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.
THEY TRADED CHRIS CLARK. THEY TRADED THEIR CAPTAIN. WHAT TEAM THAT IS CURRENTLY SITTING IN FIRST PLACE IN THEIR CONFERENCE TRADES THE CAPTAIN?!?!
THIS IS SO AWFUL.
I don’t understand it. I really don’t. I could deal with Jurcina getting traded; I always kind of liked him but business is business and sometimes players have to be moved. But to move CHRIS CLARK?! And he didn’t even realize he was about to be traded? That just seems so…harsh. And in exchange for the two of them, they get the guy who helped lead to Alex’s injury. Excellent job, GMGM. Top notch. This better not mess up the dressing room chemistry.
I was going to write a nice post about how the comeback win for the Sabres was so important after Saturday night and they’re finally playing well in front of Lala and Timmy’s naked chest makes me want to vomit, but I’m too angry.
Right after I heard he got traded I put on my Clark shirt and I’m not taking it off.
George better have something HUGE up his sleeve. I’m not sure if even a Nicki extension could cheer me up right now. What if I never get to see him play ever again? That would be awful!
I’ll never understand why a team would trade their captain. And now who’s going to be the Capitals captain? Knuble already seems like a real leader but maybe they’ll want to give it to someone who’s been on the team longer? I think it’ll come down to Alex and Brooksie. Alex because he’s well, Alex, and Brooks because all I hear about him is that he’s a great leader already and once Christopher’s time was done he was surely in line for the C and I never even listened because I didn’t think they would TRADE THE CAPTAIN. But I could see Brooks getting it. And he’s been in a bit of a slump and he seems like he’s really hard on himself. And plus, the cougars of Washington might kill the Caps management if he didn’t get the captaincy.
I’m so mad. I think I’m just going to sit here and stew a while longer. And I plan on yelling a lot during the game tonight.
Stupid Capitals. Even the Sabres wouldn’t trade their captain.
Tonight may be the last game for the Caps in the 2009 playoffs (*sob*), but at least they didn’t win the Presidents Trophy only to be completely dominated by the eighth seed that barely even made it in the first round. I knew I’d like seeing San Jose choke yet again, but I didn’t realize I’d like it this much. Thanks, Sharks. I owe ya one.
- Detroit completed the sweep on Columbus last night. Poor Blue Jackets. At least they got the experience, right?
- I honestly thought Carolina would tie it with .2 seconds last night. I really did.
- Vancouver completed the sweep last night. So long, St. Louis. Screws one of my predictions.
- Pittsburgh won. Ew. There were WAY too many people wearing Crosby jerseys at school today.
- Detroit also won, so they’ll most likely sweep in the next game. At least it was a good experience for Columbus, right? They looked so overwhelmed for the few minutes I watched.
- San Jose won as well. I was shocked.
- Carolina scored the game-winner with .2 seconds left in regulation. I was watching. The ‘Canes had been putting the pressure on and for no apparent reason, even with four seconds left I still thought they might pull it off. They did. This series is so going seven games.
- Last night there was a segment on E:60 about one Mr. Alexander Ovechkin. It was an epic twelve minutes, to say the least. I’m going to try and summarize it for you here: baby pictures, robot impressions, concern over lost licenses, Daddy Ovechkin in the Streetwear hat I want (seriously, Alex? You’ve got your father in one of those?), a personal shoutout to me (because that’s what it was when they mentioned the “fanatic following” he has, right?) and the quote of the night when he was asked what he does when he goes out. Apparently it’s not appropriate for television. I have only one thing to say about that. If those boys are going out and doing bad things, they BETTER NOT be bringing Nicklas with them. I don’t really care what shenanigans they get in to, but Nicklas has a bedtime. And he’s still innocent. If they’re scarring him, there’s going to be serious trouble.
- Speaking of Nicklas, while I was eating breakfast my dad told me that Nick Backstrom was having hip surgery and would be out six months. I choked on my banana bread, thinking he meant my Nick. Apologies to the Minnesota fans, that does kind of suck.
- I’m very conflicted about the Caps game tonight. On the one hand, when they went down 0-2 I knew they were done. Then Simeon came in, and after seeing the game Monday night, I feel hope. If being a Sabres fan has given me one thing, it’s the ability to hope against all hope, and hope even when only 12.7% of the teams that went down 2-1 came back to win it. These Capitals are a plucky little bunch. If there’s any team that could come back, now that they have a solid young goaltender, it’s them. But I don’t want to get too excited.
