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GDT: Buffalo at Washington (3/27/2012, 7:00 pm)

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#1 Doohickie

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:27 PM

We all know the stakes here: Winner gets an inside track to the 8th playoff spot in the East.

Message to the Sabres: JUST WIN, BABY!

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:45 PM

This game is the season. Understatement of the year. Epic. Erase all the disappointments from earlier in the season and like the man said, just win baby ! GO SABRES !

Edited by bunomatic, 26 March 2012 - 11:46 PM.


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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:53 PM

I fully expect a shutout loss. Typical sabres always fall short.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:56 PM

This is their biggest test since game 7 vs. Philly. I think this game can fairly be seen as a crossroads -- if they lose, they're probably out of the playoffs, and a significant revamp in the offseason becomes much more likely. If they win, the playoffs are more likely than not to occur, which gives them a shot at winning a round, and that will affect the way they approach the offseason.

Have they turned a corner? Are we going to see a focused, determined effort that includes sharp goaltending, tenacious D AND timely scoring? Or will it be same-old, same-old?

That's why they play the games, innit?

Go Sabres.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:17 AM

Hey Washington:



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Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:32 AM

This is their biggest test since game 7 vs. Philly. I think this game can fairly be seen as a crossroads -- if they lose, they're probably out of the playoffs, and a significant revamp in the offseason becomes much more likely. If they win, the playoffs are more likely than not to occur, which gives them a shot at winning a round, and that will affect the way they approach the offseason.

Have they turned a corner? Are we going to see a focused, determined effort that includes sharp goaltending, tenacious D AND timely scoring? Or will it be same-old, same-old?

That's why they play the games, innit?

Go Sabres.




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Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:32 AM

Have they turned a corner? Are we going to see a focused, determined effort that includes sharp goaltending, tenacious D AND timely scoring? Or will it be same-old, same-old?


You said it.

Hoping the best, fully expecting the worst.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:19 AM

Sacrificing a chicken to the goddess Athena as we speak. :worthy:

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:43 AM

Game 7.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:51 AM

Game 7.


Backs against the wall. No way out but through. I don't care if it takes ending Caps players seasons. I want this win more than I want Drew Stafford off this team.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:16 AM

Two words: MUST WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Gerbe and Kaleta might be back tonight. Prediction? Someone will pat Gerbe and he will score the GW. Don't pat the Gerbe.

Edited by Oakstream, 27 March 2012 - 02:43 AM.


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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:36 AM

OV, Semin and Chimera are all playing well. It'll be interesting to see our line matchups against them...

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:51 AM

Based on our remaining schedule, I hereby agree with labeling this game as a "must win." Despite how well the team has played as of late, I'm not sure if they can be counted on to win the majority of six games vs Washington, Pittsburgh, Toronto x2, Philadelphia, and Boston. That is downright brutal.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:56 AM

Based on our remaining schedule, I hereby agree with labeling this game as a "must win." Despite how well the team has played as of late, I'm not sure if they can be counted on to win the majority of six games vs Washington, Pittsburgh, Toronto x2, Philadelphia, and Boston. That is downright brutal.


Not saying I'm believing this, but I offer it for food for thought. During the Ottawa - Winnipeg game last night, the Ottawa broadcast team offered that the Sabres may not lose another regular season game. Yeah their nervous in Ottawa...

#15 Kristian

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:58 AM

Based on our remaining schedule, I hereby agree with labeling this game as a "must win." Despite how well the team has played as of late, I'm not sure if they can be counted on to win the majority of six games vs Washington, Pittsburgh, Toronto x2, Philadelphia, and Boston. That is downright brutal.


Hopefully, Pitts, Philly and Boston will have clinched by then, that changes everything.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:05 AM

Hopefully, Pitts, Philly and Boston will have clinched by then, that changes everything.


Eh, it could change a little bit I suppose. I don't think teams are going to rest their entire lineup. All of those teams are deep enough that even if you rest one or two star players, they're dangerous. Pittsburgh, for one, will definitely be tough, because regardless of playoff positioning, they're going to want to keep getting Crosby acclimated and ready for playoffs.

Philly and Boston may be different stories, but as I said, still very deep and dangerous teams.

Anyway, here is my blog post about tonight's game if anybody is interested: http://www.thesportsbuff.com/?p=1273

#17 bills_fan_in_raleigh

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:05 AM

If they ever needed a big win and lots of scoring by forwards tonight the night

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:13 AM

This will get you in mood.



I will be touching down in Germany when the game starts. Thank God for the GR App.

Say a prayer to the baby Jesus and put Oven Chicken into the boards!

Give em' Hell Boys!

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:03 AM

Ovechkin will be only one of the many Capitals that we conquer tonight!

Their playoff hopes and dreams will be annexed!

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:21 AM

Annexed? I've never hoped for annexation as the result of a hockey game before.


BTW... my first GDT. If the Sabres lose, there won't be a second.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:24 AM

Get 2 points.

#22 FolignosJock

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:29 AM

So excited for this game, this will be my first away sabres game that I will be attending!!!!

