First things first: Game 2 of the Sabres/Senators series is tonight at 7pm. The game is only being shown on the Center Ice package. We will be showing the game at the Blue Moon (75th and 1st) For the last couple of games the crowd has been great, and they serve Labatt Blue! If you can’t make it, I’ll post some other places on our message that I’m told have the Center Ice package. Game 1 was un-bel-iev-able (more on that later) and I STRONGLY encourage EVERYONE to watch this series, even if you only have a passing interest in hockey. Hope to see you tonight!
Here’s the remaining schedule (TV station):
Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. – Ottawa at Buffalo (Center Ice)
Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. – Ottawa at Buffalo (OLN)
Saturday, May 13 * at 7 p.m. – Buffalo at Ottawa (OLN)
Monday, May 15 * at 7 p.m. – Ottawa at Buffalo (OLN)
Wednesday, May 17 * at 7 p.m. – Buffalo at Ottawa (OLN)
* if necessary
Despite the fact that this will most likely be THE most entertaining playoffs series this year, the NHL doesn’t seem it find it important to have the games on national TV. Tonight’s game as well as Wednesday game will ONLY be on Center Ice. Thus I encourage everyone to join us at the Blue Moon. I’ve gotten word the McFadden’s has gotten their OLN connection, so after Thursday you can watch it there (please call ahead to confirm) as well as at Blue Moon.
RECAP TO DATE
On Tuesday May 2nd the Sabres knocked off Philly with a 7-1 victory in Game 6 (in Philly!!). The score tied Philly’s all-time worse home playoff loss and was Philly’s 2nd worse defeat in a deciding game (tops being the 8-0 knockout by Buffalo in 2001). After Ryan Miller’s bid for a 2nd straight shutout was ended by Philly’s only goal, the Sabres responded immediately with a goal 49 seconds later.
Game 1 of the Sabres/Sens series was Friday night. As I mentioned above, it was THE most exciting game I have ever seen. Buffalo scored 35 seconds into the game, meaning they have scored first in EVERY game so far. After that, well, you name it – it happened. The Senators went on top 5 times, and the Sabres tied them FIVE TIMES. Including this sequence in the final 2 minutes – Sabres are shorthanded, down 5-4. Tim Connelly and Derek Roy convert a 2 on 1 to tie the game. Ottawa, still on the power play, scores 24 seconds later to go up 6-5. Buffalo pulls the goalie and Connelly scores his 2nd of the game with 11 seconds left. Then in OT, Chris Drury buries a shot 18 seconds in for the 7-6 win! All of this, mind you, happened in Ottawa’s arena. This is a never-say-die team that keeps making the impossible happen. They’ve scored 14 goals in their last 2 games. Amazing.
OK, hopefully I didn’t just jinx our chances tonight. The game should be tough and hard fought, but if the boy can pull it out, they’ll be up 2-0 with the next two games at home! Remember – tonight and Wed’s games can only be seen on Center Ice at the Blue Moon.
“Ooo, ahh, Sabres on the Warpath…”