McQuaid back with the Bruins


McQuaid back with the Bruins

BOSTON -- Adam McQuaid reunited with the Bruins in Boston onTuesday morning after heading back to Prince Edward Island over the weekend toattend his grandmother's funeral services. The 6-foot-5, 209-pounddefenseman missed Monday nights game in Carolina in order to be with hisfamily, but skated during a sparsely attended morning skate at TD Garden priorto a Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils. McQuaid, Jordan Caron, Jay Pandolfo and Lane MacDermid werethe only players that skated on the ice while the rest of the Bruins tookto off-ice workouts. Claude Julien was non-committal about McQuaidsavailability for the Devils game, but it would be surprising if he werent backin the lineup. McQuaid is available, hes skating this morning, so wellsee where he is after morning skate, said Julien. Well make a decisiontoday, before the game.Aaron Johnson skated 11:29 of ice time on 19 shifts in the5-3 victory over the Canes and finished with a blocked shot along with aminus-1 rating while filling in for McQuaid and skating with Andrew Ference. McQuaid is averaging 14:31 of ice time in four games thisfar this season with a plus-1 and scoreless stat line while his rugged style ofplay has led to 11 PIMs in the barely week old season. The lines are expected to be the same on Tuesday night as theywere on Monday night with the addition of McQuaid to the lineup and TuukkaRask back between the pipes after Mondays night off:Lucic-Krejci-Horton

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres


Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.


Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.


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