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Sabres vs. Flyers – 11.14.09

November 14, 2009

Pregame

– No Stafford tonight, as he apparently has some sort of hip injury. No word on if its due to his scuffle with Pocohontas and some buffalo. Tyler Ennis – that would be the short Tyler of the 2008 draft – has been called up from Portland to replace Stafford. Anyone want to make bets as to how many Ellis/Ennis mixups Neale will have tonight? I’m thinking at least three, as Neale was mixing up MacArthur/McKinley/McIntire during last night’s game. So what if one’s a hockey player/general, one’s a president and one’s a New Kid. They’re all interchangeable for dear Harry.

– Anyway, thanks to the wonder that is The Google, I found this article regarding Stafford’s expectations for this season, including a comment from Lindy regarding Stafford’s potential:

If his career keeps progressing, Stafford could become the Sabres’ supreme leader one day. Ruff believes Stafford is a “captain-type person.”

I hope that the era of Supreme Leader Staffy does come after the eras of Supreme Leader Rivet and Supreme Leader Goose. As I re-read that sentence, I realize that it makes them sound like they’re leading their own little versions of the communist party and not leading a hockey team. But I’m not the one that used that phrase first, I just picked up the ball and ran with it. Heh.

First Period

– There’s a kerfluffle in front of Miller and Myers and Carcillo start going at it. If anyone is going to try and take on Myers, they’d have to hit up rather than across in order to land any punches. When the bodies are sorted out, Carcillo is in the box for cross checking Myers.

– The Sabres get crotchety (well, most of the time) when one of their opponents tumbles into Miller. Chris Pronger, on the other hand, shoves Sabres into Emery. That makes no sense.

– WHOO! Vanek takes a MacArthur pass and ships it past Emery. 1-0, Sabres.

– Can I still refer to Briere as a slag-faced whore or has that statute of limitations expired? Either way, he gets a shot past Miller, but it clanks with a thud off the post. That goalpost was Miller’s best friend and gets a cookie from this blogger for it’s heroic effort in preventing that goal.

– Gaustad and Pronger decide to go after each other as a result of Pronger shoved Gaustad into the crossbar. RJ takes this opportunity to make a Mrs. Lauren Pronger joke, which while kind of low, is still funny. Gaustad was all hepped up over the hit and honked mightly at Pronger while trying to chase him around the ice. Apparently, HONKHONKHONKHONK HONK HOOOOOOONK translates into “don’t effing touch me again, you dirty rotten arsehole.”

– Roy deflects a beautiful pass from Vanek off the goalpost. That’s the second Sabres shot in the past five minutes that went off the post and/or crossbar. Emery’s posts and crossbars do not get cookies from this blogger.

Second Period

– On intermission, we’re treated to a recap of Ryan Miller’s visit to the Grand-Am race at the Glen this past summer. I give him credit for doing a gently understated version of  “Gentlemen, start your engines.” I’ve seen entirely too many versions of it that are just so ridiculously over the top. When Miller mentions that he had previously been to the Detroit Grand Prix when it was on Belle Isle, my mother and I then try to figure out whether Miller was there when it was a CART/Champcar event or an IRL event, as both series raced at Belle Isle.Why is this important? Because the IRL represents the downfall of American open-wheel racing, and I’d really like to not think of my beloved goalie attending an IRL race…even if he was comped admission or a member of the red hat brigade. I realize that statement makes sense to only about three of you in the audience, but Tony George’s egocentric asshat-ness ruined the greatness that was American open-wheel racing.

– What’s the hit count from Kaleta tonight? We hear RJ talking about them, but we don’t seem to be seeing them.

– Something happened to Rivet and he’s bent over in two on the Sabres bench. His body language is screaming “fuck…..owwww…mommmmmmmyyyyyyy.” Or words to that effect.

– Emery gets caught out of the net but scoots back in time to stop Timmy from firing the puck into a wide open net.

– And now it’s Miller’s turn to get caught out of the net as Richards tries a wraparound, but luckily the Sabres skaters team up to force Richards to go wide and give Miller enough time to get back in the crease.

