April 7, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Sabres

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BUF - 1
BOS - 1

SHOTS
BUF - 17
BOS - 23

After a scoreless first, Boston and Buffalo each notched a goal in the second and will head to the third tied 1-1.

Tyler Seguin got the B's on the board 3:15 into the middle frame. He buried his team-leading 28th of the season on a great feed from Patrice Bergeron.

With a little more than four minutes to go, Milan Lucic fanned on a pass/shot near the Sabres blueline and Buffalo rushed the puck up the other way.

Brayden McNabb sent a shot through traffic and Brad Boyes ended up whacking it past Tim Thomas to make it 1-1. For Boyes, a former Bruin, it was just his seventh goal of the season.

The Bruins had a number of shorthanded chances at the end of the frame, with Rich Peverley breaking in alone and getting denied on the backhand, and Dan Paille picking the puck off at the blue line before being thwarted.

The Sabres will begin the third with 1:16 of power-play time to work with. Zdeno Chara will return to the box after tripping Patrick Kaleta at the 19:16 mark of the second.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BUF - 0
BOS - 0

SHOTS
BUF - 12
BOS - 12

After twenty minutes of play, the Bruins and Sabres are scoreless at TD Garden.

Boston had two power-play opportunities to work with in the opening frame, as Mike Weber went off for high-sticking at 14:02 and Drew Stafford was guilty of tripping up Tyler Seguin at 17:48.

Both man advantages for unsuccessful, but Boston's best scoring chances came during 5-on-4 play. Brad Marchand was buzzing on the power play and had a few quality backhand bids on Jhonas Enroth.

Tim Thomas looked sharp after some extended time off, stopping everything the Sabres threw his way.

The highlight of the frame came at 12:38 when Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Robyn Regehr. No. 22 undoubtedly earned the victory thanks to a few devastating rights at the end of the short fight.

With the bout, Thornton tied Rangers winger Brandon Prust for the league lead in fighting majors.