Snapshots: Bruins (5-2-0) at Sabres (1-8-1)
10:41 pm – Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 5, BUF 2
B'S BREEZE PAST BUFFALO: Torey Krug, Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton provided the fire power for the Bruins tonight combining for five goals, with two from both Lucic and Krug. Chad Johnson also earns his first win as a Boston Bruin, stopping 14 of the 16 shots he faced from Buffalo. The Bruins have a quick turnaround and are back in action tomorrow night back in Boston as they take on the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden. They B's will also be hosting their Hockey Fights Cancer night at tomorrow's game which is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. ET.
KRUG SCORES ANOTHER: After all was said and done following the Scott and McQuaid penalties (see below), the Bruins found themselves on the power play and were able to capitalize when Torey Krug ripped a wrister on net, beating Miller far-side. The goal marked Krug's third goal of the year and second of the night. David Krejci and Milan Lucic earned the helpers on the play for their seventh and fourth of the season respectively.
Shortly after Chris Kelly and Johan Larsson were sent off for matching roughing minors, Torey Krug converted on a chance out in front of the Buffalo net as he jockeyed for position before putting it past Miller five-hole for a 4-2 lead with 16:43 to go in the third period. Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg earn assists on the goal for their fifth and third of the season, respectively.
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The Bruins have a quick turnaround and are back in action tomorrow night back in Boston as they take on the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden. They B's will also be hosting their Hockey Fights Cancer night at tomorrow's game, with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
9:55 pm – Second Period Snapshots: BOS 3, BUF 2
ZADAROV ANSWERS: Four Minutes after Dougie Hamilton put the Bruins up 3-1 (see below), Buffalo's Nikita Zadarov answered with a goal of his own to bring Buffalo back within one. Zadarov's backhander past Johnson marked his first NHL goal of his career.
DOUGIE SCORES: Dougie Hamilton was able to convert on a two-on-one rush led by Brad Marchand into the Buffalo zone to put the Bruins up 3-1. With about 15 feet to go from the Buffalo net, Marchand threw a pass cross-ice to Hamilton on the right wing, perfectly on Hamilton's tape, who then punched it past Ryan Miller for the B's third goal of the game at 11:50 into the first. The goal marked Hamilton's second goal of the year with Marchand earns his second assists of the season for his role on the play, along with Dennis Seidenberg, who is credited with this third helper.
BUFFALO SCORES A POWER PLAY GOAL: The Bruins were charged with too many men on the ice at 7:38 into the second period, putting the Buffalo Sabres on the power play. This time, the Sabres were able to capitalize on the Bruins mistake, when Thomas Vanek sent a shot in on net which deflected Cody Hodgson past Chad Johnson to bring the Sabres within one goal of tying the game.
BRUINS GET A FIVE-ON-THREE: Buffalo's Henrik Tallinder and Kevin Porter were both assessed two-minute minors about a minute apart to give the Bruins a five-on-three advantage for 57 seconds. The Bruins, however, were not able to capitalize on the two Buffalo penalties, to yield four-on-five play. Not long after the the one man advantage began for the Bruins, David Krejci was whistled for high-sticking shortly after a faceoff, giving both teams four players on the ice for about a minute of play. After the Buffalo second penalty expired the Bruins were then on the penalty kill but Buffalo was also unable to sustain much pressure on the power play putting both squads back to even strength.
LUCIC SCORES HIS SECOND: Just 40 seconds into the second period, Milan Lucic scored his second goal of the night on a beautiful give and goal with Jarome Iginla on a transition goal up ice. The accuracy of Iginla's pin-point pass was clutch on the play, putting the puck just where it needed to be for Lucic to punch it home past Miller. That goal marks Lucic's fifth goal of the year, with Jarome Iginla earning his fourth assist of the season. Lucic's goal is the fourth time in eight games that the Bruins have scored in the first minute of a period. The B's won those first three games in which they scored in the first minute of the a period.
