Morning Skate: Report says no talks with Kelly

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Morning Skate: Report says no talks with Kelly

ESPNBostons James Murphy checks in with Chris Kellys agent, and finds that theres been no movement between the Bruins and Kellys camp. Nothing to be overly concerned about given Bostons early dismissal from the playoffs, but there are a lot of reasons why Kelly might make it to July 1 as an unrestricted free agent before making a decision.

Shane Doan shows up big for the Phoenix Coyotes when they need him most in an elimination game. Good display of heart and determination by the longtime Coyotes captain with his two-goal performance.

The New York Post has a story on Chris Kreider letting his instincts take over during the Rangers playoff run as an effective rookie. Kreider would seem to have a bright future in Gotham.

Northern Ireland is catching the hockey bug. I saw it firsthand when the Bruins visited to play the Belfast Giants two years ago, and now theyll host the police and fireman games next year. Its a natural fit given how many Irish-American hockey families have embraced the game after leaving Ireland.

Zach Parise is back to his normal self with his team and the assembled media after blowing everyone off in a silent fury after a loss to the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

A funny anecdote from Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Bob Cole when he literally lost his pants in the announcers booth. Happens to the best of us on television.

For something completely different: a where are they now for many American Idol finalists that never quite made the cut.

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

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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.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

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