Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Paging the Buffalo Sabres...

I just posted this over at my blog but I feel like spreading my venting...

That goal review was bull. Complete and utter bull. I don't see how there was any question about whether or not the puck went over the line. The game should've been tied and we should've seen some overtime hockey.

That said, I'm getting a little tired of saying, "We didn't even play that well and the Rangers still barely beat us" because you know what? All that really matters is that they beat us. Why are we only playing ten minutes a night? Why?! The Rangers are playing about as well as they can and barely beating us, yes. We are capable of playing much better, yes. But we have to actually do it! I didn't see most of the game tonight so I am basing this on what little I saw and what I've read from other people, but I really expected to see a totally different team tonight. I would love to say that the boys are going to come out firing Friday night, jacked up and pissed off about their lackluster performance in NYC, but looking at them tonight, they don't seem to care. They look totally indifferent. Where oh where is my team of young, passionate players, burned by getting so close last year and bound and determined to win it all this year? Because I'm really missing them.

I know the Shanahan goal was the result of some miscommunication between defensemen behind the net, but I think the defense has been very solid this series, especially Tallinder and Lydman. They've done a very good job of containing a dangerous offensive team with some huge help from Miller, of course. It's time for the offense to step the hell up. Throw some bodies around, fight for the puck, pay attention to what jersey the guy you're passing to is wearing, shoot the puck and for crying out loud DO IT FOR SIXTY MINUTES. Geez. I'm dying here.

6 comments:

kristin said...

Yeah, I am still screaming about the goal review. How is this the playoffs and you only have one camera angle available to review? And am I confused about what a goal line is, because I feel like maybe I don't know what the goal line looks like after last night's goal review.

I am starting to worry a bit about this series...

Heather B. said...

I am starting to worry a bit about this series...

What's so maddening is that it's clear when the Sabres really play, they're the better team. They get the Rangers back on their heels. I think they'll pull out this series. I am worried about the next round though. If they don't start to play like they care, they're going to get swept by Ottawa who's playing like their hair is on fire (assuming Ottawa wins which isn't a given, I know - no offense intended NJ fans).

Sabrebull said...

So, is anyone else pissed off about the whole game?! The series being tied up?! It's the RANGERS!!! I am tired of the hockey courtesy, the Sabres need to say we are better, we will win on home ice on Friday and then beat them in their building, we are being way too nice to them. This is the playoffs. . .no room for nice when you are playing for the Cup. We need a little swagger, even if we don't deserve to have any after these last two games. We played horribly, no doubt about it. The Rangers adjusted and have played well BUT that was on home ice with their crowd. Their goaltender is good but I think we frustrated him a bit after game 2, we can do it again. Why else would he have "redecorated" the Buffalo locker room?!
The review was crap, it was a goal but I don't care. We should never have been in this position. I appreciate Lindy's reasoning and trying to play "ugly" hockey. I mean we needed to try something different. How about we try playing OUR game? Where we control the tempo and use our SPEED, SKILL and SCORING to win the game!!! How about some decent puck pursuit? You can't expect the person dumping it in to chase it and have no one to pass it to. And if the puck is just laying there on the ice, how about getting to it first and getting a shot on goal instead of instantly back pedaling and trying to get back up on defense. I think we were a bit confused last night and tentative because Lindy wanted to change the game plan a little too much. It's the Rangers, they will get tired if we play Sabre hockey with our speed. How about hitting Jagr instead of letting him float around on the ice? We can take him out of his game if we hit him a couple if times. He's a great player but a bit of a wimp when it comes to getting hit. Yes, Ranger fans, I am a homer and I will be for the rest of my life. I still think we will win this series because we ARE the better team. If by some chance we don't win the series, I will not bow to the Rangers, they are just the Rangers to me. I think the Sabres will show up and play OUR hockey on Friday. So come on boys and beat the almighty Rangers (according to VS and NBC), after all they are only the RANGERS!!! Do you really want to lose to them?

Rachael said...

You gotta remember that the goal review in Game 3 was crap as well (kicking motion, my butt!), but it was the Rangers who got the short end of the deal there. It seems like Colin Campbell tries to make up for his mistakes in one game during the next one.

Heather B. said...

I agree Buffalo got the positive end of the game 3 review - I hate the kicking rule and would be more than happy to see it go away - but I think it's a little easier to swallow when you end up winning the game :-) I read this morning that the NHL said if a goal had been called on the ice, that call would've stood based on the video and that's just stupid. Is it a goal or is it not a goal? It has to be one way or the other.

Don't get me wrong though. While I didn't like the call, the Rangers "deserved" to win. My main complaint is that the Sabres are playing like crap and looking like they could care less about that.

Paige said...

Heather, I feel the excact same way. I can hardly watch the game, it's so nerve wracking. If this doesn't wake us up, then good-bye Stanley Cup.

Of course, I think that we weren't playing that great to start the series, or even against the Isles. Those games should finally show the team that if they really want this trophy, they have to play a whole hell of a lot better than they are now.