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Sabres vs Islanders 11/4/09 Postmortem November 4, 2009

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Who put chili powder in Marty Biron’s jock? Like Rick, I love Marty to death, but what was up with the mugging? That’s what defensemen are for.

Liked:

  • The return of Paul Gaustad. That by itself helped the team’s stats.
  • The screen set by Vanek on Roy’s goal. Nicely done, Thomas.
  • Tim Kennedy’s passing. I noticed at least two fabulous passes.
  • Brendan Witt’s mullet. That was about all I liked about that dirty old pylon, though.
  • Jason Pominville’s shot-blocking skillz. During the Islanders’ power plays, those skillz became mad skillz.
  • That Ryan Miller didn’t let in his customary goal to kill the shutout with one minute left in the game. It’s like he doesn’t WANT to get  a shutout.

Didn’t like:

  • Letting the Islanders crash the net. Ryan Miller should be treated like a newborn baby – supported, protected, and nurtured. Note to players: he is your meal ticket, your golden goose. (Sorry, Goose – you’re cute, but not golden.)
  • The Sabres let the Islanders hang around far longer than they should have. The Islanders are not a bad team, but the Sabres are clearly better, and in that case the better team needs to take the lesser team by the throat and squeeze with no mercy.
  • Harry musing that Miller tap dances. Shut up, Harry.

I miss Derek Roy’s keep-away game while he’s killing penalties. It was very fun to watch him give, then taketh away over and over while the other team chased him like he had their paychecks. When he plays like that I love our “little psycho”. A tip of the hat to Paul Hamilton, who originally used the phrase to describe Max Afinogenov. I think it applies to Roy just as nicely.

One thing I find hilarious is what many of the players say right after they score. Since this is a family-friendly blog, I won’t repeat it, but it’s often the same phrase. Since it’s not exactly a soliloquy, it’s certainly not hard to read their lips. This seems like the one time hockey players are not all “aw shucks”.

The Sabres have a chance to make hay for the next couple of weeks. They play a lot of games at home, against teams they’ve beaten in the past. Unfortunately, three of the next several games are against Philly, which will surely amp up the hate, both for the players and for me. I even find it hard to like Danny Briere now that he’s a Flyer. I hope the Sabres are ready to do battle. I do have more faith in the team toughness this year than I’ve had in a while. It will be interesting.

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