Archive for November, 2009

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Reading With the NHL: Volume 2

November 29, 2009

While perusing the shelves of my local library, I found more books written by NHLers near and far.

Jason Pominville: Sunshine, Puppies, Kittens and Rainbows: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the System

Paul Gaustad: HONK HONK HONK HONKHONKHONK (Operating Your Dishwasher Correctly and Other Ways to Save the Planet)

Sean Avery: How I Learned To Stop Flapping My Yap About My Ex’s Current Relationship

Colin Campbell: You Do The Crime, You Pay The Time. Unless You’re an NHL Superstar or Have Photos of NHL Officials in a Compromising Position or Send Us Cookies on Our Birthdays, That Is

Ryan Miller: For The Love of God, I Can’t Do It All By Myself: A Guide to Playing Goal for the Sabres

Tyler Myers: 101 Recipes to Feed the Tall Lanky Guy Who Needs to Gain Weight

Sidney Crosby: Living Rent-Free for Four Years on an NHL Player’s Salary

Red-Wings Fans: It’s Not a Trap, It’s a Good, Sound Defensive System

Carlton the Bear: Twenty Years of Service and All I Get is this #*%(#! Clock?!

Drew Stafford: Hotlanta, Hotadelphia and Coldalina. The Life of an NHLer in 140 Characters or Less.

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Coldfallo v. Philly – 11.27.09

November 27, 2009

Brief thoughts after the carnage in Philly today.

- The Sabres played a very physical game today. They matched Philly hit for hit and snarl for snarl.

- At the end of the second period, I was amused by how Miller just stood calmly in his crease and looked on while all blessed hell was breaking out in the corner to his left. With how ornery both sides were today, I was half expecting Miller and Emery to get into it at some point. We know Emery has dropped the gloves before, and I’m genuinely curious about how Miller would do in a fight. We’ve seen his temper flare before, but never escalate to an all out physical fight.

- Nice job by Rivet in engaging in not one, but two fights with that little bastidge Carcillo. It was hysterical how Carcillo was sent to the dressing room to serve out his misconduct penalty because he just would not shut the eff up. I lost track of how many times the refs and his teammates came over and told him to STFU.

- Kaleta’s hit was ugly and will probably get him a suspension, mainly because he has a reputation of being an agitator and a shit-stirrer. Meanwhile, so-called league “superstars” get away scott free for similar-type hits. Reputation or status shouldn’t be a consideration for determining the length or qualifications for a suspension. We’ll have to see how long Colin Campbell drops the hammer for.

- Continuing with the ugly theme, Rivet’s crash into the boards certainly was ugly. Here’s to hoping nothing was seriosuly broken, sprained, injured or wrecked.

- Ugly: Part 3 – way to stay klassy, Philly Phans, booing Rivet as he left the ice. I know you’ve booed Santa in the past, so I should expect nothing less, but seriously. No stick taps for you on that one.

- Who woke up Timmy this game? Did the boys all chip in and get him a present? Was Daddy Timmy along for the ride and offering encouragement? As RJ and Harry both said, when Timmy shoots the puck, good things happen. Goose’s tip-in of Timmy’s shot was also a thing of beauty.

- While I was off picking up my mother from work, I was listening to the postgame show and Paul Hamilton interviewed Timmy. He said that he and Miller discussed Timmy’s accidental tip of the Flyers shot that got past Miller. They both agreed there was nothing that either one of them could have done on that one. I’d like to know at just how loud of a volume this agreement took place at. Heh.

- The Sabres dads were absolutely adorable. You could tell that their sons were a little apprehensive about them being on camera and accidentally revealing something embarassing. There were also a few sons who didn’t fall far from the family tree, if you know what I mean. The resemblance between Myers and his dad and even Pommers and his dad was uncanny. Now will the Sabres take their mommies along on a road trip? That could be priceless and show that the Sabres are equal opportunity experience sharers.

-  Can we just order a bionic lower body for Goose? The Sabres are going to miss his kickass faceoff skills if he’s going to be out for awhile.

- In case anyone is wondering, the Sabres store has Myers t-shirts. I am now the proud owner of one. And that’s my story.

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Give Thanks

November 26, 2009

I’m thankful for….

My family

My friends

My job

Sabres hockey. I believe the best is yet to come.

The great people I’ve “met” through the Sabrelogosphere. There’s a lot of talented, funny and quality writers out there.

My fellow Buffalonians. To quote the great Toby Zeigler, “We win together, we lose together, we celebrate and we mourn together. And defeats are softened and victories sweetened because we did them together.”

Gel pens. Except when I accidentally smear the ink and end up looking like I murdered a Smurf.

Newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. I wouldn’t have a job if these didn’t exist.

Ryan Miller’s earnest forthrightness during interviews. Even when you can tell he’d like to cut a member of the media.

Paul Gaustad’s insistence on giving his all every game, never taking a night off.

HD TV. Hockey and football in HD is a beautiful thing.

