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Sabres vs. Senators 12/26/09 Postmortem December 26, 2009

Posted by calvin in Uncategorized.
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I went to this game – my parents come to town every Christmas and we always go to the game the day after. Usually the Sabres are playing Ottawa. You can imagine how many times we’ve seen them win…

Anyhoo, I had high hopes for the game after hearing that another Sabre-killer, Daniel Alfredsson, would be out of the lineup indefinitely. Then they announced Leclaire would be starting instead of Elliot, who seems to the Sabres’ number, and I felt even better. Then the puck dropped.

I could do a liked/didn’t like here, but I think we all know where that would go. Instead, I’ll go through period by period…

First period: The Sabres came out flat. I expected that. However, I became a little alarmed when minutes passed without a shot on goal. They did have a few chances, but the passing was atrocious and I could’ve won battles along the boards against them, even if I was on skates, and I haven’t skated since I was 16, which was a long time ago (I won’t be more specific than that, thank you very much).

But I wasn’t worried. There was plenty of time left. Then the minutes started ticking down and they still hadn’t recorded a shot on goal. When they finally did it got a cheer almost as big as the one Miller got in the last game I went to when he made a spectacular save. A sarcastic bunch, we are. The period ended and I said, “Well, either Lindy or Miller is in there tearing the joint up – they’ll be better in the second.”

Second period: You know that song, “Second verse, same as the first…”? Yeah, it was like that for the first six minutes or so. Then a line (can’t remember which one) came out and actually *gasp* spent some time in the Senators’ end. That seemed to spark the boys a little. Incidentally, I haven’t looked at the game stats, but I’d willing to bet Adam Mair had a season-high ice time. (Ed.: after checking ESPN I noted Mair had nearly 12 minutes of ice time. Staffy had less than eight. I’m a little surprised Ruff hasn’t benched him completely yet.)

When they tied it up going into the third, I figured they could put this team away. They’re a third-period team, much as we as fans hate it. So, with a light heart I went into the third.

Third period: The Sabres started looking like the Sabres, and I had hope. Tim “The Terrier” Kennedy won some battles along the wall, Gaustad looked at a Senator funny and he fell, which was funny. Maybe the ice was bad, but I like to think The Goose gave him an angry honk and the guy lost his bearings. Moving on…

With a couple of minutes left the score was tied. Now, I know some people love these tight games. I don’t. When the clock is ticking down and there are only a few minutes left, at a time when you know the next goal is going to win it, I am not a happy fan. I kind of feel the same way about overtime. With that…

Overtime: The Sabres dominated the overtime for the most part in my opinion, but couldn’t finish.

Shootout: When it went to a shootout I was smug. Miller’s played so well in them this season I figured he’d make the saves at ONE of our guys could score on Leclaire. Unfortunately, from what I could see (he was at the opposite end of the rink from me) Miller got beaten on the same move twice. I don’t think that will happen twice. I would’ve liked to have heard his post-game interview, but we didn’t listen to the radio on the way home. The hubby isn’t crazy about listening even when they win, and when they lose he really doesn’t want to re-hash it.

Aaannnnddd that was the game.

Some of you may have seen my Tweets during the game where I mentioned a little kid (circa 8-9 years old) who in the row in front of us, directly in front of my mom, threw up all over himself and finally into his father’s beer. All together now, “Ewwww.” The older kid – about 14, I’d guess, went and got some napkins and they cleaned the kid up a bit, and then the father left. We all kind of looked at each other with the “Where’s he going?” face. He came back some time later with a new shirt, and they stripped the puked-off jersey off and put another shirt on. Meanwhile, the cup itself, his pants, and the napkins were all still in the area. Needless to say, it smelled. Finally they put his shirt in the bag from the Sabres store and the other adult who was there – another father, from what it looked like, picked up the cup and the napkins and threw them away.

Parents, if I may offer some advice:

  1. If your kid pukes in the middle of a Sabres game, play, whatever, take him to the bathroom immediately to clean him up.
  2. Don’t let him eat again if you take him back to the seat. I’ll give you three guesses about what happened when the kid ate more, and the first two guesses don’t count.
  3. Don’t leave the disgusting, smelly remnants of the episode sitting around for over a period.

Some of you may be thinking it’s pretty callous of me to be upset, thinking I should be more worried about the kid. I was worried about the kid, particularly when his dad didn’t take him home after the second incident. However, people all around this group were getting nauseous from the smell. The whole situation wasn’t handled well by the father. Ok, I’m done.

The Sabres are flying to St. Louis for a 6pm game against the Blues. I don’t know what time zone St. Louis is in, so I can’t tell you if the time is 6pm EST, or 6pm, whatever time zone St. Louis is in. Consult your game programs, kiddies.

At some point in the next couple of days I’ll do a post with my thoughts on Myers. Stay tuned…



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