I already had a semi-rant about LeBron last night and I don’t want to say anything else. But my heart broke for Cleveland fans last night. Those poor people. Can you imagine if Ryan Miller had never signed his contract extension and instead went on TSN or Versus to tell the world that he wasn’t signing with Buffalo and instead was bolting for somewhere else? I would probably be borderline suicidal. And that’s all I have to say about that.
Twilight vs. Harry Potter update: Eclipse sucked balls but I stood up and cheered after the Deathly Hallows tailer (OH MY GOD THE VERY FIRST THING THEY SHOWED WAS HARRY GOING TO DIE AAAHHHH CAN’T HANDLE IT SO EXCITED!!). And now I’m reminded of why I don’t talk about Harry Potter on this blog, because besides the fact that this is a hockey blog, when I get started I can’t stop. And I already had a deep discussion earlier today about Snape’s memories and wanting to look in Harry’s eyes before he died.
Oh. Um, spoiler alert for the stuff above if you haven’t read the last book yet.
A few signing updates: The Sabres are keeping Patty Lala around for another year and the Caps re-signed Jeff Schultz and Eric Fehr. Woo!! Yay!! It’s not like Lindy’s ever going to play Lalime anyway and Ryan likes him so that signing makes sense, although I really did think for a second that Theo had a shot here. Because I am delusional.
Jeff Schultz and I have had our differences in the past but after this year I’ve been working on it. I still maintain that the Caps need someone big and scary, but we shall see. The Fehric signing, on the other hand, is fantastic. I adore Fehric. I can’t explain it. I just love him and what he does for the team and I can’t imagine them without him. Yay for Fehric!
Indulge me for a moment and allow me to be the 800th person to comment on how it seems like the season just started. I really can’t believe the playoffs are already here, but they are. Woo!!
The Sabres went out with a bang, pulling Lala who proceeded to crash into the ref and go right into the boards. That seems somehow fitting for what will most likely be his last game in Buffalo. Good luck, Patty. You always seemed like a nice guy.
Buffalo did, however, lose, which means they get Boston in the first round.
1.) This will most likely be the most boring series in the history of the world.
2.) I know that Boston hasn’t been too good this year but Raask has been playing really well and I am a little worried for Buffalo. Miller will be fine barring some sort of meltdown (please God, NO) but it seems like the Sabres just can’t seem to score against Boston. This could be problematic.
I’d like to think that the Sabres will win and I’m trying to be optimistic, but this is the Sabres. I think it really could go either way.
I’m totally over the whole Richard thing. For Alex to keep it that close while missing ten games is really impressive in and of itself. And the season for the team was so magical that it really just would have been extra frosting on the cake, and even I, the frosting queen, know there is such a thing as too much frosting.
The Capitals will be playing the Canadiens in the first round. Montreal has had a few really good stretches this season and Halak had been awesome and I seem to recall Theo having a meltdown in that one came up in Montreal, but I feel like the Caps should be able to get this one done.
Ottawa is playing Pittsburgh, which is convenient because that means one will go home. I can’t decide which team I hate more but I feel like it would be better if the Pens got knocked out first. Thomas Vanek OWNS the Sens now!! The Sabres can beat them!! Their mindtricks will work no more!
I have faith that San Jose will perform their annual chokejob, and I feel really bad that Phoenix has to play Detroit. If they beat the Wings then they truly are blessed.
I really don’t have anything to say about that game. I only saw the third period but it seems like once again, the team didn’t give Lala any support and once again they couldn’t score enough goals. Sabres, I was so happy and hopeful about you after Tuesday night, and then you have to go and pull something like THIS. Thanks a lot.
I didn’t make it through last night’s game. I skipped all of the third except for the last two minutes because I really didn’t feel like watching the Sabres lose to the Senators again. The way the Sabres’ luck goes, they’ll end up playing Ottawa at some point. They’ll get swept. It’ll be ugly. Water will still be wet.
