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Even series.

21 Apr

I knew we would win game 4.  What I didn’t expect was another shutout.  It was a hell of a game.

It was my first time going to the party in the plaza.  All week long it said it was going to be 65 degrees.  Naturally, I was looking forward to this.  All day long it was super windy outside so I had been alright with that.  But then add that to the (barely?) 40 degree weather that was also occurring and I know why I can still feel the freezing air throughout my body four hours later. Holy HELL was it cold!  About midway through the first period I couldn’t feel my toes anymore.  I thought I wore enough layers.  I thought wrong.  Brr!  It was still a great game, watching with great people.

I had a feeling the Sabres were going to come out strong, and they did. I was very happy with the way they handled the physicality of the game tonight. They weren’t taking shit from ANYONE.  I’ve watched Myers drop Briere over 5 times now.  Myers certainly had his mean streak going tonight, and I couldn’t have been happier to see that.   Carcillo wants to bump Miller?  Miller isn’t gonna take that either, and he retaliated. Feisty Miller is my favorite Miller. 

I don’t think Richard’s elbow warrants a suspension, but it definitely should have been a major. Watch the replay. He sees Kaleta, and instead of just bracing for the hit, he intentionally elbows him in the head. The really sad thing is the big hockey media right now are saying that they would have done the same thing. I don’t understand it.   Kris Versteeg said,

“I think (Richards) was just protecting himself because you never know what Patrick Kaleta is capable of.  He is a dangerous player out there when it comes down to it. You never know if he’s going to run you from behind or if he’s going to hit you without the puck.”

Um, Kris. Have you seen who you play for? Your entire team is filled with dirty players.  I’m not saying Kaleta is a saint, but all he was doing was going for the check. Maybe Richards should have just taken it like a man instead of throwing an elbow. And the Flyers are going to complain about the penalties called on them? Hi, watch Game 2 and think again about opening your mouth. When you have morons like Hartnell and Carcillo on your team, you’re going to get some penalties called on you.

SOMEONE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD FIX THAT EFFING POWER PLAY. I hate nothing more than watching wasted lengthy opportunities go to waste because of our garbage plays.

Pominville scored the only goal of the game. I take credit for this one because before the game I asked if Pominville was still playing this series.  :p 

About midway through the 2nd period I thought to myself  “Is this seriously going to be another 1-0 game? Apparently it’s the only way we can win games.” Of course there was no way in hell I was saying that out loud, jinxes and all.   At the end of the game Shelby said pretty much exactly that. I looked at her and said I was thinking that earlier but couldn’t say it til the end of the game. Great minds think alike, duh.

RYAN MOTHER FUCKING MILLER.   Holy crap.  Where did this beast come from?  He was unreal, just..  wow.  I think the Flyers talking shit to him works wonders for him. Keep at it boys.  It’s only going to help us in the end. That save he made when Briere was in all alone on him, I forgot to breathe for about a minute. He absolutely deserved everyone, inside and outside, chanting his name. Even Lindy said he was chanting with the crowd. 

The scrum at the end was ridiculous. I need to watch it again tomorrow on the replay because I was too busy celebrating the shutout to pay attention, but the bad blood between these teams is starting to boil over. Spearing Gerbe, really? He will crush your soul. Myers will continue to crush Briere, and anyone else who gets in his way. Better stay away from Miller’s crease, because he doesn’t give a shit either. We aren’t scared.

I’m glad I braved the harsh conditions for this game. The party in the plaza is awesome. Hopefully there will be a round 2, so it’ll be a bit warmer for the next time I can go!

I’ll leave you with little bit of awesomeness.


It’s been a while.

2 Jul

Ok, so to start things off I must congratulate Tyler Myers for winning the Calder, and Ryan Miller for winning the Vezina.  Outstanding seasons from both of you!! They totally earned it. Hopefully we’ll see a few more Vezina’s from Ryan and a few Norris’s for Tyler in the near future!

Also congrats to the Chicago Blackhawks for winning the Stanley Cup. And Pat Kane for making the most awkward OT goal since…..well, you know. At least the Cup can make a short stop in Buffalo.

Free Agency. I’m not quite sure what Darcy is up to here.

Farewell my sweet, sweet Swede. (Although you DEF got overpaid) I will miss you Henrik.

