The Ottawa Senators defeated the Buffalo Sabres once again Friday night, this time 4-2. The Sens have now won all five meetings with the Sabres this year and goaltender Brian Elliott is 8-0 in his career against Buffalo. Elliott stopped 41 of 43 shots in asserting himself as the teams number one goaltender as Ottawa gets ready for the playoffs. It truly is incredible how Ottawa seems to be in the Sabres heads. Since the Sens defeated the Sabres in 5 games back in 2007 for the Eastern Conference title, Ottawa has absolutely owned Buffalo.
I had the pleasure of watching the MSG feed tonight while I am in Syracuse for the NCAA East Regionals. The reason I mention this is due to the RIDICULOUS call referee Kerry Fraser made on Sens winger Mike Fisher in the first period. Fraser gave Fisher a 5 minute boarding major and a game misconduct for his supposedly boarding hit on Patrick Kaleta. Kaleta along with teammate Derek Roy are notorious divers in the NHL and tonight was no different. It is getting beyond disgusting that a player can look at himself in the mirror and feel good about their gutless play. Kaleta clearly dove after Fisher leaned into him. It wasn’t even near the boards but somehow Fraser got SUCKED in really bad. For the second game in a row I am talking about a gutless player, last game it was Dan Carcillo, this time its Kaleta. There is no honour anymore in the NHL when it comes to gutless pukes like this. Here is an excerpt from the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch concering the boarding call on Fisher.
“I didn’t touch him. He should be playing soccer,” said Fisher. “I’m not going to criticize. It’s a tough call to make if you’re a ways away. I saw the replay and it was definitely a dive. He embarrassed himself.
“I knew right away because (the Sabres) weren’t concerned and they were laughing because they knew what happened.”
Former Sabres winger Matthew Barnaby, working the TSN telecast, agreed with Fisher.
“(Kaleta) knew he was falling from behind and he just dives into the corner,” said Barnaby. “I was that No. 36 for the Buffalo Sabres doing the exact same play. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. This time it did.”
The NHL should be fining Kaleta and at the same time taking notice that he is a BIG TIME diver. This is as unsportsmanlike as it gets. Put Kaleta on a list that alerts the referees of such stupid play. Regardless of who you cheer for, tonight Sabres fans need to realize and put aside their love of their team and see that this type of play is what ruins the game hockey. For the casual fan, if you see this kind of stupid play, how can you honestly want to watch this type of garbage? Be objective Sabres fans on this one. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff should tear a strip off Kaleta as he plays with NO HONOUR!!!!!
As for tonight’s game, Ottawa has really tightened things up defensively over their last three games and it shows in the end result. This three game winning streak couldn’t have happened at a better time. With Alex Kovalev, Milan Michalek and for the most part Mike Fisher tonight, the Sens were without three of their top six forwards yet found a way to win. This team rises to the occasion and it’s very nice to see!
I won’t be around for a post-game blog on Saturday night when Ottawa hosts the Florida Panthers as I will be taking in live the NCAA East Regional Elite 8 game between Kentucky and West Virginia. Oh and yes, I got to see Ashley Judd sitting right across from where I was on Thursday night at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. What a woman!
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Written by Kevin Lee
Kevin has had an extensive career as a sports writer and radio show host for almost 10 years. Kevin has covered the NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA College Football and Basketball. From covering the BCS Championship Game to the Final Four and the Stanley Cup Finals, he has done it all. He has been featured on numerous sports radio stations in Canada and the United States and often a weekly guest on numerous XM and Sirius Satellite radio shows. He has also had his work featured on FoxSports.com.