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Peverley Didn't Miss a Beat

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Rich Peverley had missed the last two Bruins games with an undisclosed injury, but showed no ill effects from his layoff as he scored the B's first goal at 7:40 of the first period and added an assist on Chris Kelly's marker at 5:28 of the third.

"Yeah it’s not fun sitting out games," said Peverley, who now has 1-4-5 totals in his last three games played. "I felt pretty good so I was ready to go."

Peverley looked more than ready as he turned the corner on two Sabres defenders and then cut across the Buffalo crease from left to right and fit the puck between Ryan Miller's pads to tie the game.

"I think [Gregory Campbell] did a really good job of finishing his check and made the guy off balance so I can use my speed right there," said Peverley of not having to deal with the 6-foot-8 Tyler Myers.

The B's forwards continued their persistence. Zach Hamill, Peverley and Kelly's forecheck led directly to the Chris' goal.

"I was kind of surprised it came to me in the first place," said Peverley of Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff's errant pass, which found him to the right of Miller's goal. "It just came right to me and Chris Kelly just got it off the post.

"It was lucky to get through."

Maybe, but the B's forwards have been making their own luck.

"I think we’re skating, we’re skating on the forecheck, we’re getting in on the backcheck," said Peverley. "I think we’re doing a good job of playing a full 60 minutes lately."

Despite the down time, Julien said he thought Peverley was skating well throughout the contest.

"He didn’t seem like he missed a beat," said Julien. "He was using his outside speed, carrying it deep in the Buffalo zone, and that’s what we needed to do.

"We needed to get that puck in deep, and he was able to do that a lot of times under control. I liked his game. For having missed the last two, I thought he came back real strong."

Peverley was thankful just to be back on the ice.

"You want to get [back to] helping the team wherever it may be," said Peverley. "I don’t like sitting so, it’s great to be able to help the team whatever way I can.

"I haven’t scored a while," added the forward. "So it was nice to get one and hopefully keep it going."
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