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They Won One for Rico

March 13, 2011

- It was a tough day in Sabreland. The news of Rick Martin’s passing weighed heavy in many fan’s hearts. I know that those fans who got to see Martin play are really feeling the loss, but since Martin had been an active member of the Buffalo community, the loss is really felt by all hockey fans and Buffalonians tonight.

- The stick raise by the players at the end of tonight’s game was an incredibly classy gesture. Kudos to whomever organized that opportunity. (I’ll admit to being completely clueless that something was going to happen, even as I saw Miller skating out to the postgame snuggle huddle carrying a stick. I just thought Miller was carrying his equipment so someone else didn’t have to.)

- The Sabres handled a difficult situation as well as any organization could have. The Buffalo News confirmed the story about two hours and twenty five minutes before puck drop this afternoon. When you consider that in this time frame the team managed to print helmet stickers, coordinate a press conference starting an hour before puck drop and then update their website with a memorial splash page within a few minutes of puck drop, their PR/web/broadcast departments definitely get an A for effort and execution. Well done, team. Well done.

And hey, reclaiming seventh place in the playoff race isn’t too bad either.

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Sabres vs. Stars: Deep in the Heart of Texas

October 30, 2010

I was considering adding the Pee-Wee Herman edition, but that’s a little overused. And besides, Dale Evans is one classy lady.

Tonight’s game blog is in a letter format. Enjoy.

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Dear Nathan Gerbe,

I don’t recommend stepping in front of any more of your teammate’s slap shots. But perhaps if Tyler does get benched for his atrocious play of late, you can make him fetch you smoothies as you sit in the press box. It’s only fair.

Feel better soon,

Shots Off the Crossbar

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Dear Ryan,

I do commend your choice of a blue toque while sitting on the bench. Blue suits your skin tone much better than the bright gold hat that Lalime favors.

Peace Out.

Shots Off the Crossbar

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Dear Sabres,

Stop taking f*cking stupid penalties.

That is all.

Shots Off the Crossbar

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Dear Sabres,

Your fans are not a bunch of Charlie Browns and did not deserve the rock you gave them tonight. Make it better. Soon. Please. For all of our sakes.

Shots Off the Crossbar

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Things I Could Have Done Instead of Watching Sabres/Flyers

October 26, 2010

- Battened down the hatches.

- Laundry. I need to wash my pink shirt in order to be Boo to a co-worker’s Sully on Halloween.

- Started reading another book.

- Danced my cares away.

Speaking of the Fraggles, my inner 6-year-old is delighted that they are back on TV, on The Hub network. Guess what I’ll be watching on my winter break, LOL.

- Hung posters on my wall.

- Watched Glee and the rest of my regular Tuesday night programming.

- Watched Dancing With the Stars. Kurt Warner has become pleasantly appealing. Rick Fox is dating Elisha Dushku (Faith from Buffy) and Jennifer Grey is married to Mike Casper, Josh’s guy from the FBI on the West Wing. Watching DWTS has become some odd form of six degrees of separation…with sparkles and rhinestones.

- Knit.

- Written a to-do list for the office tomorrow.

- Learned the names of all the US Presidents in order.

Did I do any of these things? Nope, no I did not. I sat and watched the entire freaking game. I deserve a medal. Or a cookie.

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Wheel of Justice, Turn Turn Turn

October 12, 2010

- For those of you playing along at home, mimicking fellatio during an NHL game is the equivalent of a nasty hit from behind that renders another player unconscious. It makes no freaking sense, but ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the NHL wheel of justice, brought to you by Colin Campbell and your friends at the home office in Toronto.

I know that Wisniewski had to be suspended or punished in some form because a non-family friendly gesture is not appreciated in sports (as hilarious as it was at the time). But I’m surprised that Hjalmarsson was only given two games. He should have been given at least three or four. I do have a feeling that if (god forbid) Pommers had been hurt worse, that the suspension would have increased exponentially. However, by stepping up to the plate and suspending Hjalmarsson, I think the NHL has attempted to avoid some of the wild, wild west mentality that might have popped up during Saturday night’s Sabres/Blackhawks rematch.

