BRUINS CLINCH PRESIDENTS' TROPHY:
With today's commanding 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres, the Bruins clinch the NHL's Presidents' Trophy, which is awarded the to the team with the best regular season record. The Bruins goal scorers for today were Gregory Campbell, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci (2), while Tuukka Rask picks up his 37th win of the season, making 24 saves on 25 shots. The Bruins are back in action on tomorrow in their final game of the regular season in New Jersey as they take on the Devils. Game time set for 3:00 PM ET. Next up after that: 2014 playoff action.
B'S MAKE IT 4-1:
The Bruins took a 4-1 lead when a Bruins-friendly bounce off the boards behind the Buffalo net, that then deflected off the Sabres' goaltender into the back of the net. The goal is credited to David Krejci who took the original slap shot, with Torey Krug and Tuukka Rask picking up the assists.
PENALTIES GIVEN OUT:
Following a hit on Daniel Paille by Jake McCabe, McCabe was slapped with a game misconduct and an interference call. Gregory Campbell, sticking up for Paille, was given a two minute roughing minor. Serving the five minute major for Buffalo for the Sabres infractions was Cory Conacher. 1:07 after the penalties were given out, Torey Krug inadvertantly collided with Sabres' goaltender Matt Hackett after contact with a Buffalo player put him off balances on his way to the net. Hackett was taken off the ice on a stretcher and was replaced by Connor Knapp, making Knapp's first NHL appearance.
Per the Bruins official twitter account, Patrice Bergeron will not return to today's game.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE:
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The Bruins are back in action on tomorrow in their final game of the regular season in New Jersey as they take on the Devils. Game time set for 3:00 PM ET.
2:13 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 3, BUF 1BUFFALO GETS ON THE BOARD:
The Buffalo Sabres recorded their first goal of the game Cody Hodgson beat Rask on a backhander for his 20th tally of the year.
BERGERON NOTCHES HIS 30TH:
With 8:17 to go in the second frame of action, Patrice Bergeron tallied his 30th goal of the season, marking the second time he's hit the 30-goal plateau. Bergeron's career high in goals came in 2005-06 when he scored 31 goals. Brad Marchand and Torey Krug earn the assists for their 27th and 25th of the season, respectively.
Following a scrum along the boards that began with Milan Lucic, John Scott and Zdeno Chara, Scott received with a two minute unsportsmanlike conduct, two minutes roughing, and a ten minute unsportsmanlike conduct. Zdeno Chara was issued a double minor for high-sticking on John Scott.
LUCIC TO THE BOX:
Following some post whistle jostling, Milan Lucic was sent to the box to serve a two-minute minor for roughing, giving the Sabres the man-advantage for the first time in the game. Entering the game, the Bruins PK ranked eighth in the league (83.8%) going up against the Sabres power play that ranked 28th (14.3%). The Black & Gold managed to bail out their big winger, limiting the Sabres from generating much momentum, to kill the off the penalty without any damage done.1:16 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 2, BUF 0
KREJCI DOUBLES THE LEAD:
With 1:37 left, David Krejci doubled the Bruins lead on a scooping up a rebound to the left of the Buffalo crease, backhanding it home for his 18th goal of the year. The primary assist is credited to Zdeno Chara who put the initial shot on net, creating the rebound, for his 40th assist of the season. The secondary assist went to Milan Lucic for his 35th helper of the 2014 campaign.
This is the 46th time this season, that the Bruins have helf a two-goal or more lead in a game and entered today's game with a 42-3-0 record in those games.
Not long after the Bruins power play expired, Gregory Campbell got the B's on the board with 3:06 to go when he crashed the net and redirected a Jordan Caron pass from the wall, past Buffalo netminder Matt Hackett, for his eighth goal of the season and a 1-0 lead. Caron earns the assists on the play along with Shawn Thornton for their second and third of the season, respectively.
Caron's point is his first tally since March 4 against the Jordan Caron.
BRUINS EARN A POWER PLAY:
With 5:38 to go in the first period, the Bruins were awarded their first power play of the game when Buffalo's Cory Conacher was called for tripping on Brad Marchand in the neutral zone. The Bruins had a productive man-advantage and did put shots on goal, but Sabres' goaltender Matt Hackett came up with a couple big saves to keep the Bruins scoreless.
NO SCORE WITH 6:33 TO GO:
With 6:33 to go in the first period shots were at six apiece with neither team able to generate much pressure. Tuukka Task came up with a big save of the period on Buffalo's Matt D'Agostini earlier in the period on a three-on-one rush, but was able to make the save.
12:00 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. BUF
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (35-15-6, 2.06 GAA, .929 Save %) vs. Hackett (1-5-1, 3.02 GAA, .912 Save %). Rask is 5-5-1 with a 2.56 GAA and .920 save % in 13 career games against Buffalo. This will be Hackett’s first career start against Boston.
BRUINS VS SABRES LIFETIME: The Bruins and Sabres will meet for the 273rd time in their franchise histories this afternoon. The B’s have compiled a 124-109-29-10 record in those matchups with Buffalo edging the B’s in scoring, 880-878. The Black & Gold are 74-43-14-3 in their 134 lifetime meetings against the Sabres in Boston, with the B’s holding a scoring advantage of 482-394 in those contests. In their last 15 contests with the Sabres, the Bruins have compiled a 6-3-2 record and are 4-1-1 in their last six of this series on home ice… The Sabres are the only teams that the Bruins have never swept in a season series.
BRUINS 2013-14 SEASON AWARDS: Prior to today’s game the Bruins will announce the winners of the 2014 Season Awards, which includes: The Eddie Shore Award (presented by the Gallery Gods to the player who exhibits exceptional hustle and determination); The Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (Voted by the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and presented to the player who has been most outstanding in Bruins home games); The John P. Bucyk Award (Given to the player who has contributed the most to charitable and community endeavors, a $1,000 donation will be made to a charity of the winner's choosing by the Boston Bruins Foundation); The 98.5 The Sports Hub Three Stars (The 3 Stars awards are given to those players who have contributed the most to the team's success this season).
FAN APPRECIATION DAY AT TD GARDEN: Today the B’s will host the 2014 “Fan Appreciation Day.” The afternoon will feature multiple fan giveaways including gift cards, autographed memorabilia, one of a kind experiences & more, a pregame awards presentation for the 2013-14 Bruins Season Awards, and the “Shirts Off Our Backs” ceremony immediately following the game.
B’S ANNOUNCE CARLTON AWARD WINNERS: The Bruins will honor Lexie Laing of Noble and Greenough School and Miles Gendron of The Rivers School during their game against the Buffalo Sabres. Named after the late Bruins scout and administrator who passed away in 1982, the John Carlton Award is given annually by the Boston Bruins to an outstanding male and female student-athlete. The award is given to high school seniors who combine exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence. Lexie Laing of Marblehead, MA finished with 171 career points (90 goals and 81 assists) in her four years at Nobles and Greenough School. Lexie was also a member of the 2013 US Women's Under 18 National Team that won Silver in the World Championships and is currently a member on the 2014 Under 18 squad. Lexie will attend Harvard University this fall. Miles Gendron of Shrewsbury, MA finished with 76 career points (28 goals and 48 assists) in his four years at The Rivers School in Weston. The Central Scouting Service recently ranked Miles as the 85th best prospect in North America for the upcoming NHL draft. Miles will attend the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2015.
PRESIDENTS’ TROPHY SCENARIOS: The Bruins will clinch the President's Trophy if one of the following takes place: (1) Boston defeats Buffalo today; or (2) Boston gets one point today and Anaheim gets just one point tonight; or (3) Anaheim loses in regulation tonight.
MATINEE SUCCESS: The Bruins are competing in their 17th (out of 18) matinee matchup today at TD Garden. The 2014 campaign has seen the Bruins succeed in afternoon games with the B’s compiling a 13-2-1 record. The Black & Gold will play their final regular season game and matinee matchup tomorrow in the second game of a back-to-back in New Jersey against the Devils.
BIRTHDAY BOY: Today Bruins defenseman Torey Krug is celebrating his 23rd birthday.
SABRES NOTEBOOK: Tonight marks the first game of a back-to-back set for the Sabres, which will see them finish their regular season against the New York Islanders tomorrow back in Buffalo…Buffalo blueliner Mike Weber enters today’s game riding a three-game point streak with one goal and two assists during that span… Centermen Tyler Ennis and Cody Hodgson lead Buffalo in scoring with 43 points apiece… Tyler Myers enters today two assists shy of 100 career assists while Drew Stafford comes into this afternoon two points from 300 career points.
205 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 5, the Boston Bruins have reached 205 straight regular season and playoff game sellouts. This sellout streak began more than three years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 47-for-225 (20.9%, 3rd NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 217-for-259 (83.8%, 8th NHL)… Sabres power play: 36-for-252 (14.3%, 28th NHL), Sabres penalty kill: 220-for-269 (81.8%, T-18th NHL).