Lydman, not so much. You overturned the puck waaaay too much, and it seemed like you could only keep it in the zone half the time without  the puck going over the blueline.

Coming in is Jordan Leopold. The only things that springs to mind is him getting absolutely WRECKED during a playoff game this year.

Cody McCormick also re-signed a one way deal for one year. I like it. The last two games with him playing were completely different. I love the way he plays.  One has to assume that Adam Mair will not be back in Buffalo now.

And that’s it as of right now.  I’m hoping they sign Carlo Colaiacovo just to get a little more help on D.  Right now all we have is Myers, Leo, Rivet, Montador, Butler, and Sekera. Somebody better fucking help us because that is weak as hell. The only one I even trust is Myers.

They also need to get rid of Connolly and possibly Stafford and pick up someone who will help us score. The round against the Bruins was absolutely pitiful, and Connolly can go somewhere else and not try. His interview during the locker-clean out also struck a cord with me. He just seemed like he didn’t care. He also reaaaaallly didn’t like the blame being put on him, but come on, it’s perfectly warranted. He is the one player I do not want to see in a Buffalo jersey next year.

I also hope they bring up Ennis and Gerbe. I have really high hopes for those two. I feel like what we saw towards the end of the year is only the tip of the iceberg with them. And that excites me more than watching Thomas Vanek singlehandedly destroy Ottawa. 🙂

I’d say we need a semi-decent back-up this year. We have 22 back to backs, and Ryan can’t possibly play them all. I actually wouldn’t mind bringing Patty back for a year  (I might be the ONLY one to say that too.)  He’s great in the locker room and Ryan absolutely loves him.  A couple things scare me though; one is how much Ruff doesn’t trust him and how stupid he is when it comes to handling backups.  The other is how the team in front of him seems to just completely fall apart when he is playing. He is good though. (Need I remind you of the 4-3 comeback against Pittsburgh this year.) We really only need a back up for one year though. Enroth should be good and ready to compete at the NHL level after that.

Hopefully we’ll get a couple more good guys signed through FA or trades. If not….  well I’m for one not looking forward to this season.

Do or Die.

26 Apr

Game 6. Vanek is back in from injury. Stupid Stafford is out.  In Boston. We can do this. We’re perfectly capable, and showed it on Friday night.

LET’S GO BUFFALO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lalime gets win #200!

29 Mar

I was on vacation for most of the week in Texas, so I only got to see mostly highlights when I got home from the games. God forbid ESPN show hockey besides AO and Crosby.  I did watch most of the Tampa Bay game however. Two reasons I love Lightning games; 1. They are usually really good games for the Sabres, and 2. Mike Lundin.  Hearing RJ say my last night is awesome and if I was a boy that would’ve been my name. Lalime played his little heart out and had a great game. The Sabres came out flying and ended up winning 7-1. The one goal Patty let in was an awesome goal by Downie. Who would’ve thought he could do more than just give out cheapshots?

Tyler Ennis is up and had some great passes and 2 assists. He’s going to be a great player very soon. Hopefully he’s brought up for playoffs.   It was so good and refreshing to hear  “and the Buffalo Sabres have clinched a play-off spot for the first time in three years.”  It was also good to see Lalime celebrating and all the players congratulate him. They really do love him here.  Congrats Patty!

“Come on, the Sabres aren’t even that good. Look at their roster.”

19 Jan

I’m so sick of people putting this team down because there’s no definitive “superstar” on the team. Do you know why this team is in first right now? Do you know why they are so hard to play against? Stop, before all you say is Miller. They have balanced scoring, and roll 4 lines every night. It’s not like all the opposition has to worry about it the 1st line and that’s it. Look at the year Kaleta is having. 8 goals in 34 games isn’t too shabby for a 4th liner huh? Yes, Vanek is having a frustrating year, but hopefully he’s turning it around now.  Tim “Glass” Connolly is on a freaking 12 game point streak.  TIM CONNOLLY. Wow, the things he can do when he’s not injured. Hecht is having a great year, and I don’t hate him anymore. Grier is adding the leadership that this team was absolutely lacking. Watching him and Kennedy play together has been great. They have awesome chemistry.  Seven players on this team have over ten goals. The defense is much better now. Myers has completely turned Tallinder around. Does Miller still have to bail them out of games at times? Yes, but that’s what every goalie is going to have to do at times. They’ve missed the playoffs by a couple points the last two years, and were surely in them last year before Miller got hurt. They haven’t even lost in regulation since before Christmas (by the way since then their PK has been over 92% that is crazy).  Games like the one tonight will show you that they have the offense to be a strong contender.