- Speaking of wild west, did anyone else notice that Kane and Kaleta were particularly snarly towards each other last night? There has to be a story there.

- Was anyone else surprised that Connolly was the first Sabre to rush to Pominville’s defense? Yeah, me too.

- I know there’s a Bucky boycott in some parts of the blogosphere, so I know not everyone is aware of his latest writings. After reading his last two columns, I have a feeling that Bucky has a satellite office in South Buffalo. Sunday rehashed the Kennedy saga for the umpteenth bajillion time. Yesterday chronicled how Kane is dealing with fame. Judging by patterns and the way things are going, his next column should focus on how the Sabres suck and they all need to be ridden out of town on a rail. Predictability, thy name is Bucky.

- Non-hockey related, but Chris March from Project Runway is getting his own reality show. I hope it’s half as entertaining as the Austin & Santino show on Lifetime. Which, by the way, if you are not watching “On the Road with Austin & Santino,” you are missing quite the adventure. These two polar opposites design an incredible outfit for an incredibly deserving lady (usually residing in the middle of nowhere America) and are exposed to the local culture. They’re just so sincere and earnest in what they do. It’s a half an hour of the warm and fuzzies. That’s really the best way to describe it.

- Anyone want to start a pool on the number of skaters that New Jersey dresses tomorrow night? Do they break the magical 15 skater mark?

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Sabres vs. Bruins – Game 6

April 26, 2010

Pregame

- Yo, Bucky, unless you’re trying to get the team to unite AGAINST you (which my gut tells me they are already), then it might not be a good thing to imply that the their star player is a better player (and human being), now that he’s getting laid on a fairly regular basis. And that is the last I want to think about that topic. Ever.

- I would hope that the Sabres weren’t too distracted by the blessings put forth on Boobquake Day. (Seriously, I love that it’s WOMEN that are encouraging boobquake and the display of our blessings. Girl power, FTW!)

-  I’m still not sure that a gimpy Vanek is better than a 100% Stafford, but I’m a cautious sort in my daily life. And the substitution of Vanek for Stafford completely threw off my prediction from earlier today that Stafford would play an important part in tonight’s game after the change at both breakfast and lunch was 21 cents. All that was blown to hell in a handcart when I came back from Charlie the Butcher to find out that Stafford was scratched.

First Period

- I’m taking Sturm’s shorthanded shot off the crossbar as a shoutout.

- I’m beginning to think that rather than ladies and their blessings causing an earthquake, that a Sabres power play goal would cause the earth to move. For pete’s sake, our power play is dreadful.

- Miro Satan goes after Myers and RJ is incensed that Satan even goes after someone, considering he was quite a softy while in Buffalo. RJ’s indignation (“Myers is six-foot, four-thousand!”) is coupled with Rob Ray’s defense of Satan. (“It’s Game 6!”)

- Well, poop. Krejci scores from the power play in front of the net. This is the first time that the Bruins have scored first in this series. 1-0, Boston.

- There’s a large divot in the ice at the foot of the boards behind Miller. I love how the ref uses nothing fancier than Miller’s water bottle, some ice shavings and a hockey puck to fix the crevice. Simple things for simple minds over here.

- Has anyone seen Timmy or Pommers? Calling Timmy or Pommers! If you can hear me, please pick up the puck and put it in the net.

- I’m giggling like a twelve year old over the fact that an upcoming show choir on Glee is going to be named “Aural Intensity.” If the Puckerone doesn’t make a joke about the name, I will be highly disappointed.

Second Period

- Yo, Timmykins. When I was wondering where you were, I didn’t need you to make an appearance by taking a stupid penalty, leading to a power play, leading to a Boston goal. 2-0, Boston

- WHOO! Patrick Kaleta is the final Sabre on a gorgeous tic-tack-toe scheme with Kennedy and Mair after the Sabres come off another putrid power play. 2-1, Boston.

- I’m still waiting on Roy, Pommers & Connolly to show up. If you find them, please let them know they will be given clean jammies and an Oreo cookie once they do something noteworthy on the ice.

