danny gare:

Pseudo-Live Tweet Coverage Of Buffalo Vs. Montreal


Here’s a sort of “live tweet coverage” of the Sabres/Canadiens game last night. Some of these are actual tweets I managed to send out, but most of it is random observations. While watching the game there just isn’t time to tweet everything, but I wouldn’t want to flood people’s timelines with a brain dump like that anyway. What follows is a more vetted and edited list of thoughts.

Hope you enjoy the format, but let us know!

buffalosabresnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/meyers-goal-1024x575.jpg 1024w, buffalosabresnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/meyers-goal.jpg 1185w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />


There is no better professional at anthem singing than Doug Allen. We are so lucky to have great surrounding talent outside the team like him, RJ, etc. Well, I don’t LOVE Harry Neale, but it could be much worse.

I hate people that hold up signs for the TV cameras rather than, y’know, WATCH THE GAME.

Neale called Nathan Gerbe, “Ger-bay”, as has Rob Ray in the past. Is he of French Canadian descent or something? Because last I knew he was from Michigan and attended Boston College. (RJ pronounces it “Gerb-eee” so I’m sticking with that.)

Fun Gerbe fact #1: at 5’5″, he is the shortest player in the NHL.

Fun Gerbe fact #2: The dictionary describes a gerbe as “a kind of ornamental firework”. Yes he is.

Horrible Commercial Watch
TV Commercial note: Healthy change #11, Blue Cross Blue Shield – I have a crush on the hot blonde that dances first. But the rest of it leaves me needing eye bleach.

Vanek/Ennis/Foligno line looking good early.

Horrible Commercial Watch
The Geico commercial where the guy karaoke’s to promote himself to other singles made us chuckle. The bar has been set pretty low.

Vanek/Ennis/Foligno – a great shift around 5:00, Foligno looking good.

Horrible Commercial Watch

  •  The Tim Horton’s commercial wasn’t horrible and made me really want a coffee. Good advertising.
  • VeinsVeinsVeins – call me old school, but all I think about is Motley Crue’s Girls Girls Girls.

Thinking that the arena is really quiet right now.

Stafford just seems to be a liability – he touches the puck for a moment and loses it or gets off a weak shot.

Horrible Commercial Watch

  • Loud commercials are loud. They’re cranking the volume way up for some of these, especially the Verizon FIOS commercial.
  • I hate MSG. I really, really hate watching NYC-based crap that I don’t care about. Basketball and old Yankees players I’ve never heard of does nothing for me (I’m looking at you “Fran Healey”, if that is your real name). I’m hoping that Terry Pegula is working on something like an Empire Sports Network.
  • Ok the Sabres app commercial was really neat and creative! (Sabres logo thought bubbles above people’s heads) Also, it’s very subtle but the ballons pop up in a “Let’s go Buffalo” cadence at the end.

Is there anyone who DOESN’T sing the Bad Boys song when Brad Boyes does something nifty?

Horrible Commercial Watch
That damn pig from the Geico commercials is truly annoying, but in a lovable way. How is that possible?

Awesome tweet: @mintyp69 twitpic’d this twitpic.com/8vk4i2 RJ jersey.


Hard work by the Gerbe/Roy/Stafford line to draw a penalty early on. (Moreso the 9 and 42 of that line. Yes, I’m down on Stafford still.)

Top PP line not moving the puck well, looked awkward trying to just get onside. 2nd line of Boyes/Ennis/Stafford looked much better and got a great scoring chance with Myers in front of the net.

There are too many damn Canadiens jerseys in the stands. Sabres fans, WHY YOU SELL YOUR TICKETS? Oh yeah, you can make a boatload of cash. *sigh* I guess I might do the same if I had season tix.

Roy with an excellent chance. It seems like he should convert much more than he does. It feels like his shooting % is like 1.2%. [Post Game Update – it’s 9.6%]

Isn’t “Canadien” the feminine version of Canadian? Like Comedienne? Just sayin’.

15:50 Roy with another penalty. Surprising. </sarcasm>

This arena is quiet. Too quiet. I can hear Canadiens fans cheering though, so what does that say?

Someone please punch those Canadiens fans holding up TSN signs to the camera.

Getting really sick of the Refs not calling things consistently from night to night. Can you hook a guy or not? Can you hit a guy w/o the puck or not? I don’t care if it’s minor, there shouldn’t be degrees of a penalty like holding in football. Call it or don’t. #OldMantRantyMcGee

When Leino makes a nifty move that actually results in a goal, I will eat my hat. (Also, I’m not wearing a hat.)