– Oh dear, Tallinder gets leveled by Laperriere and heads off to the bench. I hope that hit doesn’t cause Feisty, Competent Hank to retreat and cause Shy Scared Hank to come back out.

– Holy hell, that was an ugly shift by the Sabres. There’s shots flying, bodies tumbling and Miller remaining the lone line of defense against the Flyers. Luckily, the Flyers do not score.

– WHOOOO! Tyler Ennis gets his first NHL goal as he’s in the right corner of the crease at the right time to put the puck past Emery. Not bad for a kid who got off the plane an hour before the puck dropped. 2-0, Sabres.

– The period ends with a flurry in the Sabres end, as Miller does everything but a Rockette kick line to keep the puck out of the net.

Third Period

– In person, Gaustad is a solid, yet skinny, guy. When he’s in his full hockey gear and standing next to K-Syl, he’s a freaking giant. And again, Sabres broadcast people, can’t K-Syl have a box to stand on so that interviews aren’t so awkward?

– Pronger lets a shot go from the point and it gets past Miller. 2-1, Sabres.

– I’m feeling the wingnuts slowly coming loose on this wagon. Vanek gets a slashing penalty for chopping Richards stick out of his hands from behind in the neutral zone. That kinds of sounds like the solution to a game of Clue, heh.

– Way to be classy there, Philly fans, booing Chris Butler as he hauls himself up off the ice after a hit from the slag faced hobbit whore. When all is said and done, Butler is in the box for cross-checking and Briere gets a 4-minute penalty.

– Gaustad is a one man wrecking crew, as he not only wins the face off, but tips a Myers shot past a clueless Emery. 3-1, Sabres.

– Carter scores a shorthanded goal as the Sabres power play turns into one giant fustercluck. Four Sabres could not handle two Flyers. Unbelievable. 3-2, Sabres.

– Kaleta manages to catch up to Carcillo and back check the puck away from him. What’s so surprising about that? Kaleta was two strides behind and appears to be the only guy with some vim and vigor left in him at this point in the game.

– Miller’s gotten run over a few times in this period. Are his teammates blaming distraction by low flying pelicans for their inability to keep the Flyers out of the damn crease and away from their goalie?

– That was an ugly third period, and the boys may be tired and/or in need of a refresher on the “hockey games are 60 minutes long” lecture. But that should be overshadowed by Miller’s good night, Gaustad’s one man band on the game winning goal, and Ennis’ first career goal in his first career NHL game.

– Also, the Sabres and the Devils remain tied for the league lead in least number of goals allowed. Is this a product of their systems or because of their stellar goalie talent? Discuss.

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Sabres vs. Flames – 11.13.09

November 13, 2009

First Period

– The game hasn’t even started and I have a headache. I just spent five minutes explaining to my mother why a certain blogger whose name rhymes with Blecklund is full of it. She said one of her co-workers heard that Mair was waived and Paille traded so that Satan could come back to Buffalo, because apparently he is eager to come back here. The Google sourced that back to Blecklund. However, couldn’t Satan not wait to get the heck out of Buffalo? Why would he come back?

– Ryan Miller’s thoughts on hits to the head (found in today’s Buffalo News) were extremely well articulated and thoughtful, as are most things that he says. I agree that something needs to be done to legislate and moderate hits to the head. Who cares if it’s a star or a lowly third-or-fourth liner doing the hitting, it all needs to be dealt with the same way. Hits in and of themselves are good. Hits to the head are bad. I also like that Miller went out on the limb of saying that the league needs to deal with real issues (hits to the head) instead of media-negotiated issues like goalie gear. Not many players these days are willing to step out on that ledge of calling out the league, and honestly it’s refreshing.

– Langkow puts the puck past Miller.  The Sabres fan side of me is pissed that the goal went in, but Langkow is on the roster of the Two-Eyed Pea Brains, so at least my fantasy team makes out in the deal. 1-0, Flames.

– The Flames last won in Buffalo 13-years ago. That is not a reassuring sign for tonight’s game. I’m feeling a 8-2 blowout, with the Flames coming out on the favorable side.