- How the hell did the Sabres power play get so putrid? Did they all forget the basic math behind a one man advantage?

Third Period

- Vomitous. The Sabres spend four minutes on the penalty kill as one of the Bruins gets high sticked and manages to bleed on command. Sabres Edge reports that the Bruins are 6 for 20 on the power play in this series. How the heck did the PK, which was previously so reliable, become so disastrous? It couldn’t have been all Jochen Hecht, could it?

- Oh eff. Krejci puts the proverbial fork in the Sabres as Derek Roy is late to cover Krejci, who puts the puck past Miller. I don’t care if it was Roy that was responsible for the goal. What the hell else has he done this series? Go ahead, think about it and get back to me. 3-1, Bruins.

- Hold the phone, Boston makes a horrible mistake and Gerbe is the benefactor, putting the puck past Rask. That Gerbe kid has spunk. The one thing we’ve learned from this series is that the little ones from Portland have talent and are leaving it all out on the ice. 3-2, Bruins.

- Pommers at least tries something off of a face off, but that doesn’t work well when the puck ends up in Rask’s glove.

- Mother of god, if I hear in the postgame the usual platitudes about the system, unfinished business and all that crap, someone will be cut.

- Mother of pearl, Satan puts the fork in the Sabres for real this time. It would have to be Satan, wouldn’t it? 4-2, Bruins.

- Did someone on the Sabres drink Jobu’s rum before the game or before any other game this series? It’s very bad to drink Jobu’s rum. I can’t think of any other reason why they were so horrible.

- Remember the series’ back in the day where two goals in two minutes at the end of the third period seemed like child’s play? I miss series like that.

- So…just as I write that, Vanek snaps the puck into the net. 4-3, Bruins. (I vote that this is too little too late.)

- I suppose it’s a good thing that I won’t be a twitchy beeyotch on my trips to Indiana and Pittsburgh, having to worry about what the Sabres are up to. I’ll catch playoff hockey when I can, but I’m not going to hurt myself trying to find out what’s going on. Then again, maybe hockey will have to be a distraction when my family is driving me up a bleeping wall.

- Some of the interesting things from the handshake line:

  • Miller standing at center ice, the first Sabre on the line, ready to greet the Bruins as his teammates were carrying on behind him. His facial expression was somewhere around “bitch, please” and “can we get this over with already? I have murder to commit in the locker room.” (It was Crunchy in the locker room with the goalie pads. Thighs of steel and all that jazz. Heh.) And really, I’m so disappointed FOR him. When a team that he was with for seven months has a shittier result than a team he was with for two weeks, I call foul. The silver medal wasn’t supposed to be the highlight of his season. I know he still has a pretty good shot at picking up the Vezina, but I know that’s not the piece of silver he was referring to in his earlier comments about playing for silver.
  • Paille seemed to be getting a lot of extra hugs from his teammates.
  • What the heck was up with Chara hugging all of the Sabres? He seems to genuinely like these guys.

-I’m now looking for a new Eastern Conference playoff boyfriend. I like Pittsburgh. Sid is infinitely more tolerable that that dude in Washington and Jay McKee and his shot blocking skills are pretty awesome. On the other hand, Boston did beat the Sabres, but that’s a raw wound. And on the third hand, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, so I could always just root for whomever is playing Boston? Meh. I’ll think about it. I need a nap. And a cookie.

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Buffalo vs. Boston – Game 3

April 19, 2010

- Before we head into hockey coverage, has anyone ever wondered what a mascot does all day? Well, Maxim shadowed Mr. Met for a day, (note: slightly NSFW) and it turns out life isn’t all wood carving in the dugout.

- We’re treated to a skim down the bench and the lineup on the blue line, and it appears some of the Sabres are definitely better at growing playoff beards than others. The wee baby Tylers appear to be fresh faced, but the fact that they both have blond hair might be counting against them. Miller is rocking a pretty good beard, and Gaustad has a good start to one already. On a random note, does Timmy stop shaving his head for the playoffs, leading to curly headed Timmy, or is the beard it.

