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Sabres vs. Canadiens 3/22/11 Postmortem March 22, 2011

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All right. I was gone earlier tonight and so I’m starting this blog from the beginning of the second period. These are points Buffalo desperately needs – hopefully they’ll what they have to do.

Liked:

  • The little guy is playing at twice his size and about four times the heart of some of his teammates. Gerbe gets another one off of a nice point shot. Drew a great penalty a bit earlier too.
  • Vanek had the puck behind the Canadiens’ net. No one touched him for about twenty seconds. For some reason I find this hilarious.
  • Holy cow, but was Boyes ever hard to take off that puck…
  • Sekera is dominant so far.
  • The fourth line of Niedermayer, Grier and McCormick kept the Canadiens pinned in their end for quite a while. Amanda approves.
  • The Sabres are playing a pretty stifling defensive system tonight.
  • You know, if Tyler Myers was bearing down on me with a head of steam, I’m moving out of his way.
  • Vanek makes a nice play to keep the puck in on the power play.
  • Miller is in the zone tonight. Amanda approves of this too.
  • Brad Boyes has had a strong game away from the puck tonight.
  • Gerbe, Gerbe, Gerbe… look at ‘im go!

Didn’t like:

  • I don’t think Vanek has a complaint about the goaltender interference call. He ran Price over.
  • The power play looks brutal. Oy.
  • Carey Price needs to say a prayer to the hockey gods that the puck didn’t go in when it dribbled right through the crease.

Final score: Nathan Gerbe 2, Canadiens 0

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Sabres vs. Thrashers 3/19/11 Postmortem March 19, 2011

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Twelve games remaining and we’re tied with Carolina. Now you’re up to date. On to the show:

Liked:

  • The Sabres start VERY quickly and Pominville pots one about a minute into the game after a beauty of a pass by Connolly.
  • So far the Sabres are all over the Thrashers. Let’s hope that continues.
  • Miller stopped the penalty shot after the Sabres take what I thought was a weak hooking call.
  • Mancari redirects a Myers point shot for his first goal this year. Enthusiastic celebration!
  • Pominville is having a HUGE period. Amanda approves.
  • A beautiful spin-o-rama by Gerbe.
  • Chris Butler gets his first of the year. Yep, “The butler did it!”. NOTE: they changed the goal to Niedermayer, so the butler is innocent. And scoreless.
  • Was finally paying attention enough to hear the goal song after Butler’s goal. I like it. I like it a lot!
  • After one period, the Sabres have a 15-6 edge in faceoffs. Brad Boyes and Paul Gaustad are both at 100% and no regular center is below 60%.
  • Pominville takes a hit AND keeps the puck. Hee hee hee.
  • Miller makes a great save to keep the Sabres in the lead. Yay!
  • I totally remember Rob Ray scoring that goal in the 98-99 playoffs. And little Stuey guy – awww!
  • Gerbe refuses to be denied. On the fifth try he puts it in.
  • Ennis gets a pretty clear breakaway. That goal’s gonna be on Sportscenter.
  • If Vanek keeps shooting one will go in. Keep the faith, Van.
  • Nice play to break up a good offensive chance, Butler.
  • Excellent job on the PSA, Cody McCormick.
  • Wow! Boyes just moved quick like a bunny! It’s 6-2 Buffalo. I hope they save some goals for tomorrow when I’ll be at the game.
  • Niedermayer gets his second of the night. What is going ON?
  • ANNNNDDDD Connolly scores as I was typing the above. Alrighty then.

Didn’t like:

  • Whoa. I didn’t even see what happened, but it’s tied.
  • Ennis is cut and blood drips out of somewhere. Blech.
  • Connolly hits the pipe as the 5-on-3 ends.
  • Vanek is stopped on a breakaway. The d-man was whacking him on the wrists. But apparently THAT’S not a penalty. Good to know.
  • I’m okay with using the goal horn, but is 15-20 seconds of it really necessary?
  • Pretty disorganized power play here at the end of the first period.
  • I do not approve of the bad angle goals, Ryan Miller.
  • Hey guys – how about you DON’T let Byfuglien just walk on into your d-zone without anyone so much as sneezing on him?
  • Vanek’s getting pretty frustrated. He takes bad penalties when he does that.
  • If Thorburn hurts my Pommerdoodle I’m going to be very upset!

Congrats to Ryan Miller on six straight seasons with 30 wins or more. Final score: Sabres 8 Thrashers 2

I’ll be at the game tomorrow night. See you then!

Sabres Tweetup (vs. Boston) 3/10/11 Postmortem March 11, 2011

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Social Media Club Buffalo hosted a Sabres Tweetup last night. I arrived at Morrissey’s Irish Pub around 6:45pm, and it was being decided to move next door to Benchwarmers. Morrissey’s is a perfectly nice place, but Benchwarmers had about a dozen televisions and no loud Irish music. We transferred the party to Benchwarmers and were greeted warmly by Steve. He took drink and food orders with a good amount of speed and we all settled down to watch the game.

The first period, as you know, was nothing to write home about, but the guys redeemed themselves in the second period. Meanwhile, all of us in attendance flitted about talking to different groups of people, eating, and drinking. I had a cheeseburger and fries, which were very good, and the wings and quesadilla down the table from me looked pretty good too.

Steve seemed vested in my cosmopolitan, suggesting different flavored vodkas to me throughout the night. And he may look like a tough biker dude, but he makes a mean pink drink! He kept the drinks flowing for everyone from what I could see.

The Sabres continued to battle the Bruins (boooo!) and maintained a tie at the end of regulation. I wasn’t sure what to think – for some reason I wasn’t very confident in Miller’s ability to win in a shootout. And then the magic happened – Gerbe passed to Boyes right at the goal mouth and -BOOM- the puck was in the net! Benchwarmers erupted in cheers, clapping, and high-fives. It was a good moment.

If you’re ever on the fence about whether or not you should attend one of these Tweetups, I urge you to come to one and see what they’re like. We don’t bite! (Well, most of us – we’re not sure about a few but we’ll keep a close eye on them.)

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