– So who peed in Adam Mair’s cornflakes today? It’s been a heck of a long time since I’ve seen him that feisty. Is it a subtle eff off to Sabres management or an attempt to spark the team? RJ reports that the fight with Prust took 42 seconds from start to finish. That’s impressive for a hockey fight.

– Buffalo ends up with a power play as one Flame is in the box for hooking and another Flame is in the box for doing something bad during a 9 player scrum in front of the net. I didn’t know you could fit that many people in such a small area. Then again, if we could fit 13-people into a latrine stall at Camp Seven Hills during a game of Sardines, I suppose 9 people could fit in a goalie crease.

– I fully expect Kaleta to go through the glass one of these nights and end up in some lady’s lap in the third row. He tried to line up Jokinen and then a minute later, got a piece of Regehr. The hits might not have landed, but the glass sure got a good rattle.

– Rob Ray reports that Pat Kaleta is officially off Brent Sutter’s Christmas card list, as Sutter spent a good chunk of time expressing his opinion to the refs about Kaleta’s playing style. Sadly, it apparently used words not fit for a family forum. (Profanity? In hockey? Hard to believe, right?)

– WHOOO! Roy-Z pops the puck past Kipper on the power play. Tied at 1-1.

– The Sabres currently have the advantage in SOG: 17-4.

– All in all, it was a pretty decent first period. The Sabres shot the puck, skated with the Flames, were feisty with the Flames, and didn’t let a team of Calgary’s caliber roll over them.

Second Period

– I’m incredibly amused by the RJ holiday card. That thing would be fun to have around. Though RJ dressed as Santa (hopefully with the Stanley Cup in the gift bag) is much better than RJ dressed as a 50s girl.

– The Sabres spend a good chunk of the first part of this period on the penalty kill, as Hecht and Rivet are both sent to the box for assorted misdeeds.

– Miller was just run over by one of the Flames and retaliates – without penalty – with a couple of well-thrown swings of his blocker. At first glance, I thought he was trying to hit the Flame in the bits, but the replay showed otherwise. I can only imagine how cranky Miller is going to be in his postgame interview tonight.

– Staffy, I don’t care if it’s your 200th game tonight, you owe Ryan a nice, frosty cold one after he stopped the Flames breakaway that happened because of your giveaway at the other end of the ice. Hell, you can even split the cost of the nice, frosty cold one with the rest of your teammates…who haven’t managed to get a shot on goal AT ALL yet this period.

– Gaustad and Phaneuf fight. Well, I wouldn’t call it a fight so much as I would call it a wrestling match. There was more grappling than punching. Both gentlemen are sent off for five minutes, only Goose is sent to the locker room with a nice chorus of “Gooooooooose.”

– The Flames win the SOG battle in the second at 12-3. The game is still tied at one.

Third Period

– As has been reported on Twitter and Sabres Edge, there is a gentleman wearing a Gumby suit sitting behind the benches. I have to wonder how this dude got the Gumby head past arena security. I get gruff for having a granola bar in my purse, but I guess a Gumby head is alright to have. (ETA: Check out Top Shelf for the single best piece of camera work to date by the Sabres.)

– I have to wonder if Roby and K-Syl coordinated their wardrobes tonight. Both are wearing pinstripe suits, pastel colored shirts and swirly-patterned ties.

– I’d love to be able to eavesdrop on Gaustad and Phaneuf’s conversations tonight. They look like they could be mighty entertaining. I’m sure they’re just exchanging recipes for Thanksgiving or discussing the best way to get blood out of a hockey sweater.

– Iginla tries to jam himself between Roy-Z and the goal post and takes the post, net and Miller all off their moorings. That might leave a bit of a bruise on Miller in the morning.

– The 30th anniversary patch on the Flames sweater is huge and incredibly distracting. A patch is only good if it’s subtle, in my opinion.

– Phaneuf heads off to the dressing room after blocking a shot right at the end of the third period.

Overtime

– So my 8-2 blowout prediction was wrong. And that’s why I don’t bet on sports…except for the $20 I gave the ‘rents to put on the Sabres for the Cup at the Vegas sportsbook.