- Miller has had some fantastic stops early in the game.

- So looks like that internet rumor regarding the Sabres wearing the old home whites was fake after all.

- WHOO! Mike Grier! Mike Effing Grier scores over Tuuka’s shoulder. 1-0, Sabres.

- Well, eff. Sekera gets caught in a pinch gone wrong and Wideman scores a dandy of a goal on the ensuing odd-man rush. We’re tied at one.

- After hearing for the past week and a half that tonight’s game was going to be on Versus, I tune like a good little NHL fan to Versus, only to find out that the game is blacked out locally and we’re stuck watching the game on MSG. In this case, the good of RJ, Harry, Rob Ray & K-Syl are slightly outweighed by the bad of an SD broadcast. Is it really that difficult to “borrow” the Versus HD feed and lay RJ & Harry’s vocals over it?

- Ellis gets caught by Boychuk with his head down and is smushed pretty hard core. Why haven’t one of the pansy Sabres hit Boychuk with his purse yet? If they’re in need of a purse, I can lend them one. My Vera Bradley satchel has enough stuff in it that could cause some serious damage.

- Lindy’s expression on the bench is a combination of “I hate these guys” and ” I’m going to cut someone.” I fear for the locker room.

- I’m beginning to think Timmy fell down the well, what with how absent he’s been from games lately. Speaking of Timmykins, I really want to know why “Tim Connolly K-Mart” is one of Google’s suggestions when you type “Tim Connolly” into the search box.

- Ellis is back on the ice after that killer hit from Boychuk. Good, but that still doesn’t excuse his teammates for not doing anything after Boychuk took out his second player. Is it going to take Miller getting run…oh wait, that happened last year and nothing happened.  Maybe Sabretooth getting run over would snap them out of it.

- Random: why do so many people insist on placing an “s” on the end of the word “math?” As in, “I have to do my maths homework?” And while I’m on my grammar soapbox, there is a slight difference between the words “breath” and “breathe.” They are not interchangeable.

- Remember when the Sabres had offensive firepower? Remember when they didn’t make you want to bang your head against a wall? Remember when hockey was fun?

- Wait, The Hoff is going to be on The Young & Restless again? Crikey, I hope that CBS has some extra money saved up to replace all the scenery chewing that The Hoff and Eric Braeden are going to be doing. You can tell I’m not paying much attention to the game if I’m reading Entertainment Weekly, heh.

- Alrighty then, Bergeron scores to make it 2-1, Boston.

- Remember when Ryan Miller wasn’t trying to do it all and was a sturdy rock in the crease? Remember when the rest of the Sabres played with passion and fire? Remember the fun that was Game 1? Remember when I wasn’t writing “Remember Whens?” (That last one actually was a “Remember When…” in my high school yearbook.)

- Well, friends. If it turns out there’s only two more games left in the season, what can you say? I’ll come up with words when they come up WITH A FULL 60 MINUTE EFFORT! I’ll even bet that we’ll hear the same platitudes after the game from the same usual suspects. And really, these same platitudes have been delivered so often that I’d be willing to bet that most of us can deliver them verbatim. (Although we might lack Ryan Miller’s eloquence and bitch please, eyebrow.)

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Sabres vs. Bruins – Game 2 Thoughts

April 17, 2010

- If you haven’t already, go read Sully’s column from today’s Buffalo News. It really explains the pride in the city and pride in our hockey team that we all have. (Note:  just because we bitch about both, doesn’t mean we still don’t love both.) Also, the fact that I enjoyed both a Sully column and a Bucky column this week totally means that the apocalypse is nigh, right? Or do I have to attend Blogger Confession to confess my sin of liking something produced by the mainstream media?

- Thank you NBC for giving us that up close and personal glimpse of Ryan Miller in the Sabres locker room. I had no idea that the goalies had to kneel down to put their pads on and to get them adjusted.

- This HD feed still has that feeling of coming out of a dirty fishbowl. Or maybe Sandra Lee’s camera crew (they of the over vaselined and blurry lenses) is producing today’s game.

