February 8, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Sabres

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 0 
BUF - 4

SHOTS
BOS - 19
BUF - 20

Send everyone home, turn out the lights and lock up the building, 'cause this one's over. 

Buffalo doubled their lead in the second period, chased Tuukka Rask and have the Bruins, now down 4-0, absolutely reeling.

Tyler Ennis beat Rask from a bad angle on a backhanded shot at the 1:52 mark of the second period, sending the Finnish netminder to the showers.

In came Tim Thomas, who stood on his head for most of the frame, shy of a goal by Kaleta with 1:49 left in the period.

Zdeno Chara let his frustrations boil over, dumping Kaleta near the boards after a late hit by the agitator. The B's captain went off for interference. 

Dennis Seidenberg is hell bent on murdering Ville Leino.

Shawn Thornton got in his second fight of the night, taking on Mike Weber with 55 ticks left (less than a minute after Buffalo's fourth goal of the evening). Thornton earned an instigator and a game misconduct.

This is just the third time in Rask's NHL career that he's been pulled. He was also replaced by Thomas a little over a year ago in a game against the Sabres in Buffalo.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 0 
BUF - 2

SHOTS
BOS - 12
BUF - 9

Twenty minutes are in the books at First Niagara Center where the Bruins trail the Sabres 2-0.

It didn't take long for things to get interesting, as Cody McCormick and Shawn Thornton dropped the mitts just 2:26 into the contest.

Buffalo jumped ahead 1-0 at the 6:23 mark when Christian Ehrhoff's wrister beat Tuukka Rask. Tyler Myers picked up an assist and now has 10 points in 13-plus game against the B's.

Boston thought they'd notched the tying tally a few minutes later as a shot from the point eluded Ryan Miller. In arguably the worst call of the entire NHL season, Rich Peverley was deemed guilty of interfering with Miller.

In reality, a nudge from a Sabres d-man led to Peverley ever-so-slightly grazing Miller's arm. The netminder never even complained about being interfered with.

Milan Lucic, who was in front of Miller on the non-goal, dropped the gloves with Pat Kaleta at 12:16 and absolutely pummeled the Sabres' pest. 

With 5:11 to go, Jason Pominville backhanded in a feed from Ville Leino from the top of the crease, making it 2-0 Buffalo.

The B's dominated at the dot in the opening frame, winning 11-of-17 (65%) faceoffs.