Archive for the ‘Buffalo Sabres’ Tag
The new season is almost there. As every year, some teams have made a few changes in their logos and/or uniforms. Among them, the Buffalo Sabres, who recently introduced their new set of jerseys. As you can see, they’re going for a “traditional” look.
Of course, someone had to pay a cruel price for those changes.
The infamous Buffaslug is being pushed aside after only a few years of service. Poor slug, look how he’s sad…
Fortunately, an old friend is there to comfort him.
It’s good to see that in the cruel world of discarded sports logos, there is a still sense of solidarity.
Bad break (and awful camera work by TSN)
And a little bit of both… (This would have been really funny, if it hadn’t happened at the worst possible moment of the game)
And that’s a 3-2 loss in Buffalo.
Now, the Maple Leafs will visit Montreal tonight. It would be pretty smart to win that one. Because right after this, it’s a six-game, two-week road trip that will send the Habs to Calgary, Edmonton, Colorado, Vancouver, Washington and Pittsburgh. Is it necessary to remind you that the Canadiens have lost their 5 last road games? Uh oh…
Today, eveybody seems to be waiting for the announced fight between Sergei Kostitsyn and Grabovski. I’m certainly not looking forward to this. For obscure reasons, the two players are enemies since the beginning of the season. But this is reportedly a personal feud, that has nothing to do with the game. To me, this is just a distraction, and the team doesn’t need this right now. I hope the Habs will be able to focus on their game, rather than on this nonsense. Last time the Habs focused on getting revenge on a player, it didn’t end well. It was back in november, against Boston, and everyone was waiting to see Laraque kill Lucic. The fight didn’t happen, Lucic scored a goal, and the Bruins won the game.
Laraque made his return yesterday. I hope he’ll play, since his presence could deter Brad May from being too dirty this time.
I’m REALLY hoping for a 60 minutes effort and a win tonight. Anything else would seriously disappoint me.
I love this pic
Je ne suis absolument pas inspiré par le match de ce soir. J’ai beau savoir que c’est un match important, notamment parceque les Sabres sont pas très loin au classement, et parcequ’une victoire serait un pas de plus pour sortir de la mauvaise passe actuelle, ça me laisse froid. J’espère que les joueurs seront plus emballés que moi, parceque sinon, c’est mal engagé. Je ne pense pas que je vais regarder le match. Je suis crevé, et comme je viens de le dire, je suis loin d’être enthousiaste ce soir.
Pour que ce post ait quand même un petit intérêt, je vais me contenter de quelques images de l’HSBC Arena, où se joue le match. Je sais pas trop pourquoi, mais je suis assez fasciné par les images d’arènes sportives. Surtout les anciennes.
(photo : Mike Lynaugh)
(photo : “Agent Dale Cooper“)
Et pour finir, quelques photos un peu surréalistes de l’ancien Auditorium de Buffalo, à l’abandon:
(photo : JohnRiccio)
J’ai trouvé toutes ces photos sur Flickr, et je dois dire que si vous aimez l’atmosphère étrange des patinoires abandonnées, il y a pas mal de petits bijoux…
C’est un peu glauque, mais ça colle assez bien avec mon humeur de ce soir.
Wow, I feel like a genius. Like I predicted, Montreal finally reacted and played a very good game against Philly. The habs seem to be at their best when they play good teams this season. D’Agostini continues to impress. The kid is speedy, he can score, and he makes very few mistakes. Kovalev had another goal, which let habs fans everywhere hope that he is finally getting back on track. Halak seemed a bit shaky, but did the job. Komisarek came back, played a good game and even got an assist. And most importantly, Montreal showed a lot of hunger. They were battling for the puck in all areas of the rink, and their speed was back.
So yesterday, it was party time for habs fans around the world.
Kovalev scored, tra la la!
Flyers suck, Oh I believe I can fly!
This D’Agostini kid makes me feel WILD!
Olé olé olé olé
Now tonight, back to business. The sabres are coming to town. They are pretty inconsistent these days, but they just blanked the kings, so I suppose they’re hot.
Koivu and A. Kostitsyn won’t play tonight. Price is near to returning, but the habs won’t rush him, so Halak will be in the nets. Maxwell, who was almost returned to Hamilton this week, will get another chance, because of these injuries. He doesn’t seem quite ready to make the jump to the nhl, but it’s a good thing for him to at least get a taste of what it’s like.
I just hope Montreal will play as hard as they did against the flyers. If they do, there is no reason to believe they can’t get two points out of this. I’m not expecting a low score thing tonight. For some reason, when Buffalo and Montreal play each other, it’s often exciting. Generally, those games are pretty fast paced and fun to watch.
Buffalo, boring? I don’t think so.
Good Times Bad Times
After a loss against the Isles, the habs got a convincing win in Detroit, and got beaten 3-0 yesterday in Washington. A shutout by Jose Theodore. To use a worn out cliché, following the habs is pretty much like riding a rollercoaster these days… Does this mean that after this bad result, we can hope something good for tonight’s game against Buffalo? I don’t know. Carbo doesn’t seem to know either. He looked pretty lost after the game in Washington.
Let’s speak about tonight. It’s never easy to come back from a road trip. We’ve seen the red wings struggle this week against Montreal, just after their trip in Western Canada. At the same time, Montreal has to react after their latest loss, so they could be fired up. Another factor could be the attitude of the crowd. A couple of bad turnovers, a bad play from Kovy, an ineffective PP, and we could definitely hear some booing. That’s not the best scenario for a team that’s already lacking confidence. By the way, O’Byrne won’t play tonight. If this is a way to protet him from potential bad reactions from the crowd, this is a good ting. If this is a sanction, not so much.
D’Agostini will be in the lineup. I’m glad for him. I hope this influx of young blood can wake up the team a bit.
By the way, here are the habs lines for tonight, as reported by Mike Boone, from Habs Inside/Out, in his live blog of the game:
Like the habs, after a pretty hot start, the Sabres struggled a bit in november, and they’re trying to rebound. They just beat Boston and Pittsburgh in the last three days. So it looks like they’re back. Games against Buffalo are usually pretty fun to watch. I just hope the habs show up, and find back their scoring touch. Then we could be in for a pretty exciting night.