– Pommers has a nice chance in the opening seconds of overtime, but misses. The story of Pommers play lately, I guess.

– Jokinen gets sent to the box for tripping Myers. There’s something extra fun and suspenseful about the power play in overtime. So far, the power play has generated some shots, a lot of non-rebounds, and a Roy-Z sliding into Miller. When all is said and done, Calgary blocked four shots on the power play.

– And Miller has a little tuft of hair coming out of one of the air vents in his helmet. It’s kind of adorable, like something you see on a little kid.

Shootout

– Dawes, Jokinen and Iginla for Calgary shooting against Connolly, Roy and Myers for Buffalo.

Timmy misses.

Dawes misses.

Roy-Z! Top shelf!

Jokinen makes it through the five hole.

Myers misses.

Iginla misses.

Pommers increases the population of Pominville!

Miller stops Bourque cold. And the villagers…namely the Sabres players…rejoice!

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Sabres vs. Oilers – 11.11.09

November 11, 2009

First Period

– Before the game starts, let’s all take a moment to remember those men and women who have served in the military, gone forth and done what those of us cannot, will not or are too scared shitless to do. One of my favorite things to do on Veterans Day is read the poem In Flanders Fields. The poem is beautifully written and really makes you think about those that have given the ultimate sacrifice. And that was an excellent cheer coming from the fans tonight after the anthems. Very nice, very classy and very respectable…which are not often words that can be linked together regarding Buffalo sports fans (depending on who you ask, heh).

– I think I met my monthly profanity quota in a two-hour timespan at the office today when dealing with a corrupted power point file. So here’s to hoping that the Sabres do not cause me to start swearing again.

– The NHL suspension chart on Down Goes Brown is both funny and eerily accurate.

– From the peanut gallery (aka my mom) after seeing Lindy standing behind the  bench looking a little dour: “Either he’s mad or he needs a good enema.”

– Aww, Rob Ray has a friend tonight. Pierre McGuire is sharing his cozy little spot between the benches. And speaking of Mr. Ray, why do I think the WGR roast of him at the Whiney Awards could be absolutely hysterical?

– A Khabibulin rebound bounces just wide of Goose who is backwards tangled up with an Oiler in front of the net. That was the best chance the Sabres had so far.

– Was there a team bonding experience that involved getting black eyes? Rivet is sporting a hell of a shiner, and Goose looks like he’s sporting the remnants of one, along with a scratch on the side of his face.

– Staffy’s pitching a tent in front of the net and getting quite cozy, which makes it very easy for him to tap in Vanek’s rebound. 1-0, Sabres.

– RJ: “Grier couldn’t get good wood on it.”  Oh dear. I think they have a medicine for that these days.

– The Sabres are playing with spirit and spunk tonight. Here’s to hoping that they won’t again follow the pattern of good Wednesday night game, so-so Friday night game and utter train wreck of a Saturday game.

Second Period

– Pull your heads out of the gutter with my pitching a tent reference earlier. I know what you’re all thinking.

– These My Little Ponies dressed as music stars are amazing, though the Gene Simmons pony is disturbing on so many levels.

– We’re treated to a brief candid look at Roby and Kevin Sylvester watching the game from their perch in the 200 Level. K-Syl is gesticulating wildly and Roby’s tie is loosened, giving a slightly rakish air to his appearance.

– Tonight’s the first time I’ve noticed this, but why is Enroth standing on the Sabres bench? Usually when Miller or Lalime take up residence in the backup goalie spot on the bench, they’re chilling out and mellow, not standing at attention.

– Montador scores his first goal as a Sabre to make it 2-0, Sabres. Montador picked up a rebound just inside the circle and slapped the snot out of it to get it past Khabibulin.

– After exiting the penalty box, Vanek gets hauled down by Staios. Both children end up going to the box, as Staios gets the original penalty and Vanek for diving. I don’t really think that was a dive, just an embellished fall. Hollywood actors make good money for that.

