Sabres vs. Bruins – 11.20.09November 20, 2009
– 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.
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.
– 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.
– 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.