Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sabres Take Game One

When you decide to start rooting for a team that is 700 miles away, you realize that you are not going to be able to watch too many of their games. That's why you root for the team to make the playoffs, so that you can finally get to watch them on the national stage. That's not the case in hockey though apparently, at least not in the first round. Well, maybe if your team has Sidney Crosby or Alexander Oveckhin, but definitely not if you're the Buffalo Sabres.

Still, when I decided to pick a hockey team and follow them, the goal was to give myself an avenue to get into the NHL Playoffs. Mission accomplished, as I'm watching the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks right now, definitely a game I would have had zero interest in at this time last year. So while I was unable to watch the Sabres in their opening round game, I'm still watching hockey, and that's good enough for me.

Actually it's not, but whatever. The Sabres will be on television their next three games, and they have a pretty good shot and making it deep in the playoffs so I'm sure I'll be able to check them out plenty of times along the way. That will be the case if they keep winning, which they did on Thursday by a score of 2-1 over the Boston Bruins. Thomas Vanek and Craig Rivet were the goal scorers in this one, and national hockey hero Ryan Miller stoned 38 shots in the net.

If you'd like to get all up on the bandwagon with me, feel free to do so. The Sabres will be on national television this weekend for game two of the series, which is Saturday at noon on NBC. Unfortunately, I'll actually be at work at the time, so let me know how it goes, will you?

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