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Sabres vs. Flyers Game 6 4/24/11 Postmortem April 24, 2011

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Let’s do this. I want to see a handshake.

Liked:

  • Gaustad gets things started early for the Sabres by bodyslamming Hartnell to the ice behind the Flyers net.
  • Niedermayer starts the scoring with one Leighton probably should’ve had.
  • Miller has made a couple of big saves early in the first period.
  • Cody McCormick draws a penalty and the Sabres make the Flyers pay as Vanek scores on the power play.
  • The Flyers penalty box is getting crowded. Amanda approves.
  • Heh. Vanek comes through with another one. It’s 3-1 Buffalo. There have been three Buffalo goals on seven Buffalo shots. Time for a new goaltender?
  • And what do mine eyes see? Why, it’s Boucher in net!

Didn’t like:

  • A total defensive breakdown leads to Philadelphia’s first goal.
  • Ryan Miller is beaten cleanly on the second goal.
  • Boooo. The Flyers tie it up.

Left for the in-laws with about ten minutes to go in the second period. Wasn’t able to watch it the way I watched the first half of the game, but based on the outcome, I think that’s okay with me. Sabres LOSE. On to Game Seven in a very hostile building. Good luck, boys.

Sabres vs. Flyers Game 4 4/20/11 Postmortem April 20, 2011

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Do or die? I’d say so. Let’s get this thing started!

Liked:

  • Kaleta makes his presence felt in his first shift.
  • The crowd sounds alive tonight.
  • The Sabres are really buzzing in the first three minutes. Make that five minutes…
  • I approve of Drew Stafford on the penalty kill.
  • Butler saves his goaltender’s bacon. Miller owes him a steak.
  • Pommer gets his first of the playoffs off a gorgeous pass from Niedermayer.
  • The Sabres are on the power play because Carcillo is a stupid hockey player.
  • Gerbe goes through three guys and still gets a shot off. Heh.
  • Tyler Myers makes an all-star play to prevent a goal. Miller’s going to be doling out steaks to the D with the way things are going.
  • Myers can’t BELIEVE he hit the post on that one, but Timonen takes a penalty hauling Grier down.
  • Apparently Myers is okay from his collision in the first period. Thanks, hockey gods!
  • Miller makes a big stop on Richards.
  • The Sabres are on the Flyers like white on rice here in the first 10 minutes of the second period. The line of Gaustad, Kaleta, and Boyes is the Flyers’ worst nightmare right now.
  • Vanek strips the puck quite neatly. hee hee hee
  • Kaleta out-muscled a guy behind the Flyers net like he was an annoying little gnat.
  • The Flyers take a too-many-men penalty in the waning moments of the second period. In obvious news, now would be a good time to take a two-goal lead.
  • Richards gets five minutes for elbowing. Amanda approves.

Didn’t like:

  • Weber gets called with a silly penalty. Borderline, but what can you do?
  • Stafford negates the power play with a holding penalty. Again, dubious.
  • Connolly lets his man go on the power play and the Flyers nearly score short-handed.
  • Ennis doesn’t look right. Neither does Leopold.
  • Boyes hits the second post of the period.
  • Myers takes a knee-on-knee hit from Carter and goes down like the giant he is. The building shook.
  • Wow. That was one of the worst five-minute power plays I’ve seen in my entire life.

On to game five!

Sabres vs. Flyers Game 2 4/16/11 Postmortem April 16, 2011

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I would love to see the Sabres win Game 2 but I fully expect the Flyers to come out, well, flying.