That Ennis goal was a complete and utter thing of beauty. Very un-Leino-like.

A very fast, fun pace to the end of the 2nd.

Leino with a halfassed scoring chance. I know he was on the ice for a long time, but still, the great players dig deep.

I like how the Sabres are finishing their checks all over the ice.

Horrible Commercial Watch

  • Paul William Beltz – y’know, not really a bad commercial, just too many damn lawyer commercials.
  • Mike Rowe is all over my TV. He’s slowly hypnotizing me with his voice to buy a Ford.

RJ “Another sell out crowd. I’m saying that because I know it to be true.” No idea why he said it like that, but I loved it.

Intermission Horrible Commercial Watch
GAHHHH! Cellino & Barnes! If I’m ever in a car accident their theme song will start playing in my head. At least I’ll know who to call.


Ok, Leino is kind of a bull on the puck lately, but I have yet to see him do much creative with it. When he touches the puck it rarely leads to a scoring chance.

Ennis’ 2nd goal: some hard work and some luck, but it’s nice to see the breaks go his way finally. Great pass across the crease that got redirected by the D-man’s skate.

Pretty good pressure in the offensive zone and nice movement by the Sabres D-men to maintain puck possession. They’re playing well and with a 2-1 lead I feel confident. (Not cocky … *confident*)

Immigrant Song playing in the arena: the most-played hockey song. (I have no stats to back this up, but I hear it all the time.)

Horrible Commercial Watch
Independent Health – it’s all health commercials and lawyers. That’s where the money is. #TheSystemIsBroken

“It’s amazing how much better looking Nick is than Larry” – Neale talking about another Foligno brother. Ummm yeah.

Is it me or does Harry Neale just say the most obvious things? He doesn’t seem to add a whole lot of insightful color commentary. My vote is for Danny Gare.

With all of Pegula’s money, there has to be a way to makes clones with a mixture of Gerbe & Ennis’ DNA with some gene sequences of Meyers’ height.

2 on 1 chance by Montreal but Regher took the passing lane and Miller shut down the shooter. #textbook

Miller cool as a cucumber and making his saves look easy. (Does anyone still say “cool as a cucumber”? I guess I do.)

Gander Mountain is a sponsor of the Sabres? Huh. I will recommend it to all my friends over Bass Pro Shops.

RJ on the Canadiens penalty that negated their powerplay: “I’m sorry guys, I didn’t think it was a penalty” One of the many reasons we love him.

Ennis clearly ate his spinach/wheaties today. He’s quicker than anyone on the ice.

Horrible Commercial Watch
Chevy Truck Month – pounding “truck month” into our heads by playing it over and over will never work and it’s an annoying commercial. Hmm… I really need a truck…but now I don’t know whether to go Ford or Chevy!

5:00 left and it’s the first time I really noticed the crowd (other than Montreal fans).

It’s funny how we used to think Stafford could be a power forward.

After Montreal flipped a puck into the Sabres bench, Neale quipped: “I think Enroth made the save on it” Ok, well played, Neale, I liked that one!

Under 1:00 – Empty net excitement and Miller with a nice glove save.

Ugh. Montreal scored with 3 seconds left. That really hurts to give up a goal that late.

Gotta admire Montreal fans though – they’re last in the East and they still show up in force in another teams arena. Good on ya. But couldn’t you allow us the two points in regulation!?

Errrgh, my Gamecenter feed crapped out for OT! Twitter informed me that Myers scored the game winner – woot! It’s the one disadvantage of watching online, every once in a while you’ll miss something – but you can always rewatch it later.


Why are you still reading this? It’s time to go home. The post is over. Go on.


Continue Reading

Buffalo Sabres vs. Ottawa Senators Game Notes


This wasn’t a complete game by either team, but for stretches it was one of the most entertaining of the year for the Sabres. Derek Roy’s shootout goal gave the Sabres the 3-2 victory.

Now just some quick hits of thoughts about the game.

buffalosabresnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/gerbe.jpg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />

Gerbe doing his honey badger thing and creating the play that led to a goal. TENACIOUS G!


I’d heard earlier in the day that Miller was getting the start, then about 15 minutes before game time Enroth got the nod.  Not sure if this was planned or Ruff was just going with the hot hand here.

A group of about 15 or 20 Sabres fans in Buffalo hats with horns were at the game. Think they just showed up randomly like that?  Also, how cool would it be if we had thousands of fans at FN Center with those things? You can get your own here.