Timmy Connolly’s puck handling skills.

Mike Grier’s calming influence on the team. It’s almost like the boys needed that Dad-like figure in the room.

The farce that is the Indy Racing League. It gives me something to rant about when hockey’s not in session.

Sandra Lee. She’s absolutely crazy with some of the stuff she comes up with, but she’s teaching me how NOT to cook, which is kind of the opposite effect of a cooking show.

The pleasant surprise that has been Tyler Myers this season.

Lindy Ruff’s impeccable fashion sense and dry sense of humor.

Drew Stafford’s Twitter.

Heck, Twitter in general. Where else can you spend an afternoon giggling over the #kylewellwoodissofat meme or the #unwrittenNHLbooks meme. Not to mention the knowledge I’ve gained about work related matters through Twitter.

Coffee. Even if the drive thru line at Timmy Hos turns everyone into absolute morons.

I hope everyone has a safe, joyous, restful and delicious Thanksgiving. Catch y’all on the flipside for tomorrow’s Sabres/Flyers game.

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Correction.

November 24, 2009

I’d like to correct something that I wrote in my live-blog of last Friday’s Sabres game. Contrary to what was said on the broadcast – and later written in the blog – this upcoming road trip (the one with Philly and Washington), is the Sabres daddies trip, not the previous trip to Ottawa.

I would like to thank the Sabres Report with Derek Roy on Kiss 98.5 for assisting with this correction. I still want the team to post pictures or a video of the day or something like other teams did.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog reading. Carry on.

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Mascots On Ice

November 23, 2009

While perusing the internets, I found this video from this past weekend’s Canadian Mascot Games in Toronto.

I’m impressed that the Toronto Raptor managed to stay upright while playing hockey without wearing skates

Also, Peter Puck’s waggling eyebrows may replace Drew Stafford’s and Peter Gallagher’s as the most impressive set of brows to ever grace the screen.

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Sabres vs. Bruins – 11.20.09

November 20, 2009

First Period

- Hey Bucci, please update your mailbag to reflect the fact that Tim Kennedy plays for the Sabres, not Tyler. That Kennedy plays for the Penguins. K? Thanks, bye.

- Tallinder gets checked pretty hard by Lucic, but Myers immediately returns the favor on Looch.

- Harry mentions the Sabres are looking to crack the nut on the power play. Before they try to crack any nuts, they should check with Nicklas Lidstrom or Patrick Thoreson about nuts broken during hockey games. And what do you know, the boys go ahead and crack the figurative nut. A point shot gets deflected by Goose (HONK!) and makes its way past Rask. 1-0, Sabres.

- There’s a new Green Team PSA. In this one, Goose instructs us on how to use our dishwashers for maximum efficiency. As I do not have a dishwasher, I did not know that the “Rinse Only” cycle is inefficient and water gobbling. I guess it uses anywhere from 3-7 gallons!

- RJ reports that Chara and Gaustad are staring at each other. Will we see a Chara/Goose smackdown at some point tonight or will Roy-Z pull out his Napolean complex and try to take on the giant?

- Ooh, James Franco debuted on General Hospital today. I must catch up on the DVR this weekend.

- On a penalty kill faceoff, Gaustad is somehow curled in the fetal position on top of the puck. He does some sort of arm wiggle and the puck comes flying out of his back end. It looks like he shat out the puck, it’s that odd of a move.

- RJ and Harry pondering whether Philly fans boo Thanksgiving has to be one of the oddest things they’ve talked about. (Decision: Philly fans booed Santa, so they probably would boo some Pilgrims.)

- Myers does a fantastic job of preventing the puck from going into the Sabres net and ends up crashing hard into the boards for his effort.

- The period ends with Chara and Kaleta tangled up, as Kaleta is down on the ice with Chara’s foot trapped between his thighs. It’s pretty funny watching these two try to untangle themselves, especially since Kaleta has a vice grip on Chara’s foot.

Second Period

USA Today has posted a great article regarding Tyler Myers popularity and quick rise within the Sabres organization. It definitely sounds like Pierre McGuire has added Myers to the Man-Crush List. Also, this quote from Darcy regarding the public’s potential reaction had he sent Myers back to juniors is priceless:

“I would have had to move back there with him.”

Tall Tyler could have had his own GM-of-affairs in juniors. He would have been a hit with his teammates!

- Can we give some of these guys a geometry lesson? There’s wide angle shots, and then there’s “holy hell you just took out your wingman” wide angle shots.

- Stafford has a lower body injury and may return tonight? Was he the designated sacrificial nutcracker on the power play in the first period?

- The Sabres defense seems to be doing an excellent job of supporting Miller, especially on the penalty kill tonight. Tallinder was down on all fours and scrambling around, while Myers was in the crease keeping his stick down to cut down on the angle of the shot from the close-in Bruins player. Between Myers and Miller, no puck was getting in that net on this play.

