Behind the goal at the Sabres game!

I’ve never sat this close at a Sabres game before, so this was a new experience. We scored once per period. I was on the side Buffalo shot twice, so I was lucky enough to see two goals right in front of me. Here are all three.

Cody Hodgson scored our first goal.

Thomas Vanek scored our second.

Steve Ott scored our third.

Sadly, we did lose the game though 4-3. But fun experience. Photos can be found here.

Well, tonight was amazing. I attended my first ever pro sports Game 7 - the New York Rangers vs. the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Plus, it was the first playoff hockey game in 3 days, with Los Angeles, Phoenix and New Jersey having already wrapped up their respective series, so all eyes were literally on this game across North America this Saturday night.

The Rangers pulled off the win 2-1 to join the others above in the conference finals, improving to 5-0 all-time in Game 7’s at MSG, and Washington was eliminated. Above, here’s video I took of the final 39 seconds of the game. I also have video of fans celebrating the game winning goal, plus the national anthemopening faceoff, and a random standing ovation in the final minutes. And of course, photos, including me before the game!

Thoughts on the game: There were several times I was at a loss for words on what I was witnessing, it was really memorable. It was loud, energetic, the atmosphere was second-to-none. And the jumbotron reminded us all game long to be LOUD, to give the Rangers that home ice advantage they fought for in the season for a pivotal Game 7. There was also considerable pre-game festivities/videos focused on us getting loud. From the start, it was awesome; the Rangers scored a minute and a half in! It was tense much of the rest of the way, you could just sense the nerves in the arena, until the Rangers made it 2-0 with just over 9 minutes to go in the third. The Caps quickly answered, but that just set up the ending. And the end was amazing, as we stood for much of the final minutes and the energy kept building and building til the climactic final horn. Brad Richards and Michael Del Zotto scored the goals for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist played his way to a well-deserved First Star.

Tonight I went to my first ever NHL playoff game that the Buffalo Sabres were not playing in. Previously, I’ve seen the Sabres play at Philadelphia (last year 5-4 loss), and a number of games in Buffalo, including the 2-1 OT win over the Rangers after Drury tied the game with 7.7 seconds left in regulation.

There was a GREAT atmosphere at Madison Square Garden tonight and the game did not disappoint. There was a bit of everything - fights, excellent goaltending, exciting chances, 2-on-1’s, etc. The Rangers led 1-0 and 2-1 before losing 3-2 in OT (Ottawa forced overtime with 4 minutes left in the 3rd). I recorded the first goal of the game (video above). Here’s when Ottawa tied it 1-1, and here’s the game winning goal. Photos here.