- Darren Pang is tasked with interviewing Myers and clearly is standing on a box while doing so, as he comes up to the numbers on Myers’ shoulder. Panger’s assist is clearly revealed when he is interviewing Rivet on the ice and is much, much shorter than the captain.While Panger is interviewing Rivet, they’re both blocking the bench door as players are trying to get onto the bench for the start of the game. I kept waiting for someone to say “move out of the way, assholes.”

- Ryan Miller…East Lansing…Drink.

- WHOOOOO! Boston completely melts down, as Milan Lucic tries to double team another Sabre, thus leaving Myers with a wide open shot at the net. Myers’ blast is deflected by Begin right into the net. That’s a WHOO! for Buffalo and an “OOOPS” for Boston. 1-0, Sabres.

- Doc: “Claude Julien realizes this is not going well.”  / Me: “Understatement of the year.”

- WHOOO! Matt Ellis scores on the backhand as Rask completely whiffs on the shot. He was too far over to the short side on the shot. 2-0, Sabres.

- Dude. Boychuk whacks the ever loving shit out of Vanek’s knee, causing Vanek to go down awkwardly and hobble towards the bench. That’s…not good. Really, not good. If this a long term injury, then I’ll just get my “fuck hell kitten mittens” out of the way now. (Thanks to Nooie at IPB for that new phrase.)

- The period ends with Chara depositing Ennis ass over tits into the Boston bench. It takes a real man to hit a wee little child like that at the end of a period while down two goals. (Disclaimer: I love Chara off the ice due to his work with Right to Play, but in this series, I think he’s a chicken shit instigator hiding behind his cage.)

- Lindy Ruff is the longest tenured head coach in the NHL….DRINK.

- Oh, poop. Boston scores as Miller’s deflection of the puck goes up and into the net. 2-1, Sabres.

- Doc: “The Sabres have got the bangers in here now.” / Me: “That’s what she said.”

- It’s a lower body injury for Vanek and he won’t be back this afternoon. That’s a “thank you, Captain Obvious” injury declaration if I ever heard one, considering WE ALL SAW THE CHOP TO THE KNEE! However, @BNHarrington has a good point on Sabres Edge: the slash is to the right leg, but Vanek left the ice favoring the left leg. So I guess my righteous indignation can be tempered slightly, since it seems like it was the fall that did the damage and not the stick whomp.

– This second period has been particularly brutal by the Sabres, and as I’m writing that, effing Chara goes and scores. The game is now tied at two.

- WHOOOO! Pommers adds another one to the brood. Lucic isn’t having a good game today as his giveaway leads to Pommers goal. 3-2, Sabres.

- Michael Ryder and Andrew Ference collide just inside the Sabres blueline. Both are alright, but they really should look where they’re going next time.

- Son of a…the Sabres miss a pass in the Boston zone leading to a four-on-two. Not only are the Sabres undermanned in the zone, but Miller is way out of the net. We’re tied at 3.

- Chara flicks a wrister from the corner of the blue line and it gets passed a screened Miller. 4-3, Boston.

- I know the Sabres are 32-0 when leading after two periods, but the odds appear to have caught up with the Sabres. Or maybe the afternoon start has thrown all the Sabres off their game? Are they pissed that pizza and wings were vetoed as the dinner choice here at SOTC Estates?  Who knows, except I don’t like where this is going.

- Wait, Sean from the Real World Boston and Rachel from the Real World San Fransisco have six(!) kids together and he’s running for Congress? And now I have faith that Real World alum are actually doing something productive with their lives instead of going on their umpteenth challenge show where they proceed to do nothing but get drunk and screw.

- Greer gets in on a breakaway but misses. If he would have made that shot, I predict that there would have been a statue erected to him in the plaza by the fans.

- Panger reports that Lindy was standing on top of the bench and hollering and whistling to get Miller onto the bench. Does Lindy use something simple like “move your ass” or does he just start yelling “Miller, Miller,” or is there a super secret code (“Here Crunchy, Crunchy, Crunchy…”)?