Eric Karlsson has a gorgeous mullet that Patrick Kane should be jealous of. Not sure which is better, his mullet or the Zubaz that Gerbe and McCormick were sporting during their trip to the hospital that showed during intermission.

Speaking of sweet hair, Sens’ coach Paul MacLean has a monster walrus ‘stache. And does remind one of Zoidberg.   As @brianbund’s wife pointed out, Lindy Ruff’s mustache is nowhere near as noticable.  Two different men with two very different staches. I want to see an NHL coach mustache competition.

I am much more leery about breakaway / 1 on 1 situations with Enroth than with Miller. With Miller in net I have no worries for that, but more worry lately on the easy goals. Enroth stops the easy ones but isn’t as skilled with 1 on 1’s.

Maybe it was just me, but it didn’t seem like there was a lot of Sens apparel in the arena. As  @ScottyMCSS said, there was a guy in the front row wearing a Billabong shirt. Are you a fan of either team? If so, why not show it? If you like another team that’s not playing, wear stuff from that team. Show your loyalty, dammit!

Early on, we still looked horrible at giving away shorthanded chances. Meh.

Rick Jeanneret is an amazing personality with a unique voice and we love him – but I really had no problem with Kevin Sylvester as play-by-play guy and Danny Gare as color.

I did sort of miss Rob Ray’s interjections. Sometimes he’s thought of as a goonish athlete and RJ has even ripped on him, but he often provides nuggets that make you think. He’s not polished at communications, but that endears him to me. Kind of like a puppy behind the glass. He’s really cute and makes you smile sometimes.

Gragnani may not be nearly as NHL-ready as we’d thought after last year’s playoffs. A good reminder to really think about the sample size we had to go on.

Gerbe is so awesome that I think he’s got the most hockey talent per cubic inch. That goal he created was all about his tenacity. I saw @JoeBuffaloWins call him Taz and I loved it. Add that to the growing nickname list for Gerbs.

Man, Regehr can HIT. Nice to see him smash a couple of guys with perfect timing. How come he didn’t get the Carubba Collision? I thought his were more devastating, but the one they chose had two guys performing a double smack and looked better on the surface. #RegehrSmash

Derek Roy is looking great and perhaps close to back to 100%. He stole the puck away several times and controlled it for quite a while with some slick moves.

The Leino/Roy/Stafford line is looking good, with Leino creating some nice chances.

Win or lose, the shootout is THE most exciting part of a hockey game. However it still seems a little unfair to me that it can decide who gets a point. It takes away the team aspect. If we win, I’m ok with it but if we lose, I’m bitching. I’m guess I’m ok with it so long as it never makes it into playoff hockey.

This game is going to do very little to douse the flames of the Miller versus Enroth controversy by some of the Sabres faithful. Me, I think Enroth is fine … for a BACKUP. He’s still nowhere close to Millsie. That much was evident on breakaways and during the shootout, although Enroth *did* get better as the shootout went on.

That’s it and that’s all. (The whistles go whoo-whoo.) Any thoughts as to this format? Something we should continue? Did it make you chuckle, chortle or interested at all? Please comment below and let us know whether it should be continued.


Continue Reading

Quick Hits: Kevin Sylvester and Danny Gare to Call Games; Drury to Retire

There will be no call for Drury duty in Buffalo after all.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting today that the Rangers cannot buy out their captain, due to his lingering knee injury.  In fact, the injury is degenerative, and it looks like the 35 year old will miss the entire upcoming season, an event that will force him into retirement.

Whether you wanted Drury back with the Sabres or not, no one wanted his career to end this way.

Drury will close out his 12 year career with 892 NHL regular-season games, in which the Little League World Series’ winning pitcher from Trumbull, Connecticut recorded 615 points (255-360).  In 130 playoff games, he scored 88 points (47-41).

buffalosabresnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/GareAlumniDay.jpg 553w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />

Danny Gare at Alumni Day. Sadly, we may be seeing Drury at the next one of these things.

Meanwhile, the Sabres announced yesterday that Kevin Sylvester will make the play-by-play with Danny Gare at his side for select away games for the upcoming season.  Sylvester is the likely eventual replacement for Rick Jeanerette, who is hoping to extend his career by taking the brunt of the travel away from his schedule.

If you forgot what Sylvester’s style is like, here’s a video from last season where he called a Drew Stafford hattie against the Bruins.

Go Sabres.


Continue Reading

Email Updates

Get instant updates of BSN posts via email!

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner