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Sabres Host Bruins For First Of 2 Meetings This Week

@ 7:00 PM

Last Game:

Boston: Feb 6 at Canadiens Won 2-1

Buffalo: Feb 9 at NY Islanders Won 3-2

Record:

Boston: 7-1-1

Buffalo: 5-6-1

Points:

Boston: 15

Buffalo: 11

Rank In Conference:

Boston: 2nd

Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:

Boston: 8.8(30th)

Buffalo: 15.6(T-22nd)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Boston: 92.3(2nd)

Buffalo: 79.2(18th)

Goals For:

Boston: 24(T-22nd)

Buffalo: 37(T-4th)

Goals Against:

Boston: 20(T-1st)

Buffalo: 43(30th)

Shots For:

Boston: 282(T-25th)

Buffalo: 352(5th)

Shots Against:

Boston: 239(3rd)

Buffalo: 404(30th)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: 129(25th)

Buffalo: 168(T-9th)

Hits:

Boston: 260(11th)

Buffalo: 244(14th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Boston: 59.4(1st)

Buffalo: 43.0(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Boston: Marchand(5), Krejci and Horton(3), Seguin, Chara, and Lucic(2), 7 Tied With 1 Goal

Buffalo: Vanek(11), Pominville(6), Hodgson(5), Ennis(4)

Assists:

Boston: Krejci(6), Seguin, P. Bergeron, Hamilton(4), Horton, Chara, Lucic, and Kelly(3), Peverley, G. Campbell, and Paille(2)

Buffalo: Vanek(12), Pominville(8), Hodgson(7), Foligno(6)

Points:

Boston: Krejci(9), Marchand, Horton, and Seguin(6), Chara, Lucic, and P. Bergeron(5), Hamilton(4)

Buffalo: Vanek(23), Pominville(14), Hodgson(12), Ennis(9)

Plus/Minus:

Boston: Seguin(+7), Krejci(+6), Lucic and J. Boychuk(+5), P Bergeron(+4)

Buffalo: Vanek(+6), Ehrhoff(+5), Sulzer(+4), Ott(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Boston: Lucic(28), S. Thornton(25), Chara(14), McQuaid(13)
Buffalo: Ott(22), Scott(19), Kaleta(18), Weber(17)

Shots:

Boston: P. Bergeron(31), Seguin(29), Horton(26), Peverley(24)

Buffalo: Vanek(45), Pominville(36), Hodgson, Ennis, and Stafford(33), Ehrhoff(23)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: J. Boychuk(20), Seidenberg(17), Chara and Ference(14), P. Bergeron, Krejci, Hamilton, and McQuaid(7)

Buffalo: Sekera and Leopold(19), Ehrhoff(18), Weber(16), Myers(12)

Hits:

Boston: Lucic(37), Chara(25), Seidenberg(23), Ference(22)

Buffalo: Ott(39), Foligno and Weber(28), Myers(18), Kaleta(17)

Face-Off Wins:

Boston: P. Bergeron(111), Krejci(78), Kelly(58), Peverley(48)

Buffalo: Hodgson(97), Ennis(53) Ott(52), Hecht(33)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Boston: Tuukka Rask 6-1-1 1.97 GAA .922 SV% 1 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 5-4-1 3.07 GAA .909 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Jan 31 Sabres Won 7-4

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Bruins Lead 120-107-37

All-Time vs. BOS: Sabres Lead 70-41-21

Miller saves Sabres in win over Islanders

It’s been an up-and-down season for Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. Saturday night was definitely one of the ups.

Miller stopped 41 shots, and Alexander Sulzer scored the go-ahead goal 7:35 into the third period as the Sabres defeated the New York Islanders 3-2 despite being outshot 43-15.

The Sabres had allowed four or more goals in each of their past six games. Miller is the only reason it’s not seven in a row.

“Every season you’re going to have a couple of games like that,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “Our puck movement wasn’t good, we got caught in our end a few times, but Ryan made the big saves when we needed them.”

Miller did get a little help from his goal posts in the third period. A rocket from the right circle by John Tavares rang off the right post, and Tavares’ backhander on a penalty shot with 3:53 left also drew iron and stayed out.

“I just wanted to not give him a lot of room,” Miller said. “He wanted me to slide a little bit back to the blocker side. He made a nice move, and I tried to take him as far as I could, push him outside, and I got a good bounce.”

Tavares said, “I just didn’t put it in. It hit the post and stayed out. I got the room that I needed and it just was not enough.”

The win gave the Sabres back-to-back victories after they went 3-6-1 in their first 10 games.

“We need to win all different ways,” Miller said. “We just need to win. Tonight it worked out a little bit better for me. We got some good bounces and I was able to get in the way a little bit more than in the last few games.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020161&navid=sb:recap

Bruins score twice in third to defeat Canadiens

Tyler Seguin certainly made his coach look pretty good Wednesday night.

Boston’s Claude Julien moved Seguin to the wing on a line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic in the second intermission. Seguin then scored the tying goal and helped set up Krejci’s winner on his first two shifts of the third period to lead the Bruins to a 2-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in the first of four meetings this season between the bitter Northeast Division rivals.

“The coaches said they wanted to give a little spark and see what happens,” Seguin said. “Obviously with the first two shifts we were able to pop in two goals, so it worked out.”

It was Seguin’s second goal of the season — the first on which he beat a goaltender, with his other goal coming into an empty net Jan. 28 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He had a goal called back and had another shot hit the knob of goaltender James Reimer’s stick in a 1-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

But Seguin’s production had largely been lacking until he was placed on that wing with Krejci and Lucic, swapping spots with Nathan Horton who moved to a line with Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell.

“We needed to create more scoring chances because I didn’t think we had enough in the first two periods,” Julien said. “We tweaked the lines a little bit and the guys responded well.”

Tuukka Rask was tremendous in goal for the Bruins (7-1-1), particularly during a first period when his team was outshot 11-4 and he was forced into a number of key saves to get Boston to intermission in a scoreless tie. Rask finished with 21 saves and allowed one goal or fewer for the fifth time in eight starts this season.

“Part of our game plan was that we needed to come out of the first either tied or ahead,” Julien said. “We were tied, but Tuukka was the big reason why we were tied.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020138

This Day In Sabres History:

February 10, 1977 Desjardins Suffers Eye Injury In Sabres 4-3 Win Over Bruins

On this Date 36 Years Ago The Sabres beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 at Memorial Auditorium. The Biggest Story of the Game was when a Bruins Shot caught Sabres Starting Goaltender Gerry Desjardins in his mask and caused a cataract in his eye. Desjardins would not be able to recover only play until the 77-78 Season with the Sabres before he was forced to retire due to complications of his injury.

Injury Report:

Boston: Savard Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), Caron Upper Body(IR/Out), Marchand Upper Body(Doubtful), S. Thornton Concussion(Probable), Paille Eye(Probable)

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Regehr Lower Body(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:

Feb 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 15 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 17 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 12:30 PM(NBC HD/TSN2 HD)

Feb 19 vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

Feb 21 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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