It Was Fun While It Lasted.

February 15, 2010 at 9:15 am | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Buffalo Sabres, Olympics, San Jose Sharks, Sergei Fedorov, Sidney Crosby, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

The Sabres started off the Olympic break the right way, beating the Sharks. I missed the first period but I saw the rest of the game and they played really well. Much better than they’ve been playing since that awful West Coast trip. They did all the things they needed to and I just hope they don’t forget all of the little things when they get back from vacay.

The Senators, however, won their game and bumped Buffalo back down to fifth. Damn it, Ottawa.

Sidney Crosby also tied Alex back up for the goal-scoring lead. SO not cool. And the worst part is that Sidney is playing Buffalo in the first game after the Olympics so he’s sure to get a few more, and Alex is also playing Buffalo in his first game back but I’ll be there so goals most likely won’t be happening. I really don’t get why he won’t score when I’m there.

Team USA kicks off tomorrow afternoon. I will be missing it since when I signed up for volunteer hours this month I neglected to check the hockey schedule. Team Russia, however, will be playing at midnight. I plan on watching it. If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is.

I’m a little scared to see Sergei. I had finally gotten over him (thank you, Mike Knuble!) but I’m afraid seeing him play with the Alexes will just be too much. Sniffle.

I Am Alive!

February 13, 2010 at 11:05 am | Posted in Olympics, Ryan Miller | 1 Comment

Sorry about that, guys.  Things have just been so crazy at school and it’s not like the Sabres were doing anything worth blogging about (although it’s almost gotten comical at this point.  You think your team is bad?  Yeah, well, our team can’t even skate!) and I’m just a little peeved that when I go to the Caps game in a few weeks I won’t be witnessing history.

However, I don’t have to worry about school for another week and the Olympics are starting, so, hurray!

Going by collective sports I’d have to say the Summer Olympics would probably be my favorite because I like more of the sports, but the Winter Olympics have my favorite sport, so I’m excited.  Olympic hockey is going to be so much fun. I can now obsess about Team Russia without feeling bad about getting too hyped up.  If they lose to Canada I will sob like a baby.

The Opening Ceremony last night was cute.  Definitely not on par with Beijing and a little slow at times, but other than that I liked it.  Wayne Gretzky lit the cauldron (is this the worst-kept secret ever, or does Alex’s Hart Trophy in 2008 still win that distinction?) and Bobby Orr helped carry out the flag.  I love Bobby Orr.  A lot.  I can’t explain it.  I get all emotional whenever I see him at events like this.  I teared up a little when he skated out at the Winter Classic.

The only reason I’ll be watching any of the game tonight is that I’m babysitting and there won’t be anything else to do after the kids go to bed.  And I’m not really interested in the Hockey Night in Canada game, so I’m stuck.  But this game is going to be bad.  It’s going to be very, very bad.

I’m now legitimately starting to worry that Ryan Miller will come back from the Olympics in a body bag.  As bad as he’s been, it’s a scary thought.

I Need This Olympic Break.

February 6, 2010 at 9:53 am | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Atlanta Thrashers, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Chris Clark, Columbus Blue Jackets, Frostee Loves Way Too Many Guys, Happy!!, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Losing Sucks, Olympics, Ryan Miller, Sidney Crosby, That was absolutely terrible., Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | 1 Comment

I think the Sabres and I need this Olympic break.  I’m pissed as hell at them and we need to regroup.  I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to watch them this week since I’m insanely ridiculously busy (last week before break, whoop whoop), but this might not be the worst thing.  I mean, they lost to Carolina last night.  The Carolina Hurricanes.  And Ryan Miller was terrible.  And he’s playing every game at the Olympics.  We’re screwed.

However, one glance at the schedule right after the Olympics proves that it’s not exactly going to get better, what with the Sabres playing Pittsburgh and Washington (I’ll be there!  I’ll be there!) back-to-back.  Yikes.

The Caps, however, continue to be SO AMAZING AND FUN AND EXCITING.  FREE CHICKEN WINGS FOR EVERYONE!!  I encourage all of you to take a gander at the league leaders stat page on NHL.com.  It is HIGHLY ENJOYABLE to do so.

