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Sabres Head To Boston To Take On Conference Leading Bruins

@ 7:00 PM

Last Game:

Boston: Jan 29 vs. Devils Win(SO) 2-1

Buffalo: Jan 29 vs. Maple Leafs Loss(OT) 4-3

Record:

Boston: 5-0-1

Buffalo: 2-3-1

Points:

Boston: 11

Buffalo: 5

Rank In Conference:

Boston: 1st

Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:

Boston: 12.5(T-24th)

Buffalo: 22.7(T-11th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Boston: 96.4(1st)

Buffalo: 80.0(T-13th)

Goals For:

Boston: 17(12th)

Buffalo: 16(T-13th)

Goals Against:

Boston: 12(T-3rd)

Buffalo: 19(T-22nd)

Shots For:

Boston: 183(T-12th)

Buffalo: 191(T-7th)

Shots Against:

Boston: 165(9th)

Buffalo: 198(T-24th)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: 75(21st)

Buffalo: 67(T-25th)

Hits:

Boston: 188(T-1st)

Buffalo: 135(T-14th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Boston: 60.7(1st)

Buffalo: 42.0(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Boston: Marchand and Horton(3), Chara and Lucic(2), 7 Tied with 1 Goal

Buffalo: Pominville(4), Hodgson  and Vanek(3), Myers, Ott, Ennis, Foligno, Sekera, and Grigorenko(1)

Assists:

Boston: Krejci(5), Hamilton(4), Chara(3), Horton, Lucic, Bergeron, Seguin, and G. Campbell(2)

Buffalo: Vanek(7), Pominville(5), Ehrhoff(4), Stafford(3)

Points:

Boston: Krejci(6), Horton and Chara(5), Marchand, Lucic, and Hamilton(4), Bergeron, Seguin, and G. Campbell(3)

Buffalo: Vanek(10), Pominville(9), Ehrhoff(4), Hodgson(3)

Plus/Minus:

Boston: Krejci and Lucic(+5), Horton and Seguin(+4), Chara, Marchand, Bergeron, Boychuk, Seidenberg(+3), McQuaid(+1)

Buffalo: Sulzer(+2), Kaleta, Ott, and Weber(+1), Vanek, Ehrhoff, Hodgson, Ennis, Regehr, and Ellis(EV), Foligno, Scott, and Brennan(-1)

Penalty Minutes:

Boston: Lucic(22), S. Thornton(20), McQuaid(11), Chara(10)
Buffalo: Kaleta(18), Weber(17), Ott(13), Foligno(11)

Shots:

Boston: Bergeron(19), Hamilton and Seguin(18), Horton(17), Peverley(15)

Buffalo: Vanek(24), Hodgson(21), Pominville(19), Stafford and Ennis(17)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: Boychuk(12), Ference(10), Chara(9), Seidenberg(7)

Buffalo: Sekera(12), Ehrhoff and Leopold(9), Regehr(7), Pominville(6)

Hits:

Boston: Lucic(25), Chara(20), Ference(16), Seidenberg(15)

Buffalo: Ott(24), Foligno(19), Kaleta(16), Regehr and Myers(12)

Face-Off Wins:

Boston: Bergeron(76), Krejci(46), Kelly(40), Peverley(33)

Buffalo: Hodgson(44), Ott(30), Ennis(28), Grigorenko and Hecht(17)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Boston: Tuukka Rask 4-0-1 1.74 GAA .932 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 2-2-1 2.38 GAA .925 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Apr 7, 2012 Bruins Won(SO) 4-3

Season Series: Bruins Won 4-1-1

All-Time: Bruins Lead 120-106-37

All-Time at BOS: Bruins 73-47-16

Leafs beat clock and Sabres, 4-3

Matt Frattin is making the most of his opportunity with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Frattin scored two goals, including the game-winner with 1.5 seconds remaining in overtime, as the Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 at First Niagara Center on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old right wing, who’s gotten a chance at an NHL job after Joffrey Lupul went down with a broken forearm last week, has three goals and five points in three games after being recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.

He earned the extra point for the Leafs when he broke down the left wing while being defended by Jordan Leopold, drove to the net and lifted the puck over goaltender Ryan Miller’s right shoulder on his short side.

Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was on the ice for the game-winner, but didn’t realize how close the two teams were from going to the shootout.

“I had some idea [of how much time was left], but I had no idea it was that tight,” Phaneuf said.

Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle was impressed with Frattin’s play and said his recent play echoes what he did to be successful in the AHL last season.

“If you judge his game, it’s based upon him taking the body and then he seems to be around the puck a lot more and seems to get chances,” Carlyle said.

The win even Toronto’s record to 3-3-0 and snapped a two-game losing streak. The Sabres have now lost four in a row after starting the season 2-0-0.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020079&navid=sb:recap

Healthy Horton helps Bruins to SO win over Devils

The Boston Bruins missed Nathan Horton after he was knocked out of the lineup by his second concussion in seven months last January.

A little more than a year later, the Bruins are reaping the rewards of another Horton comeback.

Horton scored the tying goal with 4:05 remaining in regulation and the Bruins won a six-round shootout to defeat the New Jersey Devils, 2-1, at TD Garden on Tuesday night and improve to 5-0-1 on the season.

The Devils remained unbeaten in regulation and are 3-0-2. Boston and New Jersey are the only Eastern Conference teams without a regulation loss.

It’s been impossible to tell that Horton went nearly a year between NHL games after his career-threatening injury suffered Jan. 22, 2012. He has five points (three goals) in the Bruins’ six games.

“We know he’s got good strength, he’s a great skater, has a great shot, and he’s utilizing all his tools right now and there doesn’t seem to be anything holding him back,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “And that’s pretty impressive because guys come back sometimes a little tentative and that’s not the case with Nathan. I think right now you’re seeing him at his best. We all know that he’s a machine. He doesn’t seem like he’s missed a beat. He’s right back in great form right now and we’re feeding off him, there’s no doubt.”

It took Horton until the Bruins’ third game of the season to score his first goal, and he has now scored in back-to-back games.

“It feels great, just to contribute to help the team,” he said. “Whether it’s anything, it’s a hit or a [goal], I’m just trying to work hard and be the best I can to not let my teammates down.”

The Bruins won the shootout, 2-1, on goals by Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand. Seguin’s goal came after a do-over because someone in the stands threw an object onto the ice during his first successful attempt against Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg. The officials used Rule 24.4 to make Seguin shoot again, and the speedster went to his backhand instead of the forehand he used to score the first time. In the sixth round, Marchand beat Hedberg five-hole before Tuukka Rask made a glove save on Marek Zidlicky.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020078&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

January 31, 2006 Sabres Score 4 unanswered goals in 5-2 win over Thrashers

On this day 7 years ago the Sabres would overcome at 2-1 deficit to beat the Atlanta Thrashers. Ales Kotalik gave the Sabres an early 1-0 lead in the first period. Atlanta would then score twice to end the first period with goals from Marian Hossa and Ronald Petrovicky. Sabres then would score 4 unanswered goals over the next 40 minutes. Goals from Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad, and J.P. Dumont would lead the Sabres to victory. Ryan Miller would get the win making 35 saves on the night.

Injury Report:

Boston: Savard Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), Caron Upper Body(IR/Out), Thomas Personal(Out), McQuaid Personal(Questionable)

Buffalo: McCormick Finger(IR/Out), Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Regehr Lower Body(Out), Kaleta Upper Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:

Feb 2 at Montreal Canadiens 2:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)

Feb 3 vs. Florida Panthers 3:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 5 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 7 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 9 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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