a walk in the park. And despite how awesome Ryan was at the Olympics, it’s not like I have faith in the rest of the team to elevate their playing, get back to The System, etc.
I love how it is now HUGE NEWS that Ryan Miller will most likely NOT be facing Sidney Crosby in a rematch of Sidney’s epic battle. Pens fans, this is probably for the best. I get the feeling your captain is not our goalie’s favorite person right now.
I never wanted Canada to win, even for a second, and I’m still bitter, but I am a little happy that Lindy got a gold medal. I ❤ you, Lindy. Congrats.
The trade deadline is tomorrow. Like, whoa. That crept up on us. I don’t expect Darcy to do anything at all tomorrow. It’s better to be brutally realistic and not be disappointed at times like these.
(But, uh, private to GMGM, if you wanted, like, say, a stay at home defensemen who knows how to play tight defense, that would be, um, pretty sweet. Just throwin’ that out there.)
And to all you fans wondering, Alex Ovechkin will NOT score a goal tomorrow night. I’m sorry. I know we’re all expecting some huge outburst after Russia got eliminated, but it’s going to have to wait until Thursday night. He just does not play well when I’m at the games. He traditionally plays like crap, actually. Butthead.
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.
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.
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.
I knew the Sabres would lose last night, but getting SHUT OUT by Ottawa? Really? That was bad on so many levels I don’t even want to talk about it. When Brian Elliot has a 6-0 record against your team, that’s pretty gross.
Apparently a bunch of the guys had food poisoning. That definitely sucks. Sorry, boys. It’s just further proof that Ottawa wants to do you in.
I am beyond disgusted that Ruutu isn’t being suspended. I had to rewind the hit to show my family when they got home and…it was even worse than when it actually happened. That wasn’t even a guy throwing a check and ending up getting him from behind. That was Ruutu coming out of nowhere and blatantly using his elbow to nail a guy in the head. There is absolutely no need for that in the NHL.
I’m really not too worried about the game against Toronto, but things could get interesting on Saturday. I know how well Lala played against Chicago, but putting him in against Pittsburgh seems awful bold of Lindy. I guess when you’re in his good graces, you’re in his good graces.
Judging from the article in today’s paper, it would seem as though Lindy had a pretty good idea that the Sabres would not win the game last night. Well, at least he didn’t get his hopes up or anything.
I did not pay the closest attention to the game, but from what I did see, the Sabres looked disinterested and lazy. Bad Sabres. BAD. Go sit in the corner in timeout. Pommer finally tried to get something going with a minute left, but it wasn’t enough. Whatevs. I’m just disappointed that Ryan can give up two goals and the Sabres lose. I guess we don’t have quite as much offense as we thought. Or we used it up against the Canadiens.
The Capitals, on the other hand, had offense galore last night. Again, I didn’t see too much, but the first time I flipped to that game it was 3-1 and I saw them make it 4-1, the second time I flipped over it was 7-1, and the last time I checked it was 8-2. Welcome back, Laviolette! I know everyone’s saying that Bylsma lost his first game coaching the Penguins, btu wasn’t that in the shootout? The Flyers completely rolled over and died. Michael had two goals and two assists, Lars had five (FIVE!!!) points, they went 4-8 on the power play (against a team that’s supposed to be good on the penalty kill. Oops), and David Steckel FINALLY scored his first goal. David, it was about effing time.
It amuses me how the Caps have scored 14 goals over the two games that Alex has been suspended. The Sabres better watch out Wednesday night. Playing Washington and Chicago in a row and then going to play the Rangers again on the second night of a back-to-back is actually going to be a really good test for them. I look forward to seeing how they play.
I saw the YouTube video of Carcillo punching Matt Bradley. It was awful. What a douchebag. Poor Brads. I hope that didn’t upset his pregnant wife too much. (She hasn’t had the baby yet, has she?)
I will be missing most of the games tomorrow night, but then I get to see both of my teams in person on Wednesday!! Yay!!
- The new issue of Men’s Journal has a lovely photo spread of one of my preferred stupid, suspended Russians. I spent about thirty seconds looked high and low across the internet but couldn’t find the pictures already on there and since my camera is in need of new batteries and the scanner has been broken for three years, you’ll just have to trust me that aside from the model who probably had intercourse with him, the pictures are pretty darn hot.
