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Sabres vs Penguins 12/19/09 Postmortem December 19, 2009

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It’s always fun, but at the same time, not fun, to watch the Sabres play the Penguins. I will fully admit I like the Penguins. Yes, they play in the same conference as the Sabres, but if you are a true hockey fan I think you should be able to appreciate the beauty that is this Penguins team. How can you not enjoy watching guys like Crosby, Malkin, and Letang, especially when they’re playing other teams. Feel free to disagree in the comments, but you won’t change my mind.

Moving on…


  • Not many offensive chances for the Pens yet. It’s only about 10 minutes into the first period as I’m writing this, but hey, any time spent without offensive chances for the opposition is a good thing in my book.
  • Finally, Pommer, finally.
  • Balanced scoring. While I love having Thomas Vanek around (get well, or at least less bruised soon, Van!), I’m a bigger fan of rolling four lines and having all of them capable of scoring.
  • Kaleta’s such a punk.
  • I didn’t see where Pittsburgh was in power play rankings but Buffalo handled them very well for the most part.
  • Halfway through the game the hits are 16 for the Sabres and 5 for the Pens. Huh.
  • Henrik Tallinder, I fall more in love with you more every game.
  • I’m really impressed with the defense this season, both the back six and the total team defense.
  • Tim Kennedy can be really frustrating with how quickly he can pivot.
  • What a dive (in a good way!) Roy had on the power play. He works hard on the penalty kill.
  • I like the increased motion on the power play. I thought it was interesting when I first heard Lindy Ruff talk about it.
  • Lalime has had a great game. I’ll be honest – I didn’t have high hopes for Lalime, particularly after he had hip surgery, but he’s played really well for the most part.
  • The Sabres kept Crosby to 50% in faceoff wins. Goose was at 68% in regulation, Roy was at 61%. Nice job, boys.

Didn’t like:

  • A 5-on-3 with virtually no chances. Oy.
  • Hubby thinks Staffy is drunk. If he is, that’s not good.
  • Should I bother to make another derogatory comment about the Cellino & Barnes pop-ups? Yes, I think I should. They’re dumb.
  • Myers isn’t playing particularly well on the power play. Might be time to let him sit out a few and watch.
  • Overall I like Roy’s play but the giveaways, oh, the giveaways…
  • Well that was dumb, Mr. Goligoski.

When Pommer got hit in the first period hubby said (referring to the hitter), “What, does that guy hate puppies and rainbows?”

Heh. I have to admit I thought it was hilarious when Kevin Sylvester was reporting on the Rangers/Flyers game and said “Chris Drury scores for the first time in forever”. Did Sylvester and Robitaille call each other to coordinate their ties?

Apropos of nothing… Tim Kennedy looks soooo young. I bet he hates that.

So, Toronto again on Monday. Let’s dismantle them again, eh boys? Man, I hope Toskala plays.


Katebits and I (and Jess) are soulmates September 26, 2009

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So a couple of us female Sabres fans/blogger types (you know you want to, Jess) got together for some drinks last night. Kate, of Willful Caboose, and Jess, of BLOG TO BE INSERTED LATER, and I had a fun little debate at Cecelia’s over martinis and Restaurant Week fare.

Here are the results: (ladies, feel free to correct me if I got any of the following wrong)

  • We like Goose. We think he’s a righteous dude and we hope he didn’t see Kate in the Co-op.
  • We like Pominville. We think he’s a good hockey and adorable to boot.
  • We like Lindy’s yellow hair. We’re not sure Lindy is still an effective coach.
  • We LOVE Marty Biron.
  • We think Derek Roy is a good hockey player and a great whiner. We also think his suits are hilarious.
  • We think Drew Stafford is hot. (Hey, we ARE female and not dead)
  • We find Tyler Myers to be very tall, very young, and a good hockey player who needs a LOT of seasoning.
  • We think Tim Connolly is going to tear his groin getting out of his car to pump gas within the next week.
  • We’re pretty much done with Tallinder, but we think Bucky is crazy to suggest the Sabres waive Lydman.
  • We see Ryan Miller as very skinny and a little bit frightening.
  • We think Ty Conklin is cute.
  • We disagree about Alex Ovechkin. We also disagree about Sidney Crosby, but not about Evgeni Malkin.
  • We’re not sure the Sabres are good at hockey.
  • We think the concept of the penalty box is a hoot.
  • We love the organ.
  • We like the curmudgeony Mike Robitaille. We want to know if the elevator story is about Jess.
  • We think it should still be called Hockey Hotline.
  • We do not like it when people talk inane drivel during play. That’s what whistles and TV timeouts are for, kids.
  • We all have to do play-for-play for someone we go to games with.
  • We like the concept of “hockey husbands”.
  • We think the prospects look like babies, and that makes us sad.
  • We like musical hockey players.
  • We hope Jochen Hecht does not suck this year.
  • We’re not sure Gerbe OR Kennedy is going to make the team out of training camp.
  • We have no idea why Nathan Paetsch is still a Sabre.
  • We think the Sabres signed Mike Grier so Craig Rivet wasn’t the only grown-up.
  • We’ve nearly run players over with our cars, but we weren’t anywhere near the arena when these incidents happened.

I think that’s all I recall. I did have three martinis, you know.

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