– The wacky play department decides that it needs to contribute to tonight’s game. Miller makes a save, causing the puck to ricochet off the crossbar and away from the net. Then Rivet jumps over a prone Miller like goalie leaping is the new Olympic sport. Meanwhile, the Sabres send the puck up ice, but that perfectly good scoring opportunity is ruined when the team is called for too many men on the ice. While expressing his opinion to the refs (alright, he was screaming), Lindy’s face is turning the most interesting shade of red.

– I’m sure that Gaustad’s cross check of Comrie was just Goose expressing his opinion about how upset he is that Comrie’s girlfriend is apparently going to get in touch with her inner bitch on the next episode of Gossip Girl. (And speaking of GG, that was what the Parents Television Council got their honkers all in a squawk about? Seriously? I’d be more upset about the fact that it was Lizzie McGuire taking part in the OM3! than the fact that it consisted of nothing more than three kisses and some post-OM3! cuddling. Also, Chace Crawford does comedic relief/wingman really well.)

— O’Sullivan rips the puck past Miller on the short side while the Sabres are down two men. 2-1, Sabres.

Third Period

– I meant to say this earlier, but RJ sounds much better tonight. During Saturday night’s game he sounded incredibly mellow, even somewhat down, while doing the play-by-play.

– Vanek takes a tripping penalty, which is his third of the night. Who would have thought Vanek would be helping out fantasy owners in the PIM category tonight?

– I take a bathroom break and miss the photo of RJ and Harry at the Catwalk for Charity and the fact that Grier has left the ice for the night. And that is why we can’t have nice blogs.

– And for everyone predicting that Miller would end up in Detroit, they were right. Only they picked the wrong Miller. Ryan’s baby brother Drew was claimed off the waiver wire by the Red Wings.

– Pommers had a nice jump save to keep the puck in zone on the power play. However, I am about this close to becoming one of those SHOOOOOT people during the power play. The passing nonsense is getting out of control.

– Something you never want to see, a player laying prone against the boards. C-Mac shoved Reddox into the boards and he hit at an awkward angle. The Sabres doctors are out on the ice, offering their assistance to the Oilers training staff. While Reddox did walk down the hallway, he did appear quite woozy as they assisted him off the ice. At least C-Mac realized right away that he was injured, and tried to motion for help. C-Mac is given a five minute major for boarding, so the Sabres will be playing shorthanded for all but the last minute of the game.

One thing I don’t like is seeing the remaining players on the ice cause a ruckus and start scuffling around where the injured player is down on the ice. If you want to defend your teammates honor, that’s fine. Just do it elsewhere on the ice and let the hurt dude breathe and make sure all his limbs are working and eggs unscrambled.

– I think I need a cigarette after that kill of the MacArthur penalty. There were multiple clears, some great shot blocking and impressive takeaways. The pessimist in me half expected Edmonton to put one on the board during that power play. Five minutes is a heck of a long time to be rotating a squad of four in and out. And Miller was again the best penalty killer.

– Eff yeah, Hecht scores in the empty net to make it 3-1, Sabres. Finally, Yo-Yo puts one in the net. Someone give that boy a cookie.

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Stop The Presses

November 9, 2009

I’m cutting and pasting  this Bucky Gleason quote so that when January comes and the “Fire Lindy” columns start coming, we all have this on record.

Ruff is both a good coach and the right coach for Buffalo.

I also find it slightly hysterical that Lindy was reading a parenting book in order to become a better coach. Does that imply that he’s coaching a group of children?

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Sabres v. Flyers – 11.6.09

November 6, 2009

First Period

– This whole “home team wearing white” thing is going to confuse me tonight. I know it’s the classic, traditional way, but I almost seem to have gotten used to the home team wearing dark sweaters. Heaven help me, the Bettman Kool-Aid has sunk in on this one. It’s later discussed that the Sabres will wear their thirds in Philly to amend for the change to tonight’s wardrobes.

– Hockey players trying to conjure up blood after a high sticking penalty is still one of the most ridiculous things about this sport. We were just privy to Gaustad wincing and checking his hand repeatedly for blood. I half expect someone to pull out a package of that fake Hollywood corn syrup blood one of these days.