- Pommers blocks a Chara shot and hobbles to the bench to engage in some “owwwwwwwwwwwwwww fuckkkkkk owwwwww mommmmmyyyy” whimpering. On the replay, it’s clear that the puck goes off the bony part of Pommers calf. I know it hurts like a bitch when I bounce that part of my leg off the coffee table. I can’t imagine what it’s like to take a Chara slapshot off the leg.

- On a Sabres breakaway gone wrong, Butler and the Sabres forwards miscommunicate, allowing Bitz to bring the puck out of the Boston zone. Rivet can’t stop the cross ice pass, and Looch puts the puck past Miller. The game is now tied at 1.

- I would like to point out that Goose is still leading the league in faceoff percentage, with an amazing 69.9% win rate.

- Lydman just sent Recchi tumbling with a good check. Recchi gets some style points for trying to stay on his feet.

- The period ends with Kaleta ricocheting off a couple of Bruins. He’s really making friends tonight.

Third Period

-  Harry speculates that Lindy’s pep talk during the intermission might have been something along the lines of “win the period and win the game, show each other how to do it.” I think it might have involved some profanity, but that’s just me.

- Vanek took a stick to the face while standing in front of the net. Someone get the blowhole drill ready. Rob Ray MD reports from between the benches that even though Vanek’s nose is bothering him and his eyes are watering, he’ll be fine.

- Vanek is back out on the ice and gets a couple shots on Rask. I guess Rob Ray MD was right, and while Vanek may not be fine in the normal sense of the word, he’s fine in the hockey player sense of the word.

- RJ and Harry are having a grand old time with the fact that Boston’s Bitz plays the saxophone. We know Staffy and Miller are guitar players, and Roy-Z is trying, but do any other Sabres play instruments? I’d even accept the recorder as an instrument in this case.

Overtime

- RJ and Harry report that the overnight trip to Ottawa is the Sabres Fathers Road Trip. 16 of the boys have their daddies along for the ride. There had better be some photos released from this event…Sabres. Other teams have done it. (How’s that for some subtle peer pressure?)

- After Harry Neale was just praising Miller for being one of the better goalies for stopping the puck when it gets into the body, Looch tips a wrist shot from the point past Miller. Game, set and match: Boston.

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Sabres vs. Panthers – 11.18.09

November 18, 2009

First Period

- During the pre-game, Roby mentions that Gaustad might just be the best forward currently on the Sabres roster. Not only does he have a 66.2% face off percentage, but he also has been “very obnoxious” to play against, wreaking havoc and distracting his opponents. He may be obnoxious, but he’s our obnoxious.

- My mother and I just played our nightly (gamely?) game of “Where’s Sabretooth?” Tonight, he’s on the bench side of the arena, halfway been the Northtown and Bud Light dasher boards.

- The Sabres have about 5 or 6 chances in front of the Panthers net, including a great attempt by Adam Mair on a falling down backhand shot, which just trickles wide of the net.

- Staffy muscles his way to the front of the net and determinedly puts the puck past Voukon. Stafford not only gets hard work points on the goal, but also picks up style points from the Ukrainian judge as he completes a spin-o-rama in the crease. 1-0, Sabres.

- Florida scores as Horton heard a who in front of the net. 1-1 tie.

Second Period

- Weiss scores after a puck handle/bocce toss by Miller goes horribly wrong and right onto Weiss’ stick. 2-1, Panthers.

- Someone just told someone else (I’m assuming a ref) to make a fucking call.  And to think these guys kiss their mothers with those mouths.

- Harry Neale starts describing Gregory Campbell’s almost full face mask to protect his broken cheekbone and loose teeth. Only in hockey do players have broken bones in the face and come back within a week or two* of the injury.

*Decidedly less time if the optional blowhole is installed.

- RJ mentioned that Roy-Z’s check on the Florida player was a tit-for-tat thing. Why does a “tit-for-tat” thing sound like it happens on Chippewa way too often? Heh.

- As you can see by how much I’ve written tonight, this has just been a thrilling game.

Third Period

- Why couldn’t Scott “It’s Always My Teammates Fault and Never My Fault” Clemmensen play tonight for the Panthers?

- The crowd seems to have woken up, as a rousing “Let’s Go Buffalo” chant breaks out. As the TV feed heads to commercial, some wise ass busts out with “ONE! WE WANT TWO!”

- Florida scores again, and the goal puts Miller down on his dupa. 3-1, Panthers.

- WHOOO! MacArthur is just standing innocently by the side of the net and puts the puck into the open net. 3-2, Panthers.

- Kaleta gets called for interference and Florida scores off a deflection on the ensuing power play. 4-2, Panthers.

- Ruff pulls the Miller and Florida scores into the empty net. 5-2, Panthers.

- I have no idea what happens, but somehow Moore scores. 6-2, Panthers.

- That would be three goals in one minute and three seconds for the Panthers, if you’re keeping track at home. I suppose the next question is whether I want to watch the bitchiness that is going to be the post game show.

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