- Well, poop. But at least the rest of the Eastern Conference series (with the exception of Washington/Montreal) are tied at one. I’d feel better going into Boston with a 2-0 series lead, but it is what it is. I almost wish there was a postgame show on NBC for this one, since I’d love to hear Lindy’s presser and the players comments, but I’ll read about them later.

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Can we at least agree that it’s an upper body injury?

March 15, 2010

You might have noticed that I haven’t been posting lately. No, my muse didn’t go off on spring break, but I almost would have preferred if it did. Turns out the sinus infection that I was diagnosed with on Friday wasn’t really a sinus infection at all, but is really shingles. FML.

My left eye is so swollen that it looks like I went 10 rounds with Manny Paquiao and lost. My dad says that the shingle bumps on my forehead make me look like I’m heading to a Star Trek convention as a Klingon.

I didn’t miss any good Sabres hockey, did I?

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The Calm Before the Storm – Sabres vs. Pens 3.2.10

March 2, 2010

So tonight is the last game before the trade deadline. Will this mark the last time that we see one of the boys in the blue and gold? Will we be bidding adieu to Clarke MacArthur or Drew Stafford, but saying hello to Biron or Ponikarovsky?

Heads up for tomorrow. The boys over at The Goose’s Roost are running what can best be described as a Buffalo Blog Block Party for tomorrow’s trade deadline day. Most of your favorite Sabres bloggers and other tweeps will show up at various points throughout the day tomorrow, so stop by. We can all commiserate together when Darcy trades Sabretooth for a case of Labatts or a Zamboni battery, or when Rip Simonick gets traded for a mystery Roll Up the Rim to Win Cup.

Here’s the link to the blog, if you’re so inclined…
Trade Deadline Mega Live Blog

ETA: If the linky no-worky for you, then head to The Goose’s Roost itself to join in on the fun.

But back to matters at hand.

I’m excited to have Sabres hockey back. I was ready for the Olympic break. The Sabres just weren’t playing to their full potential. We needed a break. It wasn’t me, it was them. But that’s over now. The boys in blue and gold are back, as are my scintillating in-game thoughts.

- Watching the pregame media scrum with Miller, he’s rocking the hell out of that tweed newsboy cap. Everytime I see him in one, I start humming either Seize the Day” or “Carrying the Banner.” (Do you know how difficult it is to find reasonably decent Newsies clips? And do you know how difficult it is to get Newsies songs out of your head? But all of that is outweighed by how quickly a Newsies – or any Disney song, really – can flip a bad mood into a good one.)

- I’m distracted from Henrik Tallinder’s bad, over-gelled comb back (it’s not really a come over) by Patrick Lalime appearing to dance to his own beat during the Star Spangled Banner. Seriously, dude was not in rhythm. Then again, Miller was standing off to the side with his hands knotted together and this look on his face like he’s the little kid standing outside the confessional for the first time. (Bless me father for I have sinned…)

- With all the trade conversations going on today, I’d be sad to see Tallinder leave. I think he’s resuscitated his career since being paired with Myers. It would be a shame to break up what is probably the Sabres best defensive pairing. And really, at the beginning of the season, did anyone expect these two to be the hot pair?

- Gonchar gets one past Lalime on the power play after the Pens put a lot of pressure on the Sabres in their own zone. I have no idea what the Sabres penalty was, but it was probably something stupid like not saying “God bless you” and handing over a tissue when Crosby sneezed. Despite giving up that one goal, Lalime has looked quite good tonight. It’s the rest of the boys that seem to be stuck in Cabo. 1-0, Pens.

- Per the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Lindy was booed pre-game and Miller was given quite the thunderous ovation.

- This waffle breakfast sandwich from Dunkin Donuts looks gross. America runs on Dunkin, but probably not in the way they want us to.

- I did not miss the Cellino & Barnes pop-up ads. The concept of the ad is cool, but I think it’s the content of the ads that’s bothering me.

- Do we think Miller wishes he could have smuggled Parise/Kesler/Kane or anyone else on Team USA back with him for the Sabres? I’m hopeful someone’s jammed in a suitcase and is going to be released once they’re back in Buffalo later tonight.

