BruinsDevils: 5 from the Third

BruinsDevils: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking out the Devils by a 4-1 score at the TD Garden after 60 minutes that saw the Bs get bigger and stronger as the game progressed.1)Tim Thomas has been just ordinary since the All-Star break and a shade under that during the month of March, but he looked like vintage Thomas against the Devils tonight. Twenty nine saves for Thomas, and several flashy glove saves on Ilya Kovalchuk when he had to be perfect to match what Martin Brodeur was doing at the other end of the ice.2)Big rebound game from Dennis Seidenberg. He needed that in a Big Bad way, and he responded in a must-win against the Devils.3)Milan Lucic with his 30th goal of the season to ice the game, and snap a five-game goal-scoring drought. Typical goal with the way hes worked to finish this season, and he used his quick release and dead-eye aim to fire home a nice pass from behind the net by Patrice Bergeron. Well executed play to salt away the game.4)Lucic is the first 30 goal scorer for the Bruins since Phil Kessel a couple of years ago, and hes taken over that role as a bona fide game-breaker. A two point night and a plus-2 evening for Lucic on a night when the Bs needed their best player to step up.5)Big game for Zdeno Chara with two points and four shots on net to lead the Bruins along with snarling defense. Chara had seemed to soften a bit in recent games given all of the criticism levied at him, but he was large for the Bs tonight.

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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