Talking Points: Bruins 4, Sabres 1

Talking Points: Bruins 4, Sabres 1
April 12, 2014, 4:30 pm
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GOLD STAR: David Krejci probably didn’t have his most dominant game of the season, but the results were there as he scored his 18th and 19th goals of the season while putting in 16:14 of work in victory. On both goals Krejci was the fortunate receiver of good bounces off the end boards: his first goal was a long bounce off the end boards that landed on his stick before he quickly beat Matt Hackett, and the second was a long point shot that bounced off the Buffalo goalie’s skate and into the net. Both were the results of hanging around the net and putting shots on net, which are important elements of the playmaking center’s game.

BLACK EYE: Christian Ehrhoff probably shouldn’t have even bothered getting off the Buffalo team bus after racking up a minus-3 with zero offensive involvement in 15:13 of ice time for the Sabres. But the black eye goes to Sabres no talent clown John Scott, who once again tried to force his way into being a factor when he’s not skilled enough to matter on the ice at any level. Scott didn’t like the way Milan Lucic tossed Matt D’Agostini to the ice after a whistle, so he immediately went after the B’s winger after his shift was over. There’s no early reason why Lucic would fight Scott less than a week before the start of the playoffs, and luckily Zdeno Chara intervened with a high stick that seemed to slow the Buffalo ogre down a little bit. Scott was slapped with a 10 minute misconduct for attempting to turn the game into a gong show, and then another 10 minute misconduct in the third period when he tried to act once again with Chara. That’s 24 minutes worth of penalties and 6:03 of ice time for the least talented player currently skating in the NHL. Get him out of the league.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins simply pounced on the lowly Sabres in the first period, and put their foot down on Buffalo’s throat in a game where Boston wanted to earn itself a good result. Gregory Campbell and David Krejci each scored the goals in the opening 20 minutes both going hard to the net and finishing off gritty scoring plays, and Patrice Bergeron put the icing on the cake with a goal in the second period. It was something to put a good taste in Boston’s mouth after they were left with some bitterness after listless efforts against the Wild and Jets last week.

HONORABLE MENTION: Patrice Bergeron didn’t play a single shift in the third period – with something the Bruins called “very minor” – but still scored his 30th goal of the season, finished with three shots on and 12-of-17 face off wins in a no-frills all-around effort against the Sabres. Unfortunately his official point streak was halted at 12 games when he missed Thursday night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets with injury, but Bergeron still finished with 11 goals and 17 points in his last 13 games. Bergeron is likely to get another game off against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, and he’s most definitely earned it.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1977-78 – the last time the Bruins went an entire season without enduring a three-game losing streak, something they clinched this season with their win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “I think that’s what it’s all about. The President’s Cup identifies a team who’s been good for [entire] regular season.” –Claude Julien, on Boston’s first time securing the NHL’s best record in the league since 1989-90.