All three Sabres netted their shoot-out attempts to give them the edge over Boston.
“As much as we scored some goals we were just very poor defensively and we game them a lot of goals tonight. Very uncharacteristic of our hockey club,” Bruin’s Head Coach Claude Julien told NESN’s Naoko Funayama, postgame.
Boston scored early and often, and ended the first period with four goals. However the same could be said of Buffalo who scored three times in the first leading Coach Julien to pull starting goaltender Tuukka Rask
after a single period of play.
“We felt we needed some bigger saves and you know he hasn’t played in a while but still, we need to win this hockey game so we thought it was important to make that change,” Julien told NESN.
“I feel rusty, obviously, but you know it’s different than a practice situation, no matter how hard you practice you just feel different out there,” said Rask. “I'm rusty, of course, but I'm not going to hide behind that.
"I should have done better.”
The game marked the first time in their history four different defensemen scored for the Bruins in a single contest. Defensemen Andrew Ference
, Zdeno Chara
, Dennis Seidenberg
and Steven Kampfer all tallied goals.
“Yeah, you know it’s great the D are chipping in," said Kampfer, who’s third period goal marked the second of his career. "It’s something we talked about before the game was how we wanted to go out there and get a couple points you know start off the new year on the right foot.”
Twelve different Bruins recorded a point in the game.
“It was definitely a crazy one, first period there was what seven goals maybe something like that,” said Tyler Seguin
, who scoared at 3:08 of the third and added an assist on Kampfer's goal later in the period.. “I don’t think we’re one hundred percent happy with the way we played, you know?
"There’s a lot of things we want to work on.”
Chara, Seguin and Mark Recchi all had multiple point efforts. It was Seguin’s first career multi-point game.
“Obviously Tyler’s game was really good for us tonight,” Julien said. “He’s starting to feel a little bit more comfortable so yesterday all I said to him was, 'Play with confidence go out there and do what you do best.'
“He did that tonight, so that was nice to see.”
Boston picked up a point; it’s sixth of a possible eight so far during this road trip.
The Bruins travel to Toronto for an original six match-up against that Maple Leafs in the fifth and final game of the trip on Monday night in the Air Canada Centre.