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One of the things I was able to do while on vacation was watch a good portion of the Sabres-Hurricanes games that were on while I was there. I was psyched when Buffalo forced a Game 7, and disappointed when they were defeated on Thursday. The defensive injuries finally reached a head; the Hurricanes were in the Sabres’ zone for a good portion of the night and it showed. I think this year’s Sabres were a class act and I can’t wait to see them in 2006-2007.

As for this year’s series: GO OILERS!

WOW! Jason Pominville just scored on a HUGE reach-around shot to elevate the Sabres to the Eastern Conference Finals. Cool!

Looking at the semifinals schedule I couldn’t help but notice that the Sabres/Senators series is the only one that features a pair of games on successive nights. Looking at the HSBC Arena events, it’s apparent that someone didn’t anticipate the Sabres’ (and Bandits‘) success.

To be fair, there’s quite a bit going on at Scotiabank Place as well. Ooh, INXS and Our Lady Peace shows! 😉

OK, now Marc (you know who you are) and I will have some jawing to do about this series… he’s an Ottawan.

Update: I just found out that I do have OLN. Cool. Watching game one…

OK, so the Sabres didn’t close out their opening-round playoff series in five games like I predicted; they took it in six. One of the things I’m noticing about this team now that I’m getting a chance to really watch them (I saw games 5 and 6): they are fast and have great puck handling. Can’t wait to see who they’ll face next.

I was a bit disappointed when I found I wouldn’t be able to see the Sabres/Flyers series on TV, except for possibly Game 5 on NBC. They took Game 1 in the second overtime period, but they are up 5-0 after one period tonight. The NHL is streaming the radio feeds from their site, so at least I have a way to follow live.

Philly will probably take one of their home games, but I think the Sabres will take it within five games. It’s a good year to be a Sabres fan!

Thanks to some vendors, my family and I are going to enjoy the Hershey Bears game tonight; they’re playing the Portland Pirates. This’ll be my first live hockey game in years.

It looks like the Dominator will be the Senators’ lead goalie next season. I think he’s great, but after my experience with him in our fantasy league last season (when I picked him in the first round) I don’t know that he’ll be an ’04 Thunderbolt.

My first “real” fantasy hockey season really did a great job of helping me learn the league and appreciate the games I saw more than before. I just hope that next season isn’t shortened or wiped out by a strike.

I’m thinking that regardless of who wins tonight, Miikka Kiprusoff has a good chance of winning the Conn Smythe this year. Hopefully it would be after a Calgary win, unlike the situation Jean-Sebastian Giguere was in last year.

Go Flames!

(But what do I know? I’m still a relative newbie when it comes to the NHL.)

It’s odd that I remember anything about my dreams, but I figured I’d share my cloudy memory of this one since we’re in the middle of the Stanley Cup Finals.

For some reason, I imagined that free agency had run so rampant in the NHL that a team in the finals was able to sign Martin Brodeur for the duration of their run. When he showed up for duty, he had a grizzly beard, sort of like McCoy did when he arrived in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Weird.

Yep, that’s it. Go Calgary!

I’m glad to see that the sixth-seeded Calgary Flames beat the Sharks last night and will be the first Canadian team to play for the Cup since ’94. I haven’t seen a ton of their games, but I think they would have a better chance of winning against the Flyers than the Lightning.