- P.S. to the Capitals: If you could keep this to a six-game series, I’d really appreciate it. It’s just that I have a huge test the morning after what would be game seven, and I need to study and don’t need the stress, and knowing my luck it would be one of those marathon overtime sessions. ‘Kaythxbye.
- I feel really bad for Columbus. They finally make the playoffs and Detroit destroys them.
- I don’t feel bad for Montreal. I’m kind of enjoying watching them be thoroughly owned. Go Bruins.
- Did I just say “Go Bruins”?
- Yay for Tazer with the two goals to propel Chicago past Calgary! His grandparents were at the game. They’re really cute.
- Chris Osgood is adorable in that nerdy way I’m so attracted to. I love him, and I don’t care who knows it.
- I didn’t really want to do it when I’m so mad at him, but here’s #62: Woo for leading the NHL in goals for the second season in a row, Alex! Congrats. Although I had been hoping for 60, and I’m starting to get the feeling that you aren’t scoring in the playoffs ever again.
- I have school tomorrow. It’s really gross.
- Hockey starts at three this afternoon, and I plan on watching it right up until I hit the hay.
- Detroit has been ruthlessly efficient in these playoffs, even though it’s just Columbus. San Jose, on the other hand, is down 1-0. I would be so amused if the Sharks got eliminated in the first round this year instead of the second. Partially because it would be funny. Partially because that way the Caps wouldn’t be the only first round upset.
- Dear Mike Komisarek, Please come play for Buffalo. It’s fun here. Even though you’re an icky Canadien, I’ll totally forgive you if you become a Sabre next year. With Love, Frostee
- P.S. to Mike Komisarek: Would it sweeten the deal if we brought Jay Bouwmeester here too?
Apparently San Jose lost? So Washington isn’t the only top seed that didn’t win! I feel slightly relieved.
So, last night I watched the Blackhawks game with Cari and Kim at Clare’s house. The ‘Hawks won, good times were had, and Adam Burish was selected as my new Blackhawks Boyfriend because I don’t love enough guys as it is/I need a Blackhawks boyfriend. I have no problems with this relationship.
I had kind of hopped on the Blue Jackets’ bandwagon when they were trying to make the playoffs, but, uh, I sort of hopped back off after watching the first period of last night’s game and seeing the final score. Sorry, Columbus. It was a lot of fun while it lasted. Better luck next year. (Although I did point out that if for some crazy reason the Blue Jackets were to beat Detroit and at some point face San Jose, it would be hilarious because R.J. Umberger would die from terror. I honestly believe that he got traded to the western conference because he didn’t want to deal with Campbell anymore, and then Soupy signed with Chicago…poor thing.)
Boston beat Montreal, no surprises there.
So, a while back I mentioned how Alex informed us in an interview that he, Michael, and Nicklas had something crazy planned for their hair in the playoffs. I proceeded spending way too much time trying to figure out if they would shave it all off (please, no. All that long blond hair!) or mohawk it (please, no. I wouldn’t be able to look at them without cracking up) or just dye it all red. Then the playoffs started, and other than Michael’s ridiculous mohawk nothing really seemed to have happened. I had noticed, however, that it kind of looked like Michael had some sort of red stripe running down the middle of his head, and sure enough, that’s what they did. Nicklas also has a crazy red stripe. (Thanks to everyone who informed me of this little detail.) Guys, this is what my brother and his friends did when they were all six years old. They would walk around with a stripe of colored spiking gel running down their heads. Nicklas Backstrom, you kill me.
Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 2 is tonight, and if Philadelphia actually remembers to show up for this one, it could be good.
P.S. The article in TBN today about Chris Butler, who has captured the hearts of women across Buffalo, was adorable. I love me a man with impeccable manners.
P.P.S. There’s also an article about Michael in Sports Illustrated this week, complete with a ridiculous picture. Even if you never read this article, there’s one thing you need to know. Michael Green used to be a world class sheep rider. Yes, you heard me right. Sheep rider.