Lars Nicklas and Sidney Crosby are tied for points.  Just throwing that out there.  CLEARLY Sidney is the better player, though.

My parents were at the Sabres game last night and I’ve never seen them come home from a game as pissed as they were last night.  It was a mess.  I need to stop fuming about it.

Tonight the Sabres travel to Columbus to take on my beloved Chris Clark.  I still feel a dull ache when I think of him despite how ridiculous Alex has been since he got himself the C.  I, however, will be missing the game as I will be attending a party.  Oh, Christopher.  Know that you and your classiness will be on my mind.

If I check my phone at 9:30 tonight and find that the Sabres lost to Columbus too, I might have to do something drastic.

Again?!

January 2, 2010 at 9:50 am | Posted in Atlanta Thrashers, Buffalo Sabres, Ilya Kovalchuk, Olympics, Paul Gaustad, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome, Zach Bogosian | 2 Comments

Here’s the deal: Yes, I’m very happy the Sabres came back and won that game, and yes, I feel really bad for Hedberg. Poor thing. He deserved better. But while I still get giddy thinking about the comeback against the Penguins, this game just bugged me. Why the eff can’t this team show up in the first period? Eventually they’re going to run into a team they can’t come back against. I don’t understand.

I’m glad Ilya and Evander scored, I’m sad Zachity Zach didn’t. I do love those boys.

I know the Sabres are second in the conference, but I just don’t feel like they’re a good team. How can you do so well when you have no offense and your power play sucks most of the time?

Paul Gaustad seemed very pissy. I would imagine it has something to do with him not making the Olympics. I’m rather upset that he didn’t. Other than that, I wasn’t too surprised by the roster. They’re going to need a miracle to do any damage. And I don’t mean that as a pun.

The Winter Classic was cool to see, but the game itself was kind of boring. I’m glad there was a fight and the ending was interesting, but that’s all. I’ve already gotten to see the Sabres in one, how much longer until the Caps get theirs?

Speaking of the Caps, I’m a fan of the commercials. They better right the failboat today.

Time to go do work. Ew.

Sad Times.

December 29, 2009 at 10:34 am | Posted in Andrej Sekera, Carolina Hurricanes, Chris Clark, Empty Threats, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Losing Sucks, Olympics, Players, Sidney Crosby, That was absolutely terrible., This Irks Me, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

Last night the Capitals lost to the pukey Hurricanes 6-3.  Eric Staal had a FIVE POINT night.  Let that all sink in, kids.  6-3.  To the Hurricanes.

Bruce and Brooks and everyone else keeps going on and on about how finding out two hours before a game that two teammates/friends/the captain had been traded wasn’t the reason for their total disinterest in the game.  I know they’ve got to say things like that.  And part of that game was Theo sucking and Erskine sucking and then both of them sucking together.

But part of it was the trade.  You could tell.  The guys looked on the verge of tears in the postgame interviews.  I don’t understand why the trade had to be made RIGHT THEN.  If it had been in the works since September, it could have been done after the game or long enough before that the guys weren’t all in shock on the ice.

I just hope this game isn’t an indication of how things are going to go out in California.  That…would be bad.

At one point last night I read somewhere that they wouldn’t rush to name a new captain out of respect for Christopher.  Um, two things:

1.)  I get that, but right now your team is captainless and after the game last night, they need someone to stand up and tell them they all suck and get them motivated.

2.)  You’re really talking about respect for him right after you traded him?  For reals?

I’m taking this trade much harder than I probably should, but I’m on break so it’s not like I have other things to think about.

I can’t be mad at Lars Nicklas for taking a double minor because I still can’t stop laughing that he actually high-sticked a guy and did so hard enough to draw blood.

Andrej Sekera made the Slovakian Olympic team.  Woo, Reggie!  I’m not a huge fan of him and his bald head, but congrats.  Gooo Olympics!

I decided that if Paul makes Team USA I might have to splurge and get a Gaustad Team USA jersey.  Otherwise I’ll just get an Ovechkin Russia one or a Backstrom Sweden one.  My birthday is, after all, in the midst of all the Olympic fun.

