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Sabres Hope To Open Up 3 Game Homestand On The Right Foot Against Rival Bruins

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Last Game:

Boston: Feb 12 vs. NY Rangers Loss(SO) 4-3

Buffalo: Feb 12 at Senators Loss 2-0

Record:

Boston: 8-1-2

Buffalo: 5-8-1

Points:

Boston: 18

Buffalo: 11

Rank In Conference:

Boston: 2nd

Buffalo: 15th

Power Play Ranking:

Boston: 9.3(29th)

Buffalo: 13.5(26th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Boston: 93.5(1st)

Buffalo: 82.0(15th)

Goals For:

Boston: 30(23rd)

Buffalo: 38(10th)

Goals Against:

Boston: 24(3rd)

Buffalo: 48(29th)

Shots For:

Boston: 361(19th)

Buffalo: 420(5th)

Shots Against:

Boston: 294(T-3rd)

Buffalo: 474(30th)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: 147(27th)

Buffalo: 207(T-6th)

Hits:

Boston: 307(10th)

Buffalo: 296(T-12th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Boston: 58.2(1st)

Buffalo: 43.9(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Boston: Marchand(7), Krejci and Horton(4), Lucic(3), Seguin, Chara, and P. Bergeron(2)

Buffalo: Vanek(11), Pominville(6), Hodgson and Ennis(5), Sulzer(3)

Assists:

Boston: Krejci(7), Lucic and P. Bergeron(5), Seguin and Hamilton(4), 6 Tied With 3 Assists

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

Points:

Boston: Krejci(11), Marchand and Lucic(8), Horton and P. Bergeron(7), Seguin(6)

Buffalo: Vanek(23), Pominville(14), Hodgson(12), Ennis(10)

Plus/Minus:

Boston: Seguin(+8), Krejci(+7), P. Bergeron(+6), Seidenberg and J. Boychuk(+5)

Buffalo: Vanek and Sulzer(+4), Ehrhoff(+3), Ott(+2), Kaleta(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Boston: Lucic(30), S. Thornton(25), G. Campbell(22), McQuaid(15)
Buffalo: Ott(26), Kaleta(25), Weber(21), Scott and Foligno(19)

Shots:

Boston: P. Bergeron(39), Seguin(34), Horton(30), Hamilton and Chara(28)

Buffalo: Vanek(51), Stafford(40), Pominville and Ennis(39), Hodgson(37)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: J. Boychuk(22), Seidenberg(18), Chara and Ference(16), McQuaid(11)

Buffalo: Leopold(26), Sekera(23), Ehrhoff(22), Weber(20)

Hits:

Boston: Lucic(45), Chara(29), Seidenberg(27), Ference and McQuaid(22)

Buffalo: Ott(48), Foligno(31), Weber(30), Kaleta(22)

Face-Off Wins:

Boston: P. Bergeron(137), Krejci(91), Kelly(73), Peverley(55)

Buffalo: Hodgson(119), Ott(64), Ennis(62), Hecht(44)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Boston: Anton Khudobin 2-0-0 2.00 GAA .931 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 5-6-1 2.89 GAA .915 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Feb 10 Bruins Won 3-1

Season Series: Tied 1-1-0

All-Time: Bruins Lead 120-107-37

All-Time vs. BOS: Sabres Lead 70-42-21

Anderson, Senators blank Sabres 2-0

Craig Anderson refused to take credit for his 42-save shutout of the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. Instead, Ottawa’s goaltender was quick to praise his teammates for their role in the Senators’ 2-0 victory at Scotiabank Place.

“I’m just giving the team a chance to win,” Anderson said after setting a franchise record for the most saves in a shutout. “I’m trying to control my rebounds as best as possible. The guys in front are doing a great job of boxing out and cleaning up any garbage, and it allows me to see the puck.”

The previous franchise record for saves in a shutout was 35, held by Dominik Hasek, Ron Tugnutt and Martin Gerber.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff felt his team didn’t do enough to make Anderson’s life difficult.

“Anderson was great,” Ruff said. “I didn’t think we got enough traffic on some of the shots. When you see him, you know he’s had a good year and he’s going to make those saves. We didn’t quite get in front of him so he couldn’t make that first save.”

Erik Karlsson and Erik Condra scored less than two minutes apart in the second period for the Senators, who had lost their last two games. Karlsson’s first career shorthanded goal broke Ottawa’s offensive drought – the Senators had gone 121:35 without scoring. The reigning Norris Trophy winner leads the Senators with six goals this season.

Five of Anderson’s saves in his second shutout of the season came against NHL scoring leader Thomas Vanek, who was held off the scoresheet by the Senators for the second time this month. Vanek leads the League with 11 goals and 23 points.

The Sabres have lost their last two games.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020180

After three-goal lead, Rangers top Bruins in shootout

After a third period to forget, the New York Rangers left Causeway Street with a victory to remember — and one they can use as a learning tool.

Despite squandering a 3-0 lead in the third period, the Rangers rode shootout goals by Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan to a 4-3 victory – their third straight win – against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

The Bruins scored twice the final two minutes of regulation to tie the game with goaltender Tuukka Rask on the bench for an extra attacker.

“We have to learn from it,” Callahan said. “We have to play harder in third periods with the lead in away buildings. We have to realize that, but at the same time we showed some character not giving up and not folding the tent in overtime. I thought we came back and we had a good overtime. At the end of the day, we find a way to get two points in a tough place to play.”

The Bruins’ three-game winning streak came to an end, and they took their first defeat in three shootouts this season. The Bruins started their rally just as their fourth failed power play of the night expired. One second after Nash left the box, David Krejci flipped a rebound over Henrik Lundqvist’s right pad into the back of the net at 8:44.

Nathan Horton trimmed the Rangers’ lead to 3-2. Andrew Ference’s shot went off Lundqvist’s chest and Horton buried the rebound with 1:31 remaining. The Bruins pressured as the clock crept below a minute to play. Gregory Campbell was causing havoc in front of the net when Patrice Bergeron’s shot was blocked to Brad Marchand, who buried it short side from a tough angle to tie the game at 3 with 43 ticks remaining.

“I don’t think we competed as hard as I’ve seen us compete at the beginning. I thought that was probably down a notch and we needed to compete a little bit better if we wanted to win this hockey game,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “So to gain a point after being down 3-0 in the third certainly is something to be happy about.

But I don’t think we’re going to get carried away with thinking this was a great situation. I think we’re fortunate to get this point, and we’ll take it and hopefully learn from it.”

For his efforts, Lundqvist was awarded the Rangers’ “Broadway Hat.” He finished with 37 saves in regulation and overtime, then stopped three of four Boston attempts in the shootout. Only Marchand beat him.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020179&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

February 15, 1989

Mike Foligno is named captain two days after Lindy Ruff turns in the C. The Sabres beat New Jersey at the Aud, 5-3.

Injury Report:

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

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:

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)

Feb 23 vs. New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 26 at  Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

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