Last year, I didn’t know what to expect when I started rooting for the Caps. I didn’t know a lot about the team and probably couldn’t even have named all the players. I didn’t know how they would handle the playoffs and didn’t know if they could survive a series.
This year, I know this team. I know this team even better than I thought I did. That’s why I’m worried. Some people are saying the Caps will have no problem with the Rangers, but I’m more on the side of those who say they need to be careful. That’s why I’m picking the Caps, but I’m saying it’ll take them six games. Everyone is making a bid deal about how Sean Avery’s going to get in everyone’s head but the only player I’m worried about is Jose Theodore. Avery could probably psyche him out, but Alex doesn’t really seem like the kind of player who would let him get inside his head.
I honestly don’t know if they can win the Cup this year. Let’s be honest, their goaltending is questionable, they need to cut down on penalties, and need to improve their penalty killing. But they have to at least win a round. I might cry if they don’t.
I also might cry if Semie and Staal don’t fight again.
If they do win a round, but then lose to the Penguins, I’ll jump off a bridge.
My other picks:
Boston (1) vs. Montreal (8)
Boston hasn’t been as fantastic as they were earlier in the season, but as shaky as they’ve been, Montreal has been worse. The only reason the Habs even made the playoffs is because Florida and Buffalo blew it.
Bruins in six.
New Jersey (3) vs. Carolina (6)
A few weeks ago, I was talking to my grandfather on the phone. He’s 90, and is easily confused by the standings. I was explaining to him what the Sabres needed to do to move into the playoffs, and what games other teams needed to lose. At one point New Jersey came up, and I told him that beating New Jersey would be tough because I thought they would win it all this year.
Now, after the season is over, I think New Jersey has kind of crashed and burned, and I really don’t think they’ll go far. I feel bad for Devils fans, but I’m no longer seeing a Red Wings/Devils final with the Devils winning.
Carolina in six.
Pittsburgh (4) vs. Philadelphia (5)
As much as I hate Philadelphia, I hate Pittsburgh more. That being said, Philly’s goaltending is even more questionable than Washington’s and Pittsburgh has been on a tear. It’ll come down to whether or not Philly’s defense can keep Pittsburgh away from Biron, and then if their offense can get to Fleury.
It’ll take seven games, and as much as I hate to say it, I think Pittsburgh will move on to the next round.
San Jose (1) vs. Anaheim (8)
Yes, I know that San Jose won the Presidents’ Trophy. But I also know that the Sharks are some of the biggest chokers I have ever seen. Anaheim’s been pretty good as of late, and I honestly think they could beat the Sharks if they tried.
Anaheim in seven games.
Detroit (2) vs. Columbus (7)
Apologies to the Blackhawks fans out there (and there are more and more of you every day), but I adopted Columbus as my Western Conference Team a couple weeks ago. They’re cute, and they made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. And I had to write an article review about an article on them for gym, so I know all about these little Blue Jackets. Detroit is a scary postseason team, but Columbus beat them 8-2 earlier in the year. They have Steve Mason, and Detroit has their entire offense and defense.
This series will go one of two ways. Either Columbus finds that spark that got them to the playoffs and upset the Red Wings in seven games, or Detroit sweeps them.
Vancouver (3) vs. St. Louis (6)
Honestly, I have watched very little of either team this year. Like, I think I saw two games from each, and the St. Louis games were back when they sucked. I know very little about either of these teams, other than Jay McKee players for the Blues and the Sedins play for the Canucks. Hey, didn’t that bald Swedish guy sign with the Canucks halfway through the season too?
St. Louis in six.
Chicago (4) vs. Calgary (5)
I feel kind of bad for Calgary. They had a 13-point lead in their division and then kind of crapped out. And, um, 0-42 on the power play to end the season? That’s awful.
Chicago, on the other hand, has been pretty darn good for most of the season. AND they finished off the season by shutting out Detroit. That’s pretty good, ‘Hawks. They’ll win this series, but – and don’t kill me, Cari, Kim, or Clare!! – I’m not sure how much deeper they’ll get. Making the playoffs alone is a huge accomplishment for them, and winning a series would be great, but they still are a young team, and they’ve kind of looked young at times this season. But still, they’ll be fine against Calgary.
Chicago in five.
But I’ll still be watching the Caps the most. Let’s go Caps! Woo!!!