Dear Sabres,

16 Dec

I have a few requests.

Tomorrow you play Lose-a-lottawa. You have been playing pretty well as of late. Please don’t completely fall apart and crap your pants like usual when you see them on the ice.

Also, for the love of god, get your damn power play working. the whole passing back and forth to each other is great, (and I know we all did the pass 5 times to each other before you can shoot in practice while we were growing up) but don’t forget about that whole “shoot!” part. It’s kinda how you score goals. And sometimes you need to do that to win games. Just throwing that out there.

Don’t make Miller stand on his head and do all the work. He’s already being killed as it is. Clear the puck out of the front of the net, don’t give Ottawa an inch, because we all know they will take a mile.

Play better defense Montador, you’ve been pissing me off lately. Also if you could not let anyone chill in the slot wide open, that’d be great.

Play hard, hit them as much as possible, get them off their game. Play yours. I swear you can beat this team if you don’t let them get in your heads.

Love, Lefty.

I’m glad they’ve gotten their S#*^ together.

5 Dec

Haven’t been on here since the Washington loss. So I have a few things to cover.  I’m very very happy with the way the Sabres have responded after their 4th straight loss..  4 wins in a row. We’ll do a quick recap for the last 4 games.

Philly 4-2.  After their last minute frezny in the1st period, I’ll admit it. I thought, “here we go again.”  It was a very fun and eventful game to watch. It was like they finally woke up and played physical for a change. I love those kinds of Philly games.  This is also the game where Kaleta got suspsended for 2 games following his borderline hit on Ross. I wasn’t a huge fan of the suspension because Ross saw him then turned a second before Kaleta made contact.  There was also that Ovechkin lack of suspension because he’s a star player from the previous game I wasn’t thrilled about.

Carolina 5-1.  Easily could have been a shut out for Miller had Myers not turned the puck over, resulting on a break away for Matt Cullen. After the Tropical Storms were still leading 1-0 after the 2nd period. I was like oh my god, if they lose to the worst team in hockey I’m going to break something. Then they scored 5 unanswered goals in the 3rd. Thanks for waking up again. The Sabres were without Goose and Rivet, who had both been hurt in the Flyers game, and Kaleta serving his 1st game for the suspension.

Toronto 3-0. Miller got his 3rd shutout this season. Kennedy, Tallinder, and Hecht scored. It was Tallinder’s first goal in 76 games. (Yeah, I had no idea it had been that long either.)  Miller certainly gave the Team USA coach quite the show, and Wilson even said “I hope he plays like this in February.”

Before the game it was announced that Lalime was sent down to Portland for a 2 game conditioning assignment. The Sabres, like every other team in the NHL have a treacherous schedule this month, usually playing every other night. They know they can’t play Miller every game, so this is to get Patty ready.  Enroth was brought up to back up Miller.

Montreal 6-2. This was a fun one to watch if you were a Sabres fan. Not so much if you liked Montreal. The Sabres stormed out to a 4-0 lead before Montreal finally put one up on the board on a 2-on-1.For most of the game Montreal looked like they completely forgot what they were doing, and often looked lost. Halak was giving up some juicy rebounds, and the Sabres capitalized on them. Kennedy had another goal, which is nice to see because he works so hard out there. Vanek had 3 assists. It was Rivet and Kaleta’s first game back. Paul Mara obviously can’t give up his grudge against Patty and those two went at it in the 3rd period. Butler left the game with an ankle sprain. No word on how long he’ll be out.  The shots after 2 periods went in the Sabres favor 29-8. Yes, EIGHT. Perhaps their minds were on the Centennial celebration happening the following night. Either way, it was embarrassing. I almost felt bad for them.  Almost. I still don’t like it when Gomez gets anywhere near Miller.

Rangers tonight at 7. Can’t wait. Hopefully they get the streak to 5.

Also before I forget.  Ovechkin.  KAAARRRRMMMAAAAA. Hahahaahaha.