Knee-Jerk Reaction: Game 6

Peter Laviolette is a witch. Ryan Miller is failing with a B average. Danny Briere might just be worth $5 million, Tom Golisano. All this and more…

  • Look, I’m not one to point fingers or make totally irrational claims. But Peter Laviolette is a witch. And I don’t mean a “one with nature” version of that term…I don’t mean a Wiccan. I mean that the way that the Puritans of Olde meant it, in that he is in league with Lucifer. It’s gotten to the point where every time he pulls a goalie, the game completely shifts. It doesn’t matter what goalie he changes. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT GOALIE HE CHANGES TO!

    The only reason Laviolette starts somebody in goal is because he knows that when he pulls them he will get all the momentum. One theory that was supposed is that the only reason Peter Laviolette even has a goalie, why he doesn’t just play with an empty net and 6 attackers, is because everybody would catch on and burn him at the stake.
    We’ve missed our chance to slay him on holy ground (St. Paul’s Cathedral is like right there!). IT WAS EASTER! Out of 18,000 people, you’d think someone would’ve been wearing a cross!
  • What did I say on the last Knee-Jerk thingy? Stop leaving that Danny Briere guy alone. I swear to God his goal celebration should be twirling that Snidley Whiplash mustache of his. Also I want to go back to 2006-2007 and just start hitting every member of management that did not spend all year literally throwing money at the guy. No, I don’t like his style I don’t care because he’s that freaking good.

    "Hey Ryan, remember last game when this happened and I didn't score? BOOM!" (from via Getty Images)

  • Ryan Miller played extremely well. He faced 49 shots and stopped 44 of them. He honestly did bring his B, maybe B+, game tonight. The Sabres needed his A game and he left it in his other pair of pads, and for that reason you could blame him for maybe 1 or 2 of those goals. In a 1 goal game, that’s a failure.
  • Chris Butler looked like a call-up from Portland. He played just about every minute like he was terrified, and he pretty much caused 2 goals.
  • Going into the playoffs I was worried about the upcoming free agents. Well, I feel like we can scratch Steve Montador off the “worry” list. If they can’t re-sign him for what they’re paying him now (or less) they ought to let him walk. He’s one giant skating giveaway.
  • I’m okay with the Mike Richards hit. I don’t think there should be any action by the league and I was really let down that Lindy said anything about it. He deserved 2 minutes, he got it, and the captain of the Flyers put his team down 2 men. It would’ve been awesome if the 5-on-3 could’ve capitalized but instead we all had to wait until it was over for Gerbe to punch home his goal. It sucks to lose Connolly (by the way, we now have 3 injured starting centers) but the hit wasn’t worth any more than 2 minutes.
  • Apparently Derek Roy might be ready to skate for Game 7? I never thought I’d say this, but thank God. If he’s close to 100% this is one Hell of a shot in the arm for this team’s offense, going into a game where they are going to be in dire need of it.
  • On that note, Chris Pronger’s comeback was a stupid gamble by Laviolette. They should’ve rolled with 6 defenders, and I feel like they got lucky Buffalo didn’t capitalize on their chances. Pronger did nothing for them, only played on the power play, and was pretty much a guarantee never to shoot. That didn’t stop near-constant NBC coverage of his pretty face.
  • Matt Ellis is a good grinder. Why the Hell did Lindy Ruff call him up from Portland when Buffalo needed A.) a center and B.) offense? I know that Paul Byron and Luke Adam aren’t necessarily the guys you want to plug in to Game 6, since they’re so young, but whatever. They would’ve added much more to this game than Ellis’ intangible grit.
  • Brad Boyes is infuriating right now. It’s not that he doesn’t hit…it’s that he never hits. There were 3 or 4 good opportunities for him to paste a Flyer into the boards and he gingerly turned away. Look Brad, I know you’re from St. Louis and so you’re not used to these “playoff” things, but you are allowed to throw a shoulder into somebody’s chest.
  • What else do you guys want from Vanek? He’s had 5 goals, including 2 games with 2 goals. WAIT! I know! How about we win one of those two games and this series is over? Crap.
  • The Sabres are 2-1 in Philly. So, you know, they’ve got that going for them. Gotta hang your hat on something right now, right?
  • Not So Fun Fact: The Buffalo Sabres have never won a Game 7.
    Correction: The Buffalo Sabres have won one Game 7. It was against Ottawa in 1997. Go do it again.

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