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Boston: Feb 5 at Capitals Win 4-1
Buffalo: Feb 4 at NY Islanders Win(SO) 4-3
Rank In Conference:
Power Play Ranking:
Penalty Kill Ranking:
Boston: Seguin(20), Lucic and Marchand(19), Horton(17), P. Bergeron(15)
Buffalo: Vanek(19), Pominville(17), Adam and Roy(10), Stafford and Leopold(8)
Boston: P. Bergeron(31), Krejci(28), Peverley(27), Seguin(24)
Buffalo: Pominville(31), Vanek(22), Roy, Ehrhoff, and Stafford(16), Gerbe(13)
Boston: P. Bergeron(46), Seguin(44), Lucic(40), Krejci(39)
Buffalo: Pominville(48), Vanek(41), Roy(26), Stafford(24)
Boston: Seguin(+33), P. Bergeron and Chara(+27), Kelly, Marchand, and J. Boychuk(+24), Peverley(+19)
Buffalo: Gragnani(+10), Gerbe(+2), Hecht(+1), Szczechura and Whitmore(EV)
Boston: S. Thornton(95), Lucic(90), Marchand(77), McQuaid(63)
Buffalo: Kaleta(69), Gaustad(63), McCormick(42), Vanek(40)
Boston: Chara(148), Seguin(144), P. Bergeron(123), Corvo(119)
Buffalo: Pominville(143), Vanek(134), Stafford(131), Roy(111)
Boston: Seidenberg(109), J. Boychuk(88), McQuaid(74), Chara(54)
Buffalo: Regehr(70), Sekera(64), Leopold(63), Ehrhoff(54)
Boston: Lucic(117), Chara(102), Seidenberg(90), J. Boychuk(89)
Buffalo: Regehr(114), Gaustad(86), Kaleta(77), Weber(64)
Boston: Bergeron(587), Krejci(341), Kelly(250), G. Campbell(229)
Buffalo: Roy(418), Gaustad(391), Pominville(144), Hecht(136)
Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Boston: Tuukka Rask 11-6-2 1.88 GAA .936 SV% 3 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 14-15-3 2.88 GAA .905 SV% 2 SO
Last Meeting: Nov 23 Bruins Won(SO) 4-3
Season Series: Bruins Lead 2-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 112-108-39
All-Time vs. BOS: Sabres Lead 68-41-21
Thomas makes 35 saves in Bruins’ 4-1 win over Caps
Ten days ago, the Boston Bruins had a terrible defensive effort at Verizon Center, yielding five goals to a Washington Capitals team that was short Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green.
The defending Stanley Cup champions were back in the nation’s capital Sunday afternoon, and they looked a lot more like a club that can repeat. Tim Thomas made 35 saves and the Bruins methodically dispatched the Capitals in a 4-1 victory.
“We just weren’t playing our best of late,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand said. “We knew we had to get back on track. We did a lot of good things last game and we wanted to carry it over to today. We knew that when we play our game we’re a pretty good team, but when we don’t, we’re not. We enjoy winning and have a lot of fun when we’re doing it.”
Boston had lost six of its past 10 games, including a 2-1 defeat Saturday afternoon at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Washington had a chance to reclaim first place in the Southeast Division, but even with a strong performance from Ovechkin, the Capitals were outclassed by Thomas and the Bruins.
Washington has now lost six of its past nine games, and will face a critical contest Tuesday night in this building against the Florida Panthers, who are one point in front of the Capitals and now have a game in hand.
The Bruins struck twice in the first period, and both goals came shortly after faceoffs in the Bruins’ zone. Milan Lucic put Boston in front at the 10:45 mark after Rich Peverley collected the puck near his own goal line and skated it all the way to the offensive blue line before slipping a pass to Lucic.
It was Lucic’s 19th goal of the season. Peverley, who has played mostly on the third line but is filling in for an injured Nathan Horton, added an empty-net goal in the final minute and now has 36 points in 45 games for the Bruins.
Miller makes history as Sabres rally past Isles, 4-3
One had to wonder if Ryan Miller would indeed enjoy a historic night Saturday after surrendering three goals on nine shots in the first 20 minutes.
But his teammates rallied from a 3-1 deficit before Miller went 2-for-2 in the shootout as the Buffalo Sabres pulled out a 4-3 win against the New York Islanders in front of 14,618 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
With the victory Miller, 31, passed Dominik Hasek and became the winningest goaltender in Sabres history. Miller finished with 35 saves — he stopped all 29 he faced after the opening period — to secure his 235th career victory — all with Buffalo.
“I’m proud of it,” said Miller, a fifth-round draft choice (No. 138) in 1999. “It’s nice. I’m proud of being a Buffalo Sabre. I was really excited coming here as a young player and looking up to Dominik Hasek. I’ve played with some great teams and some great players. I’ve had a coaching staff and a support staff that’s had my back for a number of years. It’s nice, and there’s a source of pride from that.”
Lindy Ruff, who has been Miller’s coach since the latter entered the NHL during the 2002-03 season, was awfully proud to see his goaltender make history Saturday night.
“It was nice to see,” Ruff said. “He’s had a tough run, but he battled back tonight. I thought a couple of goals that we probably don’t like, but I thought for him to battle back and shut them down the rest of the game and shut down the first two shooters in the shootout and win in that fashion … it’s a great game to set the mark with.”
This Day In Sabres History:
February 8, 2011 Stafford’s Hatter Leads Sabres Comeback Over Bolts
On this Day last year the Sabres were clinging to their playoff hopes like this season. The Sabres played a very important game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, they didn’t get off to the start that they were hoping for. The Sabres found themselves down 3-2 going into the 3rd Period against one of the better defensive teams in the league. Sean Bergenheim scored twice and Vincent Lecavalier gave the Bolts the lead going into the final frame. Drew Stafford and Thomas Vanek had the goals for the Sabres after 2. Vanek’s goal would turn out to be an important goal that turned the tide of the game netting it with 1:50 left giving the Sabres momentum. The Sabres would then go on to score the next 5 goals of the game. Jordan Leopold would tie the game for the Sabres 4:26 into the 3rd Period. The Sabres would then score 4 goals in the 3:13 span chasing Lightning Goalie Dwayne Roloson. Stafford would score twice in that span and Thomas Vanek and Tim Connolly would also marker. Vincent Lecavalier would finish up the scoring late in the 3rd. The win prove to be a huge one for the Sabres in their chase to make the playoffs.
Boston: Savard Post Concussion-Syndrome(IR/Out), Horton Mild Concussion(Out)
Buffalo: Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Hecht Concussion(IR/Out) Brennan Concussion(IR/Out), Vanek Upper Body(Out)
Next 5 Games:
Feb 10 vs. Dallas Stars 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 11 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD/ CH.2 HD)
Feb 14 vs. New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 16 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 17 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:30 PM(MSG HD)