So. Much. Fun.

December 30, 2009 at 9:57 am | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Drew Stafford, Happy!!, Jason Pominville, Patrick Lalime, Pittsburgh Penguins, Players, Ryan Miller, Steve Montador, Tyler Myers, Winning Is Totally Awesome | 5 Comments

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.

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Hey Look, Personality!!

December 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Buffalo Sabres, David Steckel, Drew Stafford, Happy!!, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Lindy Ruff, Losing Sucks, Mike Green, Paul Gaustad, Players, Ryan Miller, Steve Montador, Tim Connolly, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | Leave a comment

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.

Things That Are Good And Things That Are Bad.

December 10, 2009 at 10:48 am | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Buffalo Sabres, Chris Clark, David Steckel, Frostee Loves Way Too Many Guys, Happy!!, Henrik Tallinder, I Was At The Game!, Lars Nicklas Backstrom, Losing Sucks, Nathan Gerbe, Other Teams' Back-up Goalies Kind of Suck, Players, Rob Ray, Ryan Miller, Steve Montador, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | 2 Comments

Things that are good:

  • SNOW DAY!!!!!  YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

Thing that are bad:

  • Still having to study for the reading quiz I’ll have if school isn’t canceled tomorrow.

Things that are good:

  • Ryan Miller.  Holy HELL, is that man good at hockey.  It was totally awesome when Sabretooth was bowing down to him.  He’s so good.  My jaw dropped multiple times.  Ryan, I want to thank you for redeeming yourself this year and making it less embarrassing for me to love you (because I don’t really broadcast it anymore, but I do still love him).  You’re so good at being a goaltender.  Just don’t burn out on me, ‘kay?

Things that are bad:

  • Getting shut out by the Sabres.  Um, Caps, you saw tape from their last two games, right?  Yikes, you need to learn how to score on elite goaltenders.

Things that are good:

  • Chris Clark totally looking at me three times.  Love ya, Christopher.

Things that are bad:

  • Fehric trying to flip me a puck and failing miserably.  Things Eric Fehr is not good at:  Shootouts, flipping pucks to dedicated fans during the pre-game skate.

Things that are good:

  • The Sabres killing off that power play the Caps had early on.  Wowzers, Sabres.  I know you have a great penalty kill, but the Caps have a great power play.  Y0u done good, boys, you done good.

Things that are bad:

  • Jose Theodore.  Varly, please get well soon.  (I realize he made some great saves, but all three goals he let in were really, really bad.)

Things that are good:

  • Alex coming over right in front of me and rattling the boards during the pre-game skate.  There were only a couple other fans by me at that time and they all had Sabres stuff on.  Alex, I love you.  I know I said this last December, but you’re HUGE in person.  And your hair is gross.  Yeah, I went there.

Things that are bad:

  • Alex playing arguably the worst game of his career.  First there was missing the WIDE OPEN NET by four feet.  Then there was the dive.  (My mom said Rob Ray didn’t think it was much of a dive and she didn’t either, but it happened right in front of me, and, well, it was pretty embellished.  Oh, Alex.)  Then he whined at the refs, and then he broke his stick.  That was just embarrassing.  I put up with so much crap from him, and then he broke his stick, and then I screamed “I STILL LOVE YOU ALEX” while he was getting a new one because I’m just trying to be a good fan.

Things that are good:

  • The Gerbe Derby got his first NHL goal!!  Yay!  Nate-dogg, I do love you so.  Congratulations, little man.  You earned it.  I’m glad you survived your collision with Tyler Myers, and I have to admit that it was pretty darn adorable.  Also, darling, picking on David Steckel is not the wisest idea since he’s twice as big as you.

Things that are bad:

  • Monty stealing Nathan’s first goal so he only got one instead of two.  Steve, that was not so nice.

Things that are good:

  • Henrik Tallinder’s goal.  Like, when the eff did he learn how to do that?

Things that are bad:

  • The Caps allowing Henrik Tallinder to score a goal like that.

Things that are good:

  • The first period.  That was an exciting period of hockey, folks.

Things that are bad:

  • The third period.  That was a really sloppy period.

Things that are good:

  • Lars’s hair.

Things that are bad:

  • I, uh, nope.  Got nothing.  Just look at that HAIR!

Things that are good:

  • The Sabres coming out after two crappy games and playing a really solid, great effort.  Way to bounce back, boys.  Y’all make me proud.

Things that are bad:

  • The Caps win streak ending.

Things that are good:

  • I got to see the secret handshake!!!!  Guys, it is even cuter in real life.  I laughed for about fifteen minutes.

Things that are bad:

  • I don’t get to see these two teams play each other in person again until March 😦

    What’s All This I’ve Been Hearing About A Condensed Schedule?

    October 4, 2009 at 10:48 am | Posted in Alex Ovechkin, Andrew Peters, Brooks Laich, Buffalo Sabres, Carey Price, Chris Butler, Losing Sucks, Montreal Canadiens, Other Teams' Back-up Goalies Kind of Suck, Players, Ray Emery, Ryan Miller, Steve Montador, This Irks Me, Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly, Tim Kennedy, Tyler Myers, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | 1 Comment

    One of the complaints I’ve been hearing a lot lately is about the condensed schedule we’ll be seeing this year due to the Olympics.  Um, the Sabres don’t play again until Thursday.  That’s not condensed.

