Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 5

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, June 5

John Tortorella sits down with Bob Coasts and talks media idiots and tweeters on the NBC Sports Network.

The Flint Journal the hometown newspaper of record for Tim Thomas hometown has a few people close to Thomas standing behind his decision.

A funky piece of news from CSN Washington, who said that a porn star killer had previously blogged about Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin.

A good helping of Tim Thomas in the 30 thoughts of Elliotte Friedman this week as he attempts to uncover what exactly is going on.

Wayne Gretzky is at the Stanley Cup Finals games in Los Angeles, and hes touting the idea of renaming the Conn Smythe Trophy after Jean Beliveau. Thats a pretty excellent idea.

Justin Bourne examines how the Los Angeles Kings ended up as the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Nicklas Lidstroms retirement leaves plenty of stories and memories behind in the city of Detroit.

Craig Custance wonders if Zach Parise and the New York Rangers will be making a connection in the offseason.

Former Rangers great Mark Messier tells the New York Post that the Rangers need more depth as they hope to move past the conference finals next season.

For something completely different: Baseball Prospectus and Derek Lowe are absolutely a marriage made in heaven.

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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