I was at the Sabres/Leafs game on Saturday night with my son, saw a bunch of fights, goals, and an epic shootout. And that was the LESS interesting game. Sunday’s game in Toronto saw Tropp possibly concussed, John Scott and Phil Kessel sort of fight (I guess), Miller and Bernier fight, slashing, spearing, bench-leavin’ and pretty much everything else you can think of.
I’m not going to place blame or throw stones at any particular team, coach or player – there really isn’t anybody who comes out looking good in that mess. It may have been entertaining to watch when it happened, but it doesn’t leave a good taste in your mouth once there’s some distance on it. Let’s just shake our heads and move on.
On the actual hockey side of things, I really liked what I saw from Zemgus Girgensons Saturday. I thought he played hard and wasn’t afraid to hit. He could be a fan-favorite here if he sticks. Cody Hodgson was solid, too. Jhonas Enroth was great, that shootout was crazy. By round 15 I probably would’ve been ready just to skate off. I’m ready to see what these young guys can do.
Aside from the game, I have a few comments on the upgrades to the First Niagara Center.
- The new food options are nice. Even the existing stuff, like the hot dogs and hamburgers were much improved.
- However, if you get popcorn, and they ask if you want butter, SAY NO. I was expecting the machine at the movie theater that drizzles a little bit on. NOPE, IT’S A LADLE. The solid lump in my stomach was not fun.
- The game presentation was better. There was genuine laughter at the Celebrity look-alikes thing with Foligno/Fabio.
- I wonder if that changes when all the sponsored stuff is back in. Recycle bins!
Looking forward to real hockey. Getting excited!