Bruins blow two leads, fall 4-2 to Sabres


Bruins blow two leads, fall 4-2 to Sabres

By Danny Picardand JoeHaggerty

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Bruins blew two leads on Thursday night at the TD Garden and suffered a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in a game that was tied going into the third period. "We dont have everybody going on all cylinders and competing at the level we should you know it just makes it hard for us," said Mark Recchi, lamenting points lost after the game.The Sabres took their first lead of the night five minutes into the third, when Thomas Vanek beat Tuukka Rask top-left with a half-slapper on a 2-on-1.

Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart decided to play the pass, but Rask still couldnt stop Vaneks shot from the right side, giving Buffalo a 3-2 lead.

Jason Pominville added the fourth with 3:20 left in the game, putting home a cross-ice feed from Vanek, while skating hard to the right post.

The Bruins blew leads of 1-0 and 2-1 thanks to a pair of second-period Buffalo goals from Cody McCormick and Nathan Gerbe.

McCormick led the second off by rewarding himself with an open net after first hitting the left post with a shot from the high slot, and then putting his own rebound into an empty net, as Rask was caught spinning around to look for the puck.

The goal came 1:04 into the period, and it tied the game at 1-1.

Fourth-line center Gregory Campbell put the Bruins back on top, 2-1, nearly four minutes later, as he finished off a pair of pretty passes from linemates Shawn Thornton and Blake Wheeler.

Thornton fed the puck out to the top of the left circle, from the corner, and Wheeler quickly re-directed it to Campbell, who finished top-right with a wrist shot from the slot, giving him his eighth point (4 goals, 4 assists) in his last seven games.

Gerbe tied it at 2-2 midway through the period after receiving a nice cross-ice pass through the slot from Tyler Myers.

Myers found Gerbe from the right slot, and Gerbe finished from the left circle, past Rask, who decided to dive to his right, instead of sliding over on his pads.

Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg had initially put the Bs up 1-0, with nine minutes left to play in the first period, after his one-timer from the middle of the point snuck under Millers right arm, while Nathan Horton was parked put front for the screen.Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard. You can listen to Danny on his streaming radio show I'm Just Sayin' Monday-Friday from 9-10 a.m. on
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Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'


Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

ANDOVER, Mass. — Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility of his actions.

Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory," Bourque said in a statement released Sunday. "I am not happy about the situation I put myself into."

Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.

Bourque is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Police haven't provided a date.

According to The Boston Globe, Bourque currently owns Tresca, a restaurant on Boston's North End.

"Everything is on track" with Bruins prospect Zboril


"Everything is on track" with Bruins prospect Zboril

Little more than a year after he was drafted in the middle of the first round by the Boston Bruins, some are whispering that 19-year-old Jakub Zboril isn’t going to live up to advanced billing. Clearly the Czech defenseman took a step back for the Saint John Sea Dogs after being taken 13th by the Bruins in last year’s draft, and dropped to six goals and 20 points in 50 games in the QMJHL while watching second round pick Jeremy Lauzon pass him by on the prospect hype chart.

Perhaps the more concerning thing have been the whispers about an erratic work ethic and bad habits in Zboril’s game, a couple of criticisms that haven’t exactly gone away since the Bruins signed him to a contract last summer following development camp. Bruins assistant general manager Scott Bradley was asked about those concerns with the young D-man as he heads into an important training camp with Boston this fall, and didn’t seem all that concerned about his first round pick being a “bust.”

“I think his offensive production was down, and that he struggled a little bit coming out of the gate” said Bradley of Zboril, who had 13 goals and 33 points in 44 games during his first season in the Quebec Major Junior League prior to getting drafted by Boston. “But he had a strong playoff. Everybody forgets that he’s a gritty guy, and a strong player that moves the puck. The thing that stands out about him are that his numbers are down from last year.

“But everything is on track with him. He’s going to come to camp and hopefully shines, and has a good year this year…patience.

“I think it’s great if the second rounders are on par with him: the [Brandon] Carlos and the [Jeremy] Lauzons. If you look at the whole of our draft last year you can’t rule out the first eight picks that they might play [in the NHL]. We’re excited. Donnie and I were at the Memorial Cup, and Lauzon raised our eyebrows every night that he played. You’d come away with a good feeling like this kid plays hard, plays the Bruins style, moves the puck and is tough. Obviously [you had to like] what Carlo did when he was brought in [to Providence] at the end. It just bodes well for what we have coming this year. Zboril and Lauzon are probably going back to junior, but Carlo is going to get a long look.”

The young Czech D-man is still at a point where his stock can still shoot higher than it’s ever been with a good showing at training camp, and a strong season for the Sea Dogs entering into his professional hockey career. But he can’t afford to go through another down season, or that talk of him being a first round bust is only going to get louder and stronger.