Mood: Chipper! I hope you all had a joyful and delicious Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving and I love that the Sabres put in a good effort on Wednesday. That said, I’ve learned (the hard way) to never ever ever trust the Sabres.
Favorite Sabre: Thomas Vanek, please, please, please, don’t be injured.
Least Favorite Sabre: Andrew Peters, please, please, please don’t be in the lineup.
Prediction: There’s no way the Sabres win this game, right? I figure that after their fine display of solid hockey (and foxy jerseys) on Wednesday, the Sabres will certainly attempt to phone it in tonight. Then again, as a sign of their utmost respect for us, the Penguins are starting a rookie goaltender. Lazy, turkey-bloated Sabres versus a nervous, highly motivated rookie goaltender…..it’s a tough call.
Insane holiday tradition representing my hopes for this game: Waiting in line to shop on Black Friday.
Much like the Sabres often make me feel, looking at this picture makes me question what it means to be a human being, but not in a good way- more in a “sweet merciful heaven, WHY?!” kind of way.
After the 1st (1-1)
Mood: Entertained. This is a good game.
Favorite Sabre: Max is a whack-a-doo, but someday soon he won’t be a Sabre. I’m going to enjoy him while I can. The set-up for Staffy’s goal, which involved Max skating the puck all over tarnation while performing clumsy pirouettes until he finally misfired on a wrap-around attempt and accidentally slid the puck to a waiting Staffy, was a HOOT.
Least Favorite Sabre: Max is a whack-a-doo, but someday soon he won’t be a Sabre. For that we give thanks.
Summary of events: Hey, they didn’t fold after giving up the first goal!
Insane holiday tradition representing this game: Mistletoe
Mistletoe is mostly weird, but potentially fun.
After the 2nd (3-2, Penguins)
Mood: Eff the Penguins.
Favorite Sabre: HONK!
Least Favorite Sabre: Thomas Vanek missed a gaping open net. He’s so fired.
Summary of events: This period was wall-to-wall penalties, and the Sabres have a minute of defending against a 5-on-3 to look forward to at the start of the next period.
Insane holiday tradition representing this game thus far: Fruitcake
I’m going to choke on it.
At the end (4-3, Sabres)
Mood: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! You know what? That was a SUPER fun game. About half way through the 3rd period I realized that I should just let go and enjoy the game regardless of the outcome. The officiating was atrocious, but all was forgiven when they blew the whistle early while Sid was standing in front of an open net in the final seconds. Heh. The foxy new jerseys are OBVIOUSLY good luck. Down with the slug!
Favorite Sabre: Goose is my one and only. *dreamy honks*
Summary of events: The Sabres were badasses.
Insane holiday tradition representing this game: 1992 St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace
Yeah, it’s a little grandiose, but I don’t care. I’m excited.
The Sabres are never going to lose again!