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Sabres vs Islanders 1/16/10 Postmortem January 17, 2010

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I was at a birthday party last night, so I’m watching the game on DVR on Sunday morning. Yes, I know what the result was, but I haven’t heard much about what actually happened. Without further ado…

Liked:

  • The Sabres came out fast, which usually means good things. Unfortunately it looks like DiPietro and the Islanders were on their game tonight.
  • The penalty kill continued to do its job. It’s not often a penalty kill looks efficient, but the Sabres’ often does. Well, either that or the opposition’s power play units are just not that good.
  • I love the D moving up on the play so much more often. It makes the Sabres a more dangerous team to defend against. So far it hasn’t always meant more goals, but it certainly has meant more running around for the other team.
  • Miller is the man. Still. Even if he didn’t win the shootout he’s still the best goaltender in the NHL.
  • Aaaadddd Kaleta draws another penalty. Good boy.
  • That Connolly shot/Grier goal was a pin ball.
  • Pominville ended the game with no points and a -1, but it looked like he had a good game. He has a peculiar talent for avoiding checks.
  • Courtesy of Mike Harrington and the Buffalo News, for all you Derek Roy haters: Buffalo center Derek Roy’s overtime goal Thursday in Atlanta was his NHL-high third of the season and the fifth of his career, tying Daniel Briere for the Sabres’ all-time lead in regulation OT winners. It was Roy’s fifth game-winning goal of the season, two off the league lead. — I’d call that clutch.
  • Go Hank Tallinder! I like to see Handsome Hank get peeved every now and then. I’m ok with him takin a penalty for that, especially since he took an Islander with him.
  • Nice goal by Drew Stafford. It’s really true the majority of the goals being scored in the NHL are from about five feet or less from the net.
  • The Sabres showed some spunk in the last couple of minutes of regulation. Better than playing scared.

Didn’t like:

  • Is it just me or do many of Doug Weight’s comments on the bench not really mean anything?
  • Too many penalties again. Myers’ penalty in the beginning of the second period kinda seemed like just a matter of being so much bigger than the other guy. I think Myers just meant to push him, but it was a good penalty to call – it clearly was a cross-check.
  • It’s still 1-0, now with about 14 minutes left in the second. The Sabres aren’t playing badly, but they aren’t exactly overwhelming the Islanders offensively.
  • Ugh. Forgot to set up my fantasy team for last night and missed out on a goal and two assists by Henrik Sedin. I’m in third place now – this is entirely unacceptable.
  • Two shots through 12 minutes in the second? Are you kidding me?
  • Wow, that second Islander goal was a clusterfudge in the defensive zone. Oy.
  • 21 shots against in the second?
  • Perhaps the Sabres should try something other than wrist shots on the shootout. I know they scored some goals, but some variety would be better IMO.
  • I wonder if the Sabres’ problems with overtime are because of confidence problems. They seem confident in general, but once they get into OT/shootouts they just don’t have the same swagger.
  • Oh man, Miller looked pretty pissed when Trent Hunter scored. He was uncharacteristically bad in the shootout. Well, not necessarily. Let’s say he was uncharacteristically bad in the shootout in relation to other shootouts this season.

They mentioned Paul Gaustad had something in his eye and that he wears contacts. I don’t think anyone who’s seen Goose wearing his glasses could forget he needs them (it’s a good look for him), but I can’t for the life of me figure out why professional athletes don’t get LASIK. Yes, it’s not a perfect solution, but it seems a lot better than having your contacts bouncing all over your eyes during a game.

Am I the only one totally grossed out by that New York State Smokers’ Quitline commercial? I know that’s exactly the point, but blech. By the way, a little plug for my employer, Roswell Park Cancer Institute – Roswell operates the Quitline. Don’t smoke people – seriously. What I see in that hospital every day as a result of smoking would make anyone think twice about lighting up.

Like Meatloaf said, “Two outta three ain’t bad…” Oh, wait, that’s not right. “Three out of four points ain’t bad.” Hey – if the Sabres start actually playing well, they could have a very successful road trip.

On to Phoenix…

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