First of all, last night’s game was awesome. There were some tense moments when I thought, “Maybe these Sabres just aren’t good enough,” but Vanek’s OT winner was incredible. I hope we haven’t seen the end of the Enroth experiment, he didn’t deserve to be pulled but Miller really looked strong. Bring on the playoffs!
Of course with the playoffs comes playoff beards. I’m a huge fan of growing a playoff beard; any excuse to skip shaving! Unfortunately this year I have a dilemma. I grew a beard this winter to keep my face warm. It had nothing to do with hockey; at the time the Sabres were in 12th place, I had no hope of them making the playoffs, and the plan was to shave the beard off when the weather warmed up.
Since then the Sabres have gone on a magical run, compiling the best record in the East since Jan 1st (according to the jumbotron last night) on their way to clinching a playoff spot. A lot of the credit probably goes to Terry Pegula, but I can’t help but feel that my beard has played a small part in their turn around. I don’t want to shave it off now, but I know it’s cheating to start the playoffs with a full beard. Not to mention it’s going to get out of control really fast if I stop grooming it.
So what to do? Right now I’m leaning towards trimming it short at the start of the playoffs and letting it go, but I’m open to suggestions! Post your comments.