Saturday, May 13, 2006

Buffalo 3 Ottawa 2 (OT)

Well I feel pretty shiity, let me tell you. I don't think I've left the building formerly known as the Corel Centre so quickly or so discouraged. The drive home was quiet and, frankly, depressing.

Rather than dissect the game in this state, I'm going to sit on my thoughts for a few days and have something up Monday morning on the playoffs as a whole. Hopefully by then, we'll all be able to think rationally and discuss things like people instead of the raging lunatics/manic depressives we're all right now.

Feel free to leave your own miserable, gloomy thoughts. Might as well get them out of your system now because it's going to be a long summer.

Congratulations to the Buffalo Sabres and their fans. They're a hardworking, deserving team and I look forward to watching them prove the hockey world wrong.

Now excuse me while I go out and get shitfaced.

10 Comments:

At 12:53 AM, Anonymous KevinP said...

That's what I would do as well, Chris.

Could our teams be building a rivalry here?

 
At 1:33 AM, Blogger atif said...

Its only a rivalry if both teams are playing upto their potential. This entire series was Buffalo skating circles around the Sens. Lets be honest - they scored the winner on a shorthanded goal! I mean, christ man!

The only question that remains now is who's gonna take the fall for this.

 
At 1:55 AM, Blogger aquietgirl said...

Alfie's really testing me here. His disgusting play on the winning goal vs his heartbreaking interview vs his lack of production vs he's really trying out there vs ...

I don't know.

We need more guys with a positive playoff experience.

 
At 2:36 AM, Anonymous OJ said...

Am I a bad person for figuring out that the letters in OTTAWA SENATORS can be re-arranged to spell AORTA WASTES NOT? And is it me, or is there a lesson in there about how teams with heart find a way to seize their opportunities in the playoffs.

Well done Sabres. You played well enough to win and buried the chances you were given. Ottawa's lack of postseason success continues to absolutely baffle me. Let the deconstruction begin.

 
At 6:55 AM, Blogger Tom L said...

Chris,

I'm not sure if anything I could say will make you feel any better but I'd like to thank you for all the work you put in this year on this site to bring us your perspective (and an insightful one it is) on all thigs Senators among others.

Thanks, as well, for being as gracious in defeat as you've been guarded in victory.

I look forward to renewing this rivalry when the puck drops next fall. Be well.

Ta,

 
At 9:20 AM, Blogger pale said...

Next Year:
Alfie - gone
Chara or Reddedn - gone
Smolinski - gone
Havlat - gone or last year.

Bigger roles -
Emery, Fisher,

Pickups?
2 line center
Top line winger
2 line winger
mobile defenceman with grit.

Time t orebuild around Spezza, Heatly and Fisher!

 
At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta give it to Buffalo they just wanted it more, Ottawa may have the skill to win a cup but they certainly to not have the heart or determination to win it and now next year they're going to have to be rebuilding because of the salary cap.

I think that Chara will be booted over Redden for sure because he was just invisible in these playoffs. Smolinsky will be gone although he scored more goals then most players on the team. Alfredsson may be gone if someone is willing to pick up his contract although I don't see why someone would because he's the biggest choker of them all in the playoffs. Varada may be gone because his role is useless in the new NHL. And most of all I want Volchenkov gone because of all of his screw ups in the playoffs.

What we need is a top goalie (not saying that Emery isn't good because he is, just isn't Stanley Cup material yet), we need some new defence to replace our shitty one, and a new captain of course.

For goalie there's not much available I was hoping Ottawa would grab Roloson but that's too late now and he's doing alright, so maybe they could get someone like Giguere or Biron and hope they play good.

Going to be one depressing summer, just looking forward to seeing the changes they make.

 
At 12:18 PM, Blogger LC Scotty said...

Chris,

Thanks for keeping such a clear, concise and objective eye on this series from the other side of the fence. I would love to see a longtime rivalry built between our cities, and If you ever do come down to Buffalo I'd love to toss back a few pops with you.

Believe me when I say as a Buffalo fan I have felt you pain many times before.

 
At 7:07 PM, Blogger Craig said...

I am certainly no hockey expert. Yes, I played for years and years, and watched more than my share of games. I guess my opinions and statements here are more therapy for me then anything. Here are a few of them:

Deconstruction - I know it has to happen for many uncontrolable reasons, and some for controlable reasons. Either way, I can't see this being a positive in Ottawa's favour. Emotions aside here folks, do people really believe that getting rid of Chara, Redden, Alfie is going to be a benefit? If they get someone of similar calibre, yes, only if we are lucky (as in the Hossa for Heatly deal.) Some guys I think they need to unload are Varada, Smolinski, and the "Idiot" formerly known as Hasek.

Emery - It would sure be nice to blame everything on Emery, but none of that was any of his fault. The guy played pretty dam good for a rookie goaltender. I believe he will be a great goalie in a few more years, and is definitely a "keeper" (pardon the pune). Why didn't Emery poke check Pomenville last night?

Goalie - I agree that we need to deal for a starting goalie, so if they decide to offload any of the above mentioned stars, use some of them to do it. Smell ya later "Idiot".

Game 5 - At first, I was in shock that Ottawa got beat last night on a short-handed goal. Then after that wore away, and I patched the hole in the wall, I realized it was Alferdson that was blown by. Yes, he is a "star", "team-leader", "quick skater", here it comes ---- BUT ----. He is NOT a defencemen, as proven last night. Ottawa took the chance of having 4 forwards on at the time, and the gambled wrong. I don't blame Alfie for that, I blame the coach. I don't disagree with the choice, but let's not get on Alfie bashing here. Cripes sakes, the guy gets a boat load of ice-time, and they were in OT remember.

Playoffs - Speaking of "taking chances", Ottawa may have been smarter by snagging a Vetern or two for the playoffs, example Carolina, with Recchi and Weight. Hell, I would have loved even seeing Roberts leading the charge.

Fisher - Man oh man, I love this guy. They need more guys with his kind of heart. Game in, and game out, the guy always puts out 110%. We need two more Mike Fishers.

Well, I sort of fell better. They had a great run this year, and hopefully they can build another solid team again. They are bound to solve their playoff woes.

Saddened Sens Fan :0(

P.S. Least we aren't Leafs Fans! :p

 
At 12:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's keep in mind that every year there are 29 losers.

 

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