Call it a “taste of defeet.”
Ouch. Sorry about that. Moving on. We’ll return to that thought, and the GIF, after a nice dose of BSN Kool Aid.
The Sabres drubbing of the hated Boston Bruins last night had many #SeedsOfGreatness moments, and has some media actually – officially – pondering the Sabres slim playoff hopes. Welcome to my Kool-Aid stand, media!
The Sabres' streak has their free-fall frozen in time. How much of a miracle is needed to save these guys?
The Sabres run to 93 points remains on track. They now need to go 19-7-3 to get to that magic number. Can their recent momentum carry them that far? Possibly, but very unlikely. Still, it again got one game easier last night.
Here are some of our #SeedsOfGreatness from the game:
- Kaleta continued to show that he’s back to his old self, and was an assist away from a Gordie Howe hat trick. While his fight against Lucic didn’t go too well, he took him off the ice for 5 minutes. Kaleta for Lucic? Advantage: Sabres. Beer earned, Mr. Kaleta.
- Ennis was putting the Bruins’ heads on a swivel, and scored a dandy. It’s nothing new for Tyler, though. In 2010, he had 4 points in 6 playoff games against the B’s. He had 4 points in 6 regular season contests last season. He scored the shootout winner on 1-1-11 against them. The diminutive winger just seems to find a way to beat these big bad Bruins. Keep him on the squad, Darcy.
- The loss was Boston’s worst showing since March 6, 2008 (a 8-2 loss to the Leafs). The Sabres had been playing the kind of games that get a coach fired. Last night they played the kind of game that turns a season around.
- Ville Leino has finally arrived. He’s become outspoken in the news, is having fun, and claims he’s now comfortable with his teammates. His swagger is now noticeable on the ice, on the scoresheet, and all over Tim Thomas’ face. This is the guy the Sabres signed up for.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
It's funny because it's true.
Some more Kool Aid:
- The Sabres are currently the only team from 6th to 12th in the East with a winning streak. (They’re in 12th, 9 points out of 8th, where the Sens sit in a free-fall of their own.)
- The Sabres improved to 8-4-3 against their tough NE Division opponents. (We’ll conveniently ignore how they’ve gone 6-7-1 against the terrible SE Division.)
Whether they’re on their way to a miracle run, or simply pausing on their way to regular season oblivion, the last few games sure have been a heckuva lot of fun. Enjoy the ride and the Kool Aid while it lasts, folks.
Oh, and the Dixie cups are free.
While we all wait to see which version of the Sabres and Caps show up against each other for this one, let’s take a moment to relish a moment from their last meeting.
I'd pay a few bucks to hear his evil laugh.
And… here… we… GO!
Full credit to “girl in pink hat” and company for barely flinching as the glass in front of them mercifully did not explode. We’ll see if Ovie tries to return the favor tonight with a little Russian roughing of his own.
OK, we’re a bit late with this one.
Still, I thought a little afternoon distraction might be good medicine while we all sit and simmer, awaiting word on whether or not Jordin Tootoo will receive a Shanban for barreling over Ryan Miller.
This would look appropriate near the Sabres' net since the Lucic Incident.
When it went down against Nashville, Gaustad was quite a force on Tootoo. Before being removed from the ice, he even
chirped honked Pred’s goalie Anders Lindback a warning. I am sure whatever he said was something along the lines of “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” filled with some juicy expletives. Or something like that.
In honor of Gaustad’s battle cry, here’s our latest GIF for the 2011-12 season. In this instance, Paul uses his hands to help the good ol’ population of Pominville. From a November 8th contest against the Winnipeg Jets:
In a manner of speaking, there’s nothing worse for a jet than seeing a goose bearing down on the wings. (You know, because geese screw up planes when they slam into the engines. Too much of a reach?)
Nice goal, boys!
If there is a positive side to the Sabres’ philosophy of not protecting their netminders, it’s that it sure keeps Miller on his toes. He might be run over during any given shift. That fight bell could be rung at any time.
Well, Miller has adjusted to this part of the Sabres’ “System” well. How embarrassing was it when he simply flopped to the ice in the Lucic incident? The best retaliation he could muster was a clumsy swing of his goalie stick. After that whiff, all of his teammates were pretty much forced to mosey around Lucic and say “Heeey” to him.
Maybe they should have said “Ni.”
Indeed, a message was sent to the entirety of the worst jackasses of the NHL, and that message was: “If you want to beat the Sabres, just run Ryan Miller.”
“In case of Bruin (bear) attack, make yourself look as big as possible.” Keep practicing, Ryan.
Lindy Ruff calls it “open season,” and he gets pretty ruffled when he says that. But frankly, if Buffalo is facing off against the Bruins and they know that running Tim Thomas will send the team into a spiral of losing and self-identification issues, then “getting in Thomas’ face” is waaay high up the list of “keys to the game.”
Thankfully for Miller’s teammates, he got his own message. If you are going to run Ryan Miller from now on, forget the flop and whiff reaction. From now on, he’s going to unleash the thundersticks all over your face. Jordin Tootoo was the first example of Miller’s new hard-nosed style of play that Sabres fans have been clamoring for, for years.
Not quite sure when Miller’s teammates think they are doing getting in his way. Ryan was about to waffle board Tootoo into a pulpy yellow stain on the ice.
Still, at least he had a decent response this time.
So to those jackasses of the NHL who are lining up to take a run at the Sabres’ goaltender, you’ve been warned. Unless you want a mouthful of waffle-board, steer clear of the blue paint.
And maybe, the guys who are protecting Miller will finally learn how to send that message for him, game after game, and season after season. Until then, NHL jackasses, it’s open season on your faces with that waffle board.
The way things are going, this season’s “Top 10 GIFs” is going to be pretty darn sweet.
Today’s edition comes off the heels of the Sabres 5-1 drubbing/coach-killing of the Washington Capitals. With Buffalo forced to put 9 rookies on the ice, one of them was bound to do something to grab our attention. In this case, Brayden McNabb got Jason Chimera’s full attention.
Let’s zoom in on the aftermath:
"What the hell?!?"
To turn a phrase upside-down: welcome to the NHL, Chimera.
Gotta’ love it – and you also gotta’ love the way Buffalo’s defense is shaping up for the future. With Tyler Myers at 6-8, McNabb at 6-5, and the newly-signed shutdown man Joe Finley at 6-8, the Buffalo Blueline is going to become the stuff of nightmares for opposing forwards. Oh, and the Sabres still have the otherwise diminutive hitting machines Robyn Regehr (6-3) and Mike Weber (6-2).
The guy who picks the Carubba Collision is going to be pretty dang busy in the near future.