    Last year, the Sabres beat Montreal in the shootout at the home opener. I was there, and it was one of the most fun games I’ve ever been to just because of the excitement and the fact that after a disappointing season, they started off the new year by winning.

    This year, the Sabres lost to Montreal in overtime.  It was a pretty fluky goal, and it was just the first game of the season, and the Sabres still got a point, but I’m disappointed.  Ryan Miller seemed positively chipper about the game (oh, how I have missed Ryan Miller post game interviews), and while there were definitely some positives, the fact still remains that after Timmy scored a power play goal they didn’t get any offense going.  (Um, did Thomas Vanek do ANYTHING last night?  At all?)  The grit was definitely there – especially Timmy K, sticking up for hisself!! – but I expected a little more from the offense.  That’s all.  I just don’t want the Sabres to fall into bad habits, like that one they had last year of being the better team on the ice and then losing.  That habit was supremely annoying.

    One thing I was really impressed with, however, was Tyler Myers.  And not just because he reminded me of Napoleon Dynamite.  (“Yeah, I had fun.  God.“)  He was playing in all sorts of situations and I didn’t see him making any glaring mistakes.  I thought he played really well for a 19 year-old making his NHL debut.  There’s no way Lindy can send him back to juniors.

    It hurt me that Sir Christopher was in front of Miller for Montreal’s game winning goal.

    It seemed to me like Steve Montador got a lot of ice time.

    Ryan Miller looked pretty good for most of last night.  So did Carey Price.

    Petey got all sorts of fighting-related penalties in his debut with the Devils.

    Don Cherry cracked me up last night.  Last year he and I didn’t get along very well, but I decided to give him a second chance this season and he hasn’t blown it yet.

    I hope Buffalo beats Phoenix on Thursday, especially since I will be skipping Jim and Pam’s wedding to watch them.

    BROOKS GOT THE HARD HAT! The Caps game was pretty sweet, what with five players scoring six goals and Alexander being a badass and getting the scoring started straightaway.  The Monster wasn’t all that impressive, in my opinion.  This is what I like to see, Washington.  But let’s not see the brainfart that was the third period again.

    Two things from Brooks’s interview:

    1.)  Notice GMGM wandering around in the background not once, but TWICE!  First at the 58 second mark, the next time at the 2:10 mark.  You can also see Ted walking around at the 1:22 mark.  I love when people are randomly wandering around in the background during interviews so much.

    2.)  Which player is that hanging out with a baby at the 2:02 mark?  I can’t really tell.  Is it Mo the Second?  It slightly resembles him, but I can’t say for certain.

    We have to wait until Thursday for the Sabres to take on Phoenix, but on Thursday Philadelphia is playing Washington.  That’s going to be a really good game, especially since Ray Emery decided to make it seem like his time in Russia actually did reform him.

    Free Agency Day!!! Part II

    July 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Contracts, Happy!!, Jaroslav Spacek, Marian Hossa, Mike Knuble, Montreal Canadiens, Players, Steve Montador, This Irks Me, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

    I realize that the first day of free agency is far from over, but I figured I might as well write a post.  It’s been quite a roller coaster of emotions for me today.  I’ll give you a little sample:

    Happiness: Huzzah!!!  The Capitals signed Mike Knuble!!  Veteran experience!!  Not afraid to crash the net!!  Grit and toughness!!  Just what they need!!  A perfect fit!!

    And, I might have seen him outside Chef’s back during the season, so clearly he and I share a bond.

    Utter confusion: Um…Hossa to Chicago?  As in, Chicago? I totally did not see that one coming.  Not at all.  And, twelve years?  Um, Blackhawks, can you afford that?  Kaner and Toews are both due extensions next summer, and juuust in case you forgot, you have Brian Campbell, and he’s seriously overpaid.  And Huet isn’t exactly a cheap goalie.

    Complete shock: Darcy Regier signed someone.  As in, a player.  It’s July 1, and Darcy signed someone.  I need to take a deep breath and process this.

    Hello, Steve Montador.  Welcome to Buffalo.  We love our hockey here.  Don’t break our hearts.  Some people say you’re “tough.”  We have a lot of players here who, well, aren’t tough, so feel free to knock around the opposing team’s players if they give our goalie a high ankle sprain.

    And, also, we’ve been hearing that you’re a bit like our beloved Timothy Connolly off the ice?  Fabulous.  That means we’re going to gossip about you.  Deal with it.

    Aww, bless them: The Sedin twins sign identical deals in Vancouver; Jay Bouwmeester gets to play for Calgary.

    And, Jay, you’re too cute.  Have fun playing for the Flames.

    Intrigue: The Hawks have Huet as their starting goaltender this season?  This could get interesting.  Good luck in Edmonton, Khabby!!!

    Despair: Why hasn’t Washington traded Theodore yet?  Why haven’t they announced that Nylander’s gone missing, but they won’t search for the body yet?  Why is Mike Komisarek a Sabre/Capital for life?!?!?!

    Purely suicidal thoughts: Jaro….is a CANADIEN?!?!  As in, he’ll be PLAYING FOR MONTREAL NEXT SEASON?!?!

    Wait.  $11.5 million over three years? That’s… a lot of money.

    But still.  Sniffle.  I’ll miss you, Caveman.  Take care of yourself.  Make sure you get enough fresh meat.

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