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??
Sorry for the lack of posting recently. School has been crazy and when I finally get a minute it’s usually spent sleeping instead of blogging. I apologize.
To recap the past few days:
The Sabres/Caps game was hella boring, but Washington won and so I was able to see both the secret handshake AND the chestbump in person. Both are QUITE adorable. Sorry Sabres. The Caps had the rust excuse. You guys just suck.
Once again, Alexander did not score for me. He did, however, sing and dance in the warmup. Champ.
The Caps then beat Tampa Bay, and thank the merciful heavens for that. Their penalty killing against the Lightning is atrocious. The new guy scored two goals. Mike Knuble continues to be totally deserving of my love. In one of the best defensive sequences I’ve seen all season, Lars Nicklas blocked THREE straight shots. Without a stick. Epic. He can score and play defense, kids. My mom now wants me to have his children because she wants “defensively responsible grandchildren.”
Tonight the Sabres played the Flyers. I hate the Flyers. It’s a genetic thing. I, however, chose to go to the mall instead of watching. It made me feel empowered. The Sabres then won in overtime. Fear not, I saw the highlights (and bought several adorable new outfits in case the snow ever melts). Tim Connolly got lucky there in overtime. Adam Mair makes me laugh. I hate Mike Richards. Ryan shaved his crack whore beard.
I think I got everything. The Sabres continue to infuriate everyone, while the Caps make sure their fans get wings.
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.
First I was happy when the Sabres scored the first goal. Then I was concerned when the Flyers scored two quick ones (Dear Sabres, Work on actually playing for twenty full minutes, not nineteen and a half. With Love, Frostee). Then I was cautiously optimistic when they came back, and then I was happy again when they won 4-2. When you start and end happy, consider it a good game.
Score aside, that was one big chippy chipfest. Wow. So much fighting and hitting and players writhing on the ice in pain and me having mini panic attacks. All in all, I think the Sabres alone ended up with 13 3 casualties? Patty getting kicked out, Goosie hurting one leg and Craigory hurting two? Then there was Tyler Myers, but thank the merciful and great hockey gods, he came back.
Both Paul and Craig’s injuries looked serious. The Sabres will miss having their captain around, but Paul Gaustad has been one of the best players for the team aside from Ryan Miller. They’re going to miss him a lot.
Mayhaps we can call up Tyler Ennis? If he’s not too busy with other things?
Tim Connolly had a spectacular night afternoon. Good on ya for finally doing something, Timothy.
Mike Richards is the slimiest of all the slimeballs in the land, and I don’t like him. He’s so dirty, and he’ll always get away with it because he’s Mike Richards (cue Pierre McGuire). I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Patty got suspended for his hit, but no one’s going to do anything about Richards.
Ray Emery is not a very good goalie. I don’t know why everyone kept thinking he’s the reason the team could actually make a deep run this season.
Killing off all the power players against the best power play in the league was pretty spiffy, boys. Good work.
Stupid Scott Hartnell felt the need to pick on Timmy K, aka someone half his size. Keep it classy, Scott.
I don’t like Philadelphia. This win was very satisfying.
It was also an important win to get, because I’m already nervous about tomorrow night and to go into a game against Carolina with a five game losing streak is a recipe for disaster.
Sabres, please don’t completely embarrass yourselves at home against the Hurricanes. That would be tragic.
Both of my teams went to overtime last night, but only one of them came out alive. In the grand scheme of things, I think it’s worse to lose to the Maple Leafs in overtime than it is to lose to the Islanders. But I’m still mad at you, Caps. You don’t play defense, Tom Poti still sucks, and you greatly angered me last night.
Okay, now that I got that out of my system, on to the Sabres!
They managed to win in overtime. This is a good thing, as Little Ryan probably would have lost his head if they haven’t. Dudes, how many times do we have to go over this? YOU CAN’T GIVE UP GOALS TO REALLY BAD TEAMS IN THE LAST MINUTE OF THE PERIOD. IT IS GENERALLY FROWNED UPON AND IT WON’T GET YOU ANYWHERE IN LIFE.
Drew got a goal for this birthday, so happy birthday again, little buddy! He also informed us, via Twitter, that swine has wreaked havoc on their team Halloween party. That’s a major bummer. Do you think I could get some quotes for my article?
