The start of this game was anything but auspicious. Boston came out determined to play physical, a fact that was most evident when Vladimir Sobotka freight-trained Tyler Myers of all people. Craig "Cement Skates" Rivet, who with his poor season is making a strong case to not only be stripped of the captaincy but to also be run out of town with torches and pitchforks, followed up by standing still at the blue line and hooking Marco Sturm as he skated by, resulting in a penalty shot that was thwarted. Finally, Andrej Sekera capped a miserable opening 7:43 by allowing David Krejci to get behind him, and Krejci danced around Miller for a 1-0 lead.
Two minutes later, game-changer Dennis Wideman demonstrated that he must be a big fan of The Who, because he became a pinball wizard.
First, Wideman appeared to deflect a Tyler Myers wrister past Tim Thomas as it traveled between his arm and his body, and at the very least caused Thomas to not see the puck. Game tied at 1. A minute and a half later, Thomas gave up a fat rebound that Charles Barkley would have been proud of, and Gaustad launched a weak backhand that Wideman allowed to bounce off his skate past Thomas. Not content to simply let pucks deflect in off him, Wideman then decided to allow a Derek Roy cross-ice pass to
These Sabres certainly are making a habit of getting opposing goaltenders pulled lately, huh?
The rest of the game was the Ryan Miller Show that we're all used to. Miller stopped 40 Bruin shots in his usual ho-hum fashion, and by that of course I mean he stood on his head. Apparently Miller got bored with this routine and decided I needed to watch the final 6-plus minutes with my sphincter firmly clenched by giving up a wacky goal to Dennis Seidenberg that first deflected ten miles up into the air.
Despite missing Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly, Patrick Kaleta, and 9,000 other forwards (oh, just some guy named Raffi Torres? Never heard of him), the Sabres didn't miss a beat. In fact, the energy from Portland call-ups Tyler Ennis, Nathan Gerbe, and Mark Mancari was evident throughout the evening - I mean, there was actual bonafide end-to-end action at several points in this game. Yes, in a game involving the Bruins! I know, I can hardly believe it myself.
Next up are the boring as hell Florida Panthers. I'm excited only because this is the first game I'm going to in two weeks. Getting the first goal tonight is crucial, because if Florida gets it I'll have wished I brought a pillow. My wife usually takes our daughter for a diaper change and a visit to Sabretooth's House during the second period; tonight, I may fight her for the honor of doing that.