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Sabres Visit Stanley Cup Champion Bruins Looking To Stay Hot

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Last Game:

Boston: Nov 10 vs. Oilers Win 6-3

Buffalo: Nov 11 vs. Senators Win 5-1

Record:

Boston: 7-7-0

Buffalo: 10-5-0

Points:

Boston: 14

Buffalo: 20

Rank In Conference:

Boston: 11th

Buffalo: 5th

Power Play Ranking:

Boston: 18.5(T-11th)

Buffalo: 18.6(10th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Boston: 87.7(9th)

Buffalo: 90.7(2nd)

Goals For:

Boston: 45(T-7th)

Buffalo: 46(6th)

Goals Against:

Boston: 33(T-5th)

Buffalo: 34(7th)

Shots For:

Boston: 460(14th)

Buffalo: 468(11th)

Shots Against:

Boston: 404(T-5th)

Buffalo: 470(18th)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: 182(24th)

Buffalo: 178(25th)

Hits:

Boston: 303(20th)

Buffalo: 233(T-29th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Boston: 53.7(1st)

Buffalo: 52.5(4th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Boston: Seguin(9), Lucic(8), Horton and Marchand(4), P. Bergeron, Krejci, Peverley, and Kelly(3)

Buffalo: Vanek(10), Pominville(6), Adam and Roy(5), Stafford(4)

Assists:

Boston: Chara(9), Seguin and P. Bergeron(8), Corvo(7), Lucic and Horton(6)

Buffalo: Pominville(13), Vanek(9), Ehrhoff(8), Adam and Roy(7)

Points:

Boston: Seguin(17), Lucic(14), P. Bergeron(11), Horton and Chara(10)

Buffalo: Vanek and Pominville(19), Adam and Roy(12), Gerbe and Ehrhoff(9), Boyes(7)

Plus/Minus:

Boston: Seguin(+11), P. Bergeron, Chara, Kelly, Marchand, and Lucic(+6), Boychuk(+4), Ference(+3)

Buffalo: Gerbe(+8), Gaustad and Sekera(+6), Vanek and Gragnani(+5), Leopold, Boyes, and Pominville(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Boston: Chara and Marchand(31), G. Campbell(28), Horton(26), S. Thornton and Lucic(22)

Buffalo: McCormick(24), Gaustad(20), Kaleta(18), Vanek(16)

Shots:

Boston: Seguin(44), P. Bergeron(43), Chara(37), Seidenberg(31)

Buffalo: Vanek(53), Pominville(50), Stafford(39), Gerbe and Roy(37)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: Seidenberg(32), Boychuk(21), Ference and McQuaid(15), Chara and Corvo(14)

Buffalo: Regehr(25), Myers(23), Ehrhoff(20), Sekera(17)

Hits:

Boston: Chara and Seidenberg(34), Lucic(32), Boychuk(30), Ference and S. Thornton(21)

Buffalo: Regehr(41), Kaleta(30), Gaustad(25), Myers and Gerbe(20)

Face-Off Wins:

Boston: P. Bergeron(137), Krejci(86), Kelly(75), G. Campbell(68)

Buffalo: Roy and Gaustad(147), Adam(64), Pominville(57), Leino(25)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Boston: Tim Thomas 5-4-0 2.00 GAA .931 SV% 1 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 5-5-0 2.74 GAA .913 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Mar 10 Sabres Won(OT) 4-3

Season Series: Sabres Won  4-1-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 112-107-38

All-Time at BOS: Bruins Lead 66-44-18

Bruins keep rolling, beat Oilers 6-3

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien has learned that the best way to shake trash-talking winger Brad Marchand out of a slump is to issue a verbal challenge of his own.

So, one year after Marchand boasted how he would score 20 goals and then backed it up with 21 in the 2010-11 regular season, Julien hinted to Marchand this week that his recent nine-game goal drought was hampering any attempt to repeat last season’s success.