Timmy also continued to be a badass and scored two goals, including the OT winner. I especially liked the one in overtime. You’re a good player, Timothy. You’re a really, really good player when you’re not hurt.
Timmy K continued to further embed himself in my heart by being awesome and gritty and too cute for words. He’s a good one, that Timmy. I like having him around.
Ryan Miller saved the Sabres’ collective backsides last night. He’s be great to this point in the season and I don’t want him getting tired out. That would be bad.
I’m fairly confident the Sabres will lose tonight for several reasons:
1.) It’s the second night of a back-to-back.
2.) Lala will hopefully be starting.
3.) It’s the Islanders, and therefore we can’t count on the Sabres to win.
4.) The Islanders will be riding on the “emotional high” of beating a team that was on a six-game winning streak in overtime. Argh.
Happy Halloween, kids. Enjoy the game if you stay in and watch it, enjoy the candy if you go get some. Make sure you check every piece before you eat it!
As I’m sure you inferred from the title of this post, we got a new TV. It’s big and beautiful and I am salivating at the thought of watching hockey tonight. Both of my teams are playing really bad teams, so I’m sure both the Caps and Sabres will lose. It’s bound to happen at some point.
Everyone’s feeling the love for Ryan Miller (as am I), and rightly so. The dude’s been on fire lately. He’s going to be pretty BAMF for Team USA in February. I’m choosing not to think about what will happen after the Olympics, when he’s too tired to even make it to the crease. We’ll get there eventually.
(And just for the record, no one believes my theory that Lindy keeps playing Ryan to exhaust him in an attempt to sabotage Team USA. Yes, I know Lindy doesn’t like backups and trusts Lala about as far as he can throw him, but still. He’s the coach of Team Canada. Ryan is the presumed starter for Team USA. It’s always possible.)
Jason is one of the several Sabres leading the team in scoring. I like this. It made me really, really sad last year when he sucked.
Poor, poor Goosie has the flu. I hope it’s not swine, Paul! Feel better soon and beware the pig!
Timmy sat out practice with “minor bumps and bruises” (according to The Buffalo News), which means he’ll be out for the next 6-8 weeks with an undisclosed upper-lower body injury.
Derek Roy needs to get on that whole “I haven’t scored a goal yet” thing stat. Not scoring goals is BAD, Royzie. You must fix this immediately, or else.
Happy birthday, Drew! I always thought it was fitting that he’s an almost-Halloween baby, since he’s kinda, well, out there….and reminds me of Halloween…uh…this sounded better in my head. I apologize.
I have absolutely no intention of watching the game tomorrow night. I will be trick-or-treating, because anyone who has an awesome costume and passes up on free candy is lame.
I’m afraid to wear my Caps jersey because last time I did, they were in the midst of that awful, painful losing streak. They’ve won six straight and I don’t want to jinx that, but like I said. I want to wear it. Bad.
I wish my stupid Lars t-shirt wasn’t backordered. The hockey gods seriously do not want me to own this shirt.
I’m really excited for the first game of the Tyler Myers era. I sincerely hope that his play over the first nine games had nothing to do with him having to impress the coaches and everything to do with how he normally plays. (Does that sentence even make any sense?) I don’t want him to be a fluke. I want to know that he’s actually a really talented player.
I’m writing an article for the school paper on the swine flu and I’m interviewing my dad for it. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but after his brief appearance on Channel 2 Monday afternoon, he keeps telling me I have to call public relations to get an interview with him. I plan on hiding the remote right before the Sabres game starts and blackmailing him into giving me some quotes on how the oink-oink can affect a high school environment.
Go Sabres/Caps! Woo!
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.
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.
So. The time has come to prepare a post previewing the Sabres. Where to begin? The Sabres were a mess last season, to be perfectly honest. Playoffs two years in a row, then no playoffs two years in a row, then they beat the Red Wings and the Caps in the preseason. Yes, I know we lost Drury and Briere, but seriously, dudes? Get over it. They weren’t the only players on this team.
The thing with these Sabres is that I can never decide if any of them have individual talents, or games like that 10-2 win over Edmonton are just a complete fluke. Yes, Thomas Vanek is good at putting the puck in the net. Yes, Tim Connolly is fabulous when he’s not lying in a hospital bed in a full body cast. Ryan Miller is frustratingly inconsistent, but when he’s on, good grief, is he on. Patrick Kaleta isn’t half-bad at throwing hits. Sir Christopher has a bright future ahead of him.
