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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.

http://i.imgur.com/sBKhc.gif

Myers’ career night!

11 Mar

I went to the Stars game tonight and Myers had an awesome game (1G, 3A, +4). I’m sure it was because I wore his shirt.  It was back and forth through the 1st period with both teams scoring 3 goals. Then the defense finally started to tighten up after that. Kaleta had an awesome fight, pumped everybody up,  and it was all Buffalo after that. Tallinder was sort of awful, and I’m not sure why.  Miller is still letting in the softie (3rd goal). No bueno.  Dallas was horribly out-shot only getting 20 on net. They pretty much disappeared after Kaleta’s fight. Which was fine by me.

Dallas hasn’t won in Buffalo since 1999. Yeah,  that game.

I want season tickets haha. Or at least to go to no less than 5 games per season. They are so much fun.

Also Ruff, take note. WHEN YOU SCRATCH BUTLER, YOU WIN.  KEEP THAT UP PLEASE! THANKS 🙂

“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.

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.

I’m thankful for the Sabres in the beginning of the season.. not the last 4 games..

25 Nov

**This one again will be notes during the game because it is the night before thanksgiving and I’m not going to have the time or memory after the game.**

 

I now know where Timmy Kennedy gets his awful interview skills from… his father. Like father, like son.

God I love Miller’s little spin he does before he gets off the ice. I don’t know why, but its awesome. Maybe I’m a sucker for superstitious  things.

 

2nd period..  much better than the first. There’s not a whole lot you can do on Ovechkin’s goal besides flattening him. He’s just so good.

It is RIDICULOUS how many chances the Sabres have had..

Seriously, if Miller wasn’t in the game this would be a blowout…

Ovechkin..  EJECTED!! for a boarding penalty on Kaleta.  The fans are cheering “refs, you suck!”  Perhaps they are blind as a bat and didn’t see the hit or the replay?? Come on….

 

Things they need to work on:

*not taking a penalty in the middle of a major (or any power play for that matter)

*SCORING ON THE EFFING POWER PLAY FOR THE LOVE OF CHRIST

 

Okay. This is getting hard to watch.   Commence drinking.

2-0.  Now drinking Jack.

 

I officially want this to turn into a slugfest. And I’m not talking about the front of Buffalo’s jerseys.

I wonder if the Sabres remember how to score… 4 mins left in the 3rd.

Why is the Carruba Collision of the game Kaleta colliding with the boards?? Shouldn’t it be with another player? Just sayin..

God Varly.. GIVE ONE UP.

 

Thank god I’m getting drunk tonight.  4 in a row Sabres…  not good. Better be getting it out of the way now instead of in March.

Oh Philly next? FFFFFFFFFML :/

Sloppy.

18 Nov

 

Tonight I’m going to just be writing down notes during the game. And you’ll deal with it.  🙂

I don’t think there’s a whole lot of effort tonight.

Trying way to hard to force passes that aren’t there.

Miller… just freeze it please. Wtf was that.

Roy isn”t making me like him any better.  OHH and he got ROCKED! Is it bad that I enjoyed seeing that?

The puck is taking funny bounces for the Sabres..  they can’t catch a break so far.

They’ve had sooooo many chances, 2 posts for far, pucks bouncing over sticks…. UGHHHH. Frustrating!!!!

They need to play more physical.

Dominic Moore is wearing a full on cage. What is this, college?

I love Mike Robitaille and his “breaking down the play” bit. He gets so into it.

And the puck has pretty much stayed in the Sabres zone for half the 3rd period.

Ahh  now it’s time for the Sabres patented “Oh shit, we’re losing and it’s halfway through the 3rd period” desperation time.

SERIOUSLY?!  Three unanswered goals.

They need Grier back.

Power play.  TAKE ADVANTAGE!

THANK YOU GENERAL.

If this were any other team I would have shut it off by now, BUT, these are the cardiac kids we’re talking about. And there’s 5 mins left. Who knows what could happen.

STUPID penalty Kaleta…  and they score.

And again on an empty netter.

It’s now 5-2.   Earlier at work I predicted this.  Perhaps I should have said 5-2 Sabres……

now three seconds later.. 6-2

Wanna try to make it 10-2 in the last minute?  I’m sure it’s possible right now, or would have been is Lamers was in net.

Ugh.  that was torture.

 

 

 

BOYS…. MILLER CAN’T EFFING BAIL YOU OUT EVERY NIGHT.

And they’re back!

22 Oct

One minute and fifty-six seconds. That’s all it took for Florida to yank their starting goaltender and for me to breathe a sigh of relief.  The memories of the awful Atlanta game are well behind me now, and for the Sabres too it seems. They started out red-hot and never stopped. 5 goals in the first period. Good to see them coming out and playing hard. Miller once again played amazing. He now has a GAA of 1.66.  Maybe the Sabres can start getting some respect?  I’m sick of hearing how the other team is missing someone or is just having an off night.

Myers scored again for his 2nd goal this season. He is awesome.  2 goals, 3 assists, and a plus 7! Definitely one of Buffalo’s best players night in and night out.  Sekera should be back by the start of November, which coincidently will be right around the deadline game for Tyler. (The 30th against the Toronto Maple LAFFS will be his 10th.)  There is nothing Regier can do but send Paetsch packing. Fans will be calling for his head if he decides to send Myers back to juniors.

Even Pominville scored. Welcome back. Please stay this year. 🙂

Grier, Ellis, and Vanek finished the scoring.  I’ve also been highly impressed with Kaleta this year. 2 goals, 2 assists in 7 games. Keep it up.

When they play like this I don’t see them losing very often. Playoffs here we come.   Yeah, I just did declare that in October. Can you blame me?