If the Sabres fail to score on 17 power plays like they did last time they played Pittsburgh I will flip shit.  They also better win this game.  I looked for Sidney Crosby when I was at the mall yesterday but alas, it would appear as though he has filled his shopping quota for the month.

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.

Happy Boxing Day!!

December 26, 2009 at 11:55 am | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Buffalo Sabres, Frostee Loves Way Too Many Guys, Happy!!, Olympics, Ottawa Senators, Patrick Lalime, Players, Ryan Miller, Semyon Varlamov, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

I hope you all enjoyed your day yesterday, whether you celebrate Christmas or Festivus or any other holidays that fell over the past few days.  I know I did.

Santa didn’t bring me as many hockey-related gifts as he did last year, but I did get a Sabres calendar, a fleece blanket in Sabres colors (to go with the fleece blanket in Caps colors I had already gotten), and, of course, my new jersey.

It’s so pretty.  It’s a third jersey, because the slugs are ugly and I don’t want to wear them and supposedly they’ll be gone after this season.  It’s blank.  I’m toying with getting it customized with Tyler’s name and number, because I kind of adore him (and it only made me love him more when he ran into Alex Wednesday night and bounced off), but I might just leave it blank because it’s kind of cool like that too.  Now, I just have to get to a few Sabres games that the Caps aren’t playing in so I can actually wear the thing to HSBC Arena.

Team Russia’s roster was announced late Thursday night.  It was rather exciting.  The original list I saw freaked me out a bit because Alex’s name was the second last, but fear not, it was there.  It also made me laugh because for Varly it said “Semen Varlamov.”  Semen and Jizz, together for the Olympics.  Even if he doesn’t see any ice time, which I doubt he will, it’s still really exciting that Varly made the team and will be able to get invaluable experience for Sochi.  I don’t know too much about the KHL players on the team, but I do know that the offense is really, really scary.  Holy cow.  Watch out, everyone.  These guys are loaded.

Will Lala be starting tonight?  I’m sure the Sabres will lose either way, so they might as well give Ryan the night off.  Especially after he gave up five goals Wednesday.  It seems like we’ve been seeing an awful lot of the Senators lately even though this is only the third game against them this season.  The Senators have been getting a lot of press-time lately, between partaking in poisoning opponents and arson and getting engaged to Carrie Underwood.  (Has everyone seen the rock?  It’s huge.  She’d sink straight to the bottom.) Alfie and Spezza are out and Heatley is gone so the Sabres won’t have to deal with that, but I still have no faith in them against this team.

After the way the Caps manhandled the Sabres and put five past Miller, I’m looking forward to seeing how they handle Marty Brodeur tonight.  If they get swept by the Devils I might cry.

Now, off to go eat all the leftover Christmas cookies.

I Like It When The Sabres Win.

December 15, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Happy!!, Olympics, Patrick Kaleta, Ryan Miller, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

I only saw the last seven minutes of the game last night, but I’m okay with that because everyone I talked to said that was the most exciting part. The Sabres are so awesome at hockey right now. It’s nice to watch them win and considering how I’m not even sure I’ll make it through the next week and a half, I’m glad I don’t have to worry about them.

I get this whole scoring by committee thing, but I kind of wish some of the Sabres had more than ten goals.

Patty K. scored another shorty last night. This is ridiculous. I could totally get used to him scoring six goals a season. Maybe even more, since it’s only December.

I enjoy listening to announcers talk about how Ryan Miller is making a case for himself at the Olympics. At this point I’d say it’s pretty safe to say that Brian Burke realizes the only way Team USA stands a chance is with him in net.

I love the Sabres.

Hurray For New TVs!!

October 30, 2009 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Derek Roy, Drew Stafford, Jason Pominville, Lindy Ruff, Olympics, Paul Gaustad, Players, Randomness, Ryan Miller, Tim Connolly, Tim Connolly must be made of toothpicks and chewing gum, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, What Is Up With All These Injuries? | Leave a comment

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!

Aw, Lindy

August 27, 2009 at 6:15 pm | Posted in Lindy Ruff, Olympics | Leave a comment

90079892Lindy:  So THIS is what a Stanley Cup winning coach looks like.

He’s so pretty.

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