Tonight, however, was just a ton of fun. I live for games like this. Yeah, hard-fought, close games are exciting, but there’s nothing more relaxing for me than watching the Sabres beat the crap out of another team. Derek Roy even got himself a hat trick! That was just so cute. I thought Tyler Ennis played pretty well too. I really liked him when he got called up last time too. Good kid. Neither of the Tampa Bay goalies were very good but hey, I’m not complaining.
And Patty Lala got his 200th career win! I honestly thought he would retire with 199 wins. He even looked pretty good aside from the one goal he gave up. That was kind of ugly.
And perhaps the biggest deal about tonight is that the Buffalo Sabres are going to the PLAYOFFS. I still think they’ll get swept in the first round, but at least they’ll be going. I haven’t had this Sabres-related excitement in several years. It’ll be fun. I can’t wait.
Although if any team could find a way to choke out of the playoffs after already clinching a spot, it would be this team right here.
School is interfering with everything. It’s so lame. No one wants diagrams of the hearts distracting them from Jason Pominville getting a hattrick. (And bless him for that, what a good little boy!)
I was pleasantly surprised by the Sabres game Thursday night. It was fun. They scored lots of goals. Until he forgot that this is the 2009-10 season, Ryan was pretty darn good. That one save on Vinny was wonderful.
I still have no faith in the Sabres to win tonight. It’s a trust thing. I started trusting them, they stabbed me in the back, and now I simply can’t trust them. Plus I would think Lalime would have to start either tonight or tomorrow afternoon, and we all know how well those games go.
The Caps lost in overtime because I complimented Fat Mike (the hockey player formerly known as Michael) earlier in the day and he got rather overconfident and proceeded to make bad decisions near the end of the game. Eric Fehr, however, continues to be totally awesome. I wuv him. He’s so good this year. I’m especially fond of him playing with Flash. There was just something about the two of them back when the Caps were here earlier in March.
I’m worried about Varly. I’m sorry. I can’t help it.
In a recent episode of Caps Red Line I was watching the other day while procrastinating, Lars Nicklas revealed to us that he likes to talk a lot on the plane. I feel like he’s the hyperactive little kid on the team who gets all wound up on sugar and starts bouncing off the walls until Uncle Mike Knuble takes him over to the corner and makes him calm down. It’s a really amusing mental picture.
Lars Nicklas Backstrom is SO GOOD and I don’t know why he hasn’t been re-signed yet.
Yesterday was Mama Ovechkin’s birthday. We’re a big fan of her over here, so happy birthday Mama O!!
(I’ll get to the Sabres game in a minute, which, by the way, was hella boring. But first I have an important announcement.)
If you spent any time around this blog last spring, you’ll know that I had something of an inappropriate crush on Sergei Fedorov. I couldn’t help it. He was a great leader, he helped Alex Semin hugely, and he won the first round series for Washington. And he was slightly attractive, in that Russian way. When he left for Russia, I was heartbroken and really had no desire to find a new Creepy Old Man Crush. I figured I’d stick to the youngins for a while.
Enter Mike Knuble. Back over the summer I thought he was a great addition, and now, halfway through the season, I will gladly proclaim him to be the BEST OFFSEASON SIGNING EVAH. Look at him! I can’t even remember the last time he didn’t score in a game, and almost every time he does score it’s a two-goal game. He crashes the net!! He teaches the Caps that it’s an okay thing to do!! Did you SEE Lars Nicklas’s goal last night? Chances are he never even would have tried that if Mike Knuble hadn’t been there to lead the way. He’s a veteran leader. Remember that one game back that one time? I don’t even remember, but I do remember that he single-handedly killed off a penalty. He’s hilarious. (My mom still mentions swollen feet at the most random times and it ALWAYS cracks us up. God bless him, he’s such an old man.) He helps out charities. He has cute kids. He thinks Alex and Nicki are two of the best players in the world. He looks beyond ridiculous in hard hats. He has questionable taste in music.
Yes, Mike Knuble is my new Creepy Old Man Crush. He’s old enough to be my father, but every time he scores a goal from three inches away from the net, I simply don’t care. Mike Knuble, I don’t know how the Caps won games before you came to town.
