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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!

Sabres vs Bruins 2/9/10 Postmortem February 9, 2010

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Well. Another day, another opportunity to get themselves out of their slumpiness. Yes, I know slumpiness is not a word, but it still seemed appropriate to use.

As an aside, I don’t check Twitter too much or participate in the Buffalo News live chats because I sometimes get influenced by other people’s opinions. I also have a low tolerance for idiot fans (not that there are any on Twitter or even in the chats, necessarily, but it’s always a possibility – see: Whiner Line, WGR).

Liked:

  • I do enjoy these induction ceremonies. Jim Lorentz choked up, making RJ choke up…
  • Go Goosie go! A quick look at your teammates tell me the onus is on YOU for physical play. I hope you ate your Wheaties.
  • Love the physicality of Stafford’s play so far. I am really hard on Stafford, mostly because I think he’s tremendously talented but doesn’t work hard enough. If he keeps playing like this, though, I might have to blow him a kiss.
  • Rivet and Roy have been allowed to exit Amanda’s Doghouse. However, they’ve been sternly warned that I put them there once and I’ll do it again!
  • How does slow-as-molasses Toni Lydman still end up being able to negate a scoring chance on a breakaway? Might’ve had something to do with the interference, but hey, it worked and he didn’t get a penalty.
  • Oh, you little tease, Jochen Hecht. You get us all excited on a short-handed breakaway and what do you do? Throw it as Rask’s chest. Silly Jochen.
  • My God. I really adore Tyler Myers.
  • I will give credit where it’s due: Miller stood tall in that overtime.

Didn’t like:

  • So that’s how you pay us back for putting up with you all these years, Daniel Paille? Well poo on you! You too, Miro! (Though I have to admit one of the best best best signs I’ve ever seen at a Sabres game: “Jesus Saves, but Satan Scores on the Rebound”)
  • Derek Roy sucks. Anybody gonna disagree with me? Didn’t think so. I’ve given Roy the benefit of the doubt over and over and I’m becoming convinced he needs to go. Preferably far, far away. EDIT: Ok, he sucks a little less since he scored.
  • Oy, a line of MacArthur, Kennedy, and Grier. I don’t like it, I don’t like it at all. Aaaannnnddd Boston scores. Shocking.
  • Miller was screened AND it was deflected, but the fact remains: 12 minutes into the game and the Sabres are down 2-0.
  • If this is them getting back into playing “The System” I might need to have a little talk with Lindy.
  • After 15 minutes in the first period, the following players are in Amanda’s Doghouse: Rivet, Kennedy, Roy, Grier, MacArthur, Butler… damn, it’s getting crowded in there!
  • Soooo, Lucic grabs Gaustad as the third man in and Gaustad gets the only penalty? Nice job on the refereeing… oh wait, is that Kerry Fraser?
  • Note to Tim Connolly and Derek Roy: a faceoff win percentage under 30% is not good for a top-six forward. EDIT: Connolly has improved, Roy has gotten worse. Might be heading back to Amanda’s Doghouse soon.
  • I think Vanek’s biggest weakness is his skating. He just kinda seems to rumble along…
  • What’s with the lollygagging on the line changes, Sabres? Are you at all familiar with the term “too many men on the ice”?
  • Am I the only one who cringes every time Tim Connolly blocks a shot? Didn’t think so.
  • I may get roasted for this, but I think Grier is not a very good hockey player. I wasn’t impressed in the first go-round, and I’m not impressed now.
  • Ok, I just got impressed by Adam Mair. It takes some cojanes to fight Lucic.
  • What’s up with the floppity-flop style, Ryan Miller?
  • Vanek will spend quality time in Amanda’s Doghouse for that penalty in overtime.

One point. Better than none. Let’s beat Carolina.

Sabres vs Bruins 11/7/09 Postmortem November 7, 2009

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Man, Zdeno Chara doesn’t like getting hit. I remember Danny Briere hitting him a couple of years ago. Now THAT was worth the price of admission to the game by itself.