“He said something to me, I think it was yesterday. He said, ‘It looks like it’s going to be a tough year to get 20 again’ or something like that,” Marchand said Thursday night, minutes after he scored two goals to help Boston beat Edmonton 6-3. “It was kind of a kick in the butt. So it was good to get a couple here, but it’s still very early on in the year.”

Marchand’s pair of goals – which doubled his season total entering Thusday – made him the offensive star in the Bruins’ fourth straight victory. He stole the show on a night meant for the anticipated showdown between Edmonton forward Taylor Hall and his Boston counterpart Tyler Seguin – the No. 1 and 2 overall selections in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Seguin won that personal battle, finishing with a goal and an assist to run his current points streak to five games. Hall finished with an assist, which snapped his three-game point drought. After the game Hall said he was more concerned not with personal rivalries but with his team’s second loss in its last three outings.

“It’s a game between the Oilers and the Bruins. I honestly didn’t give it much thought unless you guys are asking me about it,” said Hall about the matchup with Seguin. “But whenever you’re matched up against someone you always want to do the best you can and try to play for your team, and that’s what I tried to do tonight. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough.”

Another battle within the game was between both teams’ No. 2 goaltenders, as Tuukka Rask started his second consecutive game for Boston and Devan Dubnyk occupied Edmonton’s crease for the second time in three games. Rask stopped 27 of 30 shots, while Dubnyk made just 22 saves on 28 shots.

Rask has now won consecutive decisions for the first time since he won four in a row from Feb. 17 to Mar. 1, 2011.

“Well two wins for me, so that’s unusual so far. So it’s a good thing,” said Rask, who has gone 2-0 since starting the season winless in three starts.

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Sabres roll over slumping Senators 5-1

Jhonas Enroth continues to make the case for more playing time.

The Buffalo Sabres’ rookie goaltender improved to 5-0-0 this season by stopping 36 shots Friday night in a 5-1 victory against the Ottawa Senators at First Niagara Center.

With starter Ryan Miller struggling, coach Lindy Ruff gave Enroth his third start in four games. He’s won all of them. Miller won the other one — a 6-5 OT victory against Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Enroth has allowed just eight goals in his five wins.

“He’s done a good job coming in,” said center Derek Roy, who has four goals and eight points during the winning streak, including the first goal on Friday. “He’s stepped up in the games, made big saves for us, and has gotten some big wins for us.”

Though the Sabres were outshot 37-21, they made the most of their opportunities by crashing the net. All five goals were scored from within 10 feet of the net.

“I thought the difference in the game was they went to the net way harder than we did and with more determination,” Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. “I think it’s a step back because of the score, but it’s also something we can learn from.”

The Sabres scored a pair of early goals 16 seconds apart, both on rebounds. Roy beat Craig Anderson just 2:09 into the game, and Matt Ellis scored at 2:25 on the Sabres’ sixth shot of the night, sending Anderson to the bench in favor of Alex Auld.

“It was 2-0,” MacLean said when asked why he pulled Anderson — the third time this season he’s done so.

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This Day In Sabres History:

November 12, 1988 Sabres Trade Barrasso To Penguins

On this day in 1988 The Buffalo Sabres Traded Goaltender Tom Barrasso to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Darrin Shannon and Doug Bodger. Barrasso played 6 Seasons with the Sabres totaling 266 Games Played 124-102-28 13 Shutouts 3.28 GAA .879 Save Percentage. Barrasso would go on to win 2 Stanley Cups with the Penguins.

Injury Report:

Boston: Savard Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), Paille Facial Surgery(Doubtful), Ference Lower Body(Questionable), Peverley Undisclosed(Questionable)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), Ennis Sprained Ankle(Out)

Next 5 Games:

Nov 14 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(VERSUS HD)

Nov 16 vs. New Jersey Devils 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD)

Nov 18 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Nov 19 vs. Phoenix Coyotes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Nov 23 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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