– The Flyers are apparently very good at blocking shots. They’re not letting many shots get through to Emery. They also are very good at clogging up the lanes in front of Emery. There’s a joke

– What the hell was that? Connolly sends a beautiful pass to Pominville who is standing all alone in front of Emery, and Pominville whiffs on the puck. The poor little button just completely missed. Do new babies take away your coordination?

– Meanwhile, back at the Miller ranch, Mike Richards gets in on a breakaway, but has his shot taken away by a clean backcheck by Lil’ Timmy. Miller also was playing Richards beautifully.

– With five minutes left in the first, Philly has snapped two sticks while taking shots.

– I don’t know how he did it, but Kaleta trips over his own two feet and somehow manages to get a penalty called on Asham. The ensuing power play only has one really nice opportunity. The rest is kind of a hot mess.

– Myers went down to block a shot and the puck goes past Miller. Miller starts indignantly waving his glove saying that the shot went in off a high stick. The goal counts much to Miller’s eye-rolling chagrin. 1-0, Flyers.

Second Period

– Roby is very colorful tonight, with the royal blue coat; red blue and tan tie; and bright red poppy pin. I feel so dowdy in my navy blue shirt and pajama pants.

– If Mike Richards is still in fact boycotting the media, I would like to give him a hearty dose of “grow the fuck up.” You’re the captain of the team. Boycotting the media because they may be hitting a bit too close to home regarding your off-ice activities last season is a ridiculously childish thing to do. What kind of example are you setting for your teammates. “Ohhhhh. Idon’t like these questions. You’re being mean. I don’t want to talk to you” is no way for a professional athlete to act. I mean, the Sabres probably had to want to chuck most of the Buffalo media off the Skyway during the summer and season of the neverending Drury/Briere questions, but they still talked to the media. They didn’t not talk to the media because they didn’t like the questions that were asked.

– Pronger flips a wrist shot off Rivet’s hip and past Miller. 2-0, Flyers.

– The Flyers come within a hair of making it 3-0, as a shot ricochets off the post and off of Miller and almost over the goal line. Miller has to sit on the puck to get it under control.

– Where have the spunky, take no prisoners Sabres gone? These guys seem almost passive and have managed to somehow take the crowd out of the game.

– Kaleta knee-on-knee hits Tollefson, causing a minor kerfluffle with Tollefson and Richards. All three children are sent away for penalty time. I did like that Montador and Gaustad were the two Sabres that jumped in to help Kaleta unstick himself from a situation of his own damn making. I get that you’re trying to spark your team into something, but knee on knee never results in anything good.

– Roy-Z takes a shot off the backboards and puts it past Emery. 2-1, Flyers.

– Pommer’s assist on the Roy goal was his 300th career point. If goals are the population of Pominville, assists would be like the suburbs, right? (And now I’m so confused. Harry Neale said it was Pommer. Sabres Twitter says it’s Timmy’s 300th career point. Who do I believe???? And now Timmy will hit his 500th career game later this season? I can’t believe Timmy’s going to hit 500 career games. It seems like he’s been on the shelf for 500 games and not actually on the ice for that many.)

Matt Ellis gets called for tripping and is standing there with a “what the eff did I do?” expression on his face. Some of these hockey players are more expressive than some very well paid actors. Of course, the actors can read a cue card. Hockey players, not so much (depending on the player).

– Holy end to end rush there, Mr. Tallinder. I never knew you had it in you.

– Can Montador and Carcillo just drop the gloves already? Why penalize the two of them for “threatening to fight?” That’s almost as good as “fucking around” in the penalty lexicon.

– van Riemsdyk banks a puck off Miller’s pad and into the net. 3-1, Flyers. Miller just misplayed that one.

– Again I ask: where have my spunky little Sabres gone? I don’t like these passive snots that are playing tonight.

Third Period

– Is the ice really bad at HSBC? This is at least the third game I’ve heard a player complain about the ice conditions. Tonight’s complainant was Roy-Z during his interview in the intermission with Rob Ray.

– Another deflected shot gets past Miller and it’s now 4-1, Flyers.