- I saw a Myers third jersey today in school. It made me warm and fuzzy.
- NHL.com and I have been in a battle of epic proportions since May: I want a Lars t-shirt and they don’t want me to get one. I decided this in May when Larsie was tearing it up in the playoffs and being a BAMF and I was so in love with the Capitals and the first two games of the second round and everything was sunshine and daisies. I think the video in this post also had a lot to do with that decision. I made my way over to the online NHL Store only to discover that the only size they carried was an adult XXL. There is no way a shirt in this size would ever, possibly fit me, so I decided to wait. I checked periodically throughout the summer but it wasn’t until early October that they finally appeared to restock and appeared to be carrying my size. I hurried to place my order and I was reviewing the final order before submitting it, I discovered that the item I ordered was backordered and it would ship in 2-4 weeks. “I’ve been waiting since May,” I said to myself, “So I have no problem waiting a few extra weeks. I won’t let them win.” You can therefore imagine my surprise when, a week later, I received an email saying that my order had been further delayed and I would receive notification when it shipped. Today I got an email saying the order was cancelled. As I was NOT going to let them win, I hurriedly placed a call to the number at the bottom of the email. I have now re-placed my order. I got 20% off and it will ship in 2-4 weeks, they promise. It’s not even like I want a Lars shirt SO BADLY that I simply HAVE TO HAVE IT, but just forgetting I ever wanted one is like letting the terrorists win. So, NHL.com, you may have won this round, but I assure you that I will be victorious in the end.
- I’m so sad that Spacek, formerly known as the beloved Caveman, is coming back to Buffalo.
- I’m starting to get really pissed at Lindy. Yo, dude, I get that we’re the only team that has yet to win a game with a backup in net, but seriously, Ryan is going to FALL APART.
- Does anyone know if Matt Bradley is a papa yet?
- I do not understand how Chicago is going to fit Toews, Kane, and Keith under the cap along with the Soupster, Hossa, and Huet. It doesn’t make sense. Isn’t that like 90% of their payroll right there? There isn’t enough room!
- I’m glad tomorrow’s Friday.
Ryan Miller’s not actually starting tonight, is he? I mean, I know that he kept us alive in that Carolina game (as he does in every game), but you’ve gotta give the guy a break. Their schedule is hellish for the next couple weeks and it’s just Toronto tonight and Lala really needs to get in there again because it’s been –
Wait. Miller is starting tonight? You’re kidding, right? Lindy, are you TRYING TO KILL HIM?
The Sabres lost 5-2 to the Flyers. This is pukey and disgusting and gross and yucky and I don’t ever want to talk about it ever again. End of story, goodbye.
Well, no. I’m just tired and by extension, I’m not in the best of moods. I wanted the Sabres to compete tonight and play hard and at least make it a close one. Yes, Tyler scored to make it 4-2, but I didn’t see that goal and they still ended up losing. Not cool, Buffalo. Not. Cool.
After the second period I kind of gave up on them and flipped over to the Capitals game. Whatever. At least they won.
Ryan Miller has been really good so far this season, but if he’s in net tomorrow night I will flip shit. Lindy, STOP PLAYING HIM. OMG HE’S GOING TO BREAK.
Jose has been really good too. This makes me happy, but this confuses me. Jose, you’re supposed to suck and make me want to hurt people. What is this?
I’m glad Derek finally started scoring. Thank you, D. I appreciate it.
Tim Kennedy is just good at life. He and Mike Grier are so awesome together.
I wonder how many posts I’m going to write this year that involve the sentence “Timmy K and Mike Grier rock my socks when they play together on a line.”
I’m a bit perplexed by the Flyers. First, they’re so good and they’re amazing and they could ever win the Stanley Cup! Then they’re a one-line team. They certainly have a few injuries, but I don’t like using that as an excuse. It seems like such a copout. Half the players are going to be injured by the time you get to the Cup finals; you need to suck it up and be able to get past injuries during the regular season.
I like Mo the Second.
The Capitals are all breaking one by one. If something happens to Lars I don’t know what I’ll do with myself.
This post is very rambly. I apologize. I’m watching last night’s “Project Runway” and I’m really worried that Christopher is going to make it to Fashion Week.