Buffalo Sabres

First Sabres post of the season!

Alright, I’ll admit it.  As a lifelong San Francisco 49ers fan, I’ve been a little distracted from these opening couple of weeks of the NHL season.  It doesn’t help that after going 2-0-0 to start the season, the Sabres slid to 2-3-1.  The heartbreaking loss with 1.5 seconds left in overtime against Toronto the other night hasn’t exactly had me clamoring to tune in to Sabres broadcasts either.  In fact, I was content to ignore the fact they were playing tonight until my wife handed me the remote.

I tuned in during the first period, scoreless in Boston.  I left the room during intermission to get ready for work, and took my time getting back.  It was 1-1 by time I started watching again.  Brad Marchand scored two quick goals to put the Bruins up 3-1 by the time I had to leave for work.  I was ready to count Buffalo out and ignore the rest of the game, but by time I got on my first bus, it was 3-3 at the end of the second.  I plugged my $100 Bose headphones into my $5 Sentry AM/FM radio, tuned to WGR55 AM, just in time for the start of the second intermission.

As the third period began, David Krejci scored 1:45 in, and once again it seemed like my Sabres were doomed.  However, less than a minute later, Alexander Sulzer scored his first goal of the season to tie it right back up.  Great saves by Ryan Miller, a goal from Cody Hodgson, a goal for Thomas Vanek (earning him a hat trick for the evening, and answering my longtime question of “What are the Sabres paying this guy for?”), and an empty netter by Captain Jason Pominville later, and the Sabres have snapped their winless streak, and emphatically silenced the TD Garden in Boston with a 7-4 victory.

Am I ready to believe that the team will start winning consistently and moving up the standings just yet?  No, but rest assured I won’t be ignoring the fact that they’re playing the Canadiens this Saturday afternoon.

Interview

BHF Interview: Kevin Sylvester

Buffalo Sabres television host, part time play by play man, and the host of “Hockey Hotline” on WGR55 AM here in Buffalo, Kevin Sylvester joined ThinkSoJoE for an interview this morning.  We talk about the NHL lockout and it’s effect on broadcasters, arena workers, and fans.  We bring up painful memories for us Sabres fans as we discuss the controversial Cup-clinching goal scored by Brett Hull in 1999.  We talk about the new look Buffalo Sabres, and their potential.  Kevin discusses his new book, “The Married Man’s Guide to Golf,” as well as “Hockey Hotline,” his new hockey discussion program that airs Tuesday through Thursday at 10AM on Buffalo’s WGR55.  We get Kevin’s picks for our upcoming “Ultimate Hockey Fighter” series, and what Buffalo Sabres broadcasting conversation would be complete without a quick chat about the legendary Rick Jeanneret?  All this, and much more!  Click the link below to listen!

BHF Interview: Kevin Sylvester (MP3, 36:34)

General

Tweets to the NHL and NHLPA

Yesterday morning on my way home from my “day job,” I decided to tweet to the NHL and NHLPA my thoughts on their current dispute as pertains to revenue sharing and whatnot.  I thought I’d share those tweets with you all here on Bored Hockey Fan.

Do I think these tweets will make any difference whatsoever in the outcome of this dispute? Of course not. But at least this year we fans have an outlet to tell the League and the Player’s Association what we think.