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Sabres vs Canadiens 9/30/10 Postmortem September 30, 2010

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So here we are again. Another preseason game. Another game blacked out. Nice job, MSG. I joined the game w/ about 11 minutes left in the first period.

Liked:

  • Nine minutes into the game – no Canadiens shots.
  • Nice penalty kill, boys. Way to kill the confidence!
  • Gutsy block, Mike Weber.
  • Luke Adam, that wasn’t even fancy, that was just hockey. But it was nice nonetheless! Good job!
  • Gerbe’s the shortest guy in the league? Hee hee hee Doesn’t play like it!
  • So Maxim Lapierre spent the offseason learning how to box? Who did he take lessons from? Strawberry Shortcake? That was a very poor effort.
  • Nice goal, Drew Schiestel! Good presence. You’ll spend the year in Portland, but you’re making a case for the call-up. Good boy.

Didn’t like:

  • Too many penalties. ETA: Looks like Myers’ penalty was a phantom penalty. Excellent job on the reffing. ETA: Montador, Montador, Montador… why?
  • Fifteen seconds later, Luke Adams makes a mistake. Can’t get caught admiring yourself, kid.
  • Who hurt Thomas Vanek? When I hear who did it, they’re dead. DEAD.

Overall, good game. The team looks like it’s ramping up nicely. I’ll be at dinner tomorrow night, so I won’t be issuing a postmortem. You’ll have to make due without my witty commentary and hard-hitting analysis.

Sabres vs Maple Leafs 9/25/10 Postmortem September 25, 2010

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Well, I only saw pieces of this game on a tiny screen on my PC, so this is going to be a disjointed post. I was going to watch the NHL Network broadcast that was supposed to run at 11pm tonight, but it appears that it’s blacked out, so you can blame all the dummies who won’t let us watch preseason games for my inability to entertain and inform you with my hard-hitting analysis. Moving on…

  • Yes, the Leafs did not field their “A” team. Yes, the Sabres put a lot of their top guys out. Yes, the Leafs were playing their 6,397,294th game in the past two days, and this was the first Sabres preseason game, BUT the Sabres looked like the MUCH stronger team in general. They controlled play throughout the entire game from what I could see.
  • This new dude for Toronto – Kadri? Yeah, him. Didn’t look very impressive to me. I thought he was supposed to be the next coming of [INSERT SOME GOOD MAPLE LEAFS CENTER HERE]. Perhaps he needs a little more seasoning. I’d suggest rosemary. It’s delicious.
  • Hey, uh, Pominville – I thought I heard you spent a lot of the summer taking shots. Were they AT THE NET? Eesh.
  • Stafford looked like a beast. Lets keep that up for a full season and we’ll talk.
  • I love Gerbe, but I hope to hell his mouth doesn’t write a check that his pint-sized body can’t cash. I mean, I know Gaustad and McCormick and Morrisonn et al will have his back, but geez, he’s a little punk.
  • I liked what I saw of Kassian, but I need to see more.
  • I thought Sekera played a good game. I didn’t notice Schiestel or Adam much. I saw Butler make a couple of good plays.
  • Miller was in mid-season form. Enroth played well too.
  • Roy had a very good game. Way to dive for that poke check to bail out your defense. That’s showing leadership when wearing the “C”. Good job.
  • Vanek and his “I hate myself and everything around me” attitude are back. Let’s hope that translates into forty goals.
  • Did Connolly play tonight? Yeah, he did. I heard he made a good play. I didn’t see it, so I can’t confirm the sighting.
  • Didn’t see enough of Morrisonn to form an opinion, but a pairing of Morrisonn and Myers does seem beast-like to me…
  • Poor Goose got hurt in his very first game. Kind of like Poz! At least Goose was able to come back and finish the game, unlike Poz…
  • Niedermeyer’s goal looked nice, but it looked like Kassian made the play more than he did. Other than that I really didn’t notice him, so I’ll reserve judgment on him too.
  • Ennis’s game picked up as time wore on. He’s a scrappy kid, I’ll give him credit for that. I’m curious about what he can do if he makes the team. I’d like to see him add about twenty pounds to his frame. I could beat that kid up.
  • I agree with Mike Harrington that CodyMcCormick is an upgrade from Adam Mair. He had a decent game tonight.

Did I miss anyone? Wow, that wasn’t bad considering how much of the game I actually saw! I’m still mad that NHLN blacked out the game. Curses!

PS: I know I didn’t insert a Maple Leafs center. That’s how little I care about their team.

Pirates vs. Americans 11/12/09 Postmortem November 12, 2009

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Since I don’t know the team as well this is going to be an abbreviated post. Plus, I think I’m getting sick, so I’m going to bed soon. A decent amount/quality of sleep is nearly impossible when you have an 11-month-old child, so I need all the help I can get. Moving on…

This was a huge win for the Pirates – the Amerks are a much better team with a much better record. Too bad more fans weren’t on hand to see it. Announced attendance was 4,600. Didn’t look like that many to me, but what do I know?

Liked:

  • The top line of Mancari, Ennis, and Gogulla – created chances all night.
  • Tyler Ennis – he’s little, but he’s feisty. He’s kind of like what Gerbe has looked like when I’ve watched him at the AHL level, not so much the NHL level where he seemed to disappear.
  • TJ Brennan – played a simple game, but was pretty effective.
  • Paul Byron – scored a beauty of a shorthanded goal.
  • Kyle Vanwig – the Amerks repeatedly tried to get him to fight. He didn’t take the bait. To make things even worse, he scored the last goal (into an empty net, but still).
  • Drew Schiestel – another d-man who played within himself.

Didn’t like:

  • Nathan Gerbe didn’t play. I don’t know why, but I’d guess he was injured. Thank you, Captain Obvious.
  • The Pirates’ energy level in the first period. They got better in the second and played the third about even with the Amerks. Where have we heard that before?
  • Mike Weber – he didn’t do anything specific to deserve this, but he also doesn’t look like a player who should be making the jump to the NHL.
  • The goal horn. Did it have to be that loud? Were they compensating for the lack of fans in the building?

Sabres play Calgary tomorrow night. I hope they all live through it – Dion Phaneuf is a badass.

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