1. WOOOOOOOO! As grossed out as I was by the Sabres against the Devils, I was pleased with them against the Caps.
2. You know what is blowing my mind lately? They actually do seem different this season. I think we still have to wait and see if “different” actually turns out to mean “better” by the end of the year, but I’m starting to believe that this team has actually bought into Lindy’s system. It’s totally weird.
3. One of the big questions still unanswered is whether or not our top six can thrive in this system. If they can’t, can the team get by without a big time scoring line? It’s difficult to imagine the Sabres getting very far without a scary scoring threat, but we’ve been saying that for two months now, and they’re (more or less) doing alright for themselves. I’ve still got my fingers crossed that Vanek will come roaring back. I’m less hopeful about the rest of them. We’ll see.
4. I think I might be falling for the L.A. Kings. It started with a minor crush on Kopitar at the beginning of the season when he was scoring left and right, but even now I keep finding myself watching their games late at night.
5. That was definitely a dive by Ovechkin AND a penalty by Roy. I think it’s time for all of us to stop pretending like it’s impossible to have both a dive and a penalty. I’m pretty sure I’ve been guilty of squawking about this in the past, but I was wrong. Roy-Z tripped him, and then Ovechkin pinwheeled himself comically into the air. I think you can make an argument that the penalty negates the dive, but I think diving calls are funny (especially against Ovechkin), so I’m firmly against that line of reasoning.
6. This morning, right as I was leaving for work I realized, “Whoops. I guess I’m the one who has to shovel the snow in front of my house.” I literally didn’t think of it until I found myself ankle deep in snow and nearly late for work. Homeownership is hard.
7. A few weeks ago Robi showed us how the Sabres have been using a little sneak play where they all go charging through the neutral zone, and then the guy with the puck drops it back to the guy behind him. Apparently this freezes the opposition and allows the Sabre who picks up the drop pass (usually Tim Connolly) to skate effortlessly over the blueline. Ever since Robi used his big television to explain this play it’s all I can see when I watch the games. It seems so dippy and obvious, but it works most of the time. I can’t believe that the other teams haven’t picked up on this yet. Are they stupid?
8. Dude, Crunchy is so awesome.
UPDATE BONUS THING: Henrik Tallinder (fueled by love for Heather B) IS BACK, BABY. Seriously, he really does seem to be back. His coast-to-coast goal was suh-weet.