Liked:

  • Sekera just stripped the puck from Carcillo in a ruthlessly efficient play. Heh.
  • The Sabres strike back with Vanek.
  • Then Paul Gaustad puts Briere on the ground during the ensuing faceoff. Scott Hartnell challenges him to a fight, but I’m not sure you can call what happened next a “fight”. It was more like “Gaustad makes Hartnell look silly.”
  • Where was this Niedermayer all season long?
  • Yay! Vanek scores again. I think he’s got a sense of Brobowski now (someone asked Vanek if he had a “sense of Brobowski” after the first game – Bulldog mentioned that Vanek probably got a sense of him during the four regular season games in which they faced him).
  • Sekera puts Buffalo ahead for the first time in the game. Bobrowski’s night is over. Amanda approves.
  • Hartnell takes another stupid penalty.
  • Man, Vanek really wants a hat trick…
  • McCormick brings the Sabres to within one.

Didn’t like:

  • The building erupts as the Flyers score first.
  • Shortly after the Gaustad fight the Sabres have a brain freeze in their end and Carcillo *blech* scores.
  • Philly’s penalty box is getting mighty crowded. Amanda approves.
  • Oh, Miller. Seriously?
  • Gerbe gets an extra two minutes for humiliating Giroux.
  • The penalties are just getting out of control now. I think the refs are making stuff up.
  • The puck deflects off Briere’s skate and goes in. Boooo.
  • Well, I would’ve made more comments on the second period, but DD decided to be needy. ED NOTE: This needy behavior continues into the third.

I didn’t really expect the Sabres to win this game, but it sure would’ve been nice. On to Game 3.

Sabres vs. Canadiens 3/22/11 Postmortem March 22, 2011

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All right. I was gone earlier tonight and so I’m starting this blog from the beginning of the second period. These are points Buffalo desperately needs – hopefully they’ll what they have to do.

Liked:

  • The little guy is playing at twice his size and about four times the heart of some of his teammates. Gerbe gets another one off of a nice point shot. Drew a great penalty a bit earlier too.
  • Vanek had the puck behind the Canadiens’ net. No one touched him for about twenty seconds. For some reason I find this hilarious.
  • Holy cow, but was Boyes ever hard to take off that puck…
  • Sekera is dominant so far.
  • The fourth line of Niedermayer, Grier and McCormick kept the Canadiens pinned in their end for quite a while. Amanda approves.
  • The Sabres are playing a pretty stifling defensive system tonight.
  • You know, if Tyler Myers was bearing down on me with a head of steam, I’m moving out of his way.
  • Vanek makes a nice play to keep the puck in on the power play.
  • Miller is in the zone tonight. Amanda approves of this too.
  • Brad Boyes has had a strong game away from the puck tonight.
  • Gerbe, Gerbe, Gerbe… look at ‘im go!

Didn’t like:

  • I don’t think Vanek has a complaint about the goaltender interference call. He ran Price over.
  • The power play looks brutal. Oy.
  • Carey Price needs to say a prayer to the hockey gods that the puck didn’t go in when it dribbled right through the crease.

Final score: Nathan Gerbe 2, Canadiens 0

Sabres vs. Hurricanes 3/15/11 Postmortem March 15, 2011

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Terry Pegula is putting a further stamp on his team – he’s added speakers to the 300 level, a new goal song, rally towels… Sabres fans are falling fast and hard for this man.

Liked:

  • WHAT a move by Tyler Ennis. Wow. Didn’t score, but still. Wow.
  • Good kill. Sekera is really stepping up his game.
  • I watched Montador covering Skinner and all I could think of was “Old age and treachery overcome youth and skill!”
  • If they keep taking 22 shots a period on Cam Ward, they WILL score. I guess they should take comfort in that.
  • The Versus guys just mentioned there hasn’t been much anger/animosity in this game. Thank you, Captains Obvious.
  • Marc Mancari negates an icing by winning the foot race. Nice.

Didn’t like:

  • And Gaustad gets called for hooking AGAIN. I’d like to see how many hooking penalties he’s taken this year.
  • Well, that’s a backbreaker in the last minute of the period. Poo.
  • Not much in that power play, guys. Need to do better than that.
  • Penalty trouble will kill you every time.

RIP Rick Martin. I never saw him play in person but the video I’ve seen looked amazing.

Final score: Buffalo 0 Carolina 1

Ugh. That’s not gonna help the playoff standings.

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