– I’m almost tempted to stop watching the game and go catch up on today’s General Hospital. I had kicked that habit, and then Jonathan Jackson had to come back and be all wonderful and talented and emote-y as Lucky and I got sucked back in. Never mind that the show glorifies the mob, shows law enforcement as incompetent and hits new and creative levels of misogyny every week, I still keep watching.

– Tyler Myers just kind of put the puck into the net while trying to center it for a teammate. Any goal is a good goal at this point. 4-2, Sabres.

– Lil’ Timmy goes off for a quick first aid session with the trainers after taking the shaft of a stick in the nose. No penalty was called. Then again, I’ve lost track of the non-penalties called in this game so far.

– Carcillo shoots and scores. 5-2, Flyers. Thank you, good night and drive home safely.

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Oh Marty.

November 5, 2009

– While discussing how scrappy Marty was last night, Miller noted that he wouldn’t be able to ever participate in a goalie scrap with Marty for the following reason.

“I wouldn’t even be able to stop laughing to even throw a punch at him,” Miller said.

But remember the Marty / Emery brawl featured the two of them laughing hysterically at each other.

– Also, has Pat Kaleta never heard of a washing machine? He threw out all his bedding to remove any traces of the flu? Patty, honey, it’s called detergent, hot water and this fun little machine that you might have in your basement. Then again, if you need help picking out new bedding, I have the Ikea catalogue at the ready. Call me!

Sully hops on the bring Marty back to Buffalo train.  Also, I really don’t buy his hypothesis that Lalime cost the Sabres a playoff spot last spring. Lalime was just one of several issues last spring. It’s all water under the bridge now, but if Lalime continues to have a wonky groin and Enroth doesn’t play well while he’s up here, then something probably would need to be done. Despite popular opinion, Miller can’t play every night. The more he plays without rest, the higher his chances for injury get.


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Sabres vs. Islanders – 11.4.09

November 4, 2009

Pregame

–  The Sabres have recalled Jhonas Enroth from Portland as Patrick Lalime is battling a groin injury.

– Ralph Lauren is starting to reveal the US Olympic Team attire for the Vancouver games. What’s pictured in the below screen capture from my e-mail is the closing ceremony attire. Please try and imagine a certain goalie in said apparel.

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The sweater looks like something my high school English teacher lived in.

– Marty Biron is back in town, and he reveals that he and his wife are expecting a little girl. There’s a joke about getting slipping one past the goalie here. I just can’t find it.

– Today is the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street. All together now…

Sunny day, sweeping the clouds away

On my way to where the air is sweet

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?

First Period

– Whee! Bradley Whitford is going to be back on my television again. I f’love Bradley Whitford. Even with that unfortunate dye job he had in Billy Madison.

-It’s still early in the game, but so far it’s miles better than Saturday night’s fiasco. There’s an energy about the guys that wasn’t there on Saturday. Saturday felt like they were just doing a piss poor imitation of going through the motions.

– Gaustad apparently is feeling much better, as he’s back to his regular role as a dancing bear in front of the opponent’s net.

– Roy-Z finally scores…in the hockey arena that is. Roy fires a shot from the top of the faceoff circle while Vanek is playing dancing bear in front of Marty. In the celebration, the Sabres played Chelsea Dagger. Is every team going to be ripping off the Blackhawks now? 1-0, Sabres.

– Kaleta is the victim of a very nice hip check so he “retaliates” by shoving the Islanders defenseman into Marty who then comes out of his crease after Kaleta and tries to love him, hug him and call him George. When all is said and done, the Islanders are on the power play. Kaleta and Stafford are sitting in the penalty box, the latter looking very bumfuzzled as to why he is there. I wonder if he is the Sabres designated penalty bitch?

– The Islanders again send the Sabres to the power play, as Sim was a very bad boy and held, hooked or grabbed a Sabre. That vague description of the penalty was brought to you by our astute color commentator Harry Neale.

– Who peed in Marty Biron’s cornflakes tonight? He’s been a feisty little devil, going after Kaleta and then Rivet. Not sure what caused him to go after Rivet, as the camera was focused on MacArthur slowly getting up after he was clobbered from behind and into the goal post.

