Bruins 3, Sabres 1
The Bruins didn’t have to be – or want to be – told how long it
had been since they’d won two games in a row.
”January-something, I know that,” Tyler Seguin said. ”I knew
it was too long.”
David Krejci scored for the fifth time in the last five games
and Boston won consecutive games for the first time in almost two
months with a 3-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday
Defenseman Johnny Boychuk broke a 1-1 tie at 12:56 of the third
period and Krejci scored 2:58 later to make it 3-1.
The Bruins, who won at Toronto Tuesday night, last won two in a
row since Jan. 10 and 12. It was the 11th time the Bruins had tried
for two in a row since then.
”We’ve been obviously battling for consistency,” Bruins coach
Claude Julien said. ”Even though this is our first back-to-back
win in a long time, I was encouraged by our play in New York (a 4-3
loss to the Rangers Sunday) and it just kept coming along, in the
next game, obviously winning and then tonight again we had a pretty
”.When you’ve got the amount of injuries that you have, you
take every win for what they are and tonight was a good win for
The loss was the second in the last three games for the Sabres,
who are battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Sabres almost pulled out a point with backup Jhomas Enroth
in goal for the first time since Feb. 12, as Ryan Miller got the
night off after 10 straight starts. They lost for the second time
in their last three games.
I think it is a good example and shows you why they are where
they are at right now, and where we’re at,” Buffalo captain Jason
Pominville said. ”They stuck with it, they were patient and they
didn’t really give up much.”
Pominville scored in the first period and Boston’s Gregory
Campbell tied it in the second.
Tim Thomas made 19 saves for Boston.
With the game tied 1-1, Boychuk stepped into a loose puck after
a sliding Jordon Leopold broke up Jordan Caron pass. Boychuk
blasted his fourth goal of the season past Buffalo goalie Jhonas
Enroth, making his first start since Feb. 16.
Caron’s assist on the goal gave him six points in his last three
Krejci has been Boston’s best scorer since joining a line with
wingers Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic. All three players have at
least one point in each of the five games and the line has 20
points (10 goals). It was Krejci’s sixth goal in the last seven
games, his 18th of the season.
Pominville walked down the right side on a 2-on-1 but Thomas had
a clear view of his slap shot the hit the top of the net. It was
the 25th goal of the season for Buffalo captain, the third time in
his career he has scored 25, but the first time since 2007-08.
The Bruins ran up a 13-6 shots advantage in the first period but
didn’t score until the final minutes of the second.
Christian Ehrhoff’s pass in the defensive zone hit the skate of
teammate Cody Hodgson and headed out to the blue line. Shawn
Thornton stepped right into the puck and his shot was deflected out
of midair by Campbell and Enroth at 18:09.
The goal was reviewed but stood. For Campbell, it was his
seventh goal of the season, first in 20 games.
It came just over five minutes after a shot by defenseman Dennis
Seidenberg, beat Enroth and slammed off the goal post to Enroth’s
left. It came right out into the crease and the goalie covered it
with his glove.
”I wasn’t quite sure of the exact date (of the last two-game
winning streak) but I know, we all knew, that it’s been quite a
while,” Campbell said. ”As we approach the playoffs you’re not
going to find yourself going very far if you’re winning one, losing
one so that’s where the consistent factor comes in.”
NOTES: Boston’s Brad Marchand, nailed by a clean check from
Tyler Myers late in the game, appeared to injure his right shoulder
or arm and didn’t’ play again, but Julien said he didn’t play
because of game circumstances and that Marchand was ”ready to
go.” … New Boston backup goalie Mary Turco, who cleared waivers
to return to the NHL Wednesday, dressed as Thomas’ backup. Turco
was signed for the rest of the season because of the injury to
Tuukka Rask. . The Bruins wished a happy 94th birthday to former
coach Milt Schmidt.