Is it just me, or does Claude Julien look like a mob boss?

Liked:

  • Dan Paille as a Bruin. It was good for the Sabres to dump the body, it was good for Dan to get a new address.
  • Once again… yeah. I’m out.

Didn’t like:

  • Jhonas Enroth is bite-sized. I could put him in my pocket and still have room for Derek Roy.
  • Drew Stafford. Isn’t it time to trade him and his freakishly hairy eyebrows to another team?
  • Lack of effort was pretty evident again.
  • I thought the Sabres had decided not to get manhandled this year, but apparently it’s easier, and likely less painful, to get out-muscled than to battle.
  • Benching Thomas Vanek. I don’t agree with benching your best scorer, even when he’s struggling. I don’t think Vanek responds well to it, either.
  • Oh, Goose, you need to fight better.
  • I could keep going, but I won’t. It’s like kicking a puppy.

I don’t care what the experts say, I don’t like striped shirts with striped ties and striped suit jackets. I call it “drunken pattern mixing”, not debonair. Sorry, Lindy.

No more Pie… October 20, 2009

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So the Sabres traded Dan Paille, to the surprise of, apparently, quite a few people. I’m not one of those people. They’re clearing roster space and getting rid of an underachiever who doesn’t appear to be a favorite of Lindy Ruff’s.

Oh, and to the person who found my blog by searching for “dan paille death” – he’s not dead, he’s a Bruin, so that just means he’s dead to us. It wasn’t his fault he got traded. Well, not entirely. Trying harder would’ve helped his case.

Don’t get me wrong – overall, I liked Paille. He’s a nice kid. But you can’t tell me he was playing anywhere near his potential, and with guys like Gerbe and Kennedy around, he was expendable.

I can hear you all now, “But Paille was a big body!” Yes, but he rarely used his size. No matter how long I watch hockey I will NEVER understand why big guys don’t use their size. Doesn’t playing hockey become easier when you use your size to overpower your opponent? Total head scratcher to me.

I think this trade will be good for Paille and for the team. I wish him well, I don’t want fans to boo him (but they will anyway). Maybe I’ll write something about my opinion on booing Thursday or Friday. Until then, you’ll all have to live in suspense.

Sabres vs. Islanders 10-16-09 Postmortem October 16, 2009

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So the Sabres didn’t play all that well, but they took advantage of their chances. A few guys got their first goals, and some monkeys left the building.

Liked:

  • Tyler Myers. ‘Nuff said.
  • Steve Montador. Showed some offensive tendencies. Nice.
  • Paul “Goose” Gaustad. Beating the crap out of a guy who bowls over your goaltender makes me like you a lot.
  • John Tavares (the lacrosse one). He was well-spoken and kind of funny in between periods.
  • Marty Biron. I don’t care if Marty plays for another team. I love him. And those eyes…
  • Clarke MacArthur. Played a good game – hustled, took hits, scored. Can’t ask for much more.
  • Daniel Paille. The kid recognized he was going to need to have a monster game to stay in the lineup. He used his size and speed to his advantage.
  • Jason Pominville. Yay! My favorite player shot a rocket and began what will hopefully be a population explosion in Pominville.
  • Goal total (for the Sabres). I think we can all agree their goal-scoring problems are over.

Didn’t like:

  • Miller’s oopsie. Ryan, do us all a favor – let the D handle the puck behind the net.
  • Goals against. The Islanders should not have been able to score three goals. What was up with those rebounds, Miller?
  • Derek Roy’s commercial w/Cellino & Barnes. Derek looks as comfortable as a man seeing his grandmother naked.
  • Jersey foul. They showed a bunch of fans during the 3rd period. Some douchebag was wearing a “69 – C” jersey. Puh-leeze.

Tomorrow: the return of Max Afinogenov. I’m not worried.

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