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Sabres vs Panthers 3/31/10 Postmortem March 31, 2010

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It’s the return of Raffi Torres! Let’s hope his play lives up to the exclamation point at the end of that sentence…

Liked:

  • Oh Pominville, how do I love you? Let me count the ways… (There are 24 of them!) Nice play by Tallinder to make the goal happen.
  • Meet Matt Ellis, the penalty-killing king of the world!
  • Kennedy and Roy have some nice chemistry. I just hope they don’t get the crap kicked out of them.
  • Teppo – what a foxy man. He’s even foxier sitting in the crowd and holding up a sign for his kid.
  • Nice shot from Gerbe. Then Gaustad nearly suffocated him with his hugeness. Apropos of nothing, I believe they showed Bulldog from WGR after that goal cheering in the crowd.
  • Congrats to Tyler Ennis on making the All-Rookie AHL team. Well-deserved honor.
  • The Sabres had 17 straight shots? Hee. It seems like it’s pretty easy to score in this game (if you’re in a Sabres uniform, anyway).
  • Good goal-mouth pass by Ellis to Mair. Ellis is having a great game!
  • 20 to 2 shots in the second? I like it. I like it a lot.
  • Will Vokoun get an assist on Ennis’ goal?
  • And will Bryan “I score goals into my own net” going to get one on Tallinder’s goal?
  • I can say this for Stafford: He defended Tim Kennedy when he got crosschecked. Good for him.

Didn’t like:

  • Memo to the Sabres: The game started. Please play. Thanks!
  • Wow, Montador had a pretty rough shift right after that penalty expired…
  • That didn’t look  like much of a penalty to me. Hank got robbed!
  • Uh-oh, Goose is mad! Watch out world!
  • No. Momentum. In. Game.
  • I think we need to start a picket line in front of HSBC Arena to get them to stop with the Cellino & Barnes ads, for the love o’ Pete.

Off to Toronto. The boys should have plenty of energy left after pretty much being able to coast through this game.

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Sabres vs Bruins 3/29/10 Postmortem March 29, 2010

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Yeah, so I’ll admit I didn’t even know the Sabres were playing tonight until around 10:30am. For some reason I had it in my head they weren’t playing again until Wednesday (and yes, I know that’s their next home game, I just thought it was their next anything game)… but I guess they have to make up those games-in-hand at some point, eh?

Liked:

  • While I’m not happy Tim Connolly and Thomas Vanek are hurt, I’m curious to see how the kids do. UPDATE: And Mancari takes the first penalty of the game. That’s not the way to get the coach to notice you, big guy.
  • I love it when the puck glances off opposing d-men and into the net.
  • And Ryan Miller stands tall on the penalty shot. I was a little worried when he started to go down before Sturm made his move, but he was ok.
  • I can’t decide if this should be under “Liked” or “Didn’t like”: Thomas is pulled in favor of Rask after letting in three goals on 13 shots. See, here’s the thing – I really like Tim Thomas. I think he’s a righteous dude and I’m sorry to see when he doesn’t play well. That being said, yay! The Sabres chased another goaltender. Say what you want about how the Sabres totally rely on their defense and Miller, blah blah blah… but they’ve chased their fair share of goaltenders.
  • Here’s our puck-moving defenseman, Toni Lydman…
  • Heh. Gerbe just tried to pull Chara off a guy during a scrumb in front of the net. He came up to about Chara’s waist.
  • On a completely unrelated to hockey note, I bought some strawberries at Tops and they’re surprisingly delicious for this time of year.
  • Upon hearing Thomas got pulled, my hubby said, “It wasn’t his fault – if they’re going to pull anyone it should’ve been Wideman.” Good point. Not gonna happen, but good point. I hope Wideman buys Thomas a nice a steak tonight.
  • For a little guy, Ennis has got some mad puck control skillz.
  • WHAT a save on Recchi. And that’s good, because I really hate Recchi.

