BruinsOilers: 5 from the Second

BruinsOilers: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comEDMONTON, AB Here are five thoughts from the second period between the Bruins and the Oilers with the Bs leading Edmonton by a 3-1 score at the end of the first 40 minutes at Rexall Place.1)The first points for both Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly in Bruins uniforms as Michael Ryder sets up Peverley with a nifty little playing coming down the slot to give Boston a needed insurance score. Whatever Peverley and Kelly give the Bruins offensively is gravy because the duo is contributing plenty in areas that help good teams win but dont necessarily show up on the scoreboard. 2)I think I truly enjoy the nickname Milwaukee Mush when it comes to Mike Felger and his frequently incorrect theories when it comes to the Boston Bruins. Who is with me?3)Bruins are outshooting the Oilers by a 32-12 margin, and its pretty clear the Bs are exposing the Edmonton defense for all of its holes and softness. That was Claude Juliens game plan heading into today, and thats what the Bs have executed to perfection.4)A goal and an assist for Michael Ryder tonight, who has very nearly matched his goal-scoring output from last season with 20 games left to go in the season. Ryder hasnt been dominant, but hes been good enough this season for the Bruins.5)The Tyler SeguinTaylor Hall match that was hyped up a bit before the game started didnt really live up to it as so many things in life dont. The only really noticeable factor from either player in the game was roughly the Bs treated Hall throughout the game to the point where Hall got called for throwing an elbow at Dennis Seidenberg after the Edmonton youngster was bounced around a bit.

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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