8:50 pm – First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, BUF 0
JOHNSON HAS A STRONG FIRST: In his first start as a Boston Bruin, Chad Johnson had a strong first period between the pipes stopping all six shots he faced from the Buffalo squad. Johnson will look to build on that momentum heading into the second period as he searches for his first NHL victory in a Bruins sweater.
SODERBERG OFF FOR INTERFERENCE: Bruins forward Carl Soderberg was called for goaltender inference at the 7:18 mark of the first period putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time tonight. The Bruins penalty kill, which came into the evening ranked second in the NHL, had a strong PK presence on the Soderberg penalty, including a shorthanded scoring chance from Chris Kelly and Jarome Iginla on a two-on-one breakaway attempt. The B's were ultimately able to kill off the penalty to Soderberg, surrendering only one shot, which B's netminder Chad Johnson was able to turn aside with relative ease.
LUCUC SCORES: Milan Lucic was credited for his fourth goal of the season when a Jarome Iginla shot deflected off his skate for into the Buffalo net for the first score of the game. The play was set up by David Krejci who moved the puck out from behind the Buffalo net and dished it to Iginla, who positioned at the top-half of the faceoff circle closer to the slot. Iginla collected and controlled the Krejci pass before firing it on net, with Lucic providing the traffic in front. The puck took a Bruins friendly bounce off Lucic's skate which was able trickle past the Sabres' Ryan Miller for a 1-0 lead. The pass from Krejci marked his sixth assist of the season, with Jarome Iginla earning his third assist of the year.
MILLER STONES ERIKSSON: With just under 12 minutes to go in the first period, the Bruins had their best scoring chance of the first period when Reilly Smith threw a pass through the slot to Loui Eriksson who was positioned on the doorstep on the opposite side of the ice. Eriksson took a whack at the pass from Smith, trying to put it past Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller, but Miller made a very strong right to left push and was able to make an athletic leg pad save to keep the puck out of the net, robbing Eriksson of a scoring chance.
7:30 pm – Pregame Snapshots: BOS AT BUF
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Johnson (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 Save %) vs. Miller (7-1-6, 2.73 GAA, .926 Save %). Tonight will mark Johnson’s first game as a Boston Bruins and his first start against Buffalo . Miller is 25-8-7 with a 2.51 GAA and .920 save % with one shutout in 40 career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS BUFFALO LIFETIME: The B’s and Sabres will meet for the 269th time tonight with the Bruins holding a 122-108-29-9 record and a 868-863 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 49-65-15-6 in their 135 lifetime games against the Sabres in Buffalo, with a scoring advantage of 475-385 in those contests. In their last 7 meetings, the Bruins have a 4-2-1 record over Buffalo.
KREJCI, LUCIC, SMITH PACING POINT PRODUCTION: Linemates David Krejci and Milan Lucic enter this evening leading the Bruins in scoring, with six tallies apiece. Krejci has compiled one goal and five assists while Lucic has accrued 3-3=6 totals through seven games played. Reilly Smith has been hot for the Bruins as well, ranked second on the team in points with five (1-4=5)
STREAKING: Forwards David Krejci and Reilly Smith enter tonight’s game riding four-game point streaks, with both players registering one goal and three assists for four points during that span. Krejci and Smith
SABRES NOTEBOOK: The Buffalo Sabres enters this evening’s matchup with a 1-8-1 record (8th in the Atlantic Division and 15th in the Eastern Conference)… Cody Hodgson currently Buffalo in point production with seven tallies (2-5)…Captain Thomas Vanek leads in the Sabres goal scoring with three this season along with three assists for six points. With his goal on 10/15 at NYI, Vanek passed Craig Ramsay for fifth most goals in Sabres franchise history (253). …Chris Ehroff ranks 11th in the NHL through ten games with an average TOI of 25:30 per game…
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 3-for-26 (11.5%, T-25th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 18-for-20 (90.0%, T-2nd NHL)… Sabres power play: 3-for-35 (8.6%, 29th NHL), Sabres penalty kill: 27-for-32 (84.4%, 7th NHL).