BRUINS 21-8-4 (46 pts) vs SABRES 13-16-6 (32 pts)
10:15 pm - Postgame Snapshots: FINAL BOS 2, BUF 0
B's Take Two Points: With tonight's victory, the Bruins take two points in Buffalo and Anton Khudobin earns his first shutout this season (second if his career) after stopping all 26 shots on net. The Bruins will head back to Boston to take on the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday at TD with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
Horton Puts B's Up 2-0: Just 2:50 after the Krejci goal, Lucic initiated the sequence that led to the Horton goal, taking the puck through neutral ice into the Buffalo zone, with David Krejci trailing the play. Lucic then passed the puck behind him to Krejci who then threw the puck to Horton posted up in front of the Sabres' net, who redirected past Ryan Miller to put the B's up 2-0 for his 11th goal this season. Krejci and Lucic earned their 20th and 15th assist, respecivley, on the Horton goal which provided the B's breathing room to finish off the Sabres in regulation.
Krejci Scores: After nearly 53 minutes of scoreless hockey, forward David Krejci set himself up in the dirty area in front of the Buffalo net and was able to whack in a Nathan Horton rebound for his eighth goal of the year. Earning his first NHL point this season was Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski on the play who was credited with the secondary assists on the play. Horton's assist on the play was his ninth this year.
Bergeron Line Chance: Tyler Seguin set up one of the better scoring chances for the Bruins in the third period digging out a puck out deep in the Sabres zone. Seguin then threaded a pass to Bergeron in the seam, who ripped a one timer on net, but Buffalo's Ryan Miller was able to absorb the shot to negate the Bruins best scoring opportunity of the final frame in regulation.
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Next Game: The Bruins will travel back to Boston to take on the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden on Tuesday, April 2 with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
9:12 pm - 2nd Intermission Snapshots: BOS 0, BUF 0
Horton Point-Blank: The Bruins' best chance of the second actually came with under 2:00 left in the period, when David Krejci deployed a strong forecheck and quickly picked up the loose puck and centered a feed for Nathan Horton point-blank in front of Miller. But to no avail, as the Sabres netminder kept the puck out.
B's Shorthanded Again: For the fourth time in the game, the Bruins found themselves shorthanded with Horton going back to the box for slashing at 14:05 into the second period. The Bruins, however, had a two-on-one shorthanded scoring opportunity with Bergeron and Marchand nearly converting on an odd-man rush about halfway through the penalty kill, and Bergeron nearly burying the follow-up turnaround attempt. The Bruins remained poised and didn't allow a shot on goal during the PK after allowing four shots in the previous shorthanded situation.
PK #3: 27 seconds after Boston's too many men on the ice penalty expired (see below), Nathan Horton was called for hooking and the B's went right back to work on the PK. Khudobin was the best B's penalty killer in the shorthanded situation, making four different athletic stops, including two on the doorstep, to keep the Sabres scoreless. Khudobin has been on top of his game tonight for the Black & Gold, making several timely saves throughout the first two frames and is a big reason why the Bruins are 3-3 on the penalty kill so far tonight.
Too Many Men: At 5:00 into the second period, the Bruins were called for too many men and went on the penalty kill for the second time tonight, with Shawn Thornton serving the team penalty. The Bruins were able to get back to full strength and keep their PK perfect tonight.
8:20 pm - 1st Intermission Snapshots: BOS 0, BUF 0
Four-on-Four Take Two: At 16:59 in to the first, Buffalo's Christian Erhoff was called for holding on Tyler Seguin but the B's forward was slapped with an unsportsmanlike conduct, embelishment penalty, like the one assessed to Ott just a few minutes earlier (See below). The matching penalties saw another two minutes of four-on-four, but once again neither team was able to capitalize.
Four-on-Four: At 12:01 into the first period, Zdeno Chara was called for cross-checking on Steve Ott as they were battling deep behind the B's net against the boards. Ott was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, as the referees believe he embellished on the play as he went falling into the boards. Kaleta served the penalty for Ott (went down the tunnel after the call) and two minutes of four-on-four hockey ensued with neither team able to sustain enough pressure to get any scoring opportunities.
B's on the PK: At 5:08 into the first period, Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski was called for cross-checking to put the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time this game. The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty to Bartkowski unscathed to keep the game scoreless. The B's PK has led the NHL all season, and came into tonight at 90.4 percent. They're also at the top with penalty killing on the road, at 92.4 percent, having only allowed three power-play goals on the road this season.
Krejci Line Scoring Chance: About five minutes into the first period, the Krejci line had one of the better chances of the frame for the Bruins with Dennis Seidenberg starting the rush up ice, from deep in the Bruins zone. Seidenberg fed Lucic as he was powering through the neutral zone, who quickly sent the puck to Krejci on his right side once they gained entry into the Buffalo zone. About 15 feet from the Sabres net, Krejci passed the puck to Horton who threw a wrister on net but was stoned by Miller who had good position to body up the puck and keep it out of the net. Later in the period, with under a minute to go, Milan Lucic had a great chance in close after Boychuk fired a shot that deflected in front, but No. 17 couldn't quite get a handle on the puck to put it in the open net.
Khudobin's Solid First: Anton Khudobin has looked poised thus far this game, stopping all six shots from the Sabres, including a two-on-one chance on by Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno, which saw Khudobin make an athletic play to extend his right leg to stop a point blank chance on net. Khudobin also escaped an unlucky deflection off his stick as he was trying to intercept a caroming puck that was heading behind the net. The puck got away from the B's netminder and ended up on the stick of Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta, who fired a shot thst just missed the net.
7:01 pm - Pregame Snapshots: BOS at BUF
Matchup: The Bruins are 1-2 versus the the Sabres this season and will look to even up the series score tonight in Buffalo. The Bruins will conclude their 5th of 6 sets of back-to-back with tonight's game
and will try and take two points from a Buffalo team trying to find consistency.
Starting Goaltenders:Khudobin (6-3-0, 2.31 GAA, .916 Save %) vs. Miller (11-14-5, 2.91 GAA, .911 Save %). Khudobin is 1-1-0 with a 2.54 GAA and .904 Save % in two career games against Buffalo. Miller is 24-7-7 with a 2.54 GAA and .918 Save % with one shutout in 38 career games against Boston.
Bruins vs Sabres Lifetime: The Bruins and Sabres will meet for the 267th time tonight with the Bruins having a 121-108-29-8 record and the Sabres holding a 865-859 scoring advantage. In Buffalo, the Bruins hold a 48-65-15-6 with the Sabres holding a 475-383. Buffalo is just one of four teams (Minnesota, Montreal, Toronto) which has outscored the Bruins in their lifetime series.
Projected Lines Based on Warmup Rushes:
Streaking: Nathan Horton comes into today's game against the Sabres riding a two-game point streak notching goals against Philadelphia on March 30 and Montreal on March 27.
Bruins/Sabres Fun Facts: The Sabres are the only team that the Bruins have never swept in a season series…The Bruins and Sabres have gone to shootouts on 10 occasions in their lifetime series, which is the most by the Bruins against any opponent…Buffalo is just one of four teams (Minnesota, Montreal, Toronto) which have outscored the Bruins in their lifetime series.
Special Teams Comparison:
Boston: PP: 14-for-92 (15.2%, 23rd NHL), PK: 104-for-115 (90.4%, 1st NHL)
Buffalo: PP: 17-for-126 (13.5%, 27th NHL), PK: 107-for-139 (77.0%, 27th NHL).