Ok, red meat time. Thought I'd post a bit of clever artwork from our friends on the Buffalo fans' user board.
Was happy to see Blinq became some sort of way station for Sabre-rattling over the past couple of days. But what was with those upstate trolls? 426 comments on a post-game post! There was some insightful analysis and some inventive spelling. Nice to hear that Pelle and Clubber Lang are still around and cared to write. Umberger and Eager, too.
Is that really a goat that Buffalo players wear on their jerseys?
I'm going to watch the game and keep this post live tonight after I come back from the Wachovia Center, where I've been trucking in sand to keep the game at speed that better suits the Flyers. Beer's on ice. Pizza's ordered.
There's plenty of hockey left in the season.
At least that's what they're telling themselves in the land of record snow and hot wings. A question What is a Flyer? on the message board brought this response:
fli·er also fly·er ( P ) Pronunciation Key (flr)
1) An inanimate object used to deter movement (see traffic cone)
2) A sloth-like creature once popular in the 1970's for it's ability to defend a caged object and inflict limited offensive harm.
Freddy Meyer is keeping a player's blog on the Flyers site. It doesn't seem to be keeping him from ice time, because he's posting lightly.
From Monday, the day of the awful game:
Yesterday I woke up around 9:30 or 10:00, and Joni and I went down and had some breakfast. After that we just went back up to the room and hung out. I have my computer so I just messed around online for a little bit. About 1:00 I went over to the mall they have here by our hotel with Jeff Carter and Niko. We just did a little mall walk to get some exercise, since we didnt skate yesterday. I just wanted to get the legs going a little bit. We had a team meeting at 5:00 at the hotel and another team dinner at 6:00 and that was pretty much it.
Would have loved it he'd live blogged the locker room afterward, or the trip home.
Got to go to R.J. Umberger's Rookie Blog at The Courier-Post for that insight:
The plane ride home was what you would expect it to be. It was very quiet. Not much talking going on, guys pretty much keeping to themselves and reflecting on the night and what happened and getting refocused on coming back here for Game 3.
It wasn't a good night, not one bit. Guys are still disappointed and very embarrassed. But after talking and getting everything out on the table, we really can't dwell on it and let it bring us down for the next game. It's in the past. We need to play desperate in Game 3 and make it a fight for our lives to get back into it.
It's definitely not over yet. We've got to start better. We owe it to our fans and ourselves to have a good Game 3. We know they'll come out hard, but we can make it a series with a win. Whether I play is still up in the air. Hopefully, I can pass that test tomorrow and get in there.
7:05 p.m. Pre-game on. I'm in time to hear Steve Coates talking again about Forsberg as the best passer in the world. Don't think he's done, Coates says. And this quote: "The cream will come to the top, and it will all change." Is he talking about his stomach backing up?
Took less than three minutes for the Sabres to get on the board. So far it's looked like a power play.
There's there IS a power play as Forsberg leaves his feet for a check.
Wait.... SHORT - HANDED! Savage! He does a shifty bit of skating and scores on a slap shot from the circle. We're tied.
Over on the Sabres board, a Buffalo fan named frenchconnection70 writes: Yup, nice soft goal by Miller... he LOVES to give those up.....
Hope either Freddie or R.J. is reading this on the bench.
First period over. Two different teams are playing. Let's check around the Web.
Over the PhillyBoard, HKP pronounces: First good period of this series from the Flyers.
Second period begins and Savage buries his blade in a Buffalo midsection. Mike Richards hits the pipe - Flyers seem to skate with them better when down a man.
Shots even at 10. Score even at one. Flyers leading in hits and penalties.
Forsberg just took in down the wing and hit it off something for the Flyers first lead of the series. Hit it off the defender's skate. Miller never saw it. 2 to 1 Flyers. And a Buffalo penalty follows. The crowd makes some noise. Forsberg must have seen Coates on the pre-game show.
Just checked into the Orange and Black chat room. A little too atonal for me:
20:21:23 [OmahaFlyer] we gonna see preems friday you think?
20:21:35 [ogie] No
20:21:36 [DarthFlyer] No.
20:21:37 [Meathead] sabres have responded incredibly well this season after losing a lead lets see if it happens here
20:21:46 [madlee] this chat room refreshing is messing with my streaming
20:21:51 [wickedwris] only if hes ready id say he should play
20:21:51 [chadta] i hope not
20:21:54 [ogie] ahh
20:22:01 [wickedwris] otherwise no bc we need every player to keep up with this team
20:22:05 [wickedwris] cant have a guy play 3 min
20:22:09 [madlee] sabres sabres sabres. blah blah blah
20:22:18 [DarthFlyer] He won't be ready for a long time.
20:22:27 [madlee] i think i heard the sabres were going to cure cancer too
20:22:29 [Meathead] no primeau wont play this series
20:22:36 [DarthFlyer] Primeau needs 7-10 days without symptoms.
20:22:38 [madlee] and win the war on terrorism
Lots of talk about Forsberg's game face tonight. They're right. He does have that look.
AND AS IM TYPING THIS HE SCORES FROM BEHIND THE NET. Crafty move against a rookie netminder, he just knocked it against Miller's back and it fell in. They should call that shot a Rook.
Over at the Sabres fans section, the French Connection70 sighs: YES....great penalty there you go...game oveR ! its a ALL new series boys...Sabres lost their heart need to see the wizard QUICK!
And from the Flyers section: Flyersrock87 suggests: New strategy... don[t aim for the net, aim for the Sabres.
J.P. Dumont takes a blade in the chest from Denis Gauthier. The Buffalo player is doubled over, then down on the ice. Coates quickly explains the fans' cheers as pay-back for the Sabres reaction when Umberger got flattened in Buffalo. No penalty. Should have been one. (For the record, the PhillyBoard crowd is a lot harsher on "Goat" for the spear and the cheers.)
14 shots this period for the Flyers, they announced. They're ahead 16 to 5 in hits.
At the break before the third period, Forsberg sits for an interview. Is there a high Canadian edge to his Swedish lilt? Naw. Sweat-soaked, and flush, he says, "It's great to play with a lead instead of chasing those guys all over the ice."
Almost five minutes into the period, the Sabres swarm and score. One goal game.
Sabres are looking fast and silky. Flyers a little choppy. Nedved behind the net, loses it, trips someone. Penalty.
Nice kill. Flyers kept clearing the puck. Even strength. And Nedved trips another. Penalty.
The Buffalo boards are using shorthand. PP. clap. clap. PP
Another great kill. And then Forsberg is called for ---NO, A DIVING CALL against Roy of Sabres! A little Italian national football on ice.
Three minutes to go. Two and a half. Two. A one-goal, three nail game.
One minute. The Sabres can't get Miller off the ice for a six-man attack.
Gagne... empty net.... send your Buffalo to bed.