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:39 AM

I know it's not a realistic comparison, but I'm feeling as if this game is as big as when the Sabres played the Rangers in Game 5 in round 2 of the 06/07 playoffs. Many felt who ever won that game was an almost guarantee winner of the series. I also like to compare this game to when Team USA played Team Vancouver to play in the gold medal game in the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

What gives me a huge amount of confidence in Ryan Miller are 2 major things. His recent level of play and the fact he did not roll over to the Rangers, Finland, and arguably the biggest one of all Team Canada. Miller stood on his head in pool play and in the gold medal game. He was THE reason Team USA did so well.

I feel the pressure is on the skaters, not Ryan Miller.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:45 AM

as someone who has suffered with my brothers and sisters for many many years, nothing is worse than living here. every year i listen and read about the caps winning the stanley cup. i am so over ovie and his rock star life. all i want tonight is a good old fashioned asswhupping. rocking my #42 jersey in section 105, behind miller for 2 periods. no red lights in front of me, just win baby.

#25 FolignosJock

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:58 AM

as someone who has suffered with my brothers and sisters for many many years, nothing is worse than living here. every year i listen and read about the caps winning the stanley cup. i am so over ovie and his rock star life. all i want tonight is a good old fashioned asswhupping. rocking my #42 jersey in section 105, behind miller for 2 periods. no red lights in front of me, just win baby.


i think im in 107

#26 26CornerBlitz

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:00 AM

This is it!!! Can't wait to see what this team is made of!!!....Need to make up for the total no show in game seven of last year's 1st round playoffs.

No disappearing acts from Van, Staff, Roy, and Poms are allowed tonight!!! The so called CORE better show up in a big way!!!

Go Sabres!!!

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:08 AM

...Time to nut up, or shut up

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:16 AM

My opinion is that this is THE defining game for the Regier/Ruff/Miller/Pominville/Roy/Vanek/Stafford regime. Lose this one and the season's playoff dreams are basically over. That would make it FIVE straight seasons since 06-07 where these guys were unable to advance past the first round of the playoffs. At that point, pressure on Pegula to blow it all up will be intense.

Just to quantify the importance of this game: http://www.sportsclu...st/Buffalo.html

Check out the playoff probability swing....47%!

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:20 AM

This is it. Massive game. As has been discussed we've got a tough 5 game stretch to end the season (although the leafs are terrible so we'll see). Gonna be a tough, nervous game. Isn't that what we live for though?

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:34 AM

Can't Think, Hockey Game too Important. Feel bad for employer.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:46 AM

Very anxious for 7 p.m. to hurry up and arrive. Let's go, blue and gold!

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:52 AM

Can't Think, Hockey Game too Important. Feel bad for employer.


I second this. I have a performance review in 10 minutes. After that, I just have some follow ups to deal with the rest of the day. I just want it to be 7 now! I have zero motivation beyond 945AM (end of review).

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:52 AM

So pumped. Im leaving work here in Baltimore around 1 to do some raping and pilaging before the game.

If anyone is going out before, a healthy contingent of Sabres fans will be at Fado, an Irish pub near the arena. I cant wait to get loud.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:57 AM

Win.

So pumped. Im leaving work here in Baltimore around 1 to do some raping and pilaging before the game.

If anyone is going out before, a healthy contingent of Sabres fans will be at Fado, an Irish pub near the arena. I cant wait to get loud.


Don't forget baby eating. Your raping and pillaging efforts will be for naught without indulging in some baby eating.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:00 AM

Win.



Don't forget baby eating. Your raping and pillaging efforts will be for naught without indulging in some baby eating.


ahh right, baby eating. And to think, I was going to skip lunch.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:03 AM

They will win
Tropp should stay in, not Gerbe and Kaleta will play
Goaltending and defense will win this for Buff
This team HAS to make the playoffs in order to see a proper evaluation of what to do in the Summer. WHEN they make it, I want Pitt as there will be no better measuring stick to determine how far they are from contending...

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:12 AM

Ruff strongly hinted on GR this morning that Kaleta will go, Gerbe won't. As it should be.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:12 AM

Eh, it could change a little bit I suppose. I don't think teams are going to rest their entire lineup. All of those teams are deep enough that even if you rest one or two star players, they're dangerous. Pittsburgh, for one, will definitely be tough, because regardless of playoff positioning, they're going to want to keep getting Crosby acclimated and ready for playoffs.

Philly and Boston may be different stories, but as I said, still very deep and dangerous teams.

Anyway, here is my blog post about tonight's game if anybody is interested: http://www.thesportsbuff.com/?p=1273


It's not about resting anyone, it's about not wanting people hurt, or bruised when it isn't really necessary.

It's about not reaching that extra inch for a puck, because it puts you in a place you don't want to be. That kind of stuff.

Might mean nothing, but it could also mean the difference between dominating someone or being run over by a hungrier team, yourself.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:17 AM

So excited for this game, this will be my first away sabres game that I will be attending!!!!


My first away Sabres game was at the Verizon center near the end of the 2005-2006 season. We had a week-long class trip to visit the Smithsonian for my Museum Class and It just so happened to be when the Sabres were playing. My whole class got tickets for $5 each. It was awesome. They won too!

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:38 AM

Don't forget baby eating. Your raping and pillaging efforts will be for naught without indulging in some baby eating.

How else would you have the energy to continue raping and pilaging? A proper diet of Baby eating is a must......