– The Sabres spent a heck of a long time on the power play. I almost became one of those people yelling “Shoot” while the Sabres put on a passing clinic during the power play.

– Random Sesame Street video to end the period with…

Second Period

– Both teams appear to be exceptionally chatty tonight as there’s a lot of chatter coming from the ice. Most of it isn’t fit for mixed company.

– So I think I left my iPod playing at my desk when I left for the day. I pray that it doesn’t shuffle to “Put It in My Mouth” or anything else controversial while the cleaning guy is in the area.

– The Sabres get a giggle out of me for playing the Miami Vice theme song during a stoppage in play. Miami Vice was such a good, cheesy show. They generally don’t make shows like that any more.

– Sekera gets out of the penalty box and tries to jam the puck past Marty on a mini-breakaway. Marty stops him cold. Meanwhile, Tyler Myers limps over to the bench after taking a shot off the foot in the Islanders end of the rink. It must have just been a stinger, as Myers is back out for his next shift.

– Oh eff me. I just read that Sandra Lee is looking forward to bringing great garnishes to the Governor’s mansion in 2010 once her sweet baboo wins election. As if NY isn’t in enough of a mess as it is, we now have to worry about her Semi-Ho’ing her way through Albany.

– Vanek feeds an absolutely gorgeous pass to a wide open Stafford, who then sadly misses the wide open net.

– Can we please stop with the live action Cellino & Barnes pop-up ads already?

– As Harry Neale is rattling off Enroth’s stats from Portland, the camera pans to the young Swede sitting on the bench. Maybe I’m just used to the jolly Lalime or the cranky Miller sitting on the bench, but Enroth looks like an overgrown five year old in full goalie gear.

– Witt is sent to the penalty box for hitting Grier from behind, sending Grier face first into the glass. Grier takes quite a long time to get up, collect his gear that went flying and make it to the bench. Even so, he doesn’t look like all his eggs are unbroken in the basket, if you know what I mean.Vanek manages to score on this power play, as he pokes the puck past Marty, who’s diving in the opposite direction.2-0, Sabres.

– That may be Vanek’s fifth goal of the year, but why does it seem like it’s his first? It feels like its been awhile since he last lit the lamp.

– Marty heads all the way out to the face off circle to stop the puck and gets badly, badly caught out of the net. The Sabres aren’t able to put the puck into the empty net. Though they sure did try hard.

Random Sesame Street YouTube to end the second period…

Third Period

– Roy is 8-0 on face offs tonight. I’d like to see that kind of consistency from him throughout the remainder of the season. It would be nice to have a second face off guru besides Gaustad (and his young padawan, Kennedy).

– Vanek gets a breakaway on Marty, but he gets slashed from behind and isn’t able to complete a solid shot, as he only has one hand on the stick. He does at least get an Academy Award nomination for trying to sell the slash to the refs (they didn’t think much of it).

– You can tell how exciting this third period is by how much I have to say about it. The Sabres have had several good chances, but Marty appears to have found his game again.

– A play is under review as the puck is in the net thanks to Gaustad’s stubbornness well before the whistle blows. The ref is taking his sweet time on the phone, which makes me wonder if he’s talking to the home office or ordering a pizza for after the game. It’s ruled a goal after the ridiculously long review, so HONHONKHONK for the Goose. 3-0, Sabres.

– Have I mentioned how much I love the Goooooooooooooooose chant after he scores a goal or whomps on someone?

– Who developed the schedule this year? The Sabres have already played 3 of their 4 games against the Islanders and by the end of the month they will have played 3 of 4 against the Flyers. Also, who is the genius that decided that the game on the day after Thanksgiving should be played at 1pm in the afternoon?

– The final 15 seconds feature Kaleta being a pest and half the Islanders on the ice chasing him around.

– RJ and Harry are getting slightly loopy and referring to the runway portion of the Catwalk for Charity as “walking the plank.” RJ informs us all that he would like to be referred to as a buccaneer and not a pirate or a privateer.

– The game is over, so I can say it now….SHUTOUT! I love when Miller gets a shutout. It’s such a confidence booster.

– Random YouTube for the end of the game…