Where The Wild Things Are
1st Period Recap :
The current score is Patrick Lalime 2 – Buffalo Sabres 0.
Lalime could not have done a better job scoring on his net regarding the 2nd goal then if he were in the stands enjoying nachos and a beer while the Wild came in on a 3-on-2.
Patrick receives the Bronx cheer when he stops a dump in and shifts the puck behind his net. What is the Buffalo version of that called : The Amherst Wail?
This just in, Andrej Sekera is pretty damn good when Lindy actually plays him.
The first PP unit for Buffalo looked very sharp, which is precisely why every Sabres fan dry heaved repeatedly when they saw Rivet come out for the second PP. Nathan Paetsch where are you?
So the Wild AHL team is from Houston? Makes sense. The cities are very similar.
Another Amherst Wail for Lalime. Interestingly, I just saw on the cable guide a show on called Totally Embarassed. My next job is to look up the word irony in the dictionary.
What a great ‘tussle’ (perfect word) between Nolan and Montador. It was like watching the hair pulling World Championships on skates.
Funny that you could almost hear Owen channeling his inner Danny Glover from Lethal Weapon saying I’m too old for this s—!
Amazing how Danny Gare summed up the entire Sabre Nation regarding Thomas Vanek and how Lindy Ruff has him, and really the entire team on a ridiculously tight leash by saying Thomas should shoot the puck more. No kidding Danny, eh?!
2nd period about to begin, and perhaps Lalime would be kind enough to stop a few pucks this period or at least think more clearly on who he will primarily assist the Wild on their 3rd goal.
2nd Period :
Lalime made a good save and the crowd is stunned into silence!
P. Kaleta with the detonation job at the whistle and there’s poor Owen Nolan in the scrum enjoying his fill of tasty, smelly face wash.
Montador must have nitrous in his skates. He was flying the entire shift. Where has that speed been the past month or two?
Steve Montador must have the 6th Sense to be able to get out of that train wreck on ice that would have knocked him into next century.
It is nice to hear the large, loud thud away from the camera when Torres and Kaleta are on the ice. What would be even better is if they could elicit cheers by chipping in a goal. Both are more than capable.
A beautiful period if you are a Wild fan. If you’re a Sabres fan, it resembled a waking coma
3rd Period :
Penalty Killed. On to the PP. Tic-Tac-Toe, one in a row.
Momentary excitement has gripped the building. Too little too late?
The Pheasant (Koivu) tripped the Ostrich (Myers) and it’s back to the PP for the Sabres.
After roughly 27 chances in the 3rd alone, Vanek banks one in with a tick under 2 minutes remaining.
A miracle is still needed.
It would be common to write that the Wild hold on for the 3-2 win but it would also be unfair.
They earned the win. They took advantage of very bad goaltending by Lalime early and Harding was outstanding in the net.
With better goaltending, Buffalo would have won.
They played a strong game and had innumerable chances to score in every period. Credit Harding for playing so well, finding his rebounds before the Sabres could get a stick on it, and for his 2 D collapsing in to crush the forwards trying to jam any loose pucks in.
If Buffalo plays like that every night for the full 60 minutes, they will win the majority of their games.
They just finished winning 3 of 4.
Doing that for the remainder of the regular season games will have them in a very good position heading into the playoffs.
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Written by William Brouillette