Joy: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OH MY HOCKEY GODS NICKLAS I DIDN’T THINK YOU COULD GET BETTER BUT YOU DID!!
Mike Green is even worse than last year. Yeah, I WENT THERE.
I’m so glad they (mostly) woke up. I was worried.
Sorrow: Deat great and powerful hockey gods, I will do whatever (WHATEVER) you want, just please, please, please, by some miracle, allow Thomas to be okay. We need him. The Sabres need him. The city of Buffalo needs him.
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*
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.
Raise your hand if you think Brooks Laich is a really important part of the team.
Yeah, I thought so.
P.S. I realize that technically it’s “bad” that Vanek and Connolly are out, but Ennis and Gerbe have been playing so well that it might be one of those delightful blessings in disguise. Likewise, I would completely support the current idea going around that Lindy should bench Stafford when one of the injured guys gets back. And that’s only partly because halfway through the second period Saturday night, I turned to my dad and asked him if Drew had been shot a few months ago and the Sabres just never told us. Where is he??
I knew it would happen but I was forced to go to the game anyway. The Sabres were not very good. The second period was fun, but that was it. I felt like I was watching a bad team, not a (for the time being) division-leading team. Gross.
Tyler, however, continued to be FABULOUS. PLEASE BE OKAY.
Thomas Vanek sucks.
The guy sitting behind the Bruins bench acting like a chicken every time Chara skated by was actually hilarious.
Thank goodness we’re almost at the Olympic break.
(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.
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.
This game wasn’t too exciting, but I think a 1-0 win over those yucky Canadiens is just what the doctor ordered. A shutout will go a long way in helping to fix Ryan’s GAA and save percentage, and it was nice to see the Sabres score first for once.
Dear Timmy K,
No worries about those penalties, man. My mom still has a crush on you.
If you guys didn’t see Vanek ROB the Hab formerly known as the Caveman, look it up. Seriously. You won’t be disappointed.
I don’t want to talk about the Caps because they are now a legit pile of crap and they will never win again. And it’s all Bruce’s fault. (Is it really true that he never connected with Chris? Because if that’s the case I will never forgive him ever again.)
The Sabres beat the Blackhawks. 2-1. In regulation. With Patrick Lalime in net.
I think we can consider this mission a success.
I was watching a game with a friend, ergo, I did not pay the best attention. However, early in the game they were showing the shots on goal, and were the Blackhawks really leading 12-2? That made me a wee bit concerned. In the end, Thomas Vanek and Clarke MacArthur scored their ninth goals (didn’t TV have like forty at this point last season?) and the Sabres nearly shut out the ‘Hawks.
Chicago is a very good hockey team. Beating them is huge. I’m so proud of our slugs.
My thoughts are with Mike Grier. That’s just so sad.
Did Soupy get booed? I couldn’t hear. I sincerely hope so. Just suck it up, Soupster. Did you really think we were just going to forget everything that happened?
The Caps fell behind 2-0 to the Hurricanes, took the lead 3-2, let EFFING GLEASON score a shorty, then Michael ended it in overtime.
1.) Jose Theodore has me very, very worried. Get. Back. Soon. Varly.
2.) If you did not see Lars’s pass to set up Michael’s game-winner, go watch the highlights right now. Holy moly, that was beautiful. I want to have fat blond slick-handed Swedish babies with him.
Alexander Semin also had an excellent night, but, uh, I really don’t feel that way about him.
I’m sitting on children again tomorrow night, so I don’t know how much hockey I’l get to watch. I do know, however, that the family has CBC, so once the kids have been tucked into bed, I will be enjoying the Caps on HNiC. Of course I’ll watch the Sabres, but the Rangers make me ill for no apparent reason even though I love Hank. We shall see how the night progresses. Another two points are on the line for them, both within the division and the conference.
I can’t believe it’s not even Christmas and I’m already watching the standings. Stupid Sabres, look what you’ve done to me.
P.S. The Blackhawks are now 0-1 with me wearing a ‘Hawks shirt. Sorry about that, guys.
The Sabres spent much of their game down 1-0 to the Hurricanes. The Caps scored two goals and then gave up three in a row to the Canadiens. Thankfully, both of my teams ended up winning.
The Sabres looked like a pile of poop for the first two periods. The game was boring and they couldn’t get anything going and Tyler Myers was trying to kill me. Ryan Miller appeared to be the only player on the team who seemed to care about the collective sanity of Buffalo, and it’s a good thing that he does. He needs to be in the Vezina talks to this point of the season. I don’t understand how he couldn’t be. He’s been the best player on the team, end of story. Yes, I did think Lalime should have played tonight, but Miller has been beyond fantastic. RJ was right; we are not worthy.
In the fifth period the Sabres finally figured things out and remembered that they’re playing the Hurricanes on the road, a place they have not yet won a game. Losing at home to the Hurricanes, especially via shutout, is about as embarrassing as it gets. You might as well go home after that. Vanek finally got around to scoring a goal, and it’s always lovely to see Mike Grier contributing. Yo, the Sabres even scored on the POWER PLAY. That doesn’t happen very often.
The Caps game went like this: Alexander and Eric score, Canadiens score (let’s not talk about the traitor formally known as the Caveman), Caps score on the power play with eleven seconds left, Michael DOESN’T completely screw things up in overtime, Lars is a hero in the shootout, Caps win.
1.) I got pretty scared when Michael was allowed near the puck in overtime. I’m very proud of him for not killing anyone or gift-wrapping any goals.
2.) Alex looked much more like himself tonight – aside from that one part where he tripped over himself six times in a row – which is reassuring. I think he’s finally getting back to his pre-injury state.
3.) Lars has been a bit off this month. He looked awesome Wednesday night, and a shootout winner might not boost up his point totals or anything, but I think our dear little Swede has gotten his game back. Yay!!
P.S. The Thrashers beat the Flyers 1-0. I would just like to remind everyone that I loved them even back when they sucked.