1. One thing that always amazes me is how Caps fans and Pens fans canNOT shut UP about the other team’s superstars. What is it about cheering for Crosby that means you have to argue that Ovechkin sucks? Ordinarily, my stance is along the lines of “Ladies, please. Both of your teams have dazzling talents. Sid, Malkin, Ovechkin, and Semin ARE ALL VERY VERY GOOD. No one of them is that much better than the others. Talking smack about Crosby doesn’t make Ovechkin better, and vice-versa. So, let’s just try to move on, m’kay?”
It delights me to no end that in a slight variation of the theme, today I can say, “Ladies, please. Both Crosby AND Semin looked like COMPLETE IDIOTS in their fights yesterday. Neither of them is lamer than the other. Your superstars are equally embarrassing. Let’s NEVER move on. Let’s make fun of them both forever and ever.”
2. You know, the more I think about it, the more I love Matt Ellis. It was super fun to watch him have such a great game yesterday. I know that the Sabres are in biiiig trouble if they start relying on Matt Ellis to score goals, but in an odd way, I don’t think I would have enjoyed that game as much if the goals had come from anywhere else on the roster. Case in point- Jason Pominville scored two goals in the Toronto game and I believe my exact words were, “Stop acting like you don’t suck.” Only Matt Ellis could have charmed me in that way, and after all my bellyaching about the Sabres, I really needed a good honest dose of, “Hoooooray!”
We totally need a scrappy, desperate guy in the locker room. I like the idea of kids like MacArthur and Paille feeling a bit worried about their roster spot because of a guy who’s willing to leave it all on the ice every shift. Matt Ellis has been around the block in the NHL. He’s not just fighting for the Sabres, he’s fighting for a job anywhere in the league. I know that there are probably very good reasons he’s never stuck on the NHL level, but I’m rooting for him. It feels nice to have a new guy on the team- one who harbors no illusions about his “potential”. I’ve had just about enough of waiting for the “potential” of the Sabres to materialize into results. At this point, I find it much more satisfying to root for the guy who knows that every game he plays in the NHL could be his last. Go Matt Ellis! WOOOOOOOOO!!
3. Dear Lindy Ruff,
They’re going to try to coast on their “talent” against the Senators. Now that they’ve beaten the Bruins, they think they’re good. It is YOUR JOB to convince them otherwise. Be an asshole. It’s the only way.