But I’m not sure if these Sabres are good enough to take the next step. Yes, if Gomez hadn’t taken out Miller we probably would have made the playoffs. But after seeing how the other teams played in the postseason, there’s an excellent chance that the Sabres would have been slaughtered in the first round. It would have painful, and it would have been ugly.
Darcy promised big changes this summer, so he let my Caveman go and signed Steve Montador in his place, and he brought back Mike Grier. Woo. Way to go, Darcy. Grier will (hopefully) be able to keep the whiny brats on this team in line, but that’s about it. He also signed about 27 enforcers and “gritty” players, so, you know, watch out, league. (I actually have a theory that Darcy watched Slapshot one too many times before free agency started and he wanted to be like the Chiefs and just beat up every team. If it’s old time hockey we’re going to be putting up with, I at least want a Killer.)
One thing Darcy didn’t do that we were all expecting was dump some of our dead weight. Yes, Max is gone, but we still have Hank and Jochen. Man, did those two frustrate me last season.
You know who else frustrated me? Jason Pominville. Jason effing Pominville. He was all cute and adorable and point-producing two years ago and then last season he completely sucked. It was awful.
Thomas Vanek was on track for fifty goals last season (remember when I was all freaked out that he would score more goals than Alex? Heh.) and then he broke his jaw. He’s definitely our best goal-scorer and I’d appreciate it if he could keep that up this year. I’m also counting on Derek Roy to be our best point-producer. Come on, Royzie. Do it for Kyle.
I’d really like some of the Portland kids to get a chance up here, but I’m not sure if that’ll happen or not since we don’t exactly have loads of roster space to give away. Gerbe and Kennedy might be ready to make the jump, but it really depends on who plays well in training camp and who else undergoes surgery right before the start of the season. Adam Mair.
Another concern is the Olympic Break. Yes, it will give some of our guys a chance to rest up, but not Ryan Miller. It became rather apparent two seasons ago that our fragile little goalie can’t handle playing a long season. The Olympics are kind of intense, and they’re going to exhaust him if he ends up being named the starting goalie.
I’m not going to make any predictions about this team, because I honestly don’t know where they’ll end up in the conference. What I do know is that they really are quite similar to the team we saw last year, and that team didn’t do a whole heck of a lot. Out of the playoffs is out of the playoffs, no matter what place you’re in.
Just a few personal letters to some of the players:
You just keep doing what you’re doing.
We gave you that contract extension because we believed in you, but you were kind of awful last season. Let’s just put the past in the past and move on. You can play better than you did. I believe in you.
Keep the little bastards in line.
Dear Sir Christopher,
I decided to make you my project this year, which means I love you even more and pay extra special attention to you. Not that there’s any pressure, I promise. I thought you were chivalrous and great player last year, and with even more time to grow and develop, you’ll get even better. Good luck, my young knight. May the force be with you.
Don’t forget your toothbrush on the road trips, sweetie!
I have one exam left tomorrow afternoon, then I’m free for two and a half months! Wooo!!!!!
I just took two exams in a steamy high school and therefore have nothing of any value or interest to say. Other than, yesterday my neighbor told me he read an email that said that Alexander recently dropped $18,000 at a strip joint (which you already heard, if you follow me on Twitter). This concerns me for several reasons:
1. $18,000 is almost a third of some people’s yearly income; in other words, a hell of a lot of money.
2. If Tim Connolly wants to go out and catch every STD in the book and then invent a few, that’s fine, because he’s Timmy and that’s just what he does. Alex buys tickets for underprivileged children and spends his birthday running hockey clinics and visiting elementary schools. I don’t much like the idea of him going out and catching some icky disease.
3. If I find out that he’s going to strip clubs and he’s BRINGING LARS I might have to kill myself. LARS IS TOO INNOCENT FOR THAT.
Where does one even get emails like that? No one emails me about things like that. I hope for his sake he was making that up.
I wonder if Tim Connolly ever spent that much at a strip club. I plan on pondering this for the rest of the day instead of doing anything productive. I’m so done with school.
I can’t believe I just wrote a whole post about this.
