Bruins look to get back on track on the road

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Bruins look to get back on track on the road

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

The Bruins built up the third-best road record in the Eastern Conference last season, and poured the foundation for their Stanley Cup run with a 10-day trip to Europe to begin the season.

The Bs actually struggled on their own home ice for long stretches of the regular season before catching fire late in the year, and some of their finest moments came together in rinks not named TD Garden. So with that in mind, Boston will lick their wounds at a Tuesday morning practice at Ristuccia Arena, and then set off for a two-game road trip that will take the Bruins through Carolina and Chicago.

We need to be together as a team and go out there on the road, said Patrice Bergeron. We can't panic right now. Yeah, we have to be better and, yeah, we have to expect the best out of every team.

It's a real challenge, so we have to go into Carolina and have our heads up. We need more. We need to be better.

The trip will span six days and give the Bruins a chance to get out of dodge after managing only win in their first three home games of the year, and totaled only a single goal in the two losses while getting inundated with Stanley Cup hoopla.

Both the Hurricanes and Blackhawks are expected to have playoff-caliber teams this season, so they wont be easy games for the Black and Gold. But perhaps thats a good thing after the Bs players failed to properly wake up against the lowly Colorado Avalanche Monday afternoon at the Garden.

I dont think going on the road is going to hurt, but at the same time I really think its more about our approach to the game thats going to make a difference, Claude Julien said. Now whether that helps getting away to get us focused and being in the hotels, being around each other and knowing the purpose of us being on the road certainly could help. As you know at home there are always more distractions.

Its important that the Bruins dont view the road as a cure all given some of the consistency issues in a pair of home games at the Garden, but the road isnt quite so cold and unforgiving at the NHL level.

The Bruins learned their first important lesson of the new season when they paid dearly for overlooking an Avalanche team at the Garden, and there should be a few more learning moments on the road over the coming week.

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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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