Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Put a Fork in 'Em!

1) The Sabres are DONE! Make no mistake, there will be no heroic amazing comeback for this team. The reason? The Sabres are not only a team on the brink of getting swept out of the playoffs, they are a psychologically beaten team. They simply are at a loss (literally) of how to play the Sens. In truth we should have seen this coming. The Sabres haven't played a good 60 minute playoff game all spring. What would make some believe that they could suddenly do what they haven't been able to do in their first 14 playoff games? It aint!
2) There are NO easy excuses that the Sabres can use this time around. They are as healthy as a team can be this time of year. They have received great goaltending all playoff long from Miller, yet they will NOT play for the Cup. Why? Special teams! The Sabres PP hasn't been a strength all season, but in the post season it has vanished. You can NOT expect to win in the playoffs with a PP that goes O for 17! That's an A-Rod post season stat, not a Cup winning stat!
3) The only drama left is there any pride in the Sabres to avoid a sweep? We can't see them winning tomorrow. They are a beaten team in every conceivable fashion. We predict tomorrow will be the most lopsided game of the series, with the Sens scoring early and often to the point where it could get ugly. Here's hoping the other series continues to give us more competition!
Again; Why is Lindy Ruff a Coach of the year finalist???

10 comments:

James said...

"Again; Why is Lindy Ruff a Coach of the year finalist???"

Because it's a regular season award and the Sabres had the best record in the league?

FAUXRUMORS said...

1) The Sabres were supposed to be good. They were a Cup favourite among most forcasters.
2) Traditionaly the Coach of the Year is a coach who's team 'over achieved'. The Sabres only improved modestly from last year, and very few would say they 'over achieved this regular season.
3) Just a question, Do you recall the last time the coach of the team with the best record won the Adams award?

Antzmarching said...

He shouldn't have been nominated as a top 3 finalist because NO ONE was surprised at Buffalo's regular season performace... They were a FINAL FOUR team last season... Randy Carlisle did a better job this year, as did Ted Nolan - remember, the Islanders were considered a pre-season joke... And, YASHIN is their leader... Nolan overcame this incompetent captain, buffoon of an owner, and near debacle of the GM hiring...

I honestly believe that Claude Julien could have garnered some votes as well... NY's top point getter had 62? points...

Antzmarching said...

Faux said: "Just a question, Do you recall the last time the coach of the team with the best record won the Adams award?"


Was it Scotty Bowman?

Antzmarching said...

The "SCARY CLOWNS" have made yet another appearance in this year's playoffs... Way to go, Sens... Let's get rid of this arrogant, "we're so good we only have to play 8 minutes a game" team from Buffalo once and for all...

Dear Lord Stanley said...

I don't think there is any question that among the finalists for the Adams, Therrien of Pittsburgh should get it. Sure, he has loads of talent on the team, but they're super-young and they completely reversed their regular season record. From winning just over 20 games to winning over 40. That's a big difference, even if you do have Sidney Crosby.

FAUXRUMORS said...

1) Yes, good answer Antz, the last coach to win the Adams AND have his team win the president's trophy was Scotty Bowman in 1995-1996 for Detroit.
2) He actually did it twice. The first time with the Habs in 1976-1977. So it can happen but is VERY uncommon

Sauce said...

If the criteria for the Adams award is the coach who guided his team to the greatest positive variance from expectations, Ted Nolan wins running away. The fact that he wasn't even nominated is embarrassing.

On the Sabres-Sens series... In retrospect, this series was decided in the first 5 minutes of game 1. Buffalo dominated those minutes - but revealed a major weakness that the Sens thereafter exploited. Buffalo's offensive zone strength comes primarily from an aggressive pinch at the blue line by its backliners. When Fisher danced around Lydman for the shorthanded goal on the first Sabre PP, it not only deflated Buff's momentum, but it put doubt in that strategy. The Sabres have had trouble sustaining any consistent offensive zone pressure since.

Joseph said...

Conclusion: The Sabres are too small and have no guts. Any team with Danny Briere as a captain is doomed from the start.

Antzmarching said...

Joe, Briere isn't always the captain... Sometimes, they allow their "real" leader to have it (Drury)... They should put Peters into the lineup tonight and give him the "C"

 
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