BruinsFlyers: 5 from the First

BruinsFlyers: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comPHILADELPHIA Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Flyers by a 1-0 score at the first 20 minutes of play at the Wells Fargo Center.1)The Bruins have had their moments, but the Flyers held the clear physical edge along with the better opportunities despite both teams ending the period with 10 shots on net. A lot of outside shots from the perimeter for the Bs in the first the same thing everyone saw in the first two periods against the New York Rangers. It looked a lot like one tough hockey team smacking the other one in the mouth.2)It appeared that Tyler Seguin might have cut his ear again after a collision near center ice in the waning minutes of the first period. That prompted Seguin to get into the scrum at the whistle and start shoving Claude Giroux around the first time Ive ever seen the rookie get into the nasty mix. That might have been to make up for a soft play in Bostons only power play when he peeled off a battle for a loose puck to keep possession in the offensive zone. Keep an eye on whether Seguin is out for the power play in the second period.3)Mike Richards again showing why hes such a factor in big games and postseason runs for the Flyers. The center set up Phillys only goal with a nice-looking dish to Kris Versteeg from the high slot area when it appeared he was winding up for a long point shot. Then he drew a hooking penalty on Patrice Bergeron when he grabbed hold of the Bs centers stick for dear life. Then he slashed the stick out of Brad Marchands for good measure. Richards is easy to hate, but Bs fans would love him if he was on their squad.4)The Flyers narrowly won the hit battle by a 10-9 margin, but there was a little more oomph in Philadelphias hits on the Bs like when Kris Versteeg slammed Mark Recchi to the ice from behindin the defensive zone and Scott Hartnell tackled Zdeno Chara behind the Boston net leading to a couple of cross-checks from each meat wagon on skates.5)You could sense the scratch coming for Michael Ryder when Claude Julien spoke about him prior to the game. No goals in 11 games and only three shots in his last four games for the right wing as hes bounced between several lines. Ryder simply isnt a good fit on the fourth line, and will need to wait his turn with Tyler Seguin gaining a lot of consistency as of late.

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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