Just some rambling thoughts about last night’s events…today’s events and a hockey game.
- My thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to the friends and family members of those killed in the crash of Flight 3407. I also want to send a special wish out for those first responders who have worked tirelessly since last night to both put out the fire and secure the scene. It’s got to be the worst feeling being there and knowing there’s nothing you can do.
I used to work in Clarence and the area where the plane hit is quite the quaint little area. It’s near the Clarence Center Coffee House and The Perfect Gift, both of which are amazing locally owned businesses. It’s just eerie knowing that I’ve eaten at and shopped at these places and they’re right in the middle of a disaster area. However, it really is a miracle that the plane only hit one house. This situation had the potential to be a LOT worse.
I’ve also been amazed at the outpouring of concern from across the nation. In my job, I deal with a lot of people from outside the Buffalo area. Those that knew my employer used to be located in Clarence especially were concerned about us and how we were all doing.
I was also pleasantly surprised at how quiet the Arena was for the moment of silence before tonight’s game. I know they’ve done moments of silence before, but there was always this undercurrent of energy behind them. Tonight, you could have heard a pin drop in the Arena. About the only thing that the moment was missing was a “Let’s Go Buff-a-lo” chant when it was all over.
- WHOOOOOO! Mair tips a shot from the point past Nabokov. My happy at the goal overwhelms my regret at moving Ryan Clowe to the Little Honker bench due to an internet report that he was suffering from the flu and wouldn’t be playing. Guess who’s currently on the ice for San Jose?
- I just realized that the blanket I’m knitting is in San Jose colors. Despite that, it does look nice.
- WHOOOO! Spacek scores to make it 2-0 Sabres. I have to say that I’m liking the spunkiness I’m seeing in the Sabres so far. If they keep it up for 3 periods, I foresee a good night.
- Roy-Z scores his 100th career goal to make it 3-0. And it’s another power play goal! I guess spending all of practice on Thursday working on the power play is paying off. Harry Neale points out later in the first that the assist on the goal is Stafford’s 100th career point.
- I highly encourage everyone to bop over to Sabres.com and watch the portion of the Sabres show that deals with the CfC. It’s worth it just for Chris Butler’s modeling poses in the dressing area. Bonus coverage before the CfC feature shows Derek Roy intently reading “Z is for Zamboni” to a group of youngsters in Cheektowaga. He really looks like he’s getting into the book!
- Anne pointed out that Ryan updated his little bloggity. I think it’s great that he’s kind of self conscious about being on the once a month update plan, because seriously, how many of us freak out if we don’t update our blog fairly regularly? Also, I like that he’s put thoughtful analysis into dog ownership, and recognizes that the single, bachelor, hockey player lifestyle isn’t the best environment to bring a dog (or two) into. I do want to point out that double the dogs you own means double the potential for doggie trouble. What one dog won’t think of, the other one probably will.
- At the end of the first period, it’s 3-1 Buffalo. Marleau ripped a wrister from the point past a screened Ryan Miller. At least the goal was scored by a Little Honker.
- Moving into the second period, San Jose is showing a little more toughness than they showed in the first, but the Sabres are answering them with some pretty neat play in the Sharks end.
- I really don’t need to keep hearing about how Rob Ray still looks as good now with his shirt off as he did when he fought Claude Lemieux back in the day. Can we stop talking about that now, k? thx.
- Hey, did y’all know that Joe Thornton was traded from Boston to San Jose?
- Kotalik rips a rocket from the point and it’s now 4-1 Sabres. Guess what…he did it on the power play. Guys, try not to use all the power play juju up in one game, k?
- This kind of made me giggle just a wee bit.
- Speaking of Miller, he comes up big with two huge saves on a Mike Grier breakaway. Shots so far are 25-24 in favor of the Sabres, but the Sabres have the goal advantage.
- Boyle whips one past Miller to pull the Sharks to within one as the second period comes to a close.
- Oh, good grief. Derek Roy is now in a commercial with Cellino and Barnes. There’s entirely too much smug and bad cue card reading in this commercial for my liking. And it’s for a charitable promotion, too. Charitable promotion and smug do not go together.
- Rivet gets sent to the box for allegedly high sticking Joe Thornton. Turns out Rivet was innocent and Thornton was poked in the snout by his own teammate.
- Son of a bitch. Setoguchi scores to tie the game at 4. Good job there, Reggie, losing your stick and making it oh so easy for the goal to be scored.
- Pavelski scores to make the score 5-4, Sharks. This is not how this game is supposed to go, gentlemen.
- Interesting: the league gave the Sabres the option of cancelling the game tonight. The LQ explains why the team decided to go ahead with the game. I think LQ and Darcy made the right call. People needed the distraction from “all crash, all the time.” And speaking of “all crash, all the time,” has Scott Levin of WGRZ slept at all? He was on the 11pm newscast last night when the story broke, and was on the internet feed of WGRZ throughout the day AND showed up on the 6pm news tonight. Please tell me the guy took a nap at some point. And while I’m at it, Jody Johnston looked like hell at the end of the day. It looked like she just kept applying the pancake makeup, the blush and the eyeliner to cover the bags and the paleness. Hopefully she also gets a good rest tonight.
- Gerbe taking on Thornton along the boards is quite the sight. The kid is not afraid of players almost twice his size.
- WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Craig Rivet pulls a Captain Fuck This Shit (TM the Ookie sisters) move and rips a shot that makes it past Nabokov with 3.9 seconds left in the third to tie the game. It’s later determined that Pommers tipped the point shot, but whatevs. We’re now going to OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-VERTIME.
- Private to Mr. Erhoff: You may be a Little Honker, but a knee-on-knee hit on Nathan Gerbe is in no way kosher. I may have to suspend you for this one, especially if the Gerbe is hurt.
- After a really entertaining overtime period, including some scuffling between Roy, Vlasic, Spacek and Blake to wrap it up, we head to the skills competition. Goody, goody, gumdrops.
- So in the skills competition, Nabokov stops Kotalik and Miller stops Boyle in Round 1. Round 2 sees Nabokov stop Staffy and Miller stop Pavelski with a smack. Round 3 sees Timmy get stopped by Nabokov and Miller stop Setoguchi. Round 4 sees both Pommer and Marleau score for their respective teams. Round 5 features Roy-Z doing a nifty backhand past Nabokov and Miller stopping Michalek cold, complete with his own “fuck this shit” puck toss after he made the save.
- I love the postgame celebrations when the team acts like a bunch of overgrown five year olds. Sure they could have put the game away several times, but a win is a win.