Didn’t like:

  • Pat Kaleta hurt his thumb and had surgery. He’s done until at least the playoffs. Boooooo. My theory is that he broke his thumb when he repeatedly punched that rookie in the head in the game last week.
  • Craig Rivet has gotten noticeably slower this season. I wouldn’t be broken-hearted if he didn’t play for us next year. The only question is: who will take the captaincy? *insert scary music here*
  • Pommer takes a shot off his foot. I swear that kid’s like the Energizer Bunny – you just can’t stop him. Tim Connolly blocks a shot and goes down like he’s in the middle of a hail of gunfire; Jason Pominville winces, finishes his shift, and skates back to the bench.
  • Geez, Ennis was 145 pounds when he was drafted and is only 160 now? No wonder he looks bite-sized! As I tell my hubby, “I could fit him in my pocket!” (and probably have room for Tim Kennedy and Nathan Gerbe in there…)
  • Derek Roy gets pulled down a lot. I understand that, but he’s got to stop bitching at the refs when he doesn’t get a call.
  • It doesn’t seem like Stafford should be so easy to take down…
  • Well that was a fluky second goal for the Bruins. Let’s not give this game away, boys.

They held on, and that’s good. Up next: Florida. Let’s keep climbing!

Public service announcement March 29, 2010

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Tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins is a Versus game. It starts at 7pm. That is all.

See you tonight! Go Sabres!

Demystifying NHL Rules, Part, um, three? March 28, 2010

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I’m not sure where we are in our continuing saga of trying to figure out what the heck is going on with the NHL rule books. Today I thought I’d take a look at the special rules that come into play after the trade deadline.

“The 23-man roster limit is in place from the conclusion of the preseason until 12:01 am on the day of the NHL’s Trade Deadline. After that teams are allowed to have an unlimited active roster at the NHL level, provided players are signed to one of their 50 contract slots. NHL teams are only allowed to dress a maximum of 20 players – 18 skaters and two goaltenders – for any given game, but those 20 must come from the 23-player active roster.” Source: NHL Rulebook

However, there are only a certain number of roster MOVES a team can make between the trade deadline and the end of the season. I don’t know what that number is, but that’s why Tyler Ennis was classified as an “emergency call-up”. He has to be returned to the Pirates in a certain length of time or his call-up is considered a roster move. Again, I don’t know what this timeframe is.

You’re probably saying to yourself, “Well, that’s helpful… not.” I tried to find out how many roster moves can be made and how long it was before an emergency call-up is classified as a roster move, but I couldn’t find the information. If you know where to find it, let me know in the comments section and I’ll update the blog post.

So, in conclusion, the Sabres could conceivably have 50 players on the current roster from now on, but 1 – that would leave no one in Portland, and 2 – that’s an awful lot of guys using a folding chair as their locker. This lack of a roster limit does explain why minor-league players hang out with their NHL big brothers during the playoffs. If you’ve got the cap space and the roster space, why not have a few extra players sitting around just in case Pat Kaleta decides to break his hand on a guy’s face again or Paul Gaustad… well… breathes.

Well, that didn’t really demystify that rule, did it? Oh well, I tried.

Sabres vs Senators 3/26/10 Postmortem March 26, 2010

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Much like every Sabres fan I know, I hate the Senators. So let’s beat them!

Liked:

  • Oh Pat Kaleta. You are a lunatic, and I love you.
  • Was that Vanek who bowled over Neil after he went over Hecht? I like it. I know Vanek isn’t supposed to be our big hitter or anything but that’s not the first time Vanek has gone after a guy when they take liberties with a teammate.
  • Good scoring chances for the Sabres in the first eight minutes or so. Let’s hope one goes in…
  • Bye Bye Mike Fisher… now you’ll have plenty of time to argue with Carrie about china patterns.
  • Woooo – the Goose is loose! I can hear the “Goooooooooosssseeeeeee” in the crowd. Hee. NOTE: I think they gave that goal to Kennedy.
  • WHAT A SHOT by Pominville. Wow.

Didn’t like:

  • Ottawa scores first. Booooo to the nth degree.
  • What did I say about not liking Tim Connolly on the point on the power play? Yeah… bad time to take a slashing penalty when your team has a five-minute power play…
  • Say it with me, boys: Shoot-ing prac-tice, shoot-ing prac-tice. Learn it. Know it. Live it.
  • My passive-aggressive dislike of Tim Connolly is getting worse.
  • I believe the Sens are trapping. Man, I haaaatteeeee the trap.
  • Am I the only one who thinks the Sabres are sleepwalking through the second period? And as soon as I typed that, the Senators score their second goal. Now might be a good time for a time-out, Lindy.
  • The power play is mud. Too bad Gaustad doesn’t have hands.

I hope this isn’t the Sabres team I’m going to pay to see tomorrow night. Let’s hope it’s just the “Sens Effect” that’s causing this suckitude.

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