Sabres 4, Bruins 2
About the only breaks Ryan Miller had in the third period came
when his teammates scored a pair of goals.
Miller was busy stopping shots the rest of the period as he and
the Buffalo Sabres beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Thursday
Miller made 18 of his 38 saves in the final period as Buffalo
earned its fifth win in seven games and continued to climb toward
playoff contention in the Eastern Conference.
”Up until the All-Star break we’ve got to run the table to be
around where we want to be,” Miller said. ”That first half of the
season, we had some efforts that I thought were pretty good but we
weren’t getting the rewards. That’s a frustrating feeling. So it’s
been good to get that positive feeling.”
Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville scored the only two goals of
the third period, which began tied at 2.
The Sabres were coming off a 2-1 overtime win against Montreal
on Tuesday and continued to play well, holding the Bruins scoreless
on four power plays.
”It’s a great win for us against a good team,” said Vanek, who
also had an assist on Pominville’s goal that put the Sabres up 4-2
with 3:20 left. ”Boston always plays us tough, especially here.
Two timely goals in the third period.”
Tyler Ennis had two assists and Nathan Gerbe and Cody McCormick
also scored for Buffalo, which won for the third time in five
meetings with Northeast Division rival Boston and improved to
Dennis Seidenberg and Gregory Campbell scored for the
first-place Bruins, who had won five of six and were 15-0-1 when
leading after the first period.
”From start to finish, I don’t think there’s much to say here
except we were totally flat tonight. From the first player to the
last,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. ”We came out flat tonight
and never seemed to find our game. Even in the third period –
you’re coming in there tied and you’ve got an opportunity in 20
minutes to seal your fate and it just wasn’t happening
Tuukka Rask had 29 saves for Boston, which was 0 for 4 on the
power play and fell to 18-2-3 when scoring first.
The Bruins led by a goal twice but couldn’t hold off the Sabres,
who got goals from Vanek and Pominville in the third and another
great night from Miller as he started his 23rd straight game.
Vanek came in on a 2-on-1 and kept the puck, snapping a shot
high to Rusk’s stick side for an unassisted goal with 14:47 left.
Vanek added an assist with a centering pass from the corner and
Pominville was able to get a stick on it while crashing the
”We need him to produce. There’s no getting around it,” Miller
said of Vanek. ”It’s good to see him getting pucks to the
Miller robbed Mark Recchi and Marc Savard on great scoring
opportunities in the second to keep it tied at 2 and allow the
Sabres to win it in the final period.
Recchi was all alone in front and swept a backhand right into
Miller’s glove midway through the period, then on a 2-on-1 Savard
fired a shot that Miller got just enough glove on to tip it wide
and keep it tied at 2.
Sabres defenseman Steve Montador saved a goal early in the third
when the puck got behind Miller. Montador was able to sweep it out
of the crease before it could cross the goal line.
The Sabres tied it with 9:24 left in the second on a power-play
goal by Gerbe off a crossing pass from Tyler Myers. The puck
movement got Rask off balance and he had no chance to stop Gerbe’s
one-timer from the circle. It was the third goal of the season for
Gerbe, a former Boston College player.
Seidenberg gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the first, but McCormick
tied it early in the second when he slapped in his own rebound
after hitting the post for his seventh goal of the season.
Notes: Play was stopped for several minutes early in the second
period to replace a pane of glass in front of the goal judge. …
Savard’s assist on Seidenberg’s goal was the 499th of his