Sabres vs. Avalanche – 1.9.10January 9, 2010
– Looks like the NHL is reminding teams that this is a gentleman’s league and everyone needs to mind their manners. So the next next freaking cork soccer that shoots off his farging mouth will have their boils tied up in a farging sling…or some other to be determined penalty. Are we clear?
Also, the phrase “actions detrimental to hockey” is just as ridiculous sounding as the ever-popular NASCAR sanction of “actions detrimental to stock car racing.” Does anyone else see the wrongness in cracking down on profanity (of all things) when hits to the head or hits from behind that can actually injure someone are ignored?
– Lalime is in net tonight, trying for his career win #200 and the Sabres seventh straight win.
– This Montador and McLeod fight is pretty epic. The whole thing starts after Lydman gets smushied by McLeod and Montador leaps to his teammate’s defense. The fight starts to the left of Lalime along the boards, works it’s way out to the faceoff circle and finishes off near the boards. On a shallow note, this is a fight between two gentlemen with excellent hair. McLeod’s a ginger kid and Montador has that floppy, yet controlled style that few can pull off.
– This is the last home game before a seven game road trip. When the late, late West Coast games happen, blogging around here will resort to after the fact blogs. I’m not blogging until 1am or so and then getting up for the office in 5 hours. I love my blog, but I love sleep more.
– Tallinder commits the final turnover of a giveaway filled Sabres shift, which leads to a Colorado goal. 1-0, Avs.
– Goose gets a breakaway towards the end of his shift, but gets checked off the puck due to temporary lack of gas in the tank.
– Lalime goes down to make a save and Duschene taps the puck over Lalime’s leg. Both teams are playing their second game in two nights. Ray snarks that the Sabres are playing like a bunch of lazy bastidges (or words to that effect) while the Avs are speedy and quick. 2-0, Avs.
– Continuing the snark, RJ remarks that there’s a fair lot of Avs that are under the age of 21 and as such have to go to McDonalds when they’re out for dinner on the road. Harry continues the snark by saying that at least they all can afford to go to a place like that and could even split the bill if needed.
– Quincey accidentally high sticks Lil Timmy while trying to lift his stick. The two minute power play (as Lil Timmy was unable to conjure blood on demand) is a dud. However, Lil Timmy does go to the locker room to get checked out.
– This first period was like a bad replay of last night’s third period.
– In case you care, my snack tonight is Polish cheesecake. It’s much better than this game.
– Lindy’s yelling and gesticulating on the bench. Ray reports that its out of frustration that only one line – Mair/Gaustad/Ellis is actually working hard tonight and matching Colorado’s efforts.
-In other news, I bought a Camp Anawanna shirt at Urban Outfitters today. I grew up with Salute Your Shorts, Hey Dude, Clarissa Explains It All, The Adventures of Pete & Pete and Roundhouse. Why are these shows not out on DVD yet? They’d be a gold mine for Nickelodeon.
– WHOOO! Staffy scores a power play goal from the slot. 2-1, Sabres.
– Colorado’s Yip answers Stafford’s goal with one of his own. 3-1, Avs.
– Harry Neale-ism of the night: “It’s not the team with the best players that wins, it’s the players with the best team.”
– So since this game blows, I was flipping through the Sabres photo archives and came across this photo from the Sabres/Devils game in early December. This may become my default Miller bitch face photo.
He’s either pissed off, constipated or practicing for 2010’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day. I can’t decide. And I am cutting him a break on the photo, because I cannot take a photo where my eyes are open and I’m smiling. It’s either one or the other.
– Wow. I think the discussion of the environmental impact of wood sticks versus composite sticks has to be some sort of new benchmark for inane topics during a game.
– WHOO! Vanek picks up his own rebound and puts it past a sliding Anderson. 3-2, Sabres.
– WHOOOOOOOO!! Jochen Hecht flings the puck at the net and places it Top Shelf to tie the game at 3. While the crowd was pumped after the goal, some of their noise is taken away after a lengthy goal review. No one is really clear why the goal is being reviewed, as all Sabres sticks were below the crossbar and all skates were not making a distinct kicking motion.
– My mother is insistent that the Sabres players should have to coordinate their mouth guards to the teams colors, that having lime green or red guards is a bit much. I just smile and nod as the boys can have whatever color chew toys mouth protection they want to have.
– The overtime was exciting, with plenty of scoring chances and good saves on both sides.
– Stafford is up first in the shootout and is denied on the backhand.
– Hedjuk is up for the Avs and scores.
– Timmy scores.
– Wolski loses the puck on a beautiful pokecheck by Lalime.
– Pommers misses wide. No kibble for you, sunshine.
– Stewart fires wide and ends up crashing into the boards. He loses both on shot execution and style points.
– Vanek scores.
– Duchesne scores.
– Roy-Z is stopped by Anderson.
– Stasny is stopped by Lalime.
– Myers loses control of the puck at the last second. If he would have kept control of the puck, he had Anderson beat.
– Yip rips it off the crossbar. We’re now heading into the point of the game where players are hiding under the bench to avoid being chosen.
-MacArthur shoots wide.
– Tucker is stopped by Lalime. I fully expect to see Miller having to take a shot at some point.
– Hecht scores after Anderson doesn’t get all of the five hole closed.
– O’Reilly scores.
– Mair is stopped by Anderson.
– Liles is stopped by Lalime.
– Kennedy is stopped by Anderson.
– The next Colorado player misses wide.
– Tallinder was stopped.
– Hendricks scores after Lalime went down.
– That shootout was completely wackadoodle. As was the fact that the team even made it to a shootout at all. I do have to wonder of there is anything in the rule book about what happens if a shootout goes through all available skaters on each side. Do they let the backup goalies grab a stick and try or is the lineup recycled? I know it’s the NHL and the likelihood of that ever happening falls into the slim to none category, but nothing is impossible these days. Admit it, seeing Miller coming off the bench in a shootout would be awesome, ridiculous and hilarious all at the same time.
A night that started off kind of crappily turned out not so bad after all, eh?