By Mike Harrington
The Sabres are off today and currently en route to Phoenix for Thursday night's game against the Coyotes. By the way, the boys from the Valley of the Sun have just announced they will be called the "Arizona Coyotes" starting with the 2014-15 season.
Tuesday night's 5-4 overtime loss to Washington was one of the more entertaining Sabres games of the year and left plenty of follow-up thoughts in my mind as I watched parts of the tape today on my DVR.
---Surprised to hear no NHL discipline hearing for Sabres defenseman Mike Weber, especially for the very cheap shot in the final minute against Washington's Nicklas Backstrom. I may have jumped the gun in today's story saying it was a hit to the head. It appears Weber doesn't hit the head just by happenstance, so he may go unpunished. Still, a pretty stupid play overall. Caps coach Adam Oates certainly thought it was a penalty. Take a look for yourself:
---How cool is it to watch a kid on any team score his first NHL goal? It always is. As Amy Moritz writes, we saw that last night with Phil Varone, who has certainly not looked out of place since he came up from Rochester.
---How cool is it to watch a superstar in action? Alex Ovechkin was a flat-out stud with two goals in the first five minutes and one of his two assists coming on the game-winner. Bucky Gleason's post-game column on the Great Eight includes plenty of thoughts on the Olympics too. I watched Sidney Crosby and Ovi live on back-to-back nights. Sometimes the gig has its privileges.