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Sabres vs. Flyers Game 4 4/20/11 Postmortem April 20, 2011

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Do or die? I’d say so. Let’s get this thing started!

Liked:

  • Kaleta makes his presence felt in his first shift.
  • The crowd sounds alive tonight.
  • The Sabres are really buzzing in the first three minutes. Make that five minutes…
  • I approve of Drew Stafford on the penalty kill.
  • Butler saves his goaltender’s bacon. Miller owes him a steak.
  • Pommer gets his first of the playoffs off a gorgeous pass from Niedermayer.
  • The Sabres are on the power play because Carcillo is a stupid hockey player.
  • Gerbe goes through three guys and still gets a shot off. Heh.
  • Tyler Myers makes an all-star play to prevent a goal. Miller’s going to be doling out steaks to the D with the way things are going.
  • Myers can’t BELIEVE he hit the post on that one, but Timonen takes a penalty hauling Grier down.
  • Apparently Myers is okay from his collision in the first period. Thanks, hockey gods!
  • Miller makes a big stop on Richards.
  • The Sabres are on the Flyers like white on rice here in the first 10 minutes of the second period. The line of Gaustad, Kaleta, and Boyes is the Flyers’ worst nightmare right now.
  • Vanek strips the puck quite neatly. hee hee hee
  • Kaleta out-muscled a guy behind the Flyers net like he was an annoying little gnat.
  • The Flyers take a too-many-men penalty in the waning moments of the second period. In obvious news, now would be a good time to take a two-goal lead.
  • Richards gets five minutes for elbowing. Amanda approves.

Didn’t like:

  • Weber gets called with a silly penalty. Borderline, but what can you do?
  • Stafford negates the power play with a holding penalty. Again, dubious.
  • Connolly lets his man go on the power play and the Flyers nearly score short-handed.
  • Ennis doesn’t look right. Neither does Leopold.
  • Boyes hits the second post of the period.
  • Myers takes a knee-on-knee hit from Carter and goes down like the giant he is. The building shook.
  • Wow. That was one of the worst five-minute power plays I’ve seen in my entire life.

On to game five!

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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 vs. Leafs 3/12/11 Postmortem March 12, 2011

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The Leafs are calling this a “make or break” game. I vote for “break”.

Liked:

  • Mike Weber shoots from the point and a nice screen in front makes it impossible for Reimer to see. Less than three minutes into the game and it’s 1-0 Sabres. I approve.
  • Sabres with a good kill early to preserve their lead.
  • The guys are going to the net with alacrity. I also approve of this.
  • Parrish gets lambasted by Phaneuf and Morrisonn comes over to have a chat.
  • I think Myers had eleven goals last year and no other defenseman had more than maybe five, right? Leopold currently has twelve, Myers has ten.

Didn’t like:

  • Vanek fans on the shot on the breakaway after a beauty of a pass from Pominville.
  • Reimer is starting to play better. I do NOT approve of this.
  • The Sabres need to start shooting from anywhere and everywhere.
  • Uh-oh. I hope Leopold is okay. He’s still on the bench but he looks to be in some pain.

Well, apparently my vote didn’t count, because the Leafs “made” it. Final score Buffalo 3, Toronto 4. Booo. Back home to play the Senators tomorrow at 5! Don’t forget to spring forward, y’all.

Sabres vs. Lightning 2/8/11 Postmortem February 9, 2011

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Full disclosure: I’m watching this game starting at almost midnight. I know the final score, but that’s how dedicated I am to you, my readers…

Liked:

