BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Second

BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Canadiens by a wild 6-4 score after the first 40 minutes of playoff-style hockey at the TD Garden.1)The Bruins play their best hockey when theyre physically engaged, and it would be an understatement to put them in that category tonight. A line brawl in the second period that featured Carey Price and Tim Thomas squaring off at center ice in a goalie fight punctuated a lot of bad blood between the teams. It all started when Brad Marchand hit Steve Wisniewski on an icing call behind the Montreal net and then all heck broke loose. Six Bruins in the penalty box when it was all said and done. Most enjoyable moment was watching Zdeno Chara look for Max Pacioretty and go straight for the Montreal rookie after Pacioretty shoved in Montreal after scoring the overtime game-winner last month.2)Zach Hamill making plays and he set up Michael Ryder on one of the second period goals. An assist and a plus-1 in seven minutes, and he honestly is having more of a factor in both ends than Tyler Seguin has in quite some time.3)Three assists for Nathan Horton, who has had an up-and-down game but looks engaged and involved tonight. Four shots on net, three assists and a plus-3 in 10 minutes of action.4)Tim Thomas looking a little shaky, but it doesnt really matter much in a rock em, sock em hockey game like is taking place tonight. Twenty saves and four goals allowed for the Tank.5)Adam McQuaid with his first goal of the season on a blast from the high slot area after the Bruins scraped and scrapped for a puck by winning battles in front of the Montreal net. The Bruins looked determined to send a message to Montreal tonight, and theyre doing just that.

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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