I know that we’re not supposed to act like spoiled fans and we’re supposed to be grateful that the team wins and brings in two points, but the Sabres game last night was still something of a snoozer. The one Wednesday night was too, but I was there with friends and overtime and the shootout were exciting (did I really just say the shootout was exciting?) so I didn’t mind as much. Sitting at home on the couch, it wasn’t like there was much happening. It was fun to see Henrik Tallinder get a goal, and Thomas Vanek might break the twenty-goal mark yet, but the Bruins proved yet again that they make games boring. The two points still were critical though, especially with Ottawa coming up this week. They’re closing the gap and it’s not like we can count on the Sabres to beat them. Pittsburgh on Monday will be a tough game too, but the Sabres are technically a better team and they should win. I like beating Pittsburgh. It’s fun.
Ryan Miller looked great again last night. I was getting a little worried about him out west, but maybe he’s righted the ship. I’d still like to see Lalime out there this week. Maybe Monday? Since he’s played really well against Pittsburgh this year? I get worried about Ryan burning out.
I’m not going to comment on Mike Green’s hit because it could go either way. He definitely got the elbow up there, but the NHL is so inconsistent with their discipline it’s not even like we can predict what will happen. They have spoken about cracking down on headshots more recently though, so you’ve got to wonder if a suspension will come just to reinforce that point.
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.
Last night the Caps played like garbage for 99% of the game and Theodore was like, “Hey, what if I bail my team out? I think I’ll try it!” and then Matt Bradley was like, “Eff this, I feel like winning” and they won. It was insane. They had no business winning but they did.
Then the Sabres started playing. It was 2-0 when I left the room the game was on into go to bed and it was 3-0 when I got to my room. One of my friends stuck out the first period and claims it got to 4-0. Ew. The Sabres can’t win every game, but the few minutes I saw did not look good. Lala got no support but he didn’t make the saves he needed to.
So now the Caps are number one and the Sabres are number two. I’m happy for Washington but I’ve kind of liked the better Sabres this year. Can we just tie at the end of the year? Please?
Sooo last night the Sabres battled from being down two goals twice and after some poor play they managed to make it into the shootout. It was intense, full of suspense, lasted eleven rounds…and Buffalo lost. Oh well, I guess they had to lose some time. It was just good that they got at least one point before hitting the road. Don’t forget your toothbrushes, boys.
Tyler Myers is still amazing and wonderful. I love him. He had Anderson beat and he just sort of lost the puck. But I forgive you, Tyler.
I wasn’t really sure what Lala was doing half the time in net last night but he still got the team a point so I’ll let it slide.
Mayhaps Thomas Vanek is (finally) busting out of his slump? This would be marvelous news, because he’s been bugging me.
I might finally get to go ice skating Thursday night. I haven’t been yet this winter and it makes me sad.
The Capitals, on the other hand, beat the Thrashers 8-1 for Bruce’s 55th birthday. Yay, Caps! The game was actually kind of boring which is odd since they scored eight goals, but whatevs. I’m glad it happened. Mikey Knuble got two and Sasha got two, which was fun. I still don’t like you Sasha. You also happen to eat like a slob (more on that in a second). The most impressive part about last night’s game was probably that Alex only had one assist. But I’m a little mad at him for not scoring. Not cool, man.
It’ll be interesting to see which team Ilya jumps ship for. I do not understand at all why Chicago is in the conversation, because they’ve already got a bazillion long-term contracts and I don’t see how they can afford another $10 million next year. And he’s not worth it as a rental.
The Caps’ post-game locker room video once again does not disappoint with the background actions. We’ve got what kind of sounds like Brooks during Schultz’s interview, naked Brian Pother and naked Eric Fehr, which is GOOD, while Neuvy is being interview, and we also have naked Alex (eww) and naked Sasha shoving food down his throat at an alarmingly fast pace. Dude, slow down. No one is taking it from you.
The Sabres don’t play again for a long time, so enjoy your break, Sabres! Just don’t get too rusty.
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.