- Dupuis gets another one past Lalime. 2-0, Pens.

- Lydman fires one from the point to make it 2-1, Pens.

- The ice mics appear to be turned up to full blast tonight. I’m hearing a lot of dialogue that I probably shouldn’t be hearing.

- TSN is reporting that Ponikarovsky is going to Pittsburgh for a prospect named Luca Caputi. This is noteworthy only because I like the name Luca. It’s one you don’t hear very often.

- Sign you watch too much HDTV: you try to type in the HD channel numbers on an SD TV and get confused why you’re watching YES when you really want ABC.

- Aww, Miller just compared his next six weeks to being that of an infant: eating, sleeping and hydrating. K-Syl gently corrects him by saying that he forgot one other thing that infants do. To his credit, Miller didn’t blanch at that statement. But could eat/sleep/hydrate become the Sabres version of the Jersey Shore’s motto of gym/tan/laundry? Miller also mentioned that he wouldn’t mind winning silver twice in one year. You go Crunchy. You just might make silver every Buffalonian’s favorite color.

- Oh lord, at the start of the third period, only Pommers and Goose have more than one shot on goal. Nothing against Goose, but he’s not exactly an offensive juggarnaut that you want as your leading (or second leading) shot taker for the night.

- These Sabres can’t hit the broad side of an effing barn tonight. They need help.

- If I promise to eat all my vegetables, clean my room, finish my homework and walk the dog will I get Olympic hockey back and/or a Sabres trade?

- Goose “fights” Rupp and goes off cradling his hand after the fight. To be fair, we can’t tell if the injury comes from the “fight” or when Goose tumbles down onto the ice and appears to jam his hand. For the love of Pete, please don’t let it be broken. Injuries to key character guys are not kosher with 20 games left…unless it’s some heinous ploy by Goose to avoid being traded to Carolina for some barbecue.

- Fedotenko scores the third Pittsburgh goal, doinking it off the water bottle on the top of the net. 3-1, Pens.

- Roy dents the twine in the back of the Pittsburgh net. However, the puck does the old speedy in & out t that the play needs to be reviewed. Upon further review, it’s a good goal. 3-2, Pens.

- Set fire to the room, Darcy. Do it now.

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Sabres vs. Blue Jackets – 2.6.10

February 6, 2010

Random babble from tonight’s game

- Repeat after me, Sabres: “Sound defensive hockey is fundamental.” Learn it. Love it. Be it.

- A goal from center ice? Just kill me now. The goal going off the glass and off Lalime’s feet just reminds me of those old Michael Jordan commercials where they try to ricochet shots off various objects.

- A fight! A fight! How long has it been since a Sabre has fought?

- Why do Lindy Ruff’s ties always look like they could be turned into Vera Bradley purse patterns? That said, I’d love a purse in the purple swirly pattern of tonight’s tie.

- Lindy’s hair looks exceptionally bright on this camera feed, like a cross between day-glo yellow and hay.

- I feel like the Sabres and I need a break. It’s not me, it’s them.

- It’s also really bad form to injure your own teammates, Sabres. I don’t care if it’s only a tiny cut on Grier’s schnozz, it’s still bad form!

- This intermission feature on the Buffalo Sabres sled hockey team and it’s athletes heading to the Paralympic games is really cool. Sled hockey looks like it would be a ton of fun to play and these guys have to have some massive upper body strength.

- If they’re not going to care, I’m not going to care either. Friday’s General Hospital is awfully tempting on the DVR.

- And just when I say that, Stafford goes and fights Umberger. It’s like he knew that one of my weaknesses is seeing players that aren’t fighters go and drop the gloves. I can’t believe that one punch made Umberger’s ear bleed.

- I really feel bad for the people that drove hours to see this dreck of a game.

- I know that the broadcasters are contractually obligated to do the sponsored game recaps, but do we really have to recap the suck?

- At least the Sabres getting shut out means Mason finally pulled his weight for the Pea Brains.

- Tuesday’s game against Boston has the potential to be the Battle of the Suck. I love games that are full of suck! [/sarcasm]

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