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Game Day: Bruins @ Sabres

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
0:00 - End of the Game. End of the Sabres season. On to the Island...

15.7 - Aww man. Vanek scores. His 40th.

1:10 - Yelle goes for interference.

1:34  - Puck out of play.

4:14 - Vanek to the box.

4:38 - Save Fernandez.

6:05 - Recchi scores. A very nice screen and tip. Helpers to HUnwick and Ryder.

5:30 - Montador is pulled down by Moore. B's PP.

6:53 - Tellqvist with another save.

8:43 - Save by Manny.

11:35 - Icing Boston.

12:13 - Save Fernandez, on Stafford.

14:38 - Vladi drew a Sabres penalty.

14:47 - Sobotka is still playing and got clobbered in front of the Sabres net.

15:19 - Lucic is offside.

17:16 - Save Fernandez on former Harvard Crimson Dom Moore.

18:16 - A team effort clears a puck out of the goal area.

20:00 - Start of the Third. It's almost over.
0:00 - It's 5-0, Buff.

29.1 - Tellqvist goes down under Lucic. Milan gets a minor.

3:01 - B's showing some life deep in the Buff zone.

6:06 - Savard shoots, hard, and Tellqvist tracks it down.

6:45 - Near miss for Vanek.

10:00 - Near miss by Yelle.

13:44 - Thornton with a try. Save Tellqvist.

14:44 - Kobasew with a crossing pass -- no dice.

16:48 - Spacek is in the box.

16:54 - Wheeler pounds at the puck, trying to put the B's on the board. No dice.

18:24 - Goal Buffalo. 5-0, Sabres.

19:18 - Save Fernandez. On Vanek.

20:00 - Start of the Second. Survive!
0:00 - End of the First.

53.9 - Montador is in the box.

2:52 - Oh my! 4-0 Buff.

4:17 - Defensive breakdown, pass across to Vanek. Goal. Uh oh. 3-0.

4:28 - Save Tellqvist!

6:23 - Buffalo has a lot of room and Manny had to make another save. Wideman limps off.

8:31 - But the Sabres get another goal. Butler beats Fernandez to put Buff up 2-0.

9:51 - Another save by Fernandez.

10:25 - Ward pops one from the point and Tellqvist grabs it before Bitz gets there.

11:18 - A little bit of pressure by Boston.

16:26 - Buffalo scores. Vanek shot, Connolly gets the the rebound. Buffalo goal. 1-0, Sabres.

18:34 - Manny's first big save.

20:00 - Start of the First. Don't get hurt, B's. Tellqvist is in goal for Buff.

Let's switch to time on the clock.

3:32 p.m.
The Lines...
Not sure on the d-pairs: 
Hnidy, Hunwick, Montador, Stuart, Ward, Wideman

Bergeron. Axelsson, Chara, Ference, Kessel

No "C" today. Along with Ward, Kobasew and Savard will wear "A's". Check out the rest of yesterday's interviews (with Sobotka, Thornton and Kobasew), by clicking on Vladi's picture.

There is a terrific Bruins vs. Sabres highlight video up on

3:09 p.m.
News from the Western (New York) Front
First, Listen in to Coach Julien's postpractice presser from Friday afternoon. Click the link to the right.

Okay, here we go...

  • Manny Fernandez will start in goal.
  • Aaron Ward will wear an "A" for the first time this year.
  • Phil Kessel, Zdeno Chara and P.J. Axelsson out.
  • Kessel has what's been termed a "24-hour virus."
  • Vladimir Sobotka, Mikko Lehtonen and Dennis Wideman will play.
  • This is Mikko Lehtonen's NHL debut.

1:27 p.m.

From Hit of the Season | Milan Lucic on Mike Van Ryn |Oct. 23, 2008

Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) is checked by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jaroslav Spacek, right, as Buffalo Sabres goalie Patrick Lalime (40) protects the net during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Boston Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. The Bruins beat the Sabres 7-4. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Lucic is enjoying a break-out campaign in his second full season in the NHL.

His gritty, hard-hitting style of play has established him as a cult hero in the greater Boston area, and amongst fantasy hockey junkies across the globe.

Early in 2008-09, before opponents really knew to keep their eyes open -- and their heads on a swivel -- for the swashbuckling sophomore, Lucic was skating in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Defenseman Mike Van Ryn was trying to break out of the Leafs zone, which he accomplished with an outlet pass, but not before Lucic caught him with a clean, but vicious, shoulder check that knocked Van Ryn through a shattered pane of glass. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.

A highlight-reel hit across the globe, Lucic's glass-shattering body check on this night in October catapulted the young forward into the forefront of the Boston renaissance, and sent a message to the rest of the NHL that a new sheriff was patrolling the ice in Boston.

In fact, this hit, perhaps more than any other play this season, endeared Lucic to the Burins' faithful, reminding them more than a little of the early days of beloved power forward Cam Neely as a Bruin wrecking ball.

Go here for the full story and video from

12:42 p.m.
Okay, time for some bragging...
There's not much in the way of updates right now, so let's widen our scope to the Hub of Hockey in general. Annnnnd, I must say that it's been a heck of an on-ice year for my alma maters, Northeastern and Boston University, and it just got better.

Elumba wins Hockey Humanitarian Award
Northeastern University senior Missy Elumba was named the 2009 recipient of the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award on Friday in a ceremony at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Hockey Humanitarian Award is given to college hockey's finest citizen, and recognizes accomplishments of personal character, scholarship, and the giving of oneself off the ice to the larger community. Elumba has done extensive community service work in the Boston area and around the globe while playing in 122 games over four seasons and majoring in Health Science.

Elumba is the 14th recipient of the Hockey Humanitarian Award and joins Husky All-American Chanda Gunn (full story here), who won the award as a senior in 2004. Northeastern is the only school with two Hockey Humanitarian Award winners...more.

Click here for a list of all 14 Hockey Humanitarians.

BU's Gilroy Wins Hobey Baker Memorial Award
Matt and Missy make Hobey proud!
Boston University senior Matt Gilroy was named the 2009 recipient of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the top player in collegiate hockey, on Friday evening at the Verizon Center. Freshman Kieran Millan was named the national rookie of the year, while sophomore Colin Wilson joined Gilroy as a first-team All-American and classmate Kevin Shattenkirk earned a second-team nod.

Captain of the Hockey East regular season and playoff champion Terriers, Gilroy has enjoyed an incredible season, culminating with BU entering the NCAA Frozen Four national championship as the No. 1 seed, after being ranked No. 1 in the national polls for a good portion of the season. The senior defenseman from North Bellmore, N.Y., becomes the second BU skater to be honored with the Hobey after Chris Drury (full story here) won in 1998...more.

Click here for a list of the previous Hobey Baker Award winners.
I had the pleasure of meeting and working with both Gunn and Drury and have not, as of yet, had the pleasure of meeting Elumba or Gilroy. Clearly, however, these two extraordinary young people have done their insitutions and their fellow Huskies and Terriers very proud and I look forward to bragging about them for a long time, too. JB

10:45 p.m.
Not much to report...

Most of the Bruins did not have a morning skate, but Zdeno Chara and P.J. Axelsson did hit the ice.
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