  • Nice save by Miller on Stamkos. The Sabres need to stop letting the Lightning march into their zone, though.
  • Wait, wait, wait. It looks like Tim Connolly cares tonight!
  • Hel-looo Steve Yzerman…
  • Oh, Jordan Leopold. How I love you… goes into that offensive zone with authority!
  • Yep, Leopold is having a very good game so far…
  • Wow, Myers just made Lecavalier look small.
  • Great play by Weber! He finds Vanek, and Vanek, as usual, puts it home.
  • Huh. I think Morrisonn just told Weber not to fight. And Weber listened.
  • And the bodies are flying!
  • Jordan Leopold continues his great play. What a tying goal!
  • I love it when the Sabres are full of piss n’ vinegar!
  • Uh-oh, they’ve angered the German!
  • I have a feeling Tyler Myers would win a footrace with Martin St. Louis.
  • WHAT A PASS, Tyler Ennis. Tim Connolly owes you a steak dinner.
  • Um, are the Lightning unfamiliar with Vanek? After all the goals he’s scored against them?
  • Oh, now this is just getting silly. Staffy scores another one…
  • Aaaannndddd yet another one. Go Staffy!

Didn’t like:

  • I like Chris Butler, but get well soon, Steve Montador!
  • Note to opponents: how many times do I have to tell you not to hit Tyler Ennis? It will end badly for you!
  • Well, Stafford gives away the puck and Miller lets in one he probably should’ve had. Alrighty then.
  • Oh, Tyler Myers. You bad boy! Sit in box and feel shame!
  • Heh. Smaby took one in the cup.
  • Whoa, Sekera was beaten badly on that play…
  • Memo to Nathan Gerbe: punching to the head is a penalty. Tonight, at least.
  • Memo to other Sabres players: Nathan Gerbe is only ‘ittle. Don’t hurt him.
  • I hope you’re all right, Ryan Malone. In other news, ice is slippery.
  • This was not Sekera’s finest game. And that’s okay.
  • Stafford was pushed into Roloson.
  • Man, that’s a full penalty box, boys… good thing it didn’t come back to bite you.

Sabres are off to Miami. Maybe they’ll see Michael Westen there. If they do, and they could throw him into a duffel bag for me that would be great! See you Thursday! Final score: 7-4 Sabres! Woo!

Sabres vs. Leafs 2/5/11 Postmortem February 5, 2011

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All right, guys. It’s do or die time.

Liked:

  • The Sabres come out with a little vinegar. Let’s hope that continues.
  • Memo to Terry Pegula: sign Steve Montador. NOW.
  • WHAT A PLAY by Vanek! Nice goal, Pominville!
  • A good effort by Montador leads to a Buffalo power play and Stafford makes no mistake.
  • Halfway through the first period shots are 12-5 in favor of Buffalo.
  • You know, this team’s problem is not the defense.
  • Grier makes a nice play in the defensive zone and then follows it up with a nifty pick that enables Gaustad to put one by Reimer.
  • Miller makes a nice save on a partial breakaway by Kessel.
  • Good patience shown by Connolly on the power play, and it’s 4-0 Buffalo.
  • A little more than halfway through the game and takeaways are seven for the Sabres and two for the Leafs.
  • Nice job, McCormick!
  • Great play by Leopold to take the puck off Kessel’s stick and thwart another breakaway.
  • And Drewwwww Stafford scores another one! Tonight he is “good Drew Stafford”.
  • The Sabres chase Reimer out of the net after two periods. Yay!
  • Rosehill tries to go to the net and McCormick says, “I think not. Why don’t you take a seat?”
  • Rob Ray cracks me up. That is all.
  • Vanek gets his own rebound for his 19th of the season.

Didn’t like:

  • It hardly seems fair for Phaneuf to go after Gerbe. He’s got, what, 150 pounds on him?
  • The Leafs get a power play. Yawn.
  • Big mistake by Myers leads to a great scoring chance but Miller makes the save.
  • The Sabres aren’t doing well on face-offs. Big surprise, I know.
  • WHAT is it with the shorthanded goals, guys? Seriously!
  • Note to the Sabres: punches to the face are NOT a penalty. If you’re unclear on this, ask Jason Pominville. You’ll know who he is by the black eye.
  • Hecht gets a shorthanded breakaway! And does nothing with it!

And they win a game they should win. Yay! Final score: Sabres 6 Maple Leafs 2

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