As much as I passionately, violently hate the Flyers (my dad grew up an Islanders fan) and as much as I adore Bobby Orr and feel robbed for never being able to see him play, I cannot stop laughing over the choke job the Bruins did. Not only were they up 3-0 in the series, but they were up 3-0 IN THE GAME. That takes skill to accomplish. The Bruins should almost be proud of what they managed to do.
I’m so sorry, Bobby.
The second round is upon. Let’s see who’ll win, shall we?
They’re not getting eliminated any time soon and besides, they’re playing the Sharks. Those poor Sharks won’t know what hit them.
I’m really, really on the fence about this series. If Luongo plays really well and those creepy Sedins keep the offense going, I think the Canucks will win. But Chicago could win easily too.
1.) They have to win. Like, my sanity is riding on this.
2.) Holy crap, have you SEEN Halak? It’s crazy. I don’t know how he does it.
I really could not care less about this series. There’s no way I could be less disinterested. The only redeeming quality this series has is that it’s one giant middle finger to NBC. That being said, I feel like Boston might not have the upper hand. It’ll change if/when Savard comes back and Rask has to play really well, but I feel like the Flyers are trying to seek revenge on all of us for making fun of them.
Ever since we found out the Sabres would be playing the Bruins I whined and moaned to everyone that it would be the most boring series ever and we could all just watch highlights to see the few goals we missed. The game might have ended with the predicted score of 2-1 (calling it now – this will be the final of every game this series) but it was decidedly NOT boring. It was FUN! Like, good, old fashioned, haven’t seen this here in years playoffs fun. What a feisty bunch those Sabres are, even if Lydman did sort of turtle a little.
Vanek picked the RIGHT time to wake up. We missed you, kiddo.
I could get used to a few more games like this. Not too many (ifyaknowwaddamean!) but a few. I’m still not totally convinced about these guys, but they’re starting to win me over.
I didn’t even want the Caps to sweep anyway, so, you know, whatever Montreal. *tosses hair*
Yesterday I inaccurately predicted what will happen in the first round out west. I hope I’m a little bit closer with my predictions in the east, since at least I see these teams on a more regular basis.
I certainly don’t think this will be some quick and easy series like some people do, but still. Even if the Caps don’t win the Cup this year they sure as heck better not get eliminated by Montreal. *scary eyes*
It sounds like they sucked against Philly this year, but let’s be realistic: WHO is currently the goalie for Philadelphia? I’m not even sure I know.
If I absolutely had to pick which team I hated more between Ottawa and Pittsburgh I think I’d have to say the Penguins, which means that by default they’ll win.
Okay, so here’s the deal: I’m picking Buffalo because I really want them to win (obviously). That being said, I’m really worried about them. Miller obviously can carry them, but can he carry them for a whole series? And I know regular season stats don’t count for anything and blah, blah, blah, but I really don’t like how things went against the Bruins. The Sabres are lucky Savard is out. I’m a little scared. I still don’t think I trust them 100%.
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.
Er, um, the Sabres won. I just got a little confused with all the callups.
I missed some of the game, but isn’t it kind of frightening that a guy can win the Vezina one year and look like TimTom did last night the next? Are we sure we want to risk that with Ryan?
(Let me answer that for you: yes, it’s a chance I’m willing to take.)
I’ve been paying more attention to the lower seeds and while I NEVER underestimate an opponent, the Bruins wouldn’t be the worst first-round matchup for the Caps.
I love Ennis the Menace a bunch. For reals. He’s just a gem.
I may or may not be making an incredibly embarrassing sign for the game on Thursday. It sort of depends on if I have time to make it. Stay tuned.
I am SO BUSY this week it’s not even fair. Two quick thingies:
1.) WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! They WON!! They WON!!! They were down 4-1 and they came back and BEAT PITTSBURGH!! NOW who’s growing up??
Watching the game after I recorded it was even better because I knew they would do it. I love them all. Even that punk Alex who decided to FINALLY score a hattrick when I wasn’t home. Thanks, man.
I think I’m starting to warm up to him as captain.
2.) My dad is making me go to the Sabres game with him tomorrow night since no one else can/will. (Normally I love going to games even when I’m mad at them but I’ll be bringing so much work to do in the car. Eff.) I’d say my presence will be a good thing since they always win when I’m there this season, but I’ve always tried to avoid going to games against the Bruins because they’re always insanely boring and then the Sabres lose in the shootout.
Sorry in advance for tomorrow night, guys.
(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.
The Sabres played the Bruins tonight. They needed to rebound after a poor showing against the Flyers. They needed to show they can win in front of their backup. They needed to show they can play good teams and not just bad ones. (Although I don’t know if I’d necessarily call the Bruins a “legitimate contender” so far this season.) They needed two points taken in convincing fashion.
Too bad no one told them that.
This game was not fun. The Bruins were last in the league on the power play and Buffalo let them score more than once with the man advantage. Jhonas didn’t get a win. They kept showing Pie and it made me very sad. The Sabres let an “offensively challenged” team score four. It was a mess all around tonight and I’m starting to worry that this is where it all starts to go downhill.
Toronto beat Detroit 5-1. I don’t even know what to say to that. I’m speechless.
The Caps beat the Panthers 7-4. Smiley face! The Caps were winning then they were tied then they were losing then they were winning then they were tied then they won. The Lars-Flash-Mikey line was intense. They were scoring and assisting and being general badasses. Supposedly 13 Caps had points tonight. That’s spectacular, especially considering that Alex is still, alas, wounded. That’s not spectacular is that Semin didn’t have any. You suck, Sasha. I don’t like you.
Michael and Alexander were unable to play tonight, however, we were provided our fix of them thanks to Michael’s Twitter:
They’re too cute.
Michael has his stupid skinny tie on again.
I always liked that pink shirt of Alex’s.
He’s looking a little chunky.
I miss him.
We’ve got a few days off until the Sabres play again, and I’m really hoping they figure things out and decide who they want to be and all that sappy garbage. I don’t want them to fall apart. I like when they’re good. It’s more exciting.
Woo!! Go Caps!!
I’m quite impressed with this team. They played great defense, great offense, and great special teams. Brooksie got two goals, as did Alex. Theo was almost flawless (dude, what was that?) Lars got three points. Michael actually threw a hit.
For the past two months I’ve been walking around telling anyone who would listen that I have this feeling about the Caps this year. One game isn’t an indication of how the season will play out, but Washington sure did look capable against another contender. They still have kinks to work out too, but they’re getting there.
I also blathered endlessly about how Alex’s hunger and desire to match what the Penguins did last year would be a major driving force, and it certainly looked that way. Two goals and an assist, throwing hits, all his usual shenanigans. (Let’s not talk about that penalty at the end.) He wants to win this year. It’s obvious, and I love it. I’m glad his passion and drive were all evident tonight.
So well done, Capitals. You met my high expectations, and now I’m uber excited for Saturday night.
And Sabres, don’t think I’ve forgotten about you. I have high expectations for you as well Saturday night. I truly believe you can actually score a goal. And I wouldn’t mind if you decided to win either.