As today was a conference day and the last thing I wanted to do was study for eight straight hours, the lovely Cari from Sabre Chaser and Clare from All Hawks Hockey and I decided to go to the Sabres practice this morning. We had a wonderful time watching the man child fall, Miller and Jaro play baseball (badly) and discussing the Blackhawks. After we decided to hit Chef’s for lunch, because we were hungry and we thought the Sabres might be there.
Now, Cari was quiet disappointed that neither Timmy nor Derek practiced. When we pulled up to Chef’s we looked for their cars. Timmy’s was already parked there and we saw Patty getting out of his. Excited, we went into the restaurant to see what we would find.
(I should probably mention at this point in the story that I have never seen any hockey players out and about in Buffalo, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.)
We walked into Chef’s, and the very first thing I saw right in front of me was Reggie Sekera in all his bald glory (unfortunately, I could not tell if he had his metallic pants on). To his left was Timmy, in a hat and his douche bag jacket from his contract extension interview. I was puzzled by the man to Reggie’s right, however. He was gorgeous and I couldn’t recall seeing him before.
You know who it was? One Mr. Daniel Paille. He may have had The Look we all love so much, but he also happened to be totally hot. The man child is beautiful in real life. It still blows my mind.
The three of us were led to our table, where we quickly sat down and began frantically giggling and tweeting. We were the picture of subtlety, Dear Readers. Pkaleta walked in behind us and sat down next to Timmy. We all kept looking over there despite the text messages telling us not too, and Cari and I both called our mothers to tell them.
After several minutes, we realized that Timmy, who had finished eating and was leaning back in his chair, was watching us all. Leering would actually be more appropriate. You know that grin he has? Well, he was shooting it our way. We’re pretty sure that he was just waiting for one of us to go over and talk to him.
While we were looking over at Timmy I made another startling discovery. I know I tweeted about it but I have to ask again. Daniel Paille, where have you and your broad shoulders and incredibly muscular back been all my life? Hot damn, boy. That’s crazy.
At that point Kim (also of Sabre Chaser) walked in and we no longer had any excuse for staring over in that direction. Did we stop? No. I was highly amused to discover that Patty had to concentrate on his plate of pasta as he ate, and studied each forkful intently before consuming it. At one point another player walked in, but as he had his hat on and the angle he was sitting at was bad, we assumed it was Patches.
Cari called Anne of Sabretooth’s House, and while we waited for her to arrive we continued to, err, gawk over at the players. Timmy continued to grin back until he, Patty, and (sigh) Danny got up to leave. Reggie had left a few minutes ago. (Mind you, this was very shortly after Patty K had arrived. I thought I was a fast eater, but no. He scarfed that plate of pasta.) After Patches (or so we thought) paid the bill, he got up to leave.
That’s when we realized it was Princess D, and that’s when I made a few jokes about him writing down his calorie in-take in a notebook. We also hoped he hadn’t heard when we (loudly) explained to Kim that Clare had brought cookies to use to taunt Derek on the ice.
Anne showed up then and we hung out for a while. After paying we got up to leave, and as we were walking to the cars we saw several familiar-looking guys walking into the restaurant. It was hard to place them in their beanies and coats, but we were sure they were Flyers. We proceeded to shout, “Let’s go Buffalo!” before getting in the car.
We headed over to Starbucks then (with a brief drive-by of Derek’s house, during which we learned that Kyle was there) and hung out while we waited for Anne. When she came, we all poured over Clare’s iPhone trying to figure out who the Flyers were. We’re pretty sure one was Knuble and one was Parent, but we don’t know who the third was. Maybe a trainer?
So…that was my day. It was a ton of fun, and we’re thinking of making going to the practice and Chef’s a tradition when Clare and I don’t have school (but seriously, Cari, we’re treating next time). I love those Sabres, even the creepy ones who appear to be contemplating having sex with us. What would we do without Timothy?
I feel it is my duty as Alex’s Biggest Fan to touch on the whole celebration thing from last night. Dear Readers, you know how much I love his celebrations. It’s refreshing to see a player get so excited and I was furious when Don Cherry said those things.
All that being said, I still think he took things a tad bit too far last night. I’m psyched that he finally got his fiftieth, but what he did with his stick afterwards was a bit much. Jose, stop suggesting Alex pretend his stick is hot, hot, hot. Michael and Nicklas were kind of right to decide not to do it, and I’m glad Bruce had a talk with Alex. I don’t want him to stop celebrating goals, but I do think he needs to be a little less excessive. That’s all.