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Sabres vs. Leafs 11/30/09 Postmortem November 30, 2009

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It’s like deja vu all over again. The Sabres look quite a lot like they looked during the Carolina game. Let’s hope that doesn’t last.

What a crazy night in the NHL. WTH was Ballard thinking swinging his stick like that? And I’d be willing to bet the leftover Thanksgiving stuffing I’m about to cram into my mouth as quickly as possible (I loooovvvveeeeee stuffing) that Ovie won’t be suspended.

Liked:

  • Kennedy’s goal was pure dumb luck. I’m a big fan of dumb luck, when it’s going the Sabres’ way.
  • Ryan Miller was huge again tonight. Perhaps putting on a performance for Brian Burke? If he is that’s a-ok with me.
  • Stafford is winning faceoffs again tonight. I like it. As I just checked out ESPN.com’s box score, I can also tell you that through two periods Clarke MacArthur is at 80% on faceoffs. Stafford is at 71%. Kennedy is at 0%. Goose, come back soon. Tim Kennedy needs you. At the end of the game Stafford was at 70% and MacArthur was at 67%. Kennedy ended with 0%.
  • Steve Montador driving to the net. Tallinder scoring a goal. The defensemen are becoming offensive. Heh.

Didn’t like:

  • The Sabres couldn’t get the puck out of the defensive zone AGAIN. What happened to that really good defense? And why, when they finally get it out, is there absolutely no rhyme or reason to where they put it?
  • It was mentioned in the Buffalo News that Pominville has been playing on the perimeter 5-on-5 too much. If you read this blog or know me at all you realize how much I like Pommer, but after reading that observation and watching Pommer tonight I have to agree. Get involved, Pommer! Watch Tim “Terrier” Kennedy if you want some tips.

This postmortem isn’t as detailed as usual – I have a headache. It finally started to ease around halfway through the third finally. I can’t wait for another massage.

Well, the cycle of Wed/Fri/Sat games is broken. This week they’re playing the Canadiens and the Rangers. The schedule is not going to be easy for quite a while – I hope the guys are up to it.

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1. Kathleen - December 1, 2009

Pommerdoodles and terriers have different instincts. Terrier instincts are to be feisty and dig around for the puck and generally be as annoying and as obstructive to one’s objective as possible. Pommerdoodle instincts are to pledge allegiance to the system, make sure everyone in the pack listens to the alpha dog, and make pathetic sad puppy eyes when the team loses.

Actually, I think Kennedy should be taking faceoff lessons from Derek Roy (and maybe Clarke, who hasn’t been great but looks to be getting better). Goose is half a foot taller than Timmy and outweighs him by 50 pounds. Stafford is a pretty big guy too. They can take advantage of their leverage and brute force whereas T&D have to rely on agility, quick reflexes, and guile. There might be some tricks they can all use, but I just can’t see the littles & the bigs successfully using the same stratagems. And those are my very deep thoughts on faceoffs 😉

This was the first game of the season I couldn’t even listen to. Very annoying. It’s nice to be able to get a feel for it from the Sabresphere 🙂

(I loooovvvveeeeee stuffing)

Heh, don’t we all. And you must try these:

Stuffins

manda903 - December 1, 2009

Oh MAN. That IS genius. Sigh. Want stuffing.

I agree the little guys and the big guys use different tactics – Goose seems to jump on the other guy if he doesn’t get the puck, whereas if Roy did that he’d probably bounce off the guy. Perhaps after practice they should have a special seminar, “Faceoffs for the Slight of Frame”.

Pommerdoodle instincts are definitely different, and adorable, but perhaps he needs a little bit of terrier in him too.

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