WE’RE CURRENTLY IN A PLAYOFF POSITION!!
Please read the following disclaimer before continuing:
DISCLAIMER: Almighty Hockey Gods, in no way, shape, or form is this post to be read as an assumption that the Sabres will be in a playoff position at the end of the year. You are mighty and strong, and we know that you will rightfully smite those who take their playoff positions for granted. The season is long, and there are still many games to be played. Anything could still happen, which is why we will always remain faithful to your blessed word. It is with great reverence to you that we celebrate the Sabres current position in the standings. Thank you for sharing your wonderful game with us, mere mortals. We pray to you for continued Sabres success.
For thine is the arena, and the slap shot, and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.
The Sabres are certainly not perfect (you might want to reconsider the “give up a two goal lead almost every night” strategy, fellas), but they’re ours, and they are so very very lovable these days. The season IS long, and we still have quite a way to go, but I don’t think it’s wrong to take a little moment to celebrate how far they’ve come. These guys have battled admirably for many weeks, and while the 8th place slot is just a symbol today (nothing more), I’m really proud of this team.
A few thoughts from the game:
- How freaking great is it that we have a real, honest-to-goodness NHL-caliber goalie to back up Crunchy? The backup situation has been so fraught with danger for the last few years, and it’s just SO good to realize that Lindy doesn’t have to play Miller every night. And best of all? When Lindy doesn’t play Miller, they might still win.
- Perhaps it’s just that the games mean so much more now, but I’ve been very impressed with these last few games from an entertainment standpoint. Hockey is fun and fast and exciting again! (That really might be the difference between November hockey and March Playoff Push hockey.)
- I VERY briefly surrendered to my desire to tweet during this game right after Niedermayer scored. (I mean, come on. N-I-E-D-E-R-M-A-Y-E-R SCORED! That’s a totally tweetable occasion.) But, I promise, I didn’t even check my @replies. I just got in and got out. However, the Wild almost immediately scored two goals. So, fear not Sabres fans, I will not be tweeting again during my sabbatical, no matter how many goals Niedermayer scores before next Saturday. The Hockey Gods still allowed the Sabres to win, so my indiscretion was apparently forgiven, but I shant make the same mistake twice.
- STAFF-Y! STAFF-Y! STAFF-Y! That was a pretty foxy goal, no?
- Seriously though. They need to stop giving up two goal leads.
- I’m still surprised to see Boyes out there with Vanek. Every time I see him, I think, “DAMN! LOOK AT MAIR GO!” Unlike the other recent trade deadline day acquisitions, Boyes is, um, actually making a difference. He is making the offense better, which is obviously exactly what he’s supposed to do. I was thinking the other day about how one of the problems with being a Sabres fan in recent years is this sense that we’re constantly losing good players and not replacing them. Look at what Darcy just did! He went out and got us a good player! Just like that.
- That opening goal with Vanek to Pommers to Montador to Pommers was so so so so so pretty. SO PRETTY.
- There was a sort of funny officiating moment tonight. There was a play where the Wild were cycling the puck in the Sabres end (they might have been on the power play at the time), and the puck came verrrrry close to popping out. The lineman ruled it out, but he did so by going down on one knee right on the blue line and VERY emphatically gesturing “OUT OUT OUT!” It was very theatrical. Then, the ref came over and helped the linesman to his feet and tapped him on the butt for good measure. It was a pretty tough call (I thought the puck stayed in, actually), but I really enjoyed the linesman’s flamboyance. I like it when the officials are a little dramatic. This is show business, baby.