November 12, 2011

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Sabres

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BUF – 1
BOS – 3

SHOTS
BUF – 16
BOS – 22

Thanks to a trio of second-period tallies the Bruins will head to the third leading Buffalo 3-1.

Rich Peverley stick-handled through defenders and beat Miller at the 7:40 mark of the middle frame to knot things up.

Brad Marchand executed a 2-on-1 to perfection, waiting for Tyler Seguin to get to just the right spot to Miller’s left before feeding him the puck for an easy tap-in that put Boston ahead 2-1.

In their suddenly typical fashion, the Bruins struck again quickly. Nathan Horton ripped his fifth goal of the year past Miller just 16 seconds after the B’s went ahead, giving the Black and Gold a 3-1 lead.

Sabres pest Patrick Kaleta made a dangerous hit on Adam McQuaid in the corner on the shift after Horton’s strike. McQuaid was okay and responded by giving No. 36 in white a few good shoves and jabs. Both went to the box.

With 1:59 remaining, McQuaid was guilty of a blatant hooking infraction to prevent the Sabres from an odd-man rush. Boston will have one tick left to kill when the third commences.

Jordan Caron is bringing up the rear in terms of TOI for the Bruins. He’s currently clocking in at 4:45, just a hair ahead of Zach Hamill’s 4:56.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BUF – 1
BOS – 0

SHOTS
BUF – 7
BOS – 12

Twenty minutes are in the books here at TD Garden where the Bruins trail the Sabres by a score of 1-0.

Thomas Vanek got Buffalo on the board 5:38 into the contest. The Sabres winger’s initial shot was stopped by Tim Thomas, but Vanek gathered the rebound and banked it off the B’s netminder from behind the goal line.

Pretty wild sequence at the 13:12 mark. Milan Lucic pushed the puck a pinch too far ahead of himself on a potential breakaway and Ryan Miller came way out to send the puck out of harm’s way. Lucic got there at the same time and delivered a crushing blow the Sabres goalie.

Miller swatted at Lucic, attempting to chop him in the legs, then promptly laid flat on the ice like a corpse. No. 17 was given two minutes for charging.

Boston was on their way to killing off the Sabres power play until Chris Kelly (wearing the ‘A’ at home in Ference’s place) drew a tripping call on Drew Stafford.

The B’s did a great job of limiting Buffalo’s chances after the Vanek goal but couldn’t capitalize on the man advantage or any of the quality chances they had during the remainder of the opening frame.

The B’s will open the second with 1:09 of PP time as Ville Leino was guilty of hooking.

PREGAME NOTES

Here are tonight’s pregame notes (courtesy of the Boston Bruins):

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Thomas (5-4-0, 2.00 GAA, .931 Save %) vs. Miller
(5-5-0, 2.74 GAA, .913 Save %). Thomas is 8-9-4 with a 3.16 GAA and .898
Save % in 23 career games against Buffalo. Miller is 20-5-7 with a 2.62
GAA and .913 Save % in 32 career games against Boston.

SELLOUT STREAK: The Bruins enter today’s game having sold out their
last 94 consecutive games at the TD Garden, including regular season and
playoffs.

HOMESTAND ROLLS ON: The Bruins continue their season-long, five-game
homestand tonight. They are 2-0-0 thus far.

PUCK DROP NOTE: In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Bruins will be holding
a special ceremonial puck drop tonight. The Bruins Communications Staff
will distribute information about the puck drop and a transcript of the
participants shortly after the ceremony concludes.

STREAKING: Boston has won four straight games and has outscored their
opponents 24-8 in those four contests… Milan Lucic (5-2=7) has a
five-game goal/point streak. It is the longest active goal streak in the
NHL and the second longest on the season, trailing only Nashville’s
Patric Hornqvist (6 straight games)… Tyler Seguin has a three-game goal
streak and five-game point streak (6-2=8) while Brad Marchand has a
four-game point streak with 2-3=5 totals… For Buffalo, Derek Roy has a
four-game point streak (4-4=8).

POSITIVE THINKING: Boston and Buffalo are tied with Pittsburgh for the
second-best goal differential in the NHL at plus-13 (Washington leads
with plus-14). Tyler Seguin is tied for the league lead in plus/minus,
with a rating of plus-11.